Mar. 19, 2013 — Smoking is a known risk factor for back pain and disc disease. In a new study presented today at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), researchers reviewed smoking cessation rates and related pain in 6,779 patients undergoing treatment for spinal disorders with severe axial (spine) or radicular (leg) pain. Information on each patient’s age, gender, weight, smoking history, assessment of pain, treatment type and co-morbid depression also were assessed.
(NaturalNews) The latest science reveals that antibiotics may serve a legitimate and defining purpose in medicine after all, but probably not in the way you might think. Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark recently discovered that as many as 50 percent of all cases of lower back pain are more than likely the result of invading bacteria, for which a focused and limited dose of antibiotic drugs may be beneficial at providing lasting relief and potentially even a permanent cure for the debilitating condition. Learn more:
Most people in America have no idea how much anything costs in health care. We all know is expensive and maybe we have been conditioned not to ask for this very reason. A recent study shows the cost of healthcare in the US is astronomical compared to other countries. I’m sure this comes as no surprise to many of us who pay high deductibles or out of pocket for our care.
One example I know of first hand is the cost of an MRI. An MRI performed at the hospital for a Medicare patient cost about $3700. The same MRI at an out patient facility cost about $1700 and if you want to pay cash at the time of service it cost about $450.
Consider your choices when making buying decisions. Ask questions. Think of less expensive treatments for common ailments. Chiropractic and Acupuncture have a long standing history of helping back and neck pain and most treatments are under $100.
The article below highlights this point further.
Health costs significantly higher in U.S., report finds.
90% of us will get low back pain at some point in our life. Thankfully 90% of low back pain goes away with no serious side effects. A new study confirming what several studies before it found is most people don’t need an expensive MRI’s to diagnose or treat low back pain.
Of course there some exceptions to this like age, mechanism of injury and certain symptoms. MRIs can lead some doctors to do procedures that don’t help the symptoms. Low back pain is commonly treated successfully with chiropractic manipulation, cupping, acupuncture, dry needling and maintained with exercise and nutrition.
The following study explains the details further.
More than half of lower-back MRIs ordered at two Canadian hospitals were either inappropriate or of questionable value for patients. And family doctors were more apt to order these unnecessary tests compared to other specialists, demonstrates newly published medical research from Alberta and Ontario teams. The findings are important because in some parts of the country, MRI tests for the lower back account for about one-third of all MRI requests. Across the country, wait times for MRIs are long and patient access is limited. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130325183945.htm
The moral of the story is don’t ask for an MRI if you just tweaked your back you might get the wrong treatment for the wrong condition that would otherwise go away with time or conservative care.
Back in the mid 90’s trough early 2000 I was associate professor of anatomy and physiology at an acupuncture college in Boulder. It was a great experience and as the saying goes we teach what we need to learn. Needless to say I really learned anatomy. What was so cool about the experience was that I formed a nice relationship with the University of Colorado who let me bring my students into their cadaver lab. For the students seeing anatomy in 3D vs. a text book really helped them learn it.
With about 4 acupuncture schools in the Denver/Boulder area (maybe more) many of the students end up staying in the area. This increase in acupuncturists in the Front Range leaves one wondering how to find a good acupuncturist in Denver. After all everyone can’t be great at everything and what you need is someone who is great for you and your needs.
Acupuncture is a healing system of its own. There is a treatment for every condition western medicine has a treatment for. But if you try to be a jack of all trades you’ll be a master of none. I agree with this saying when it comes to acupuncture. There is just too much to know and be good at all of it.
My belief is to find an acupuncturist for what you need who specializes in that particular condition. My specialty is pain and injury. Many of my patients ask about weight loss, smoking cessation and allergies and I tell them that is not my thing but will refer them to some great acupuncturists whose thing it is.
So how do you find a good acupuncturist in Denver for your needs? Many people will ask a friend, others will ask their doctor but most doctors don’t really know how to determine who is good unless they already work with someone. The internet is an obvious source of information and research. A good website called Health Profs is often helpful at identifying an acupuncturist in Denver.
Acupuncture is a good viable option for many health conditions. Make sure you go to the right person for the right condition.
Are you suffering from neck or back pain? You’re definitely not alone, and we mean on a global scale. A series of studies emerging from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Project, a massive collaboration between the World Health Organization, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the University of Queensland School of Population Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the University of Tokyo, Imperial College London, clarifies the worldwide health burden of musculoskeletal conditions, particularly back and neck pain, in crystal-clear fashion, with low
More news about hip implants again just a day after my last post. It appears Johnson and Johnson never released data they knew about their hip implants. Particularly of the 40% failure rate within 4.6 years. Wow! Sadly about 93,000 world wide had these implants with the hopes they could continue to live a full and productive life. J and J is now being sued by patients who put their trust in them. None of this information came out until the lawsuit this week.
Lawyers for patients claim that debris from the metal ball sliding against the metal cup causes tissue death around the joint and may increase the amount of metal ions in the bloodstream to harmful levels. Patients who sued typically cite pain and say they are immobilized by joint dislocations, infections and bone fractures. Additionally doe to the metal on metal wearing some patients are experiencing high levels of metals with what appears to be symptoms of heavy metal poising.
What to do about hip pain? (more…)
Coincidentally on the same day as my last post on knee replacements the FDA came out with a warning about hip replacements. The reason is due to metal on metal rubbing and releasing potentially toxic metal ions into the blood.
The tiny metal particles can damage bone and soft tissue surrounding the implant in what is called an “adverse local tissue reaction” (ALTR) or an “adverse reaction to metal debris,” according to the FDA. Soft-tissue damage may lead to pain, device loosening and failure, and the need for revision surgery.
Before joint replacement surgeries make sure you try all available treatment alternatives. Anti inflammatory drugs also known as NSAIDS should only be used for a short period due to risk of heart attacks. Alternative treatments can include gentle joint manipulation to make sure the joint is aligned well. Also make sure your hip pain is actually coming from the hip and not the lumbar spine. Irritated nerves from the low back and be a source for hip pain.You should not need an extensive amount of manipulation for see benefits if manipulation is to work. (more…)
Most of us will develop knee arthritis as we age. it is the most common joint with pain followed by low back pain. When a knee joint gets bad enough modern medicine offers knee replacement surgery. While it sounds like putting in a metal knee would fix the pain, many times it makes it worse and new studies show that the metal on metal of the replacement release metal ions into the blood. These metal ions react in the body and can lead to allergies, infections and high levels of metal in the blood. Some patients will end up with multiple joint revisions in an attempt to fix the first implant that didn’t work which can end up worse than when they started. The FDA is looking further into the claims of the device manufactures safety data. (more…)