December 2021 Healthy News from Dr. Butwell

The Georgetown chiropractic manipulation and mobilization show benefit for relieving cervicogenic headache as an option to surgery for its relief.
 
CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE – Surgery or Manipulation?

Which would you choose? Most Georgetown cervicogenic headache sufferers would likely want to try a non-surgical approach before a surgical one. Cervicogenic headache is pain that begins in the neck and is felt to be in the head or face. Reduced neck range of motion is typical. (1) Medicine proposes surgical options. One is removing one or two cervical discs in patients unresponsive to prior treatments resulting in 63%/64% of unilateral/bilateral cervicogenic headache relief or improvement at 19.8 and 25.5 months. (2) Another surgical approach - pulsed radiofrequency ablation of the C2 DRG - is being performed, pursuing a “successful outcome” of at least 50% pain relief at 6 months post-surgery. (3) Chiropractic uses non-surgical approaches like manipulation and mobilization. These are often effective in relieving or improving cervicogenic headache or reducing symptoms when contrasted with control subjects. (4) A study assessing the effectiveness of manipulation versus mobilization to relieve cervicogenic headache reported that both had similar effects on disability, pain, global rating of change, and cervical range of motion. (5) A case report of a patient suffering with cervicogenic headache along with a lower cervical disc herniation detailed how gentle, Cox® Technic treatment produced relief. (6) Your chiropractor offers gentle, safe, non-surgical spinal manipulation for Georgetown neck pain and related headache.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. David Kulla on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains his pain reducing treatment of neck pain and headache with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Dr. Butwell shares new research on the benefit of chondroitin sulfate for the prevention of diabetic osteoporosis and support of bone health. 

Georgetown CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: Chondroitin Sulfate for Bone Health and Relief of Diabetic Osteoporosis

The benefits of chondroitin sulfate keep being documented! The latest work involves its influence on diabetes and diabetic osteoporosis. Diabetic osteoporosis is linked to morbidity and disability in its subjects. New rat studies revealed some promising help. The antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-osteoarthritis and hypoglycemic effects of chondroitin sulfate were seen after 8 weeks of oral administration that bettered the symptoms of diabetes, reduced blood glucose, elevated bone mineral density, repaired bone morphology, and decreased femoral osteoclasts and tibia adipocyte numbers among other benefits. All this prompted the researchers to conclude that chondroitin sulfate can effectively prevent bone loss caused by diabetes. (7) A follow-up study found similar outcomes. After administering chondroitin sulfate for 10 weeks, researchers documented signs of bone loss prevention, blood glucose reduction, symptom decrease, bone mineral density elevation, bone microstructure improvement, bone marrow adipocyte number drop, and oxidative stress lessening. (8) The rat studies elucideated the potential for human benefit. Chondroitin sulfate’s benefits for back pain, disc health, and bone health support our inclusion of nutrition in the chiropractic treatment plan!

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