BACK PAIN, KNEE PAIN, AND HIP OSTEOARTHRITIS
Co-morbidities. That’s a term we’ve heard a lot about recently. Often, our Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patients can list their own co-morbidities! In a report about 10,234 primary care patients, those with low back pain also recounted symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis (11-71%) along with hip (11-50%) and knee (8-40%) symptoms. (1) This is not atypical considering today’s aging population. A research group studied published papers and found that 0% to 54% of lumbar spinal stenosis patients with a mean age of 66 years old also had knee osteoarthritis or hip osteoarthritis. (2,3) Further, researchers studied patients with a history of knee osteoarthritis, a mean age of 62.2 years, and a body mass index of 29.8kg for 3 months. Most patients were in the description category of minimal change in pain versus low pain at the beginning/large improvement and moderate pain at the beginning/worsened. Patients who felt high stress, scored a negative affect score, and had knee buckling at the beginning of the study had a poorer outcome path. (4) Many Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patients with various combinations of knee, hip, and back pain come to New Hampshire Spine and Sport. It's not unusual! Our gentle, effective chiropractic care fosters a better path to healing!
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Luigi Albano on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he details usual medical treatment of knee osteoarthritis as well as new drug-free, conservative treatment based on the principles of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Southern New Hampshire CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: AVOID AND TREAT TEXT-NECK
New tech instigates new issues! Neck pain is a greatly reported issue for adults and is now showing up in kids. The term “text neck syndrome” describes today’s neck pain due to increased stresses on the cervical spine for users of handheld tech no matter their ages. (5) The repetitive stress of extended forward head flexion while looking down is messing with us all. In an attempt to get rid of his head and neck pain and right upper limb paresthesia, a YouTuber went to a family physician, tried pain meds and muscle relaxants, performed physical therapy, underwent cervical traction, and acupuncture which provided temporary relief with many flare-ups. Finally, chiropractic care that emphasized better posture while texting, cervical spine manipulation, and extension traction therapy relieved the pain. Frequent breaks and proper posture when using smartphones will do much to help thwart text neck syndrome. (6) Your Southern New Hampshire chiropractor gives that same suggestion!
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Make your next Southern New Hampshire chiropractic appointment today. Back pain and hip and/or knee osteoarthritis and “text neck” are spine related issues that New Hampshire Spine and Sport welcomes!