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I write about the benefits of chiropractic as well as cutting-edge research and helpful topics related to chiropractic care. I believe that every chiropractic doctor should be a life-long student and many of the topics I write about here are inspired by my personal reading and studying.

 

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By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Sep 25 2014 03:34PM

A recent study worked with 50 patients with MRI results showing cervical disk herniations associated with arm pain. Patients were treated with chiropractic care three to five times per week for the first two to four weeks and then one to three times per week thereafter until no more symptoms were reported.





Patients were evaluated at two weeks, one month, and three months. At two weeks 55.3% of all the patients reported significant improvement and none reported being worse.





At one month 68.9% were significantly improved, and by three months 85.7% were significantly improved with no patients being worse.





Authors concluded “There were no adverse events in this cohort of patients.”





Chiropractic care can help you with neck and or arm pain. This study shows that it will take time - however, the majority felt significantly better at just two weeks.





The largest degree of improvement came at three months with 85% of patients reporting significant improvement. So please be patient and put in the time - results do come as this study shows!





Too often we want things fixed immediately and quit after just a few weeks. This study reiterates the need to and benefits of sticking to the treatment plan, even with herniated discs.








Journal of Manipulative and Therapeutics


October 2013; Vol. 36; pp. 461-467


Cynthia K. Peterson, RN, DC, M.Med.Ed; Christof Schmid, DC; Serafin Leemann, DC; Bernard Anklin, DC; B. Kim Humphreys, DC, PhD


Zach Chudy

Waukesha Chiropractor

Chudy Chiropractic Clinic


By Zach Chudy Waukesha Chiropractor, Aug 28 2014 03:41AM

Chiropractic Care for Medicare Patients
Chiropractic Care for Medicare Patients

Two recent studies on chiropractic care for patients over 55 show that chiropractic is the best solution for chronic neck and low-back pain! This is something that our older chiropractic patients have been attesting to for years but we are excited to see that research strongly agrees.


In the first study on chronic neck pain, 241 people over the age of 65 were assessed periodically over the course of a year. The three test groups included:


1. Individuals recieving chiropractic care and practicing home exercises to combat their chronic pain.


2. Individuals receiving supervised exercises and practicing home exercises.


3. Individuals practicing home exercises only


After just 12 weeks of treatment the first group reported a 10% greater decrease in pain than the third group and a 5% greater decrease than the second group. As the year progressed, chiropractic plus home exercise was found to be the superior treatment for both the short term and long term.


The second study was for chronic low-back pain in people over 55 years of age. It was the first ever radomoized clinical trial of chiropractic for geriatric patients. The test groups included individuals receiving two different types of chiropractic treatment and individuals instead receiving conservative medical care (consisting of medication). All three groups practiced the same home exercises.


Patients were evaluated at 3, 6, 12, and 24 weeks. The results were positive for chiropractic and both chiropractic techniques achieved the same levels of improvement. Moreover, both exceeded the progress achieved by the group receiving medical care in the areas of pain and functional assessment.


These results have been achieved before in studies involving chiropractic. However, these were the first studies ever published on patients over the age of 55. Also, no serious side effects were found from chiropractic adjustments as compared to medications.


Forbes Magazine recently published an opinion piece stating that Medicare should stop paying for chiropractic care for its recipients. It even went so far as to call chiropractic care (when paid for by Medicare) "wasteful government spending." These studies show otherwise. In addition, chiropractic care makes up only


.006% of the Medicare budget. Meanwhile, over $200million Medicare dollars were spent on improper billing for spinal fusion surgery (in cases when the surgery was eventually deemed unnecessary because more conservative care, such as chiropractic, would have been effective but was not employed first).


Zach Chudy

Waukesha Chiropractor

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