October 2019 Healthy News: Vitamin C for Collagen and Chiropractic for Opioid Use Reduction CHIROPRACTIC AND/OR PT CARE REDUCE OPIOID USE Opioid use is a much-debated topic these days. “Epidemic” is often correlated with it. Efforts to curb this epidemic are commonly. One possibly effective way to do this is to urge low back pain patients to start care with a conservative healthcare provider (in place of a primary care provider) like a chiropractor, physical therapist or acupuncturist. When this happened in a study of 216,504 US adults with a new low back pain episode, the early and long-term use of opioids was greatly reduced. (1) In an effort to curb opioid use after spine surgery, new prescribing limits have been started which seem to reduce the 30-day post-operative opioid use and not increase refills for prescriptions, visits to the ER, or unexpected hospital readmissions or reoperations for pain. (2) Another study explains that opioid use before spine surgery increased the time of opioid use after surgery and was related to worse short-term and long-term outcomes for cervical spine fusion. (3) Since most general practitioners in France (57.3%) reported not being confident in the diagnosis and management of patients with lumbar spinal stenosis back pain - They ordered imaging (98.8%) and corticoid spinal injections (71.4%) and referred to another specialist (100%). – conservative care with practitioners like your Fort Wayne chiropractor is understandable. (4) Your Fort Wayne chiropractor is confident in diagnosing and treating back pain of many varieties! Your Fort Wayne chiropractor at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is happy to extend care that contributes to resolving the issue of the opioid epidemic rather than contributing to it. Listen to this podcast with Dr. George Joachim about the conservative care of Fort Wayne back pain due to spinal stenosis with the Cox® Technic System on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains the treatment plan for a patient with lumbar spinal stenosis. Fort Wayne CHIROPRATIC TIP OF THE MONTH: VITAMIN C BOOSTS COLLAGEN PRODUCTION Wanting to improve connective tissue, researchers are trying a variety of nutritional interventions. Adding vitamin C enriched gelatin or hydrolyzed collagen supplementation one hour before exercise potentially improves collagen synthesis. (5) An analysis of current literature on vitamin C efficacy reported that it has the potential to accelerate bone healing after a fracture, boosts type I collagen synthesis, and lessens oxidative stress in an antioxidative role…with no adverse effects! (6) When it comes to benefits for musculoskeletal issues, information like this on vitamin C excites your Fort Wayne chiropractor! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment now at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc! Chiropractic care with conservative options like spinal manipulation and nutrition may positively affect your painful musculoskeletal condition without opioids. "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."