CRITICISM OF NOT CONSIDERING NON-SURGICAL, CONSERVATIVE CARE: Cervical Radiculopathy and Lumbar Spine Stenosis
Conservative treatment – like chiropractic spinal manipulation
and Cox® Technic - of some of the highly common spinal
pain conditions is too many time overlooked in medical studies regardless of the plethora
of studies showing benefit. (The “why?”
discussion is for another article.) Here are two examples. (1) One instance is in treating
cervical radiculopathy patients, patients with neck-related arm pain, and
myelopathy. The original study examined the outcomes one year after cervical spine surgery for these conditions with no
comparison to conservative care for patients who ponder
what would ensue if they decided not to have surgery.
(1) The research about Cox® Technic for patients with cervical
spine radiculopathy state advantages for such
patients. Cervical radiculopathy because of a large C5-6 settled
with flexion distraction. (2) In a 39-patient study, cervical radiculopathy
treated with Cox® Technic provided relief in a mean of 13.2 visits.
(3) At 2-year follow-up for a cervical disc herniation patient with arm pain after 15 treatments
in 10 weeks, relief remained stable. (4) (2) The other example
is not suggesting non-surgical treatment for lumbar
spine stenosis. In an analysis of published clinical practice
guidelines for the care of lumbar spinal stenosis,
researchers wrote that non-surgical treatments (28.6%) were not
as commonly recommended than injections (92.3%) and
surgery (66%). (5) The research on the benefit and effectiveness
of conservative care of lumbar spinal stenosis is growing, especially
with Cox® Technic. A case report stated that Cox® flexion
distraction decreased frequency and intensity of radicular leg
pain and back pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis. (6) Another
wrote that 12 visits for flexion distraction treatment
and ancillary therapies relieved low back and leg pain symptoms
of stenosis. (7) In a 30-patient report of lumbar spine stenosis,
flexion distraction reduced pain and disability. (8) In a 57
lumbar spine stenosis patient study, Cox® improved pain by 76%. Disability
improved in 73%. (9) In a 30-patient study, Cox® was shown
to be an effective intervention for treating pain and
dysfunction in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. (10) Now is the time for non-surgical, conservative care of conditions like lumbar
spinal stenosis and cervical radiculopathy. Chiropractic Solutions offers such chiropractic care. Your San Jose
chiropractor is experienced in its delivery. Come see!
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Amanda Harris on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she describes
her use of the Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for lumbar spine stenosis.
San Jose CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH:
Practice Sit-To-Stand for Balance
Chiropractic Solutions talks with our San Jose chiropractic
patients about practicing sit-to-stand motion to keep and increase mobility and health. Sit-to-stand test is determined
by how many times you can get up from a fully seated sit
in 30 seconds. A fewer number of stands indicates
a greater fall risk. By age, the number of
stands for risk varies. In women aged 60-64, less
than 12 is a higher risk; 65-69, less than 11; 70-79, less than 10; 80-84, less
than 9, 85-89, less than 8; 90-94, less than 4. Men 60-64, less than 14; 65-74,
less than 12; 75-79, less than 11; 80-94, less than 10; 85-89, less than 8;
90-94, less than 7. (11) Moving slowly as we age may reduce the quality of daily life.
Improving the speed of motion may boost
mobility in older people. (12) The quicker
the STS, the more the low back and knee moved which
should be considered when testing back pain and
knee pain patients. (13) Check your sit-to-stand ability.
How did you do? Chiropractic Solutions can work with you to address
back pain and knee pain issues that may be slowing you down!
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honored to be a part of your healthcare mobility
and spinal care team and look forward to seeing you at Chiropractic Solutions
for your up-coming visit!