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Relief for Aching Backs !

Relief for aching backs

Hands-on therapies were top-rated by 14,000 consumers

About 80 percent of U.S. adults have at some point been bothered by back pain. The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center recently surveyed more than 14,000 subscribers who had lower-back pain in the past year but had never had back surgery. More than half said pain severely limited their daily routine for a week or longer, and 88 percent said it recurred through the year. Many said the pain interfered with sleep, sex, and efforts to maintain a healthy weight.

Back pain can be tough to treat. Most of our respondents tried five or six different treatments. They rated the helpfulness of the treatments tried and their satisfaction with the health-care professionals visited.

Hands-on therapies were among the top-rated. Fifty-eight percent of those who tried chiropractic manipulation said it helped a lot, and 59 percent were “completely” or “very” satisfied with their chiropractor. Massage and physical therapy were close runners-up.

Many of those who tried spinal injections found them to be very helpful, although the techniques their doctors used varied. Most respondents had used some type of medication. Forty-five percent of those who took prescription drugs said they helped a lot, double the percentage of those who said they were helped by over-the-counter medications.

Where to go for treatment

“Everyone seems to be selling some kind of gimmick, treatment, or pill for low-back pain,” says neurologist Scott Haldeman, M.D., who co-edited the January/February 2008 issue of The Spine Journal, which reviewed ways of treating low-back pain. But when treatments abound, it’s usually because there’s no clear winner.

A visit to a primary-care doctor is a smart first step when back pain is severe. A doctor can help rule out disease, such as infection or cancer. Although many of our respondents who saw a primary-care doctor left dissatisfied, doctors can write referrals for hands-on treatments that might be covered by health insurance.

Enduring the pain or seeing a chiropractor or physical therapist as a first step might be OK for a recurrent, familiar back problem. Most of the 35 percent of our respondents who didn’t see a health professional had severely limiting pain for less than a week. Many of those with more prolonged pain who didn’t see a healthcare professional said it was because of cost concerns or because they did not believe professional care could help.

Research suggests that chiropractic manipulation can reduce acute low-back pain, and many, though certainly not all, of the respondents who tried it said it helped. Albert McCann, 54, a respondent from Lakeland, Fla., has kept working as a petroleum transport engineer, driving a semi truck and using 20-foot-long hoses several times a day. By following a chiropractor’s recommendations and getting treatment every few weeks—including manual adjustments, electric stimulation, and a spinalator (roller-massage table)—he is able to keep his back pain to a minimum.

Massage and physical therapy were other treatments rated very helpful by 48 and 46 percent of consumers, respectively. “My back pain was unrelenting,” says survey respondent Charlene Mower of Fayetteville, Ark. “Before physical therapy, I thought I was done for.” Mower, 51, hurt her back while trying to lift her bedridden mother. She credits the training in lifting and bending techniques that a therapist gave her and continued exercise for her long-term success in staving off pain.

Lifestyle changes can help .

Cindy Pickett developed low-back pain at age 22, when she was building a bookcase and suffered two slipped disks. Over the years back pain and other factors led to a 100-pound weight gain. At 59, Pickett, a schoolteacher from Flagstaff, Ariz., retired and decided to make weight loss and exercise her full-time job. She credits her improvement to the combination of weight loss and abdominal-strengthening exercises that reduced pressure on her lower back. Pickett reports that she has not had to take pain relievers for months.

Forty-four percent of our survey respondents found exercise helpful, making it the top self-help measure. And a surprising 58 percent of respondents wished that they had done more exercises to strengthen their backs in the past year. That is more than twice the number who told us they wished that they had reduced or avoided activities that might make the pain worse.

bare back. enhanced Spine

Use caution with surgery

Your doctor might suggest you see a surgeon if back pain is unrelenting and no other treatment seems to work. We conducted a separate survey of almost 1,000 consumers who have had back surgery in the past five years.

Those who had back surgery had tried nine to 10 treatments and described themselves as much more impaired by their pain than people with back problems who did not have surgery. Just 60 percent of the back-surgery respondents were completely or very satisfied with the results, compared with 82 percent of respondents who were satisfied after hip- or knee-replacement surgery in our 2006 survey.

But satisfaction depended on the diagnosis and the type of surgery. Those with degenerative disk disease (arthritis of the spine) were far less likely to be highly satisfied with surgery (54 percent) than those with a herniated disk (73 percent) or spinal stenosis (71 percent).

Alfonso Sanchez, 38, a state senatorial aide from Sacramento, Calif., was highly satisfied with his lumbar discectomy. His back pain turned excruciating when he was canvassing door-to-door in the hills of San Francisco last June. After failing to improve with acupuncture, physical therapy, and chiropractic treatments, Sanchez underwent a microdiscectomy last August. Remarkably, as soon as he woke up from the anesthesia, his pain was gone. He is now back to gardening and riding a bike to work.

But not everyone does so well. More than 50 percent of respondents reported at least one problem with recovery, finding it lengthier and more painful than they had expected. Indeed, 16 percent of back-surgery respondents said that their back pain did not improve, and half of those said it became worse after surgery. The most common regret was that more post-surgery rehabilitation was not planned.

If you’re told you need surgery, get a second opinion from another practitioner, preferably one who is not a surgeon. If you decide that surgery is the best approach, ask whether the surgeon is board-certified and find out how many operations he or she has done.

For more guidance, see our free diagnostic tool for back pain at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org. More detailed information is available to subscribers to that site, including consumer ratings and the medical evidence for 23 back remedies

Who helped the most?

    The percent of people highly (completely or very) satisfied with their back-pain treatments and advice varied by practitioner visited.

Professional – Highly satisfied
Chiropractor 59%
Physical therapist 55%
Acupuncturist 53%
Physician, specialist 44%
Physician, primary care 34%

    Differences in Ratings for physical therapists and acupuncturists were not statistically significant.

Article is from “Contents: Consumer Reports” Magazine
May 2009 pages 12-13

Spinal Decompression Therapy Effectiveness

Decompression therapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive, effective treatment for chronic and acute low-back pain sufferers.

Genuine decompression therapy has relieved some common problems that are related to the vertebral disc including: sciatica, disc herniation and disc bulges, degenerative discs, failed low back surgery, posterior facet syndrome and spinal stenosis /arthritis.

Decompression therapy holds great potential in treating a large population of people who might not otherwise be able to regain health and the ability to enjoy pain-free living, without restrictions and risks associated with back surgery.

There is now hope for the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic and severe low back pain with decompression.

Why Decompression Works

Decompression relieves pressure that builds up on the discs and nerves.

The task of relieving pain is a result of the application of negative pressure to reverse high intra-disc pressure.

The pain is relieved by moving areas of herniated disc back into place by the creation of negative pressure to draw disc material back into the disc space and relieve pressure.

Decompression allows for strengthening of the outer ligament bands that hold the disc material in place and which become weak and stretched during the bulging effect.

Protocol

We have developed a comprehensive decompression treatment protocol based on extensive clinical studies utilizing decompression therapy and in-house physiotherapy; ultrasound, diathermy, massage, and electric muscle stimulation, etc.

Initially, approximately 20 sessions lasting 20 minutes are often recommended to achieve maximum results.

With a symbiotic blend of proven technology and expert clinical reasoning, our program has often achieved high success – without painful surgery.

If you have a low back pain or a question about low back pain. Call 909-648-3551 and discuss it with Dr.Mike.  Or, email to drmike@advancedinjurycenter.com

Whiplash

Whiplash

Collisions that occurred during sporting events, slips, falls or automobile crashes can all have a damaging effect on your neck and back. These types of collision-related injuries are often called a “whiplash.”

The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues can contribute to headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulders, arms and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and low back problems. As the body attempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear until weeks or even months later.

The chiropractic approach to these types of injuries is to use specific chiropractic adjustments to help normalize spinal function. After a thorough case history and examination, the doctor will recommend a series of visits to help restore proper motion and position of spinal bones. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.

OCCUPANTS OFTEN SUFFER MORE THAN THE CAR

Whiplash is most commonly received from riding in a car that is struck from behind or that collides with another object. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the head and spine can be stretched or torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear, or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion.

Chiropractors are experts in the care of bones, nerves, muscles and connective tissues that make up about 60% of your body. All the joints in your body are part of this musculo-skeletal system and optimal function is necessary for overall good health. Ask Dr. Mike for more information about a care program that may include specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations, nutritional advice or other conservative methods of care based on your health history, age, current condition and lifestyle.

Chiropractic: Alternative Medicine

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Skeptics: The Simple Truth about Today’s Chiropractic

Chiropractic is different.

This difference, because it avoids drugs and surgery, has delighted millions for over a century. And like anything different it has produced misunderstandings and a few skeptics.

Here’s the simple truth about today’s chiropractic…

While chiropractic is different, it certainly isn’t something that you have to “believe in” for it to work.

Instead, chiropractic results are produced by adhering to scientifically confirmed facts:

The nervous system controls every cell of your body. Nerve impulses flow from the brain, down the spinal cord, and to every organ and tissue. Impulses sent back to the brain confirm that the body is working as it should.

The moving bones of the spine can interfere with this exchange by irritating adjacent nerves. Ill health can result from distorted or compromised nervous system control of the body. Chiropractic care helps restore the integrity of the nervous system by reducing interferences caused by the spine.

How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.

Since many spinal problems get started from traumatic births, accidents, or other long-standing problems, permanent correction can be difficult. Years of muscle damage, scar tissue, and ligamental instability can set the stage for a relapse. Some patients find a program of supportive care (like regularly brushing your teeth) to be helpful.

After enjoying initial relief, many patients choose to continue with periodic checkups.

“IF YOU START, do you have to go for the rest of your life?”

Decide for yourself whether you want Initial Intensive Care for temporary relief, Rehabilitative Care to stabilize and strengthen the spine, or Wellness Care for non-symptomatic elective care.

“Aren’t chiropractic results just a ‘Placebo Effect’?”

This is a convenient claim made by critics who have chosen to overlook convincing proof to the contrary.

The placebo effect depends on the power of suggestion. Yet chiropractic results have been enjoyed by newborns, infants, pets that have been hit by cars, and others for whom the power of suggestion isn’t possible!

Plus, there are alterations to a patient’s spine from chiropractic care. Many see dramatic changes when they compare X-ray views taken before and after a period of care. Other tests show improved range of motion and flexibility.

There’s no question that the power of suggestion can be an important ally in the healing process. However, it can’t begin to explain the millions of patients who have been held with chiropractic care.

“I’ve heard chiropractic wears out your joints.”

Chiropractic care can help prevent joints from wearing out!

Bones don’t “rub” on each other. Instead, each joint is enclosed in a “capsule” of fluid that should offer a lifetime of friction-free movement. When there is a loss of proper motion or position of spinal bones, this movement can be restricted. Spinal joints, above or below, attempt to make up the difference by moving too much.

Obviously, areas of too much movement are left to stabilize during that healing process. Instead, chiropractic spinal adjustments are directed only to those areas that are “stuck” and not moving enough.

Neck adjustment

“Is chiropractic care safe?”

Critics mislead by suggesting that adjustments to the neck can subject patience to unnatural stress or compromise blood supply to the brain. But if the spine were that fragile, people would fear bending over to tie their shoes laces or looking up to enjoy an evening sunset!

Thousands will die this year from anesthesia or needless back surgeries. Thousands more will perish from common aspirin or destroy their kidneys from so-called “safe” pain medicines. Adverse reactions to prescription medication are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
Meanwhile, the rare complications from chiropractic care can be counted on one hand.

Chiropractic is Different

Chiropractic doesn’t add anything. And chiropractic doesn’t take anything away. It honors the wisdom of your body and your inborn potential to be healthy. It is the difference that has helped millions and produced high levels of patient satisfaction.

Ask questions. Discover the simple truth about today’s contemporary chiropractic care. And then make the natural choice.

“For Skeptics: The Simple Truth about Today’s Chiropractic”
Back Talk Systems, Inc. Copyright 1999

Lower Back Pain: Avoid Now…and Later

Your current regimen of chiropractic care may be working out kinks in your lower back that have been around a lot longer than you remember. A recent study of 10,000 Danish residents shows a link between adolescent and adult lower back pain (LBP).

Researchers studied twins born between 1972 and 1982 by sending out questionnaires in 1994 and again in 2002. The questionnaires assessed various general health issues, including lower back pain, asthma and headache. The outcomes showed that between 14 percent and 25 percent of the participants surveyed in 1994 still suffered from some form of lower back pain in 2002.

Fortunately, something can be done before lower back pain becomes a lifelong problem. Call 909-648-3551 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Mike Trudeau to discuss preventative treatment.

Hestbaek L, Leboeuf-Yde C, Kyvik K.
Is comorbidity in adolescence a predictor for adult lower back pain?
A prospective study of a young population. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2006; 7(29)