Combined DC/MD Care is Beneficial
Doctors working together benefits patients. Working with a Williamson healthcare colleague to help one of our Williamson chiropractic patients is always an honor! A new study reports 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 demonstrates that multidisciplinary conferences involving many kinds of doctors decrease 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! Apple Country Chiropractic 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 symptoms though 4 weeks may be contemplated and between 4 and 8 weeks for lumbar radiculopathy (leg/lower extremity pain). (3) Naturally, Apple Country Chiropractic works toward surgery necessity but knows when to refer appropriate patients for surgical care. There are times when it is. Count on Apple Country Chiropractic for your non-surgical back pain and neck pain care.
It’s not just a slogan! Healthy eating improves bone mineral density and lowers the risk of osteoporosis. 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 Williamson chiropractic patients who don’t like vegetables much, you are in luck! Fruit more so than vegetables seems to be better. (4) Less osteoporosis can potentially mean less back pain later in life, so enjoy some veggies and fruit today!
Back Pain’s Relationship to Vitamin D
Low vitamin D levels for Williamson 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) Apple Country Chiropractic thinks it’s nice that an easy intervention as a nutritional supplement may mean so much for back pain!
Cervical Spine and Tinnitus Related
Our body is one big linked system! Apple Country Chiropractic knows this to be true! Researchers report that tinnitus may be improved when cervical spine disorders are improved. There’s a connection between the dorsal cochlear nucleus in the auditory pathway and the cervical spine. (6) Does tinnitus with a cervical spine condition bother you? A Williamson friend? Apple Country Chiropractic offers gentle chiropractic care to help them both potentially! Williamson chiropractic may help.
Osteoporosis and Obesity – The Link
It’s usually thought that osteoporosis happens in thin people. Apple Country Chiropractic often thought that. But not now! New research finds that obesity is a big risk factor for osteoporosis since inflammatory cytokines are used by fat to negatively control bone metabolism. (7) Now, that’s new news. All of us Williamson folks – thin and overweight – need to be mindful of osteoporosis risk and how to manage it.
If any of these topics affect you or a Williamson loved one, schedule a Williamson chiropractic appointment today with Apple Country Chiropractic. What a great first step toward relief!