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A Natural Approach to Back Pain

Sacramento chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the approach of allowing your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote overall health. For Dr. Armstrong, this means working to restore your body's normal performance to prevent the need for medications or surgical treatments. We notice that most of our Sacramento patients are happy to find a natural answer for their health conditions.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people reduce or eliminate the use of drugs. Prescription medications are frequently supplied to people who have back soreness. This is such a serious concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the advantages when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most popular opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data supplied by the AAN cite the fact that about half of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years later. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and recovery, particularly if an narcotic dependency occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which features natural healing and the benefits are evident. While a pill might be helpful at temporarily relieving the discomfort of a health issue, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your damaged back; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. Armstrong will first examine you to get to the source of your back pain and then work with you to correct the spinal interference -- without any risky drugs.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Sacramento office a call at (916) 483-8441 to make an appointment with Dr. Armstrong.

References

  • Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
  • What are opioids? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids
 

Sacramento Neck Pain and Headache Care

Sacramento neck pain and headache treatmentHeadache and neck pain are common problems that affect millions of men and women around the world. If you suffer from this type of problem, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic care is the best way to not only treat these common problems, but also help avoid future episodes.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, people with neck and headache pain in Sacramento have been helped by the chiropractic care of Dr. Armstrong. Our experience is supported by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-surgical, non-drug treatments are the best choice for neck and headache pain.

The study looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was suggested before turning to drugs or more invasive treatments.

Past scientific studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.

We Can Help People Find Relief From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're suffering with neck pain or headaches, Dr. Armstrong and our staff are here to help you recover. Give our Sacramento office a call today at (916) 483-8441 for an appointment today.

Reference

Varatharajan S, Ferguson B, Chrobak K, et al. Are non-invasive interventions effective for the management of headaches associated with neck pain? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. European Spine Journal 2016; February 6:1-29.

 

Sacramento Chiropractic Beats Massage for Cervicogenic Headaches

We see a large number of individuals with headaches in our Sacramento office, and Dr. Armstrong has been able to help many of them. Actually, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 50 percent of all adults deal with some manner of headache problem, so this actually isn’t a surprise. One of the most common types of headaches that our patients suffer from is cervicogenic headache which, luckily for us, chiropractic can generally help.

Cervicogenic Headaches Defined

A cervicogenic headache is one that stems from problems in the cervical spine. It could be caused by a condition with either the spine itself (in particular, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it could be a result of a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine results in squeezing or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can generate headache pain.

How can you determine if the headache you are feeling is a cervicogenic headache? Apart from getting a diagnosis from a healthcare expert, a frequent symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is sometimes followed by pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

Headache Relief with Chiropractic

Since cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever problem is inducing them is remedied, it is critical to receive treatment rather than just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent approach, and one that provides a considerable amount of pain relief.

In one study reported in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, experts evaluated 80 people who had regular cervicogenic headaches. One-half got chiropractic care and the other fifty percent engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was discovered that chiropractic delivered the best effects.

Specifically, this study noted that chiropractic adjustments offered patients better pain relief and lowered the frequency of headaches that occurred. Moreover, it also lessened the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Armstrong can do for you and your headache pain, call us today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!

References

  • Haas M, Schneider M, Vavrek D. Illustrating risk difference and number needed to treat from a randomized controlled trial of spinal manipulation for cervicogenic headache. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010 18(9).
  • World Health Organization. (2012, October). Headache disorders. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/
 

Disc Herniation and Chiropractic

Sacramento non-surgical disc herniation treatmentDr. Armstrong sees many people weekly in our busy Sacramento chiropractic office who are looking for relief from the pain and agony they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the medical research verifies that chiropractic care is a great way to treat herniated disc pain.

One particular research project involved 27 people, 8 male and 19 female, who had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirming a disc herniation in either their neck or lower back. The subjects reported that they were experiencing pain, reduced range of motion, and sensory problems bad enough to keep them off work.

Over the course of the research period, the individuals were treated using one of two common chiropractic practices: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the patients who had herniation issues in the low back.

Each person was seen four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times weekly, and then as needed for the remainder of the study. Depending on the seriousness of the disc herniation, therapy ranged anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being conducted at various stages to determine what effect, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.

The researchers found that 80 percent of the patients experienced a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other issues, such as numbness. Furthermore, 77 percent of these people also showed MRI evidence that their disc herniation was either reduced or resolved completely. This resulted in 78 percent of the study participants being able to return to their place of employment and led the authors to conclude that chiropractic adjustments is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.

If you have a herniated disc and you're near Dr. Armstrong in Sacramento, contact our office today to see what chiropractic can do for you!

Reference
BenEliyahu, DJ. Magnetic resonance imaging and clinical follow-up: study of 27 patients receiving chiropractic care for cervical and lumbar disc herniations. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1996;19(9):597-606.

 

Chiropractic Is a Natural Alternative to Back Surgery

Sacramento chiropractic back pain treatmentIn 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!

Studies

  • Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM. 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.
  • Mannion AF, Elfering A. Predictors of surgical outcome and their assessment. European Spine Journal 2006;15(Suppl 1):S93-S108.
 

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.

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.

 

Sacramento Chiropractic Auto Accident Treatment

Sacramento auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. ArmstrongEach 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.

 

Sacramento TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Sacramento TMJ Treatment by Dr. ArmstrongJaw 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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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.

 

Causes of Chronic Pain after Auto Injuries

Sacramento auto injury treatmentOf 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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Chronic Pain, Car Crashes, and Chiropractic

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.

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.