Medical vs. Chiropractic Treatment in Acute and Chronic Back Pain

Have you ever considered who is the best suited to treat back pain?  A study looking at this very question compared the effectiveness between medical and chiropractic intervention.  Over a 4-year time frame, 2780 patients were followed (initial, 2-week, 1, 3, 6, 12, 24, and 48 month intervals) with questionnaires.  Both acute (symptoms <7weeks) and chronic (symptoms >7weeks) low back pain (LBP) patients were treated using conventional approaches by both the MDs and the DCs.  Treatments from the chiropractors included spinal manipulation, physical therapy, an exercise plan, and self-care education.  Medical therapies included prescription drugs, an exercise plan, self-care advice and about 25% of the patients received physical therapy.

The study focused on present pain severity and functional capacity, measured by questionnaires that were mailed to the patients. It was reported that chiropractic was favored over medical treatment in the following areas:

♦ Pain relief in the first 12 months (more evident in the chronic patients)

♦ When LBP pain radiated below the knee (more evident in the chronic patients)

♦ Chronic LBP patients with no leg pain (during the first 3 months)

This study also found that early intervention reduced chronic pain.  While both medical and chiropractic treatment approaches helped, it’s quite clear from the information reported that chiropractic treatment approaches should be utilized first.  Not only because it is more effective, but also because it is safer and less costly.


Ataxic Trevor Helped With Advanced Biostructural Correction Chiropractic

Here is a great set of videos for anyone diagnosed with an ataxic trevor.  This shows the excellent progress that can be made in a complex condition with a good certified practitioner and a willing patient.  Call us at 262-293-3790 if you are in the southeast Wisconsin area, or go to and find a practitioner near you.


Pain Relief During Pregnancy

Germantown, WI

If you are pregnant and suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, sciatica or other pain, you are limited in what can be done.  You can not take drugs because they can adversely affect your child.

However, you can get a tremendous amount of relief pain with the ABC method of chiropractic.  This type of chiropractic is gentle to have done and provides immediate relief of pain.  You will breath better and stand better.   You also will notice how much easier it is to get up out of a chair and walk.  The body functions better and the results happen immediately, not sometime later.

Then call Jennifer or Pat and set up an appointment for a free consultation where you can find out how this new type of treatment can help.  Call 262-293-3790.

How to Save 50% or More on Your Health Insurance Premiums !

I am always shocked at what my patients are paying for health insurance premiums.
I want to share with you how my family is handling their healthcare costs.  We decided to join a health cost sharing organization and it has been a miracle for us.  We pay less than half what we normally would pay for just a minimal health insurance policy, and when we need it, it pays much better.
The health share organization is called Liberty Healthshare and its awesome.  I can’t recommend it enough.  Go to: and check it out.  They have a free decision guide and all kinds of information.  Great stuff.
What’s the catch ?  Well you can’t smoke and you must agree to only drink alcohol in moderation.  Some people with severe pre-existing conditions aren’t accepted.  When you use it, the health provider will be billing you and then you will be forwarding the bills to Liberty Healthshare.  So you might be handling a little more paperwork than you are used to, but it really is no big deal.  And that’s basically it.
Its great stuff, so check it out, if you want me to help you with any questions, let me know.  The Liberty people are great to talk to as well.

How to Get Rid of Chronic Inflammation for Less Than $25.00

This is a great article from Mercola.  I sleep on a grounding mat I made for about $25.00 in materials from the hardware store.  I sleep better and feel much better.  Life changing stuff, almost too good to be true.


Vitamin D and Chronic Pain

Winter is coming and the lack of sunlight leads to low levels of vitamin D.  Low vitamin D levels have been associated with persistant, nonspecific, musculoskeletal pain.(fibromyalgia) and depression.  As more research is being done, low D levels are being implicated in thyroid disorders, autoimmune disease, diabetes and more.

A recent study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings tested 150 patients with chronic pain.  93% or 140 of them had low vitamin D levels.  An interesting finding was that 100% of all African American, East African, Hispanic and American Indians were deficient in Vitamin D.  The study concluded that “All patients with persistant, nonspecific musculoskeletal pain are at high risk for the consequences of unrecognized and untreated severe hypovitaminosis D.”

I talk about vitamin D a lot in my practice.  Too little vitamin D is common, especially in the Wisconsin climate.  Typically the symptoms of hypovitaminosis D are treated with drugs that don’t do anything to fix the problem and in fact can deplete the body even more.

I have found many patients that have severe vitamin D issues.  We get their vitamin D levels tested, base the corrective dose on those tests, and then follow up in three months to see if the problem is corrected.  Patients feel much better when their vitamin D level gets corrected.  I highly recommend testing and supplementation for everyone.

Can Weather Aggravate Pain ?

Anyone who has treated chronic pain patients will tell you that patients seem to feel worse on days when the weather is bad.  Particularly when it is cold and damp.

In an research paper titled “The Relationship of Diagnosis and Weather Sensitivity in Chronic Pain Patients” (JNMS Vol.3, No.1, Spring 1995) the authors found that people with many different types of pain syndromes were adversely affected by bad weather.

They said “The onset of aching and tenderness around joints as an indication of impending storms has been a wives’ tale for centuries.  Clinicians have long observed that the weather seems to influence a number of physical conditions.  Numerous past surveys have reported weather sensitivity in patients with chronic pain.  Accounts date back to Hippocrates…”

So, the pain you may feel when the weather changes is not a psychological, “all in your head”, made up thing.  It is real.

The authors also found that this type of pain indicates bone and joint problems and not muscle problems.  So if you are experiencing this type of pain, treatments that focus on muscles won’t help it.  Treatments, like chiropractic, that focus on the joints, will.

The authors found that spine pain, bulging discs, carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease were the most weather affected conditions.  In clinical practice, I have found that arthritis in the knee is very often worse in patients during bad weather.  Though this isn’t mentioned in the article.

If you are suffering from joint pain that gets aggravated by bad weather, you should know that there is help for you.  Check out this video on ABC method chiropractic.