All Benefit when DCs and MDs Work Together
Patient benefit when doctors work together. Working with a La Grande healthcare colleague to help one of our La Grande chiropractic patients is always an honor! A new study shows that when family medicine residents and chiropractors cooperatively care for older patients with back pain, everyone wins. Patients liked it. Both types of doctors liked getting to know each other’s treatment approaches. (1) While another study reveals that multidisciplinary conferences connecting many kinds of providers reduce the use of spinal fusion for low back and improve the matching of surgical type to the proper patient type. (2) It is all good! Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC is ready to help!
When Would Back Surgery Be Appropriate?
Research reports 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 symptoms though 4 weeks may be considered and between 4 and 8 weeks for lumbar radiculopathy (leg/lower extremity pain). (3) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC, of course, aims to prevent surgery and recognizes when it is necessary and is ready to refer any La Grande back pain sufferer when it’s time. Count on Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC for your non-surgical back pain and neck pain care.
It’s not just a slogan! Eating healthily reduces the risk of osteoporosis and improves bone mineral density. Eating more fruits and vegetables caused higher bone mineral density and less osteoporosis occurrence in middle-aged and elderly persons with lower body mass indices. If you are one of those La Grande 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.
Vitamin D and Back Pain
La Grande chronic low back pain sufferers who also have low vitamin D levels benefit from vitamin D supplementation. An improved vitamin D level helps reduce pain intensity and improve function in chronic low back pain patients. (5) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC thinks it’s nice that a simple intervention as a nutritional supplement may have such a powerful impact on back pain!
Cervical Spine and Tinnitus Related
Everything is connected! Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC knows this to be true! Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC just read this study about tinnitus and its potential relationship to cervical spine disorders. That makes sense! They find that when cervical spine disorders are alleviated, so is the tinnitus. 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 bother you? A La Grande friend? Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC offers gentle chiropractic care to help them both potentially! La Grande chiropractic may help.
Obesity Increases Osteoporosis Risk
It’s usually thought that osteoporosis happens in thin people. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC often thought that. But not now! New research finds that obesity is a major risk factor for osteoporosis since inflammatory cytokines are used by fat to negatively influence bone metabolism. (7) Now, that’s new news. All of us La Grande folks – thin and overweight – need to be attentive of osteoporosis risk and how to prevent it.
If any of these topics affect you or a La Grande loved one, make a La Grande chiropractic appointment today with Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC. It’s the first step toward relief!