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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.!!

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!!

Framework!!

Did you know your skeleton is the frame that all other body systems integrate around.  The spine is the central support column that can suffer with poor posture or other disorders like scoliosis (curvature of the spine).  When the hips are at different heights or the legs are functionally different lengths (leg length inequality), or the shoulders slouch, the spine is forced to carry the body asymmetrically, thus adding to atypical stresses on the muscle and joints of the body, especially the spine and lower extremities. Chiropractic is great for treating people with postural issues or disorders such as scoliosis.  In fact many people have mild scoliosis and probably do not know they have it.  I found out I had scoliosis when I entered Chiropractic College.  My own back issues indirectly led me into the Chiropractic profession and Chiropractic care has helped me maintain my spine.  It works!!

Why back surgery, if it isn’t effective?

Did you know that there is an 80% chance that you will suffer from back pain, if you already haven’t? Did you know that there are 500,000 disc surgeries annually and that most of them are unnecessary and ineffective?  Several studies now indicate that for many patients, fusion surgeries designed to alleviate the pain from degenerative discs, disc herniation’s, and/or radiculopathy do not work. This can lead to significant increase with disability, opiate use, prolonged work loss and poor return to work status. On the plus side, the medical world is now rethinking its approach to back problems because “the world of spinal medicine, unfortunately, is producing patients with failed back surgery syndrome at an alarming rate”. “There is an overwhelming body of evidence indicating that chiropractic management of low back pain is more cost-effective than medical management.” Dr. Anthony Rosner testifying before of the Institute of Medicine, stated, “Today we can argue that chiropractic care, at least for back pain, appears to have vaulted from last to first place as a treatment option.”  Spread the word to your friends and loved ones!

Back pain and bending!!

I never tire of talking to patients about back issues as my own back problem 20 + years ago indirectly led me into the Chiropractic profession.  I recently discussed some back exercises to avoid when one has hurt their back.  Many back injuries are from bending.  Bending forward (flexion) is one of the more common reasons for injuring the discs in your back.  In fact twisting while bending is even worse.  Most spines only have so many bends in them before injury occurs, due to the distortion of the disc fibers that occur with forward flexion.  Sit-ups and crunches are probably one of the worst exercises for acute or sub-acute back problems, until late in the healing process, as that is usually the same motion that caused the original injury.  Please visit your local Chiropractor for help with your low back pain as they are the professionals that understand how to help heal, teach and prevent future problems.

Bending and Spine Pain

Did you know the worst time to bend your back is in the morning?  Back pain comes in many forms and has many causes.  Back pain can go away on its own, but don’t let that fool you.  There is usually an underlying cause and not addressing the cause can mean chronic and life long back issues.  Often times doctors tell patients to strengthen their core muscles to help with back pain.  However, some back exercises shouldn’t be performed as they can make back pain worse.  The most common one is abdominal crunches or sit-ups.  This causes flexion of the spine and puts a lot of stress on the disc material fibers.  The discs of our spine only have so many number of bends before they damage.  This may be different for each individual. The reason not to flex the spine in the morning is that the discs are more hydrated, thicker and more prone to injury.. Limit your bending in the mornings…more later!!

Spine Pain & Lifting

Did you know that most Americans will develop a back problem at some time in their lives?  I’ve discussed this before, however this may put a new twist on things.  Your spine has natural curves for a reason. When you bend out of that natural curve, it really isn’t a big deal, unless it is bearing a load.  That load may be a weight at the gym, a bag of soil or a 3 year old child.  When this happens, it compresses and distorts the discs in the spine and causing the fibers to loosen and divide.  This can allow the nucleus (gel) to leak out between the fibers (bulge/herniation). The only inherent structural stability the spine has is the rigidity of the muscles around it. Without muscles, your spine could not even support your upper body weight.  Basically, we are more likely to hurt ourselves lifting the heaviest or lightest loads. Chiropractic is a great way to help those with back issues and prevent new ones.  More next time!!

Herniated Disc and Chiropractic

Did you know that a herniated disc is a generic term to describe displacement of spinal disc material? A disc can be bulging, protruded, extruded, sequestered, fragmented, or migrated.  They do not slip, contrary to some peoples opinion. Also, 250,000 patients a year undergo elective lumbar surgery for low back disc issues in the U.S.  A study in 2010 compared surgery versus chiropractic care for the treatment of one sided lumbar disc herniation and found 60% of chiropractic patients reported a successful outcome as an alternative to surgery. Finally if you are still on the fence about chiropractic, researchers from another study of 6.6 million patients…that’s correct, 6.6 million,  concluded that there is “no mechanism by which spinal manipulation induces injury into normal healthy tissues has been identified”.   That says a lot about chiropractic care…it is safe and extremely effective!!

Neck Pain and Chiropractic

When it comes to neck pain and Chiropractic care, a systematic analysis of over nineteen hundred studies, researchers concluded that subjects with chronic neck pain, not due to whiplash and without arm pain and headaches, show clinically important improvements from a course of spinal manipulation or mobilization at 6, 12, and up to 104 weeks after treatment.  Another study compared Chiropractic and exercise to drugs and concluded that 30% of both the Chiropractic and exercise groups had no pain at the end of the 12 week of the study compared to 13% of the medication group. If it works, it works, and science proves it!