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January 2020 Healthy News from Soft Health and Healing Clinic: Chiropractic for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Pain Relief and Glucosamine for Back and Joint Cartilage

Brooks chiropractic care has a treatment plan for relieving post-back surgery continued pain (FBSS or failed back surgery syndrome). 

BACK SURGERY? DID IT RELIEVE YOUR PAIN?

For many Brooks back pain patients, back surgery seems to be the answer…until it’s not. Statistics show that upwards of 50% of patients who undergo back surgery have the same or worse pain at some point in the future...12 months later, 10 years, etc. (1,2,3) What’s next? Another surgery? For some Brooks failed back surgical syndrome (FBSS) patients, yes. For others, no. Occasionally another surgery is by necessity, sometimes by choice. There are other choices though. Even back spine surgeons are searching for the next step for such patients. The multidisciplinary approach is well thought of to make post-surgical continued pain (PSCP) care more uniform among surgical practices and enhance patient outcomes. Researchers are just now trying to figure out what the “uniform care” should be. (4) Other researchers concede that evidence is weak for the use of medications and reoperations to contend with FBSS patients. Active exercise has strong evidence. For some of the worst FBSS chronic pain patients, spinal cord stimulators are being tried. (5) Chronic back pain patients who are proactive in dealing with their pain by exercising and trying other self-care coping approaches offered by their chiropractors - like your Brooks chiropractor may do – find they cope with their pain better. (6) A particular study of 69 post-surgical continued pain patients (aka FBSS) cared for with the chiropractic Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management discovered that 81% of FBSS/PSCP patients undergoing a mean of 11 treatment visits over a 49 day period of active care stated that they got greater than 50% pain relief at the end of 3 months’ active care. At 24 months, only 16% had another surgery while 82% reported pain relief of more than 50%. (7) Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a viable, evidence-based option before back surgery (and recommended prior to back surgery by organizations like the American Pain Society and the American College of Family Physicians (11)) and after back surgery. Your Brooks chiropractor has just the treatment plan to relieve and control your and a loved one’s back pain. Set up an appointment soon!

Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Lee Hazen on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he presents the treatment of post-surgical continued pain/failed back surgical syndrome patients using The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. There’s hope!

Brooks chiropractic nutritional support encourages glucosamine for joint and spine cartilage health and potential regeneration.  

TIP OF THE MONTH: Glucosamine for Back Pain and Joint Pain Relief

Glucosamine sulfate benefits cartilage and joints found throughout the body like the spine and knee. It is physiologically part of the body. Glucosamine sulfate halts the destruction of cartilage and reduces osteoarthritic pain. It slows destruction of cartilage by halting the enzymes that do that. It inhibits damage of corticosteroids on chondrocytes and NSAIDS on glycosaminoglycan synthesis necessary for cartilage health. It is even documented to be a “stimulator of tissue regeneration.” (8) For those suffering with osteoarthritis – the most prevalent joint disease and common cause of joint pain, functional loss and disability – taking glucosamine along with NSAID treatment like meloxicam inhibited the inflammatory issue accompanying osteoarthritis by reducing the levels of interleukin 1ß. (9) Glucosamine sulfate taken orally decreased lower back pain as effectively as NSAIDs and didn’t raise glucose levels out of their normal limit. (10) Let’s talk about how glucosamine sulfate may help you control your Brooks back pain and joint pain.

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Schedule your next Brooks chiropractic appointment today with Soft Health and Healing Clinic. Brooks back pain whether it’s been surgically managed or not is invited to Soft Health and Healing Clinic where chiropractic care with spinal manipulation and glucosamine help sufferers get relief and a sense of control.

May 2020 be your year of back pain relief solutions with Brooks chiropractic care at Soft Health and Healing Clinic!

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