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Arthritic Young Adults Increasingly Treated by Doctors of Chiropractics

Arthritic Young Adults Increasingly Treated by Doctors of Chiropractics

Joseph Coupal - Monday, August 26, 2019
Arthritic Young Adults Increasingly Treated by Doctors of Chiropractics in Newark, NJ

Arthritis is a condition that does not discriminate by age. Young adults aged 18-25 are increasingly diagnosed with arthritic conditions and are increasingly prescribed addictive pain medications as a result. We’d like to share an article from our friends at The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a not-for-profit organization that informs and educates the general public about the value of chiropractic care and its role in drug-free pain management. Residents here in Newark are encouraged to contact Vida Chiropractic after reading this to discuss in more detail why chiropractic treatment for young adult with arthritis is changing lives.

Arthritis, which causes chronic joint pain and stiffness, is significantly more common in American adults ages 18 to 64 than previously estimated, according to a recent statistical study. The condition joins a growing list of diseases affecting younger adults that require immediate treatment, but are often ignored, creating greater risks to their health and well-being.

The study, published in Arthritis and Rheumatology, estimated that more than 91 million Americans have arthritis, including 61 million adults ages 18 to 64. The estimates for younger adults nearly double previously published national estimates of arthritis incidents.

“The results of this study are eye-opening, particularly because arthritis is a condition commonly associated with older populations,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care. “Worse yet, younger people are less likely to seek professional treatment for this condition, which can lead to greater stiffness and discomfort down the road. It’s crucial that any sort of lingering physical discomfort is addressed promptly by a qualified doctor.”

Arthritis is not the only chronic condition affecting more younger adults. Hypertension, melanoma, back pain, and neck pain are also becoming more common. For the latter, treating chronic pain with an opioid raises further risks to young adults’ health and well-being as it may lead to misuse, addiction, overdose and in some cases, fatality. In fact, the age group with the highest rate of nonmedical opioid use is young adults ages 18 to 25.

Instead, experts at the F4CP offer the following tips to help alleviate pain related to arthritis:

  • Exercise: Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise three to five days a week. Learn proper stretching techniques and do them often.
  • Eat Right and Drink Water: A healthy diet—rich in fruits, vegetables and healthy fats—can help reduce inflammation and joint pain. Also limit red meat, refined sugar, white flour and processed foods.
  • Consult your Newark Doctor of Chiropractic (DC): Schedule a consultation with Dr. Pereira or Dr. Morales to discuss an appropriate care plan that can help reduce pain and optimize overall health and well-being.

“Because the available medications for arthritis pain carry risks of side effects, it’s smart to try other ways to ease pain,” said Marcy O’Koon senior director of consumer health, Arthritis Foundation. “There are many options. Some people find chiropractic to be helpful. Patients will want to check with their primary care doctor or rheumatologist to confirm if chiropractic care is appropriate for their condition.”

Dr. McAllister emphasizes that the current goals for treating arthritis are to relieve pain and improve range of motion of the joints involved. DCs receive a minimum of seven years of higher-level education and are specifically trained to manage disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system, including arthritis, as well as counsel on nutrition, exercise and lifestyle practices.

“Doctors of chiropractic successfully treat a wide range of conditions in patients of all ages, which is part of the reason patients report such high satisfaction compared with other types of care,” said Dr. McAllister. “Combined with the right lifestyle choices and preventive care, chiropractic care can help younger adults avoid chronic pain and pursue healthy, active lives.” Contact us to learn more!


To Sleep Better, Visit a Doctor of Chiropractic

To Sleep Better, Visit a Doctor of Chiropractic

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, August 10, 2019
To Sleep Better, Visit a Doctor of Chiropractic in Newark, NJ

Do you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep? We’d like to share with you an article from The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a not-for-profit organization that informs and educates the general public about the value of chiropractic care and its role in drug-free pain management. Residents of Newark are encouraged to contact Vida Chiropractic after reading this to discuss how a good night’s sleep just might be one chiropractic visit away.

It’s a well-known fact that pain causes sleep deprivation, but not so widely known is the fact that lack of sleep can impact pain levels. Even less known is the importance of proper sleeping posture. While good posture is important when sitting and standing, it’s even more important during sleep as the muscles and ligaments of your back relax while you sleep and need to be protected. The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the value of chiropractic care, highlights the correlation between sleep, proper sleeping posture and pain.

Sleep deprivation is linked to higher mortality risk and lower productivity, decreasing the U.S. Gross Domestic Product by 2.28 percent, or $411 billion each year, according to Rand Corp. These findings are a concern considering one in three Americans report their sleep quality as “poor” or “only fair.” There are many well-known sleep saboteurs, including improper sleeping postures, such as stomach sleeping, that can cause health problems ranging from neck and back pain to sleep apnea.

The National Sleep Foundation estimates that at least 57 percent of Americans suffer from pain that disrupts their sleep at least a few nights a week. More importantly, sleep loss has been shown to increase sensitivity to pain specifically by lowering pain thresholds.

Federal health officials have reviewed cases of dangerous, sometimes fatal, incidents tied to insomnia medications.

Roughly 100 million Americans suffer from chronic neck pain, headaches, pinched nerves, and other chronic pains that interferes with their daily activities, yet, very few doctors have specialized training in pain management. Pain education for North American medical students is limited, variable and often fragmentary, according to The Journal of Pain.

Doctors of chiropractic (DC) take a natural, holistic approach to pain management by bringing the body back into alignment, recommending exercises and other activities to help patients regain their normal range of motion and flexibility, while relieving not only the pain symptoms but also correcting the issue that is causing the pain.

Chiropractic care benefits include better sleep, less dependence on sleep medications

Many Americans are seeking alternatives to insomnia medications especially since the FDA published the results of a new safety review based on recent reports of serious injuries and deaths related to prescription sleep medicines.

“Although most patients initially seek chiropractic care due to back or neck pain, many find that not only does their pain decrease and sleep improve, they also lower their stress and generally feel better and more energetic,” said Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of F4CP. “Chiropractic care can also help people who are trying to stop taking highly addictive sleeping pills and sedatives. Typical symptoms of withdrawal include trouble sleeping, restlessness and anxiety. In addition to chiropractic care, other behavioral, dietary and lifestyle choices need to be examined. Vida's doctors of chiropractic here in Newark can design a comprehensive care plan that supports a patient’s waking and sleeping hours.”

Chiropractic is a non-pharmacological care approach that focuses on one of the top causes of inadequate sleep: neuro-musculoskeletal pain. While designing a care plan to manage pain, a DC will discuss sleep habits and other lifestyle choices that could be contributing to pain or lack of mobility. DCs are required to complete undergraduate training, followed by four to five years of chiropractic college, residency and/or internship programs, and finally, national board exams, state licensure exams and continuing education — similar to other healthcare providers.

“Along with nutrition, stress management and proper posture, sleep is one of the most important factors in keeping us healthy, productive and happy,” said Dr. McAllister. “All four require attention and action because they influence one another in many ways. Doctors of chiropractic can design a care plan that naturally helps people improve all these areas of their life.”

Vida Chiropractic serving Newark will change your life. We encourage you to spend a few moments watching our patient testimonials so you can hear first-hand how measurable relief is achievable in as few as a single treatment. Give us a call!