Tuesday, August 30, 2011

One-sided low back pain? Spatulated transverse process?

If you have back pain that seem to be very low and noticeably more on one side than the other, you may have a congenital variant called a spatulated transverse process (TP).  This is a radiographic finding in which the bone that protrudes latterally from both sides of a lumbar vertebrae grow irregularly and instead of forming a normal TP the bone is flattened and shaped more like a pancake or a spatula.  This is not a problem in itself but if the bone makes contact with the adjacent ilium this can cause significant pain. Chiropractic adjustments may be good for adding motion to the area but they may also intensify this pain.  This is why its a good idea to have x-rays taken when back pain is otherwise unexplained.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Arthritis is when bone grows on the margins/edges of your bones. Arthritis usually develops in areas that have insufficient movement. Keep your joints moving properly to impede the progress of this painful condition. Stretch  exercise, do yoga, and get adjusted to keep joints moving properly throughout your life.  A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Optimal Health!

What is it? How do we get it?  It is different for every person. Optimal health for an 80 something is different than that of a teenager. Different still for a normal healthy teenager and an athlete.  It really means that your body is communicating with your brain and vice versa in the best way it can.  That the process is not inhibited by bad food, lack of sleep or bio-mechanical problems.

How do we get it? Simple but not easy. The correct diet. (Mediterranean Diet) At least 6 hours of real sleep per night. And, make sure that the frame for you nervous system is free of bio-mechanical problems, i.e. go to a chiropractor and get your spine checked. It will probably reduce your pain, but more importantly it will allow you nervous system to function at its highest level. This means greater health for you.
Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal actually shrinks.  Bone grows inward and puts pressure on the spinal cord. Patients come in with symptoms such as leg pain, inability to extend their backs, and generalized back pain. Stenosis feels better when leaning forward.  If you are in the grocery store in and you see someone walking around with both elbows on the cart the entire time, there is a good chance s/he has stenosis.  Stenosis is most common in the low back, but can happen in the neck and midback as well.  Chiropractic can provide relief to people with stenosis if they are affected mild to moderately. Severe cases should be evaluated by MRI.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Back Pain?

Subluxation = a bone out of alignment. Pain results from the body trying to correct itself. The muscles spasm, the joint dysfunctions.

Sleep for your best health.

The body repairs during sleep. If you do not get into REM sleep your body simply does not get the repair cycle it needs.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Getting on your nerves?

Did you know that the nerves that come out of your spinal cord can become impaired with only the weight of a dime upon them. It's true.  So if you have a disc issue or a bone out of place, that problem needs to be corrected so you nerves can work properly.

New chiropractors in Portsmouth, New Hampshire!

Hello everyone out there!!  I am brand spanking new to the whole blog thing so be patient.  Mostly we will talk about health and wellness.  We may add answers to questions if we get them. I am not an MD nor is my wife so we can not answer questions about prescription drugs other than to say if its got warnings,, google it.
Dr. Quinn, D.C.