January 2020 Healthy News from Vancouver Spine Care Centre: Chiropractic for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Pain Relief and Glucosamine for Back and Joint Cartilage

Vancouver chiropractic care offers a treatment plan for relieving post-back surgery continued pain (FBSS or failed back surgery syndrome). 

BACK SURGERY? DID IT RELIEVE YOUR PAIN?

For many Vancouver back pain patients, back surgery appears like it is the answer…unless it’s not. Statistics show that upwards of 50% of patients who undergo back surgery have the same or worse pain later...a year, 10 years, etc. (1,2,3) What’s next? Another surgery? For some Vancouver failed back surgical syndrome (FBSS) patients, yes. For other FBSS patients, no. Occasionally a second surgery is by necessity, sometimes by choice. There’re other choices though. Even spine surgeons are questioning the next step for such patients. The multidisciplinary approach is well thought of to make post-surgical continued pain (PSCP) care more uniform among surgical practices and improve patient outcomes. Researchers are just now working to figure out what the “uniform care” should be. (4) Other researchers admit that evidence is not very strong for the use of medications and reoperations to contend with FBSS patients. Active exercise has strong evidence. For some of the worst FBSS chronic pain patients, spinal cord stimulators are being tried. (5) Chronic back pain patients who are proactive in dealing with their pain by exercising and trying other self-care coping strategies suggested by their chiropractors - like your Vancouver chiropractor may do – find they deal with with their pain better. (6) A specific study of 69 post-surgical continued pain patients (aka FBSS) treated with the chiropractic Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management found that 81% of FBSS/PSCP patients undergoing a mean of 11 treatment visits over a 49 day period of active care reported greater than 50% pain relief at the end of 3 months’ active care. At 24 months, only 16% had additional surgery while 82% reported pain relief of more than 50%. (7) Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a feasible, evidence-based option before back surgery (and recommended prior to back surgery by organizations like the American Pain Society and the American College of Family Physicians (11)) and after back surgery. Your Vancouver chiropractor has just the treatment plan to relieve and control your and a loved one’s back pain. Set up an appointment soon!

Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Lee Hazen on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he presents the treatment of post-surgical continued pain/failed back surgical syndrome patients using The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. There’s hope!

Vancouver chiropractic nutritional support encourages glucosamine for joint and spine cartilage health and potential regeneration.  

TIP OF THE MONTH: Glucosamine for Back Pain and Joint Pain Relief

Glucosamine sulfate benefits cartilage and joints found throughout the body like the spine and knee. It’s physiologically part of the body. Glucosamine sulfate stops the destruction of cartilage and decreases osteoarthritic pain. It slows destruction of cartilage by stopping the enzymes that do that. It prevents damage of corticosteroids on chondrocytes and NSAIDS on glycosaminoglycan synthesis required for cartilage health. It is even written to be a “stimulator of tissue regeneration.” (8) For those suffering with osteoarthritis – the most common joint disease and common cause of joint pain, functional loss and disability – taking glucosamine alongside NSAID treatment like meloxicam deterred the inflammatory issue accompanying osteoarthritis by reducing the levels of interleukin 1ß. (9) Glucosamine sulfate taken orally reduced lower back pain as effectively as NSAIDs and did not raise glucose levels out of their normal limit. (10) Let’s talk about how glucosamine sulfate may help you manage your Vancouver back pain and joint pain.

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Schedule your next Vancouver chiropractic appointment today with Vancouver Spine Care Centre. Vancouver back pain whether it’s been surgically managed or not is welcome at Vancouver Spine Care Centre where chiropractic care with spinal manipulation and glucosamine help sufferers get relief and a sense of control.

May 2020 be your year of back pain relief solutions with Vancouver chiropractic care at Vancouver Spine Care Centre!

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