Healthy News September 2022

 Minster back pain patients’ roads to recovery depend on pain reducing treatment, self-care, and positive mindset.


A positive mindset, sound self-care, and pain-lessening treatment is a valuable recipe for spine pain relief. Chiropractic combines them all! A study that tracked 740 chronic low back pain patients for a year documented that those who maintained their pain relief and reported an improved quality of life were also highly certain that they could still do activities regardless of their pain. Those who experienced widespread pain and imagined their pain as the worst ever from which they’d not get over reduced their recovery outcome. Understanding these factors, researchers and your Minster chiropractor get that realistic expectations must be discussed and understood for optimal, satisfactory clinical outcomes. (1) (For example, 50% relief is good!) Complicating factors like poor sleep, fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression may affect healing for back pain and neck pain sufferers and must be managed. We listen thoroughly to and have discussions with our chiropractic patients to manage issues as we advance toward pain relief and a better quality of life. We follow and share the 50% Rule of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management that establishes reasonable expectations for chiropractic pain relief: 50% relief within a month or so of care without any signs of progressive neurological deficits or other red flags is constructive improvement. Additional good news comes from a scoping review of papers regarding spine-pain related factors that noted how many issues are modifiable: smoking, overweight/obesity, negative expectations of recovery, work environment, nutrition, etc. (2) That is where we act together to maintain your positivity and confidence and come up with a solid Minster chiropractic treatment plan for your pain relief!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Robert Patterson on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he presents what realistic expectations are for back pain patients with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Minster Chiropractic Center recognizes inflammation’s role in pain and shares how it may be a link between otitis media ear infection and increased hip fracture risk. Interesting research! 


Consider Inflammation: An Ear Infection/Hearing Loss/Hip Fracture Risk Link

A recent study evaluated those with chronic otitis media to those without. Researchers questioned if chronic otitis media inflammation impacted the body beyond hearing. They found that those with chronic otitis media with a history of hearing loss are more susceptible to a higher risk of hip fracture. (3) Another study reported that chronic otitis media was found to be significantly associated with a higher risk of developing ‘sudden sensorineural hearing loss’ that comes on suddenly over a 3 day period. This is commonly related to dizziness and ringing in the ears, medicated with antibiotics, and accommodated for with hearing aids or devices for any enduring hearing loss. (4,5) We know inflammation is an enemy when dealing with Minster back pain and neck pain, and it is seemingly an enemy of ear pain and heightened hip fracture risk, too! Pay attention to hearing issues and inflammation as they occur. We're here to help with chiropractic services! Minster Chiropractic Center and you form a great team.

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