Lower back and neck pain are common causes of suffering and disability among older adults. When faced with back and neck pain many seniors seek a healthcare office for help. In many cases, x-rays are taken. In reviewing the x-rays a diagnosis of “arthritis” is given. The patient may be told: “It’s arthritis and you just have to live with it.” They are given pain medications to take and are expected to carry on.
However, research shows there is a different approach to take. In a scientific study published in The Journal of Arthritic Care and Research, October 2018 a significant, alternative approach was performed. A group of 182 seniors with back or neck pain, who participated in a 12-week treatment program that involved a combination of spinal manipulative therapy and rehabilitative exercise experienced impressive improvements in pain and disability.
Spinal manipulative therapy is a specific treatment performed by Doctors of Chiropractic. Chiropractors examine the neck and lower back areas of the spine to determine if there is misalignment or improper movement of the spinal bones which are called vertebrae. When misalignment or improper movement of the vertebrae is found, chiropractic care is performed to normalize the condition. Chiropractors have been treating patients suffering from back pain for more than 125 years. Chiropractic care is safe, effective and affordable.
Chiropractors also train patients to perform simple, gentle stretching and strengthening exercises to enhance healing of neck and back pain.
By using natural, alternative methods to treat neck pain and lower back pain through chiropractic care older adults have access to a nonsurgical, drug-free approach to help alleviate suffering and disability from these common conditions.
For over 100 years chiropractors have successfully treated their patients for neck pain. Neck pain can begin in many ways. Some people hurt their neck from an accident like a fall or a whiplash. Others acquire neck discomfort from a prolonged posture such as doing desk work or sleeping awkwardly. There are those who’s neck pain just starts for no apparent reason.
Neck pain can also be associated with diminished ability to turn the head right and left or look up and down.
A painful neck is a common musculoskeletal complaint that has been found to be both costly and disabling.
A recent research study in The Journal of Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, October 2018 found patients receiving cervical mobilization, a method chiropractors may use in treating neck pain, helped improve the patient’s pain as well as improve the ability to more fully move the head and neck.
Chiropractors are trained to diagnose the cause of the patient’s neck pain and to safely and effectively treat the underlying cause of the condition. The chiropractic profession has found that most musculoskeletal neck pain is the result of misaligned and/or improperly moving joints of the spinal bones of the neck. Some might refer to this as a “pinched nerve”. A doctor of chiropractic can, skillfully and gently mobilize, manipulate or adjust the area to correct the problem. Chiropractic care is very safe and should be considered for those suffering from musculoskeletal neck pain conditions.
You may have noticed during our recent sudden cold snap that your skin feels dry, the area around your fingernails is painful and cracked, your sinuses are acting up and your hair is dry and limp. Are you walking around your house touching things and getting shocked? Don’t be surprised, many others are too.
When the weather gets chilly it is important that we introduce some humidity into our homes.
Here are a couple things you can do:
Turn dehumidifier of your furnace on if you have one
place a small, portable steam humidifier in your bedroom
Use a sinus rinse before bed to keep the sinuses moist and really healthy. This is usually a very simple process. I personally use a product called Neil Med sinus rinse which is simply a small plastic squeeze bottle, filled with warm water and a pre-made saline packet.
Take the steps now to feel more healthy and comfortable during the upcoming cold months.
Dr. James Schofield attended a chiropractic education conference on November 3 and 4, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Schofield practices in Ross Township in the North Hills of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He also has a license to practice chiropractic in Florida and has maintained his license for 35 years.
Many topics were presented including the diagnosis and treatment of injuries related to automobile accidents. The care given by a chiropractor, for patients suffering from whiplash and spinal injuries of an auto accident, is one of the most effective forms of helping the spine to repair and become healthy.
Another emphasis of study was evaluating injuries of the spine with x-ray imaging and MRI. Many of Dr. Schofield’s patients who have neck pain, lower back pain, herniated discs and sciatica may require an MRI or have already had an MRI. By analyzing the MRI Dr. Schofield is better able to diagnose his patient’s condition and render effective treatment.
Dr. Schofield and other chiropractors from the North America also received ongoing training and information regarding insurance protocols, Medicare and HIPPA privacy updates. Dr. Schofield’s office stays current with insurance regulations and government legislation.
On October 26 and 27th 2018 Dr. James Schofield attended a chiropractic educational conference in Longbranch, New Jersey. Doctors of chiropractic from the United States and Canada met to discuss various aspects of healthcare.
One topic was the treatment of children and adolescents. Many adults don’t realize that children may have health problems that chiropractic can help. It is not uncommon to find children suffering from tension, migraine and/or sinus headaches. Frequently children from juveniles to teenagers have problems with their neck and upper back due to poor posture when using technology devices like cell phones. Many children who are involved in sports at an early age can develop aches and pains of their lower back. Infants, toddlers and grade schoolers may be prone to ear aches and infections. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate spine for misalignments. Just as these conditions can occur in adults, they can also cause children to suffer. The diagnosis these types of conditions and subsequent methods of treatment for correction were discussed at the conference.
Being from Pittsburgh you can guess what professional football team I root for. However, no one can deny Tom Brady has to be in the running to be voted as the greatest pro football quarterback of all time. He does many things to take can of his health. It is no surprise that he uses chiropractic care to give him an edge.