CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE – Surgery or Manipulation?
Which would you choose? Most Southern New Hampshire cervicogenic headache sufferers would likely want to try a non-surgical option before a surgical one. Cervicogenic headache is pain that begins in the neck and is felt to be in the head or face. Decreased range of motion in the neck is typical. (1) Medicine offers surgical options. One is removing one or two cervical discs in patients who haven’t responded to prior treatments resulting in 63%/64% of unilateral/bilateral cervicogenic headache relief or improvement at 19.8 and 25.5 months. (2) Another surgical approach - pulsed radiofrequency ablation of the C2 dorsal root ganglion - is being done, striving for a “successful outcome” of at least 50% pain relief at 6 months post-surgery. (3) Chiropractic uses non-surgical approaches like manipulation and mobilization. These are many times effective in relieving or improving cervicogenic headache or reducing symptoms when contrasted with control subjects. (4) A study assessing the effectiveness of manipulation versus mobilization for the relief of cervicogenic headache reported that both had comparable effects on disability, pain, global rating of change, and cervical range of motion. (5) One case report of a patient who suffered with cervicogenic headache along with a lower cervical disc herniation detailed how gentle, Cox® Technic treatment delivered relief. (6) Your chiropractor delivers gentle, safe, non-surgical spinal manipulation for Southern New Hampshire neck pain and related headache.
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. David Kulla on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains his pain reducing treatment of neck pain and headache with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Southern New Hampshire CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: Chondroitin Sulfate for Bone Health and Relief of Diabetic Osteoporosis
The benefits of chondroitin sulfate keep being documented! The latest work involves its influence on diabetes and diabetic osteoporosis. Diabetic osteoporosis is associated with morbidity and disability in its subjects. New rat studies showed some promising help. The antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-osteoarthritis and hypoglycemic effects of chondroitin sulfate were documented after 8 weeks of oral administration that bettered the symptoms of diabetes, decreased blood glucose, elevated bone mineral density, restored bone morphology, and reduced femoral osteoclasts and tibia adipocyte numbers among other things. All this prompted the researchers to conclude that chondroitin sulfate can effectively avert bone loss caused by diabetes. (7) A follow-up study revealed similar benefits. After administering chondroitin sulfate for 10 weeks, researchers documented signs of bone loss prevention, blood glucose drop, symptom reduction, bone mineral density increase, bone microstructure improvement, bone marrow adipocyte number decrease, and oxidative stress easing. (8) The rat studies elucideated the potential for human benefit. Chondroitin sulfate’s benefits for back pain, disc health, and bone health support our discussion of the importance of nutrition in the chiropractic treatment plan!
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