Category Archives for "Medical Care"

Opioid Addiction

The extent of the opioid addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is appalling, causing at least seven victims to die everyday from drug overdoses. There were over 2500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014.

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study showed that fatal drug overdoses in Pennsylvania increased 14 fold, from 60 million grams – 126 million grams between 1979 and 2014.

Additionally the highest rates of drug overdose deaths were found in counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, those surrounding Philadelphia and in the Northeast near Scranton.

Some estimates are that 80% of current heroin users switched to heroin when prescription opioids became too expensive or too difficult to procure.

In mid February 2016 modern Healthcare took a closer look at the root of the country’s opioid abuse problem and trace it back to 1996 when Purdue Pharma began promoting a new drug to fight pain called Oxycontin. Early on, the medication was billed as being safe because it would slowly release narcotic ingredients, making it unlikely to become addictive.

Nearly Ten Years Later in 2007 Purdue would plead guilty in federal court to criminal charges that they misled regulators, doctors, and patients about the drug’s risk of addiction as well as its potential to be abused.

We need physicians to consider conservative measures first before resorting to prescribing addictive drugs.

Chiropractic has been seen for many years as a suscessful nonpharmalogical way of restoring health.  Many chiropractic studies show high effectiveness and patient satisfaction with the lowest malpractice rates among most healthcare practitioners.

More recently, the Ohio State Attorney General filed a lawsuit at the end of May 2017 against the big drug companies allegedly arguing that these companies knew about, advertised and took advantage of addiction as part of their planned marketing of these drugs to create huge profits… knowing that addicts would drive the money coming in.  

Ibuprofen Safety Issues

In the March 15th 2017 article in Time Magazine titled Common Pain Meds are Linked to a Higher Risk of Heart Problems, the author speaks of a new study published in the European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy that looked at the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs. It was found that 3376 people who suffered from heart attacks head taking NSAIDs at least 30 days before the event. It was found that by prescribing NSAIDs there was an increase risk of cardiac arrest by 31%.

Even the use of a common drug such as NSAIDs can have major health implications. More conservative measures should be taken before venturing down the path of medication or surgical intervention.

Chiropractic Care is a much more conservative measure to reduce pain. There are numerous studies pointing to the cost effectiveness and safety of Chiropractic Care. One such study from the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics from May 2007 suggest there is a decreased cost and utilization of Medical Services when Chiropractic Care is initiated first. It was demonstrated that there was a decrease of Hospital admissions by 60%, hospital stays by 59% comma and outpatient surgeries and procedures by 62%. It is also notable there was a decrease of in the costs related to the usage of Pharmaceuticals by 85%.

It is worth noting that the study regarding the use of NSAIDs noted the average treatment of 13 to 29 days. The author of the study notes that "previous Studies have observed enhanced cardiovascular risk associated with less than 30 days of treatment with NSAIDs."

So how much is too much? My professional opinion is any amount is too much because everybody responds differently and in fact by taking any pain medication we are not addressing the underlying issue, rather turning off the alarm. However the author of the research article suggest taking no more than 500 milligrams of Naproxen or 1200 milligrams of ibuprofen per day, and also suggested that these drugs should not be sold in supermarkets or convenience stores where there is no professional to advise them on the proper use. But this is a current recommendation by one individual. As has happened with other studies these recommendations can be reversed or changed.

Address the underlying issue first before simply blocking pain. The premise of Chiropractic Care is that the body is a self-healing system. We can observe the body is quite smart in the fact that when in the mother's womb the fetus develops without any assistance from the outside. The fetus only needs to be connected to the mother provide nutrients, oxygen, and to remove waste. However there is what we would describe as an innate intelligence or wisdom that runs the body. Without this life force we would not exist. Doctors of Chiropractic have acknowledge this since our inception. We also recognize that the nervous system is the master controlling system of the body. And it has also been observed through medical research that pressure upon a nerve root exiting the spine may lead to pathology or disease in the body. It is also understood that by reducing the pressure on the nerve root or roots exiting the spine communication is enhanced between brain and body as well as from body to brain.

Doctors of Chiropractic are the only Healthcare professionals trained for the detection and correction all of this spinal nerve root pressure called vertebral subluxation. For help in finding a local licensed Doctor of Chiropractic please feel free to contact our office for guidance.

Again, take conservative measures before more aggressive or risky treatments and utilize a safe and effective method of restoring health -Chiropractic is your answer.

Danger – headaches and dizziness

Should we be concerned about the combination of complaints of headaches and dizziness and if so, when?

A team of researchers from John Hopkins University reviews prior health records nearly 190,000 patients.  These patients presenting 2 over 1000 Emergency Departments between the years 2008 and 2009. What was reported is that the combination of headache and dizziness – especially in women  minorities, and young patients – was a potential of an impending stroke.

They had reported that almost 13% of the people complaining of headaches and dizziness or later admitted for stroke and had been misdiagnosed and inappropriately sent home from the emergency department within the previous 30 days. Patients were told that they had a condition such as an inner ear infection or migraine, and in some cases they weren’t given a diagnosis at all. Slightly less than half of the people had a stroke within 7 days and more than half had a stroke Within 48 hours all the initial pre stroke emergency department visit.

The study reported that women were 33% and minorities approximately 25% more likely to be misdiagnosed, suggesting gender and racial issues may play a role. The researchers estimate that Physicians Miss 15,000 265,000 strokes that may result in harm to patients each year.

Many people visit health care providers with headaches and dizziness with no relationship to stroke comma though it is sometimes not possible to know whether a potentially dangerous problem may arise in the near future. The good news is that it is usually not the case.

Doctors of Chiropractic commonly see patients presenting with headaches and dizziness. When this occurs suddenly, out of the ordinary, and we’re at a relatively young age, it is better to be safe than sorry and a pain multiple opinions, especially when in doubt.

What we do know however is that the incidence stroke relationship to Chiropractic Care is very low based upon more recent studies. A good predictor of any Healthcare professions risk in the treatment methods is to look at malpractice insurance rates. Chiropractic Care is extremely safe with minimal risk involved and can be verified by looking at the national average for malpractice insurance rates for chiropractors.

At Snyder Family Chiropractic it is my duty to make sure that I first do no harm. My training allows me to discern weather treatment is appropriate or not and if not where to refer the patient if necessary.

Know that you are in good hands.  If you suffer from headaches, dizziness, or both, yours may be a chiropractic case.

Visceral Organ Complaints

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MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW – that the Visceral nerves that come out of the spine control and coordinate the function of the organs of the body!

Misaligned of the spinal vertebrae can interfere with how the nerves send and receive information from the brain.

Regular chiropractic care can be an excellent tool to help your body stay healthy. We need clear lines of communication in order for our body to function optimally!

Seniors Musculoskeletal Recovery

Risk of traumatic injury associated with chiropractic spinal manipulation in Medicare Part B beneficiaries aged 66 to 99 years. – PubMed – NCBI

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Seniors that received chiropractic care had a 76% lower rate of injury within seven days of treatment when compared to the subjects that met with their primary physician as a result of a neuromusculoskeletal complaint.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25494315/

Headaches and Your Neck

Is Your Headache a Real Headache to You?

Learn how your spine may hold the answer!

(or perhaps you LIKE taking medication?)

Pain in the head is no different than pain anywhere else.  It is your body telling you there is a problem.  The problem is not the pain.  The headache is the MESSENGER.  Rather than shoot the messenger, listen and take action.  By assessing and correcting misaligned spinal bones where nerve pressure exists, the body can turn off the alarm (pain) and allow health to return.

If you haven’t clicked the above video, do so for more understanding.  If you are questioning if your “head pain” can be helped without drugs or medical procedures, consider a one time spinal examination by a licensed doctor of chiropractic.  A proper neurological, orthopedic, and neuro-spinal assessment will give CLARITY to your condition and give you answers and possible solutions.

I’m here to help you restore your health.

Dr. Jeff Snyder   

 

Low Back Pain Among Operation Room Staff

Low Back Pain Prevalent Among Operation Room Staff

A study in the Annals of Occupation and Environmental Medicine (Jan 2016) reports that nearly 3 out of 4 (74.2%) of operating room (OR) staff suffer from lower back pain to some degree. Per the researchers, activities linked to increased low back pain risk include: lifting objects above the waist, rotating the torso while bearing weight, transferring patients onto a bed or chair, and repositioning a patient in bed. The authors suggest hospitals should introduce education programs to teach staff how to more safely perform their job functions in an effort to reduce their risk for developing low back pain.

DOCTOR SNYDER’S COMMENTS:  In addition to educating, chiropractic spinal adjustments have been proven effective to reduce or eliminate low back pain by addressing the spinal biomechanical imbalances.  Chiropractic is a druggless, safe method of restoring balance to the spine and nervous system.

For more information, email DrSnyder@snyderfamilychiro.com

Vertigo and Dizziness

I am finding that more and more patients are coming in with vertigo and dizziness.  Did you know almost half the cases of vertigo have no known medical cause, which means many vertigo patients often go searching for answers outside of prescription medications.  Some vertigo patients have even found resolution to their vertigo after correcting an imbalance to their head and neck alignment through upper cervical chiropractic care.

So what causes vertigo?

When a trauma occurs to the body, such as a car accident, blow to the head, or fall, it often affects the first neck bone or C1, because of the unique role and shape this bone has: it is a coupling mechanism between the head and the neck.

The body will quickly adapt to an uncontrolled force into the head and neck by locking this joint down to protect the highly sensitive anatomy inside the top of the spine: the lower part of the brain stem and the beginning of the spinal cord. Unfortunately this temporary trauma moves the atlas bone (C1) into a position that disrupts and even chokes the nerve signals from the brain.  If the congestion at the bottom of the brain and the top of the neck affects the nerves that communicate with the inner ear, then vertigo-like symptoms can be the result.

By reducing the amount of pressure on the brain stem the nervous system is able to function more efficiently.  The nervous system controls postural tone, spatial orientation, and coordination between movements in the body-and when these systems are not working correctly vertigo can result.  The chiropractor allows the body the chance to naturally reduce vertigo symptoms by correcting the cause-the confused communication between the brain and the body.

Snowmageddon and your Aching Back

snow shovelingThe weekend of January 23 2016 was a real doozie for the Phoenixville region.  Many were referring to this storm as a Snowmageddon.  We got walloped with more snow than most of us know what to do with or, for that matter, where to put it.  If you live in the region and don’t have health complications that prevented you from doing your part to shovel out, then you spent some time, or maybe most of the day digging out. After all the clean up, you may be screaming, “Oh my aching back!”.

You may feel the need to do something about the pain.  You may find your mood to have been compromised and perhaps those around you may be avoiding you because of your growling and barking from your foul mood.  It is common that if you are in pain, your mood may suffer.  There are some options to consider in managing the pain so you can return to your smiling personality.

  1.  You might resort to popping a pill such as an over the counter pain reliever.
  2. You might resort to a warm bath.
  3. You may want a massage.

While all of these may be effective in managing the muscle soreness, pain relieving meds often have adverse effects on one’s health.  According to WebMD, NSAIDS can cause Gastrointestinal bleeding whereas prescribed meds like Celebrex, Vioxx and Bextra, which are Cox-2 inhibitors have more serious side effects resulting in heart attacks in some.  Other side effects are high blood pressure and kidney damage.

A warm bath as well as massage may be a good way to reduce muscle pain.  However if your pain is persisting or reoccurring your pain may have a deeper connection – your spine and nervous system.

THE CHIROPRACTIC APPROACH

If you are suffering from persistent muscle spasms, sharp  and/or shooting, burning, or dull/achy pain, you just might have a spine issue relating to what is referred to as faulty spinal bio-mechanics or vertebral subluxation.  This problem is best addressed by a doctor of chiropractic.  The methods of training have been proven time and again for the management of the underlying cause of spinal related health issues.  Chiropractic care has a high patient satisfaction rating.

A study in the May 2009 issue of Consumer Reports shows that hands-on therapies were tops among treatments for relief of back pain. The study, which surveyed more than 14,000 consumers, was conducted by the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.  According to the report, the survey respondents tried a variety of different treatments and rated the treatments on how helpful and satisfied they were with the results. The report concluded that hands-on therapies were the top-rated.  The report states that, “eighty-eight percent of those who tried chiropractic manipulation said it helped a lot, and 59 percent were ‘completely’ or ‘very’ satisfied with their chiropractor.”

At Snyder Family Chiropractic, it is my goal to help you find the proper resources for your health needs.  If I can help you, I’ll let you know.  If I believe your health issue to be out of the scope of chiropractic practice, I will let you know that too and help you find the proper referral.

Of course if you are in need of a chiropractor and not in my region I’ll be happy to help and refer you to a qualified chiropractor near you.

The two most important things I am concerned with are your health and my reputation.  Give me a call at (610) 935-5900 or request an appointment online.  We’ll start with a FREE 10-minute phone consult before you step foot in the office.

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