Healthy News September 2022

 Georgetown back pain patients’ recovery paths depend on pain reducing treatment, self-care, and positive mindset.


A positive mindset, sound self-care, and pain-lessening treatment is a beneficial recipe for spine pain relief. Chiropractic blends them all! A study that followed 740 chronic low back pain patients for a year recorded that those who maintained their pain relief and reported an improved quality of life were also highly certain that they could still do activities despite their pain. Those who had widespread pain and imagined their pain as the worst ever from which they’d not get over reduced their recovery outcome. Knowing these factors, researchers and your Georgetown chiropractor know that realistic expectations must be reviewed and understood for optimal, satisfactory clinical outcomes. (1) (For example, 50% relief is good!) Complicating factors like poor sleep, fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression may come into play for back pain and neck pain sufferers and must be addressed. We listen thoroughly to and have discussions with our chiropractic patients to handle issues as we move toward pain relief and a better quality of life. We follow and share the 50% Rule of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management that establishes reasonable expectations for chiropractic pain relief: 50% relief within a month or so of care without any signs of progressive neurological deficits or other red flags is constructive improvement. Additional good news arises from a scoping review of papers about spine-pain related factors that mentioned how many issues are adjustable: smoking, overweight/obesity, negative expectations of recovery, work environment, nutrition, etc. (2) That’s where we act together to maintain your positivity and confidence and come up with a solid Georgetown chiropractic treatment plan for your pain relief!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Robert Patterson on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes what realistic expectations are for back pain patients with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Dr. Butwell recognizes inflammation’s role in pain and presents how it may be a link between otitis media ear infection and increased hip fracture risk. Interesting research! 


Consider Inflammation: An Ear Infection/Hearing Loss/Hip Fracture Risk Link

A new study compared those with chronic otitis media to those without. Researchers wondered if chronic otitis media inflammation affected the body beyond hearing. They discovered that those with chronic otitis media with a history of hearing loss are more susceptible to a greater risk of hip fracture. (3) Another study reported that chronic otitis media was found to be significantly linked to a greater risk of developing ‘sudden sensorineural hearing loss’ that comes on suddenly over a 72-hour period. This is commonly related to dizziness and ringing in the ears, medicated with antibiotics, and accommodated for with hearing aids or devices for any lasting hearing loss. (4,5) We realize inflammation is an enemy in managing Georgetown back pain and neck pain, and it is seemingly an enemy of ear pain and increased hip fracture risk, too! Manage hearing issues and inflammation as they occur. We are here to help with chiropractic services! Dr. Butwell and you form a great team.

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