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Back Pain and Car Crashes

If you are dealing with back pain after an auto injury, don't worry. Dr. Armstrong sees this type of condition very often in our Sacramento office. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat back pain. Let's look at how back pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Armstrong can help you.

During a rear-end motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your back, the car 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 motion can sprain or strain the tissues that hold your spine together. This type of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Let us help you recover from back pain. Dr. Armstrong has helped many people with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to determine 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.

 

Shoulder Pain and Auto Injury

We treat many auto injury cases in in our Sacramento office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is shoulder pain. The key to recovering from shoulder pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

There are at least two ways that you can get shoulder pain after an accident: by direct injury to the shoulder joint or by referred pain from the neck.

Direct injury can be caused by striking your shoulder on a hard surface in the car during the impact, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end impact. With this type of injury, you'll often be aware of the pain shortly after the wreck.

More frequently, Dr. Armstrong finds that shoulder or arm pain doesn't immediately appear after a collision, but starts a few days or weeks after the trauma. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured soft tissue in your neck can squeeze nerves in your neck, causing tingling, numbness, or pain in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've worked with both kinds of shoulder pain in our Sacramento office. This approach involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're struggling with shoulder pain, Dr. Armstrong is here to help. 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.

 

Sacramento Back Pain Treatment

Sacramento back pain treatment by Dr. ArmstrongMost of us suffer from back problems at some point in our lives. Experts estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Dr. Armstrong and our talented staff see many back pain cases in our Sacramento office, and we've found that chiropractic care is a highly effective way to not only help you recover from back pain, it's also a great way to protect against future problems.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Back Pain

A recent paper from the University of Utah verifies what our Sacramento patients have reported: your Sacramento chiropractor is the best first choice for an event of back pain.

In this study, 747 patients were treated for low back pain. Each patient was assessed based on the first person they sought treatment with, whether it was a primary care physician, a chiropractor, a physiatrist (also known as a rehabilitation physician), or a physical therapist.

What the authors found is that the individuals who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgeries.

Other papers have found the same results. A 2012 study found that chiropractic patients had the best functional recovery and pain relief for chronic back pain.

Chiropractic works by restoring the natural, pain-free function of your spine. Dr. Armstrong and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

Dr. Armstrong Can Help People Find Comfort From Back Pain

If you live near our Sacramento office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441 for an appointment.

Reference

Fritz JM, Kim J, Dorius J. Importance of the type of provider seen to begin health care for a new episode of low back pain: associations with future utilization and costs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015(Sep 29).

Cecchi F, et al. Predictors of functional outcome in patients with chronic low back pain undergoing back school, individual physiotherapy or spinal manipulation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2012;48:371-8.

 

Chiropractic Can Help Prevent Surgery for Back Pain

Sacramento Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryThe latest statistics show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries each year in the US. Although in some cases it's necessary to have surgery for back pain, the fact is that if you can prevent this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Dr. Armstrong is here to make sure that patients in Sacramento have a natural, non-surgical option for back pain. We've helped many patients heal from back pain without the need for surgery.

There are countless reasons to avoid unnecessary medical procedures: Surgeries often result in a longer recovery time and additional complications, neither of which is an acceptable scenario. Fortunately, as one medical study has found, chiropractic care may actually keep you out of the operating room altogether.

In this paper, 1,885 workers with back injuries were examined over a three year period. When the workers first sought care with a surgeon, over 42 percent wound up having surgery for their pain. For subjects who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

These findings suggest that chiropractic care can help you heal from back pain without surgical treatments.

If you live in the Sacramento area, Dr. Armstrong can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441 for more information or an appointment.

Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, et al. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-964.

 

Back Pain and the Sacroiliac Joint

We treat a lot of people with back pain in our Sacramento office, and Dr. Armstrong finds that many cases of back pain stem from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation has demonstrated that about twenty-five percent of all back pain starts out in the SI joint, and now new research confirms what we have noticed in our office: chiropractic is an effective approach to treating this pain.

In the study released in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 32 women who suffered from sacroiliac joint syndrome were separated into two groups and asked to engage in one of two treatment therapies. The first group received a chiropractic adjustment isolated to the sacroiliac joint, and the other group got an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Specialists noticed greater improvements in both pain and movement immediately following treatment, two days post-treatment, and 30 days after for the patients who received high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This demonstrates that chiropractic therapy applied to these two areas offers both prompt and long term results for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even with only one treatment round.

So, if you are dealing with sacroiliac joint pain, or cope with back and leg pain and are ready to know whether your sacroiliac joint is the cause, a consultation at our Sacramento office could be the first—and best—step towards recovery. Give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441.

Kamali F, Shokri E. The effect of two manipulative therapy techniques and their outcome in patients with sacroiliac joint syndrome. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2012;16(1):29-35.

 

Sacramento Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Sacramento headache care by Dr. ArmstrongWe know how difficult long-term headache pain can be. Dr. Armstrong and our staff have worked with many men and women in our Sacramento chiropractic clinic, and we've had great success in helping folks eliminate their headache pain.

A 2016 research study confirms what we see in our office. In this report, the authors started with 110 people who were suffering from headache pain that originated in the cervical spine. 58 of these patients were given a series of neck adjustments; 52 were given some stretches and exercises. The treatment period for both groups was four weeks.

The report found that the individuals who received cervical and thoracic spinal adjustments "experienced significantly greater reductions in headache intensity, disability, headache frequency, headache duration, and medication intake as compared to the group that received mobilization and exercise."

The study also found that these outcomes were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat headache, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Dr. Armstrong a call today at our Sacramento office at (916) 483-8441. We're here to help get relief.

Reference

Dunning JR, Butts R, Mourad F, Young I, et al. Upper cervical and upper thoracic manipulation versus mobilization and exercise in patients with cervicogenic headache: a multi-center randomized clinical trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016;17(1):64.

 

Chiropractic Before Surgery, Says AMA

Although some people are still hesitant about chiropractic care, even the American Medical Association (AMA) recommends that adjustments should be tried prior to surgery--the one option that should be a last resort.

Dr. Armstrong has seen many back pain patients in our Sacramento office who have been suffering for years and who are worried that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Armstrong has had great success in helping patients recover and avoid risky surgery, and the science backs up our experience.

For example, in a study carried out on about 2,000 Washington State workers who suffered from a back injury while at work, more than 42% who saw a surgeon first following their injury found themselves having back surgery within three years. That compares to just 1.5% of the patients who first sought treatment with chiropractic care, proving that this non-invasive approach is very effective at keeping you out of the operating room.

There are options to risky medical procedures. Chiropractic is a proven effective and safe way to improve the function of your spine, which is the root cause of back pain. Dr. Armstrong has helped many patients in Sacramento recover. Give our office a call today at (916) 483-8441 for an appointment.

Goodman DM, Burke AE, Livingston. Low Back Pain. The Journal of the American Medical Association 2013;309(16);1738.

Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, et al. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-964.

 

Chiropractic Effective for Tension Headaches

Sacramento Headache Treatment by Dr. ArmstrongMany people suffer with headache pain, and tension headaches are a frequent problem in our busy world. Postural problems and stress are common sources of tension headache, and ones that Dr. Armstrong and the staff here in our Sacramento chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Shows Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature confirms our results: A 2016 study from Spain treated a group of 76 patients with chronic tension headaches. The participants were divided into four treatment groups: 19 patients were treated with suboccipital inhibition (the doctor presses on the tight tissues at the top of the spine); 19 with chiropractic adjustments; 19 with both adjustments and suboccipital inhibition; and 19 received no treatment.

The authors reported that the spinal adjustments were effective at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when spinal adjustments were combined with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get stressed out, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, causing pain. Chiropractic works by eliminating these stresses and restoring the normal nerve function to the area.

We're Here to Help Clients Find Comfort From Tension Headaches

If you live in Sacramento and suffer from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Armstrong today at (916) 483-8441 for an appointment or more information.

Source

Espi-Lopez GV, Rodriguez-Blanco C, Oliva-Pascual-Vaca A, et al. Do manual therapy techniques have a positive effect on quality of life in people with tension-type headache? A randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine 2016; February 29.

 

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

In our Sacramento practice, Dr. Armstrong has helped countless people heal from back pain. If you suffer from back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to reduce the pain. You should understand that research shows that chiropractic is usually a better choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this common type of pain.

In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine experts included 101 men and women who had experienced back pain for more than two days. Each individual was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 individuals, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received fake chiropractic treatments and the real drug. The third group of 25 people served as the control as those subjects engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment whatsoever.

Both of the groups that received some form of real treatment, whether through chiropractic or the NSAID, fared better than the control group who had no actual treatment. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the people who received chiropractic had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Natural Healing with Chiropractic Care

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps enhance healing without undesirable side effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health issues. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's purpose designed to resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the symptoms.

If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Call and make an appointment in our Sacramento office with Dr. Armstrong today at (916) 483-8441. We'll help ease your back pain in a healthy way!

References

von Heymann WJ, Schloemer P, Timm J, Muehlbauer B. Spinal high-velocity low amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back pain: a double-blind randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo. Spine 2013;38(7):540-548.

 

Sacramento Chiropractic Care for Headache

There are many different kinds of headache, but one of the most common types is known as "cervicogenic headache," or those that originate in your neck.

Dr. Armstrong sees a lot of patients in our Sacramento office who are suffering with frequent headaches. Thankfully, chiropractic can usually help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50 percent, and research confirms it.

A study was conducted involving 80 participants who reported experiencing at least five cervicogenic headaches during the prior three months. The objective was to see how effective chiropractic was for this type of head pain, as well as to ascertain the number of treatment sessions necessary to achieve a positive effect.

The individuals were divided into four separate groups, so that each group was similar in age, gender, number of cervicogenic headaches, and their intensity. Of the four groups, two engaged in chiropractic treatments and two received light massage. Furthermore, one group assigned to each treatment received eight sessions and the other group received twice that amount.

Each patient was assessed based on head pain, neck pain, and disability prior to the study and 12 and 24 weeks after treatment was complete. The researchers found that those who received chiropractic as opposed to massage reported fewer headaches at the conclusion of the study. Furthermore, improvements were maintained when checked six months after treatment ended.

Additionally, patients who were taking medications for their headaches were able to lower their intake after completing the study. Those who received chiropractic had lower medication usage 24 weeks post-study.

Dr. Armstrong has helped many patients who were suffering from headache pain in our Sacramento office. Call us today at (916) 483-8441 for more information or for an appointment.

Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin M, Vavrek D. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2010; 10: 117-128.