The Death of KT Tape

The Death of KT Tape

FINALLY KT TAPE IS BEING LAID TO REST!!

I hope you kept your receipts!!! We’ve been talking about KT tape and how dangerous/useless it is for years. KT Tape became popular after the 2012 Olympics.  Now it’s being sued for false claims!

KT Tape Lawsuit

I invite you all to read, but if you don’t have time here are some highlights from the link above:

“…”KT Health has used deceptive claims regarding the purported benefits of KT tape to charge a premium approximately ten times the price of traditional athletic tape…”

“…the athletic tape was deceptively marketed as being able to effectively treat sports-related injuries…”

The company will remove the following label claims: “it will keep you pain free,” “prevents injury” and “provides 24-hour pain relief per application.” The kinesiology tape packaging will also include a large, bold disclaimer to inform consumers that the athletic tape is “not clinically proven for all injuries.”

KT Tape is a product we have never used or recommended and will never recommend! We have written about the dangers of it on multiple occasions (feel free to click and read here and here).  Providers and patients, a like, are getting smarter.  Unfortunately there are still some providers out there more interested in financial gain than patient outcomes.

If you or someone you know is using this product, or seeing a provider that uses this product, stop it and find a provider that is focused on a real diagnosis and treatment!

At Thrive Spine and Sport we continue to pursue clinical excellence, finding your diagnosis, and providing the correct treatment path whether it is in our office or not!  We look forward to providing you and your loved ones with the highest quality conservative care possible!

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Cedar Rapids Tendonitis Solutions

Why isn’t your tendinitis getting better?  Because you don’t have tendinitis!

 

Before you run away, let me explain.  Tendinitis is an EXTREMELY common diagnosis.  The problem is that tendinitis is incredibly rare!  Unfortunately, tendinitis is one of the most overdiagnosed and misdiagnosed conditions in the body.  This means that the treatment you are receiving is not making you better – in fact, it could be making you worse!

 

Tendinosis, is most likely a term that you have never heard before.  It’s a term you will get to know if you continue to read, and may be the answer to your problem.  

 

Tendinosis was a term started way back in the 1940’s.  It is a term used to describe a non inflammatory tendon condition.  Tendinitis is a term used to describe an inflammatory tendon condition.  Tendinitis has been proven time and time again through research to be a misnomer for several reasons.  Since inflammation is the key pathological process involved with the term, while research continues to prove that there are very few inflammatory cells present in the condition, tendinosis, not tendinitis, should be the more popular term and is the CORRECT diagnosis!

 

Now some of you may be sitting there asking what’s the big deal over a simple name change.  The DIAGNOSIS has a significant impact on how the condition is treated.  Tendinitis is treated often with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatories like NSAIDs and cortisone injections.  Treatment of tendinosis is focused around manual therapy to eliminate degenerated tissue, eccentric exercise, and load management.  

 

Getting the right diagnosis from the start is a VERY BIG DEAL!  Mistreatment of either condition means, you get worse, not better.  Unsurprisingly, research has also shown that those treating tendinitis with NSAIDS and cortisone injections are actually worse off after a year than those who did not!  Why is that?

 

NSAIDS and cortisone are used to treat inflammation.  Most cases of “tendinitis” as we discussed, aren’t inflammatory!  These types of drugs accelerate degeneration and weaken tendons.  These are horrible options if you have been misdiagnosed.

 

Fortunately, better options are available for the proper diagnosis and treatment of tendinosis.  At Thrive Spine and Sport in Cedar Rapids, our office specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of overuse injuries like tendinitis and tendinosis.  We see patients daily who have failed to fix this issue with multiple providers and treatments.  If you have been experiencing pain in the shoulder, elbow, under the glutes, knee, or ankle, have been diagnosed with tendinitis, and aren’t getting better, call our office today at 319-423-0925, or schedule an appointment by clicking here.

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Stretching Is NOT For Everyone!

Stretching is not for everyone! Yet, for most in pain seeking the help of an expert, it’s one of the first things that is recommended to do.

Why?

That’s the question you should be asking! Go to a PT or a chiropractor and you’re likely to get a handful of stretches recommended to you to increase flexibility. But why are you so tight?

Is it because you sit at a desk all day? Maybe it’s because you have been exercising a lot lately? These still don’t answer the question. Your body is telling you something is wrong!

You feel stiff and tight. There is a very good reason why (and its not because you haven’t been stretching)! You need to find out why and also what needs to be done! Here are the 2 most common reasons you feel the need to stretch and why you shouldn’t:

Adhesion: Adhesion is the most common, most misdiagnosed, and mistreated condition in the human body. Adhesion is like glue on the muscles. It makes them stick together. Adhesion forms most frequently from overuse, like sitting at a desk all day or doing repetitive activities (sound familiar?). When present, it causes decreased range of motion, weakness, and pain. In order to fix it, it must be broken down manually with very precise and specific treatment.

Nerve Entrapment: Nerve entrapment goes hand-in-hand with the adhesion. Nerve entrapment happens when adhesion wraps itself around a nerve. This can create symptoms of radiating, tingling, burning, aching type symptoms. Similarly, the adhesion has to be removed from the nerve(s) in order for symptoms to go away.

Stretching will not help these conditions! Trying to stretch these conditions may make you feel better temporarily, but will make you feel the need to do it more, and you will never see the long term benefit.

If you are healthy, a daily/weekly routine of stretching or yoga can absolutely be a benefit to staying healthier longer! But if you have symptoms of pain or stiffness, it serves very little purpose. You have a problem, and it’s a BIG deal! You deserve it to yourself to find out why you feel the way you do! If your provider can’t explain why, get yourself a new provider!

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At Thrive Spine and Sport, we are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of adhesion!  If you, or someone you know, find yourself in a continuous need to stretch, or struggling to get out of pain, you deserve a better answer!  Call our office today at 319-423-0925 or request an appointment below!

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Concussions

Over the last few years, around this time of year, concussions have become a major topic of interest.  More and more research is coming to light about just how dangerous concussions really are.  While much of the focus has been done to better diagnose and prevent concussions (which needs to happen), very little has been done in the advancement of treatment.

Rest remains the most appropriate way to allow your brain to recover from a concussion, but what happens when symptoms remain even after weeks and months of rest?

Concussions are a brain injury.  Currently, there are 8 factors used to diagnose concussions.  In order to be diagnosed with a concussion, you only need to experience 3 out of the 8 factors.  Headaches, dizziness, changes in mood, sleep, concentration, personality, irritability, not managing stress, are all on the list.  Surprisingly, neck pain didn’t make the list!

As mentioned previously, concussions are a brain injury, but you can’t get a brain injury without neck (cervical) trauma.  Alarmingly, the spine is rarely evaluated!  What should, and needs to happen, is to find out how much influence the cervical trauma is playing in post-concussive symptoms.  While neck symptoms don’t need to be present, presence of neck pain and symptoms will delay recovery from concussion injuries.

The suboccipital muscles are a group of 6 muscles that attach to the top of the skull and neck.  Some of these muscles attach directly to the spinal cord. These are the most commonly injured structures with any neck and head trauma. Injury to these muscles can directly cause and increase concussion symptoms.  As a result of trauma to the head and neck, adhesion is most likely to appear in these muscles.

As a consequence, adhesion decreases flexibility and pain.  Adhesion in the suboccipital muscles can cause a variety of symptoms including, headaches and neck pain. It can be easily fixed by an expert trained to diagnose and treat this injury.  The only way to know if you have adhesion present is to be evaluated by one of these experts.

Concussions are always individual and each person recovers at a different pace.  If you have recently had, or been struggling with post-concussive symptoms it is vital to know how much of your injury is due to the brain, and how much is due to the cervical trauma!

While most of the recovery and treatment of concussions need to be focused around rest and managing activities, those that still suffer with symptoms weeks and months after need other solutions!  Otherwise, these symptoms can persist years down the road.  Concussions are always multifactorial, changes in diet and psychiatry may also help, but negating to treat the musculoskeletal component of the injury can be a huge mistake!

You owe it to yourself to explore all avenues of treatment to fully recover from injury and prevent long term damage!

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Integrative Diagnosis providers are musculoskeletal experts trained in the evaluation and treatment of neck pain and injury.  If you are fortunate enough to have an Integrative Diagnosis provider in your area, they can help with the recovery and treatment of concussions.  Use this link to find a provider near you => PROVIDERS

If you live in or around the Cedar Rapids area, let the experts at Thrive Spine and Sport help!  If you or someone you know are struggling to recover from a concussion we encourage you to call our office today at 319-423-0925 or schedule an appointment at www.thrivespineandsport.com/appointment-request/.

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Is Kinisiotape or Cupping Right For You?

Have you been watching the Olympics lately? If so, you probably noticed small red circles encompassing some of the athletes bodies. Later this week you are sure to see some brightly colored tape adorning the bodies of even more athletes.

An ancient Chinese practice called “cupping” is responsible for the red marks. Kinisio Tape is the brightly colored tape. So what’s the deal with it? Is this something you should be looking into? Let’s dive in and take a look!

First off, cupping is a therapy in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin along meridians. The technique originated as Chinese medicine to stimulate energy flow in the body. It is now practiced to increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and temporarily increase range of motion. Kinisio Tape aims to do the latter through application of tape.

Both therapies application have strong reflexive properties, in which, they temporarily provide relief from aches and pains by overriding the bodies pain signal. While this sounds great, it’s really not. It is also something that can be dangerous to the patient if applied without proper education.

You see, pain is the bodies way of telling you something is wrong. Think of a fire alarm. If it detects smoke, it signals the alarm to go off. You know something is wrong because a loud noise is being made. If a fire alarm went off in your house, you wouldn’t turn it off and stay seated on your couch would you? That’s essentially what you’re are doing with Kinisio tape and cupping. While it’s convenient to stay seated on your couch and ignore it, it’s only a matter of time before you get burned by the fire!

Take for example the case of Manteo Mitchell. Manteo Mitchell was part of the 4 x 400 meter relay team for the USA in the 2012 summer Olympics. During the race he fractured his fibula! In the area where his leg broke, he was wearing Kinisio tape! How is this possible you ask?

When using things like cupping and brightly colored tape, as mentioned, it overrides the body to feel good. This allows you to do things you don’t want to do. In return, it also continues to break down all the tissues that were telling you to stop doing that. Just like the straw that broke the camels back, it’s only a matter of time before you break. This just happened to be Manteo’s time.

What’s this mean to you? If you find yourself in the Olympics, temporary relief for potential glory most likely outweighs the risk for serious injury. Chances are this isn’t you though. Taping and cupping is not a long term fix for pain, ever. You deserve a real solution for your pain!

At Thrive Spine and Sport we put out the fire! We get to the bottom of your problem and offer solutions to fix it! If you have been struggling with finding an answer to your pain or using things like tape or cupping to mask your pain, call us today at 319-423-0925 or schedule an appointment by clicking here => www.thrivespineandsport.com/appointment-request.

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6 Questions To Solve Your Neck or Back Pain

If you’re reading this, you most likely suffer from some sort of chronic low back or neck pain.  Ask yourself these following questions:

  1. Is your pain worse in the morning?
  2. Does the pain get better after waking up and moving around?
  3. Have you had multiple or previous episodes of moderate to severe pain?
  4. Does the pain usually last 2-10 days before going away?
  5. Trouble sitting or standing prolonged periods of time?
  6. Are movements “guarded/protected” or noticing decreased range of motion?

 

If you answered “yes” to a majority or all of these questions, you most likely are suffering from a disc injury whether you have been diagnosed with it or not.  Internal Disc Derangement (IDD) accounts for upwards of 40% of all low back pain and a majority of neck pain!

Disc injuries are often made worse by the presence of adhesion.  Adhesion is the most common cause of pain and decreased range of motion in the body.  Adhesion acts like glue on muscles to restrict movement.  Restricted motion causes more load on injured discs, leading to more pain and long term problems.

The good news is that a large majority of disc injuries do not require surgery!  Disc injuries respond well to conservative management and treatment.  By fixing and removing adhesion, discs are essentially “decompressed” and unloaded.  You are left in little to no pain and able to return to regular, daily activity.

At Thrive Spine and Sport, we are certified through Integrative Diagnosis for the diagnosis and treatment adhesion.  Our treatment has helped many people looking for answers to their pain.  We have helped patients prevent surgery and those still suffering with pain after surgery.  If you answered “yes” to most or all of the questions above, chances are we can help!  Call our office today at 319-423-0925.

5 Of The Most Useless Rehab Methods

Let’s face it.  Being injured sucks.  It’s no fun, and most of the time it stops you from doing the activities you love to do.  Some try to fix themselves, while others seek the help of experts to get them out of pain.  Far too many are left in pain with no answers on what’s wrong and how to fix them.

Unfortunately, there is a ton of misinformation in health care.  Fads in healthcare peak fast and shortly fall off the cliff when everyone realizes it doesn’t work.  Even worse, long standard rehab methods that are still being used, despite a wealth of information proving them insufficient!

Here are 5 of the most widely used and abused ineffective treatment methods, and what you should be doing instead.

5.  ICE

Despite what you hear, inflammation produced after an injury is a good thing.  We are far too concerned about reducing inflammation, when in reality we should be appreciating the fact the body is trying to heal itself and just let it happen!  Even Gabe Mirkin, the man who created the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation), warns about the use of ice!

Ice does help for pain, but it will also reduce blood flow.  Blood flow is necessary for healing as it brings in nutrients and materials for repairing the injured area.  Inflammation increases blood flow to stimulate repair.  Trust me your body will do a fantastic job to make sure the inflammation doesn’t get out of hand.

Fix:  Stop icing and let the injury heal!  If you are in unbearable pain, then using ice will be fine.  Just make sure to use it until the area goes numb, then remove it.

4.  REST

This ties into the first useless rehab method, but rest rarely helps.  Of course, if you hurt yourself bench pressing, you shouldn’t go right back to benching, but those who get injured most often stop activity all together.  When muscles do nothing for extended periods of time, they get weaker, and create more pain when returning to activity.

Fix:  Keep active. Continue to use the injured area in pain free, ranges of motion.  Depending on the severity of the injury use lighter weights.  Training other non-injured muscles have also shown to increase the recovery process.

3.  NSAIDS/CORTISONE

Cortisone is the most misused and abused treatment, behind only NSAIDS.  Again, this ties back to the first section on ice.  Inflammation isn’t a bad thing.  It’s a sign that something is wrong!  You need to figure out what that is.

Most often inflammation is produced from overuse – either the body is doing more than what it can handle or your movement is limited.  Limited motion is the most common cause of pain and inflammation in the body.

Cortisone was heralded as a miracle drug back in the 40’s.  Now we know its crap! If you’re lucky cortisone relieves pain in the short term.  In the long term, it degenerates muscles and tendons and leaves you more prone for injury.  Long term studies actually show that those who have used cortisone injections for treatment are WORSE off after a year than those who actually did NOTHING for pain.

Fix:  Stop using pain meds and cortisone injections, unless you are in unbearable pain.  Seek the help of a musculoskeletal expert to find out what is wrong and what needs to be done to fix you!

2.  KT TAPE

KT TAPE

Watching just about any sporting event on TV you will find at least one athlete wearing some brightly colored tape on some part of their body.  The sad thing is, is if you actually look at some of the research on these tape company’s websites, you will find that they actually link studies that prove their product doesn’t work!  Unbelievable!

If you remember in 2008, Olympian sprinter Manteo Mitchell broke his leg while running his leg of the 4 x 400 meter relay.  Why is that significant?  The leg he broke was the one wearing kinesiotape!

Now I get if you are running in the Olympics and are injured, by all means do what you need to do to compete.  Chances are you are not running in the Olympics anytime soon.  What kinesiotape does is override your body to feel pain.  This is why it has become so popular, but it does nothing to actually fix anything that’s physically wrong!

Fix:  Save yourself some money and stop buying tape.  If a provider you have been seeing is using the tape as treatment – you need to find a better provider!  Find someone that can figure out what is wrong with you and what you need to do to get out of pain

1.  STATIC STRETCHING

If you really think about it, static stretching is one of the most barbaric things you can do to yourself.  Take something that doesn’t want to move into that position, and hold it there for an extended period of time trying to force it even further into another position.

Study after study now shows that stretching is potentially harmful.  It will loosen up muscles in the short term, and even reduce some pain, but also decreases force production and moves your body into positions it doesn’t want to be in, opening it up for more potential injury.

Your body is very smart.  It will move as far as it needs to when healthy.  If you are tight or not flexible there is a reason why. Adhesion is the most common cause of limited mobility and pain in the body.  Unfortunately, it is also the most misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions, as well.  Fortunately, it is easily reversible by someone who knows how to identify and fix it!

Fix:  If you constantly find you are weak and tight, find an Integrative Diagnosis provider.  They are certified to find and fix adhesion.  This gets you back to moving properly and out of pain faster than anything else out there.  To find a provider, click here.

After fixing adhesion, dynamic stretching, moving while stretching, will keep your body moving properly and stay healthier longer!

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If you live in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area and find yourself using one or more of these methods to get out of pain, you deserve better answers and solutions to your problem!  We are the only full body certified Integrative Diagnosis providers in the state!  Call us today at 319-423-0925 or fill out an appointment request on this page.

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Foam Roller Letting You Down?

Is your foam roller letting you down?  Or maybe it’s not your foam roller it’s all the mobility drills that you have been tirelessly devoted to over the last few weeks and months.  No matter what you do, you just can’t seem to fix your problem or gain that extra mobility you have been told you need.

Good news! You’re not alone.  Thousands are struggling to find answers, just like you!

Foam rolling and becoming a “Supple Leopard” is the latest trend.  While both can help aide in recovering from workouts and fit in with the crowd, neither do anything to actually fix you!  As stated, these tools are designed to KEEP you healthy, not GET you healthy.

If you have pain, or limited mobility, there is a reason for it!  And it’s not because you need to “smash” something into you, stretch, or foam roll.

Adhesion is the most common cause of limited range of motion and pain in the body.  Unfortunately, it is also one of the most misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions.  Fortunately, it is easily reversible by a skilled provider!  Adhesion develops primarily from overuse – repetitive or sustained contractions – or trauma.  Sound familiar?

Adhesion

If you are struggling to gain the proper mobility or just get out of pain, you deserve answers!  You need help – and that’s OK!

At Thrive Spine and Sport, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of adhesion.  Call today at 319-423-0925 or fill out the appointment request on this page to start getting answers for your problems today!

 

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Make It Stop! Find Relief!

Staring at the computer desk, it strikes again.  Maybe your head feels like it’s stuck in a vice.  You need relief!

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am talking about headaches!

Here is what we know about headaches:

  • 47% of the general population will have AT LEAST one headache this year.
  • 1 in 20 of the general population will have a headache 15 days or more this month!
  • Headaches have been underestimated, under recognized, and under-treated throughout the world
  • Only half of people diagnosed with headache disorders have seen a doctor and only two-thirds have been properly diagnosed!
  • Most common treatment of headaches are over the counter medicine.

So not only are people who have headaches not getting care, the ones who are seeking help are being misdiagnosed and mistreated!  This is a very bad situation to be in if you suffer from headaches!

There are many different types of headaches with a wide variety of symptoms – tension, pounding, fogginess, vice-like pain that constantly returns.  There is a solution to the problem you just need the right diagnosis!

The stats confirm that most people with headaches either self treat with over the counter medication thinking that will solve their problem, or that their headaches are something they just can’t fix.  Seeking medical helps for some, but what happens to the third that’s misdiagnosed?

An overwhelming majority (~70%) of headaches are tension headaches.  The WHO (World Health Organization) identifies the problem as either stress or musculoskeletal problems in the neck.  Most will feel tension or stiffness in the base of the skull or neck.  Medication may provide some relief, but not fix these headaches.

Unfortunately, our modern day lifestyle has led to a pandemic of poor posture and increased stress on our neck.  Think about it.  How much time do you spend in a day looking down at your computer screen or phone.  This sustained contraction and posture wreaks havoc on the muscles of your neck.  Overtime this leads to formation of adhesion – the most common, most misdiagnosed, and mistreated condition in the human body.  Adhesion in the neck gradually leads to even worse posture, decreased posture, pain, and, yes, headaches!

Adhesion

 

So how do you know if you have adhesion?  The good news is that there is a very simple test that you can do to find out!  Just watch the video below.

 

If, after watching this video, you found any part of the test to be difficult or painful, we can help!  By specifically diagnosing and targeting treatment to the structures containing adhesion in the neck you can get back on track to being pain and headache free.  

We pick up where others have failed.  Most patients have been to several providers before finding relief in our office.  If you live in the Cedar Rapids or Iowa City area and suffering with headaches and neck pain, call our office today at 319-423-0925 or request an appointment at www.thrivespineandsport.com to get answers to your problem! 
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3 Reasons Your New Year’s Resolution Failed

Be honest with yourself, how is your New Year’s Resolution coming along?  If you are like the other 88% of Americans out there, chances are you have already quit or failed to reach your goal.  

Think about that.  On average only 1 in 10 will actually accomplish the goal they set for themselves at the beginning of the year. That’s appalling!!

So why is this?  Where have you failed and what can you change to get back on track?

Most New Year’s Resolutions are doomed from the beginning.  Most know what they want, but don’t know how to get there.  You want to lose 50 pounds, but you haven’t planned out a diet or know how to exercise.  These are crucial steps!

The key to accomplishing any goal is to HAVE AN APPROPRIATE, SPECIFIC PLAN.  You are not going to lose 50 pounds or be able to run a marathon overnight.  It takes time.  It takes patience.  It takes the right plan!  If your goal is to lose weight, you need to have a diet you are going to follow.  Have goals throughout the year to hit.  Know the calories you need to take in per day, specify your intake for protein, carbs, and fat.  Meal prep to avoid “having” to eat out.  The more specific you can get the better!

This probably goes along with the first component, but the second most important aspect of keeping your New Year Resolution is to SURROUND YOURSELF WITH A SUPPORT GROUP.   If you don’t know how to set up a good diet for you, talk with a diet coach or dietetic technician.  If you are not sure how to exercise get in touch with a trainer.  Don’t know how to run a marathon? Talk with someone who has!  Find friends, family, coworkers, or other people in your community with similar goals.  Find people to hold you accountable for your goal.  In return, hold them accountable for theirs!

Another, often overlooked component that causes people to fail is not STAYING PAIN FREE.  Mental pain is not something you frequently think about, but if you have set a goal to lose weight and it pains you to think about accomplishing your goal, or gives you anxiety just thinking about dieting, psychologists or mental health experts are a great place to start.  

Physical pain is still the more common of the two “pains” though. If you have not exercised for a while, getting back into the gym can be a painful experience – literally!  Most jump into exercise too fast.  Overuse injuries are often the result.  These need to be looked at by a musculoskeletal expert to get you the treatment you need to continue training without breaking down and quitting.

Obviously, accomplishing a New Year’s Resolution is not easy!  Getting a specific plan in place, surrounding yourself with a support group and staying pain free won’t guarantee success, but it certainly won’t hurt your chances either!

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If you are in the Cedar Rapids area and struggling to accomplish your goals due to pain, we can help!  Use the appointment request on this page, or call our office at 319-423-0925 to set up an appointment today!  Need help finding a diet coach, or trainer?  We can recommend multiple people in our community!  Any questions can be directed to dr.cody@thrivespineandsport.com.

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