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Forget Fusion…!

Read this interesting information about the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation relative to spinal fusion surgery for lower back pain. A rule change, beginning 2018, says no spinal fusion surgery without at least 60 days of conservative care, prior. This conservative care can include chiropractic. Also, it states that opioids should be avoided whenever possible and the avoidance of “provider catastrophizing the explanation of the MRI findings.” Why? Because spinal fusion outcomes are significantly worse than non-fusion surgery. A study found 77% of the workers did not return to work for 2 years after fusion. Most back problems will respond to chiropractic and conservative care. Studies now support chiropractic care as being the first responders for conservative care. Pass the word!!

Lower Triglycerides with Fish Oil

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard about the amazing benefits of fish oil and its role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. It lowers triglycerides, blood pressure and slows the hardening of the arteries. Evidence suggests it even improves health outcomes for those already with heart disease. Did you know a large 4-year study from Italy published in the British Lancet, determined that daily fish oils (Omega-3 fatty acids) were superior to the cholesterol reducing drug Crestor? The side effects of Crestor are numerous, but headaches, muscle pain, abdominal pain, weakness and nausea are just a few. Those who took the fish oil were less susceptible to hospitalization or death than those given Crestor. Remember that cholesterol lowering drugs are a multi-billion dollar industry, in and of itself. Talk to your Chiropractor about ways to improve your health through nutritional supplementation.

Antidepressants and Death

Wow, just read an article about antidepressants and it was very eye opening. Researchers reviewed a number of studies involving over hundreds of thousands of antidepressant users and found a 33% higher risk of death among those users compared to non-users. The theory is that because those drugs tend to block serotonin absorption in the brain, they are also blocking the absorption in other organs such as the heart, kidneys, liver and lungs. Since these organs use serotonin, thus blocking its absorption may contribute to organ dysfunction. If you are having issues with depression, it may be time to revisit your physician to discuss the risk/benefit of continued use. Remember there are natural alternatives that may be just as effective and more safe. Ask your chiropractor!!

Knee pain & steroids

Have you ever had a steroid injection for knee pain from osteoarthritis?  You might have been better off with a saline (salt water) injection. A new study reports that steroid injections did not improve pain or function scores for those who got them (compared to saline group) and in fact may accelerate the breakdown of the cartilage compared with saline injections.  Between the two groups in the study, there was no difference with pain at any time across the two groups. The only major difference was that the steroid group showed a loss of cartilage compared to the saline group.  The researchers suggest using steroid injections for flair ups of osteoarthritis pain but not as an “long-term treatment strategy”!

Chronic Pain & Opioids

Chronic pain is one of those things that can literally make you lose your mind or even damage it.  A study of over 10,000 elderly adults found that those adults dealing with moderate to severe chronic pain, also had a significantly more rapid decline in cognitive function including memory, attention, as well as increased signs of dementia. This was compared to people with little to no pain. So instead of getting a prescription for opioids when you are in pain, find your local chiropractor, as study after study has proven its effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of those with chronic pain.!!

Over the counter meds and heart attack

Do you take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Naproxen, Diclofenac, etc.) on a regular basis?  I just read a study that found taking these over-the-counter meds on a regular basis, may increase your risk of a heart attack by as much as 30 percent.  Apparently they can influence platelet aggregation, cause blood clots, cause arteries to constrict, increase fluid retention and raise blood pressure.  Even though they are readily available drugs, they are not necessarily without risk especially if you have cardiovascular disease. It is a stark reminder that these drugs are not harmless.  There are supplemental alternatives for these painkillers. Talk to your Chiropractor on how to get pain relief from safer and more natural resources.

Opioids and Risk of Death

Pain is a fact of life and because of that people tend to seek out ways to reduce pain with their daily activities.  Did you know that fatal drug overdoses now have surpassed suicides and car accidents as a cause of death according to the CDC?  The death rate for opioid overdoses quadrupled from 1999 to 2015.  That means 91 Americans a day now die from opioid overdose. Though all age groups are more at risk for dying, those between their mid-40s and 60s are the hardest hit.  Chiropractic helps people of all ages reduce the pain that prevents them from enjoying life and can improve the function of the spine and body for maximum performance.  Don’t let prescription pain killers control your life…talk to your chiropractor for more alternatives…. !!

Back Pain and Over-the-Counter Meds!!

Did you know that a study recently showed that NSAIDS, (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.) are no more effective than placebo for combating low back pain and other forms of spinal pain? In other words, these meds work no better than doing nothing. What is even more interesting is that 5-6 patients would have to take medications in order for just one person to achieve any meaningful benefit.  Beyond that, these meds also can cause cardiovascular and GI issues.  So if you are in the majority of those who do not benefit from these meds, visit your chiropractor for the pain,. Why wait?

Chiropractic verses Prescription Pain Meds

Did you know that in the US, we have 5% of the world population, however we consume 75% of the worlds prescription drugs? From 2007 until 2010, 48% of people said they were taking a prescription medication, this includes one in every four kids.  Are Americans that sick compared to the rest of the world or is something else going on?  Seems to me someone is making a good buck at the expense of the good citizens of the US, while getting and keeping them addicted.  As medical physicians prescribe enough painkillers to medicate every American adult, every 4 hours, for an entire month, Chiropractic is a great way to help reduce dependence upon prescription pain meds and the potential for abuse.  Let that sink in!  Chiropractic works!

Chiropractic Pain Relief Without Meds!

Did you know a study in 2013 reported that non-specific low back pain is a “relatively common recurrent condition.”   Unfortunately the front line treatment for it has typically been prescription meds. The sales of opioid pain relievers quadrupled from 1999 to 2010. In 2010, enough opioid prescriptions were written to “medicate every American adult” with a standard dose of 5mg of hydrocodone (Vicodin) every 4 hours for a month…a staggering but sad statistic.  In fact, more than 165,000 persons died from overdose related to opioid pain meds from 1999-2014.  A 2015 study showed spinal, hip and shoulder pain patients had modestly higher pain relief and satisfaction with chiropractors at a lower overall cost relative to those patients who initiated care with a medical doctor initially.  The costs of care were 40% lower with treatment initiated by a chiropractor.  Try chiropractic for your pain issues, it saves money, is more effective and your satisfaction will be higher!!