Lynchburg Chiropractic Newsletter from Palmer Chiropractic Center for February 2017

All Benefit when DCs and MDs Work Together

Patient benefit when doctors work together. Palmer Chiropractic Center is always ready to work with Lynchburg healthcare colleagues to help a Lynchburg chiropractic patient! A new study reports that when family medicine residents and chiropractors cooperatively care for older patients with back pain, everyone wins. Patients liked it. Both types of doctors liked getting to know each other’s treatment approaches. (1) While another study reveals that multidisciplinary conferences connecting many types 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! Palmer Chiropractic Center is ready to help!

When Would Back Surgery Be Suitable?

Research reports that 88% of cervical radiculopathy patients and 70% of lumbar radiculopathy patients show improvement within 4 weeks of symptom onset. Therefore, prime 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, Palmer Chiropractic Center works toward surgery necessity but knows when to refer appropriate patients for surgical care. There are times when it is. Count on Palmer Chiropractic Center for your non-surgical back pain and neck pain care.

Eat Healthy!

It’s not just a slogan! Eating healthily reduces the risk of osteoporosis and improves bone mineral density. Those who eat more vegetables and fruits have less osteoposis and higher bone mineral density in middle and older age. And to cheer those Lynchburg 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 Lynchburg chronic low back pain sufferers isn’t good. The good news is that vitamin D supplementation helps! An better vitamin D level helps reduce pain intensity and improve function in chronic low back pain patients. (5) Palmer Chiropractic Center thinks it’s nice that an easy intervention as a nutritional supplement may have such a powerful impact on back pain!

Cervical Spine and Tinnitus Related

Everything is connected! Palmer Chiropractic Center knows this to be true! Palmer Chiropractic Center just read this study about tinnitus and its potential relationship to cervical spine disorders. That makes sense! They find that when cervical spine disorders are improved, so is the tinnitus. 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 Lynchburg friend? Palmer Chiropractic Center offers gentle chiropractic care to help them both potentially! Lynchburg chiropractic may help.

Osteoporosis and Obesity – The Link

It’s usually thought that osteoporosis happens in thin people. Palmer Chiropractic Center 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 Lynchburg folks – thin and overweight – need to be mindful of osteoporosis risk and how to prevent it.

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

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