Georgetown Chiropractic Newsletter from Dr. Butwell for February 2017

Combined DC/MD Care is Beneficial

Patient benefit when doctors work together. Dr. Butwell is always ready to work with Georgetown healthcare colleagues to help a Georgetown chiropractic patient! A new study shows that when family medicine residents and chiropractors cooperatively care for older patients with back pain, everyone wins. Patients liked it. Both types of doctors liked getting to know each other’s treatment approaches. (1) While another study demonstrates that multidisciplinary conferences involving many kinds of providers lessen the use of spinal fusion for low back and improve the matching of surgical type to the proper patient type. (2) It’s all good! Dr. Butwell is ready to help!

Appropriate Timing for Back or Neck Surgery

Research reports that 88% of cervical radiculopathy patients and 70% of lumbar radiculopathy patients improve within 4 weeks of symptom onset. Therefore, prime timing for surgery for cervical radiculopathy (arm/upper extremity pain) is within 8 weeks of symptoms though 4 weeks may be considered and between 4 and 8 weeks for lumbar radiculopathy (leg/lower extremity pain). (3) Dr. Butwell, of course, aims to prevent surgery and recognizes when it is necessary and is ready to refer any Georgetown back pain sufferer when it’s time. Trust Dr. Butwell for your back and neck pain care needs.

Eat Healthy!

It’s not just a motto! Healthy eating improves bone mineral density and decreases the risk of osteoporosis. Those who consume more vegetables and fruits have less osteoposis and higher bone mineral density in middle and older age. If you are one of those Georgetown chiropractic patients who don’t like vegetables much, you are in luck! Fruit more so than vegetables seems to be better. (4) Eat some fruit and vegetables today for less osteoporosis and pain tomorrow.

Back Pain’s Relationship to Vitamin D

Low vitamin D levels for Georgetown chronic low back pain sufferers isn’t good. The good news is that vitamin D supplementation helps! Improved vitamin D levels via supplementation show lowered pain intensity and improved function ability in chronic low back pain patients. (5) Dr. Butwell thinks it’s nice that a simple intervention as a nutritional supplement may mean so much for back pain!

Cervical Spine and Tinnitus Related

Everything is connected! Dr. Butwell knows this to be true! Researchers report that tinnitus may be helped when cervical spine disorders are alleviated. There is a connection between the dorsal cochlear nucleus in the auditory pathway and the cervical spine. (6) Does tinnitus with a cervical spine condition disturb you? A Georgetown friend? Dr. Butwell offers gentle chiropractic care to help them both potentially! Georgetown chiropractic may help.

Obesity Increases Osteoporosis Risk

When we think about osteoporosis, we used to think of thin people as being the ones at risk. That’s what Dr. Butwell would think. But not now! New research reports that obesity is a major risk factor for osteoporosis since fat is used by inflammatory cytokines to negatively control bone metabolism. (7) Now, that’s new news. All of us Georgetown folks – thin and overweight – need to be aware of osteoporosis risk and how to prevent it.

So did any of these issues catch your attention? Yes? Schedule a Georgetown chiropractic appointment today with Dr. Butwell. It’s the first step toward relief!