July Newsletter

Greetings Everyone:
The hot summer months are upon us. Be sure to stay hydrated. Here are some tips:
  • Hydrate before a strenuous activity
  • When working in the heat, drink about a cup of water every 15-20 minutes, or about 24-32 oz. per hour
  • Remember to hydrate after work
  • It’s a good idea to start each day with 6-8 oz. of water.
Dr. McGee, Patti, Sue, Diane, Kayla
Join us in congratulating Pam on her retirement. Please welcome Kayla as our new team member.

Epidural injections may not help with sciatica

A recent study comparing epidural steroid injections with conservative medical management showed that epidural steroid injections were no better than conservative medical management and improving pain and quality of life at 3 months and 6 month follow up. They concluded that epidural steroid injections are not cost effective in the management of sciatica.

What our patients are saying about our office:

“The team at McGee Chiropractic is a great team. They are super friendly. They work well together and enjoy being there… and they always do what they can to make sure that you are taken care of.
Dr. McGee keeps me running like a well oiled machine.”
Adam Z.


Vitamin K, the important (and forgotten) vitamin
About 10 million Americans have osteoporosis. While calcium intake is an import factor in maintaining bone health, Vitamin K also plays an important role in maintaining bone density. Osteocalcin is an important protein that requires vitamin K to produce healthy bone tissue. Vitamin K is found in green leafy vegetables like kale and spinach and other sources.

Coffee doesn’t change your heartbeat

A recent study indicates that caffeine does not cause heart arrhythmia in the majority of individuals. Researchers at UC San Francisco looked at over 380,000 individuals and compared caffeine consumption to rates of heart arrhythmia. They found that there was no correlation between coffee consumption and developing an abnormal heartbeat.

April 2021 Newsletter

Greetings to All:
As the school year winds down and the weather warms up, we will all be more active outdoors. Here is a simple, safe exercise to help improve low back strength and stability.
The side plank.

 

What our patients are saying:

“I posted a question on Facebook asking for suggestions for a chiropractor. Overwhelmingly, Dr. McGee was the doctor I was told to see. Dr. McGee and the staff have been super friendly and helpful… my back and neck feel better. Dr. McGee called me the evening after my 1st appointment to check on me. That has never happened before!”
-Greg T.

“The staff at McGee chiropractic are friendly and genuinely concerned about your overall health. Keeping my neck and spine adjusted is critical for maintaining regular movement without pain.”
-Michael R.

Manipulative Therapy as good as medication for Low Back Pain
Two groups of patients with low back pain (LBP) were studied: one group was treated with osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) only. The second group was treated with OMT after 3 months of pharmacologic therapy. Both groups showed a significant decrease in back pain. The authors conclude that the similar results between the 2 groups may indicate the lack of need for medication for the treatment of low back pain.
Read the study here.

Covid-19 virus alters Human Genes
An explanation for the long term symptoms seen in some Covid-19 patients is emerging. Researchers have found that the virus appears to alter the gene expression in the cells of the lungs as well as the cells that control the body’s inflammatory response.
Story here.

 

A reminder to NC State Employees Heath Plan members: Copay reduction
Copays for NCSHP members are now $26 or $36 for chiropractic care effective this year. These new rates reflect a 50% reduction from previous copay rates.
We are listed as a Clear Pricing Project (CPP) provider. Call us for details.

July Newsletter

Greetings:
We hope you like our July newsletter.
We would sincerely like to thank all of you for your referrals to our office. We take great pride in knowing that you have the confidence in us to recommend our office to your family and friends as we continue to proudly serve our patients during the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you.
Dr. McGee, Patti, Sue, Pam, Diane

Dr. McGee explains a simple hip stretch to help with your back and hip pain.

 

 

Muscle Relaxants for Back Pain Increases

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania medical school have found an alarming increase in the number of muscle relaxants prescribed for back pain. Their findings were based on data collected between 2005 and 2016. A big concern of these prescriptions is that patients will continue to take the medicine for a longer period of time. Another concern is that a large percentage of the prescriptions of muscle relaxants were for older adults who are at risk for adverse side effects of these drugs.

Obesity is significant Covid-19 infection risk

The CDC has identified obesity as a significant risk factor in coronavirus infections. People with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 are at higher risk for more severe infection. A British study showed that people with obesity are twice as likely to die from the infection compared to people who are not obese. About 40% of the US population have a BMI over 30.

Manipulation for Concussion.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association has shown that manipulation can help relieve the symptoms of concussion.

June Newsletter

June Newsletter
Greetings:
It’s the start of summer, and we hope that you are doing well during these interesting times. We urge all of you to practice reasonable social distancing recommendations such as maintaining six foot separation, wearing masks, and congregating with fewer than ten people. Together we can slow the spread of the virus and minimize the risk to high risk individuals.  We hope you enjoy our June newsletter.
Wishing you a safe and active summer,
Dr. McGee, Patti, Sue, Pam, Diane

Chiropractic Associated with Significant Reduction in Opioid Prescriptions

A recent study found that persons who sought chiropractic care for musculoskeletal problems were almost 50% less likely to receive an opioid prescription compared to those who went to other healthcare providers. Researchers reached this conclusion after reviewing 6 studies totaling over 60,000 patients who sought care for musculoskeletal problems.

Compound in apple skins might help treat Multiple Sclerosis

A compound commonly found in fruit peels might, one day, prove helpful in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Ursolic acid which is commonly found in the peels of apples, pears and prunes has been shown in lab animals to repair neurons and possibly halt the progression of multiple sclerosis.

Fitness equipment sales are strong

Traditional and online retailers are reporting strong sales of home workout equipment. With the Covid-19 stay-at-home restrictions and the closing of many gyms around the country, the sales of fitness equipment has skyrocketed. Retail giants like Walmart and Amazon are showing “out of stock” status for popular workout equipment including barbells and dumbbells.

May 2020 Newsletter

You can rest assured that we are implementing the necessary procedures for as recommended by the CDC. The procedures include:

  • Limiting number of patients in the office
  • Sanitizing surfaces
  • Checking temperature of everyone entering the office
  • Wearing masks
  • Maintaining physical distancing between patients

 

Is Vitamin D important in fighting COVID -19 infection?
Several different studies have found that the highest death rates from COVID-19 occurred in populations that had a higher percentage of people with low vitamin D and that the sickest patients had the lowest levels of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is an important component for the optimum function of the immune system.  Experts believe vitamin D may help to prevent the over reaction of the immune system called a cytokine storm, which can be fatal.

Sitting too much? Try this exercise.

Have you been sitting more recently during the “stay-at-home” order during the COVID-19 outbreak?  Have you developed some low back pain or hip discomfort?  Here is a simple exercise that might help.

Prolonged sitting can lead to back and hip pain. The muscles at the front of the hip can become tight or shortened which can contribute to low back pain.

January 2020 Newsletter

A recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed the benefits of chiropractic for the treatment of low back pain. Patients who received standard medical care and chiropractic care had greater improvement in pain and disability than patients receiving medical care alone. Article can be found here.

Green tea drinkers may live longer

According to an article published in European Journal of Preventive Cardiology , people who drink at least three cups of green tea per week live longer, healthier lives. Green tea drinkers had a 20% lower risk of heart disease and a 22% lower risk of fatal heart disease compared to those who drank little or no tea.
 
We are accepting new patients and welcome the referral of your family and friends.
We are a provider for the NC State Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Plan as well as many other health care plans.
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Help for upper back pain

We see many patients who need help with upper back and neck pain at our office.  Often it is the result of frequent use of smart phones and sitting at the computer in a forward flexed posture.  This forward flexed or slouched position creates stress on the muscles of the neck.  Eventually the muscles and joints of the upper back and neck become fatigued and painful.  Try the “Brugger relief position” to reduce neck and upper back pain.  When you do this stretch, you strengthen muscles, improve circulation, and reduce joint pain.  We recommend doing one set of ten repetitions 4-6 times per day. 

Have a look at this video to see how to properly perform the “Brugger relief position.”   It is an effective technique that provides help for upper back pain.   We have shown many patients this exercise and most of them return to our office telling us that this exercise helps to reduce their upper back and neck pain.

You can find more information about back exercises at our back exercise page.  

Other causes of upper back pain are discussed here.

If you need help with upper back or neck pain give our office a call and start feeling better tomorrow. 252 355-5353

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Dr. McGee is the team chiropractor for ECU Pirate Athletics.

Studies endorse chiropractic

An increasing number of research studies endorse chiropractic for the treatment of low back pain.  In May 2018 the Journal of the American Medical Association (1) published an article that showed the effectiveness of chiropractic when used with medical care among active duty military personnel. The authors concluded: “patients who received usual medical care plus chiropractic care reported a statistically significant moderate improvement in low back pain intensity and disability at 6 weeks compared with those who received usual care alone.”   The study compared military personnel treated for low back pain at three different military facilities.  The subjects received either usual medical care or usual medical care plus chiropractic treatment for six weeks.  They found that participants who received both usual medical care and chiropractic had significant improvement in pain and disability compared to those who got medical care alone. Treating low back pain studies endorse chiropractic

The findings of that study were similar to research done by the AMA. In April 2017, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that showed favorable outcomes for the treatment of low back pain with chiropractic.  The authors concluded:  “Among patients with acute low back pain, spinal manipulative therapy was associated with improvements in pain and function with only transient minor musculoskeletal harms.” (2)  The study was a review of 26 randomized controlled trials that evaluated the safety and effectiveness of spinal manipulation for the treatment of low back pain.

As an effective non-drug, nonsurgical treatment approach,  chiropractic should be considered first as a “first line” treatment option for patients with uncomplicated low back pain.  We have provided chiropractic treatment for low back pain and related problems to patients for over 30 years.  If you are suffering with low back pain, give our office a call today and let us help you start feeling better tomorrow. 

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References:

  1. Goertz CM, Long CR, Vining RD, Pohlman KA, Walter J, Coulter I. Effect of Usual Medical Care Plus Chiropractic Care vs Usual Medical Care Alone on Pain and Disability Among US Service Members With Low Back PainA Comparative Effectiveness Clinical TrialJAMA Netw Open. 2018;1(1):e180105.
  2. Qaseem A, Wilt TJ, McLean RM, et al, for the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians. Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2017;166:514–530.

Dr. McGee is the chiropractic consultant for the Division of Sports Medicine at East Carolina University.

Side Plank

Here is a safe and simple way to strengthen your low back.  Called the side bridge or side plank, it a safe exercise because it is non weight bearing on the spine and it is a “spine neutral” position.