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Not all back pain is the same, so the treatment for back pain shouldn’t be the same either. That may seem like common sense but now scientists are beginning to understand the truth behind that idea. A study published in the UK demonstrates the benefits of targeted treatment for patients with back pain.
Researchers divided back pain patients into two groups – those that would receive targeted treatment and those that would receive non-targeted treatment. Those participants in the targeted-care group were evaluated based on risk level. They were given different levels of physiological and psychological treatment depending on their level of risk.
Patients with targeted treatment showed significant improvements that those without targeted care did not. Those improvements included: less days of work due to back pain, better physical and emotional functioning, higher quality of life, and reduced disability from back pain. They experienced economic benefits as well; targeted-care patients saved money on health bills by avoiding types of treatment or doctors visits that weren’t necessary for their condition.
Without prognostic screening to create targeted treatment, researchers concluded that “many medium-risk and high-risk patients are potentially being denied access to more sophisticated treatments that are likely to improve their clinical outcomes.” Talk to your chiropractor
about receiving targeted treatment to address your back pain.
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Patients with acute low back pain rarely take sick leave but frequently develop chronic symptoms, a study from the journal Spine suggests.
In the study, researchers worked with 605 acute low-back pain patients with and without sciatica who were being treated in a primary-care setting. The patients were evaluated for initial pain and disability levels. On a scale of 1 to 10, patients reported an average pain level of 5.6. Their average disability score was 15.8 on the Roland-Morris scale of 0 to 24. Researchers were able to follow-up with 521 patients after six months and again with 443 patients after two years.
At six months, 13% of patients had developed chronic pain symptoms and 19% of patients had persistent pain after two years. Despite ongoing symptoms, only 8% of patients said they took sick leave as a result of pain. Even patients whose symptoms didn’t persist were likely to experience recurring episodes of pain since half of patients reported pain recurrences.
This study reinforces a point made in another recent study: current guidelines on acute low back pain are in need of revision. The idea that acute low back pain is temporary and non-recurring may no longer fit the reality experienced by many low back pain patients. Researchers wrote that “broad initiatives to develop new means for the primary and secondary prevention of recurrent and chronic LBP are urgently needed.”
A chiropractor can assist you in treating a current episode of acute low-back pain while helping you minimize your risk of developing chronic symptoms. preventing back pain found that chiropractic actually helps patients avoid future episodes of back pain.
If you are suffering from chronic back pain visit your chiropractor in Penrith NSW, A Family Chiropractor.
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A recent study from Iranian researchers found that there might be a link between blood levels of magnesium and migraine headaches.1
Researchers looked at 50 migraine patients and 50 healthy subjects with no history of migraine. The migraine patients had average magnesium levels of 1.86 mg/dl, while the healthy subjects had magnesium levels of 2.10 mg/dl.
The researchers didn’t find any variation in magnesium levels in patients during or between headache attacks.
Other research has confirmed a relationship between magnesium serum levels and migraine, and some headache experts recommend magnesium supplementation for migraine sufferers.2
Chiropractic has been shown to be an effective treatment for migraines, and your chiropractor can help you choose nutritional supplements and dietary changes that might be beneficial in reducing or eliminating migraines.
If you are suffering from migraines visit yor chiropractor in Parramatta NSW, A Family Chiropractor
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As we age, our knees begin to show signs of wear and tear, and studies show that an increasing number of middle-aged people are seeking total knee-replacement surgery. While there have been improvements in the surgical techniques, the procedure is still invasive and costly. Fortunately, early conservative treatment may allow patients to avoid the potential risks of joint-replacement surgery.
Research suggests that chiropractic adjustments can benefit patients with knee pain from osteoarthritis. In one study, patients who received chiropractic knee adjustments reported significant drops in pain intensity and less clicking and grinding sensations. They were also better able to perform daily tasks with enhanced mobility. The chiropractic patients also reported no adverse side effects. Patients who did not receive chiropractic adjustments in the study did not experience the same benefits.
Chiropractors can assist osteoarthritic patients in restoring normal joint alignment and gait, reducing inflammation, and finding the appropriate activities to promote flexibility and mobility. If you have chronic knee pain as result of osteoarthritis, contact a chiropractor learn more about non-surgical methods to slow down joint degeneration and reduce pain.
If you are suffering from knee pain visit your chiropractor in Hills Area NSW, A Family Chiropractor
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A study from the prestigious medical journal The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that chiropractic is more effective for neck pain than medication.
In the study, 272 patients with acute or subacute neck pain were given one of three treatments: medication, exercise with the advice of a health practitioner, or chiropractic care. After 12 weeks of treatment, patients in the chiropractic and exercise groups experienced the most pain reduction. When compared to the medication group, both exercise and chiropractic had more than doubled the likelihood that participants experienced complete relief of their pain. For chiropractic patients, these benefits lasted for at least a year, demonstrating that chiropractic can provide long-term relief.
The strong success of chiropractic and exercise is likely due to the fact that both treatments address the cause of neck pain, rather than just masking the symptoms. Whether your neck pain is a result of an injury or sitting at a desk for long hours, chiropractic care can restore your normal health free of pain, without the adverse effects of drugs.
If you are suffering from neck pain visit your chiropractor in Castle Hill, A Family Chiropractor.
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A new study suggests infants prescribed antibiotics have a higher risk of developing asthma later in childhood. However, the findings suggest that these children may have a specific genetic variation that increases their risk of asthma, rather than the antibiotics themselves causing the disorder.
Researchers from Manchester, London studied over 1,000 children from birth to age 11. They found that children with severe asthma at age 11 were more likely to have been given antibiotics before they were one year old. These children were also twice as likely to have severe wheezing problems or be hospitalized for asthma, compared to children not given antibiotics before the age of one.
But the scientists kept uncovering additional facts in this study. They tested their levels of cytokines (messenger molecules that stimulate the immune system to begin fighting against infection from viruses). The children with the severe asthma and wheezing had low levels of these cytokines, implying they may have already immune-deficient prior to receiving the antibiotics.
This may seem like the scientists were splitting hairs, but actually, it’s a pretty important discovery – one that could let the antibiotics off the hook for ‘causing’ asthma.
Looking even deeper into the subject, the scientists then went to the genetic level and found altered two genes located at 17q21 in the children. This means it’s possible that the infants were either born with the genetic variations that made them more susceptible in the first place – or something caused those genes to be different during their life.
Of course, more studies have to be done to find the true cause… but from the chiropractic point of view, there are a couple of things to note and speculate about.
First of all, chiropractic spinal manipulation has been found to be beneficial for immunity; studies have found that chiropractic adjustments decrease pro-inflammatory cytokines and an increase in antibodies involved in the immune response. In an ideal world where children received chiropractic care from an early age, it’s possible that the asthma study results might be different. Perhaps the risk of the children developing viral infections and needing the antibiotics in the first place would be lower. The one way to find out would be to run the same study again and add a separate group of children – those who were also receiving chiropractic care.
Secondly, chiropractors are always concerned about nutrition. New studies on vitamin D in the last decade have even found that some babies have deficient levels of the vitamin. A vitamin D deficiency clearly is linked to lower immunity. While the researchers are testing the additional group of children for chiropractic care, they could also be testing everyone in the study for vitamin D levels. It’s possible that both nutrition and chiropractic matter more than anything else in this puzzle of immunity.
Once scientists begin using lateral thinking skills to comprehend more of the big picture in health instead of only a few variables, we will make greater progress in leaps and bounds. And that’s when the world of health will truly change. In the meantime, discuss your child’s immune system with your chiropractor.
Some recent case studies have suggests that chiropractic has benefited some children with asthma.
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Chronic neck pain is typically treated with specific methods that focus on the affected area, thereby decreasing the level of tenderness and increasing range of motion. However, News Medical recently reported that a new study published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases suggests that treating the whole body via regular physical exercise may bring about better results.
Researchers set out to discover whether level of physical fitness or status of mental health (via depression and anxiety) has any effect on persons with chronic neck pain. They studied 160 participants, 80 of whom had no neck pain and 80 of whom reported chronic neck pain. Each group consisted of 40 males and 40 females.
They tested each participant in several areas to ascertain their strength, flexibility, pain threshold, disability level, depression levels, anxiety levels, and overall quality of sleep. They then compared the results of the group with chronic neck pain to the group that had no reported neck pain and they found some significant differences between the two – especially when separated by sex.
Women with chronic neck pain were weaker, had lower pain thresholds, and reported a lower quality of life than the group with no reported neck issues (regardless of gender). The females studied also tended to experience higher levels of depression and anxiety, and they reported getting less-than-restful sleep. Men with chronic neck pain also reported a lower quality of life, generally had higher body fat percentages, and their sleep quality was affected as well.
This study suggests that it takes a whole-body approach when treating chronic neck pain. Therefore, in addition to participating in regular chiropractic visits to realign the cervical vertebrae and treat the cause of the pain, both male and female patients should be encouraged to participate in an exercise program to further enhance the benefits.
Doing so can potentially increase their quality of life, make them stronger, lower their body fat percentages, and allow them to engage in more restful sleep. Additionally, regular physical exercise helps lower anxiety and depression, making it an effective tool for improving quality of life as well as reducing neck pain. Combining chiropractic with specific exercises is particularly effective for spinal pain, research suggests.
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Why do obese and overweight patients have a higher risk of back pain? A new study has a partial answer to the question: the height of spinal discs.
The results show additional risks suffered from those who are obese – an actual loss of disc height in certain segments of the lumbar spine. Reduced disc height means that the cushioning in the spine has deteriorated, leaving an opportunity for a disc to bulge or other debilitating back problems to develop.
By analyzing MRIs, researchers measured disc height in 72 adults. At the L1-2 and L3-4 levels, people categorized as obese had an average disc height of 4.16 cm compared to 4.57 cm in people with healthy weights. Obese participants were also more likely to suffer from back pain. However, there were no major differences in space at the lumbosacral junction. Still, the study established a relationship between obesity, disc height, and back pain.
For decades, doctors and chiropractors have been advising overweight and obese patients to lose weight. Doctors knew there was a correlation of back pain with obesity, and if the person lost weight, the back pain vanished. But the scientific reasons behind that process weren’t fully understood. Now a growing body of research is answering the “why” question, while showing how important weight is in the cause and treatment of back pain.
In the last decade, scientists have discovered more and more health problems associated with carrying extra weight. For example, extra fat is not simply inert – sitting there on the belly and body doing nothing – but instead is actively producing hormones and substances that interfere with immunity.
Chiropractic medicine offers a way to improve spinal health for all individuals, regardless of size or weight. And with continued advancements in the science of nutrition, many chiropractors may also be able to assist patients by providing recommendations on safe diets. Chiropractors can help to relieve your back pain now, and assist you in developing healthier habits to prevent it from recurring in the future.
|Posted by A Family Chiropractor on January 15, 2015 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
Chiropractic is a proven effective way to help people recover and prevent back pain, but many people still choose to see a medical provider for back problems. According to research published in Spine, the chiropractic is the better choice.
This particular randomized-controlled trial consisted of 107 adult participants who began experiencing low back pain at some time within the previous 12 weeks. Each person received one of three different treatments: manual-thrust manipulation (MTM), mechanical-assisted manipulation (MAM), or usual medical care (UMC). The manipulation groups received a total of eight treatment sessions (two per week for four weeks), and the UMC group engaged in three visits during this same timeframe. Self-reported data regarding both pain and disability were collected at the beginning of the study, immediately post-treatment (at the four week mark), and three and six months later.
Upon the completion of the treatment sessions, or four weeks into the study, MTM patients “showed a statistically significant advantage” in regard to linear regression over both the MAM and UMC group members. Additionally, MTM patients had a higher level of responders when it came to disability factors (76 percent) than when compared to participants in the MAM and UMC groups (50 percent and 48 percent, respectively). They also experienced better results in regard to pain as well, with 94 percent of MTM patients reporting improvement in this area, as compared to 69 percent of MAM and 56 percent of UMC recipients. What does this mean in real-life terms?
Researchers concluded that, “Patients improved with all 3 treatments, however manual manipulation lead to significantly greater reductions in pain and disability at the end of care (4 weeks).” Essentially, all three of these methods may offer some level of relief, but the one with the greatest and quickest amount of self-reported improvement was—hands down—chiropractic care.
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Owning and operating your own business can be quite an undertaking. Not only do you have to properly look after your customers to ensure that you are still in business 10, 20, and 50 years down the road, you also need to look after your employees. After all, your success is largely determinant on their ability to do their job, making their health and happiness critical to the equation. According to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, one way to enhance your staff’s wellness by reducing their healthcare utilization (which also potentially lowers your cost as an employer) may be to offer on-site chiropractic care.
From 2010 to 2012, 1,635 Cerner HealthPlan members received chiropractic care at least once, some of them in on-site chiropractic facilities sponsored by their employers and the remainder via off-site chiropractic services. The on-site group had a median age of 32 years and contained slightly more males (54.11 percent); whereas the off-site group had a median age of 38 years and contained slightly more females (52.83 percent).
Researchers found that off-site chiropractic patients not only had a higher rate of initial radiology services (like MRI’s, ultrasounds, and CT scans), they also had a greater number of repeat radiological visits too. Furthermore, off-site chiropractic patients experienced “significantly higher outpatient utilization,” showing an increase in repeat services in this area as well.
Off-site chiropractic patients even reported to the emergency room more often than individuals who engaged in on-site chiropractic care. And it should be noted that the off-site group had more chiropractic and physical therapy visits than the on-site group.
While this study implies that on-site chiropractic is potentially more effective when it comes to employee health and wellness, the researchers remind their readers that more studies should be conducted. This is necessary to determine whether this is a case of cause-and-effect (on-site chiropractic care causing fewer healthcare visits), or if there are other factors that should be considered, such as demographics of the participants and presence of conditions that cannot be benefited from chiropractic treatment.
In the meantime, because chiropractic care has been proven to be an effective form of treatment for many different conditions, its inclusion in a healthcare plan is often beneficial; whether on-site or off.