We have something you need to recognize about Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka. This chiropractic clinic is far more advanced in clinical treatment of the whole you than you may be aware. Let's elaborate on this. Training of the chiropractic physician includes deep diagnostic training. That training involves conditions that are not treated at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka like cancer, tuberculosis, infection, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc., but must be diagnosed in a patient coming for chiropractic treatment of spine and neuromuscular pain - lower back pain, neck pain, arm pain, leg pain - which may be brought about by cancer or infection.
A recent medical literature search demonstrates that a study of 60 case reports, 2 case series, 21 commentaries, 2 survey studies, and 2 literature reviews on chiropractic diagnosis of cancer in patients who present to chiropractic physicians with pain. Our Sitka chiropractic practice sees this, too, not often thankfully, but we do see it. The chiropractic clinical encounter prior to cancer diagnosis and subsequent medical referral is poorly characterized in the literature. Such documentation of the role of chiropractic in diagnosis is vital for best clinical outcome treatment at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka and other chiropractic clinics because a recent study about integrative cancer therapies showed cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide and accounted for 7.4 million deaths in 2004. By 2030, deaths from cancer have been estimated at 12 million with 30% being preventable. (1)
Now, patients with cancer do seek the care of chiropractors. The published literature does not demonstrate or describe the totality of the chiropractic clinical encounter. We chiropractic clinicians alongside researchers want and encourage further research in this field. Complementary and alternative medicine remains favored among cancer patients, specifically chiropractic services. (1) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is trained to recognize cancer, most commonly of the spine, and to make the proper treatment recommendations. It is imperative that Sitka chiropractic patients at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka be of this fact and feel increased confidence in our examination and care.
Further, Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka continually watches our patients who are on cholesterol lowering drugs who present with muscle pain and soreness. Lipitor is one such drug. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka recognizes the need to consider HMG CoA reductase inhibitors (cholesterol lowering drugs) as a cause of severe lower limb muscle symptoms. (2) This is another example of Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka's vigilance in your overall treatment.
Finally, your chiropractor at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka appreciates that the intensity of chronic lower back pain often negatively influences patients' quality of life. Your Sitka chiropractor understands this: there are significant differences in the pain stimulus response between chronic low back pain patients and healthy persons. For example, chronic low back pain patients respond and rate low to moderate skin pinpricks more strongly and not just for the affected body site like the back but also for other parts of the body like the hands. Such increased sensitivity is caused by changes in nerve processing at higher levels of the brain in such patients. (3) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka understands the elevated pain sensitivity you may experience with your chronic back pain and takes this into account in your treatment plan.
These points are shared with you to build your knowledge and confidence in the chiropractic training, clinical expertise and ability of your chiropractic physician at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka. Your health benefits and relief will reflect this heightened awareness of Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka and its diagnostic and treatment capabilities. Contact Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka today.
- contributed by guest author, James M. Cox, DC, DACBR, Diplomate, American Chiropractic Board or Radiology, and developer of Cox Technic.