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» 20 Year Anniversay
» DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE
» SPINAL DECOMPRESSION IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU
» AUTO ACCIDENT COVERAGE. ARE YOU COVERED?
» ‘Keep Moving’ During National Chiropractic Health Month
» Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Children?
» Yoga May Improve Common Heart Ailment

20 Year Anniversay

Wow! I can't believe on September 10th I will be celebrating 20 years of opening Alpharetta Back & Neck Center. This previous 20 years in a practice in southwest Atlanta (I can't be that old?). The journey has been exciting and I feel so fortunate to have the suport from the community, staff and family.

Our patient's have truly been a blessing and I apprecite the trust and confidence each have placed in me and our staff. Since Covid I began taking off every other Friday with the support of Dr Ken Muller who is here since October 2020. I have no plans to retire unless health reasons would force me too. My wife says I need to work until I'm 70.

I look forward to keeping on keeping on. Please stay healthy and continue to tell family and friends about us. 

Yours in Health, Dr Jay Di Vagno.

 

Author: Jay Di Vagno, DC
Source: n/a


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DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE

As many know I had neck surgery in late February due to degenerative disc disease of my neck. I had a bone spur compressing the nerves from my neck extending down my arms. The pain is referred to as radiculopathy. 

This condition came on abruptly and progressed rapidly causing very severe pain in my right upper back extending down my right arm with pain, tingling and weakness. After three days of chiropractic treatment I knew this was not a chiropractic case. I had an MRI on Friday which I had a neurosurgeon look at. He ordered a CT on Monday and I had surgery on Thursday. The reason this case did not respond to chiropractic care was that the bone spur was compressing my spinal cord causing my pain.

I am happy to report that I have recovered but was no cake walk. Literally it took four weeks to see relief! Dr Ken Muller, Lynn and the entire staff stepped up and did an outstanding job in my absence which I am extremely grateful for.

So the lesson I take away from this experience is that getting adjusted on a regular basis is key to good spinal health. I'm sure my condition was the result of playing football. Had I not been getting adjusted all these years I know this problem would have begun much earlier in life. So many individuals think since there is no pain treatment is not needed. Much like high blood pressure is referred to as the "silent killer" subluxations and degenerative disc conditions can also be silent or asymptomatic.

I urge all who is reading this article get adjusted! Yours in health, Dr Di Vagno.

Author: Dr Jay Di Vagno
Source: N/a


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SPINAL DECOMPRESSION IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU

An often overlooked treatment that is highly successful for slipped or herniated disc is NOW available in our office. This is a non-surgical alternative procedure for relieving low back, neck, arm and leg (sciatica) pain.

Treatment is directed towards relieving pressure on structures such as nerves and disc that are often a major source of pain. It can relieve the pain associated with bulging, herniated and degenerative disc. If you have had a positive MRI you are very much an excellent candidate. If you or someone you know have any one of these conditions have them call and schedule an appointment to see if they are a candidate for spinal decompression. Chiropractic first, Drugs second and Surgery last!

Author: Jay Di Vagno, DC
Source: n/a


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AUTO ACCIDENT COVERAGE. ARE YOU COVERED?

ARE YOUR MEDICAL BILLS COVERED? Did you know there is a portion of your automobile policy that not only allows you to go to any doctor you want regardless of your health insurance but pays your bills? Your car insurance protects your car, not the people inside of it. Medical Payments (often called Med Pay) or Personal Injury Protection (PIP) covers the medical cost of all passengers in your vehicle including you if they are injured in an accident. Med Pay will cover the medical cost resulting from an accident regardless of who was at fault. Only injuries caused directly by the accident will be covered by Med Pay. Keep in mind Med Pay is purchased on a by vehicle basis. This means if you have two cars you must purchase Med Pay for both if you wish to be covered in either car. It's also very important to point out that Med Pay is not a replacement for health insurance. Med Pay coverage is strictly limited to injuries that occur during auto accidents and almost always has a limit (We suggest a minimum of $10,000 in coverage). Your health insurance can also cover your injuries if you are in a car accident: the difference is that Med Pay will cover the other people in the car. Additionally, Med Pay or PIP covers your medical cost from an accident at 100%, usually without deductibles and co-payments. If you use your health insurance to cover your accident-related medical expenses you may be subject to plan restrictions, high deductible, co-payments and re-payment. What does all that mean for you? It means that at the end of your accident related treatment you may not have any outstanding doctor bills to pay and so have decreased your liability. This low cost insurance can be an effective way to pay for your treatment bills. Check your automobile declaration page or call your insurance agent to find out your specific coverage's. Most insurance agents do not recommended it. It is an optional coverage and you must request it.  Contact your insurance agent to find the right coverage to fit your individual needs. If you or anyone you know has been involved in an automobile accident the key to recovery is early evaluation and treatment. Don't wait to see if it goes away, call our office immediately.

Author: Jay Di Vagno, DC
Source: Various


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‘Keep Moving’ During National Chiropractic Health Month

The American Chiropractic Association and doctors of chiropractic nationwide are promoting the benefits of movement during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) 2021 this October. This year's theme, "Keep Moving!" highlights how moving more can enhance our physical and mental health.  Many people have learned the hard way over the past year that lack of movement and physical activity can lead not only to weight gain but also achy joints, back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. In a 2020 survey, ACA members cited stress as another factor contributing to an increase of musculoskeletal problems since the beginning of the pandemic. Making an effort to move more throughout the day can improve physical health and stamina as well as mental health by reducing stress and anxiety—helping us all to keep moving through challenging times.  During NCHM 2021, chiropractors will provide information on the benefits of movement, recommended physical activity levels, and share advice on how people can incorporate more movement into their daily lives.  "With their expertise in musculoskeletal health, doctors of chiropractic have helped many people to keep moving over the past year, including those with physically demanding front-line jobs," said ACA President Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD. "Chiropractors are a resource for anyone who seeks a natural approach to pain relief, health promotion and physical fitness."  This October, learn more about chiropractic and find tips on how to “Keep Moving!” on ACA’s consumer website, www.HandsDownBetter.org. You can also follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #KeepMoving!

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.org


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Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Children?

Children are different than adults. Their growing bodies have different needs, and children require a different medical approach than their adult counterparts. Pediatric medicine, therefore, specializes in treatment tailored specifically to the needs of children, whether those needs are dental, orthopedic, or emotional. Chiropractic care is no exception, and can be an incredibly beneficial component of a growing child's care. This month, the American Chiropractic Academy (ACA) published a statement that "pediatric chiropractic care, when administered properly, is effective, safe and gentle." This statement came on the heels of a report last month from the Chiropractors' Association of Australia (CAA) about the demonstrated safety of childhood chiropractic care in Australia. Both the ACA and the CAA illustrated the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for children in scientific literature. Large studies from the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics show that serious adverse events in pediatric chiropractic care are extremely rare. Furthermore, chiropractic treatment has been investigated as an effective approach for colic in infants, as well as for suboptimal breastfeeding. A cross-sectional survey of 956 chiropractors in Europe revealed that pediatric chiropractors also treat gastrointestinal, immune-related, and neurologic conditions. There is overwhelming evidence that with proper application, chiropractic care for children can be a safe and effective treatment for many conditions. Most chiropractors have pediatric patients, and extensive specialized training in pediatric chiropractic care ensures the best possible outcomes. Children rely on a robust healthcare team for their best overall health, and chiropractors are a valuable member of that ensemble. Strict regulation, rigorous training, and precise guidelines ensure that children are receiving the best, safest chiropractic care to support their optimal well-being.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: ACAToday.org. June 1, 2016.


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Yoga May Improve Common Heart Ailment

The University of Kansas Medical Center recently reported that regular yoga classes appeared to decrease occurrences of a common heart condition known as atrial fibrillation in patients, as well as decreasing stress and improving their overall well-being. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition in which the heart's upper chambers quiver chaotically instead of contracting normally. The attacks are painful and often prevent the patients from enjoying regular activities. People with AF are often prescribed drugs such as beta blockers to help control their heart rate and rhythm, but the medicines don't alleviate symptoms for all patients. The American Heart Association estimates that about 2.7 million people in the U.S. have the heart condition. The new study included 49 people who'd had atrial fibrillation for an average of five years. Researchers began by tracking study volunteers' heart symptoms, blood pressure and heart rate, as well as their anxiety, depression and general quality of life. The participants then went to group yoga classes at least twice a week for three months, again reporting on their symptoms and quality of life. All of the patients were on stable medications throughout the study period. The patients reported a 50 percent drop of AF occurrences, which was also confirmed by heart monitors. Anxiety scores declined from an average of 34, on a scale of 20 to 80, to 25 after three months of yoga. Reported depression and general mental health improved as well. The researchers pointed out that the classes may make their arrhythmia "more tolerable" and reduce visits to the emergency room when symptoms flare up. However, the classes were not suggested as an alternative to regular medical care.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2012.11.060


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