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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spring has Finally Sprung

I suppose we lucked out in this region concerning the winter. I still can't stand winter, I used to like it but now I can't stand it. Although I thought we were done that late ridiculous snow storm was a real pain in the tush...Not to mention how heavy that snow was (bend with the knees, bend with the knees).

Thankfully we are now in Spring and it is a good time to remember these things:

1- If you've been slack during winter, get out and get some movement in for the body
2- Moderation when it comes to outdoor yard work, be smart about it. I have seen too many spinal aggravations for weeding too long, etc. (The pulling out type and not the smoking type!!!)
3- If you are mulching again, do it bit by bit not one big day of all of it
4- If you are a weekend or weeknight athlete whether jogging ,softball, tennis etc. please remember to stretch before you play and after you are finished

All of these things are to be done to protect the body so you don't aggravate anything. Of course I am here for you if you pinch something or wrench something but be smart and stay healthy.

Give the office a call if you need anything,
Yours in good health,
Dr. Ray and Staff

PS- Pictured above is our ad we have in the Yellow Springs Art Show catalog. This show is from 4/29-5/14 at the Historic Yellow Springs Studio in Chester Springs, PA. Dr. Ray's lovely wife, Abbe, has original works of art displayed in the show for sale. Come out and show your support and see some great works of art!

Friday, April 7, 2017

To Have or not have Surgery...

Having spinal, knee or hip replacement surgery is a major decision to be sure. Over the years, many patients have come to me and asked me for advice concerning whether they should or should not have spinal, knee or hip replacement/surgeries. I always give them the same advice: I always ask how long have you been having the problem and pain? What have you done in the past to help the issue? Have anything you tried been successful? And biggest question- how has the quality of your life been effected.

Unfortunately I have met people that have had surgeries before they have tried conservative treatments whether that be chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, message or certain pain medications. 

In my humble estimation, since surgery is done by human beings that can make mistakes, surgery should not be done until a patient has exhausted conservative care and the qualify of life doesn't exist. 

Surely surgical technique and tools that are used in surgery are a million times better than ever these days. This does not mean that you should run out to do surgery before you try other methods of healing. I shutter to think of how many unnecessary surgeries have gone on "out there." It is sad...
If you don't need chiropractic care and if you just want to call for advice do not ever hesitate to do so. If I can't answer your question, I will look into it and find the answer. That is always the sign of a good doctor, to know his or her limitations. 

Have great holidays coming up- Easter or Passover or anything else. Enjoy time with families. We are here for you!

Yours in good health,
Dr. Ray and Staff