January 2020 Healthy News from Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc: Chiropractic for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Pain Relief and Glucosamine for Back and Joint Cartilage BACK SURGERY? DID IT RELIEVE YOUR PAIN? For many Fort Wayne back pain patients, back surgery seems to be the answer…unless it is not. Statistics state that upwards of 50% of patients who choose back surgery have the same or worse pain later...a year, 10 years, etc. (1,2,3) What’s next? Another surgery? For some Fort Wayne failed back surgical syndrome (FBSS) patients, yes. For other FBSS patients, no. Sometimes a second surgery is by necessity, sometimes by choice. There are other choices though. Even back spine surgeons are questioning the next step for such patients. The multidisciplinary approach is well thought of to make post-surgical continued pain (PSCP) care more uniform among surgical practices and enhance patient outcomes. Researchers are just now trying to determine what the “uniform care” should be. (4) Other researchers admit that evidence is not very strong for the use of medications and reoperations to deal with failed back surgical syndrome patients. Active exercise has strong evidence. For some of the worst FBSS chronic pain patients, spinal cord stimulators are being tried. (5) Chronic back pain patients who are proactive in dealing with their pain by exercising and checking out other self-care coping approaches suggested by their chiropractors - like your Fort Wayne chiropractor may do – discover that they manage with their pain better. (6) A particular study of 69 post-surgical continued pain patients (aka FBSS) treated with the chiropractic Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management revealed that 81% of FBSS/PSCP patients undergoing a mean of 11 treatment visits over a 49 day period of active care reported more than 50% pain relief at the end of 3 months’ active care. At 24 months, only 16% underwent another surgery while 82% reported pain relief of more than 50%. (7) Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a feasible, evidence-based option before back surgery (and recommended prior to back surgery by organizations like the American Pain Society and the American College of Family Physicians (11)) and after back surgery. Your Fort Wayne chiropractor has just the treatment plan to relieve and control your and a loved one’s back pain. Set up an appointment today! Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Lee Hazen on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he presents the treatment of post-surgical continued pain/failed back surgical syndrome patients using The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. There is hope! TIP OF THE MONTH: Glucosamine for Back Pain and Joint Pain Relief Glucosamine sulfate benefits cartilage and joints found all over the body like the spine and knee. It is physiologically part of the body. Glucosamine sulfate stops the destruction of cartilage and reduces osteoarthritic pain. It reduces destruction of cartilage by halting the enzymes that do that. It inhibits damage of corticosteroids on chondrocytes and NSAIDS on glycosaminoglycan synthesis required for cartilage health. It is even documented to be a “stimulator of tissue regeneration.” (8) For those suffering with osteoarthritis – the most common joint disease and common cause of joint pain, functional loss and disability – taking glucosamine along with NSAID treatment like meloxicam deterred the inflammatory issue that come with osteoarthritis by decreasing the levels of interleukin 1ß. (9) Glucosamine sulfate taken orally reduced lower back pain as effectively as NSAIDs and did not raise glucose levels out of their normal limit. (10) Let’s talk about how glucosamine sulfate may help you manage your Fort Wayne back pain and joint pain. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Schedule your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc. Fort Wayne back pain whether it has been surgically managed or not is invited to Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc where chiropractic care with spinal manipulation and glucosamine help sufferers find relief and a sense of control. May 2020 be your year of back pain relief solutions with Fort Wayne chiropractic care at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc! "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."