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Vancouver Chiropractic Newsletter from Vancouver Disc Centers for February 2017

Combined DC/MD Care is Beneficial

Patient benefit when doctors work together. Working with a Vancouver healthcare colleague to help one of our Vancouver chiropractic patients is always an honor! 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 reveals that multidisciplinary conferences involving many kinds of doctors lessen the use of spinal fusion for low back and improve the matching of surgical type to the proper patient type. (2) It’s all good! Vancouver Disc Centers is ready to help!

When Would Back Surgery Be Suitable?

It’s found that 88% of cervical radiculopathy patients and 70% of lumbar radiculopathy patients show improvement within 4 weeks of symptom onset. Therefore, optimal timing for surgery for cervical radiculopathy (arm/upper extremity pain) is within 8 weeks of symptom onset though 4 weeks may be contemplated and between 4 and 8 weeks for lumbar radiculopathy (leg/lower extremity pain). (3) Naturally, Vancouver Disc Centers works toward surgery necessity but knows when to refer appropriate patients for surgical care. There are times when it is. Count on Vancouver Disc Centers for your non-surgical back pain and neck pain care.

Eat Healthy!

It’s not just a slogan! Healthy eating improves bone mineral density and lowers the risk of osteoporosis. Consuming 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. If you are one of those Vancouver chiropractic patients who don’t like vegetables much, you are in luck! Fruit more so than vegetables seems to be better. (4) Eat some fruit and vegetables today for less osteoporosis and pain tomorrow.

Back Pain’s Relationship to Vitamin D

Vancouver chronic low back pain sufferers who also have low vitamin D levels benefit from vitamin D supplementation. Increased vitamin D levels via supplementation show lowered pain intensity and improved function ability in chronic low back pain patients. (5) Vancouver Disc Centers loves that such a simple task as a nutritional supplement may help our Vancouver chiropractic patients so much!

Cervical Spine and Tinnitus Related

Everything is connected! Vancouver Disc Centers knows this to be true! Researchers suggest that tinnitus may be improved when cervical spine disorders are helped. There is a link between the dorsal cochlear nucleus in the auditory pathway and the cervical spine. (6) Does tinnitus with a cervical spine condition disturb you? A Vancouver friend? Vancouver Disc Centers offers gentle chiropractic care to help them both potentially! Vancouver chiropractic may help.

Obesity Increases Risk of Osteoporosis

When we think about osteoporosis, we used to think of thin people as being the ones at risk. Vancouver Disc Centers often thought that. But not now! New research reports that obesity is a major risk factor for osteoporosis since fat is used by inflammatory cytokines to negatively influence bone metabolism. (7) Now, that’s new news. All of us Vancouver folks – thin and overweight – need to be attentive of osteoporosis risk and how to prevent it.

So did any of these issues catch your attention? Yes? Schedule a Vancouver chiropractic appointment today with Vancouver Disc Centers. What a great first step toward relief!

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