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Burlington and Hamilton Chiropractic Newsletter for February 2017

All Benefit when DCs and MDs Work Together

Patient benefit when doctors work together. Working with a Burlington and Hamilton healthcare colleague to help one of our Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients is always an honor! A new study shows that when family medicine residents and chiropractors cooperatively care for older patients with back pain, everyone wins. Patients liked it. Both types of doctors liked getting to know each other’s treatment approaches. (1) While another study reveals that multidisciplinary conferences involving many kinds of providers decrease the use of spinal fusion for low back and improve the matching of surgical type to the proper patient type. (2) It is all good! Spinal Care Clinic is ready to help!

Appropriate Timing for Back or Neck Surgery

It’s found that 88% of cervical radiculopathy patients and 70% of lumbar radiculopathy patients show improvement within 4 weeks of symptom onset. Therefore, optimal timing for surgery for cervical radiculopathy (arm/upper extremity pain) is within 8 weeks of symptom onset though 4 weeks may be considered and between 4 and 8 weeks for lumbar radiculopathy (leg/lower extremity pain). (3) Naturally, Spinal Care Clinic works toward surgery necessity but knows when to refer appropriate patients for surgical care. There are times when it is. Count on Spinal Care Clinic for your non-surgical back pain and neck pain care.

Eat Healthy!

It’s not just a slogan! Healthy eating improves bone mineral density and lowers the risk of osteoporosis. Those who consume more vegetables and fruits have less osteoposis and higher bone mineral density in middle and older age. And to cheer those Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients who don’t like veggies as much, fruit seems to contribute more positively than vegetables. (4) Less osteoporosis can potentially mean less back pain later in life, so enjoy some veggies and fruit today!

Vitamin D and Back Pain

Low vitamin D levels for Burlington and Hamilton chronic low back pain sufferers isn’t good. The good news is that vitamin D supplementation helps! An improved vitamin D level helps reduce pain intensity and improve function in chronic low back pain patients. (5) Spinal Care Clinic loves that such an easy thing as a nutritional supplement may help our Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients so much!

Cervical Spine and Tinnitus Related

Our body is one big linked system! Spinal Care Clinic knows this to be true! Spinal Care Clinic just read this study about tinnitus and its potential relationship to cervical spine disorders. That makes sense! They find that when cervical spine disorders are improved, so is the tinnitus. There is a link between the dorsal cochlear nucleus in the auditory pathway and the cervical spine. (6) If tinnitus along with a cervical spine condition concerns you  or a friend, let’s see what Spinal Care Clinic can do to help! Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic may help.

Osteoporosis and Obesity – The Link

When we think about osteoporosis, we used to think thin people were at risk. Spinal Care Clinic often thought that. But not now! New research finds that obesity is a major risk factor for osteoporosis since fat is used by inflammatory cytokines to negatively control bone metabolism. (7) Now, that’s new news. All of us Burlington and Hamilton folks – thin and overweight – need to be aware of osteoporosis risk and how to manage it.

So did any of these issues catch your attention? Yes? Schedule a Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment today with Spinal Care Clinic. What a great first step toward relief!

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