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Healthy News September 2022

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


An optimistic mindset, good self-care, and pain-lessening treatment is a beneficial mix for spine pain relief. Chiropractic combines them all! A study that observed 740 chronic low back pain patients for a year documented that those who maintained their pain relief and described an improved quality of life were also highly certain that they could still participate in activities despite their pain. Those who had widespread pain and imagined their pain as horrible and from which they’d not get over lessened their recovery outcome. Knowing these issues, researchers and your McHenry chiropractor know that realistic expectations must be discussed and appreciated 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 managed. We listen thoroughly to and have discussions with our chiropractic patients to manage issues as we move toward pain relief and a better quality of life. We follow and disclose the 50% Rule of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management that establishes 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 encouraging improvement. More good news emanates from a scoping review of papers about spine-pain related factors that mentioned how many issues are adjustable: smoking, overweight/obesity, negative expectations of recovery, work environment, nutrition, etc. (2) That is where we act together to maintain your positivity and confidence and come up with a solid McHenry 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 describes what realistic expectations are for spine pain patients with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

OrthoIllinois Chiropractic 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! 


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

A recent study compared those with chronic otitis media to those without. Researchers questioned if chronic otitis media inflammation affected the body beyond its ability to hear. They found that those with chronic otitis media with a history of hearing loss are more susceptible to a higher risk of hip fracture. (3) Another study stated that chronic otitis media was found to be significantly associated with a higher risk of developing ‘sudden sensorineural hearing loss’ that comes on suddenly over a 72-hour period. This is commonly related to dizziness and ringing in the ears, medicated with antibiotics, and accommodated for with hearing aids or devices for any enduring hearing loss. (4,5) We know inflammation is an enemy when dealing with McHenry back pain and neck pain, and it is apparently an enemy of ear pain and increased hip fracture risk, too! Pay attention to hearing issues and inflammation as they arise. We are here to help with chiropractic services! OrthoIllinois Chiropractic and you make a great team.

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