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The Back Pain Problem: What it is and How you can fix it

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Back Pain

By Dr. Grant Reffell

The Back Pain Problem

Did you know that back pain costs Americans over $50 billion dollars annually? That amount of money is more than the economies of over 90 different countries and the net company worth of Uber or Paypal. With $50 billion dollars, you could purchase all 32 teams in the NFL, and still have enough left over to purchase 15 NBA franchises!

In other words, treatment options are not only a pain in the back, but also a pain on your wallet.

Also, the cost associated with back pain is not the only legitimate expense, injuries to the back can also cripple your productivity. According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is one of the leading causes of missed work among Americans. So not only is your back pain hurting your wallet with expensive treatments, it is also costing you valuable work time to help pay for treatments. In fact, this problem has become so widespread that experts estimate up to 80% of the population will have a back problem at some point. Of all types of back pain, lower back pain is among the most pervasive, painful and costly.

Prevention techniques

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ― Benjamin Franklin

If you are one of the fortunate individuals who haven’t had to deal with chronic lower back pain, here are a few recommendations to ensure you avoid problems:

  • Good posture is important: your mom was right to tell you sit up and stand tall. Proper posture reduces strain on your vertebrae and keeps the nerves in your spine from getting pinched.
  • Maintain a healthy weight: adding pounds to your body adds pressure to your spine and back. Less weight (while remaining otherwise healthy) means less pressure on your lower back.
  • Lift with your knees: don’t lift loads that are beyond your ability, and when lifting heavier loads, keep your back straight and lift with your legs. Your legs are specialized to take the strain of lifting, while your back is not.

Back pain treatment options

For the rest of us who have experienced back problems, here are three of the most common treatment options available to you today.

  • Back surgery:  This is the most invasive, most expensive option that, depending on the cause of your back pain, may be effective in treating your back pain. You’ll need to discuss this option with a qualified spine surgeon before you decide this path. However, understand that there could be extensive recovery time after surgery is complete and there are no guarantees that back surgery will stop your back from aching. In fact, there is the real possibility that you will see little to no change at all in your back pain or your back could actually get worse!
  • Pain-reduction medication: Some over the counter drugs, along with a variety of prescription back pain management drugs are available. Some of these drugs contain significant side-effects, and are potentially habit-forming. If you are considering this method to combat your back pain, seek professional medical advice before you begin taking any medication. Remember that any opioids you take have side effects, including but not limited to addiction, upset stomach, respiratory depression, constipation, nausea and dizziness. Long-term use of opioids can cause further health problems.
  • Chiropractic: If you’re looking for a non-invasive, personalized lower back pain management option, then chiropractic treatment could be for you. Chiropractors regularly stay on top of the latest back pain management science and use this advanced knowledge, along with their years of experience, will get you on the path to a pain-free life. Chiropractic solutions are non-invasive and do not include dangerous prescription drugs.

If you have back pain or lower back pain, don’t think you are alone. There are many different treatment options that will help you live a pain free life today. All you need to do is reach out to experts. And don’t delay! Long-term solutions are more obtainable than you think.

What is Medical Weight Loss and How Can it Help Me?

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Medical Weight Loss

By Dr. Grant Reffell

Medical weight loss is a term that is often thrown around casually by members of the weight loss business community. However, few consumers understand what the term really means and how it can help them lose the weight and achieve the body they desire. This article will discuss the components of a successful medical weight loss plan and help you decide if it is the right weight loss plan for you.

What is medical weight loss?

Medical weight loss does not involve surgery or diet pills. It is rooted in medical principles that address the true cause of weight gain and obesity. Each medical weight loss plan is designed to be customized to the individual, ensuring that the patient achieves and maintains a healthy weight long-term. A successful program will incorporate a custom diet and exercise plan, combined with proven methods for a healthy and safe way to lose weight quickly.

Medical weight loss packages measure indicators of true weight loss, namely body fat percentage and the patient’s overall metabolism. Over time, a person’s body changes due to the aging process. In many cases weight gain is directly related to imbalances of hormones. Once people reach the age of 30, they often incur hormone imbalances due to advancing age. Rebalancing those hormones is paramount to helping your body get fit and stay fit long-term. This also means limiting drastic weight fluctuations.

When exploring medical weight loss programs, a trained professional will look at the patient’s weight as a portion of a snapshot of their entire health profile. This includes analyzing their diet, exercise habits, medications and medical conditions. If something in the patient’s profile is hindering their weight loss, a specialist can work with providers on finding safe and effective alternatives for the optimized plan. This information is also crucial to determining the proper strategy to lose unwanted weight and enable the patient to keep that weight off permanently.

In addition to examining the patient’s health profile, a professional will discuss each individual’s weight loss goals and current condition to make sure that the path designed leads to the desired results in a healthy and safe manner. Working directly with the client to fit into their goals and lifestyle is the best way to ensure that the program is right for the patient.

Can medical weight loss help me?

When deciding to commit yourself to a plan, consider that all medical weight loss plans are customizable. Plans are designed to be sustainable and lasting. They take into account everything within your health and lifestyle profile. Professionals want a plan that fits with your body and something that you will commit to long-term.

Understand that medical weight loss programs are not an instant fix. While some short term solutions can be used to augment the effectiveness of programs. In general, these programs take time and personal commitment to lose the weight. However, if you remain committed to the program, you will see the results long after your sessions are over.

Everyone is different when it comes to their body type, metabolism, health profile and lifestyle. Medical weight loss plans designed to lose weight quickly and safely can help individuals if they want to lose 10 pounds or even individuals that want to lose 100 pounds. It is one of the safest and most effective ways to hit your optimal weight. The goal is to lose the weight and keep it off long-term. If you have specific weight loss goals, you may want to consider medical weight loss as a solution that can be customized to fit your body type and lifestyle. This will ensure that you are looking your best now and long into the future.

Consider medical weight loss as an alternative to trendy diets and diet pills. You will discover an excellent way to lose weight and hit your target weight.