Had back pain before? Yes? It’s natural to fear its return, but don’t let it stop your life! This time of year, just think of Santa. Think he’s had
back pain before delivering all those packages
and parcels? Spine & Sports Rehab Center expects he has!
Santa can’t quit, and neither can you. Baton Rouge
chiropractic care can help manage new back pain and chronic
back pain and direct our Baton Rouge back pain
sufferers to live
a bit more fear-lessly and confidently this holiday season.
FEAR OF BENDING
Your Baton Rouge chiropractor realizes
this: many low back pain patients fear bending forward. Researchers looked
into this common clinical finding and found that this fear of bending forward also influences postural sway or balance by interfering
with hip balance control, causing weight shifting from
side to side to keep balance. (1) What is an unwanted
result of being off-balance? A fall. Spine & Sports Rehab Center
finds it very important to help our back pain patients –
especially our older back pain patients – stay balanced and upright!
HELP TO KEEP BALANCE AND DECREASE FEAR
“There’s an app for that!” Just what our
older Baton Rouge chiropractic patients with balance issues want to
hear?! As much as “tech” can frustrate some of its users,
particularly some older users, it can help! The new
smartphone-based Gait&Balance App is accessible.
Researchers have verified that it is able to track
age-related differences in balance not necessarily noted via clinical exam measurements like postural stability,
step time, step length and cycle. (2) These insights can help
healthcare providers like your chiropractor design a more beneficial
and individualized treatment plan to decrease fear of movement and
improve balance. This is quite hopeful, so much so that chiropractic
researchers are doing more research study
to quantify the benefits of multimodal chiropractic care in its
ability to influence gait, balance and/or fall risk and
prevention. (3) One encouraging study with older lumbar spinal
stenosis patients (average age 83.5 years) found that their postural sway and
entropy as well as function and symptomatology were improved
with a course of chiropractic care including Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression
spinal manipulation. (4) Spine & Sports Rehab Center offers this treatment along
with nutrition and exercise to keep
our chiropractic patients moving, fearless, and balanced!
BIOMARKERS FOR BACK PAIN
A new nutrition discovery this month
may also aid this effort. It comes from researchers evaluating
levels of biomarkers – C-reactive protein, vitamin D, neuropeptide Y and others
- in low back pain patients tested via blood tests with pain
and disability. Vitamin D which keeps appearing in many health
news reports today also seems to be a potential biomarker for
back pain relief and disability. A reliable randomized control study
found a relationship between vitamin D levels and changes
in both pain and disability for low back pain patients treated with
spinal manipulation. (5) Some day, we may do blood tests to manage risks for back pain!
CONTACT Spine & Sports Rehab Center
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Joel Dixon on The Back Doctors
Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates his helping
a Vietnam veteran manage his back pain for 20 years,
incorporating the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Make your Baton Rouge chiropractic
appointment soon. Calling all our Baton Rouge back pain patients!
Bring us your back pain and your fear of back pain, bending and falling. We can
help you manage them as well as Santa fearlessly and efficiently delivers
all his presents in a single night!