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Chiropractic Care: Let’s Review Just the Facts

People Have a Lot to Say About Chiropractic—Here Are the Facts

Whether they’ve tried chiropractic care or not, everyone seems to have an opinion on the practice. What’s the truth?

What is Chiropractic?

Let’s review a few facts about chiropractic from the American Chiropractic Association:

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“Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. These disorders include, but are not limited to: back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) practice a conservative approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. DCs have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, lifestyle and dietary counseling.

  • There are about 77,000 chiropractors in the United States who are required to pass a series of four national board exams and be state licensed. Approximately another 3,000 chiropractors work in academic and management roles.
  • There are approximately 10,000 chiropractic students in 18 nationally accredited, chiropractic doctoral graduate education programs across the United States with 2,500 chiropractors entering the workforce every year.
  • It is estimated that chiropractors treat more than 35 million Americans (adults and children) annually.
  • Chiropractors are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs through a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship, with the average DC program equivalent in classroom hours to allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools.
  • Chiropractors are designated as physician-level providers in the vast majority of states and federal Medicare program. The essential services provided by chiropractors are also available in federal health delivery systems, including those administered by Medicaid, the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Federal Workers’ Compensation, and all state workers’ compensation programs.”

More Background from the ACA

These facts also come from the American Chiropractic Association:

Other Healthcare Providers Provide Inadequate Care

The majority of patients in pain will seek treatment from primary care providers (PCP’s) to get relief. Low back pain, in particular, is the most common neuromusculoskeletal symptom presented to PCP’s, and the fifth most common cause for all physician visits.

Yet current systems of care do not adequately train or support internists, family physicians, pediatricians, and other healthcare providers who provide primary care, in meeting the challenge of treating pain as a chronic illness.

PCP’s often receive little training in the assessment and treatment of complex chronic pain conditions. In one interview study, primary care providers perceived back pain as a low clinical priority and uninteresting in comparison to the major chronic illnesses such as heart disease or diabetes.

To date, deficiencies in the training of PCP’s in pain management, as well as the failure to adequately educate consumers about the benefits of conservative (non-drug, non-surgical) health care options, has resulted in unnecessary suffering, exacerbation of other medical conditions, enormous loss of human potential, and massive financial and personal costs.

Medicare patients should be empowered to play a greater role in managing their health and meaningfully engaging with their health care providers. The ACA believes that one way this can be accomplished is by educating all health consumers about early intervention from conservative health care providers, like DCs.

Chiropractic Offers Safer Conservative Treatment Methods

Treatment options that are effective, conservative, and inexpensive should be encouraged for health consumers, including Medicare beneficiaries. DC’s are trained in the most conservative treatment methods for neuromusculoskeletal conditions and urge patients and other health care providers to exhaust these options before resorting to riskier and more invasive treatments such as surgery and drugs. Chiropractic care provides an alternative to more dangerous, invasive treatments that are increasingly used and may have severe drawbacks.

Medicare spending on various invasive treatments for back pain increased substantially over the decade. According to an article published in 2009, a review of the literature found that over approximately a decade, epidural steroid injections increased by 629% and spinal fusions by 220%; however, these increases were not accompanied by improvements in patient outcomes or reductions in disability rates.

Furthermore, opiate use has increased by 429%, and recent studies have documented high utilization rates of opiate use among younger, disabled Medicare beneficiaries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 1 in 4 patients who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in the ER for misusing prescription opioids. More astoundingly, deaths involving opioids have quadrupled since 1999; in 2014 alone, more than 14,000 people died from overdoses involving these drugs. That same year, another 2 million people abused or were dependent on opioids.

DC’s have a critical role in the care of acute and chronic episodes experienced by Medicare beneficiaries and there is a growing body of research that validates the effectiveness of chiropractic services. This is leading many respected health care organizations to recommend chiropractic and its drug-free approach to pain relief.

In 2015 the Joint Commission, the organization that accredits more than 20,000 health care systems in the U.S. (including every major hospital), recognized the value of non-drug approaches by adding chiropractic and acupuncture to its pain management standard. In March 2016 the CDC, in response to the opioid epidemic, released guidelines for prescribing opioids that also promote non-pharmacologic alternatives for the treatment of chronic pain. Most recently, in 2017 the American College of Physicians (ACP) published updated guidelines for the treatment of acute and chronic low back pain, and recommended spinal manipulation (chiropractic) as a possible option for non-invasive, non-drug therapy before resorting to drug therapies.

It is also important to note that the risk profile of chiropractic manipulative treatment (CMT) is extremely low, meaning it is very safe, calculated at between 5-10 serious complications per 10 million manipulations.

A 2010 study of patients with low back pain who initiated care with a DC resulted in 40% lower health care costs when compared with care initiated through a medical doctor. Similarly, a study found that patients using chiropractic physicians as their primary care providers had significant decreases in hospital admissions (43%), pharmaceutical costs (52%), and outpatient surgeries and procedures (43%). A study published in the British Medical Journal found that patients receiving spinal manipulation (chiropractic) and exercise had lower relative care costs and experienced more benefits than those treated with general medical care.

The future of YOUR health and the future of our healthcare system depends on the choices you make today. Before you opt into expensive, invasive, and risky procedures, try visiting a chiropractor. Algonquin Chiropractic Center has been the go-to provider for chiropractic in Algonquin, IL for nearly 20 years. Simply call (847) 854-2000 and set up a consultation today!

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Faulty Feet – Help!

My Feet Hurt, What Can I Do?

25% of all the bones in the body are located in the feet!   A very complex mechanism that enables proper locomotion and can have enormous effects on posture.

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We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. So what are the implications?

Faulty foot bio-mechanics can cause numerous painful conditions not only in the feet but also in the knees, hips, back and neck.

The most common distortion is when the foot rolls inward (pronation) which causes the knee to roll inward, internally rotates the hips and may cause the pelvis to be un-level with resultant spinal curvatures.  The body is very good at compensating for these bio-mechanical imbalances, and sometimes for a long period of time, but when these compensatory mechanisms fail, that’s when the neck, back, knee or hip pain starts.

Try this: Stand up with you weight equal on both feet, put your index finger on your hip bones (the large bones on side of your upper leg), now stand with your weight on the inside of your foot, then roll to the outside of your foot.  You will feel that bone move, now you can “feel” the connection between your foot Feet Problems Solved by Algonquin Chiropractic Centeralignment and your hips (and also your knees and low back.)

The only way to “correct” pronation is to properly support your feet with custom made orthotics (shoe inserts).  Since your foot alignment is abnormal, we “bring the shoe to your foot,” to properly support the 3 arches of your feet.  Orthotics will not only be beneficial for your feet, but they will also improve posture.

In my experience, after patients get used to their orthotics, which can be anywhere from immediately to 3 weeks, they LOVE them.  They have never been properly supported in the past, for the first time there is proper support in all 3 arches of the foot, which will also put the knees, hips and spine in better alignment.

A few orthotic guidelines:

*Ask if your orthotic supports all 3 arches of the foot, not just the inside arch.

*They MUST be comfortable.  Be very leary of hard plastic orthotics, they are often very uncomfortable.

*Wearing orthotics should go through a “break-in” period which usually doesn’t last more than a few weeks.

*Orthotics are very low maintenance, put them in your shoes and forget them!

If you believe you are suffering with foot issues, call us today for consultation, we are here to help!

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If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Does Back Pain “Just Go Away”?

Does Back Pain “Just Go Away”?

A Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics study demonstrated that in more than 33% of the people who experience low-back pain, the pain lasts for more than 30 days. Only 9% of the people who had low-back pain for more than 30 days were pain free 5 years later.

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The European Spine Journal looked at all of the available research on the natural history of low-back pain. The results showed that when it is Back Pain by Algonquin Chiropractic Centerignored, back pain does not go away on its own. Those studies demonstrate that low-back pain continues to affect people for long periods after it first begins.

Two studies in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiologic Therapeutics reports chiropractic patients with relatively long-lasting or recurring back pain feel improvement shortly after starting chiropractic treatment and the relief they feel after a month of treatment is often greater than after seeing a family physician.

Doing nothing gives you a 9% chance of your back pain going away after 5 years, not very good odds.

Other studies report low back pain returns in 60% of patients after 1 year and 94% of patients after 4 years.

What can you do?

– Don’t lift by bending over. Instead, bend your hips and knees and then squat to pick up the object. Keep your back straight, and hold the object close to your body.

– Don’t twist your body while lifting.

– Push, rather than pull, when you must move heavy objects.

– If you must sit for long periods, take frequent breaks and stretch.

– Wear flat shoes or shoes with low heels.

– Exercise regularly. An inactive lifestyle contributes to lower-back pain.

– Do core strengthening exercises.

– Proper nutrition for disc health.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 854-2000
www.algchiro.com

Avoid Surgery – Choose Chiropractic Care

Avoid Surgery – Choose Chiropractic Care

Your first choice of doctor will determine what type of treatment you receive. The prestigious Spine Journal reports initiating care with an orthopedic or neurologic surgeon for low back pain results in surgery rate of 42.7% while initiating  chiropractic care with a Doctor of Chiropractic results in a surgical rate of 1.5%!

According to the Mayo Clinic, “back surgery is needed in only a small percentage of cases.”

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We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. So what are the implications?

Back pain is epidemic. Back surgery rates have skyrocketed since the 1990’s. Why? Listen to what a prominent researcher says, “there is little evidence spinal Choose Chiropractic Care by Algonquin Chiropractic Centersurgery is associated with improved outcomes.”

With new surgical techniques and an increase in surgeons, surgery is being recommended and performed at an alarming rate. Surgery comes with numerous potential complications, a significant recovery time and a significant cost. And considering failed back surgery rates approach 40-60% your best bet is to avoid surgery. How?

Here are some tips:

1. Diet and Nutrition – Follow an “anti-inflammatory” diet and maintaining a healthy body weight.

2.Exercise – Low impact aerobic cardio and core strengthening exercises.

3.Sleep – You spend a third of your life asleep, make sure you have a good mattress.

4.Lifestyle modification – Prolonged periods of sitting, smoking, obesity, heavy lifting and sedentary lifestyle have all been implicated in lower back pain.

5. Spinal Health – Regular chiropractic care maintains spinal mobility, decreases pressure on sensitive discs and nerve tissue and improves your immunity.

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier. If you are interested in learning more about chiropractic care in Algonquin, IL, we are here to help!

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 854-2000
www.algchiro.com

Sports Medicine in Algonquin

Sports Medicine in Algonquin

Past and present professional athletes utilize chiropractic care to stay in top form. Some athletes have referred to chiropractic as there “secret weapon.” Athletes like Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Mike Madano, Andy Roddick, Tom Brady and Steve Young! 95%of NFL football teams utilize chiropractic as well as many NBA, NHL, and MLB teams. Chiropractors have been part of the Official U.S. Olympic team since 1988!

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We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. If you would like to learn more about sports medicine in Algonquin, call us today! So what are the implications?

Sports Medicine in Algonquin by Algonquin Chiropractic CenterPrior to Superbowl XXIV chiropractic received world wide attention when 90 million viewers watched Joe Montana receive a chiropractic adjustment before the big game! Jerry Rice (who is now a spokesman for chiropractic), Roger Craig and 35 other 49er football players received chiropractic adjustments prior to beating the Denver Broncos 55-10, in the most lopsided victory in Superbowl history. The 49ers credited Chiropractic as being their “secret weapon.”

“I definitely try to get on a basis where I use Chiropractic at least twice a week. I would definitely say that it helps me to perform at a higher level.”
-Emmit Smith, Dallas Cowboys

My shooting has improved because of Chiropractic. I feel more balanced and have more coordination and control. Since I have been under Chiropractic care I have improved by leaps and bounds.”
-Gerald Wilkens, New York Knicks

And Chicago’s very own Jonathon Toews used the same Doctor of Chiropractic Sydney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penquins used to recover from symptoms related to his concussion.

Chiropractic care helps the body recover faster from injuries, perform more efficiently, improves biomechanics and the body functions in a more co-ordinated manner. The bottom line – chiropractic can improve performance, giving the athlete a competitive edge.

If chiropractic can help professional athletes, who are in peak condition, perform at a higher level, just think what it can do for you and your family. Call us to learn more about sports medicine in Algonquin.

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 854-2000
www.algchiro.com

One Injury Affects 3 Million People

One Injury Affects 3 Million People

  • More than 3 million Americans are injured by a whiplash injury every year.
  • About 10% of those injured become permanently disabled.
  • “Minor” neck injuries account for up to 60% of all permanent impairment claims.
  • Nearly half of all chronic neck pain in America is due to car crashes
  • About 9% of all Americans suffer from chronic neck pain due to rear impact collisions.

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We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. If you would like to learn more about rehabilitation in Algonquin, call us today. So what are the implications?

Motor Vehicle Crashes by Algonquin Chiropractic CenterInjuries from motor vehicle crashes can be extremely painful and can become chronic (lasting more than 3 months). Millions of people are injured every year and thousands become temporarily or permanently disabled as well as thousands of lost days from work. What should I do after an accident?

1. Go to a doctor or to the emergency department right after the police have arrived and finished their investigation of the auto accident, even if you feel that your injuries are slight or non-existent. Why? Frequently, people do not feel pain immediately after an automobile wreck, though they are stiff and in pain the next day. Pain sometimes takes several days or even weeks before the pain appears. A doctor will be able to document your injuries and help you get the treatment that you need.

2. Use ice packs or cold compresses to control pain and inflammation.

3. Stay active within your pain tolerance, avoid prolonged periods of driving or sitting. Walking, treadmill and stationary bike are great ways in increase blood flow and avoid atrophy while not aggravating the injury.

4. Topical analgesics can be helpful.

5. Targeted anti-inflammatory diet and nutrition can help control inflammation and pain.

6. Manipulation and soft tissue techniques are often necessary to heal damaged soft tissue and restore proper joint function.

Remember health is a journey and not a destination. What you do in the practice of health care will go miles and pay dividends over time.

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier. If you would like to learn more about rehabilitation in Algonquin, we would love to hear from you!

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 854-2000
www.algchiro.com

Chiropractors used by all 32 NFL Teams! Sports Medicine in Algonquin

Chiropractors used by all 32 NFL Teams! Sports Medicine in Algonquin

By: Anthony Galante

Did You Know…
Football - Sports Medicine in AlgonquinAccording to the Professional Football Chiropractic Society, Doctors of Chiropractic are used by ALL 32 NFL teams!

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We are sharing this information with you to keep you informed, improve your health and well-being and help you understand critical health care information and how it impacts your health and your wallet. If you want to know more about sports medicine in Algonquin, call us today!

So what are the implications?

Professional athletes demand the best treatments and will often go outside of their NFL team physicians to get it. (Remember when Jim McMahon would bring his own acupuncturist on road trip back in the 80’s?)

Now EVERY NFL team has a chiropractor on staff. Why?

It is not because the head Orthopedic is a fan of chiropractors, or the head trainer or the coach or even the team massage therapist (they all usually do not like chiropractic).

It is because chiropractic helps athletes heal faster and stay that way longer so you can perform at your best.

You and I won’t be scoring a touchdown in front of 70,000 fans anytime soon but that does not mean you cannot enjoy the same health benefits that the pros do.

Schedule a consult today or call us to learn more about sports medicine in Algonquin.

Be Well!

If you still feel that you are struggling in creating a healthy living plan, you will be thrilled to know that Dr. Galante has powerful programs that will teach you the specific steps that will help you to become and stay healthier.

Call for your consultation 847-854-2000.

Mention this article and receive $25 off your initial visit.

Our Mission – To educate and inform patients so you can make educated decisions to improve your health.

Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 854-2000
www.algchiro.com

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