Sense of Smell Returns with Chiropractic Care

What is Anosmia? Can Chiropractic Care Affect Senses?

On February 27, 2017, the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research published a case study documenting a patient suffering a loss of the sense of smell (anosmia), which was corrected with chiropractic care. According to the Anosmia Foundation, between 2 and 5 million American adults suffer from some form of this condition.

Sense of Smell Returns with Chiropractic Care Austin ATX Chiropractor Nervous System Musculoskeletal System Body Care Health WellnessThe study reports that a loss of smell can be either partial or complete, and can be temporary or permanent. A complete loss of smell is rarer. The condition is more common in the elderly population. Some of the associated causes can include head trauma, sinus or nasal diseases, pathologies, toxic exposures such as cocaine abuse, and some very rare congenital anomalies. Several medical conditions have also been associated with a loss of the sense of smell. These include: Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and depression.

In this case, a 58-year-old woman came to the chiropractor for care related to her high blood pressure as well as symptoms from a recent car accident a month earlier. Her blood pressure condition had been present for 20 years since the birth of her son, and she was taking medication since that time. Since her car accident, she had been suffering with right shoulder and mid-back pain.

The woman reported that she had been involved in another car accident 9 years prior. It was immediately after this accident that she had lost her sense of smell. Her ability to smell had not returned since that time.

A chiropractic examination was performed which included palpation, a posture assessment, paraspinal surface EMG, and x-rays. Based on the findings, specific forms of chiropractic care were initiated.

The results of the care were objectively documented by improvements in the paraspinal surface EMG, the spinal x-rays and the other examination procedures that were performed.

Over the course of care, the woman reported that the pain from her most recent accident was dramatically reduced. Additionally, she noted that her sense of smell had completely returned.

The study authors noted that there is no standard medical care for anosmia. Many times, this condition is overlooked because of the concern of more severe injuries in post-traumatic accidents. A common medical treatment for this condition is the use of oral steroids. However, published studies on this type of treatment has shown that the use of steroids is just as effective as spontaneous recovery, but carries significant risk of side effects.

Because of the lack of successful medical treatment, and the increased risk due to steroid usage, the authors believe that additional studies into chiropractic for people with a loss of their sense of smell is warranted.

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Chiropractic: A Safer Strategy Than Opioids

Are Opioids Safe? Can Chiropractic Care Help With My Pain?

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) issued a news release on June 6, 2016, highlighting the publication of an encompassing white paper titled, “Chiropractic: A Safer Strategy Than Opioids.”

Chiropractic - A Safer Strategy Than Opioids - AUSTIN TX CHIROPRACTOR BEST REVIEWSAccording to the F4CP news release, the white paper “…articulates the value of a conservative, non-pharmacologic approach as an important option for pain management — particularly for back, low back and neck pain, headaches, neuro-musculoskeletal and other related conditions.”

The 28-page white paper begins by stating the growing concern about the problem, and offers a solution. “The United States has awakened on every level to the crushing impact of the opioid use/abuse epidemic. Calls have come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for a shift away from opioid use toward non-pharmacologic approaches to address chronic pain. An important non-pharmacologic approach in helping to solve this crisis is chiropractic care.”

Co-author of the white paper, Laura Carabello, Principal, CPR Strategic Marketing Communications, commented in the news release by saying, “According to a study reported by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, the problem remains that opioids frequently are prescribed for acute and subacute low back pain, despite low quality or inconclusive supporting evidence for their use in this circumstance.”

To help with the opioid problem, the F4CP white paper listed five calls to action.

  • Prescribers should heed CDC guidelines and begin prescribing safer alternatives such as chiropractic care for chronic pain management.
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers should institute more responsible marketing and physician education that will result in improved prescribing habits.
  • Hospital emergency rooms should evaluate their options for managing patients’ pain without the use of opioid painkillers.
  • Payers and plan sponsors – both government and commercial – should make chiropractic care an accessible, affordable, option for chronic pain relief, with reimbursement of DCs as covered providers.
  • Chiropractic services should be expanded in the Department of Defense and veteran’s health care systems since neuro-musculoskeletal pain is one of the leading causes of disability in the active military and veteran populations.

White paper co-author Gerard Clum, DC, President Emeritus, Life Chiropractic College West and Director, The Octagon, Life University, concluded the news release with an overview by saying, “The United States has awakened on every level to the crushing impact of the opioid use/abuse epidemic. This examination offers a greater understanding of the issues driving overprescribing of narcotics with corresponding initiatives that will help to extricate ourselves from this current, dangerous and often fatal reality.”

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Drug Overdose Now Leading Cause of Injury-Related Deaths

How Many Drug Overdoses Occur in America? How Many Prescription Drugs Lead to Deaths?

A report published in June 2015, by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation noted that over 44,000 deaths occur each year in the United States due to drug overdoses. Of this, more than half are due to prescription drugs. The study shows that over the past 4 years, 26 states showed a significant increase in the rate of drug overdose deaths, while only six states showed a small decrease.

Drug Overdose Now Leading Cause of Injury-Related Deaths - Austin TX ChiropractorThe report titled, “The Facts Hurt” A State by State Injury Prevention Policy Report 2015″, looked at deaths from all forms of injury and accidents including drug overdose. It showed that on a national level, the number of drug overdose deaths, 44,000, has overtaken the number of automobile accident deaths which has dropped to 33,000 per year.

The report points out, “There are 120 drug overdoses a day and 6,700 emergency department visits for misuse or abuse of drugs. More than 22,000 overdose deaths involve prescription drugs, which have sharply increased in the past 15 years.”

One of the more alarming statistics the report brings to light is the number of children affected by this problem, “Children visit emergency departments twice as often for taking medications found in the home –– than for poisonings from household products. More than 70,000 children go to the emergency department due to medication poisoning every year. Most of these visits were because an unsupervised child found and consumed the medication—usually a prescription medication.”

In reporting on the scale of the drug issue, the report notes that about 2 million Americans abuse or misuse prescription drugs. Prescription drugs account for more than 22,700 deaths each year, with 16,000 of these being due to prescription painkillers and nearly 7,000 being due to anti-anxiety, sleep and other related medications. The costs related to this are approximately $55.7 billion a year.

The report states, “Around 1.4 million emergency department visits in 2011 were due to prescription drug misuse or abuse, including 420,000 due to prescription painkillers and 501,000 due to anti-anxiety, sleep and other related medications.” Some additional startling facts released in this report include:

  • Sales of prescription painkillers per capita quadrupled from 1999 to 2011 — and the number of fatal poisonings due to prescription pain medications nearly quadrupled.
  • Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult continually for a month. The rate of opioid/painkiller-related deaths continues to increase.
  • The rate of increase has slowed from 2006 to 2011, but overall drug poisoning deaths continues to steadily rise.
  • Emergency department visits for prescription drug misuse and abuse more than doubled between 2004 and 2011. The most commonly involved drugs were anti-anxiety and insomnia medications, and prescription painkillers.

A June 18, 2015, article in USA Today on this study quoted Amber Williams, executive director of Safe States Alliance, an organization of experts who work on injury and violence prevention nationwide. “Over 10 years, the opioid prescriptions have quadrupled, but there’s not a change in the overall pain that Americans had in that same period.” She continued, “There’s definitely a mismatch between the prescriptions and the health issues because the issues have remained the same.”

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