In early 2017, the American College of Physicians
released new guidelines for the treatment of low back pain, advising doctors to prescribe gentle, non-invasive care
like chiropractic as the first line of defense. There’s a reason for this. Simply put: conservative care works—without
the added risks that come with medication or surgery.
Pop open your medicine cabinet and count how many NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium) you have on hand. (Common brands include Bayer, Excedrin,
Advil, Motrin and Aleve.) Or walk down the pain reliever aisle at your local drug retail store and see hundreds lining the shelves. We're all pretty
used to these seemingly benign over-the-counter products and many people use them quite liberally.
Some of us love it and some of us hate it—but snow is a part of many of our lives. In
the United States alone, it’s estimated that back and
shoulder injuries caused by shoveling are in the tens of thousands each year. Researchers
at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide
Children’s Hospital mined through almost two decades worth of data and concluded that
an average of 11,500 visits to the emergency room per year are
snow-shoveling related. The vast majority of those injuries were low-back injuries;
the most serious incidents were cardiac-related injuries, totaling
7 percent of the cases.
Have you ever enthusiastically agreed to help a pal by carrying a bulky item only to strain your back in the process?
According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain
and injury are so common that 80 percent of all Americans will experience one or the other in their lifetimes. Protect your back by following our everyday
tips for a reduced risk of back injury.
The decision to undergo surgery should never be taken lightly. An estimated 600,000
back surgeries are performed in the United States each year, but a growing group of experts are raising
questions about the effectiveness and the necessity of such surgeries. Be sure that you're arming
yourself with the right information before you agree to an aggressive treatment, such as back surgery.
So many of us sit for a living. Every day we're at our
desks for hours at a time, hunched over the computer—head down,
shoulders slumped. Sure, there are super-fit types who sit on a
giant balance ball while working and amazing multi-taskers who
have treadmill desks in their office! But for the rest of us regular
folks, we need an easy, inexpensive way to take a break, care for our
backs and improve our postures. Brugger’s Relief Pose is the answer.
What do you know about scoliosis? Many people know that it affects the spine…but not much else.
You might be surprised to know that kids are one of the largest groups affected by scoliosis.
Find out what else you should know about this common condition.
It’s estimated that as much as 80 percent of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives. So… back pain is normal then, right? No, actually, it’s not. No one should have to live each day in pain. Regular chiropractic care can help lessen, manage or eliminate back pain symptoms all together. Today, we talk to two patients who’ve experienced this for themselves. Here are all the ways that their lives have improved since they began undergoing regular chiropractic adjustments and therapies.
We’re in the middle of one of the biggest drug crises in history—the opioid epidemic. Pain meds are being prescribed at an alarming rate for patients suffering from acute and chronic pain, which has opened up the gates for overuse and abuse. In 1991, the number of opioid prescriptions was 76 million, but in 2011, that number quadrupled to 219 million. There were 17,000 deaths in 2011 because of opioid prescriptions alone—this number also increased four-fold over the past two decades.