Healthy News September 2022

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


An upbeat mindset, good self-care, and pain-reducing treatment is a beneficial recipe for spine pain relief. Chiropractic mingles them all! A study that observed 740 chronic low back pain patients for a year documented that those who continued with their pain relief and described an improved quality of life were also highly confident that they could still perform activities despite their pain. Those who had widespread pain and imagined their pain as horrible and from which they would not get over decreased their recovery outcome. Understanding these factors, researchers and your Richmond chiropractor get that realistic expectations must be reviewed and appreciated for optimal, satisfactory clinical outcomes. (1) (For example, 50% relief is good!) Complicating factors like difficult sleep, fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression may come into play for back pain and neck pain sufferers and must be managed. We listen carefully to and have discussions with our chiropractic patients to handle issues as we advance 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 sets 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 positive improvement. Additional good news emanates from a scoping review of papers about spine-pain related factors that mentioned how many issues are modifiable: smoking, overweight/obesity, negative expectations of recovery, work environment, nutrition, etc. (2) That’s where we act together to keep you positive and confident and create a robust Richmond 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 shares what realistic expectations are for spine pain patients with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Johnson Chiropractic 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 recent study compared those with chronic otitis media to those without. Researchers wondered if chronic otitis media inflammation impacted the body beyond its ability to hear. They discovered that those with chronic otitis media who had a history of hearing loss are more susceptible to a greater risk of hip fracture. (3) Another study stated that chronic otitis media was found to be significantly associated with a greater risk of developing ‘sudden sensorineural hearing loss’ that comes on rapidly over a 3 day period. This is often associated with dizziness and ringing in the ears, medicated with antibiotics, and accommodated for with hearing aids or devices for any enduring hearing loss. (4,5) We know inflammation is an enemy in dealing with Richmond back pain and neck pain, and it is apparently an enemy of ear pain and heightened hip fracture risk, too! Manage hearing issues and inflammation as they develop. We're here to help with chiropractic services! Johnson Chiropractic and you form a great team.

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