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Slipped Disc

Hello folks! I am, Dr. Matt Shepard, the number one chiropractor in Bloomington, IL for sport related injuries and repetitive motion injuries. There is not a day, when seeing patients, that I don’t treat someone with a slipped disc. A slipped disc can occur when lifting, bending forward and turning, or a myriad of other lifting/bending causes of injuries. Not only can a slipped disc cause pain, tingling and numbness, it can affect your sleep and other functions as well. Instead of allowing a slipped disc cause you pain and other problems, it is important to get the help that you need right away. There are far too many activities in Bloomington to enjoy, and you will not be able to enjoy them if you are dealing with the problems caused by your slipped disc. Traditional medicine may not work out very well for you in all cases, and you may find yourself having surgery after medications have stop working. I want to help everyone in the Bloomington area to live comfortably. With careful manipulation and soft tissue massage, I can help restore some of the flexibility and range of movement in your back as well as relieving some of the pain that you are feeling. When traditional medicines and treatments have failed you, come see me, Dr. Shepard at my Bloomington office for treatment. Of course, you will also have your own work to do, with special exercises that you will be encouraged to do at home. After a few treatments at my office located at 2309 E. Empire St. #400 , 61704, in addition to the exercises you are doing, you will be feel much better. I look forward to seeing you at my Bloomington office. Make an appointment today so that you can get back to feeling good as quickly as possible. The office is conveniently located at 2309 E. Empire St. #400 , 61704, and is open at hours that can serve you well. Schedule an appointment with me, Dr. Shepard, today, here is my contact number (309) 585-0382 .

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Hamstring Muscle – Function and Importance

BIOMECHANICS OF THE HAMSTRING MUSCLES  The main role of the hamstring muscles is knee flexion, or simply bending the knee. However, it is important to recognize that because these muscles attach on both the medial (inside) and lateral (outside) aspects of the knee joint, pure knee flexion requires activity of both the medial and lateral muscle mass. This means that 3 muscles (outside hamstring has to tendons) will need to work in congruence. Contraction of only the medial hamstrings produces knee flexion with medial rotation of the knee. While contraction of only the lateral muscle mass produces knee flexion with lateral rotation of the knee joint. In addition to flexing and rotating the knee, the hamstrings reportedly contribute to the stability of the knee. The hamstrings provide active resistance to anterior glide of the tibia on the femur. Thus they are described as important adjuncts to the anterior cruciate ligament and perhaps a critical substitute in the ACL- deficient knee. There is considerable evidence from cadaver studies indicating that the hamstring muscles decrease the strain on the ACL. There also is evidence that individual with ACL insufficiencies increase the activity of their hamstring muscles in some activities such as hill climbing. The hamstrings muscle also play an essential role in extension of the hip. EMG data reveals that the hamstring muscles are active in hip extension even when the knee is flexed. EMG evidence also suggests that the hamstring muscles can contribute to adduction of the hip (bringing the leg toward the midline of one’s body). The biceps femoris longus demonstrates activity during lateral rotation of the hip.3 The hamstrings are active during normal locomotion. The most prominent period of activity is at the transition between the swing and stance periods of the gait cycle. The role of this activity is to slow the extension of the knee in late swing and to help extend the hip in the stance phase. More to come on hamstring muscles function, tightness, weakness, and effective ways to lengthen them next week.    

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Disc Herniation Pain

I want to help you with the pain and problems that you might have with disc herniation pain. There are many symptoms that you might have with disc problems, including pain, numbness, tingling and other sensations. You may also have problems moving around the way that you would like to, working or getting around the streets of Bloomington, IL. Disc herniations can be serious, whether you are young or old. Disc herniation pain, typically that results in pain in low back or neck and radiates (travels) into either the lower leg (if low back disc herniation) and arm / hand (if neck disc herniation). Disc herniation pain should be treated in the most effective way possible. Traditional medicine may take months to simply find the problem, costing huge amounts in doctor’s office visits and expensive testing. After the Dr. Shepard determines if you have a disc problem, you may be treated with medication and possibly with surgery, however, these will not always be effective. If regular treatments are not working for you any longer or you would rather not deal with surgery at all, you may need a new plan of action. In my Bloomington practice that is located at 2309 E. Empire St. Ste #400, I will help you to work toward greater relief from the symptoms of disc herniation pain. During each visit I will treat muscle and joint imbalances, and you will have your own work to do too using special exercises and techniques, so that together your disc herniation pain will be dramatically reduced. Don’t waste another minute being in pain or dealing with other symptoms. Call my office and make an appointment as soon as possible. My number is (309) 585-0382. You need to get back to good health without pain and suffering so that you can work and play to the best of your ability in Bloomington. Contact me Dr. Shepard, today.

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Shepard Pain and Performance Care
2309 E Empire Street Suite 400 Bloomington, IL 61704
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