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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.!!

Why We Are So Good With Back and Neck Pain Patients

If you or someone you know are skeptical about chiropractic care, here are some interesting details that help explain why chiropractors are so effective treating neck and back pain patients.  Chiropractic schools require 4200 hours of education for students including a thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology.  The curriculum enables students to be efficient in neuro-muscular skeletal evaluation, treatment and management. The curriculum also includes, physical diagnosis, spinal analysis, biomechanics, orthopedics and neurology.  In fact, compared to med students this is far beyond what they receive.  That is just a few reasons why chiropractors are so good with neck and back pain patients….!!

Help The Little Guy

A short while ago I discussed the fact that small physician practices are going the way of the dinosaur for many reasons but mostly due to health insurance reimbursement.  In fact, I had the opportunity to discuss this issue with a COO of one of the local major hospital health care systems. He intimated that due to insurance reimbursement, many hospitals are hurting financially and are in competition to gobble up local physician groups or other hospital groups to help increase revenue. Now, many independent doctors and smaller physician groups are forced to join hospitals systems because they are losing money and need to be able to pay their bills or they go out of business.  This forces more patients into “narrow” doctor networks, many at hospital settings. As insurance rates go up and patient benefits decline, physician revenue declines, service declines, wait time to see doctors increases, unnecessary tests are ordered.  Only one of the three players in this health care situation wins and it isn’t the doctor or patient. Please try to support your local small business physician, as they truly need it!

Chiropractic Bests Medical Care for Low Back Pain

Did you know 40 million Americans will experience “frequent” low back pain  (LBP) with 15% suffering LBP for at least 2 weeks at a time? A small study comparing Chiropractic treatment to patient, verses medical treatment, shows why chiropractic should be the go-to for treatment of LBP. Chiropractic patients showed better overall improvement and satisfaction after one month compared to those treated by a general family physician. Chiropractic patients showed substantial decreases with pain severity, functional disability and pain quality while medical patients showed minimal improvements with regard to the first two measures while actually deteriorating in the third measure.  This means their (medical patients) pain quality actually got worse with medical care.  We know more now than ever, about the benefits of Chiropractic care.  Don’t hesitate to visit your Chiropractor because it is a matter of health and healthy life!!

Spine Pain, Chiropractic & You

Have you ever heard of the term “stenosis”?  It is a term describing the narrowing of an opening.  It is a very common term in those with spine pain.  Often times, individuals who have back pain or neck pain have spinal stenosis. This is a narrowing of the spinal canal where the spinal cord rests or the foramen where the nerve exit the vertebra. As we age, degenerative changes in the spine often cause a narrowing in regions of the spinal canal itself or the foramen (opening) where the nerve exits the spinal canal.  The cause can be due to extra bony growth or a herniated/bulging disc which creates pressure on surrounding structures creating pain, numbness, tingling or even weakness.  Some people have it and have no symptoms.  The good news is that the natural history of lumbar stenosis is generally very favorable and there are many conservative options including Chiropractic!.  Talk to your doc and find out what options are available

Car Accidents & Pain

I was recently in an auto accident where a drunk driver struck my stopped truck from behind at a fairly high speed.  I have never been in such a violent collision before and I am quite sore after a couple weeks. I see patients all the time who have been in accidents and come to my office for treatment that can help them recover quicker and get back to their daily activities and functions pain free.  Now, I do have a greater appreciation for what it feels like when patients describe their collision and injuries.  Fortunately I believe everyone involved in my accident will be fine, however if you are ever in an accident that requires treatment for your injuries, give Chiropractic a chance to help you. You won’t regret it!

Osteoarthritis Pain & Chiropractic

Did you know osteoarthritis (OA) can occur in young people as well as older folks. In fact it occurs in about 14% of the population between the ages of 25 and 65. Osteoarthritis is by far the most common form of arthritis and is known as the “wear and tear” or “degenerative” type of arthritis. It often occurs in the spine but the hands, knees and hips are other common regions. The joints can be mildly painful or extremely painful with OA and Chiropractic care can go a long way to improve these painful joints as well as maintain the joint function and mobility. Talk to your Chiro Doc!

Fitness, Pain, Injury & Chiropractor Schaumburg

Ladies and gentlemen, are you into a new fitness craze? In fact as much as we try to stay in shape, we tend to injure ourselves doing the very activities we love. Some of our favorite fitness routines such as cardio boxing, Insanity, cross fit, Barre and indoor cycling and others,can take its toll if not performed properly. We know that pain is a great motivator for getting people to the doctor. Sometimes the intensity causes issues and sometimes it’s the frequency, and often it is the repetitive aspect. We are seeing an uptick in injuries, more specifically women who work hard at keeping themselves fit and healthy. Our facility has all the technology and expertise to help you recover from an injury or just help you maintain your present course. We also provide support and nutritional counseling also. Give your body the help it deserves, our massage therapist are also eager to help with those stubborn tight muscles. Work hard, workout hard but enjoy life even harder!

Chiropractic Care vs Medical Care

Once people who have never been to a Chiropractor find out that I am a Chiropractic physician, they often ask me…”Does it work?” . I always say yes but it depends on how much effort the patient puts into his/her care. What we absolutely now know about Chiropractic care and why it should be utilized by the general public are as follows, from a recent study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Patients whose first contact with a DC give superior satisfaction ratings over medical care, especially when comparing first contact with an MD relative to musculoskeletal problems. Second, Chiropractic significantly reduces costs compared to the medical model for similar problems. Third, the outocmes are as good or better than the traditional medical model of care, for significantly less money. In todays health care world, those are great reasons!

Chiropractic Care Works

In my profession, back and neck problems are some of the more common health issues that I deal with on a daily basis. One of the more positive aspects of these types of injury is that most are easily treatable with conservative care. Even injuries with a neurological component (pinched nerve / radiculopathy) usually responds to Chiropractic care and typically the pain is actually worse than the injury itself. In other words, it can hurt like heck, but isn‘t all too serious. However, we all have different pain thresholds, so severe pain for one individual, may be milder to another person. Chiropractic is a much more functional approach to reducing pain, muscle spasm and tightness and improving mobility of spinal segments. A ton of new research finally confirms what we Chiropractors (and patients) have said all along, “It works, it is more efficient at helping the body heal and significantly more cost effective.” Don’t cheat yourself or loved ones, visit your D.C. !!