Iris City Chiropractic Center, P.C.

Robert A. Hayden, D.C., PhD, F.I.C.C. (770) 412-0005

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Clinic Hours: 8:30 AM until the needs of our last patient for the day have been met. We take lunch from about 12:30 till 2 o'clock.
Drug screens: 9:00-3:00pm Monday - Thursday and 9:00-2:00pm on Friday for drug screen collections.
Physicals:  We do physicals (DOT, pre-employment) during the same hours the clinic is open, but call to be sure Dr. Hayden is in clinic when you need your exam done.

Educational News Blog

We recommend educating yourself as much as possible about your health and wellness. Here are a few articles written by Robert A. Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC. But by all means continue your education beyond what you find here.

Lumbar Pain and sciatica, Complicated by shingles Outbreak

By Robert Hayden, dC, Phd, FICC

HISTORY AND PRESENTATION

Mac first presented for care in August 2012 with a chief com- plaint of lumbar pain, radiating down the left lateral leg to the ankle. It was worse with weight- bearing, described as approximately 5/10 in intensity, without numbness or tingling. His pain was made worse with long periods of sitting (more than 30 minutes), and ameliorated some by walking, more by lying down. He worked in a place that sold auto parts, so lifting, bending, twisting, and walking on concrete floors for long hours were part of his daily expectation.

He is a 67-year-old Caucasian male who lives with his wife of 35 years. He had a pleasant disposition and appeared in no acute distress at the time of his first exam. He denied vices (smoking, alcohol abuse, recreational drug history). At 5’11” tall and 238 pounds, he was moderately heavy.

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Literacy Lette

Dear Editor,

A quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but which may have been edited, nevertheless expressed his views on learning. "An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people," he might have said. Regardless of the historical source, I can think of no angle from which the assertion might be assailed. I could not agree more with the statement, so it gives me reason for concern as a citizen, taxpayer, and small business owner in Griffin.

My personal observation is that significant numbers of Griffin-Spalding County youth appear to have serious knowledge deficits ranging from functional illiteracy to perhaps something worse. Nationally, half of adults in the U.S. cannot read a book on eight grade reading level, and 45 million of those read below fifth grade level.

To be clear, however, there are two issues raised in the paragraph above. One is adult literacy, and this is being addressed by the Griffin-Spalding Literacy Commission with the heroic work of Terry Huddleston and others whose results are inspirational. The other is illiteracy in the product of our Georgia schools.

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Literacy Letter

Dear Editor,

A quote attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but which may have been edited, nevertheless expressed his views on learning. ”An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people,” he might have said. Regardless of the historical source, I can think of no angle from which the assertion might be assailed. I could not agree more with the statement, so it gives me reason for concern as a citizen, taxpayer, and small business owner in Griffin.

My personal observation is that significant numbers of Griffin-Spalding County youth appear to have serious knowledge deficits ranging from functional illiteracy to perhaps something worse. Nationally, half of adults in the U.S. cannot read a book on eight grade reading level, and 45 million of those read below fifth grade level.

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A New “Hip” Generation

Back in the 60s, the word "hip" entered our lexicon with the meaning "cool," or "the pinnacle of what is it." That generation is older, and the focus of "hip" is more anatomical.

A hip is a ball and socket joint. There is a round, regularly shaped head of the femur, or thigh bone, that fits into a round socket in the pelvis. It is padded with cartilage and lubricated with a fluid made inside the joint space. They are designed to last us a lifetime with normal wear and tear.

Sometimes these joints do not form perfectly in utero. Occasionally the socket is too shallow, causing him dislocation of the hip. This is easily tested and is part of the neonatal exam as soon as a baby is born.

Many of the "hip" generation are older now. Many of these were health-conscious and took up jogging, tennis, handball, basketball, and other sports to stay fit. High impact sports increase the rate of wear and tear on a hip. The ladies in this generation are about the right vintage to have osteopenia or osteoporosis, conditions that soften bones, making them more brittle and easier to break.

 

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AC Joint Pain in a Senior Swimmer

Joe is a swimmer. Even as a senior citizen, he has stayed in pretty good shape by exercising in the pool. He was on the swim team in a major university back in the day, and he still loves to compete.

He is right-handed, so his power stroke in freestyle swimming requires his right arm plowing through the water. He has always had some soreness after a significant work out, but his recent shoulder pain was unusual and persistent. Any movement exacerbated the pain, and he said it was on top of the shoulder where the collarbone attaches to the shoulder blade.

He went to an orthopedic surgeon who wanted to do surgery quickly. Joe was hesitant to jump into surgery, as anyone should be, because surgery should always be the last resort after everything else has failed unless it is a true lifesaving procedure. He wanted to explore other options.

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Another Time When Less Is More

In the late 19th century, a Wells Fargo station agent name Lester Moore was confronted by an angry patron whose package was damaged in transit. In the course of the argument, the patron, Hank Dunstan, pulled his gun, as did Lester Moore. Both died in the ensuing gunfight. Mr. Moore's epitaph on the grave marker is famous: "Here lies Lester Moore, four slugs from a .44, no Les, no more." The "less is more" principal is the focus of this discussion.

Cory is a healthy-looking, slender, athletic 22-year young man who presented with an unusual problem. It is unusual for both the magnitude of the condition and apparent lack of provocation for it. His story is relevant for us because it illustrates the impact of the choices of treatment options available to us.

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