August 2018 Health Newsletter

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Injury 2 Wellness Centers - The Offices of Dr. Garcia

Dear Patients,

This month we celebrate the 7th anniversary of the grand opening of our Clarkston Injury 2 Wellness Center.

In 2011, we began our journey in exploring and supporting the diverse community of Clarkston. Since doing so, we have made many friends and have helped so many people in the community get well and restore health. We have perfromed health screenings in conjunction with The Clarkston Community Center, The First Baptist Church of Clarkston, The Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, and The City Government of Clarkston, just to name a few. We have sponsored numerous cultural events and 5ks and have supported the activities of both the Ethiopian Community and the Somali-American Community Associations. During the months of November and December we promote caring in our community by holding our own canned food and unwrapped toy drives!

Clarkston is still growing!

We are looking forward to serving the community of Clarkston well into the future. If you or a friend or family member live in Clarkston or surrounding areas of Tucker, Stone Mountain, Decatur, Scottdale or Avondale Estates, please stop by and say hello to our Doctor of Chiropractic. Meet our friendly staff and take a tour of our office. We would love for your loved ones to feel right at home and to be able to call our office your Family's Chiropractic Clinic.

If you are part of a local organization or civic association and would like to host your own Get Healthy Event, simply email me and we would love to assist you at no cost. It is just another way we are able to say thank you for a great 7 years!

From all of us at Injury 2 Wellness - Remember...Hands-Free Georgia!


Dr. Garcia
Clinical Director
Injury 2 Wellness Centers - Decatur, Clarkston, & Jonesboro



Current Articles

» Spinal Surgery is Not the Answer for Pain
» Increased Weight... Increased Cancer Risk
» Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast

Spinal Surgery is Not the Answer for Pain

People with chronic back pain sometimes consider lumbar fusion surgery to reduce their dependence on pain medications, particularly opioids. But a new study has found that more than three-quarters of spinal fusion patients continue taking opioids for pain post-surgery. Spinal fusion surgery corrects issues with the spinal vertebrae by fusing painful or damaged vertebrae into one solid bone — in a process similar to welding the bones together. Many patients choose this invasive procedure because they believe it will relieve their need to take opioids for pain. However, a study published in the journal PAIN, discovered that 14 percent of patients who underwent spinal fusion still used opioids for occasional pain and a significant 77 percent continued to use them long-term. Only 9 percent of spinal fusion patients were able to discontinue their use of opioids completely. Dr. Richard Deyo of Oregon Health and Science and his colleagues used Oregon’s program for monitoring prescription drugs to determine the opioid dosages used by patients before and after the surgery.  Interestingly, of the patients who were prescribed opioids pre-surgery, only 34 percent of them were able to lower their dosage afterwards. Forty-five percent actually received a higher dose after undergoing spinal fusion.  After studying the data, Dr. Devo concluded that the higher the dosage of opioids before surgery, the more likely the patient would continue to use them afterward. Before considering an invasive treatment like spinal fusion, see a chiropractor for effective, drug-free pain management options.

Source: PAIN, online March 6, 2018.
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Increased Weight... Increased Cancer Risk

Most are aware of the negative effects that excess bodyweight has on the cardiovascular system, increasing the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. However according to the WHO (World Health Organization), obesity and excessive weight are also responsible for half a million cancer cases annually. In North America, the number of diagnosed obesity-related cancers for 2012 was estimated at approximately 111,000. Cancers associated with increased bodyweight or BMI over 25 (body mass index) affect the esophagus, colon, rectum, kidney, pancreas, gallbladder, postmenopausal breast, ovary and endometrium. Fortunately the majority of us have control over our bodyweight with the decisions we make daily in regards to physical activity and dietary habits and choices.  Committing to regular and ongoing physical activity coupled with a healthy diet is the answer. Get up, get out, move around, watch what you eat and when you eat, and get and stay healthy!

Source: Reuters. November 26, 2014.
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Boost Performance - Eat Your Breakfast

Skipping breakfast can lead to a reduced athletic performance later in the day according to U.K. researchers. In a group of 10 males, researchers compared performance later in the day when eating breakfast as well as when skipping breakfast. In this particular group of individuals, when breakfast was skipped, even though more calories tended to be consumed during lunch (an average of approximately 200 additional calories), their later day performance was still reduced. More studies will need to be performed but if you're an athlete with an athletic performance later it the day, making a decision to skip breakfast may reduce your overall performance, even if more calories are consumed later in the day.

Source: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, online May 12, 2015.
Copyright: LLC 2015

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