Fort Wayne Chiropractic Newsletter for January 2017Lumbosacral Belt Use is Not Harmful Does wearing a lumbosacral orthosis cause trunk muscle weakness? No. A review of 35 published studies found no effect on muscle strength in some while others actually showed increased muscle strength. Only one showed reduced thickness of abdominal muscles. (1) Certainly, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc doesn’t want our low back pain patients to rely on the back belt for longer than necessary, but for the interim care, its use can be helpful to stabilize the spine - and even remind you to not overdo - while it heals. Vitamin D Helps Low Back Pain A study of chronic low back pain patients with low levels of vitamin D were supplemented with 60,000 IU a week for 8 weeks. 66% of them attained normal vitamin D levels. Significant reduction in reported pain by visual analog scale and significant improvement in functional ability were noted. (2) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is pleased to serve Fort Wayne chiropractic care to many patients with low back pain, so don’t be surprised if when you are one of them that we discuss vitamin D and nutrition at some point! Chiropractic Care vs. Primary Physician Care Prior to Stroke – No Difference A new article in the Journal of Cerebrovascular Disease compares patients less than 45 years old who saw a chiropractor to those who saw a primary care physician days before they had a stroke. They found that there is no excess risk of carotid artery stroke after chiropractic care. (3) All chiropractic spinal care at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is carefully applied and monitored after a thorough Fort Wayne chiropractic examination is performed. Disc Herniation - Conservative Care Equals Surgical Care in Long-term A comparison study of surgical and conservative care outcomes for lumbar disc herniation and sciatica showed faster relief from symptoms (at 6 weeks) but no benefit over conservative care at mid-term and long-term follow up. (4) So if you or a loved one has back pain and/or leg pain due to disc herniation and want to avoid surgery, Fort Wayne chiropractic care at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is ready to help. Contact Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc today. Contact Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc today to set your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment whether you have back pain or neck pain, a disc herniation or a decision to make about back surgery. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is here to help. "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."