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Doesn’t everyone have PAIN?

17 Oct

The answer is NO… but almost!

Below are details taken directly from Consumer Reports, but the basics are this:

  •  80% of the population suffers from Back pain (so yes there is a lucky 20% who don’t), and out of those who suffer, 88% claim it is re-occurring
  • Chiropractic is rated the best choice in care options by consumers with back pain
  • Massage and Exercise Rehab is also rated very effective
  • Medications and Drugs were only 22% effective!

Dr. LeGault  offers two of the top choices for the most effective care in Sewickley and the surrounding area:

  1. Chiropractic
  2. Exercise rehabilitation and counseling

Call today and end the suffering.  Discover YOUR 100%.

412-259-3828

“About 80 percent of the adults in the U.S. have been bothered by back pain at some point. The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center recently surveyed more than 14,000 subscribers who experienced lower-back pain in the past year but never had back surgery. More than half said the pain severely limited their daily routine for a week or longer, and 88 percent said it recurred throughout the year.

Lower-back pain disrupts many aspects of life. In our survey, 46 percent said that it interfered with their sleep, 31 percent reported that it thwarted their efforts to maintain a healthy weight, and 24 percent said that it hampered their sex life.

Where to go for treatment?

A surprising number of the lower-back-pain sufferers we surveyed said they were disappointed with what their primary-care doctor could do to  help.  Although many of our respondents who saw a primary-care doctor left dissatisfied, primary-care doctors can write prescriptions and give referrals for hands-on treatments that might be covered by health insurance.  When back pain goes on and on, many people go to see a primary-care doctor.  While this visit may help rule out any serious underlying disease, a prescription based solution affects long-term quality of life.

Who helped the most?

The percentage of people highly (completely or very) satisfied with their back-pain treatments and advice varied by practitioner visited.

Professional —————– Highly satisfied

Chiropractor                                       59%

Physical therapist                              55%

Acupuncturist                                     53%

Physician, specialist                         44%

Physician, primary-care doctor     34%

Source: Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center

Patients with lower-back pain are faced with a confusing list of options. Our survey respondents tried an average of five or six different treatments over the course of just a year. We asked them to rate a comprehensive list of remedies (available to subscribers) and had enough data to rate 23 treatments. We analyzed the medical evidence for each and came up with recommendations and cautions. Here are some highlights from our survey findings:

Hands-on treatments were rated by lower-back-pain sufferers as very helpful.  Survey respondents favored chiropractic treatments (58 percent), massage (48 percent), and physical therapy (46 percent) (available to subscribers)-another testament to the healing power of touch.

Spinal injections (available to subscribers) were rated just below chiropractic treatments by those who took our survey. Fifty-one percent of the respondents found them to be very helpful, although the techniques their doctors used varied.  Prescription medications (available to subscribers), which one-third of our respondents said they took, were rated as beneficial by 45 percent of them.   Almost 70 percent said they took an over-the-counter medication, but only 22 percent said the drugs were very helpful.  Fifty-eight percent told us they wished they had done more exercising to strengthen their backs.
Although lower-back pain is the fifth most common reason people go to a doctor, 35 percent of the people in our survey said they had never consulted a professional. Most of them had severely limiting pain for less than a week.  Many of those with more prolonged pain who didn’t see a health-care professional said,”… it was because of cost concerns or because they did not think professional care could help. “

(Consumer Reports data reporting)

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Cervicocranial Syndrome – One of the Many Headache and Neck Pain Culprits

23 Aug

Dr. Steve can help

WHAT YOU MIGHT BE EXPERIENCING:

Cervicocranial symptoms include vertigo (dizziness), cephalea (headache), tinnitus (ringing ears), facial pain, otalgia (earache), dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), pain of the carotid artery (neck area).  A lot of people experience a dull, constant throbbing at the base of the skull. This condition may be worsened by movement of the head and neck.  It is caused by subluxated (dysfunctional) vertebrae in the neck and/or  misaligned cranial bones.

HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP?

Treatment consists of specific chiropractic adjustments to the area at the base of the skull, the neck, and/or upper back. The treatment may also require additional supportive therapy to improve a patients health, but it is case dependent.  Additional supportive therapies include but are not limited to trigger point therapy, doctor-assisted stretching techniques, and postural training.

“I have never been in an accident or hurt so…WHY DOES IT HAPPEN?”

Trauma to the area can be both acute (as a result of car accidents, falls, and/or blows to the head) and chronic (sedentary work i.e. elmentary to post-graduate students, years of football practice, nursing or long-wearing such as holding baby in arms, etc.).

N’uff SAID about NSAIDs

28 Jun

Often, patients enter a chiropractic office in extreme pain and as their last resort.  As many Doctors of Chiropractic know, these pain-filled and inflamed patients have waited far too long to seek chiropractic care and as a result, they have introduced  many toxins into their bodies for relief.  Its okay though, pain interferes with our decision-making.  Regarding toxins for symptomatic relief, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs will be the base of this discussion.  What if I told you that you could experience the effects of NSAIDs without the dreaded “D” for Drugs; would you use them more often???….consequently we will soon change the abbreviation to NSAIA (“N-say”).

Without delving into the pharmocodynamics (what the drug does to the body) of NSAID’s, lets state the overall goal:  Reduce Inflammation.   Because the main goal when using a NSAID is for symptomatic relief; the suggested use, according to the Physician’s Desk Reference 2011  is for the following conditions:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation from the following conditions:
    • Psoriatic Arthritis
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Ankylosing Spondylitis
    • Reiter’s Syndrome
    • Acute Gout
  • Menstrual Cramps
  • Metastatic bone pain
  • Headaches
  • Migraine
  • Post-operative pain
  • Mild-to-moderate pain due to inflammation and tissue injury
  • Pyrexia
  • Ileus
  • Renal Colic

The unwanted effects of NSAIDs are dose-dependent, and in many cases can be severe enough to pose the risk of ulcer perforation, gastrointestinal bleeding, and death (1). Rest assured, there is a greater alternative to that seemingly difficult twist-off top.  A recent study shows that chiropractic adjustments provide the same benefit by allowing your body to heal as it was designed.  SEE BELOW FOR RESULTS…

Sixty-four asymptomatic subjects were assigned to a Test Group (receiving adjustments) or a Control Group (receiving sham manipulation or venipuncture).   Inflammatory response was measured by blood and serum samples that were obtained from subjects before and then at 20 minutes and 2 hours after an intervention.   Over the study period, a significant amount of sham and control patients demonstrated progressive increases in the synthesis of tumor necrosis.  Conversely, the patients receiving the adjustments demonstrated that INFLAMMATION decreased gradually.  Within 2 hours, the control groups, without an adjustment, experienced a significant increase in inflammation.  In contrast, a significant  reduction of proinflammatory cytokine secretion was observed in cultures from subjects receiving spinal adjustments.

What are you waiting for?  Go get under chiropractic care and get some NSAIA (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Adjustment)….100% Natural.  You are not only getting symptomatic relief, but as a whole, your body will be functioning at a higher level than without being adjusted.

The info below is from 1998 and NSAID distribution and use has only increased when compared to today, which is most likely due to pharmaceutical marketing campaigns and population growth.

(1) Conservative calculations estimate that approximately 107,000 patients are hospitalized annually for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)-related gastrointestinal (GI) complications and at least 16,500 NSAID-related deaths occur each year among arthritis patients alone. The figures for all NSAID users would be overwhelming, yet the scope of this problem is generally under-appreciated. 

  • Singh Gurkirpal, MD, “Recent Considerations in Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Gastropathy”, The American Journal of Medicine, July 27, 1998.

RESOURCES:

Physician’s Desk Reference. 2011

JMPT. “Spinal Manipulative Therapy Reduces Proinflammatory Cytokines”. Volume 29, Issue 1, Pages 14-21 (01/2006)

Singh Gurkirpal, MD, “Recent Considerations in Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Gastropathy”, The American Journal of Medicine, July 27, 1998.

Steven Legault, DC – General Info.

17 Jun
 
I grew up North of Pittsburgh in New Castle, PA.  Throughout my life, I have been involved in sports, fitness, and nutrition.   My interests and lifestyle guided me through my educational studies.  I graduated from Penn State University and headed to Sherman College of Chiropractic to pursue my Doctor of Chiropractic degree.  I am currently practicing out of Sewickley Chiropractic Center. 

Hours by appointment only; in order to provide individualized care plans.

Sunday ~ Closed
Monday ~ Closed
Tuesday ~ 6 AM to 1 PM
Wednesday ~ 1 PM to 9PM
Thursday ~ 6 AM to 1 PM
Friday ~ 1 PM to 7 PM
Saturday ~ 10 AM to 2 PM

Schedule your appointment today!
Phone: (412) 259.3828

Where:     

409 Broad Street – Sewickley, PA

 

What is Chiropractic and why do we need it?

Chiropractic is a system of health care that promotes optimal whole-body wellness, physical fitness, and spinal health.

From birth to old age, trauma and toxins decrease bodily function increasing the likelihood of disease.  Doctors of Chiropractic treat the dysfunction, without the use of prescription drugs or surgery, allowing our bodies to function at 100% and heal naturally.