Minster Chiropractic Newsletter for February 2017

Combined DC/MD Care is Beneficial

Patient benefit when doctors work together. Minster Chiropractic Center is always ready to work with Minster healthcare colleagues to help a Minster chiropractic patient! 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 demonstrates that multidisciplinary conferences connecting many kinds of providers lessen 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! Minster Chiropractic Center is ready to help!

Proper Timing for Back or Neck Surgery

It’s found 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 contemplated and between 4 and 8 weeks for lumbar radiculopathy (leg/lower extremity pain). (3) Naturally, Minster Chiropractic Center works toward surgery necessity but knows when to refer appropriate patients for surgical care. There are times when it is. Count on Minster Chiropractic Center for your non-surgical back pain and neck pain care.

Eat Healthy!

It’s not just a motto! 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. If you are one of those Minster 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

Minster chronic low back pain sufferers who also have low vitamin D levels benefit from vitamin D supplementation. Increased vitamin D levels via supplementation show reduced pain intensity and improved function ability in chronic low back pain patients. (5) Minster Chiropractic Center loves that such a simple task as a nutritional supplement may help our Minster chiropractic patients so much!

Cervical Spine and Tinnitus Related

Everything is connected! Minster Chiropractic Center knows this to be true! Researchers propose that tinnitus may be improved when cervical spine disorders are alleviated. There is a connection between the dorsal cochlear nucleus in the auditory pathway and the cervical spine. (6) Does tinnitus with a cervical spine condition upset you? A Minster friend? Minster Chiropractic Center offers gentle chiropractic care to help them both potentially! Minster chiropractic may help.

Osteoporosis and Obesity – The Link

When we think about osteoporosis, we used to think of thin people as being the ones at risk. Minster Chiropractic Center often thought that. But not now! New research reports that obesity is a big risk factor for osteoporosis since inflammatory cytokines are used by fat to negatively influence bone metabolism. (7) Now, that’s new news. All of us Minster folks – thin and overweight – must be mindful of osteoporosis risk and how to manage it.

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

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