Scheuerman’s Disease with Low Back Pain and Headaches Helped by Chiropractic

Published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science on November 26, 2019, is a case study documenting the improvement of spinal curvatures, posture, lower back pain, and headaches in a patient with Scheuerman’s disease. According to the publication Spine-Health, “Scheuermann’s Disease is a growth condition in which the normal curve in the upper spine is increased, forming a hunched back. The disease also called Scheuermann’s Kyphosis typically occurs in the thoracic spine when the front does not grow as fast as the back of the spine, so that the vertebrae become wedge-shaped.”

Scheuerman's Disease with Low Back Pain and Headaches Helped by Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Spine Extremity Health Movement FunctionThis study begins by noting the impact that poor posture can have on overall health and quality of Life. “Many studies have determined that postural misalignment or spinal subluxation is associated with pain and disability. Recently, in fact, it has been reported that those with poor posture had a significantly poorer quality of life scores as measured by the SF-36 questionnaire (a self-evaluation questionnaire) than those with various other well-known diseases including self-reported arthritis, chronic lung disease, diabetes and congestive heart failure.”

Many people think of poor posture as a bad habit of how a person stands or sits. In fact, many cases of poor posture have a structural or anatomical reason based in the spine. Scheuerman’s disease is one of the anatomical spinal changes that can create a hunched back appearance and result in poor posture.

In this case, an 18-year-old man brought himself to a chiropractor for issues of lower back pain that was radiating down into his right hip and knee for the past several years. The man explained that the pain was constant and was made worse from movement as well as daily activities such as sitting, standing or sleeping. He also reported that he occasionally suffered from mild mid back pain, neck pain and headaches.

The examination of the patient revealed pain on spinal palpation along with taut muscles. Some of the man’s spinal ranges of motion were abnormal, and orthopedic tests were unremarkable. Spinal x-rays were taken which showed several areas of mispositioned vertebrae noted as subluxations. Based on the findings of the examination and x-rays, specific chiropractic care was started.

A re-assessment was performed after 14 weeks of chiropractic care. At that time, the man reported total relief from LBP and headaches. He did still experience some occasional mid-back pain if he sat for too long. All of his ranges of motion had returned to normal and did not cause any discomfort.

Follow-up spinal x-rays showed a significant improvement in the man’s mid-back and neck curvatures. The neck curvature had increased to a closer to normal forward curve, and the previously increased mid-back curve had been reduced closer to a normal curvature.

In their conclusion, the authors summed up the positive changes by stating, “This case adds to the accumulating evidence demonstrating (Chiropractic) methods offers an effective approach to reduce the burden of postural disorders including those with Scheuermann’s disease.”

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Improvement in Breathing, Sleeping, and Infections in Cystic Fibrosis Patient Under Chiropractic

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study on October 28, 2019, documenting the improvement of a patient with cystic fibrosis while under chiropractic care. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation defines the condition on their website. “Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.”

Improvement in Breathing, Sleeping, and Infections in Cystic Fibrosis Patient Under Chiropractic - Austin TX PI MVC MVA LOP Injury Accident Collision Care Car Truck Motorcycle ERThe Mayo Clinic website described Cystic Fibrosis (CF) by explaining, “Cystic fibrosis affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. These secreted fluids are normally thin and slippery. But in people with cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes the secretions to become sticky and thick. Instead of acting as a lubricant, the secretions plug up tubes, ducts and passageways, especially in the lungs and pancreas.”

In this case, a 34-year-old woman who had been medically diagnosed with CF went to the chiropractor in the hopes of increasing her overall wellness and possibly boosting her immune system. She had been diagnosed with CF ten years prior to her visiting the chiropractor. Since the age of 12, the woman had been suffering with a persistent cough that was thought to be allergies. When she was in college and participated in athletic activities, she seemed to get worse and experienced periodic episodes of shortness of breath with a persistent productive cough.

Prior to starting chiropractic, the woman was suffering with upper respiratory and sinus infections once every 2-3 months which required prescription antibiotics. Unfortunately, as soon as she stopped taking the antibiotics, she would get worse again. She reported that her condition was affecting her sleep and her overall quality of life.

A chiropractic examination revealed postural irregularities and increased muscular tension in her upper back area. Both static and motion palpation of the spine revealed spinal segmental issues were present. Thermography (heat readings) of the spinal also confirmed spinal issues. Spinal x-rays were also taken.

Based on the findings of the examination, vertebral subluxations were determined to be present. Specific chiropractic adjustments were started to address the subluxations.

A full follow-up was performed after 12 months of chiropractic care. In that reassessment, the woman reported that she had not required prescription antibiotics since she started chiropractic unlike previously when she required antibiotics every 1-3 months to address her CF.

The woman stated that she was experiencing “less dramatic ups and downs” since being on chiropractic care. The woman also stated that she was able to engage in more aerobic activities with an increased ability to perform such things as running with much less difficulty breathing. She also reported that she was sleeping better.

In their conclusion, the authors of the study summed up the case by saying, “We described the chiropractic care of an adult CF sufferer resulting in improvements in her CF symptoms and overall quality of life.”

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Chiropractic Maintenance Care Research

The scientific periodical Chiropractic & Manual Therapies published an open access article in their November 21,2019, journal that reviewed scientific evidence of the benefits of chiropractic maintenance care and the reasons that patients receive this care. The authors of the study explain chiropractic maintenance care by stating, “Maintenance Care is a well-known concept in the chiropractic profession, describing continued care beyond that of reducing symptoms.”

Chiropractic Maintenance Care Research - Austin Chiropractor Texas Wellness Family College CareThe study reports that generally chiropractors describe two scenarios that are both referred to as maintenance care. “Some chiropractors appear to have recommended Maintenance Care as a form of precaution to keep the patient healthy, regardless of symptoms and patient history. Others though, seem to have used it to ‘keep patients going’, when they had chronic or recurring problems.” The first of the two descriptions is also known as “wellness care” in many chiropractic offices.

This study noted that in the past, there was a lack of consensus or clear research evidence on the concept of chiropractic maintenance care. To help do more research on the subject and possibly add more clarity, the Nordic Maintenance Care Program was started. This research program explored maintenance care among chiropractors in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway.

The study authors performed a search for all studies on chiropractic with the terms chiropractic or manual therapy and maintenance care or prevention included. However, the term wellness was specifically excluded. The study identified 14 articles that were published between 2008 and 2018 on the subject of maintenance chiropractic, including four from Canada, the U.S. and Egypt.

One of the studies looked at the patient’s rationale for receiving chiropractic maintenance care. In this study, it was reported that “…patients stated that the purpose was to prevent recurrences (78%) and to remain pain-free (68%). A few patients (17%) echoed the holistic view expressed by some chiropractors, i.e. that maintenance care was used to prevent disease in general, a wellness approach.”

Another study included in this paper showed that maintenance chiropractic was more prevalent in the practices of experienced chiropractors and those who were graduates of chiropractic schools in the United States. In the Nordic countries, it was reported that about 30% of chiropractic patients are receiving maintenance care.

In their conclusion, the authors wrote, “Knowledge of chiropractic Maintenance Care has advanced. There is reasonable consensus among chiropractors on what Maintenance Care is, how it should be used, and its indications. Presently, Maintenance Care can be considered an evidence-based method to perform secondary or tertiary prevention in patients with previous episodes of low back pain, who report a good outcome from the initial treatments.” They go on to state, “Back pain is a chronic disease for most, with episodes at short or long intervals. A preventive approach such as Maintenance Care, therefore, makes sense.”

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Excessive Lumbar Curve and Lower Back Pain Reduced with Chiropractic

On October 31, 2019, the Journal of Physical Therapy Science published a case study showing the improvement in lower back pain and reduction of increased lumbar curvature in a patient receiving chiropractic care.

Excessive Lumbar Curve and Lower Back Pain Reduced with Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin TX Health Wellness Sciatica Sacrum Pelvic Numbness TinglingIn the introduction, the authors to the study point out,  Low back pain (LBP) is an important source of disability in the modern world. Although there are many non-surgical treatments for low back disorders, few have evidence of successfully improving the proper biomechanical alignment after treatment.  Specific forms of chiropractic care deal with correcting the underlying biomechanical issues responsible for creating the pain.

The study reports that many people with lower back pain also have a postural situation where their pelvis it tilted forward and they have an increase in their lower back curvature. This then forces the upper back to be further forward over the pelvis increasing the stress. This postural situation is known as lumbar spine hyperlordosis.

In this case, a 47-year-old woman went to a chiropractor seeking relief. Her primary complaints were lower back pain (LBP) and hip pains that had been constant for the last 5–6 years since the woman’s first pregnancy. She described the pain as an ache with tightness that would also feel like it was locked. Sitting seemed to make the condition worse and would also cause numbness and tingling in her legs and feet. She rated the pain as 3 out of 10 (10 being worst) at the time of her exam but noted that the pain did flare up as high as a 6 at times.

The examination showed a restricted lower back range of motion which caused some discomfort and tightness. Palpation of the woman’s lower back revealed tight musculature in her low back. X-rays of the woman’s spine confirmed the abnormal spinal positioning and the presence of subluxations. Based on the findings, specific forms of chiropractic care were performed as well as the woman being given specific exercises to perform.

After four months of care, a full re-evaluation was performed to monitor the progress. At that time, the woman reported marked improvement in her lower back and hip pain to the point where she commented that she felt her pain was  virtually gone.

Follow-up x-rays confirmed that there was a significant improvement in her lower back curvature and pelvic positioning. After 9 months of care, the woman’s spine continued to show positive changes on the x-rays and she commented that she rarely ever noticed any back pain at all.

In the discussion of this study, the authors summed up the case by stating,  This case documents the significant improvement in lumbar sagittal alignment in a patient presenting with anterior sagittal balance, lumbar hyperlordosis, and increased sacral tilt. The improvement in subluxated posture resulted in dramatic reduction of pain and an increase in functional ability after 73 treatments over a 13-month time period.

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Mid Back Pain and Hunched-Over Posture Improved with Chiropractic

The Journal of Physical Therapy Science published the results of a case study on October 31, 2019, documenting the reduction in mid-back pain along with the improvement of excessive mid-back curvature in a patient undergoing specific chiropractic care.

Mid Back Pain and Hunched-Over Posture Improved with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Neck Pain Laptop Computer Use Shoulder HumpThe authors of the study begin by noting that poor posture is a significant and common problem that can have profound effects on health. Reporting on other studies they stated,  Recently, the European spine study group published a report on poor posture having significant negative effects on the quality of life (QOL) of affected persons; moreover, in comparison to several other well-known diseases, including arthritis, chronic lung disease, diabetes and congestive heart failure, those with poor posture were more significantly affected by having a lower QOL.

In an article earlier in the year in the US News and World Report, 10 things were identified as problems that can result for poor posture. These include exacerbating arthritis, poor circulation, fatigue, negative mood, forward head posture, jaw pain, breathing efficacy, headaches, shoulder and back pain, and sexual dysfunction.

The issue of poor posture is not uncommon in children. This problem has increased with the addition of electronic devices such as smart phones and pads. Studies have shown that poor posture in early life has been shown to translate into back pain as an adult. The study points out that  Since back pain is a leading culprit of adult disability, the correction of poor posture in younger individuals should be a priority.

In this case, a 16-year-old girl went to the chiropractor for complaints of mid-back and lower back pain. She described the pain as an ache that was made worse by standing, resulting in it being very difficult for her to stand for more than an hour at a time. The girl also reported that the pain also occurred at night making it difficult for her to sleep through the night. She noted that her pain had been occurring several times per week over the past few months, and she rated the pain as a 7 out of 10 with 10 being the worst. There was no known past injury or incident that could be identified as the starting point of her problems.

X-rays of the girl’s spine viewed from the side showed a hunched-over appearance with an increase in the mid-back curvature, and an accompanied loss of the normal lower back curvature. Specific forms of chiropractic care were started to address the spinal postural deformities along with home instructions for exercises.

After 8 weeks of chiropractic care, as well as the patient being vigilant on the home exercises, a re-assessment was performed. The girl reported that her back pain had reduced from a 7 out of 10 to just 1 out of 10. She noted that she could now stand for extended periods of time and could sleep throughout the night without being woken up by the pain. She also volunteered that her mood had improved as well. Follow-up x-rays confirmed that the curvatures had started to improve toward the more correct positions.

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Screen Time Linked to Lower Brain Development in Preschoolers

A study published on November 4, 2019, in the journal JAMA Pediatrics showed that toddlers and preschoolers who use screens such as televisions, tablets or smart phones for more than one hour a day without parental involvement had lower levels of development in their brain’s white matter.

Screen Time Linked to Lower Brain Development in Preschoolers - Austin TX Chiropractor Near MeThe study titled,  Associations Between Screen-Based Media Use and Brain White Matter Integrity in Preschool-Aged Children  starts off by asking the basic question,  Is screen-based media use associated with differences in the structural integrity of brain white matter tracts that support language and literacy skills in preschool-aged children?

Lead author Dr. John Hutton, a pediatrician and clinical researcher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital noted that  This is the first study to document associations between higher screen use and lower measures of brain structure and skills in preschool-aged kids.

This is important because the brain is developing the most rapidly in the first five years,  Hutton said.  That’s when brains are very plastic and soaking up everything, forming these strong connections that last for life.

In this study, 47 healthy children between the ages of 3 and 5 underwent special MRI brain studies called diffusion tensor imaging designed to measure the brain’s white matter tracts. White matter in the brain is associated with the development of language, literacy and cognitive skills. The results of the study showed that the white matter in the brains of children who spent hours in front of screens wasn’t developing as fast as it was in the brains of kids who spent less time in front of a screen.

In addition to the MRI studies, the 47 children were also given cognitive testing to see if increased screen time had an effect on cognitive skills. The results of these tests showed that excessive screen times were significantly associated with poorer literacy skills, expressive language skills, as well as the ability to rapidly name objects.

Although TV has been around for decades, the introduction of tablets and smart phones has greatly increased the amount of screen time toddlers get. Dr. Hutton reports that by the first year of life, 90% of babies are using screens.

In one of many media interviews on this new study, Dr. Hutton sums up his comments by saying,  Screen-based media use is prevalent and increasing in homes, childcare and school settings at ever younger ages. These findings highlight the need to understand effects of screen time on the brain, particularly during stages of dynamic brain development in early childhood, so that providers, policymakers and parents can set healthy limits.

The American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines recommends that preschool children not spend more than one hour per day unattended in front of screens such as TVs, tablets or smart phones. These recommendations include: 1) Children younger than 18 months only use screens when it’s used for video chatting. 2) Children ages 2-5 years old only consume one hour of screen time per day of  high-quality programs.  3) Families should designate  screen-free  activities. 4) Parents should consume media with their children so they are able to provide context for what they are seeing.

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Posture Improved Under Chiropractic Care

A case study published in the September 26, 2019, issue of the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health documented the improvement in abnormal posture in a young boy under chiropractic. The authors’ stated objective for the study was,  The purpose of this study is to report on the structural improvements made in a pediatric patient following reduction of vertebral subluxation.

Posture Improved Under Chiropractic Care - Austin TX Family Wellness Practice Acupuncture Chiropractor Near MeIn simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. Vertebral Subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on spinal nerve roots or irritate the spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones of the spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.

Having normal curvatures and spinal posture has been shown to be very important for good overall health. The study explains this by saying,  The curves within the spine act as shock absorbers and natural resistance to gravity. They protect the spinal cord and nerve tissues by reducing forces acting on them.

In this study, an asymptomatic 9-year-old boy was brought by his parents to the chiropractor. The boy had no complaints or symptoms and no history of physical trauma. His parents brought him to the chiropractor because they were concerned about their son’s posture as he seemed to be slouching and hunching all the time. The boy had never been to a chiropractor before.

A chiropractic examination revealed a reduced passive and active range of motion of the boy’s lumbar spine. His lower back muscles were more pronounced than normal and his posture showed a slight forward flexion. Lower back x-rays showed a loss of the normal inward curve in the boy’s lower back and a reverse curve in the upper portion of his lower back.

Specific chiropractic care and spinal adjustments were given with a focus on correcting vertebral subluxations. The study describes this by noting,  Vertebral subluxations inhibit healing and recovery, and their correction results in improved neurological and biomechanical function.

After 20 visits, a follow-up examination was performed. The examination showed an improvement in the boy’s muscular tone, improvement in his lower back range of motion, and an improved posture. Follow-up x-rays showed a dramatic improvement in the lower back curvature with his lumbar spine returning to a near-normal state.

In their discussion the authors sum up the results and the importance of proper posture by stating,  Loss of the distal lumbar lordosis has been associated with decreased quality of life and deterioration of physical, emotional and social function. In patients presenting with reduced lumbar lordosis, an improvement of the lumbar curve may positively affect the patient’s quality of life and overall health.

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Neck Pain, Headaches and Vertigo Helped with Chiropractic

On September 23, 2019, the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published the results of a case study showing chiropractic helping a patient with neck pain, headaches, vertigo, and abnormal posture. Neck pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the general population.

Neck Pain, Headaches and Vertigo Helped with Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Migraines Whiplash Car Accident Truck Motor Vehicle InjuryThe study begins by explaining how common and how debilitating neck pain is.  Neck pain sufferers have limited ability to participate in normal activities of daily living and some estimates suggest that close to 90% of the population may experience neck pain at some point in their lifetime.

The study reports that changes from the normal forward neck curvature is a key factor and directly related to neck pain. Correction of the normal neck curvature has shown to yield both short-term and long-term benefits to patients. Non-surgical approaches such as chiropractic have been shown to be the safest and most effective means to deal with neck curvature issues and resulting neck pain.

In this case, a 49-year-old man brought himself to the chiropractor for evaluation and possible care. He was suffering with acute neck pain that began two days before visiting the chiropractor. There was no history of immediate trauma or injury that could be associated as the cause of the pain. The man described the pain as severe, sharp and aching which he rated as a 7 out of 10 in severity, with 10 being the worst. He reported that the pain was constant and radiated down into his right hand causing numbness and limiting his range of motion.

The man did mention that he would have occasional headaches and vertigo. His pain was made worse when he turned his head, and he would get some minimal relief when he was standing straight and looking forward. He was using some over-the-counter drugs and heat packs to temporarily get some relief.

The examination of the man showed his head to be in a forward position more in front of his body than the normal over the shoulder position. Additionally, his neck range of motion was limited. Spinal x-rays were taken which confirmed the improper head positioning and vertebral malpositions.

Based on the findings of the examination and x-rays, specific forms of chiropractic care and adjusting were started. In a re-assessment done after one month of care, the man reported 90% relief of his neck pain and a complete resolution of his hand numbness. Chiropractic care was continued as the goal of the care was not just the alleviation of the symptoms, but also the correction of the underlying structural issues which had been present much longer than the man’s pain.

At a 6-month assessment, the man reported that his neck pain was nearly completely resolved going from a 7 out of 10 initially to an occasional 1 out of 10. He also noted that his headaches, vertigo and hand numbness had completely been corrected. Follow-up x-rays showed improvement in the curvatures and head positioning toward being in a more normal posture.

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Chronic Constipation Helped by Chiropractic

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published the results of a chiropractic case on October 10, 2019, documenting the resolution of chronic constipation in a child undergoing chiropractic care. According to the study authors,  Constipation is considered more as a symptom rather than a disease. Some have defined constipation as less than 3 bowel motions per week or as difficulty in passing stools.

Chronic Constipation Helped by Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractor Health Wellness Nervous System Immune FunctionFunctional constipation, sometimes known as chronic idiopathic constipation is constipation that does not have a physical, anatomical, hormonal or other body chemistry cause. The study reports that this issue is common in infants and can affect nearly 30% of the pediatric population and is one of the most common causes of visits to the pediatrician. Medical interventions commonly involve medications which have questionable results and are problematic when determining dosage and long term effects.

In this case, a 3½-year-old girl was brought to the chiropractor by her mother. Her mother reported that her daughter was having trouble potty training. It was also noted that the little girl had never had regular consistent bowel movements and would go 3 to 4 days between movements. It was reported that the girl was afraid to use the toilet because her bowel movements were painful after not having gone to the bathroom for days.

The girl’s mother had taken her to a pediatrician who had prescribed a laxative, recommended counseling and suggested a fiber supplement. However, the girl’s parents were hesitant to place their daughter on medication or a regular daily fiber treatment, so they decided to seek chiropractic to see if it could help. They were concerned that if their daughter was not potty trained, she would not be able to enter preschool.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included an overall postural inspection, palpation, and some non-invasive neurological testing. From the examination, it was determined that subluxations were present. With the permission of the mother, specific age-appropriate chiropractic adjustments were started.

The girl received two chiropractic adjustments per week for each of the first two weeks, followed by an every other month visit. The mother reported that because of the chiropractic care, her daughter was able to go to the toilet all on her own with non-painful bowel movements. She reported that her daughter was completely potty trained within three weeks of starting chiropractic. The girl was able to enter preschool and did not need to take any medications. A long-term follow up a year later reported that the girl was not having any issues with constipation.

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Spinal Pain Patients Under Chiropractic Care Less Likely to Use Opioids

A study published on September 27, 2019, in Oxford Academic’s Pain Medicine showed that patients with spinal pain who utilized chiropractic were less likely to use opioids than those who did not receive chiropractic care.

Spinal Pain Patients Under Chiropractic Care Less Likely to Use Opioids - Austin TX Chiropractor Health WellnessThe title of the study, “Association Between Chiropractic Use and Opioid Receipt Among Patients with Spinal Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” had the stated objective, “To investigate the current evidence to determine if there is an association between chiropractic use and opioid receipt.”

According to the National Institutes of Health’s, National Institutes of Drug Abuse, “Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.” The problem has become so severe that numerous studies have been done to look at alternatives to opiod treatment for pain. In 2018, there were over 70,000 opioid drug overdose deaths in the U.S.

Chiropractic has long been the leading drugless approach for people suffering with pain. Recently a number of studies have specifically shown that chiropractic care reduces opioid usage in the general population. These studies have prompted health professionals and researchers both inside and outside of chiropractic to voice their support for the chiropractic non-drug approach.

Dr. Kelsey L. Corcoran, DC, VA Connecticut Health Care System and Yale Center for Medical Informatics, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, who was a lead author on one such prior study commented in a recent Medline article, “Preventing opioid addiction and overdose continues to be a significant public health priority; and as part of a strategy to lessen opioid use, clinical guidelines now recommend many non-pharmacological options to be considered as front-line treatment ahead of any medication.”

The study in pain medicine looked at 684 previous research articles and narrowed them down to the ones they felt were the most solid from a scientific basis. From looking at these studies, the researchers were able to show that people under chiropractic care with spine related pain had a 64% lower chance of receiving an opioid prescription.

In their conclusion, the authors of this study recognized the impact the results could have on the opioid epidemic we are now facing. They stated, “This review demonstrated an inverse association between chiropractic use and opioid receipt among patients with spinal pain. Further research is warranted to assess this association and the implications it may have for case management strategies to decrease opioid use.”

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