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By drcrooks
June 22, 2011
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A recent study in the British Medical Journal has found that  for a womens' bone health,  calcium supplementation in moderation is best. Women should try to get 700 mg of calcium from dietary sources daily and an additional 500-600 mg from supplements. Dietary sources include low-fat dairy products and leafy greens, and fortified juices and cereals and fish with bones like sardines and canned salmon. Reading the labels on food products will provide a better understanding of the amount of calcium in the product.

By drcrooks
May 31, 2011
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Stop eating plates full of pain and your pain and need for over the counter pain pills(NSAIDS) may lesson. 50 million Americans suffer with chronic pain amd we have become a nation who rely on NSAIDs for relief. Unfortunately, this is associated with various side effects that can be life-threatening for some. Peptic ulcers, cardiovascular, kidney, and liver disease are some of the long-term side effects. It is well known that omega-6 fatty acids can lead to increased amounts of postaglandin in the body which leads to inflammation in the joints. Eating 2-3 serving of  many fruits and vegetables contain salicylates equivalent to 75 mg of aspirin. Avoiding fast food , bags of potato chips and packed foods will also help. An additional supplement to consider white willow bark, that can be an effective alterantive to NSAID use.  Magnesium and vitamin D are also important.

By drcrooks
May 17, 2011
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A study published in the April 2011 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Enviromental Medicine suggests that when it comes to work-related low pain, the risk of disability and return of pain is lower for patients who were treated by chiropractors than those treated by a physical therapist or medical physician. The costs of treatment and payment for for disability beneifits were also lower.  These  finding also came on the heels of a recent  study in Spine that found  chronic low back pain patients who followed up with maintainence spinal manipulation after their initial injury reported continued significant improvment in their pain and disability.

By drcrooks
March 09, 2011
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Recent studies have shown that chiropractic care can effectively help manage certain types of spinal arthritis.

According to the Arthritis Foundation in 2007, 46 million Americans are currently living with arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Arthritis can affect men and women of all ages and it is estimated that about 37 million or 1 in every 7 people have some type of arthritis complaint

Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited range of motion. There are over 100 types of arthritis. Arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage normally protects the joint, allowing for smooth movement and absorbs shock when pressure is applied on the joint like when you walk. Without the usual amount of cartilage, the bones can rub together causing pain, swelling, and stiffness. Chronic joint inflammation can be the result of an auto-immune disorder in which the body attacks itself because the body immune system believes the body part is foreign. They can result from broken bones, general wear and tear or infection.

With some injuries and disease, the inflammation does not go away or destruction results in long-term pain and deformity. When this happens, you have chronic arthritis. The most common type of arthritis that we deal with in our practice is osteoarthritis and is more common as you age. You will feel it in your joints, most commonly in your hips, knees or fingers. The risk factors for the wear and tear type of osteoarthritis include being overweight, previous joint injuries, and repetitive motion or stress on the joints.

As the degenerative arthritis progresses, there is less movement in the joint which is called hypo mobility that results in pain and stiffness.

Recent studies in 2010 have shown that hypo mobility causes degeneration of the joints that connect the bones which causes arthritis. As time goes on, both the internal adhesions and arthritis increase. Cramer, et al 2010, also reported chiropractic adjustments or manipulation will increase the space between the joints/bones, increase mobility of the joints, therefore chiropractic treatment of the spine can further prevent development of adhesions and degeneration of bone spurs which are all part of the arthritic process. In short, chiropractic adjustments can effectively treat and prevent the progression of arthritis. Regardless of the timing, the beginning of chiropractic care safely increases mobility and prevents loss of movement preventing the development of internal scar tissue and therefore arthritis

It was reported in October of 2010 by Wrong Diagnosis that approximately 1 in 6,16.54% or 45 million Americans get headaches yearly, with many people suffering daily. While the statistical numbers vary based upon your source of information, it can be agreed upon that headaches are very common and shared among Americans at an epidemic rate. Taking into account that a single pill for many Americans to treat a headache can cost as much as $43, according to Consumer Reports Health Best Buy Drugs, the overall cost to our economy totals billions of dollars and we need to focus not on the treatment of the effects, but the root of the cause.

When you suffer from headaches, it affects every facet of your life and you search for immediate answers. Most often it is a medication, either over-the-counter or prescription as evidenced by the amount of money spent as previously reported.

Nelson et al. (1998) reported on randomized clinical trials that took place over an 8-week course. The results showed there was minor statistical differences in outcomes for improvement during the trial period for chiropractic care, amatriptyline and over-the-counter medications for treating migraine headaches. It was also reported that there was no statistical benefit in combining therapies. However, the major factor is that in the post-treatment follow-up period, chiropractic was 75% more effective in the reduction of headaches than drug therapy.

Medications and other forms of invasive care are often necessary and it is critical for a trained doctor to perform an accurate history and physical and when indicated, advanced diagnostic testing (CAT scans, MRI's, etc.) to ensure there aren't more serious underlying complications. However, based upon the results of the research provided by Nelson et al. (1998), it should be chiropractic first, drugs second and surgery last to render better outcomes with less potential side effects.

These studies along with many others conclude that a drug-free approach of chiropractic care is one of the best solutions for patients seeking safe care for headaches and migraines.





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