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Chiropractic Helps Relieve Herniated Disc Pain

Sacramento chiropractic disc herniation treatmentRegrettably, quite a few of our Sacramento patients are familiar with the pain caused by a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. Armstrong has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of medical studies have verified that chiropractic can help people recover from this kind of condition.

Research on Herniated Discs and Chiropractic

In one study, a group of doctors from Switzerland selected 148 patients who were dealing with pain in their low back and legs due to a disc herniation (which was confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI). Each individual then received chiropractic adjustments that focused on the area of his or her disc herniation.

Results were obtained after the first treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to ascertain what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic offers when it comes to treating this particular problem. Among the data collected was the individual's self-reported changes in both back and leg pain.

Investigators found that, overall, the patients reported "significant improvement" for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the patients stated that their pain "improved" within the first three months, with 88% still citing improvement one year after their first treatment session.

Even those patients who were defined as "chronic" still claimed an improvement in pain at a rate of 89% one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive effect that was found in the following case study.

Case Study Results

In this report, a 26-year-old man had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the lower back, left leg, and left groin area, along with left foot drop and muscle weakness. He had endured these issues for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his disc herniation was confirmed via MRI.

After receiving chiropractic care, "The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment." In addition, the patient was still experiencing relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.

Studies like these show how helpful chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and treating the symptoms they produce. So, if you are suffering from back ache caused by a herniated disc and wish to find some relief, chiropractic may be an effective solution.

Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Sacramento office a call today at (916) 483-8441 for a consultation or appointment.

References

  • Leemann S, Peterson CK, Schmid C, Anklin B, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one-year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37(3):155-163.
  • Polkinghorn BS, Colloca CJ. Treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation using activator methods chiropractic technique. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1998;21(3):187-196.
 

Chiropractic and Medical Care: An Effective Combination

Sacramento back pain treatmentWe see many patients with back pain in our Sacramento practice, and Dr. Armstrong has been able to help a lot of them find relief with chiropractic care. However, recovering from back problems doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical therapy, as many people use both types of care with great results.

Research Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Care Work Well Together

In a report published by the academic journal Spine investigators1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who were suffering from both acute discomfort and restricted function due to back symptoms. Some of the patients received treatment via standard medical therapy, while the remainder were given chiropractic adjustments along with standard medical care, as the authors wanted to determine which patients fared better.

The authors found that the patients who got standard medical care in combination with chiropractic care scored "significantly better" than the group that received medical care alone; 73% reported positive benefits compared to just 17 percent of the medical treatment only group who reported the same amount of improvement. This was true regarding both pain and level of function at the two- and four-week marks.

Accordingly, incorporating these two forms of care can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering benefits when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic and medical approaches can work alongside each other, chiropractic offers some unique advantages over medical treatment.

Where Chiropractic Care Pulls Ahead

Although it might seem as if each method plays a 50-50 role, there is one significant advantage that chiropractic has over medical treatment and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, one bit of research done at UCLA2 that was published in the American Journal of Public Health reports that, on average, chiropractic patients are generally more satisfied with their recovery than patients undergoing medical care.

According to the experts, the main aspects that patients liked over medical treatment were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't surprising, as chiropractors tend to spend much more time consulting with their patients as to how they can better their health on their own, as well as discussing more carefully what to expect from chiropractic.

Chiropractic Care Offers a Holistic Approach

Without a doubt, the strategies associated with chiropractic are quite different than those offered with medical treatment, but a large amount of the distinction is the fact that chiropractic is a holistic approach to health and well-being. Instead of focusing on only relieving the symptoms, chiropractic involves tracking down the primary cause of your pain, which often means greater improvement as you are tackling the problem at its source.

In addition, while medication is sometimes helpful for managing certain conditions, many health issues respond well to a natural approach such as chiropractic. This means fewer negative responses to medications and more permanent recovery.

You don't have to endure back pain or other health problems. Give our Sacramento office a call today at (916) 483-8441. We'll do our best to help you get and stay free from back pain.

References

  1. Goertz CM, Long CR, Hondras MA, Petri R, Delgado R, Lawrence DJ, Owens EF, Meeker WC. Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: results of a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine 2013;38(8):627-634.
  2. Hertzman-Miller RP1, Morgenstern H, Hurwitz EL, Yu F, Adams AH, Harber P, Kominski GF. Comparing the satisfaction of low back pain patients randomized to receive medical or chiropractic care: results from the UCLA low-back pain study. American Journal of Public Health 2002;92(10):1628-1633.
 

Sacramento Car Accidents and Long-Term Pain

Sacramento auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Sacramento and you've been in a car wreck, you need to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic problems.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We deal with many auto injury patients in our Sacramento office, and many of these folks are suffering from chronic pain caused by an old collision. As a matter of fact, research shows that a significant proportion of rear-end accidents lead to pain and disability even ten years after the original trauma.

Dr. Armstrong is here to help you avoid developing chronic symptoms by helping to restore the natural function of your spine soon after a motor vehicle accident.

The most common causes of chronic issues are reduced mobility of your spine and the development of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your neck and back can easily be harmed during a collision, and chiropractic works by decreasing inflammation and restoring normal motion.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're near our Sacramento office, and you've been injured in a collision, don't wait to get care. Dr. Armstrong is here for you. Give us a call today at (916) 483-8441 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Sacramento Chiropractic Auto Injury Treatment

Sacramento auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. ArmstrongEvery year, there are millions of car crashes in the world, and a significant number of men and women get injured in a car wreck. While most crashes are "minor," chronic neck and back pain are still frequent health problems. The good news is that chiropractic is a fantastic way to treat these kinds of injuries.

We have treated many auto collision patients in our Sacramento office, and Dr. Armstrong has been helping people with these types of problems since 1990. During a car wreck, your body is subjected to powerful forces that it simply wasn't built to handle. These forces put stress and strain on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can result in injury to the ligaments that hold your spine together. A collision can cause a wide variety of pain issues.

A ligament sprain in the neck can cause pain, swelling, and radicular symptoms in the arm and hand. Chiropractic works well for these types of injuries, because chiropractic focuses on restoring the healthy function and mobility of the injured tissues.

Dr. Armstrong Can Help Clients Recover From an Auto Accident

Dr. Armstrong, your Sacramento chiropractor, can help by lowering inflammation in the injured area and can help minimize the creation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.

You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Learn more about how we can help you recover or call Dr. Armstrong today at (916) 483-8441.

 

Sacramento TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Sacramento TMJ Treatment by Dr. ArmstrongJaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical problem reported by people after a car crash, and it can be challenging for some doctors to identify the root of the problem. Complicating the matter, very often you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the incident.

Dr. Armstrong has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical literature explains what causes these types of symptoms. During a crash, the tissues in your neck are commonly stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause issues 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 and 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 often in our Sacramento office.

Research Supports Chiropractic Lessens TMJ Pain After an Auto Injury

Studies have shown that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Armstrong will work to restore your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Dr. Armstrong has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.

If you reside in Sacramento and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Armstrong can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1990, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441 for an appointment or consultation.

Ciancaglini R, Testa M, Radaelli G. Association of neck pain with symptoms of temporomandibular dysfunction in the general adult population. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 1999;31:17-22.

Brantingham JW, Cassa TK, Bonnefin D, Pribicevic M, Robb A, et al. Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a system review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013;36(3):143-201.

 

What causes chronic pain after a motor vehicle accident?

Sacramento neck pain and headache treatmentOver 2 million people are injured every year in motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. While some people are able to heal from their injuries relatively quickly, 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.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps Prevent Chronic Pain After an Auto Accident

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was conducted on 28 individuals diagnosed with chronic whiplash pain. Each participant received chiropractic treatment and 93 percent of them found relief 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 chronic pain after an auto injury.

It's important to remember that research has also found that putting off treatment after a car crash can adversely affect healing time, so getting in to see Dr. Armstrong as soon as possible is key to having a speedier recovery.

We Can Help Clients Find Relief From Pain After a Car crash

Dr. Armstrong has helped many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Sacramento office today for more information or an appointment.

References

  • Association for Safe International Road Travel. Retrieved from http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics
  • Dies S & Strapp J. (1992, September). Chiropractic treatment of patients in motor vehicle accidents: a statistical analysis. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 36(3), 139-145.
  • Woodward M et al. (1996, November). Chiropractic treatment of chronic 'whiplash' injuries. Injury, 27(9), 643-645.
 

Chronic Pain, Car Crashes, and Chiropractic

Sacramento auto injury recoveryOver 2 million people are injured each 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.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps Prevent Chronic Pain After an Auto Accident

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was conducted on 28 men and women diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic care and 93 percent of them found relief 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 remember that research has also found that delaying treatment after a car crash can negatively affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Armstrong as soon as possible is key to having a speedier recovery.

We Can Help People Find Comfort From Pain After a Car Accident

Dr. Armstrong has worked with many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Sacramento office today for more information or an appointment.

Sources

  • Association for Safe International Road Travel. Retrieved from http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics
  • Dies S & Strapp J. (1992, September). Chiropractic treatment of patients in motor vehicle accidents: a statistical analysis. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 36(3), 139-145.
  • Woodward M et al. (1996, November). Chiropractic treatment of chronic 'whiplash' injuries. Injury, 27(9), 643-645.
 

Sacramento Neck Pain and Car Crashes

We manage many car accident cases in our Sacramento office, and a common symptom our patients report is neck pain. Chiropractic is a great way to treat neck pain. Let's look at how neck pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Armstrong can help you.

The neck is subjected to very high forces during a crash, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low speed wreck, your head is exposed to extremely rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the neck. The bones of your neck 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 collision, 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 damaged area gets swollen and tender, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing flexibility in the injured region, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.

Dr. Armstrong is here in Sacramento to help you recover from neck pain. We've been helping patients since 1990 and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Armstrong will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (916) 483-8441 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Headache and Auto Injury

Headache is a common symptom after an auto injury, and it's something that Dr. Armstrong sees often in our Sacramento office. Let's look at the root cause of headache after an accident and see how chiropractic can help.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's triggered by an auto collision, though, usually starts as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the cervical spine. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be torn, which causes swelling and soreness. These types of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the forehead.

Another common cause of pain after a crash that we see in our Sacramento office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is very common after a crash, and it's important to get care for this type of problem to avoid the creation of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those triggered by car crashes. Your chiropractor will help reduce the swelling and tension in your neck, which will help alleviate the headache pain.

Let us help you recover from headache. Dr. Armstrong has helped many people with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to establish the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441 to make an appointment.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Auto Injury

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common condition after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Armstrong sees frequently in our Sacramento office. Let's look at the root cause of thoracic outlet syndrome after a car accident and see how your chiropractor can help.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of blood vessels and nerves that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These nerves and blood vessels don't have a lot of space, so they pass 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 swollen and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which limits movement and puts stress on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or numbness in the shoulder, elbow and even the wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Sacramento Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic 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.

You don't have to suffer from thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Armstrong is conveniently located in Sacramento to help you recover, whether you've been in a car crash or not. 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. Give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441 to make an appointment.