Tag Archives: Wellness

Stats about iatrogenic infections, MRSA, and more….

2 Nov

I was reading an old issue of Popular Science (November 2010) and came across some interesting numbers:

  • Every year in the United States 1.7 million hospital acquired infections cause 99,000 deaths.
  • Approximately 17% of patients with invasive MRSA infections die.
  • Percentage increase of MRSA infections since 1995 is 867%.
  • Forty-eight percent of doctor’s neckties are covered in disease promoting bacteria.
  • And my favorite… 60% of health-care workers do not clean their hands properly. 

FYI:  MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a type (strain) of staph bacteria that does not respond to some antibiotics that are commonly used to treat staph infections.  The resistance occurred due to over utilization of anti-biotics and bacterial adaptation.  Popular Science failed to mention where the statistics originated so I can’t provide their source.

The Take Home Message:  We need to be PRO-active about our health.  Exercise.  Eat whole foods (minimally processed).  Hydrate with water.  And GET ADJUSTED! The health of your nervous system (spine) is directly linked to the way you function, heal, and adapt.  And please don’t forget to wash your hands…

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)

Regular Chiropractic care helps the U.S. Men’s Olympic Water Polo Team…

7 Oct

And the winners are…

15 Aug

Third Prize – “Align Your Life”  T-shirt.

WINNER – J. Dominquez

Second Prize – Two Pirates Tickets vs. Houston Astros on 09/07/2011,

Two Pittsburgh Flag Stickers, and Pirates Auto Freshener

WINNER – R. Palmer

Grand Prize – Complimentary Week of Chiropractic Care

and Burt’s Bees Gift Basket – Valued over $300.

WINNER – L. Kastan

Congratulations to all the winners!

 Winners will be notified via phone. 

Thank you to everyone that took the time to learn more about Chiropractic and how it can improve your overall health.

Another huge thank you goes out to Sewickley United Methodist Church for giving us ability to provide spinal screenings to the community.