Show Notes for January 6, 2017

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Knuckle Cracking and Hand Osteoarthritis
  • And Finally, a Story about Consumers Drive Complementary and Alternative Medicine Movement

For HealthBeat …. This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #578 recorded January 6, 2017.

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Knuckle Cracking and Hand Osteoarthritis

Previous studies have not shown a correlation between knuckle cracking (KC) and hand osteoarthritis (OA).

However, one study showed an inverse correlation between knuckle cracking and metacarpophalangeal joint osteoarthritis.

The authors of a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, conducted a retrospective case-control study among persons aged 50 to 89 years who received a radiograph of the right hand during the last 5 years.

Patients had radiographically proven hand osteoarthritis, and controls did not.

Participants indicated frequency, duration, and details of their knuckle cracking behavior and known risk factors for hand osteoarthritis.

The study concluded that a history of habitual knuckle cracking —including the total duration and total cumulative exposure—does not seem to be a risk factor for hand osteoarthritis.

Listeners are advised to contact your Doctor of Chiropractic for more information about Habitual Knuckle Cracking to see if there are any contraindications in specific situations.

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Consumers Drive Complementary and Alternative Medicine Movement

An article in the December 14, 2016 issue of Hospitals & Health Networks, discussed how Consumers are shifted their health care to more complementary and alternative medicine practices.

A growing number of hospitals are adding complementary or integrative therapies to their menu of services. One reason for the growth is the rise of consumerism in health care. “As patients want this, providers are being forced to help deliver some of these services…”

Another factor is growing acceptance among clinicians of various nonconventional therapies as an adjunct to traditional medicine, he says.

In addition to Reiki, complementary therapies include acupuncture, massage therapy, deep breathing exercises, meditation, guided imagery and yoga.

Some quick facts include the following:

· An estimated 59 million U.S. residents ages 4 and older had at least one expenditure for some type of complementary health approach in 2012.

· The average individual out-of-pocket expenditure was $433 for visits to a complementary practitioner, $368 for natural product supplements and $257 for self-care approaches.

· Spending increased with income. Average individual out-of-pocket expenditure for complementary health approaches was $435 for people with family incomes less than $25,000 and $590 for people with family incomes of $100,000 or more.

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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been
Dr. Todd Eglow.


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