Eugene Chiropractic Newsletter from Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic for February 2017

All Benefit when DCs and MDs Work Together

Patient benefit when doctors work together. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is always ready to work with Eugene healthcare colleagues to help a Eugene chiropractic patient! A new study reports 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 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! Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is ready to help!

Proper Timing for Back or Neck Surgery

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 symptom onset though 4 weeks may be considered and between 4 and 8 weeks for lumbar radiculopathy (leg/lower extremity pain). (3) Naturally, Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic works toward surgery necessity but knows when to refer appropriate patients for surgical care. There are times when it is. Count on Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic for your non-surgical back pain and neck pain care.

Eat Healthy!

It’s not just a motto! Eating healthily reduces the risk of osteoporosis and improves bone mineral density. Eating more fruits and vegetables resulted in higher bone mineral density and less osteoporosis incidence in middle-aged and elderly persons with lower body mass indices. And to cheer those Eugene chiropractic patients who don’t like veggies as much, fruit seems to contribute more positively than vegetables. (4) Eat some fruit and vegetables today for less osteoporosis and pain tomorrow.

Vitamin D and Back Pain

Low vitamin D levels for Eugene chronic low back pain sufferers isn’t good. The good news is that vitamin D supplementation helps! An improved vitamin D level helps reduce pain intensity and improve function in chronic low back pain patients. (5) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic 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! Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic knows this to be true! Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic 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 alleviated, so is the tinnitus. There is a link between the dorsal cochlear nucleus in the auditory pathway and the cervical spine. (6) If tinnitus along with a cervical spine condition is an issue for you  or a friend, let’s see what Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic can do to help! Eugene chiropractic may help.

Obesity Increases Risk of Osteoporosis

It’s usually thought that osteoporosis happens in thin people. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic often thought that. But not now! New research finds that obesity is a major risk factor for osteoporosis since inflammatory cytokines are used by fat to negatively influence bone metabolism. (7) Now, that’s new news. All of us Eugene folks – thin and overweight – need to be attentive of osteoporosis risk and how to manage it.

So did any of these issues catch your attention? Yes? Make a Eugene chiropractic appointment today with Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic. It’s the first step toward relief!

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