March 2023 Healthy News from Young Chiropractic Failed Back Surgery Back Pain Relief with Gentle Spinal Manipulation Take Your Vitamin D!

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Gentle spinal manipulation for back pain that stays or comes back after back surgery - sometimes called persistent post-surgical pain or post-surgical continued pain -  is proving effective. And Cox® Technic as used at our Easley chiropractic clinic is receiving attention for its pain-alleviating outcomes! So have you experienced back surgery? Do you still experience back pain…or has it come back? You’re not alone, especially in wishing the pain would just go away and never return. Some will opt for more medical options like surgery or pain meds or physical therapy, etc. Others will pursue non-medical options like spinal manipulation. A recent meta-analysis of published data on the types of spinal manipulation used to treat back pain patients with persistent spine pain after lumbar surgery determined that spinal manipulation practitioners chose to use potentially gentler non-thrust techniques – 85% chose flexion-distraction (aka Cox® Technic) – instead of thrust techniques. (1) A published study of 69 post-surgical patients managed with Cox® Technic documented that in 11 visits over a 49 day treatment timeframe 81% of the patients reported more than 50% relief of pain. The mean percent of relief was 71.6% at the end of care and 70% at 2-year-follow-up. The relief lasted! (2) The frustration of back pain is reasonable. The frustration of back pain after back surgery that was anticipated to eliminate it is even more frustrating. Young Chiropractic proposes Cox® Technic to reduce the pain…and the frustration!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Gary Stefanick on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the help his patient experienced with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

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TIP OF THE MONTH: Another Reason to Be Up on Your Vitamin D! LBP And Disc Degeneration

Higher vitamin D levels were found to be associated with better physical performance in low back pain (LBP) sufferers with lumbar disc degeneration (LDD). Researchers analyzed vitamin D levels and muscle strength in 200 participants. Those low in vitamin D took more time in the gait speed, chair stand, and timed-up-and-go (TUG) tests. (3) Postmenopausal women who had vitamin D deficiency (particularly those with below 10 ng/mL which indicated severe LDD and LBP) are noted to have LBP and LDD. If they smoked, had a high body mass index, osteoporosis, and no D supplementation, the moderate to severe pain was increased. (4) Another report stated that frailty status and physical performance measures (gait speed and TUG) were significantly associated with vitamin D concentration. (5) Young Chiropractic asks: What’s your vitamin D level? Time to check it!

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