CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE – Surgery or Manipulation?
What sounds good to you? Most Easley cervicogenic headache sufferers would likely want to try a non-surgical approach before a surgical one. Cervicogenic headache is pain that starts in the neck and is felt to be in the head or face. Decreased neck range of motion is typical. (1) Medicine proposes surgical options. One is removing one or two cervical discs in patients who haven’t responded to prior treatments that was shown to result in 63%/64% of unilateral/bilateral cervicogenic headache relief or improvement at 19.8 and 25.5 months. (2) Another surgical approach - pulsed radiofrequency ablation of the C2 DRG - is being done, striving for a “successful outcome” of at least 50% pain relief at 6 months post-surgery. (3) Chiropractic offers non-surgical approaches like manipulation and mobilization. These are many times effective in relieving or improving cervicogenic headache or reducing symptoms when contrasted with control subjects. (4) A study assessing the effectiveness of manipulation versus mobilization in relieving cervicogenic headache found that both had comparable effects on disability, pain, global rating of change, and cervical range of motion. (5) One case report of a patient suffering with cervicogenic headache along with a lower cervical disc herniation described how gentle, Cox® Technic treatment delivered relief. (6) Your chiropractor delivers gentle, safe, non-surgical spinal manipulation for Easley neck pain and related headache.
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. David Kulla on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains his pain reducing treatment of neck pain and headache with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Easley CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: Chondroitin Sulfate for Bone Health and Relief of Diabetic Osteoporosis
The benefits of chondroitin sulfate continue to be documented! The latest work involves its influence on diabetes and diabetic osteoporosis. Diabetic osteoporosis is linked to morbidity and disability in its subjects. New rat studies showed some promising help. The antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-osteoarthritis and hypoglycemic effects of chondroitin sulfate were seen after 8 weeks of oral administration that bettered the symptoms of diabetes, decreased blood glucose, increased bone mineral density, repaired bone morphology, and decreased femoral osteoclasts and tibia adipocyte numbers among other things. All this provoked the researchers to deduce that chondroitin sulfate can effectively avert bone loss caused by diabetes. (7) A follow-up study revealed similar benefits. After administering chondroitin sulfate for 10 weeks, researchers found signs of bone loss prevention, blood glucose decrease, symptom decrease, bone mineral density increase, bone microstructure improvement, bone marrow adipocyte number reduction, and oxidative stress easing. (8) The rat studies shed light on the potential for human benefit. Chondroitin sulfate’s benefits for back pain, disc health, and bone health support our discussion of the importance of nutrition in the chiropractic treatment plan!
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