Mrs. Reed’s story

Posted by Mark Croucher
on August 31, 2017
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This is Mrs. Jean Reed.  Jean is a wonderful 96 years old.  She’s a ray of light each time she comes in my office.  With her sweet English accent and her bright personality…she always makes me happy.

Mrs. Reed has had some pretty awful bouts with sciatic pain.  Most recently this injury made it very hard for her to walk.  The good news is, she responded very quickly to treatment!  She’s walking again without pain and she continues to live a very active lifestyle.  Jean says that chiropractic treatment has been a big part of her ongoing health.

It is such a pleasure to know her!

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Thelma’s story

Posted by Mark Croucher
on August 28, 2017
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This is Thelma Malone. She is a very special woman.

A number of years ago, Thelma was hit by drunk driver while she was walking across the road. She was severely injured, with multiple fractures to her legs, pelvis, collar bone and more. Thelma spent 2 months in intensive care and underwent over 10 orthopedic surgeries to repair her broken bones. Unfortunately, she was also left with paralysis of her left arm and limited use of her leg. This didn’t stop Thelma. She fought on and regained her life. But as the years went by her pain became more severe.

When I first met her, about one month ago, she could not stand or walk without severe pain radiating down her leg. She had undergone epidural spinal injections a couple months prior to coming into my office, but Thelma was still suffering severely. Her rheumatologist referred her to my office to see if I could help.

The MRI and X-ray studies on her spine showed advanced spinal breakdown throughout her lower back. But findings during her examination gave me hope that we may be able to help her. Together we discussed my plan for her and she decided to move forward with care at my office.

Within 1 month of treatment at my office, Thelma has been able to lower the pain she was experiencing with standing and walking tremendously. She says her pain score has dropped from 10 out of 10 down (where 10 is the worst pain possible) to a score of 2 out of 10. Thelma is truly a tough individual. I am thankful to her doctor for sending her to see me. I’m so thankful to have been able to help her. She is an inspiring person with an amazing outlook on life.


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Tom’s Story

Posted by Mark Croucher
on August 24, 2017
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This is Tom Corbett.  Tom was a military aviator and has some chronic issues with lower back pain, knee pain and foot pain (plantar fasciitis).  He is an avid cyclist and currently rides 70 – 100 miles per week!  Tom gets great relief with chiropractic care at our office.  It helps to keep him active […]

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Patient story

Posted by Mark Croucher
on August 23, 2017
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This is Mrs. Betty Brantley.  She was referred to my office by her spinal pain management specialist. Mrs. Brantley has lumbar spinal stenosis.  Spinal stenosis is a degenerative condition of the spine that starts to put pressure on the spinal nerves in such a way that it becomes difficult to stand and walk.

When she came to see me she using a walker.  Betty was unable to walk for more than 100 yards without severe pain radiation in her back and down her legs.  Mrs. Brantley also had very chronic neck pain.  I examined Mrs. Brantley and I felt I might be able to help.  Together, we set out a plan of action.  Mrs. Brantley admits that she was very skeptical.

After a few weeks of treatment at my office, Betty says that her improvement has been unbelievable. She is walking now with NO difficulty.  She has very little pain and says her life has returned.

Watching her improve has been a pleasure!

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work out

Posted by Mark Croucher
on August 4, 2017
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A new study from the Mayo Clinic showed that lifting weights, even less than 1-hour per week, can help improve your battle against heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity (metabolic syndrome).

Roughly 7400 middle-aged adults were involved in the study. The benefits of weight training seemed apparent even when people hadn’t engaged in any aerobic exercise.

It seems weight training all by itself might make you healthier.  But when combined with aerobic exercise, it can lower the risk of metabolic syndrome by 25%!

It might be time to get a trainer and start moving a little iron.

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Interdisciplinary Care

Posted by Mark Croucher
on July 18, 2017
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July 18, 2017

At The Spine Center of Williamsburg we work with local pain management teams and local spine surgery groups in an effort to help their patients to manage their chronic pain in a healthier way.

Many of the techniques that we use can be very helpful to these patients.

A recent review in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that we may be on the right path.  They agree that interdisciplinary programs may offer benefits in reducing pain severity, improving function, and quality of life.

Editorialists write, “Although it will be important to confirm the results with more and higher-quality studies, [this] review provides evidence that patients who work with clinicians to reduce or discontinue opioid use can expect improvements in pain, function, and quality of life. Clinicians should find comfort in being able to communicate this hope to patients.”

Opioid Reduction Therapy Offers Some Benefits to Patients with Chronic Pain

By Amy Orciari Herman
Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

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Posted by Mark Croucher
on July 17, 2017
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Another strike against nonnutritive sweeteners

Nonnutritive sweeteners like aspartame and stevioside might be making you more obese and also may pose cardiovasular risks. That from a recent meta-analysis in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Scientists looked at 37 studies that evaluated at the effects of artificial sweeteners in 400,000 people over age 12.

Problems like obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and metabolic syndrome seemed to get worse the more people used artificial sweeteners.

Dr. Harlan Krumholz, editor-in-chief of NEJM Journal Watch Cardiology, comments: “This study raises the concerning possibility that not only have these sweeteners not helped people manage their weight, but may have actually jeopardized their cardiometabolic health.”


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Better recovery from heart surgery

Posted by Mark Croucher
on February 6, 2017
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New Study: Manual therapy helps patients recover from heart surgery.

When patients undergo open heart surgery there can be quite a difficult recovery.  One of the reasons is that they have their breast plate (sternum) removed during the surgery.  This can lead to a lot of pain and limitation in movement and longer hospital stays.

A study published in 2017 in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery suggested that manipulation therapy can be of great benefit.  The patients targeted in the study had recently gone through open heart surgery.  They found the manipulative care to significantly reduce pain and improve recovery when compared to regular care.   Also, their hospital stays were shorter.  

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Brain aging

Posted by Mark Croucher
on February 1, 2017
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Are you worried about how your brain will age? You should be.

As we get older one of our main concerns is that our brain will deteriorate.  The good news is there are a lot of ways to improve the health of your brain.  Steps can be taken, but you’ve got to be proactive.  The human brain can shrink as we age.  There are a great deal of things that can make this problem worse. I’ll touch on that a little as this article goes on.

Eating a Mediterranean diet has been shown to help our brains as we age!  Generally, the diet consists of eating mostly plants and more fish instead of red meat.  Evidence shows that eating this way can lower inflammation in your brain and body and help the brain to last longer.  So, do most of your shopping at the produce section and avoid the middle of the grocery store.  Simple first step.

Another issue is controlling fluctuations in your blood sugar.  If your blood sugar is always out of whack, you have a better chance of damaging your brain.  That’s why a diet high in plants instead of baked goods is so helpful.  Eating tons of carbohydrate rich foods has a nasty effect on your blood sugar.  Especially if you don’t exercise daily.  So keep the pasta, baked goods, sweets and other high carb foods to a minimum.  Eat your veggies!

Studies show that some of the chemicals that are added to packaged foods can cause brain damage. They’re called excito-toxins.  The most common are the artificial sweeteners like nutrasweet, but there are many.  When these chemicals get into your brain they can cause the connections in the brain to break down, like burning a bridge.  That destroys brain tissue.  Do yourself a favor and eat whole foods.  Pre-prepared food and drinks are often loaded with junk.  You’d probably do yourself another favor if your veggies were organic.  Certain plants get a lot more pesticides sprayed on them so learn about that.  Keep it simple.

Chronic pain has also been shown to cause your brain to shrink.  If you’re dealing with ongoing pain you should try to address this issue in a healthy way instead of just adding more pain killers.   Chiropractic care, daily exercise, yoga and meditation are some easy and effective choices that may really help you.

Finally, you have to exercise!  It has the opposite effect that all those bad chemicals have on your brain. There is a great deal of evidence showing how exercise influences the good kind of chemical stimulation in the brain.  This can increase the nerve connections in your brain.  The process is called synaptogenesis and neuroplasticity. The ability of exercise to improve brain function might even represent an important non-pharmacological strategy to improve resilience to Alzheimer Disease.  Get moving every day!


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Got Medicare?

Posted by Mark Croucher
on January 31, 2017
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Medicare has great coverage for chiropractic care.  They just don’t pay for maintenance care.  They leave that up to the patient.  In fact, there are often many services that doctors provide that insurance companies won’t pay for.

Doc, I’m feeling pretty darn good, but I want to come in monthly so I stay this way.

Great idea!  Guess what?  That’s maintenance care.  It’s a great idea to help you stay feeling good.  But you have to pay for it.  I understand that patients don’t know the law.  Many doctors don’t either.  But we do and we go out of our way to explain it.  My short answer is this.

Providers who continue to bill Medicare for supportive maintenance care are typically subject to considerable fines, loss of license and/or criminal penalties.


Here’s a recent story on this subject.  Pts are looking to be able to continue care even when patients are NOT improving.   Click here


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