Category Archives for "Back Pain"

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.

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/

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

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.