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Prevent Back Surgery with Chiropractic

Gadsden, AL Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryThe latest numbers show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries annually in the US. Although in some cases it's necessary to have back surgery, the fact is that if you can avoid this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Gadsden Family Chiropractic is here to make sure that patients in Gadsden, AL have a healthy, non-surgical option for back pain. We've helped many patients recover from back pain without the need for surgery.

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

Research Supports Chiropractic Treatment Helps Avoid Back Surgery

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

These findings suggest that chiropractic care can help you recover from back pain without surgery.

If you live in the Gadsden, AL area, Gadsden Family Chiropractic can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (256) 543-3033 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.

 

What causes persistent pain after a car crash?

Gadsden, AL neck pain and headache treatmentApproximately 2.3 million people are injured every year in car accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to heal from their injuries relatively easily, many are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Gadsden, AL office. Thankfully, Gadsden Family Chiropractic 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 carried out on 28 individuals diagnosed with chronic whiplash pain. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments and 93 percent of them experienced pain 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 a crash.

It's important to remember that research has also found that delaying care after a car crash can adversely affect recovery time, so getting in to see Gadsden Family Chiropractic at the earliest opportunity is key to having a speedier recovery.

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Pain After a Car Collision

Gadsden Family Chiropractic has worked with many auto injury sufferers, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Gadsden, AL 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.
 

Chiropractic Effective for Tension Headaches

Gadsden, AL Headache Treatment by Gadsden Family ChiropracticMany people suffer from headache pain, and tension headaches are a common problem in our busy world. Postural problems and stress are common causes of tension headaches, and ones that Gadsden Family Chiropractic and the team here in our Gadsden, AL chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Supports Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature confirms our findings: A 2016 study from Spain managed a group of 76 men and women with chronic tension headaches. The participants were divided into four treatment groups: 19 patients were treated with suboccipital inhibition (the therapist 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 researchers found that the spinal adjustments were helpful at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were coupled with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get run down, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, leading to pain. Chiropractic works by removing these stresses and restoring the normal nerve function to the tissues.

We're Here to Help Patients Find Help From Tension Headaches

If you live in Gadsden, AL and suffer from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Gadsden Family Chiropractic today at (256) 543-3033 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.

 

Lower Back Pain and the SI Joint

We help a large number of men and women with back pain in our Gadsden, AL office, and Gadsden Family Chiropractic finds that quite a few cases of back pain start in the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Research has demonstrated that around 25% of all back pain starts out in the SI joint, and now fresh research confirms what we have observed in our clinic: chiropractic is an effective approach to treating this issue.

Research Supports Chiropractic Treatment Helps Increase Movement in the SI Joint

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

Scientists observed significantly more improvements in both pain and movement immediately after treatment, two days later, and 30 days after for the group who had been given high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This suggests that chiropractic manipulation administered in these two areas offers both prompt and long term results for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even with only a single treatment session.

So, if you are having trouble with sacroiliac joint pain, or have back and leg pain and are ready to see whether your sacroiliac joint is the source, a consultation at our Gadsden, AL office may be the first—and best—step towards recovery. Give our office a call today at (256) 543-3033.

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.

 

How Chiropractic Can Help You Avoid Chronic Auto Injury Pain

Gadsden, AL auto injury recoveryOver 2 million people are injured each year in motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. While most people are able to heal from their injuries relatively easily, others are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Gadsden, AL office. Fortunately, Gadsden Family Chiropractic is here to help you recover from your auto injury.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps Prevent Chronic Pain After an Auto Accident

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was carried out on 28 people diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments 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 is a great way to avoid long-term pain after an auto injury.

It's important to remember that studies have also found that delaying care after a car crash can adversely affect recovery time, so getting in to see Gadsden Family Chiropractic as soon as possible is key to having a quicker recovery.

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

Gadsden Family Chiropractic has helped many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Gadsden, AL office today for more information or an appointment.

Resources

  • 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.
 

Gadsden, AL Neck Pain and Headache Care

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

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, patients with neck and headache pain in Gadsden, AL have been helped by the chiropractic care of Gadsden Family Chiropractic. Our success is backed up by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-surgical, non-drug solutions 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 advisable before resorting to drugs or more invasive treatments.

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

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're struggling with neck pain or headaches, Gadsden Family Chiropractic and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our Gadsden, AL office a call today at (256) 543-3033 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.

 

Gadsden, AL 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 start in your neck.

Gadsden Family Chiropractic sees a lot of patients in our Gadsden, AL office who are suffering with frequent, reoccurring headaches. Thankfully, chiropractic adjustments 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 goal was to see how effective chiropractic was for this type of head pain, as well as to determine the number of treatment sessions necessary to achieve a positive effect.

The subjects 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 person was assessed based on head pain, neck pain, and disability prior to the study and 12 and 24 weeks after treatment was complete. The authors 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.

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

Gadsden Family Chiropractic has helped many patients who were suffering from headache pain in our Gadsden, AL office. Call us today at (256) 543-3033 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.

 

AMA Recommends Chiropractic Before Surgery

Although some people are still uncertain 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.

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

Recently, in one study conducted on about 2,000 Washington State employees 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 people who first sought treatment with chiropractic, showing that this natural approach is extremely 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. Gadsden Family Chiropractic has helped many patients in Gadsden, AL recover. Give our office a call today at (256) 543-3033 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.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Crashes

We treat many car accident cases in in our Gadsden, AL office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. The key to recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of blood vessels and nerves that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These vessels don't have a lot of space, so they pass under and between the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a collision, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become inflamed and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which restricts movement 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.

Gadsden, AL Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic adjustments can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Gadsden Family Chiropractic will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.

Gadsden Family Chiropractic is here in Gadsden, AL to help you recover from thoracic outlet syndrome. We've been helping patients since 2003 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 approach. Call us today at (256) 543-3033 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Faster Work Injury Recovery with Chiropractic

Gadsden, AL Worker Injury Treatment and RecoveryWhen you're trying to sustain your family, take care of your home, and pay all of your bills on time, every day at work counts. Work injuries can be a serious problem for many people, and we see many of these types of injuries in our Gadsden, AL office. Gadsden Family Chiropractic appreciates your situation and is here to help.

The benefits of chiropractic for work injuries are well-established. A 2013 research paper involving over 600 adults who were suffering with either back or neck pain found that the individuals who didn't see a chiropractor missed work at twice the rate of those who were seeing a chiropractor.

So, why don't more people use chiropractic care?

According to the participants in this paper, two of the major reasons were that they thought they needed a medical referral for chiropractic care (which is typically no longer true) and they overestimated the costs associated with chiropractic treatment sessions by almost 70 percent.

The reality is, chiropractic patients actually spend less on care than medical patients, plus they are less likely to use drugs for their symptoms.

If you live in Gadsden, AL and you've been injured at work, we can help. Give our office a call today at (256) 543-3033 for an appointment.

Sources

"Thousands of Minnesotans with Back and Neck Pain Don't Seek Treatment." (2013, June 12). ChiroCare.