How to Recover Faster from Low-Back Pain: Stay Active!

How to Recover Faster from Low-Back Pain: Stay Active!


Stay active to prevent back painLow back pain patients who remain active are better off than those who are less active.
Researchers evaluated how patients recovered from low back pain in relation to their activity levels. Some patients were advised to "stay active" despite the pain while others were told to adjust their levels of activity based on their pain.

Those who remained active ended up recovering more quickly and feeling less depressed. On the other hand, patients who adjusted their activity levels felt more depressed and were less mobile.

Researchers suggest that back pain patients remain active and continue their daily activities when possible. This will likely promote a positive outlook and increase your physical mobility to put you on the path towards recovery. Consult with a doctor in your area to learn more about how you can stay active even with back pain.

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Olaya-Contreras, Patricia. Biopsychosocial analyses of acute and chronic pain, especially in the spine: The effect of distress on pain intensity and disability. Institute of Clinical Sciences at the Sahlgrenska Academy University of Gothenburg. 2011. 

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Chiropractic Provides Quick Recovery in Spinal Degeneration Patients

Chiropractic Provides Quick Recovery in Spinal Degeneration Patients


spineblackSpinal degeneration occurs when your discs start to lose some of their fluids, sometimes causing it to leak out through any cracks that are in their outer layer, possibly creating a bulge or rupture in the disc itself. While this can occur normally with wear and tear as you age, other factors can affect its progression as well; namely, doing hard physical labor and smoking. However, it can also begin as a result of an injury, such as slipping and falling or being involved in an auto accident.

The end result is typically pain, and sometimes osteoarthritis or spinal stenosis. As more and more pressure is put on the spinal column, it can also affect other areas of your body as your nerves can become impinged, making treating this issue a necessity for a higher quality of life. Fortunately, one study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation has found that chiropractic provides a quick recovery in patients with spinal degeneration--bringing hope to patients who are afflicted with this particular condition.

A group of researchers looked at 40 male participants in the 30 to 40 year age range that had been previously diagnosed with degenerative lumbar disease. They were divided evenly into two separate groups: one of which was the treatment group and one acting as a control group. The treatment group was then subjected to one spinal manipulation technique, whereas the control group received a placebo treatment.

To determine whether the treatment had any effect, researchers measured the subjects' heights, perceived level of pain in their lower back, their neural mechanosensitivity, and their level of mobility. Some data was collected via manual tests conducted by researchers and some were collected by self-report of the study participant.
Researchers found that the treatment group noticed immediate improvements in "self-perceived pain, spinal mobility in flexion, hip flexion...and subjects' full height." Essentially, benefits were gained in every test area, even after just one treatment session.
Researchers further suggested that studies be conducted on women to determine if the same positive effects will be found. In the meantime, this is hopeful information for people suffering with spinal degeneration as relief may be just one chiropractic appointment away.

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Vieira-Pellenz F, Oliva-Pascual-Vaca A, Rodriquez-Blanco C, et al. Short-term effect of spinal manipulation on pain perception, spinal mobility, and full height recovery in male subjects with degenerative disk disease: a randomized controlled trial. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2014;95:1613-19.

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Vitamin D and Spinal Health

Vitamin D and Spinal Health



Vitamin D Reduces Risk of FracturesNew research suggests there may be a link between the body's vitamin D levels and spinal health. The majority of patients who were about the receive spinal-fusion surgery had alarmingly low levels of vitamin D in one study presented last week at the North American Spinal Society conference.

The study was conducted the Washington University of St. Louis. Researchers tested 313 patients scheduled to receive spinal-fusion surgery. 57% of patients had inadequate vitamin D levels, enough to be considered a deficiency. This was especially concerning given that spinal-fusion surgery requires the body to create new bone, something that requires high amounts of vitamin D.

Although the patients ready to receive the surgery may present a special case, researchers did recommend that any patient eligible for back surgery should be checked for low levels of vitamin D, especially if they're over the age of 55 or have a history of smoking, obesity, and diabetes. The study also raised important questions about the role of vitamin D in potentially preventing spinal degeneration.
Before resorting to the risk of surgery, a doctor of chiropractic can provide effective, conservative care that has proven results for curing many back-pain patients. Many chiropractors have also received nutritional training and can assist you on making the right vitamin choices for your unique health needs.

Fauber, John. "Vitamin D Often Depleted in Spine Surgery Patients." Medpage Today.  November 4, 2011. 
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Why Chiropractic is the Best Solution for Sciatica Pain


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Sciatica pain is often so debilitating that it forces people to miss work and other normal activities.  Of all patients with low-back pain, sciatica patients have the highest level of disability (1).  In fact, patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days according to Norwegian public-health records.
Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).

The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.

The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.

In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.

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  1. Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.
  2. Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.