Fort Wayne Chiropractic Newsletter for February 2017Combined DC/MD Care is Beneficial Patient benefit when doctors work together. Working with a Fort Wayne healthcare colleague to help one of our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients is always an honor! A new study reports that when family medicine residents and chiropractors cooperatively care for older patients with back pain, everyone benefits. Patients liked it. Both types of doctors liked getting to know each other’s treatment approaches. (1) While another study demonstrates that multidisciplinary conferences involving many types of providers decrease the use of spinal fusion for low back and improve the matching of surgical type to the proper patient type. (2) It’s all good! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is ready to help! Proper Timing for Back or Neck Surgery It’s found that 88% of cervical radiculopathy patients and 70% of lumbar radiculopathy patients improve within 4 weeks of symptom onset. Therefore, optimal timing for surgery for cervical radiculopathy (arm/upper extremity pain) is within 8 weeks of symptom onset though 4 weeks may be considered and between 4 and 8 weeks for lumbar radiculopathy (leg/lower extremity pain). (3) Naturally, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc works toward surgery necessity but knows when to refer appropriate patients for surgical care. There are times when it is. Count on Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc for your non-surgical back pain and neck pain care. Eat Healthy! It’s not just a motto! Healthy eating improves bone mineral density and lowers the risk of osteoporosis. Those who eat more vegetables and fruits have less osteoposis and higher bone mineral density in middle and older age. If you are one of those Fort Wayne chiropractic patients who don’t like vegetables much, you are in luck! Fruit more so than vegetables seems to be better. (4) Less osteoporosis can potentially mean less back pain later in life, so enjoy some veggies and fruit today! Back Pain’s Relationship to Vitamin D Low vitamin D levels for Fort Wayne chronic low back pain sufferers isn’t good. The good news is that vitamin D supplementation helps! Improved vitamin D levels via supplementation show lowered pain intensity and better function ability in chronic low back pain patients. (5) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc thinks it’s nice that an easy intervention as a nutritional supplement may mean so much for back pain! Cervical Spine and Tinnitus Related Our body is one big linked system! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc knows this to be true! Researchers propose that tinnitus may be improved when cervical spine disorders are improved. There’s a link between the dorsal cochlear nucleus in the auditory pathway and the cervical spine. (6) If tinnitus along with a cervical spine condition is an issue for you or a friend, let’s see what Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc can do to help! Fort Wayne chiropractic may help. Osteoporosis and Obesity – The Link It’s usually thought that osteoporosis occurs in thin people. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc often thought that. But not now! New research reports that obesity is a major risk factor for osteoporosis since fat is used by inflammatory cytokines to negatively influence bone metabolism. (7) Now, that’s new news. All of us Fort Wayne folks – thin and overweight – need to be aware of osteoporosis risk and how to prevent it. So did any of these issues catch your attention? Yes? Make a Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc. It’s the first step toward relief! "This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."