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Posts about pain.

Please….No Ibuprofen…

I occasionally take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) for headaches or for mild aches and pain, however I just read another study that gives pause to why anyone would take it. Though it does relieve those minor aches and pain, it also can have terrible repercussions. Did you know it can cause life threatening complications such as fatal heart attack or stroke. Also, a new study stated that men taking ibuprofen at 600mg for 14 days were more at risk of infertility through reduced testicular function, including testosterone production, resulting in a state of compensated hypogonadism. WOW!! There are other and safer alternatives to those aches and pain, just ask your Chiropractor..!!

What a Pain in the Neck…!!

Did you know many people seem to think neck pain and tight upper shoulders is normal? Especially if their job requires hours daily on the computer. The easiest way to prevent neck pain is to figure out the cause and in my profession, people sitting hours on end, at a computer, seems to top the cake for neck pain. Some people get so accustomed to the pain and tightness they actually ignore it until it is far advanced. Some causes include poor posture, by which workspace ergonomics such as poor positioning of computer keyboards and monitors are quite capable in contributing to neck pain. Sleep issues become an issue when the neck is sore and tight and there is an ongoing quest to find the right pillow to get one through the night. Don’t forget that most all of us tend to look down at our cell phones much of the day putting maximum stress on the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons of the neck. When the neck is the issue, talk to your chiropractor about how to stop and prevent these types of overuse injury!!

Is Chiropractic three times better?

Be careful where you start as it could cost you on many levels. The biggest problem with the Chiropractic profession over the years has been the lack of solid research showing the efficacy of what we do. Fortunately, that ended several years ago with more and more studies now supporting what we Chiropractors have known all along. A recent study compared the cost, efficacy and satisfaction of Chiropractic care verses MD care as first-contact providers for a number of musculoskeletal conditions. Those patients who chose a DC as their initial care provider, verses those who chose an MD initially, had better outcomes based on pain scales, less expenses by over $360 over a four month period, and were more satisfied with their care. That my friends is the proverbial trifecta!! The most important aspect of this study was that it was the first time that there was a comparative study on outcomes between two different providers or modalities. In fact, the authors went on to say that that choosing an MD over a DC to start care for some musculoskeletal conditions, “might actually be a mistake.” Three great reasons to see your DC….!!

No Surgery Please!

You have heard me tout this same information before, but this is important. Eighty percent of all adults will experience some type of back pain in their lives. Very recent studies show that for chronic back pain, surgery doesn’t work any better than conservative care. An 11 year follow-up study of spinal fusion patients showed that their self-rated outcomes, were no better than those patients that went with conservative care, for their back pain. This conservative care includes chiropractic. This is not the first study to support conservative care for lower back pain. Please pass this along to family and friends! Just remember, you can never undo a back surgery.

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!!

Squat, it works!!

The most healthy individual will most likely at some point in their life, experience back pain. Why? Because we are two legged creatures and most of the forces of our upper body is carried by the bottom two discs in our lumbar spine. Also, as we get older we tend to bend more with our backs when we pick stuff up. We either get lazy or weaker in the legs as we age, generally both. I watch my grandson, one day, almost every week and we play a lot of stuff. I observe him when he picks items up off the floor or ground, and he squats every time when he picks things up. Even at the playground, I notice other children do the same thing. Rarely do they bend at the waist. Take a tip from the little ones and reacquaint yourself with picking up and lifting things properly, and hopefully avoid those nasty back problems. But if you injure yourself, get to your chiropractor immediately, they will help!!

Chronic Pain? Get better sleep!

I think most of us have heard we need the proper amount of sleep in order to feel at our best. However did you know that poor sleep can also contribute to chronic pain? A review of studies including over 61,000 participants arrived at a disturbing conclusion, in that, the impact of sleep on pain may be more significant than the impact of pain on sleep. In fact, the report states that the those suffering from poor quality of sleep and/or quantity of sleep may experience an increase of chronic pain by a factor of two or three compared to those that sleep well. Poor sleep is associated with impaired response to bacterial infections, viruses, poor physical functioning, increased inflammation, higher cortisol levels, and other markers of pain, fatigue and overall compromised health..!! Don’t just sleep on it…talk to your favorite chiropractor to find out how they can help!

Encouragement for pain!

Do you or your significant other have back pain? If one of you has back pain and the other doesn’t think it’s a big deal to them, that attitude can actually make the back pain worse, especially if you are female. A study of couples, showed that if your partner doesn’t think your pain is such a big deal, it can make the pain even worse. Some studies have shown that positive support and encouragement can make the feelings of pain better. However this study showed that the greater the hostility or criticism from a spouse, toward the one in pain, correlated with greater pain experienced by the one with low back pain. The bottom line is that if your loved one is in pain, be encouraging, supportive and positive. However if you cannot be positive at least don’t be critical. Either way, your chiropractor can help!!

Summer ends, yard work begins!!

Well, I trust everyone had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend and hope there wasn’t much labor involved. I know I tried to avoid anything laborious. The weather was wonderful and I did spend time outside in the yard doing semi-laborious things. Did you know fall is the time of year when there are a rash of back injuries due to yard work? In fact, this time of year tends to be second only to spring, for gardening or yard, clean-up-type, back injuries. Bending and lifting are the two main culprits that increase the risk of back issues. Tight hamstrings play a big roll in back problems with the guys however women are also susceptible. When bending forward, you must always try to hinge at the hips and avoid any significant time with the lower back rounded forward, especially with bending only partially. Forward bending distorts the fibers of the disc and can cause pain even if only performed for a short time. Enjoy your yard and the outdoors, be careful, and if you injure your back, call your chiropractor…they will help!!

To text or not to text, that is the question…

Do you have texting neck, texting thumb, texting wrist or texting elbow? If you can honestly say yes to any of these, you may need help! Your child may develop one of these syndromes. These are all basically related to overuse of the those particular body parts due to being on the phone or even the keyboard too much. All are basically symptoms of tendonitis, which can become quite painful and interfere with work activities or other activities of daily living as well as interrupting sleep. Did you know that Chiropractors treat people with these types of issues in a variety of ways including adjustments to each of those body parts. Texting pain is avoidable, preventable and treatable with the right methods in the hands of the right physician. Chiropractic works and will work for you!!