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Dear Dr. Arthur,  I have had sinus and allergy problems a good share of my life and about six years ago I drove in a blinding snow storm for a couple of hours tensed in the shoulders.  The next day I couldn't get out of bed because my shoulders and upper back hurt so bad.  Also simultaneously my sinus got real bad.  I get knots in my upper back, shoulders, and neck so I see a masseuse at least twice a month to work out knots that I was told is lactic acid.  A few days ago it dawned on me to try and cut the dairy products out of my diet to see if my sinuses clear more.  Though it's too early to tell I think I am on the right path.  I also began blending a few weeks back using raw baby spinach leaves and organic kale as my base in my drinks.  I drink two daily.  Is there anything more I can do?  Thank you.  Roy

Hello  Roy,

If you had spent a couple hours gripping that steering wheel, I would assume you would be stiff the  next day.  Lactic Acid is the release of chemical build-up in the muscles of the body.  When worked you apparently fought with the steering wheel, it could possibly have caused the extreme stiffness in the neck, back and shoulders.  Probably one of the best things you could do would be to find a GOOD chiropractor who would be able to examine the area, and then do what is appropriate for the problem.  Usually this can be done in 1 or two visits. If they want to set you up for multiple visits called "check-ups", just say no, or move out of there to another chiropractor who doesn't do this marketing dance!

The lactose Intolerance has you baffled a bit, but there is an easy suggestion to get rid of your misery in one day:
SOY  MILK!  The best kind I have found is called Soy Vanilla Chi Tea.  It is wonderful in coffee, on cereals,  in cooking, and almost anything else you formally mixed with milk.  You will find the bottle in most grocery stores by the fresh vegetable area.

 Good luck to you, and I believe you will prosper with the Soy Milk!

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Dr. Patricia B. Arthur, DC, MRC, CST


As a 30-year practicing Chiropractic Physician, my specialty was Sports Medicine. For 8 years I had the distinct pleasure of working with the USOC, and traveled the world to care for the athletes in the Pre-Olympic venues for the Summer Games. When I wasn't traveling, I had a private practice, and a hospital practice, in Kamuela, Hawai'i. Questions I couldn't answer usually dealt with pharmeceuticals. This was not my expertise, but the simple questions pertaining to familiar drugs I was able to digress, or refer to someone that was knowledgable in that field. Most Sports Medicine field injuries were familiar to me, but I always aired on the side of caution. In my office practice, I would tend to see more patients with the weekend injuries who would try to self-treat, only making the injury worse than it should have been! Nevertheless, I never took anything for granted, and so it was my conservative approach to the "cause-and-effect" mechanisms that were vitally important to the healing process.


Following my competitive nature, I knew Sports Medicine would always be a part of my life. After graduation from Palmer University in Iowa, the old adage taught at the school dealt only with the spinal column......anything connected to the spine was outside our scope of practice. To me, this was too simplistic, because the complex body also had arms and legs! From this point, I developed specific technigues which would encorporate the body as a whole rather than haphazard segments. There is nothing traumatic that happens to a single ligament, tendon or joint that doesn't effect a secondary, or possibly a tertiary element in that area. In order for that space to heal, all the factors must be addressed. Volunteering my time teaching referrees, coaches, and interested parents about the realities of probable sports injuries was worth a thousand words!j

American Chiropractic Association; Local Emergency Response Committee; Hazardous Materials Response Team; Urban Search and Rescue Team - Operations and Planning; Federal Corps of Engineers Committee; Earthquake Advisory Board; Big Island Wildfire Committee

Papers published focusing on the importance of proper care of sports injuries; Authored medical columns for the syndicated magazine "The People's Doctor "; Published papers in professional journals on Head Injuries in Sports; Published papers on Drug Abuse in Sports.

Robert Packer Hospital - Certified Surgical Technician - CST; Palmer University - Doctor of Chiropractic - D.C.; Wright State University - Masters in Counseling/Psychology; Wright State University - Masters In Couseling of the Severely Disabled.

Awards and Honors
Selected US Olympic Physician -1988; Graduated Wright State University with a 3.75 GPA; Graduated Palmer University with a 3.5 GPA; Faculty Appointment - Palmer University Post Graduate Education; Faculty Appointment- Hawai'i/Kapiolani Community College - Skills Team Tester;

Past/Present Clients
Cincinnati Bengals Football Team pre-season training; Summer Olympic Athletes worldwide; Kona Ironman Triathletes - Finish - line physician

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