Baton Rouge Chiropractic Newsletter for February 2017

All Benefit when DCs and MDs Work Together

Patient benefit when doctors work together. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is always ready to work with Baton Rouge healthcare colleagues to help a Baton Rouge chiropractic patient! A new study shows 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 demonstrates that multidisciplinary conferences connecting many kinds 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! Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation 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, prime 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, Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation works toward surgery necessity but knows when to refer appropriate patients for surgical care. There are times when it is. Count on Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation for your non-surgical back pain and neck pain care.

Healthy Eating!

It’s not just a motto! Eating healthily lowers the risk of osteoporosis and improves bone mineral density. 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. If you are one of those Baton Rouge 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

Low vitamin D levels for Baton Rouge 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) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation loves that such an easy thing as a nutritional supplement may help our Baton Rouge chiropractic patients so much!

Cervical Spine and Tinnitus Related

Our body is one big linked system! Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation knows this to be true! Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation 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 upset you? A Baton Rouge friend? Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation offers gentle chiropractic care to help them both potentially! Baton Rouge chiropractic may help.

Obesity Increases Osteoporosis Risk

When we think about osteoporosis, we used to think of thin people as being the ones at risk. That’s what Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation would think. But not now! New research finds that obesity is a big risk factor for osteoporosis since fat is used by inflammatory cytokines to negatively control bone metabolism. (7) Now, that’s new news. All of us Baton Rouge folks – thin and overweight – must be attentive of osteoporosis risk and how to manage it.

If any of these topics affect you or a Baton Rouge loved one, schedule a Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment today with Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation. It’s the first step toward relief!

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