March 2022 Healthy News from Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Comorbidities of Back, Hip and Knee Pain Prevention of Text Neck Syndrome BACK PAIN, KNEE PAIN, AND HIP OSTEOARTHRITIS Co-morbidities. We’ve heard a lot about these, lately. Often, our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients know their own co-morbidities! In a report about 10,234 primary care patients, those who had low back pain also recounted symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis (11-71%) along with hip (11-50%) and knee (8-40%) symptoms. (1) This is not surprising considering today’s aging population. A group of researchers examined published papers and found that 0% to 54% of lumbar spinal stenosis patients with a mean age of 66 years old also had knee osteoarthritis or hip osteoarthritis. (2,3) Interestingly, researchers studied patients who had a history of knee osteoarthritis, a mean age of 62.2 years, and a body mass index of 29.8kg for 3 months. Most patients fell into the category of minimal change in pain versus low pain at the start/large improvement and moderate pain at the start/worsened. Patients who felt high stress, had a negative affect score, and had knee buckling at the start of the study had a poorer outcome path. (4) Many Fort Wayne chiropractic patients with different combinations of knee, hip, and back pain come to Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc. It's not unusual! Our gentle, effective chiropractic care helps get them on a better path to healing! Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Luigi Albano on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes usual medical treatment of knee osteoarthritis as well as new drug-free, conservative treatment based on the principles of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Fort Wayne CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: AVOID AND TREAT TEXT-NECK New tech instigates new issues! Neck pain is a highly reported issue for adults and is now appearing in kids. The term “text neck syndrome” describes today’s neck pain due to increased stresses on the cervical spine for users of handheld tech regardless of their ages. (5) The repetitive stress of sustained forward head flexion while looking down is messing with us all. Attempting to get relief from his head and neck pain and right upper limb paresthesia, a YouTuber went to a family physician, took pain meds and muscle relaxants, did physical therapy, underwent cervical traction, and acupuncture which provided temporary relief with several flare-ups. Finally, chiropractic care that stressed better posture while texting, cervical spine manipulation, and extension traction therapy relieved the pain. Regular breaks and appropriate posture when using smartphones will do much to help avoid text neck syndrome. (6) Your Fort Wayne chiropractor gives that same suggestion! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Schedule your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today. Back pain and hip and/or knee osteoarthritis and “text neck” are spine related issues that Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc welcomes! "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."