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25May

News from Dr. Kruse...Back Pain Relief!

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Pain Relief with Chiropractic Cox® Technic

Cox® Technic research shows a 17% increase in spinal disc height in addition to the 28% increase in area where the nerves exit the spine. It shows a drop in intradiscal pressures to as low as a -192 mmHg which helps decrease pressure from herniated discs and improves nutrition to the discs so they can heal. Traction effectively increases the disc height of lower lumbar spine discs, again helping relieve pressure on pain-sensitive nerves.

Flexion Distraction (aka Cox Technic distraction manipulation) relieves neuropathic pain, pain that goes into the legs that often accompanies low back pain. This radiation of pain, numbness, or tingling down the leg is called Sciatica. The good news is that non-thrust, non-drug spinal manipulation like Cox Technic is often used to manage low back pain. Just one month of Cox Technic relieves pain in chronic low back pain patients with leg pain compared to those without leg pain. Great news! A new rat study reaffirms that using Cox Technic offers short-term pain-relief similar to that in human clinical studies. That's why it's used!  

Further, spinal manipulation influences pain regulators in the nervous system like substance-p, neurotensin, oxytocin and interleukin levels as well as cortisol ("the stress hormone") after treatment. That's a goal of chiropractic treatment: to calm the nervous system when it's affected by pain.

Back pain relief is possible with chiropractic care.

At Chiropractic Care our goal is to help you achieve and maintain optimal health, determine the cause of your symptoms and relieve your pain with gentle, non-surgical and drug-free practices.Dr. Ralph A. Kruse, the owner and clinic director, is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician, Acupuncturist and Orthopedist, who runs offices in Chicago and Homewood.

 

04May

Dr. Kruse Teaches Hands on Workshop!

Dr Kruse Teaches Cox Technic

4 hour Hands-on Workshop

 

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Time to Freshen up your skills or learn some new ones with Dr. Ralph Kruse!

  • vital for perfecting your skills!
  • or great intro to Cox Technic!
  • Use these 4 hours towards Re-certification in Cox Technic (along with 8 hours on-line)
Click here for even more information
 
Training with Dr. Ralph Kruse! 
Friday, May 12th, 2017 
30 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60602
1 pm - 5 pm CST 
$250.00 
Click here to register
Call for more information:  800-441-5571 
Must register by Tuesday, May 9th!
 
At Chiropractic Care our goal is to help you achieve and maintain optimal health, determine the cause of your symptoms and relieve your pain with gentle, non-surgical and drug-free practices.Dr. Ralph A. Kruse, the owner and clinic director, is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician, Acupuncturist and Orthopedist, who runs offices in Chicago and Homewood.

 

10April

Back Pain???

Regain your Quality of Life!

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20March

Dr Kruse Teaches Cox Technic 4 hour Hands-on Workshop

Time to Freshen up your skills or learn some new ones with Dr. Ralph Kruse!

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4 hour Hands-On Workshop

  • vital for perfecting your skills!
  • or great intro to Cox Technic!
  • Use these 4 hours towards Re-certification in Cox Technic (along with 8 hours on-line)
Click here for even more information
 
Training with Dr. Ralph Kruse! 
Friday, March 31st 2017 
30 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60602
1 pm - 5 pm CST 
$250.00 
Click here to register
Call for more information:  800-441-5571 
Must register by Tuesday, March 28th!
08March

Neck Pain???

Neck Pain?  Regain your Quality of Life!!!

 

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16February

February Healthy News

heelsOh Those High Heels Look So Fine!
 
They are a fashion statement, but wearing them increases the flexion of knees and ankles and even affects the curve of the neck since the body's center of gravity is off! High heel wearers tend to report neck pain, low back pain and knee pain when they frequently wear high heels. We appreciate the loveliness of these shoes but also want to forewarn our female patients of their disadvantages...and invite you to see us when they bother your spine! 
 
 
spineCare of the Disc Herniation - Conservative Equals Surgical in the Long-term
 
A comparison study of surgical and conservative care outcomes for lumbar disc herniation and sciatica showed benefit from surgery over conservative care at mid-term or long-term follow up. If you or a loved one has back pain and/or leg pain due to disc herniation and want to avoid surgery, contact our office today! We look forward to helping you, your loved ones and friends with back pain or neck pain, a disc herniation or a decision about back surgery. Whatever spine-related issue you have, we're here for you.

Spinal manipulation is recommended by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians for primary care of low back pain.  This is where chiropractic Cox Technic plays a role. In a recent clinical data collection study, 81% of patients show 50% reduction of pain at the end of 3 months of care. 78.6% of those patients show continued pain relief at 24 months after care.  Cox Technic is the gentle, well-researched chiropractic technique our practice uses. Dr. Ralph Kruse is a certified Cox Flexion Distraction Physician and instructor. 

 
goalYour Treatment Goals Are Best 

Who is most important in any healthcare situation? You, the patient! A new study documents that better patient outcomes are attained when the patient sets treatment outcome goals important to the patient. Chronic low back pain patients set goals about improving disability and pain and report improvements in their quality of life as well as pain. Share what you want with us as we step forward into this journey of back pain relief together. 
 
 

At Chiropractic Care our goal is to help you achieve and maintain optimal health, determine the cause of your symptoms and relieve your pain with gentle, non-surgical and drug-free practices. Dr. Ralph A. Kruse, the owner and clinic director, is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician, Acupuncturist and Orthopedist, who runs offices in Chicago and Homewood.
 
At our Health & Wellness Center adjacent to Chiropractic Care in Homewood, we can show you physician guided custom exercises to strengthen your back and core and improve your posture.
26January

January Healthy News

discat plus web 2017Chondroitin and Glucosamine Sulfate  Benefits Cartilage  
 
Glucosamine (GS) and chondroitin sulfate (CS) are common supplementation recommendations and for good reason. CS is a natural glycosaminoglycan found in the cartilage and extracellular matrix. It shows clinical benefits in symptomatic osteoarthritis of the finger, knee, hip joints, low back, facial joints and other diseases due to its anti-inflammatory activity. Our supplement, Discat Plus, helps provide nutrition for cartilage and spinal discs! Let's talk about glucosamine and chondroitin and the supplements available at your next appointment!
 
 
 
 
 
vit b d 2017Vitamins B and D Are Important as We Age
 
Vitamins B and D influence diseases that often come with aging. Taking NSAIDS for low back pain often causes adverse effects which can be offset by adding B-group vitamins. B-vitamins are garnering much interest from researchers. Low levels of foliate and related B-vitamins point to higher levels of degenerative diseases like 
cardiovascular disease, cognitive dysfunction, and osteoporosis. The good news is if B vitamins are supplemented, they seem to have a preventative effect. That's what chiropractic care is all about - prevent the issues we can!
A study of chronic low back pain patients with low levels of vitamin D were supplemented with 60,000 IU a week for 8 weeks. 66% of them attained normal vitamin D levels. Significant reduction in reported pain by visual analog scale and significant improvement in functional ability were noted. This practice is filled with low back pain patients, so don't be surprised if we discuss vitamin D with you!
 
 
 
nutrition 2017Nutrition Plus Exercise Builds Skeletal Mass And Improves Daily
 
Resistance training and nutrition are shown again to be important influences on skeletal muscle mass. It takes a multipronged approach to be strong. This approach even works in the elderly who are deconditioned. Chiropractic approaches health similarly with a multipronged approach adding spinal manipulation to the mix. Our personalized exercise recommendations are designed to keep your spine strong and prevent pain from recurring so you can enjoy life to the fullest.
 
 
 
homewood office 2017At Chiropractic Care our goal is to help you achieve and maintain optimal health, determine the cause of your symptoms and relieve your pain with gentle, non-surgical and drug-free practices. Dr. Ralph A. Kruse, the owner and clinic director, is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician, Acupuncturist and Orthopedist, who runs offices in Chicago and Homewood.
At our Health & Wellness Center adjacent to Chiropractic Care in Homewood, we can show you physician guided custom exercises to strengthen your back and core and improve your posture.
06December

Teenagers, stress and back pain.

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Those connections should sound familiar. They are often quoted in relation to adults, but what about teens? Teenagers experience them, too, and sometimes academic stress exacerbates them. Chiropractic Care may be just as relieving for teens as it is for their parents and grandparents!

It is also known that carrying heavy books and book bags can affect posture and cause back pain. Many sports activities also put abnormal stress on the neck and back and joints of the body. Be sure to discuss your athletic activities with the doctor.
Researchers have found students experience a heavy burden of learning, a high level of stress and sleep deprivation, which are similar to issues with chronic pain. What types of pain?
 
  • 30.3% headache.
  • 20.9% abdominal pain.
  • 32.8% neck and shoulder pain.
  • 41.1% low back pain.
 
In the US, it's well known that lowback pain is reportedly the single most common cause of disability in for those 45 years of age and younger. Back pain can disrupt a teenager's life as well. Keep in mind that spinal discs start to degenerate in the second decade of life. That's in the teen years!
 
Chiropractic Care in Chicago and Homewood offers it's gentle spinal manipulation, Cox Technic, to teens with back pain and neck pain and incorporates nutrition to support disc health and prevent degeneration.  
If you are a teen or the parent of a teen who suffers withback pain or neck pain or stress related to school- know that chiropractic care may be a relieving addition to your life. 
 
At Chiropractic Care our goal is to help you achieve and maintain optimal health, determine the cause of your symptoms and relieve your pain with gentle, non-surgical and drug-free practices.Dr. Ralph A. Kruse, the owner and clinic director, is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician, Acupuncturist and Orthopedist, who runs offices in Chicago and Homewood.
10November

Back surgery. The cure-all? The answer?

Not for everybody. Chiropractic Care is the  chiropractic non-surgical pain relief option for back pain and neck pain.  Back pain patients will think twice after hearing some of these back surgery statistics and the positive results of Cox Technic, the chiropractic system for back pain relief. 

How many back surgeries are required on second opinion? One study says no to the proposed back surgery for 44.5% of patients on second opinion.  A second report states that 60.7% of recommended back surgeries were not needed. If these two studies don't make you wonder, how about this one? On second opinion for 94 patients who were recommended to have back surgery, there was "complete disagreement" for 47% (44 of 94), and "partial disagreement" for 30% (28 of 94).
Back surgery is a big step to take and can be an effective one for the right patient.

Chiropractic Care performs a thorough clinical examination that correlates its findings with any imaging such as MRI studies that has been done. With that information in hand, Chiropractic Care will offer a knowledgeable second opinion for any back pain sufferer who is contemplating surgery.

What is recommended for back pain Non-surgical, energetic care. The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society recommend spinal manipulation. Chiropractic Care offers this care in the form of Cox Technic and its system of evidence-based protocols and positive research-documented clinical outcomes. A recent article even shares that manual therapy incorporating joint mobilization and flexion distraction techniques is an effective intervention for low back pain relief and restoring disc height for chronic low back pain sufferers.

Contact Chiropractic Care today to set up a chiropractic opinion appointment about the recommended back surgery. A chiropractic treatment plan including Cox manipulation may be the pre-surgical answer for you. In a recent clinical data collection study, 81% of patients show 50% reduction of pain at the end of 3 months of care. 78.6% of those patients show continued pain relief at 24 months after care. Dr. Ralph Kruse is an instructor and practitioner of Cox Technic, a gentle, well-researched chiropractic technique. Dr. Kruse has also authored studies published in clinical journals regarding the effectiveness of his treatment to prevent surgery and even treat pain remaining after surgery.

At Chiropractic Care our goal is to help you achieve and maintain optimal health, determine the cause of your symptoms and relieve your pain with gentle, non-surgical and drug-free practices. Dr. Ralph A. Kruse, the owner and clinic director, is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician, Acupuncturist and Orthopedist, who runs offices in Chicago and Homewood.
At our Health & Wellness Center adjacent to Chiropractic Care in Homewood, we can show you physician guided custom exercises to strengthen your back and core and improve your posture. 
17October

Wishing away your pain?

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Wishing away your Spine / Discs? 
   

Have you wanted to just replace your discs to get relief? Is the pain that bad? For many neck pain and back pain sufferers, it is. They want to try anything to get rid of the pain. Chiropractic Care understands and takes a conservative, non-operative approach to neck and back pain relief. Dr. Ralph Kruse knows to carefully monitor our spine pain patients for appropriate milestones in their pain relief journey. If those don't come as expected, we know how to get you to the next healthcare step be that more imaging or a neurosurgical or orthopedic consultation. For over 25 years, the journey to back pain and/or neck pain relief starts at Chiropractic Care for many thousands of people.

Let's look at the idea of replacing a faulty part. This often works well for a broken car or bicycle, but for the human body, things don't always work the way they should. The practice of replacements for knees and hips has worked out pretty well with a longer history to track how patients do. With newer replacement parts, like a new spine artificial disc, the history is just unfolding.

A new paper reports that despite their use for nearly 10 years, artificial discs for the cervical spine are not effectively proven. This reports' researchers share that few of the follow up studies collect data beyond 2 years despite the fact that there have been so many replacements performed. On a positive note, researchers share that the implants do preserve neck mobility for a while. On a less positive note, the ability of artificial discs to prevent adjacent segment disease is not proven. Plus, the cost effectiveness is also not established to be better than other approaches. 

What is this "adjacent segment disease" that these artificial disc reports mention?  It's a term referring to potential complication of spinal fusion or disc replacement: disc degeneration at the disc level above or below a replaced disc or spinal fusion.  For example, if your spine is fused from L3 to L5, the L2 disc may be placed under
so much stress that it degenerates. Chiropractic Care offers conservative, non-operative care with 
Cox Technic as the first step in managing spine pain. This care addresses the affected, pain-originating spinal segment in hopes of sparing the adjacent segments.

Cox Flexion Distraction has been shown to be beneficial for patients already having undergone spinal surgery. Chiropractic Care offers its use of the research-documented and evidence-based Cox Technic. Why? It is safe, clinically effective, gentle, and doesn't harm the adjacent segments.  Chiropractic Care's comprehensive examination leads to an individualized treatment plan just for you.

Try Chiropractic Care's approach to back pain and neck pain relief before surgery...or after if you find yourself with continued neck pain and/or arm pain. Chiropractic Care confidently offers its treatment plan for neck pain relief for back and neck pain patient's pre or post-surgery.

At Chiropractic Care our goal is to help you achieve and maintain optimal health, determine the cause of your symptoms and relieve your pain with gentle, non-surgical and drug-free practices. Dr. Ralph A. Kruse, the owner and clinic director, is a Board Certified Chiropractic Physician, Acupuncturist and Orthopedist, who runs offices in Chicago and Homewood.
At our Health & Wellness Center adjacent to Chiropractic Care in Homewood, we can show you physician guided custom exercises to strengthen your back and core and improve your posture.
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