Combined DC/MD Care is Beneficial
Doctors working together benefits patients. Working with a Brooks healthcare colleague to help one of our Brooks 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 connecting many types of doctors reduce 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! Soft Health and Healing Clinic is ready to help!
When Would Back Surgery Be Appropriate?
Research reports that 88% of cervical radiculopathy patients and 70% of lumbar radiculopathy patients improve 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, Soft Health and Healing Clinic works toward surgery necessity but knows when to refer appropriate patients for surgical care. There are times when it is. Trust Soft Health and Healing Clinic for your back and neck pain care needs.
It’s not just a slogan! Eating healthily lowers the risk of osteoporosis and improves bone mineral density. Those who eat more vegetables and fruits have less osteoposis and higher bone mineral density in middle and older age. If you are one of those Brooks chiropractic patients who don’t like vegetables much, you are in luck! Fruit more so than vegetables seems to be better. (4) Eat some fruit and vegetables today for less osteoporosis and pain tomorrow.
Vitamin D and Back Pain
Brooks chronic low back pain sufferers who also have low vitamin D levels benefit from vitamin D supplementation. Improved vitamin D levels via supplementation show reduced pain intensity and improved function ability in chronic low back pain patients. (5) Soft Health and Healing Clinic thinks it’s nice that an easy intervention as a nutritional supplement may mean so much for back pain!
Cervical Spine and Tinnitus Related
Everything is connected! Soft Health and Healing Clinic knows this to be true! Researchers suggest that tinnitus may be improved when cervical spine disorders are helped. There is a link between the dorsal cochlear nucleus in the auditory pathway and the cervical spine. (6) Does tinnitus with a cervical spine condition bother you? A Brooks friend? Soft Health and Healing Clinic offers gentle chiropractic care to help them both potentially! Brooks chiropractic may help.
Obesity Increases Osteoporosis Risk
When we think about osteoporosis, we used to think of thin people as being the ones at risk. Soft Health and Healing Clinic often thought that. But not now! New research finds that obesity is a big 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 Brooks folks – thin and overweight – need to be mindful of osteoporosis risk and how to manage it.
So did any of these issues catch your attention? Yes? Schedule a Brooks chiropractic appointment today with Soft Health and Healing Clinic. What a great first step toward relief!