Pills for Back or Neck Pain Are a Heart Concern.
There is a time and place for pain medication. None is without risk. Sometimes, the risk is small. New research shows that even the simple NSAID medications carry a new risk. NSAIDS are the common over the counter medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol), and ibuprofen (Advil). These medications are commonly used but new research shows that [...]Read more
Pain Meds Increase Risk of Falls & Fracture
Arthritis pain is common as we age. The years of abuse take a toll on our aging bodies. By the time we are on Medicare, we have joint pain and balance issues. Seniors who use certain common pain medications are at a 7-fold greater risk for falling, and twice as likely to fracture a hip. [...]Read more
Methadone for pain control. Still a bad idea.
Pain medications are classified based on how the function in the body and their chemical pathways. One family of pain medication is called the ‘opioids.’ These drugs are popular because they have three major therapeutic effects: Decrease perception Decreased pain response Increased pain tolerance Opioids also come in different varieties. There are natural (morphine, codeine) [...]Read more
Shared Decision-Making Decreases Overuse of Antibiotics
I’m a chiropractor. I don’t prescribe antibiotics. But I care about the results of a recent research article on the subject of antibiotics. In the research study, investigators looked at the role of educating patients about their disease process and including them in the decision making process. It seems obvious that we ought to be [...]Read more
Pain Med Addiction on the Rise
Addiction to pain medication is real Addiction is real and really dangerous. A number of news outlets picked up some reports this week about the very real dangers of using pain medications. Research shows the risk with each pill Here is a great example of a story which illustrates the real concern with using [...]Read more
Research Proves Chiropractic Helps Migraines
Clinical Trial at Macquarie University A research project headed by Dr. Peter Tuchin at Macquarie University examined the effectiveness of chiropractic care in treating migraine headaches. The study had fair number of participants, about 130. They were studied over a 6 month period of time. The participants kept a migraine diary for 6 months; two [...]Read more
Research Supporting Chiropractic for Neck Pain
This week, a study supporting chiropractic care for neck pain was published in Annals of Internal Medicine. The study was conducted at the Wolfe-Harris Center for Clinic Studies which is the research clinic attached to Northwestern Health Science University, which is my alma matter. Dr. Gert Brontfort lead the study in which, 272 patients with [...]Read more
Family doctors are adding chiropractors to the practice
“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” A recent report from the UK, shows that British family medicine doctors are learning the benefits of manipulation skills and adding chiropractors to their general practices to help patients with back and muscle pain. That’s fantastic! The big winners will be the patients. They will be able to [...]Read more