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July 2016 Health Newsletter


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» The Cost of Your Lower Back Pain
» Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Children?
» Chiropractic Care and Falls
» ACL Tears Don't Necessarily DeRail the Recruiting process
» Post Operative Repair Foot/Ankle Dysfunction
» 10 Strategies to Eat Well on a Budget
» Ray Ray McCloud Makes a Return Visit to Treat with Dr. Shaker
» Steroid Injections May Not Help Lower Back Pain

The Cost of Your Lower Back Pain

Chronic lower back pain is incredibly common. In fact, up to 50% of individuals may be affected by low back pain at some point, which has spurred the Global Burden of Disease Study to investigate worldwide impairment from this pain. A common type is known as "uncomplicated low back pain," which does not radiate to other areas of the body, and is not associated with damage to the spine or other structures. This pain can be debilitating and expensive, with the global costs estimated at $20 billion annually. New research suggests there may be therapies to lessen both the costs and discomfort of low back pain. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics published a study that revealed chiropractic treatments significantly lowered costs for patients with low back pain. The researchers found that patients treated by a both a DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) and an MD spent hundreds of dollars less than back patients treated exclusively by an MD, or even an MD and a physical therapist. These findings show the potential for chiropractic treatment to improve uncomplicated lower back pain in a way that is cost-effective and sustainable.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2016 May;39(4):252-62.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Children?

Children are different than adults. Their growing bodies have different needs, and children require a different medical approach than their adult counterparts. Pediatric medicine, therefore, specializes in treatment tailored specifically to the needs of children, whether those needs are dental, orthopedic, or emotional. Chiropractic care is no exception, and can be an incredibly beneficial component of a growing child's care. This month, the American Chiropractic Academy (ACA) published a statement that "pediatric chiropractic care, when administered properly, is effective, safe and gentle." This statement came on the heels of a report last month from the Chiropractors' Association of Australia (CAA) about the demonstrated safety of childhood chiropractic care in Australia. Both the ACA and the CAA illustrated the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for children in scientific literature. Large studies from the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics show that serious adverse events in pediatric chiropractic care are extremely rare. Furthermore, chiropractic treatment has been investigated as an effective approach for colic in infants, as well as for suboptimal breastfeeding. A cross-sectional survey of 956 chiropractors in Europe revealed that pediatric chiropractors also treat gastrointestinal, immune-related, and neurologic conditions. There is overwhelming evidence that with proper application, chiropractic care for children can be a safe and effective treatment for many conditions. Most chiropractors have pediatric patients, and extensive specialized training in pediatric chiropractic care ensures the best possible outcomes. Children rely on a robust healthcare team for their best overall health, and chiropractors are a valuable member of that ensemble. Strict regulation, rigorous training, and precise guidelines ensure that children are receiving the best, safest chiropractic care to support their optimal well-being.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: ACAToday.org. June 1, 2016.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Chiropractic Care and Falls

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three individuals over 65 years old falls each year. Further, 2.5 million of these falls lead to emergency room visits annually. These incidents can have devastating results, from hip fractures, to head injuries, or even death. The CDC reports that the number of deaths from unintentional falls have risen by approximately 25 percent from 2004-2013, and medical expenditures for falls cost upwards of $34 billion annually. An important step in preventing falls is to identify why people fall. There are many reasons individuals can sustain a fall, from strength, to reflexes, to sight, and more. One growing area of research is the effect that chiropractic treatment may have on minimizing risk factors for falls, particularly in the elderly. A study released recently by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics assessed this potential through a program that attempted to improve sensorimotor function, proprioception (the sense of the ankle joint's position), and other outcomes in elderly participants after 12 weeks of chiropractic therapy. Those receiving chiropractic care were compared to participants who received no intervention. After 12 weeks, participants who received chiropractic care saw significant improvements over those who did not. The group who received treatment had improved stepping reaction time, proprioception, and health-related quality of life. While the researchers acknowledged that these improvements do not prove that these individuals are at lower risk for falling, the study does strongly suggest that chiropractic care can minimize potential risk factors for sustaining a fall in the elderly population. The authors concluded with a call for further research on the promising topic of minimizing fall risk through chiropractic care.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2016 May;39(4):267-78.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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ACL Tears Don't Necessarily DeRail the Recruiting process

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/footballpreps/acl-tears-dont-necessarily-derail-the-recruiting-process/2244826

Knee injuries have become all too common across all levels of competition. For many aspiring high school athletes and their families who are sacrificing time, money and effort to propel them to the highest levels possible, this injury can be devastating news. But, as the article discusses, there are many newer treatment approaches that can return an athlete to competition.  The non surgical treatment approach I use is unique to me and my combined knowledge as a physician and athlete. Very often in my career I have helped young patients recover from knee injuries just like this without the need for surgery. Sometimes I don't have the luxury of treating the patient until after surgery has already occurred, but these patients also report improved function and reduced pain after treating in our clinic.  

My friend, Coach Kyle Rasmussen, has been dealing with knee pain for over 10 years.  My fellow Michigander and Spartan has been treating with me, realizing much success in his custom treatment plan.

Coack Kyle

Author: Kelly Parsons
Source: Tampa Bay Times
Copyright: Tampa Bay Times 2015


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Post Operative Repair Foot/Ankle Dysfunction

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Gator First Baseman, Pete Alonso, treats with Dr. Shaker. My proprietary blend of Trigenics & Lasers has helped his foot and ankle function significantly. Pete is one of the many that come to me for relief of this condition.  I had a high school cheerleader here last month whose mother reports unbelievable pain relief and improved range of motion. My dad used to say, "it's better to have been than a never was". For most of us, what remains from our glory days are the aches and pains of a lifetime of struggle. These are exactly the types of conditions I treat.  

 

Author: Richard Shaker
Source: Dr. Shaker
Copyright: Richard Shaker 2015


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10 Strategies to Eat Well on a Budget

http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/14620-eat-healthy-on-a-budget.html?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=postplanner&utm_source=facebook.com

Author: Mark Hyman, MD
Source: Eat Local Grown
Copyright: Eat Local Grown 2015


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Ray Ray McCloud Makes a Return Visit to Treat with Dr. Shaker

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Ray Ray McCloud is now the starting wide receiver for the Clemson Tigers! He is having a great start as a freshman player.  Recently, Ray came home to Tampa for a tune up. It's always great to continue my work with the young athletes, and watching their progress.  Wishing you continued success and a healthy season! You can check out his video comments from his days as a Sickles Gryphon!

Watch this video (2:43min) to see Ray Ray McCloud thank Dr. Shaker for keeping his body injury free and in shape for the game.  

http://drshakerblog.com/2014/11/13/ray-ray-mccloud-thanks-dr-shaker/

Author: Richard Shaker
Source: 10 News USA Today High School Sports
Copyright: Richard Shaker 2014


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Steroid Injections May Not Help Lower Back Pain

https://www.webmdhealth.com/!newsletters?id=AB787EbK4V7jXRnQsmZqIJcmJhmHf7SV1onhxguPT25j0&s=12071&mrdid=62bc91e4-dd5a-e511-a517-a0369f37142

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Steroid injections for lower back pain may provide some relief for certain patients, but any benefits are temporary, a new study finds. Lower back pain related to herniated disk (when intervertebral disks become compressed and bulge) and, to a lesser degree, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), is often treated with epidural steroid injections, the researchers said. But after reviewing 38 previously published studies, the researchers found no strong evidence to support their use for these conditions........Open the link to read full article. 

Oftentimes, the specialised, non-surgical treatment approach I use yields significant pain relief for patients. Unfortunately, I see patients when they're desperate, because nothing else has worked for them.  In my practice, I have had great results helping people after these treatments, only to hear "I wish I would have found you sooner!".  

 

Author: Steven Reinberg
Source: HealthDay Reporter
Copyright: WebMD 2016


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