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New York Chiropractic Newsletter from Dr. Gary Stefanick for February 2017

All Benefit when DCs and MDs Work Together

Patient benefit when doctors work together. Working with a New York healthcare colleague to help one of our New York chiropractic patients is always an honor! A new study reports that when family medicine residents and chiropractors cooperatively care for older patients with back pain, everyone benefits. Patients liked it. Both types of doctors liked getting to know each other’s treatment approaches. (1) While another study reveals that multidisciplinary conferences connecting many types of providers reduce the use of spinal fusion for low back and improve the matching of surgical type to the proper patient type. (2) It is all good! Dr. Gary Stefanick is ready to help!

Proper Timing for Back or Neck Surgery

It’s found that 88% of cervical radiculopathy patients and 70% of lumbar radiculopathy patients show improvement within 4 weeks of symptom onset. Therefore, optimal timing for surgery for cervical radiculopathy (arm/upper extremity pain) is within 8 weeks of symptom onset though 4 weeks may be considered and between 4 and 8 weeks for lumbar radiculopathy (leg/lower extremity pain). (3) Dr. Gary Stefanick, of course, aims to prevent surgery and recognizes when it is necessary and is ready to refer any New York back pain sufferer when it’s time. Count on Dr. Gary Stefanick for your non-surgical back pain and neck pain care.

Eat Healthy!

It’s not just a motto! Eating healthily lowers the risk of osteoporosis and improves bone mineral density. Those who eat more vegetables and fruits have less osteoposis and higher bone mineral density in middle and older age. And to cheer those New York chiropractic patients who don’t like veggies as much, fruit seems to contribute more positively than vegetables. (4) Less osteoporosis can potentially mean less back pain later in life, so enjoy some veggies and fruit today!

Back Pain’s Relationship to Vitamin D

New York chronic low back pain sufferers who also have low vitamin D levels benefit from vitamin D supplementation. Improved vitamin D levels via supplementation show reduced pain intensity and better function ability in chronic low back pain patients. (5) Dr. Gary Stefanick loves that such a simple task as a nutritional supplement may help our New York chiropractic patients so much!

Cervical Spine and Tinnitus Related

Our body is one big linked system! Dr. Gary Stefanick knows this to be true! Dr. Gary Stefanick just read this study about tinnitus and its potential relationship to cervical spine disorders. That makes sense! They find that when cervical spine disorders are improved, so is the tinnitus. There’s a connection between the dorsal cochlear nucleus in the auditory pathway and the cervical spine. (6) Does tinnitus with a cervical spine condition bother you? A New York friend? Dr. Gary Stefanick offers gentle chiropractic care to help them both potentially! New York chiropractic may help.

Osteoporosis and Obesity – The Link

It’s usually thought that osteoporosis occurs in thin people. That’s what Dr. Gary Stefanick would think. But not now! New research reports that obesity is a major risk factor for osteoporosis since inflammatory cytokines are used by fat to negatively influence bone metabolism. (7) Now, that’s new news. All of us New York folks – thin and overweight – need to be aware of osteoporosis risk and how to prevent it.

If any of these topics affect you or a New York loved one, schedule a New York chiropractic appointment today with Dr. Gary Stefanick. It’s the first step toward relief!

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