Neck Pain, Curvature, Spinal Canal Diameter Improved in Accident Cases Under Chiropractic

A case series study was published in the April 2020 issue of the Journal of Radiology Case Reports documenting patients’ improvement in eight separate auto accident cases with neck pain, loss of cervical curve, and spinal canal diameter with chiropractic care.

Neck Pain, Curvature, Spinal Canal Diameter Improved in Accident Cases Under Chiropractic - Austin TX Chiropractic Care Car Truck Automobile Accident Injury Personal Care Back Neck WhiplashThe study begins by pointing out “Spondylolisthesis refers to the slippage of one vertebral body on the vertebra below. It is considered uncommon in the cervical spine when compared to the lumbar spine and is now being recognized as an under-studied condition.” When this condition occurs due to a trauma, such as an automobile accident, it is referred to as acquired spondylolisthesis. When the condition is due to degenerative changes in the spine, it is referred to as degenerative cervical spondylolisthesis (DCS).

Acquired spondylolisthesis is often accompanied with spinal degeneration, pain numbness, and a narrowing of the spinal canal at that level. The medical approach has often involved surgery with removal of disc and fusion. This study followed the result of eight patients with cervical spondylolisthesis who underwent chiropractic care.

In this study, all eight patients were females ranging in age from 44 to 62 years. All the women were suffering with neck pain, bilateral upper back pain, neck stiffness, restricted neck motion, and radiating pain into their shoulders and/or arms. They reported that their problems created limitations on their daily activities. All eight women had sought medical care and/or physical therapy at least 6 months prior to seeking chiropractic care. Additionally, all the women had a history of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

A chiropractic examination and evaluation including x-rays was conducted on all the patients. This was followed by 30 visits involving specific chiropractic procedures and followed by post-care spinal x-rays.

Upon re-examination, all the women reported improvements in their conditions and symptoms. Tests showed that they had improved from moderate neck disability to a level of minimal neck disability. Follow-up x-rays confirmed positive changes in the positioning of the cervical vertebrae of the patients.

In their conclusion, the authors note that medical care for degenerative cervical spondylolisthesis (DCS) is typically a wait-and-watch condition that results in surgery if the disability becomes severe enough. In contrast, the chiropractic approach focuses on restoring healthy alignment and biomechanics of the spine and posture.

They also concluded that, “Motor vehicle collision may cause instability and abnormal alignment of the cervical spine leading to cervical spondylolisthesis. Improving spinal alignment may be an effective treatment to reduce vertebral subluxation and cervical spondylolistheses and improve neck disability as a result of improved spinal alignment.”

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Study Shows Reduction in Anxiety Under Chiropractic Care

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published the results of a case series on April 17, 2020, documenting the reduction of anxiety in five adults in a case series undergoing chiropractic care. Anxiety disorder is considered a form of mental illness that affects an estimated 31.1% of adults in the United States.

Study Shows Reduction in Anxiety Under Chiropractic Care - Austin TX Car Truck Accident Injury Pain Management CareAccording to the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health, “…anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.”

The study reports that anxiety disorders are the ninth leading cause of nonfatal burden in years of living with a disability. They also note that the estimated economic burden is $46.6 billion yearly.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) is considered the main resource document for classification of mental disorders. According to the DSM-5, the criteria for anxiety disorder is “excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation) occurring on more days than not for at least 6 months, about a number of events or activities (such as work or school performance)”.

This case series reviewed five patients (2 female and 3 male) presenting for chiropractic care with a complaint of anxiety. The patients ranged in age from 24 to 53. All of the patients came to the chiropractor because of musculoskeletal complaints such as headache, neck pain, and/or back pain, with one seeking chiropractic for help with hypertension. All patients expressed a desire to decrease stress and their anxiety.

The Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A), a widely accepted means of rating anxiety, was used to rate and document the severity of the patient’s anxiety prior to, and after chiropractic care.

The results of the study showed that all HAM-A scores of the patients undergoing chiropractic care indicated a reduction in severity of anxiety symptoms. Three of the patients’ scores improved from initially being moderate/severe, reducing in severity to mild anxiety symptoms. The other two patients went from initially being moderate/severe to reducing down to the lowest level of mild/moderate severity of anxiety symptoms.

In their discussion and conclusion, the study authors noted, “This case series chronicles the reduction in severity of anxiety and improvement in autonomic nervous system function in 5 patients receiving chiropractic care. Considering the burden mental health issues, such as anxiety, have on society globally, further clinical research investigating the role of chiropractic care and its effects on anxiety is warranted.”

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Neck Pain and Immobility Helped in Patient with Severe Degenerative Disc Disease

On April 6th, 2020, the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published the results of a case study documenting chiropractic helping an elderly patient who was suffering from severe neck pain and immobility with significant spinal disc degeneration.

Neck Pain and Immobility Helped in Patient with Severe Degenerative Disc Disease - Chiropractor Austin TX Car Truck Motor Vehicle Accident Care for Personal Injury PIThe authors of the study begin by noting how common musculoskeletal and spinal degenerative issues are in the population. “Musculoskeletal pain is a leading cause of disability in the United States. As age and degeneration progresses without proper care, the probability increases that degeneration of the spine ensues to the point of complete disability. Degenerative disc disease is a very common cause for neck pain.”

Spinal disc degeneration is a progressive and worsening problem if not properly cared for. Web-MD explains the process on their website by saying, “Degenerative disk disease is when normal changes that take place in the disks of your spine cause pain. Spinal disks are like shock absorbers between the vertebrae, or bones, of your spine. They help your back stay flexible, so you can bend and twist. As you get older, they can show signs of wear and tear. They begin to break down and may not work as well.”

The authors of this study explain the process of disc degeneration by noting “When there is a breakdown of the intervertebral discs in the cervical spine, it can lead to pain, immobility, osteophyte formation and even radiating arm pain and associated weakness; all of which can be associated with vertebral subluxation.”

In this case, a 78-year-old woman suffering from neck pain for over 25 years went to the chiropractor hoping to get some relief. She told the chiropractor that her neck pain was so severe, rating it as a 7 out of 10 with 10 being the worst, that she was unable to perform normal duties at work which resulted in decreased work hours due to her pain and inability to function. Her pain was so severe that she was unable to turn her head while driving to view traffic and she was scared that she may have to surrender her drivers license.

A chiropractic examination and x-rays confirmed severe spinal degeneration with stenosis of the spinal canal and severe spinal subluxations. Due to these findings, age and condition appropriate specific chiropractic adjustments were given at the rate of two times per week for the first six weeks of care. The focus of the care was to address the subluxations found in her spine.

After four chiropractic adjustments, the woman reported no pain for the first time in over 20 years. After two months, the patient reported that she was able to return to work for a full day without pain. Follow-up examinations confirmed an improvement in her spinal ranges of motion and function.

In their study conclusion, the authors summed up this case by saying, “This patient initially viewed themselves as disabled with inability to perform her job and endangering the safety of others while driving. She can now resume activities of daily living such as working a full workday and driving with no complication following the delivery of chiropractic care.”

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Milk Production Dysfunction Resolved Under Chiropractic Care

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health published the results of a case study on March 5, 2020, documenting the chiropractic resolution of a case of a mother who was unable to produce enough milk for her newborn twins.

Milk Production Dysfunction Resolved Under Chiropractic Care - Austin Texas Pediatic Chiropractor For Kids Babies InfantsThe author of the study begins by noting the importance of the problem of milk production. “Unsuccessful breastfeeding is an issue that is affecting most of the world and is becoming more of a recognized problem by lactation consultants, pediatricians, midwives and alternative healthcare providers.” The author reports that most of the studies related to chiropractic and lactation are related to the baby’s inability to latch to the mother and suckle properly.

The positive effects of breastfeeding are well documented. The study reports, “The benefits of breastfeeding to the infant are not merely nutritional in value. When comparing breastfed to formula fed babies, studies also show a decrease in the risk of newborn diseases, such as ear infections, urinary tract infections, and diarrhea as well as many other long term conditions including obesity, diabetes, allergies, asthma and many other chronic illnesses.”

In this case study, a 36-year-old woman who had delivered twins two weeks earlier sought chiropractic care because of her inability to produce enough milk during nursing. She also suffered from pain in her right upper back and neck into her right shoulder. The study noted that the woman was growing more depressed about the struggle to produce breast milk.

A chiropractic examination showed a reduction of spinal range of motion in the woman’s neck along with multiple areas of muscle spasm. It was determined that subluxations were present in the woman’s lower neck and upper back areas. Specific chiropractic adjustments were given to address the issues found.

The study recorded that immediately after her adjustment the mother felt more relaxed and had full range of motion in her neck, upper back and shoulder areas. She also commented that she felt an increased blood flow to her arm and hand.

Later after her first adjustment, the woman contacted the chiropractor’s office to report that she was able to produce much more milk, doubling the amount she was previously able to produce. Follow-up evaluations showed continued improvement in her range of motions as well as continued success in breastfeeding. The woman also reported her stress levels were much lower and she was feeling happier and emotionally more stable.

In the study conclusion the author wrote, “An important and overlooked variable in successful nursing is the nursing mother’s health and wellness. Removing subluxations in her nervous system has the potential to allow her body to respond properly to nursling and recover from the stress of labor and delivery. A healthy nervous system and a nursing relationship should be a priority to both the mother and the baby and also their healthcare provider.”

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Human Motor Function Improved with Chiropractic

The Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published the results of a study on March 23, 2020, documenting improvement of motor muscular function as measured in grip strength of patients receiving chiropractic adjustments. Muscular function is essential for mobility and a good quality of life.

Human Motor Function Improved with Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin TX Car Truck Accident Collision Personal Injury Pain Attorney LawyerThe study begins by noting why most people seek chiropractic care. “Most people who visit a chiropractor complain of some form of discomfort, very commonly in the neck and lower back. Chiropractic adjustments have long been known to be a popular choice in helping to alleviate these discomforts. To date, numerous studies have suggested that other than symptomatic relief, chiropractic care can improve muscular strength.”

One way of testing a specific aspect of muscular strength is by testing grip strength measured using a hand dynamometer. To use this instrument, the patient grasps the unit and squeezes it as hard as they can with one hand. The amount of pressure is recorded on the instrument thus showing the grip strength.

In this study, 100 volunteer chiropractic patients had their grip strength tested for both hands immediately prior to, and again after, specific chiropractic adjustments. The adjustments were given to correct subluxations that had been detected in the patients’ spines with the purpose of reducing or removing nerve system interference. Any recorded differences in grip strength before the adjustment, and then immediately after the chiropractic adjustment would show how the adjustment affected nerve function and muscular strength.

The results of the study showed that all but two patients had some degree of grip strength increase with 95% of the 100 patients having at least a 5% increase. The results showed that most of the patients had a far higher increase in grip strength. Of the 100 patients tested, 19 patients showed a 6-10% increase, 31 showed an 11-15% increase, 13 showed a 21-25% increase and 7 patients showed an increased grip strength greater than 40%.

In the discussion section, the author noted that “Chiropractic has been considered to be an effective and safe therapy for musculoskeletal disorders with significant results in both short and long term. It is comparatively safe when performed on patients without contraindications.” Correction of subluxations has been shown to have a positive effect of nerve system function and resulting muscular function and strength. In the study conclusion the author explained, “The correction of the vertebral subluxation can stimulate the corresponding spinal nerve roots responsible for grip strength.”

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Immune Function and Chiropractic

On March 28, 2020, the International Chiropractors Association (ICA) released a 26 page report titled, “Immune Function and Chiropractic, What Does the Evidence Provide?” This comprehensive report looks at how immunity works, its relationship to the nerve system, and how chiropractic can have a positive effect on immune function.

Immune Function and Chiropractic - ATX Chiropractor Best of the Best Austin TXThe report establishes that the immune system is influenced by the function of the nerve system. “Considerable evidence has mounted to support active communication between the nervous system and the immune system. The nervous system, including the brain and the peripheral divisions can either stimulate or inhibit various activities of both the innate and adaptive immune systems.”

Dr. Steven Welsh, president of the ICA, clarified the relationship between immune function and chiropractic by saying, “Although there are no clinical trials to substantiate a direct causal relationship between the chiropractic adjustment and increased protection from the COVID-19 virus, there is a growing body of evidence that there is a relationship between the nervous system and the immune system.”

Chiropractic was founded in 1895 by D.D. Palmer, who asked the question 120 years ago as to the nature of infectious disease when he said, “One question was always uppermost in my mind in my search for the cause of disease. I desired to know why one person was ailing and his associate, eating at the same table working in the same shop, at the same bench, was not. Why? What difference was there in the two persons that caused one to have pneumonia, catarrh, typhoid or rheumatism, while his partner, similarly situated, escaped? Why?”

The report cites numerous other scientific studies and reports linking chiropractic to the effect on the nerve system, and in turn, the nerve system’s affect on stress and immune function. The report notes, “As an essential health care provider, the chiropractor is in a unique position to assist their patients during this time of heightened stress. Although there are no clinical trials to substantiate a direct causal relationship between the chiropractic adjustment and increased protection from the COVID-19 virus, there is a growing body of evidence that there is a relationship between the nervous system and the immune system.”

The reports conclusion states, “Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. It is founded upon the principle that the body’s innate recuperative power is affected by and integrated through the nervous system.”

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Dachshund with Disc Herniation Helped by Chiropractic

The results of a case study were published on February 6, 2020, in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research showing that chiropractic can even help a dog with disc herniation. Since dogs have a spine, they are susceptible to disc herniations like humans. Dachshunds are especially susceptible to this issue because of their long body shape suspended by a short set of legs at each end.

Dachshund with Disc Herniation Helped by Chiropractic - Autin Chiropractor Stars Celebrity CareIn humans, disc protrusion and herniations can lead to pain, numbness, tingling, and/or weakness in the extremities, pain in the buttocks, thigh or calf and can travel as far down the leg as the foot. Although the anatomy is somewhat different, dogs can suffer from disc herniations as well.

In this case a 7-year-old male Dachshund who was normally very active was slowing down and exhibiting signs of being in pain. The owner noticed that the dog’s gait had changed and that he began to yelp when jumping from a bed or other surface. His appetite also decreased, and he started to show less interest in treats that he was previously very excited to get.

His owner took him to a veterinarian who noted that his reflexes had diminished in his rear legs. The dog was prescribed anti-inflammatories, a steroid, and painkillers. A canine neurologist recommended an MRI which confirmed a herniated disc. The dog continued to get worse and cried throughout the night. He also started refusing all food. At this point, the canine neurologist agreed to refer the dog to an animal chiropractor.

After a chiropractic examination, it was determined that subluxations were present. The study defines subluxations as, “A subluxation is defined as a misalignment of a vertebra, in relation to the one above and below it. This causes a biomechanical change that in turn causes interference in the nervous system causing it to be unable to properly communicate with the different parts of the body”.

Chiropractic adjustments were started on the dog’s affected areas. It was observed that following the first adjustment, the dog walked better and gave a full body shake, which was something that he had previously been unable to do.

At the second visit to the chiropractor, the owner said that the dog seemed to be “totally back to normal.” The dog was taken back to the canine neurologist who stated that there was vast improvement, his hind leg reflexes were present, and he was eating normally. He had normal bladder and bowel movements.

It should be noted that the laws governing animals receiving chiropractic vary from state to state and jurisdiction. Some laws allow open access to chiropractors for animals while others require special certifications and a referral or partnership in care with a veterinarian.

In their conclusion the authors wrote, “This case report provides supporting evidence that the use of conservative chiropractic care to find and adjust subluxations can be beneficial to canines suffering from symptomatic lumbar disc herniation.”

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Chiropractic Reduces Opioid Prescriptions by Half According to Study

The American Academy of Pain Medicine published the results of a study on March 6, 2020, in their journal Pain Medicine showing that utilizing chiropractic reduces the number of opioid prescriptions.

Chiropractic Reduces Opioid Prescriptions by Half According to Study - Chiropractor Austin Natural Wellness Health Best ReviewsThe stated objective of this study was, “Utilization of nonpharmacological pain management may prevent unnecessary use of opioids. Our objective was to evaluate the impact of chiropractic utilization upon use of prescription opioids among patients with spinal pain.”

The study begins by identifying the scale of the problem, “Drug overdose deaths in 2017 increased by almost 10% over 2016, with opioids accounting for almost 48,000 cases.” The authors point out that a need for a safe and drug-free alternative is needed to help reduce the opioid epidemic issue. They also note that the “Institute of Medicine has recommended the use of nonpharmacological therapies as effective alternatives to pharmacotherapy for patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain.”

The American College of Physicians also recommends non-pharmacological approaches to treating back pain. Presently, of all U.S. adults who are prescribed opioids, 59 percent are for back pain.

Several previous studies have shown that chiropractic reduces the use of opioids. One study of 165,569 adults diagnosed with low back pain found that utilization of chiropractic was associated with reduced use of opioids. Another study of 14,025 military veterans showed a reduction of opioid usage after chiropractic care was started.

This study was conducted by looking at 101,221 insurance claims of people in three U.S. states who were suffering with musculoskeletal complaints. The study compared to see the number of opioid prescriptions filled over a six-year period for those who went to a chiropractor compared to those who did not.

The results of this study showed that chiropractic recipients were at about half the risk of seeking an opioid prescription over the six-year follow-up period than those that did not get chiropractic. The study also showed that those who sought chiropractic earlier for their problem were even less likely to seek an opioid prescription than those that waited longer to see a chiropractor.

In their conclusion the authors summed up the results by stating, “Among patients with spinal pain disorders, for recipients of chiropractic care, the risk of filling a prescription for an opioid analgesic over a six-year period was reduced by half, as compared with nonrecipients. Among those who saw a chiropractor within 30 days of being diagnosed with a spinal pain disorder, the reduction in risk was greater as compared with those who visited a chiropractor after the acute phase had passed.”

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Harris Poll Shows 81 Percent Say Chiropractic Effective for Athletes

On March 4, 2020, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress released the results of a Harris Poll Showing that 81 percent of the general public believe chiropractic is effective for athletes. The survey was commissioned by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the value of chiropractic care.

Harris Poll Shows 81 Percent Say Chiropractic Effective for Athletes - Chiropractor Austin Sports Athletes Celebrity Texas Stars Hockey TeamIn January of 2020, the Harris Poll conducted a survey of 2,015 U.S. consumers over the age of 18 to measure their opinions of chiropractic for both professional and amateur athletes. The results showed that more than 8 in 10 of them thought chiropractic was effective for both amateur and professional athletes alike.

The survey further showed that 49 percent of respondents thought that chiropractic was “very effective” for athletes to “restore joint function and support the neuro-musculoskeletal system.”

Competitive athletes have known the benefits of chiropractic for some time. Currently all National Football League teams have a chiropractor as part of their training and medical staff. Additionally, most National Basketball Association teams and most Major League Baseball teams also have chiropractors on staff or available to help their athletes.

Top level individual athletes have also recognized the benefits of chiropractic as many Olympic athletes have chiropractors they depend on for peak performance. For over a decade, the Arnold Classic sports event held yearly in Columbus, Ohio, has been conducted in conjunction with the International Chiropractors Association Sports Symposium. At that event, Arnold Schwarzenegger himself speaks to the group of chiropractors and testifies as to the benefits of chiropractic.

Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of F4CP, commented on the Harris poll by saying, “The Harris Poll results verify what amateur and professional athletes have known for years: not only does chiropractic care help them prevent and recover from injury, it also improves their performance in the competitive arena.” She continued, “This is exactly why doctors of chiropractic are on staff for various types of professional sports teams and will be in Japan this summer caring for our Olympic athletes.”

The study showed that a higher percentage of millennials ages 18 to 34 had favorable opinions on chiropractic. As many as 88 percent thought chiropractic was beneficial for athletes compared to 69 percent for those 65 and older.

“Chiropractic care delivers pain relief, improved mobility and overall better quality of life and athletic performance for millions of patients around the world, so I’m not surprised that so many consumers of different backgrounds have similar positive perspectives,” said Dr. McAllister. “In some cases, patients may be required to pay more out-of-pocket for chiropractic care due to health plan restrictions, which may influence their opinion. My hope is that more health insurers look at the evidence of chiropractic care’s superior patient outcomes and satisfaction so that more consumers and athletes of all ages can access our care in the future.”

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Anxiety and Neck Pain Helped with Chiropractic

The Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic published the results of a case study February 14, 2020, documenting the improvement of neck pain, anxiety and cortisol levels as a result of chiropractic care. Elevated cortisol levels are typically associated with stress and anxiety, and measuring cortisol levels is a good way to measure a reduction in anxiety levels.

Anxiety and Neck Pain Helped with Chiropractic - Chiropractor Austin TX Semi Truck Accident Care Attorney LOP MVA MVCThe study begins by noting how common neck pain is, and the connection between neck pain and anxiety. “Neck pain is common and has a considerable impact on individuals and their families, communities, healthcare systems, and businesses. At least 33% and as high as 65% of people have suffered and recovered from an episode of neck pain within the last year.”

The study also points out that women are more likely than men to suffer from persistent neck pain and neck problems. The authors also report, “Of all 291 conditions studied in the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Burden of Disease 2010 (GBD) study, neck pain ranked 4th in terms of disability and contributes to an economic burden of billions of dollars in costs associated with treatment and lost work time.”

The American Psychological Association defines anxiety by stating, “Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure. People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.”

In this case, a 40-year-old woman was suffering for the previous two weeks with chronic recurring neck pain and headache that was made worse by an increase of desk and computer work. She described her condition as constant pain with tension throughout the upper back and neck which was made worse by sitting or driving. She was also suffering with headaches. The pain, which the woman rated as 7 out of 10 with 10 being the worst, made sleeping difficult. The woman reported a history of anxiety which was getting worse as her pain was increasing.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included a postural inspection, spinal range of motions tests, static and motion spinal palpation, and spinal x-rays. The conclusion from these tests was that subluxations were present. The woman also submitted to a saliva test to establish a baseline salivary cortisol level so that this could be compared to future cortisol level tests as a measure of anxiety and stress levels.

Regular specific chiropractic adjustments were given over a 12-week period. As care was progressing, the woman reported that her symptoms were significantly improving and that her headaches had completely resolved. She also reported that she no longer had trouble sleeping and her anxiety was gone. To objectively measure the woman’s anxiety levels, a follow-up saliva study was performed to test the woman’s cortisol levels. This test showed a reduction of salivary cortisol levels, thus confirming her reduction in anxiety.

In their conclusion the authors noted, “Chiropractic management of chronic, recurring neck pain and headache in a patient with anxiety was associated with subjective improvement in both musculoskeletal and anxiety symptoms resulting in improved physical function.”

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