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Healthy News September 2022

 Sitka back pain patients’ roads to recovery depend on pain reducing treatment, self-care, and positive mindset.


A positive mindset, good self-care, and pain-lessening treatment is a valuable recipe for spine pain relief. Chiropractic mingles them all! A study that followed 740 chronic low back pain patients for a year recorded that those who maintained their pain relief and described an improved quality of life were also highly confident that they could still do activities despite their pain. Those who had widespread pain and imagined their pain as the worst ever from which they’d not get over decreased their recovery outcome. Understanding these factors, researchers and your Sitka chiropractor know that realistic expectations must be discussed and understood for optimal, satisfactory clinical outcomes. (1) (For example, 50% relief is good!) Complicating factors like difficult sleep, fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression may affect healing for back pain and neck pain sufferers and must be addressed. We listen carefully to and have discussions with our chiropractic patients to handle issues as we advance toward pain relief and a better quality of life. We follow and share the 50% Rule of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management that sets reasonable expectations for chiropractic pain relief: 50% relief within a month or so of care without any signs of progressive neurological deficits or other red flags is positive improvement. More good news comes from a scoping review of papers about spine-pain related factors that took note of how many issues are adjustable: smoking, overweight/obesity, negative expectations of recovery, work environment, nutrition, etc. (2) That’s where we work together to maintain your positivity and confidence and form a robust Sitka chiropractic treatment plan for your pain relief!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Robert Patterson on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares what realistic expectations are for back pain patients with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka recognizes inflammation’s role in pain and shares how it may be a link between otitis media ear infection and increased hip fracture risk. Interesting research! 


Consider Inflammation: An Ear Infection/Hearing Loss/Hip Fracture Risk Link

A recent study evaluated those with chronic otitis media to those without. Researchers questioned if chronic otitis media inflammation impacted the body beyond its ability to hear. They discovered that those with chronic otitis media who had a history of hearing loss are more susceptible to a increased risk of hip fracture. (3) Another study reported that chronic otitis media was found to be significantly linked to a higher risk of developing ‘sudden sensorineural hearing loss’ that comes on rapidly over a 3 day period. This is often associated with dizziness and ringing in the ears, treated with antibiotics, and accommodated for with hearing aids or devices for any lasting hearing loss. (4,5) We realize inflammation is an enemy when managing Sitka back pain and neck pain, and it is seemingly an enemy of ear pain and heightened hip fracture risk, too! Manage hearing issues and inflammation as they arise. We're here to help with chiropractic services! Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka and you form a great team.

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