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Posted on 09-11-2017

Aching for Back Pain Relief?

Learn what To Do, What Not To Do, & how to Keep Your Back Healthy.


   A typical week for R. Sanders includes chiropractic, yoga, massage and a strict vitamin regimen. You might think that the retired GM working is simply enjoying a pampered spa lifestyle.

But Sanders gets most of those services all for his aching back.

Those programs are more necessity than a luxury, says Sanders, who first injured his back carrying heavy boxes when his oldest daughter moved out of his home 30+ years ago.

“None of these therapies were explained to me back then,” he explains. “Had I known then what I know now, I could have avoided decades of debilitating pain. Dr. Ide has helped me more than any doctor I have ever seen and now I am able to explain to my kids and grandkids why things like taking care of your spine and body when you're young are so important."

It used to be that those treatments were considered costly and unnecessary, but no more. Growing research shows that a combination of hands-on therapies and other nondrug measures can be just as effective or more than the more traditional forms of back care, including drugs and surgery. And they’re much safer.

In February the American College of Physicians—which represents primary care doctors, the provider's people consult most often for a backache—issued new guidelines for back pain treatment, saying that the first line of defense should be nondrug measures such as chiropractic care.

That advice is backed up by a new nationally representative Consumer Reports survey of 3,562 back-pain sufferers. It found that more than 80 percent of those who had tried chiropractic, yoga, massage or physical therapy said it had helped them.

 “Many physicians who are used to writing prescriptions right off the bat or sending patients for tests are going to have to rethink the way they manage back pain,” says Nitin S. Damle, M.D., a former ACP president.

New Clues to ‘Cures’

Back pain strikes most of us at some point. It’s one of the main reasons people go to a doctor, accounting for more than 24 million visits each year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 1 of 4 in our survey said that an episode of back pain “severely” interfered with their daily life. One-third said that when the pain was at its worst, they had difficulty going to work. And 44 percent said they worried about the impact their aching back would have on their future.

But there’s good news. “Even though back pain can be severe at first, it almost always gets better,” says Benjamin Kligler, M.D., national director of the Integrative Health Coordinating Center for the Veterans Health Administration.

But “what has been considered ‘conventional’ care, including prescribing opioid pain medication,  can actually short-circuit healing,” he says. These drugs include opioids such as hydrocodone and oxycodone.

Self-medicating with drugs simply mask the pain, causing more harm than good over time. Instead look for safer options like chiropractic care to improve the root cause of the problem.

As a result of the growing addiction to pain medications, the VA has cut overall opioid use by 25 percent since 2012, according to a March 2017 analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine.


Why Your Back Hurts

Medical experts surmise that back pain has bedeviled humans ever since we started walking on two feet. Standing upright requires the spine to support the weight of the upper body while still being flexible enough to bend in many directions. That puts a lot of stress on the back’s complex network of bones, muscles, and ligaments. For example, muscles and ligaments can be overstretched, the gel-like disks cushioning the spinal bones can bulge, and the disks can slip, pressing painfully on spinal nerves. Sometimes, all it takes to trigger a malfunction is lifting something heavy, twisting awkwardly, or simply sitting too long with poor posture.

Aging can make the situation worse because disks wear and shrink. Add to that diminished strength and flexibility, and you have the perfect conditions for pain.

Too Many Tests and Treatments?

When a back pain attack strikes, often the first reaction is to run to a doctor for an X-ray or MRI to see what’s causing so much pain and possibly to ask for a prescription.

Here at Painless Chiropractic in Fenton MI we recognize that it is instinct to first call your MD or go to the ER with pain but many time the Medical doctor on staff is not familiar with the options that are now available with Chiropractic care and why would they be, they do not practice in Chiropractic Care and do not have a Chiropractic Doctorate. That being said they may not recommend care under a chiropractor due to a lack on knowledge on the advancements that have been made due to technology. Fortunately Dr. James Ide works closely with many of the local medical professionals and is always ready and will to send them over a full report. "Other doctors should not be expected to know or understand what we do here at our office if we are not getting the word out and telling them about what we can do for Disc Problems, Sciatic Pain, Scoliosis or Stenosis. We try to help brief them by sending patient reports out for review" said Dr. Ide.

Doctors increasingly have an inclination to order more tests and write more prescriptions. A 2013 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that between 1999 and 2010, the prescribing of powerful narcotic pain meds increased by 51 percent, the use of CT and MRI scans jumped by 57 percent, and referrals to surgeons, neurologists, and other specialists more than doubled.

These kinds of escalating interventions are still the hallmark of how back pain is usually treated by MD's  in the US but those conventional approaches don’t always work and can cause other serious problems. Overall, we’ve seen no reduction in either pain or disability, yet at the same time, rates of serious complications and death are rising due to overuse of invasive treatments and opioids.

Help us spread the word, Help Is Available and it is Safe and Effective. Call our office Painless Chiropractic Fenton MI at 810-618-6380 now to request an appointment for your loved one.

Have You Been Helped By Chiropractic, Massage, Yoga or Physical Therapy? What made you choose that route over Drugs or Surgery?

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I slipped on ice in December, landing hard on my behind. I was in excruciating pain and could barely move. It was a Saturday night but I called the office and left a message (new patient, too, found them on Google.) I received a call back first thing Monday morning, they got me right in that day, and I just completed my 3- month treatment plan. I feel so much better and am happy to have found Dr. Ide and his staff.

    ~Amy Hawker
     Fenton, MI

Dr. Ide and his staff are awesome. I had all but given up and I saw his ad. I am s happy to be out of partial pain and I have only gone twice, I cannot wait for the end results. Just to be pain free. Dr. Ide, I thank you so much.

    ~Patsy Dimond-Spencer
     Fenton, MI

Dr. Ide and his staff have given me my life back. The day I called to make my first appointment I had been suffering from a migraine and severe neck pain for 6 days. This was also after receiving multiple pain injections from my primary physician with no relief. His staff not only verified my insurance was accepted at this location before even offering me an appointment time (which multiple offices will not do this) over the phone but I was able to make an appointment for the same day. Dr. Ide took the time to obtain pertinent patient history and not only explain but he also showed me on my x-rays why I was experiencing pain. He addressed the root of the problem instead of pushing prescriptions to subside your symptoms. HE discussed my POA in detail and reiterated why finishing therapy and continuing home therapy was important. I was hesitant and nervous about my first adjustment but again, he took the time to walk me through each step. Paired with my weekly adjustments I also receive massage therapy. Monica, the massage therapist is incredible. She takes the time to ask specific questions before the massage to ensure she provides the best care possible. Kasey, Dr. Ide's assistant is extremely personable and continues to make sure you feel comfortable throughout your visit. The front staff also provides a warm and welcoming environment. Within my first month of treatment, I'm able to go das without a headache now and I have reduced the frequency of my pain medication. I highly recommend Dr. Ide and his staff!

    ~Leah Craig
     Fenton, MI

Very friendly staff and knowledgeable doctor! After doing a 3 month program, I no longer have daily headaches, back pain or neck pain. Most doctor's adjust your back and send you on your way - Dr. Ide makes sure to turn it into a lifestyle change by improving your posture and fixing any issues you may have. I would definitely recommend him over any chiropractor.

    ~Lauren Dunigan
     Fenton, MI

I always have good service and leave feeling good! The people are nice and all know my name. I really like how they do business for senior citizens... that's a big plus!

    ~Nancy Matson
     Fenton, MI

Very extensive in the examination. Not like other chiropractors I'd seen who just do a quick adjustment. They diagnosed the problem and are working to correct it with me. They have even went so far as to work out payment arguments for the things my insurance wouldn't cover.

    ~Brandon Ogle
     Fenton, MI

I had neck and shoulder pain since 2010. Ever since I started going to him I have felt better and better!

    ~Andrel Jacobs
     Fenton, MI

I had ankle problems all my life in my left foot. Dr. Ide adjusted my ankle for me and within one adjustment my ankle felt the best ever. Thanks Dr. Ide!

     Fenton, MI

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