Vancouver Chiropractic Newsletter for February 2017

Combined DC/MD Care is Beneficial

Doctors working together benefits patients. Working with a Vancouver healthcare colleague to help one of our Vancouver 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 is all good! Vancouver Spine Care Centre is ready to help!

When Would Back Surgery Be Suitable?

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 symptoms though 4 weeks may be contemplated and between 4 and 8 weeks for lumbar radiculopathy (leg/lower extremity pain). (3) Naturally, Vancouver Spine Care Centre works toward surgery necessity but knows when to refer appropriate patients for surgical care. There are times when it is. Count on Vancouver Spine Care Centre for your non-surgical back pain and neck pain care.

Eat Healthy!

It’s not just a slogan! Healthy eating improves bone mineral density and lowers the risk of osteoporosis. Eating more fruits and vegetables caused higher bone mineral density and less osteoporosis occurrence in middle-aged and elderly persons with lower body mass indices. And to cheer those Vancouver 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!

Back Pain’s Relationship to Vitamin D

Low vitamin D levels for Vancouver chronic low back pain sufferers isn’t good. The good news is that vitamin D supplementation helps! Improved vitamin D levels via supplementation show reduced pain intensity and improved function ability in chronic low back pain patients. (5) Vancouver Spine Care Centre loves that such a simple task as a nutritional supplement may help our Vancouver chiropractic patients so much!

Cervical Spine and Tinnitus Related

Everything is connected! Vancouver Spine Care Centre knows this to be true! Researchers report that tinnitus may be helped 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 bother you? A Vancouver friend? Vancouver Spine Care Centre offers gentle chiropractic care to help them both potentially! Vancouver chiropractic may help.

Obesity Increases Risk of Osteoporosis

It’s usually thought that osteoporosis happens in thin people. That’s what Vancouver Spine Care Centre would think. 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 Vancouver folks – thin and overweight – need to be aware of osteoporosis risk and how to manage it.

If any of these topics affect you or a Vancouver loved one, schedule a Vancouver chiropractic appointment today with Vancouver Spine Care Centre. What a great first step toward relief!

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