August 2017 Health Newsletter

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Welcome Back! Thank you for continuing to subscribe not only to our newsletter, but to our practice and our unique treatments. I remain committed to relieving your joint pain and getting you back to the game of life.

 

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Current Articles

» Steroid Injections May Not Help Lower Back Pain
» Ray Ray McCloud Makes a Return Visit to Treat with Dr. Shaker
» 10 Strategies to Eat Well on a Budget
» Post Operative Repair Foot/Ankle Dysfunction
» ACL Tears Don't Necessarily DeRail the Recruiting process
» New Study Sheds Further Light on the Risks of Opioid Use
» More Exercises Are Proving Helpful for Optimal Brain Health & Function

Steroid Injections May Not Help Lower Back Pain

https://www.webmdhealth.com/!newsletters?id=AB787EbK4V7jXRnQsmZqIJcmJhmHf7SV1onhxguPT25j0&s=12071&mrdid=62bc91e4-dd5a-e511-a517-a0369f37142

By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Steroid injections for lower back pain may provide some relief for certain patients, but any benefits are temporary, a new study finds. Lower back pain related to herniated disk (when intervertebral disks become compressed and bulge) and, to a lesser degree, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), is often treated with epidural steroid injections, the researchers said. But after reviewing 38 previously published studies, the researchers found no strong evidence to support their use for these conditions........Open the link to read full article. 

Oftentimes, the specialised, non-surgical treatment approach I use yields significant pain relief for patients. Unfortunately, I see patients when they're desperate, because nothing else has worked for them.  In my practice, I have had great results helping people after these treatments, only to hear "I wish I would have found you sooner!".  

 

Author: Steven Reinberg
Source: HealthDay Reporter
Copyright: WebMD 2016


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Ray Ray McCloud Makes a Return Visit to Treat with Dr. Shaker

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Ray Ray McCloud is now the starting wide receiver for the Clemson Tigers! He is having a great start as a freshman player.  Recently, Ray came home to Tampa for a tune up. It's always great to continue my work with the young athletes, and watching their progress.  Wishing you continued success and a healthy season! You can check out his video comments from his days as a Sickles Gryphon!

Watch this video (2:43min) to see Ray Ray McCloud thank Dr. Shaker for keeping his body injury free and in shape for the game.  

http://drshakerblog.com/2014/11/13/ray-ray-mccloud-thanks-dr-shaker/

Author: Richard Shaker
Source: 10 News USA Today High School Sports
Copyright: Richard Shaker 2014


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10 Strategies to Eat Well on a Budget

http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/14620-eat-healthy-on-a-budget.html?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=postplanner&utm_source=facebook.com

Author: Mark Hyman, MD
Source: Eat Local Grown
Copyright: Eat Local Grown 2015


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Post Operative Repair Foot/Ankle Dysfunction

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Gator First Baseman, Pete Alonso, treats with Dr. Shaker. My proprietary blend of Trigenics & Lasers has helped his foot and ankle function significantly. Pete is one of the many that come to me for relief of this condition.  I had a high school cheerleader here last month whose mother reports unbelievable pain relief and improved range of motion. My dad used to say, "it's better to have been than a never was". For most of us, what remains from our glory days are the aches and pains of a lifetime of struggle. These are exactly the types of conditions I treat.  

 

Author: Richard Shaker
Source: Dr. Shaker
Copyright: Richard Shaker 2015


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ACL Tears Don't Necessarily DeRail the Recruiting process

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/footballpreps/acl-tears-dont-necessarily-derail-the-recruiting-process/2244826

Knee injuries have become all too common across all levels of competition. For many aspiring high school athletes and their families who are sacrificing time, money and effort to propel them to the highest levels possible, this injury can be devastating news. But, as the article discusses, there are many newer treatment approaches that can return an athlete to competition.  The non surgical treatment approach I use is unique to me and my combined knowledge as a physician and athlete. Very often in my career I have helped young patients recover from knee injuries just like this without the need for surgery. Sometimes I don't have the luxury of treating the patient until after surgery has already occurred, but these patients also report improved function and reduced pain after treating in our clinic.  

My friend, Coach Kyle Rasmussen, has been dealing with knee pain for over 10 years.  My fellow Michigander and Spartan has been treating with me, realizing much success in his custom treatment plan.

Coack Kyle

Author: Kelly Parsons
Source: Tampa Bay Times
Copyright: Tampa Bay Times 2015


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New Study Sheds Further Light on the Risks of Opioid Use

As you have probably heard, the country is currently in the grips of a massive opioid epidemic. In 2010, 16,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose. That was four times as many as in 1999. By 2015, that number had nearly tripled to 52,000 deaths. The death toll continues to rise. This problem is formally recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services. This past March, the governor of Maryland even went so far as to declare a State of Emergency because of the problem’s severity. While the epidemic is full of complexity, one factor certainly playing a role in its growth is that these powerful medications are prescribed to many patients after only minor operations. 

Factors That May Lead to Opioid Abuse

According to a recent study, patients are equally likely to become chronic opioid users after minor operations as they are following major ones. Among people who are prescribed opioids for reasons unrelated to surgery, only 0.4% will develop a problem. After a major surgery, the rate is 6.5%. However, that is only slightly higher than the rate for patients who have had minor operations, which is 5.9%. A better identifier for who will become a chronic user seems to be the person’s history with chronic pain. Those who became addicted to opioids after any type of surgery were 50% more likely to have previously suffered from arthritis or chronic back pain. Smoking also played a role. Smokers were 34% more likely to abuse opioids they were prescribed following surgery. For those who had preexisting substance or alcohol use problems, the odds of becoming addicted were also 34% higher.  These factors have led many experts to call for better screening practices before opioids are prescribed.  

Don’t Risk Becoming a Victim of the Opioid Epidemic

No one plans to become addicted to opioids, but when you combine the strength of these drugs and the pain people are often in when they begin taking them, it’s not hard to see how we got to a crisis. It also shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that people with chronic back pain are especially susceptible to becoming addicted. The pain can be so severe that patients will accept just about any fate if it means some kind of relief. Fortunately, if you experience pain, your local chiropractor may be able to help. Their noninvasive treatments can be quick, are often highly effective, and importantly don’t involve the use of prescription medications. In fact, some patients feel better than they have in years after just one adjustment. Call your local chiropractor today if you’re suffering from pain that won’t seem to go away.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JAMA Surgery, online April 12, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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More Exercises Are Proving Helpful for Optimal Brain Health & Function

How can you boost brain power? It’s an important question to ask, especially with the rise of dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases. Is there really anything that can be done to achieve optimal brain health in an effort to ward off these debilitating diseases? Indeed there is! Reuters recently reported on a study that found more and more physical exercises are proving useful for brain health. Tai Chi seems to dominate the cognitive function category. But they’re definitely not alone – which is great news for people who like activities that are more energetic. A variety of strength training and aerobic exercises have been shown to slow cognitive decline in adults over the age of 50. Neurons in the brain fire whenever people are engaged in a form of physical activity. Even something like walking regularly can have a profound effect on brain function. The neurons in the brain fire whenever people have to balance and contract their muscles. Not only does the rapid firing help the body to perform these functions even better, they keep the brain active and healthy. The Harvard Health Blog recommends walking at the very least. If people aren’t into that, they can try:

  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Tennis
  • Aerobics Classes

 

And even hiring a personal trainer. The goal here is not so much what type of physical activity a person engages in, but the regularity in which they do it. Exercising at least three days a week is a good start for achieving optimal brain health.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, online April 24, 2017.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2017


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