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Chiropractic Care for Kids with Migraines, Neck Pain, and Vertigo - A Chiropractor In Doonside

Posted by A Family Chiropractor on November 18, 2014 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (1)

Many people know chiropractic care is an effective treatment for adults, but did you know it can also be a powerful pediatric treatment? A recent study demonstrates just how much chiropractic care can benefit children and adolescents.

 

One twelve year-old boy suffered from vertigo, neck pain, and migraines so much that he was forced to miss over half of his school days for the past several years. In this study, the boy began visiting a chiropractor 3-4 times a week and later, once a month.

 

After the first week, the boy stopped experiencing migraines and neck pain completely. At first, his vertigo attacks decreased in severity and frequency and eventually, the vertigo attacks stopped occurring at all. With significantly reduced pain, the boy was able to attend school more frequently. His number of absences decreased by 75%, drastically improving his ability to stay involved in school.

 

This case study offers hope for adolescents and children suffering from vertigo, migraines, and neck pain. Chiropractic care is a safe, effective treatment on its own or as an addition to conventional treatment.


 

Chiropractic Care for Kids with Migraines, Neck Pain, and Vertigo - A Chiropractor In Doonside

Posted by A Family Chiropractor on November 18, 2014 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Many people know chiropractic care is an effective treatment for adults, but did you know it can also be a powerful pediatric treatment? A recent study demonstrates just how much chiropractic care can benefit children and adolescents.

 

One twelve year-old boy suffered from vertigo, neck pain, and migraines so much that he was forced to miss over half of his school days for the past several years. In this study, the boy began visiting a chiropractor 3-4 times a week and later, once a month.

 

After the first week, the boy stopped experiencing migraines and neck pain completely. At first, his vertigo attacks decreased in severity and frequency and eventually, the vertigo attacks stopped occurring at all. With significantly reduced pain, the boy was able to attend school more frequently. His number of absences decreased by 75%, drastically improving his ability to stay involved in school.

 

This case study offers hope for adolescents and children suffering from vertigo, migraines, and neck pain. Chiropractic care is a safe, effective treatment on its own or as an addition to conventional treatment.


 

What Causes Sciatica - A Chiropractor In Westmead

Posted by A Family Chiropractor on November 18, 2014 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Sciatica is frequently the result of spinal conditions that lead to irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, and runs from the lower back through the upper buttocks and down to the toes. Compression or irritation of the sciatica nerve can cause low-back pain with radiating pain in the back of the legs.

 

Sciatica is often a result of disc herniation. Spinal discs are soft cushions between the vertebra of the spine. Disc herniation is the process in which an injury or spinal degeneration causes the disc to move outside of its normal boundary. This bulging disc pinches the sciatica nerve triggering pain.

 

Although disc herniation is a common source sciatic pain, several other mechanisms can cause pain. In a recent study, researchers used new, state-of-the-art imaging techniques to illustrate sources of sciatic pain other than disc herniation.

 

Additional causes of sciatica:

 

Tumors and cysts: Various tumors and cysts can compress nerves in the lumbar spine region, causing pain.

 

Injury: Fractures of the pelvis or sacroiliac joint can lead to lesions that place pressure on the nerves in the lumbar spinal plexus, or the group of nerves in the lumbar spine /low-back region. A hamstring injury can also lead to inflammation of the tendons and compress the adjacent sciatica nerve.

 

Infection: Though less common, infections can lead to abscesses, causing sciatic pain. These infections can occur in association with post-surgical complications, inflammation of the sacroiliac joint, gastro-intestinal pathologies like Crohn’s disease or infections in the pelvis region.

 

Gynecological pathologies:

 

Gynecological conditions like ovarian cysts, ectopic endometriosis, or pregnancy can lead to sciatic pain, typically on the right side. Patients with sciatica due to ectopic endometriosis are typically in their reproductive years and have periodic flare-ups of sciatica known as cyclic sciatica.

 

Other causes

 

Piriformis syndrome occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed due to disorders or injury of the piriformis muscle. (This is a large muscle in the gluteal region.) Patients with piriformis syndrome experience pain in their buttocks with prolonged sitting.

 

Additional causes of sciatica include pelvic, gynecological, and urological cancers. Rather than severe radiating pain, these patients experience weakness or swelling.

 

Understanding the origin of your pain can assist doctors in providing effective sciatica treatment. A doctor of chiropractic can identify the source of your sciatica to provide effective treatment.


 

Fibromyalgia and Low Vitamin D Levels - A Chiropractor In Northmead

Posted by A Family Chiropractor on November 18, 2014 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Fibromyalgia patients are at risk of vitamin D deficiency according to a new study from Ireland. In the study, 36% of fibromyalgia patients had deficient levels of vitamin D and 62% had insufficient levels. That meant only 15% of patients were getting adequate levels of the vitamin.

 

The patients were mostly middle-aged women. Researchers pointed out that the women’s vitamin D levels may have been affected by the fact they live in seldom-sunny Ireland. When it is sunny, patients may still choose to stay indoors because of their disability and pain.

 

Low vitamin D levels can increase the risk of cognitive impairment in older adults, severe asthma in children, cancer, and more. Vitamin D helps the body maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. It also allows the body to absorb calcium to strengthen the bones.

 

Previous research has investigated the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and musculoskeletal pain with conflicting results. In some studies, fibromyalgia patients had low levels of the vitamin but in others their levels were no different than control participants. In one study vitamin D supplementation appeared to have no specific clinical benefits for fibromyalgia patients.

 

Still, there does appear to be link between vitamin D deficiency and muscle pain. While more research is needed to understand this link, vitamin D supplements could benefit the overall health of fibromyalgia patients.

 

Consult with your doctor to learn which vitamins are right for you.


 

Chiropractic Effective for SI Joint Pain - Chiropractor in Pennant Hills

Posted by A Family Chiropractor on November 18, 2014 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

A new study confirms that chiropractic care is an effective, safe way to treat sacroiliac joint pain.

 

The sacroiliac joint, or SI joint, is located at the base of the spine where the sacrum and pelvis connect to one another. SI joint pain can have a number of causes. Leg length discrepancies, pain or altered function of the hip, leg, and knee, and pregnancy are all common causes of SI joint pain.In pregnancy, the body produces hormones that cause the ligaments to relax. This can allow excessive movement in the SI joint, causing the bones to rub against each other.

 

In this new study, researchers performed a single chiropractic session on 32 women with SI joint syndrome. The patients reported immediate relief and experienced significant reduction of pain after both 48 hours and one month after treatment.

 

This adds to research demonstrating that chiropractic is a powerful, drug-free way to treat musculoskeletal pain.


 

Chiropractic Beats Physical Therapy for Back Pain

Posted by A Family Chiropractor on October 28, 2014 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Many people are sent to physical therapists for back pain, but a recent study finds that chiropractic patients have better results.

 

Numerous studies have shown that chiropractic can be an effective treatment for patients with low back pain. Now a new report has looked further into the effectiveness of chiropractic by comparing it to physical therapy treatment, and, more significantly, studying the long-term benefits of chiropractic as measured by the annual number of office visits.

 

Most studies that look at long-term effects of treatment simply look at self-reported outcomes: level of pain and disability. This study took a different approach. By examining how much care patients sought after the initial study period, they could determine the effect each treatment method had on future health care consumption:

 

“Care seeking behavior by patients with low back pain is most commonly associated with increased pain and disability, meaning more care is sought when worse symptoms are experienced. The amount of health care utilized may therefore be used as a measure of patient health status, and thus may be compared between groups of patients to determine effectiveness of certain therapies.”

 

The authors started with 191 patients with low back pain. 107 patients received chiropractic care and 84 patients received active exercise therapy from physical therapists. All patients received treatment 2 to 4 times per week for four weeks. The study subjects were then followed for one year to assess outcomes. The authors found:

 

38% of the chiropractic care patients and 54% of the physical therapy patients sought care for their back pain during the one-year follow-up. Chiropractic patients had an average of 2.2 visits to a health care provider after the treatment period, while physical therapy patients had an average of 6 visits.

 

“We hypothesized that there would be no group difference in the average number of visits to any health care provider. The results demonstrated that actually there were significant group differences during the year after trial participation, with a higher number of visits to any health care provider and to a general practitioner in the EP group.”

 

Study Shows Chiropractic Offers 94% Success Rate for Neck Pain Sufferers - Chiropractor in Kings Langley and St Marys

Posted by A Family Chiropractor on October 28, 2014 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In our Westminster chiropractic office, it is not uncommon to see people who are suffering with neck pain. Unfortunately, some of our patients tried to “wait it out” to see if their neck pain would go away on its own (which it didn’t). However, a study published in The Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy suggests that engaging in chiropractic care is a better solution as 94% of sufferers can experience relief—even after just one week!

 

For purposes of this study, researchers split sixty-four subjects into two separate groups. Both groups participated in cervical spine nonthrust manipulation (which is when we work on your neck area), receiving two sessions each, and they were also asked to do some exercises at home. In addition, the second group engaged in thoracic spine thrust manipulations (your thoracic area is your upper and middle back) to see if this helped relieve their neck pain. The results?

 

Thirty-one of the thirty-four people assigned to the second group—or, 94%—showed “significantly greater improvements” in the level of neck pain they were experiencing and they noticed reduced disability in that area of their body. And this was only after one week, or two sessions, of treatment!

 

So, if you are experiencing neck pain, you don’t have to sit around, hoping that your discomfort leaves on its own. Call Partners in Health Pain & Rehabilitation Center in Westminster, CO today so that you can begin to experience relief as soon as possible!

 

Do Older People Simply Accept Back Pain - A Chiropractor in St Clair

Posted by A Family Chiropractor on October 28, 2014 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In a recent study published in the Journal of Aging and Health, researchers found that while older people are more likely to suffer from lower back pain, they are less likely to seek treatment.

 

The cross-sectional telephone survey determined that 12.3% of older adults experienced chronic lower back pain versus 6.5% of adults aged 21-44. In addition, older adults with chronic lower back problems experienced pain for a longer time and became more disabled than younger adults. Surprisingly, the older adults were less depressed about their situation.

 

The older adults were also less likely to seek or receive treatment. Whether the treatment was bed rest, medications or alternative care, older adults were less likely to receive these treatments than younger adults. Why?

 

Though the study did not focus on the “whys” of their findings, one might consider the expectations of older adults versus younger adults. As we age, the snap, crackle, pops, aches and pains certainly seem to become more prevalent. If we think this is the normal aging process, we may be less inclined to seek treatment, merely accepting lower back pain as yet another sign of the unstoppable aging process.

 

In addition, older adults living on a fixed income might be less likely to spend money on lower back pain. Indeed, conventional treatment for lower back pain may become quite costly, especially if surgery is suggested. However, chiropractic care is regarded as a more favorable and effective treatment for lower back pain compared to medication or surgery. It is also a more affordable and less invasive choice; both of which may appeal to older adults.


 

Chiropractic Better Than Muscle Relaxants for Back Pain

Posted by A Family Chiropractor on October 13, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Over ¾ of adult Americans experience lower back pain at some point in their lives, and nearly 1 in 5 experience it each year, making it important to determine which treatments are most effective. This double-blind study looked at the effectiveness of treating subacute lower back pain (LBP) with chiropractic adjustments when compared to treatment with muscle relaxants or a placebo (sugar pill).

 

The 146 subjects who completed the study were between 21 and 59 years old, with uncomplicated LBP lasting from 2 to 6 weeks at the start of the study. Those with underlying spinal disease or malformations were excluded. Each subject underwent chiropractic and radiographic evaluation at the initial evaluation visit. Pain was evaluated at the initial visit, and again at 2 weeks and 4 weeks.

 

Pain was evaluated using the Visual Analog Scale (VAS), the Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire, and the Zung Self-rating for Depression scale. Shober’s test for lumbar flexibility was also given at the initial visit and again at 2 weeks.

 

At the initial visit, subjects were assigned to one of three groups with treatment administered over a period of 2 weeks:

◦Chiropractic adjustments and placebo pill

◦Muscle relaxants and sham adjustments

◦Placebo pill and sham adjustments (control group)

 

All subjects were also allowed to take acetaminophen to evaluate the need for additional self-medication.

 

7 chiropractic adjustments were given over the 2-week treatment period to the chiropractic adjustment group. Adjustments were tailored to the patient’s needs, and included upper cervical and lumbar (neck and back), sacral (lower back) or pelvic adjustments.

 

Sham treatments were designed to mimic normal visit length, dialog and procedures without the actual adjustment occurring.

 

Practitioners administered cyclobenzaprine HCL (5 mg), carisprodol (350 mg), and methocarbamol (750 mg) in bottles labeled “A,” “B,” and “C” to treat the subjects in the muscle relaxant group. Usage and dosage were determined by the medical practitioner’s clinical judgment, with the combination of medications determined by effectiveness and adverse reactions. Subjects could halve or double the dosage in bottles “A” and “B,” or switch to bottle “C” for bottle “A” if excessive drowsiness occurred, and were instructed to discontinue medication if side effects were severe. Acetaminophen was also offered in a bottle labeled “D.” The placebo groups were given exactly the same instructions, only their bottles contained placebos.

 

While the study was meant to be blind (the subjects would not be able to tell if they were receiving real or sham adjustments or medications), there was a higher tendency for the groups that received true chiropractic treatment and that received the muscle relaxants to perceive that treatment was given, and a higher perception in the sham treatment group that treatment was not given. This could be due to the effectiveness of the treatment, however.

 

During the 4 weeks of the study, pain was significantly reduced in all groups. Initially, the group that received chiropractic adjustment had overall higher baseline VAS scores, but after treatment, their scores were lower than the other groups, indicating an even more impressive level of improvement in the chiropractic subjects.

 

The change in reported pain among the 3 groups was statistically significant: subjects in the chiropractic group reported greater pain reduction than the control group. While scores on the Oswestry Disability Index improved for all groups over the 4 weeks studied, the greatest improvement in scores occurred in the chiropractic group.

 

Depression and Shober (lumbar flexibility) scores improved in all 3 groups during the 4 weeks, with no difference between the groups.

 

GIS evaluations (which measure the physician’s assessment of improvement) showed that patients given chiropractic adjustments improved more than subjects who received muscle relaxants or placebos did.

 

The authors concluded:

 

“Chiropractic was more beneficial than placebo in reducing pain and more beneficial than either placebo or muscle relaxants in reducing GIS.”


 

Your Headaches Might Be Caused by Neck Dysfunction

Posted by A Family Chiropractor on October 13, 2014 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Do you ever experience neck stiffness or pain with your headaches? Recent research suggests that neck and head pain are more related than you think.

 

One study examined whether headaches and cervical spine impairment were linked in patients with head pain. Of the patients evaluated, 90% had cervicogenic headaches, or headaches linked to neck pain. Furthermore, the severity of patients’ headaches impacted the range of motion in their necks. This study demonstrates the strong relationship between cervical spine (neck) impairment and cervicogenic headaches.

 

Visit a chiropractor in your area to determine whether your headaches are related to impairment and pain in your neck.


 


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