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» Back Pain Healthcare Costs Enormous
» Headaches and Chiropractic
» Gain The Weight, Gain The Spinal Pain
» Shock Treatment for Migraines vs. Chiropractic Care
» U.S. Schools Are Missing Opportunities to Protect Children from UV Rays
» Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Healthcare Costs Linked to Tanning Beds

Back Pain Healthcare Costs Enormous  
Back pain and spinal problems are increasingly burdening the healthcare system within the U.S. as well as many other countries throughout the world. The latest numbers come in close to $86 billion - the annual cost of treating spinal problems in the United States alone. This number equates to a 65 percent increase in the cost of treating back and spine related disorders in just the past decade. Worse yet, new research indicates people's back and spine related problems are no better off. So what’s the deal? Experts state increased spending on prescription drugs, more advanced diagnostic testing and increases in the number and cost of spinal surgeries are partly to blame. While this is unfortunate, it's clear that the current overall methodology of treatment is not successful since significantly increasing costs shouldn't result in a poorer outcome for back and spinal disorder sufferers. Chiropractic care is safe, non-invasive and highly effective in the management of many spinal disorders including some of the most common causes of back pain. Chiropractic care has also been shown to be a very cost-effective treatment for certain back and spinal problems. In fact, chiropractic doctors receive so much back and spine related training that most chiropractic students purchase models of the human spine to study extensively during their chiropractic training.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Journal of the American Medical Association. 2008;299(6):656-664.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2008


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Headaches and Chiropractic  
The title above is from a release by the American Chiropractic Association on August 2, 2013, that appeared in several news outlets including the American News. The release, and several associated news articles discuss how chiropractic helps people who suffer from headaches. The ACA release begins by noting, "If you have a headache, you're not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea." Another article about chiropractic and headaches in the Merritt Herald from Canada on July 24, 2013, starts by stating, "Did you know that one of the most common forms of headache is actually caused by problems in the neck?" The ACA release reported on research of how chiropractic helps headaches by noting, "A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, N.C., found that spinal manipulation (adjustments) resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication." Using chiropractic care for headaches is not a common medical procedure. This fact was illustrated in the Merritt Herald article, "Unfortunately, the medical understanding of headaches often does not take into account the chiropractic model, which remains foreign to many within the medical profession." The Merritt Herald article also reported that this information is not new, noting that, "In 1995, a team of MDs at Syracuse University established neck problems as the cause of many headaches with scientific, anatomical proof." The researchers were headed up by Dr. Rothbart, a medical doctor. In an interview after the research, Dr. Rothbart stated, "Some brilliant people have put their hearts, souls and minds to this (headache) problem and haven't come up with anything. All we've been able to do is treat people with an array of medicines, one after the other, and hope the side effects won't be too bad. We couldn't believe it at first. We've been able to put together a scientific explanation for how neck structure causes headaches — not all headaches, but a significant number of them. It's true that chiropractors have been saying this for years. Unfortunately, many (medical) doctors tend to have a jaundiced view of chiropractors, but they were right about headaches."

Author:Dr.Rothbart
Source:American Chiropractic Association
Copyright:Dr. Rothbart 2013


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Gain The Weight, Gain The Spinal Pain  

A recent Norway study indicates that in both men and women obesity is strongly associated with chronic low back pain. The increased weight of being obese wreaks havoc on the spinal tissues that are placed under constant and increased stress due to the additional weight. Fortunately, most obesity is treatable and with loss of the additional weight, many experience significant improvements in their back pain complaints, not to mention the improvement or reversal of many other related health conditions. Fortunately, chiropractic care can still help before the additional weight comes off, or, if the additional weight cannot be lost. Chiropractors not only provide relief for many experiencing back pain due to obesity, but some additionally offer treatment programs directed at weight loss and strategies to improve one’s overall health. If you’ve got extra pounds to lose and are suffering from back problems, you deserve an opportunity to try chiropractic care!

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Spine. Volume 35. Issue 7.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2010


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Shock Treatment for Migraines vs. Chiropractic Care  

If you suffer from migraines, you already know all about their debilitating pain. These headaches can easily sideline you for an entire day while you wait for them to finally go away. While chiropractors have been successfully treating migraines without drugs or invasive techniques, traditional medicine is still searching for cures. Some of these new technological approaches might seem a bit...shocking.  For example, a new device is showing promise as a method for easing migraine pain. How does it work? Believe it or not, the device reduces pain by delivering mild electric shocks to your arm.  The Future of Migraine Relief? The experimental device, which you control through your smartphone, is called the Nerivo Migra. It consists of electrodes that attach to your arm, a patch with a battery, and a computer chip that wirelessly connects to your mobile device. When activated, the device stimulates nerves under the skin of your arm, which, in turn, blocks pain signals from traveling to the brain. In the past, similar attempts at blocking pain signals applied mild shocks to the person’s head. By focusing on the arm instead, researchers are hoping the device will be discrete and convenient enough to use in public without anyone noticing. A Recent Study Put Nerivo Migra to the Test Researchers examined the effects of Nerivo Migra on 71 participants who suffer from episodic migraines that occur two to eight times a month. They had not taken any medication to prevent their attacks for at least two months. Most were women in their mid-to-late 40s who also experienced “aura,” which is a visual disturbance that sometimes affects other senses. Participants had a total of 299 migraine occurrences during the course of the study. They were instructed to apply the device to their upper arms immediately after the start of an attack and use it for 20 minutes. The device was programmed to emit one of five pulse widths: 50, 100, 150, 200, or a placebo. When the 50-width pulse rate is excluded, the results show that 64% of participants reported at least a 50% pain reduction two hours after using the device. For the control group, that number was just 26%. At the 200-width pulse rate, 58% of participants said they had little or no pain after a migraine that was moderate to severe. Chiropractic Migraine Treatment You Can Experience Right Now While the Nerivo Migra seems promising, it will likely be years before the public is ever able to use it. And you might be understandably a bit wary of using electric shock as a way to treat a headache. However, if you’re suffering from migraines right now, your local chiropractor can help.  A study conducted by Duke University showed that chiropractic spinal adjustments can produce almost immediate improvements in those suffering from migraines. The relief also lasted longer with fewer side effects than prescription headache medication.  So don’t live with the pain migraines cause. Your local chiropractor will have you feeling better with just a single visit.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Neurology, online March 1, 2017.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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U.S. Schools Are Missing Opportunities to Protect Children from UV Rays  

Parents rely on the school system to educate and protect their children. Recent studies have shown that when it comes to skin cancer, U.S. schools are missing an opportunity to do just that. Children are just as susceptible to skin cancer as adults. Some children have conditions that predispose them to skin cancer. Diligent efforts need to be taken to protect these children. However, some schools refuse to allow children to protect themselves with sunglasses and hats, even after legislation has passed. Another missed opportunity comes from tiny steps that could easily be put into practice. Schools could do more to promote the use of protective equipment, such as hats, sunglasses, and sun screen. Another important step that can be taken is to restrict the amount of time kids spend in the sun. While some sun exposure is important – everyone needs a healthy dose of Vitamin D, after all – it's essential to keep kids out of the sun during the brightest times of day. According to KidsHealth.org, it is believed that Melanoma is closely associated with severe sunburns from UVA and UVB rays before the age of 20. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Recent research, reported on by Reuters, found that only 13% of classrooms have sunscreen on-hand. And only 28% of teachers allow children the time to apply the product. When it comes to sun exposure and children’s health, there is still much to be done. If you want to do more, talk to your school or your local board of education.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:JAMA Dermatology, online March 3, 2017.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Healthcare Costs Linked to Tanning Beds  
Tanning has never been more popular. Whether its because studies have shown that darker regularly gets rated as more attractive, or that popular celebrities the world over continue to radiate a golden brown glow, the tanning trend shows no sign of slowing down. Unfortunately, lying in a tanning bed has been linked to skin cancer. In fact, Reuter's reported on new research that shows up to $343 million dollars in healthcare costs have resulted because of the adverse effects of tanning beds. Some experts say that the cost of not only medical bills, but workforce productivity and early deaths, will raise that price to over $120 billion dollars over the patients’ lifetime. In 2015, tanning bed use resulted in nearly 9,000 melanoma cases, over 165,000 squamous cell carcinoma cases, and over 85,000 basal cell carcinoma cases. According to StatNews.com, 30 million people use tanning beds each year, and a quarter of those are teens. It’s estimated that a young woman who uses a tanning bed are at greater risk – up to 75% greater – of developing melanoma. The numbers are staggering. And while excess natural sun exposure can result in melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma, tanning beds can actually increase the likelihood of getting these types of cancers. The culprits are the UVA and UVB rays. The UVA rays damage DNA, while the UVB rays burn the skin. Why take the chance of ruining your health? Save money and heartache by avoiding tanning beds.

Author:ChiroPlanet.com
Source:Journal of Cancer Policy, online February 28, 2017.
Copyright:ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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