Preston Chiropractic Newsletter from Chiropractic Associates for February 2017

All Benefit when DCs and MDs Work Together

Doctors working together benefits patients. Working with a Preston healthcare colleague to help one of our Preston chiropractic patients is always an honor! A new study shows that when family medicine residents and chiropractors cooperatively care for older patients with back pain, everyone benefits. Patients liked it. Both types of doctors liked getting to know each other’s treatment approaches. (1) While another study reveals that multidisciplinary conferences involving many kinds of doctors reduce the use of spinal fusion for low back and improve the matching of surgical type to the proper patient type. (2) It is all good! Chiropractic Associates is ready to help!

Appropriate Timing for Back or Neck Surgery

It’s found that 88% of cervical radiculopathy patients and 70% of lumbar radiculopathy patients improve within 4 weeks of symptom onset. Therefore, prime timing for surgery for cervical radiculopathy (arm/upper extremity pain) is within 8 weeks of symptoms though 4 weeks may be contemplated and between 4 and 8 weeks for lumbar radiculopathy (leg/lower extremity pain). (3) Naturally, Chiropractic Associates works toward surgery necessity but knows when to refer appropriate patients for surgical care. There are times when it is. Count on Chiropractic Associates for your non-surgical back pain and neck pain care.

Healthy Eating!

It’s not just a slogan! Eating healthily lowers the risk of osteoporosis and improves bone mineral density. Eating more fruits and vegetables resulted in higher bone mineral density and less osteoporosis occurrence in middle-aged and elderly persons with lower body mass indices. If you are one of those Preston chiropractic patients who don’t like vegetables much, you are in luck! Fruit more so than vegetables seems to be better. (4) Eat some fruit and vegetables today for less osteoporosis and pain tomorrow.

Back Pain’s Relationship to Vitamin D

Low vitamin D levels for Preston chronic low back pain sufferers isn’t good. The good news is that vitamin D supplementation helps! An improved vitamin D level aids to reduce pain intensity and improve function in chronic low back pain patients. (5) Chiropractic Associates loves that such an easy thing as a nutritional supplement may help our Preston chiropractic patients so much!

Cervical Spine and Tinnitus Related

Our body is one big linked system! Chiropractic Associates knows this to be true! Chiropractic Associates just read this study about tinnitus and its potential relationship to cervical spine disorders. That makes sense! They find that when cervical spine disorders are improved, so is the tinnitus. There’s a link between the dorsal cochlear nucleus in the auditory pathway and the cervical spine. (6) Does tinnitus with a cervical spine condition disturb you? A Preston friend? Chiropractic Associates offers gentle chiropractic care to help them both potentially! Preston chiropractic may help.

Osteoporosis and Obesity – The Link

When we think about osteoporosis, we used to think of thin people as being the ones at risk. Chiropractic Associates often thought that. But not now! New research finds that obesity is a big risk factor for osteoporosis since fat is used by inflammatory cytokines to negatively influence bone metabolism. (7) Now, that’s new news. All of us Preston folks – thin and overweight – must be mindful of osteoporosis risk and how to prevent it.

If any of these topics affect you or a Preston loved one, schedule a Preston chiropractic appointment today with Chiropractic Associates. It’s the first step toward relief!

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