In our Sacramento practice, we see a large number of patients who are struggling with back pain, and a few of these folks have been told they might need surgery to recover. Thankfully, Dr. Armstrong has helped many people get relief without the need for any type of operation. The scientific research confirms the success we see in our practice. One study published in the academic journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor as your first step in overcoming with your back problems may literally keep you off of the operating table.
In this scientific study, medical experts from Dartmouth analyzed statistics from 1,885 workers from Washington state who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractic doctor for their back-related issues. They then used three years' worth of follow-up medical information to determine whether the patients ended up having back surgery in an attempt to correct the issue.
What the researchers observed was that 42.7% of the patients who first consulted with a surgeon for their back problems ended up in surgery in that 3-year time frame, whereas only 1.5% of those who first consulted with a chiropractor had the same fate. The authors wrote:
"Even after controlling for injury severity and other measures, workers with an initial visit for the injury to a surgeon had almost nine times the odds of receiving lumbar spine surgery compared to those seeing primary care providers, whereas workers whose first visit was to a chiropractor had significantly lower odds of surgery."
These are impressive results. Consulting with a chiropractor significantly decreases your odds of having back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this scientific study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.
Let's also take into account this important detail: this study was performed by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and published in the world's most influential medical publication on spinal injuries.
The Risks of Surgery
Any surgery has risks, but a major problem related to spinal surgery is that there's a very high rate of failure. In an important review in the European Spine Journal, researchers wrote:
"Failed back surgery is a problem that has become sufficiently widespread to even warrant its own special conferences, with recent reviews reporting failure rates ranging from 5 to 50%."
The authors of this same study concluded:
"It is extremely difficult to identify unequivocal predictor factors that can be used to accurately predict the outcome of surgery."
As a chiropractor, Dr. Armstrong is convinced that surgery should be the absolute last choice for treating back pain. Chiropractic works to restore your spine to its normal function--without high-risk surgery or drugs--and many scientific studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of chiropractic for back pain.
If you live in Sacramento and you need care for your back pain, give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!
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We treat a lot of auto injury patients in our Sacramento office, and many of these individuals are suffering from chronic pain caused by an old crash. As a matter of fact, research shows that a significant proportion of rear-end collisions result in pain and disability even ten years after the original trauma.
Dr. Armstrong is here to help you avoid developing chronic pain by helping to restore the healthy function of your spine soon after a crash.
The most frequent causes of chronic problems are reduced flexibility of your spine and the formation of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your neck and back can easily be harmed during a collision, and chiropractic works by minimizing inflammation and restoring normal movement.
If you're near our Sacramento office, and you've been hurt in a crash, don't wait to get treatment. Dr. Armstrong is here for you. Give us a call today at (916) 483-8441 for an appointment or for more information.
Each year, there are millions of auto accidents in the world, and a substantial number of men and women get hurt in a crash. Although most crashes are "minor," chronic spine pain are still common health problems. The good news is that chiropractic is a very good way to address these kinds of injuries.
We've helped many auto accident patients in our Sacramento office, and Dr. Armstrong has been helping people with these types of injuries since 1990. During a crash, your body is exposed to violent forces that it simply wasn't built to deal with. These forces place strain and stress on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can result in injury to the ligaments that hold your spinal column together. A collision can trigger a vast array of pain issues.
A ligament tear in the neck can trigger pain, swelling, and radicular pain in the arm and hand. Chiropractic care works well for these types of problems, because chiropractic focuses on restoring the healthy function and flexibility of the injured structures.
Dr. Armstrong, your Sacramento chiropractor, can help by decreasing inflammation in the injured area and can help decrease the creation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.
You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Discover more about how we can help you recover here or call Dr. Armstrong today at (916) 483-8441.
Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical condition reported by people after a car crash, and it can be challenging for some health practitioners to identify the source of the problem. Complicating the issue, very often you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the original injury.
Dr. Armstrong has treated many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are often stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, irritation of the nerves can cause problems in other parts of your body.
For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or pins and needles in the arm or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Armstrong sees this very frequently in our Sacramento office.
Research indicates that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems starts in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Armstrong will work to restore your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Armstrong has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in Sacramento and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Armstrong can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1990, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441 for an appointment.
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Of the approximately 2 million rear-end crashes in the United States every year, a substantial number of folks end up dealing with long-term pain and impairment. Some research shows that 1 out of 5 people are still in pain one year after a crash.
Dr. Armstrong sees many auto injury cases in our Sacramento office, and we frequently see people who have been struggling for many years and have not been able to find relief. Dr. Armstrong has great success in helping these patients.
The Cause of Chronic Pain
During an accident, the ligaments of your neck and back can be stretched or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and inflamed and transmits pain impulses to the spinal cord and brain.
Pain tells your body that something is wrong, which tells the muscle tissues in the damaged area to contract to shield the area from further damage.
If the damage isn't addressed right away, a negative cycle develops. The injured tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your central nervous system responds. This produces a feedback loop in your nervous system that researchers refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system essentially becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulus, producing chronic pain.
Dr. Armstrong is able to help this kind of issue, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore the nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that chiropractic is successful at relieving pain from auto collisions and shows that chiropractic actually has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.
If you live in Sacramento and have been in a collision, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Armstrong a call today at (916) 483-8441 for a consultation or appointment.
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Over 2 million people are injured every year in auto accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to heal from their injuries relatively easily, others are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. We see many of these patients here in our Sacramento office. Thankfully, Dr. Armstrong is here to help you heal from your auto injury.
The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was carried out on 28 people diagnosed with chronic whiplash pain. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments and 93 percent of them experienced improvements following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic care is a great way to avoid long-term pain after an auto injury.
It's important to note that studies have also found that delaying care after a car crash can adversely affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Armstrong as soon as possible is key to having a speedier recovery.
Dr. Armstrong has worked with many auto injury sufferers, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Sacramento office today for more information or an appointment.
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If you suffer from neck pain after an auto injury, don't worry. Dr. Armstrong sees this type of problem very often in our Sacramento office. What causes neck pain after an auto injury? How can chiropractic help?
The neck is exposed to very high stresses and strains during an auto collision, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low speed car crash, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts a severe strain on the tissues of the neck. The bones of your spinal column are held together with strong bands of tissue called ligaments, and these ligaments provide stability for your neck. These ligaments can be sprained during a wreck, just as your ankle ligaments can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.
When you experience a sprained ligament, the injured tissues gets swollen and tender, and that's what occurs after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing movement in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
Let us help you recover from neck pain. Dr. Armstrong has helped many people with the same condition, and we can probably help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment plan of action. Call us today at (916) 483-8441 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.
We manage many auto injury cases in in our Sacramento office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is headache. What causes headache after a car crash? How can a chiropractor help?
There are many different types of headache. Headache that's caused by a car crash, though, typically starts as tension or strain in the muscles of the neck. In a collision, the neck muscles can be damaged, which causes swelling and pain. These types of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the forehead.
Another frequent cause of pain after a collision that we see in our Sacramento office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that start in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is very common after a crash, and it's important to get therapy for this type of problem to avoid the development of scar tissue.
Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those caused by car crashes. Your chiropractor will help reduce the swelling and tension in your neck, which will help alleviate the headache pain.
You don't have to suffer from headache. Dr. Armstrong is conveniently located in Sacramento to help you recover, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. Dr. Armstrong will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (916) 483-8441 and we'll get you back on the road to health.
If you are suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome after an auto injury, don't worry. Dr. Armstrong sees this type of problem very often in our Sacramento office. Let's see why thoracic outlet syndrome is commonly experienced after an auto injury and see how your chiropractor can help you get better.
The thoracic outlet is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These vessels don't have a lot of room, so they travel under and through the strong bands of muscles that support your head.
In a collision, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If damaged, the muscles become inflamed and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which limits motion and puts pressure on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or numbness in the shoulder, elbow and even the hand. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.
Sacramento Thoracic Outlet Treatment
Chiropractic adjustments can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Armstrong will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.
Dr. Armstrong has been helping patients in Sacramento since 1990, so we know what you're experiencing. We're here to help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441 to make an appointment.
Back Pain is a common problem after an auto injury, and it's something that Dr. Armstrong sees frequently in our Sacramento office. Why is back pain such a common symptom after an auto injury? How can chiropractic care help you heal?
During a rear-end motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve of your back, the seat can put inconsistent pressure on your lower back. This can cause some of your spinal vertebrae to move in one direction while an adjacent vertebrae might move in another direction. This differential movement can sprain or strain the tissues that hold your spine together. This kind of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.
Dr. Armstrong has been helping patients in Sacramento since 1990, so we know what you're suffering from. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Armstrong will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441 to make an appointment.