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SIMPLE WAYS TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BACK

If you’ve experienced back pain as an adult, you’re not in the minority. Studies show that as many as 80 percent of people have an episode of back pain that lasts more than three days at some point in their lives. The spine is a complex organ that bears a heavy load, and the stresses on it can result in pain and injury. The good news is that most back pain can be treated successfully with simple methods, including non-prescription painkillers, ice and heat treatments, physical therapy, and Doylestown chiropractic treatments. The more serious cases may need surgical treatment, but most of us are not in that category.

Even better news is that there are simple lifestyle adjustments that can go a long way toward preventing back problems. Here are some things recommended by experts.

Lose weight. Excess weight, especially in the midsection, puts stress on the muscles, tendons, and spinal structure. Shedding as little as five or ten pounds can make a difference, and many people find that their back pain ceases altogether if they lose enough weight.

Exercise. Spending time every day to do yoga, Pilates, or even simple stretching exercises can increase your overall strength and flexibility, which will ease the pressure on your back.

Follow sound ergonomics principles. Many people spend hours a day in front of a computer screen, and that’s a recipe for back trouble. Sitting or standing in the same position for too long weakens the back muscles and can compress the discs in your spine. If you remember to move around and stretch at regular intervals, you’ll have better back health.

If you invest the time in taking care of your back with a Doylestown Chiropractor, you’ll feel better and avoid pain.

BACK PAIN WHEN YOU’RE UNDER 40

Millions of people suffer from back pain, but there’s a misconception that this ailment is most common in people in who are 60 or older. Many young people have back pain too, although theirs is usually from a different cause. Here is a rundown of common causes for back pain in people under 40.

Minor muscle strains. Sometimes known as “weekend warrior” strains, they often occur when you strain a muscle that’s not used to being worked. They can be painful and limit your ability to move in the short term, but they usually heal within a few days. A chiropractic adjustment within the first two weeks of a muscle strain can speed up the healing process. If you are getting these types of injuries on a frequent basis you should see the best Doylestown chiropractor to figure out what’s causing the problem.

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Disc Herniations. If you have frequent events where you throw your back out from something as simple as leaning over to pick a pencil off the floor, you may have a disc herniation. This happens when a disc in your spine pinches the sciatic nerve and causes pain, numbness, or tingling in the back or leg. This is a situation where you need to get evaluated by a Doylestown chiropractic physician. The chiropractor can figure out the extent of the injury and prescribe the correct physical therapy to deal with the pain.

If untreated, the sciatica caused by a herniated disc can worsen, and it can weaken certain leg muscles. In some cases you will need surgery to fix a herniated disc, but in others a combination of therapy and medication can work wonders. If the pain doesn’t let up, you may need cortisone injections in your back. If surgery is needed, the surgeon will remove the herniated portion of the disc to release the pressure on the nerve.

Spondylolisthesis. Another cause of back pain in younger people has to do with a tiny fracture of their vertebrae. It comes in two forms: spondylolysis (a fracture) or spondylolisthesis (a fracture that moves, or slips, forward). This condition is more common among certain types of athletes, such as gymnasts. However, a weekend warrior can do the same thing if he or she overextends the back in the course of a game or workout. This condition can be treated by wearing a back brace to avoid any extreme extension, and also by therapeutic movement and medication.   

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Remember, back pain is not something exclusive to older people. If you’re under 40 and you have back pain on a regular basis, you owe it to yourself to get a diagnosis!

 

Targeted Treatment Produces Better Results For Patients

Back pain comes in many forms, and in order to treat it effectively medical professionals need to do a thorough prognostic screening. That’s the conclusion of a study published recently in the UK and reported in the medical journal The Lancet.

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Warrington back pain

In this study researchers divided patients into two groups: one group would receive back pain treatment that was targeted to their particular type of back pain, while the other group received non-targeted treatment. The patients in the targeted-care group were evaluated based on their level of risk. Their evaluation was used to tailor a treatment program, including different levels of physiological and psychological treatment depending on their risk assessment.

The result? Not surprisingly, patients with targeted treatment showed much more significant improvement than those without targeted care. Specifically, the targeted care from a warrington chiropractor took fewer days off from work due to back pain, they functioned better physically and emotionally, they had higher quality of life, and they had reduced disability due to back pain.

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warrington chiropractor

There were economic benefits as well. The patients of a warrington pa chiropractor with targeted treatment had fewer wasted visits to doctors and other medical practitioners in the long term, which saved them money on their medical bills.

The study concluded that a good prognostic screening program would save time and money, and give medium and high risk patients faster relief from their back pain.

If this advice is followed in the medical profession, it will be a benefit for back pain sufferers.

Doylestown PA Chiropractor Participates in National Chiropractic Health Month

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                                  Conservative Care First: A Sensible, Effective Approach to Back and Neck Pain

During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) this fall, Dr. McQuaite a local Doylestown chiropractor and doctors of chiropractic (DCs) nationwide will educate patients about the value of a “conservative care first” approach to health care, which encourages exhausting non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatments for pain management and health enhancement before moving on to other options.
During NCHM in October, Dr. McQuaite will share information on his website and Doylestown chiropractor facebook page about the chiropractic profession’s “conservative care first” approach and why it is especially significant to today’s health care consumers. This in turn with help patients have well-informed conversations with their health care providers, empowering them to become their own advocates by insisting on information about conservative treatment options.
Why is “conservative care first” more important today than ever in facing our nation’s healthcare challenges?
• Numerous recent studies have clearly shown the dangerous overreliance in the U.S. on prescription painkillers that simply mask pain, but do not cure. This has tremendously increased Americans risk for overuse, and abuse, of these drugs if taken for long periods, leading to over 17,000 related deaths in 2010 (more than heroin and cocaine combined). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the abuse of prescription pain medications an “epidemic.”
• Recent reports question the overuse–and in some cases effectiveness–of more invasive treatments such as spinal fusion surgery and spinal steroid injections for back pain. It makes sense for patients to exhaust more conservative options before undergoing these costly procedures.
• DCs are the highest-rated healthcare practitioner for low-back pain treatments with their patient-centered, whole person approach that provides greater interaction and listening for appropriate diagnosis and developing more cost-effective treatment planning.
“During National Chiropractic Health Month we’re reminding patients to ask about conservative treatment options when weighing their health care choices,” says Dr. McQuaite “Chiropractic treatment is a much more safe and cost-effective option for back and neck pain that may reduce the need for unnecessary drugs and surgery.”
For more tips on healthy, pain-free living, visit www.mcquaitechiropractic.com.
National Chiropractic Health Month is a nationwide observance held each October. The event helps raise public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic care and its natural, whole-person, patient-centered approach to health and wellness.
Dr. Jeff McQuaite, a second generation chiropractor, has been helping the residents of Doylestown, Jamison, Warrington, Chalfont and the entire Central Bucks area rediscover a life without pain for over 15 years. He and his family have lived in Doylestown for over 20 years, with both of his sons attending Central Bucks Schools: Doyle Elementary, Lenape Middle School and CB West High School.
For more information about how Dr. Jeff can help you achieve better overall health and wellness, please visit http://www.mcquaitechiropractic.com or contact drjeff@mcquaitechiropractic.com.