BACK PAIN, KNEE PAIN, AND HIP OSTEOARTHRITIS
Co-morbidities. We’ve heard a lot about these, lately. So many times, our Easley chiropractic patients know their own co-morbidities! In a report about 10,234 primary care patients, those with low back pain additionally recounted symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis (11-71%) as well as hip (11-50%) and knee (8-40%) symptoms. (1) This is not surprising considering today’s aging population. A research group studied published papers and found that 0% to 54% of lumbar spinal stenosis patients with a mean age of 66 years old also had knee osteoarthritis or hip osteoarthritis. (2,3) Interestingly, researchers studied patients who had a history of knee osteoarthritis, a mean age of 62.2 years, and a body mass index of 29.8kg for 90 days. Most patients fell into the category of minimal change in pain versus low pain at the beginning/large improvement and moderate pain at the beginning/worsened. Patients who perceived high stress, scored a negative affect score, and had knee buckling at the start of the study had a poorer outcome path. (4) Many Easley chiropractic patients with various combinations of knee, hip, and back pain come to Young Chiropractic. It's not unusual! Our gentle, effective chiropractic care fosters a better path to healing!
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Luigi Albano on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes usual medical treatment of knee osteoarthritis as well as new drug-free, conservative treatment based on the principles of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Easley CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: AVOID AND TREAT TEXT-NECK
New tech instigates new issues! Neck pain is a greatly reported issue for adults and is now showing up in kids. The term “text neck syndrome” explains today’s neck pain due to increased stresses on the cervical spine for users of handheld tech regardless of their ages. (5) The repetitive stress of extended forward head flexion while looking down is disturbing us all. In an attempt to get rid of his head and neck pain and right upper limb paresthesia, a YouTuber visited a family physician, took pain meds and muscle relaxants, performed physical therapy, underwent cervical traction, and acupuncture which provided temporary relief with several flare-ups. Finally, chiropractic care that stressed better posture while texting, cervical spine manipulation, and extension traction therapy relieved the pain. Frequent breaks and correct posture when using smartphones will do much to help avoid text neck syndrome. (6) Your Easley chiropractor gives that same advice!
CONTACT Young Chiropractic
Make your next Easley chiropractic appointment today. Back pain and hip and/or knee osteoarthritis and “text neck” are spine related conditions that Young Chiropractic welcomes!