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Running bad for your cartilage?

MRI Shows Joints Recover Even Under Extreme Duress

This article was sent to me by a patient who is a ultra runner.  Ultra running entails races from 50-100 miles and beyond!

Dr. Uwe Schutz performed MRI’s on ultra runners twice during the Trans Europe Foot race.  One MRI was towards the beginning of the race and then again later in the race.  The first MRI found changes: significant degradation (inflammation ) in cartilage.  The later MRI’s showed improved cartilage inflammation indicating the ankle and foot cartilage have the ability to regenerate under ongoing endurance running.

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Pretty cool stuff.  The body is amazing.  One study is not the be all end all but it’s cool to see the body has the ability to repair it self even under extreme conditions.

Source:Schutz U, et al, “The TEFR Field Study: Results of Continuous Biochemical and Morphological Cartilage Analysis of Hindfoot, Ankle, and Knee Joints in Course of a 4,500 km Ultramarathon Race throughout Whole Europe Using T2*-mapping on a Mobile MRI Truck Trailer” RSNA 2015; Abstract SSC07-04.

Exercise Can Help Your Brain

Strength Training Can Relieve Depression

A meta-analysis of 33 trials involving nearly 2,000 people showed that strength training led to a significant reduction in depressive symptoms

  • The greatest improvements were seen among people with symptoms of mild to moderate depression, as opposed to those without depression, which suggests strength training may be most effective for people with greater depressive symptoms
  • While strength training may not provide an all-out cure for depression, it may improve depressive symptoms as well as antidepressants and behavioral therapies
  • Strength training is a simple, accessible and side-effect-free intervention that could help drive down rising rates of depression and improve quality of life


If you have pain preventing you from exercising call Dr. Steve to see if he can help.  Don’t let pain stop you from exercise and improving your health!


Do you know anyone or are you yourself suffer from vertigo but can’t find help or a cause?

Have them make appointment with Dr. Steve to see if chiropractic can help!

World Neurosurgery Journal: “Studies found that cervical vertigo seems to originate from diseased cervical intervertebral discs. Abnormal neck proprioceptive input integrated from the signals of disproportionate Ruffini corpuscles in diseased cervical discs and muscle spindles in tense neck muscles is transmitted to the CNS and leads to a sensory mismatch with vestibular and other sensory information, resulting in a subjective feeling of vertigo and unsteadiness.” Peng B. Cervical Vertigo: Historical Reviews and Advances. World Neurosurgery, Volume 109 , 347 – 350

Gut Microbe Drives Autoimmunity


The human gut harbors a complex community of microbes that affect many aspects of our health. Known as the gut microbiota, these bacteria help with metabolism and maintaining a healthy immune system.

  • Scientists found evidence that a certain gut microbe can trigger autoimmune disease in mice that are prone to such disease and identified the same microbe in people with autoimmune diseases.
  • The results suggest new avenues for treating debilitating and potentially lethal autoimmune diseases.

Come and ask Dr. Steve about probiotics and how they can help your health!


Why 6-8 Glasses of water a day?

Do you ever wonder why this is the recommendation?  Well here’s the reason why.

A person loses water constantly with exhaled air ( about a pint or .473 liter a day), through skin (one to two pints a day) and an average person losses three pints through urine.

That’s a lot of water lost everyday not including water lost during exercise.

To function well a person needs to drink 5-8 8oz glasses of water per day. There is a possibility that you need to drink over 10 glasses if you work out hard or work out side when it hot. Spreading out the water evenly through the day will prevent you from going to bathroom too much.  Another trick to reduce bathroom trips is adding a very small amount of sea salt to the water. This will add minerals to the water.  Cutting back on water in the evening will help prevent you from waking up and going to the bathroom.


You’re probably under hydrated if your urine is not clear (has some color to it). Vitamins such as the B-vitamins and some foods (beets) can change the color of urine. This should be taken into account.  But generally the darker the urine the more dehydrated you are.

If you have more questions please call Dr. Sikorsky or stop in the office..

Low Back Pain on the Rise


Almost everyone will have low back pain at some point in their lives. It can affect anyone at any age, and it is increasing—disability due to back pain has risen by more than 50% since 1990.

Low back pain is becoming more prevalent in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) much more rapidly than in high-income countries. The cause is not always clear, apart from in people with, for example, malignant disease, spinal malformations, or spinal injury.

Treatment varies widely around the world, from bed rest, mainly in LMICs, to surgery and the use of dangerous drugs such as opioids, usually in high-income countries.

”Focusing on key principles, such as the need to reduce unnecessary health care for low back pain, support people to be active and stay at work, and reform unhelpful patient clinical pathways and reimbursement models, could guide next steps..”


Keep Your Head Up: How Smartphone Addiction Kills Manners and Moods

A patient sent me this great article about “text neck” that was posted in the New York Times.

I have been telling patients for years that looking down at your cell phones all day can cause neck and upper back pain. There’s a name for pain from using cell phone and computers: Text Neck.

The average human head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds, and when we bend our neck to text or check Facebook, the gravitational pull on our head and the stress on our neck increases to as much as 60 pounds of pressure. That common position, pervasive among everyone from paupers to presidents, leads to incremental loss of the curve of the cervical spine. “Text neck” is becoming a medical issue that countless people suffer from, and the way we hang our heads has other health risks, too, according to a report published last year in The Spine Journal.

text neck

Cell phone can cause more than neck pain. It can affect one’s mood and interferes with manners.

That “always-on” behavior that smartphones contribute to causes us to remove ourselves from our reality, experts said. And aside from the health consequences, if we’re head down, our communication skills and manners are slumped, too. But, ironically, that might not be how most of us see ourselves.

Posture can also effect the serotonin levels. Serotonin is the feel good brain neurotransmitters.  Anti- depressant s have an effect on serotonin levels.  There has been studies that show sitting up with good posture can help people feel better.

Your mom and Dr. Steve were right. Sit up with your shoulders back.  Make an appointment with Dr. Steve to get adjusted and receive some great advice on posture.




Healthy Breakfast: The Truth

I recently received an notice from a school about putting together a healthy breakfast for the kids.  The school wanted to have the kids bring in the following: Strawberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Bananas, Grapes, and Watermelon.  So far so good right?

Now here’s the kicker : The school also requested 1 gallon of chocolate milk, a tub of cream cheese, large bagels, small muffins, box of cereal. Are these really considered healthy breakfast items?

This is not a healthy breakfast! It’s sad that a  school would be promoting such poor eating habits. Put these choices in front of a 10-14 year old what do you think they would choose?

Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese.(1) . It is way too easy to eat poorly when junk food is everywhere (even in our schools.)  Next time you’re in a school look into the vending machine. You will see chips, cookies, pop tarts, candy. The list goes on and on.

We as parents and our teachers/role models must start looking at ourselves and take the lead. Our brains are wired to like and crave high calorie foods. The choices we make are even more important because not only do we have to fight off those cravings, we also have to set an example of what type of food we should be fueling our body and mind with.

With that being said, this was a great opportunity for the teacher to lead and be creative. Setting up a blender and create a healthy smoothie with fruit , powdered protein , flax seeds and some healthy greens would have been something great to show the kids! There are so many tasty options out there that are also great for our health.  There must be thousands if not millions of recipes for kids and adults online that could have been used. (2)

Healthy eating takes some effort and time.   Your health and the health of your children are worth it.

If you have any questions or would like to start a healthy eating program, call the office!

We will help and show you a better way to eat.

1: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyKids/ChildhoodObesity/Overweight-in-Children_UCM_304054_Article.jsp#.Wmx2O02Wy00

2: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/17989/drinks/smoothies/