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Chicago Chiropractic Newsletter from Chiropractic Care for February 2017

Combined DC/MD Care is Beneficial

Patient benefit when doctors work together. Working with a Chicago healthcare colleague to help one of our Chicago 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 benefits. 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 types of providers reduce the use of spinal fusion for low back and improve the matching of surgical type to the proper patient type. (2) It’s all good! Chiropractic Care is ready to help!

When Would Back Surgery Be Suitable?

Research reports 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, Chiropractic Care works toward surgery necessity but knows when to refer appropriate patients for surgical care. There are times when it is. Trust Chiropractic Care for your back and neck pain care needs.

Healthy Eating!

It’s not just a motto! Eating healthily reduces the risk of osteoporosis and improves bone mineral density. Eating more fruits and vegetables caused higher bone mineral density and less osteoporosis rate in middle-aged and elderly persons with lower body mass indices. And to cheer those Chicago 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

Chicago chronic low back pain sufferers who also have low vitamin D levels benefit from vitamin D supplementation. An better vitamin D level helps reduce pain intensity and improve function in chronic low back pain patients. (5) Chiropractic Care loves that such an easy thing as a nutritional supplement may help our Chicago chiropractic patients so much!

Cervical Spine and Tinnitus Related

Our body is one big linked system! Chiropractic Care knows this to be true! Researchers propose that tinnitus may be helped when cervical spine disorders are alleviated. 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 bothers you  or a friend, let’s see what Chiropractic Care can do to help! Chicago chiropractic may help.

Osteoporosis and Obesity – The Link

It’s usually thought that osteoporosis occurs in thin people. Chiropractic Care 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 influence bone metabolism. (7) Now, that’s new news. All of us Chicago folks – thin and overweight – need to be mindful of osteoporosis risk and how to prevent it.

If any of these topics affect you or a Chicago loved one, schedule a Chicago chiropractic appointment today with Chiropractic Care. It’s the first step toward relief!

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