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March 2023 Healthy News from Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic Failed Back Surgery Back Pain Relief with Gentle Spinal Manipulation Take Your Vitamin D!

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Gentle spinal manipulation for back pain that stays or comes back after back surgery - sometimes called persistent post-surgical pain or post-surgical continued pain -  is demonstrating effectiveness. And Cox® Technic as used at our Augusta chiropractic clinic is receiving attention for its pain-alleviating outcomes! So have you experienced back surgery? Do you still suffer with back pain…or has it returned? You’re not alone, especially in wanting the pain gone. Some will opt for more medical options like surgery or pain meds or physical therapy, etc. Others will seek non-medical options like spinal manipulation. A new meta-analysis of published data on the kinds of spinal manipulation employed to treat back pain patients with persistent spine pain after lumbar surgery reported that spinal manipulation practitioners chose to use potentially gentler non-thrust techniques – 85% chose flexion-distraction (aka Cox® Technic) – instead of thrust techniques. (1) A published study of 69 post-surgical patients managed with Cox® Technic recorded that in 11 visits over a 49 day treatment timeframe 81% of the patients got more than 50% relief of pain. The mean percent of relief was 71.6% at the end of care and 70% at 2-year-follow-up. The relief continued! (2) The frustration of back pain is understandable. The frustration of back pain after back surgery that was hoped to eliminate it is even more frustrating. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic proposes Cox® Technic to decrease the pain…and the frustration!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Gary Stefanick on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the help his patient felt with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

image of Augusta low back pain and lumbar disc degeneration helped with higher levels of vitamin D

TIP OF THE MONTH: Another Reason to Be Up on Your Vitamin D! LBP And Disc Degeneration

Higher vitamin D levels were found to be linked with better physical performance in low back pain (LBP) sufferers with lumbar disc degeneration (LDD). Researchers calculated vitamin D levels and muscle strength in 200 participants. Those low in vitamin D required more time in the gait speed, chair stand, and timed-up-and-go (TUG) tests. (3) Postmenopausal women with vitamin D deficiency (particularly those with below 10 ng/mL which indicated severe LDD and LBP) are documented to have LBP and LDD. Add in smoking, high body mass index, osteoporosis, and no D supplementation, and the moderate to severe pain was elevated. (4) Another report stated that frailty status and physical performance measures (gait speed and TUG) were significantly associated with vitamin D concentration. (5) Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic asks: How’s your vitamin D level? Time to check it!

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