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Keep the Disc Healthy..!!

I read an article discussing back pain, and as most chiropractic patients know, adjustments can help reduce back pain, improve spinal function and reduce the need for surgery and the nasty meds such as opioids. Not to mention that patients rank their satisfaction with chiropractic care at the top of the list of provider care. A recent study proves that not only does chiropractic adjustments help with back pain but it may also help maintain or even increase the height of the spinal disc. As we age, or if the disc is injured , it often loses its height, usually through degenerative changes. Since the discs are the shock absorbers of our spine, it is imperative to do whatever one can, to maintain the overall health of their spine. Chiropractic can help with a variety of health issues and this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.!!

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!!

Hurricane mentality!!

Hi everyone, just wanted to forgo the usual health stuff to give thanks to all the first responders and wonderful people who are helping this great country through some nasty, natural catastrophes. It is heart warming to see the compassion, generosity, and heroism that comes from times like this. It is disasters such as these, that bring out the best in the good men and women of this wonderful United States, regardless of political affiliation. We are Americans, we will provide and survive and best of all we will cry, sigh, hold our heads high, roll up our sleeves, pull together and rebuild and replenish once again. May this help bring this nation closer together!!

 

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!!

Forward head carry is bad…!!

Well I hope everyone still has their eye sight after the last eclipse passed through. It is already a week later and people are still talking about it. I thought it was very cool. Speaking of sight, our eyes contribute to neck motion, in that, if you catch something out of the corner of your eye, you will generally turn your head to look toward that object. Computers and cell phones are two technologies that contribute to neck issues, especially relative to posture. Most computer neck problems are head positioning issues by which the head is generally held forward of the neck and shoulder regions. It is what my profession calls a forward head carry. This is a terrible position for the neck to be in considering it is holding up an 8-10 pound head. This places extreme stress on the tissues of the neck to support a heavy head in less than optimal position. This injures the muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints of the neck as well as putting significant stress on the discs of the spine. Next time we will discuss a remedy for forward head carry!!

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!!

Back Pain Losses

Did you know that back pain is second only to the common cold as the most frequent cause of sick leave?  Back pain accounts for approximately 40% of all work absences.  A study from 1999 found that an estimated 22 million people suffer from back pain that lasts one week or more with an estimated 149 million days of lost work.  So what would those numbers be today in 2017?  Chiropractors are experts on diagnosing, treating, managing and preventing back pain.  If you haven’t had back pain yet, you are lucky, because for most Americans, it is just a matter of time.  Visit the pro’s who handle these problems on a daily basis!!

Enjoying your life to the fullest?

Health is something most people take for granted, however as we age, we start thinking about our mortality a little more frequently. Spine problems are one of those things that can make every day activities more challenging if not addressed. Here are just a few of the problems that can occur with the spine as we age. Degenerative changes of the disc and vertebrae can be a result of genetics, trauma, wear and tear or just life itself. The discs can become thinner, the vertebrae can develop bone spurs. Arthritis can contribute to pain in the spinal joints. Stenosis can occur with a bulging disc or bony changes along the spinal canal. All of the previous can contribute muscle or nerve issues along the spine that can affect the limbs (think sciatica). Chiropractors are educated and trained to diagnose and treat patients with these issues and help them enjoy their daily activities to the fullest. Don’t let spine problems ruin your fun!!

Ankle Injury

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend.  I asked a question about an ankle sprain last time, and the answer is the “anterior talofibular ligament” as being the most commonly injured ligament with an inversion sprain.  An inversion sprain is the typical “roll” the ankle after stepping on a uneven surface or sports type injury.  The pain is along the outside of the ankle, just under and forward of the lateral malleolus. That is the bony protrusion along the outside of the ankle. Another ankle injury we hear more about all the time is the “high ankle sprain” which is a sprain of the ligaments that connect the tibia and fibula just above the ankle, thus the term “high ankle sprain”. I see it more with football players than most other sports. I have had my share of ankle sprains and chiropractors can treat these injuries as well as anyone!