Meniscus Tear: What’s best – Physical Therapy or Surgery? (You’ll be surprised!)

Abbie Sawyer Our Health Community, The Research, Your Best Life

So you find out you have a meniscus tear – now what?  Is surgery the next step? Could you try physical therapy instead? Are there exercises you can do on your own to make it better? You’ll be surprised by what the research shows below! What is a meniscus and what are symptoms that it may be torn? The meniscus …

TMJ

Jaw Pain: A Big Pain in a Small Joint

Abbie Sawyer The Research, Your Best Life

Many of our patients experience temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain and dysfunction. It can be debilitating, chronic, and can significantly affect quality of life. Eating some of your favorite foods can become painful and limited. TMJ pain can radiate into the neck and even cause headaches. Often, it can feel that TMJ problems will never go away. So, what is TMJ? …

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Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain

Abbie Sawyer The Research, Your Best Life

October is National Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Month. It’s fitting that these treatment therapies share an awareness month because they work hand in hand when it comes to treating many musculoskeletal conditions, including chronic pain. What is chronic pain? Chronic pain is prevalent, especially in the US, affecting nearly one-third of the population (1). Not all pain is considered chronic …