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Chiropractic Care Helps Relieve Herniated Disc Pain

Tulsa chiropractic disc herniation treatmentUnfortunately, many of our Tulsa patients know the pain caused by a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. Bogan has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of research studies have confirmed that chiropractic care can help people recover from this kind of problem.

Research on Chiropractic for Disc Herniations

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

Data was obtained after the initial treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to determine what kind of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic offers when it comes to resolving this particular condition. Among the information obtained was the person's self-reported changes in both back and leg pain.

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

Even those test subjects 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 study, a 26-year-old man had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the low back, left leg, and left groin area, along with left foot drop and muscle weakness. He had endured these problems for more than two years after sustaining an athletic injury, and his herniated disc 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 relieving the symptoms they produce. So, if you are suffering from back ache caused by a herniated disc and want to find some relief, chiropractic may be an effective solution.

Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Tulsa office a call today at (918) 832-7880 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 Helps Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Tulsa natural carpal tunnel treatmentDr. Bogan sees a lot of people struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Tulsa chiropractic office. While some people think that the source of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's really a condition that stems from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.

Recent research printed in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy evaluated 71 women between the ages of 35 and 59 who were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Upon investigating the subjects' neck range of motion, the authors discovered that the women had reduced cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.

Furthermore, they also discovered that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was related to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less mobility in the neck, the higher the level of pain.

This research is extremely important, as you cannot successfully treat a problem until you fully understand its source. By recognizing that the root of carpal tunnel issues is in the neck, this means that natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky surgery.

If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our Tulsa location and ask how Dr. Bogan can help you get relief!

Studies

De-la-Llave-Rincon A et al. (2011, May). Women with carpal tunnel syndrome show restricted cervical range of motion. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy;41(5):305-10.
Simon H. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. University of Maryland Medical Center. Updated May 6, 2012. Retrieved from https://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/carpal-tunnel-syndrome on November 2, 2015.

 

Chiropractic and Medical Care: An Effective Combination

Tulsa back pain treatmentWe see quite a few back pain patients in our Tulsa office, and Alliance Chiropractic has been able to provide many of them with relief through the natural care of chiropractic. However, dealing with back problems doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical care, as many individuals use both types of care with great results.

Research Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Care Work Together

In a report published by the medical journal Spine researchers1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who reported both acute soreness and limited function due to back-related issues. Some of the study participants engaged in treatment via standard medical care, while the rest received chiropractic care along with regular medical care, as researchers wanted to see which group fared better.

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

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

Where Chiropractic Pulls Ahead

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

According to the experts, the main aspects that patients preferred over medical care were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't unexpected, as chiropractors commonly spend much more time advising their patients as to how they can improve their health on their own, as well as explaining more carefully what to expect from chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Care Offers a Holistic Approach

Without a doubt, the strategies associated with chiropractic are very different than those provided with medical therapy, but a large amount of the difference is the fact that chiropractic is a natural approach to health and well-being. In contrast to focusing on only relieving the symptoms, chiropractic care means tracking down the primary cause of your pain, which often results in greater improvement as you are tackling the problem at its source.

Additionally, while medication is sometimes helpful for treating certain conditions, many health issues respond well to a natural approach such as chiropractic care. This means fewer negative side effects from medications and more permanent results.

You don't have to suffer from back pain or other health issues. Give our Tulsa clinic a call today at (918) 832-7880. We'll work 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.
 

Tulsa TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Tulsa TMJ Treatment by Alliance ChiropracticJaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical condition reported by people after a car crash, and it can be confusing for some doctors to diagnose the root of the problem. Complicating the issue, many times you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.

Alliance Chiropractic has helped many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical literature explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are oftentimes stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central 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 tingling or pins and needles in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Alliance Chiropractic sees this very commonly in our Tulsa office.

Studies have shown that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Alliance Chiropractic will work to restore your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Alliance Chiropractic has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.

If you live in Tulsa and you've been injured in a crash, Alliance Chiropractic can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 1978, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (918) 832-7880 for an appointment.

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 car crash?

Tulsa auto injury treatmentOf the roughly 2 million rear-end collisions in the United States each year, a significant number of people end up suffering from chronic pain and disability. Some studies have shown that about 20% of people are still in pain 12 months after a collision.

Alliance Chiropractic sees many auto injury patients in our Tulsa location, and we oftentimes see individuals who have been suffering for many years and have not been able to find help. Alliance Chiropractic has great success in treating these patients.

The Roots of Chronic Pain

During an accident, the tissues of your spine can be sprained or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and irritated and transmits pain signals to the spinal cord and central nervous system.

Pain tells your central nervous system that something is wrong, which tells the muscles in the injured area to contract to shield the area from further trauma.

If the trauma isn't addressed immediately, a negative cycle develops. The hurt tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your central nervous system reacts. This creates a feedback loop in your nervous system that specialists refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system basically becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulation, leading to chronic pain.

Alliance Chiropractic is able to help this kind of issue, as chiropractic care is a proven way to restore the nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that chiropractic is successful at reducing pain from car accidents and shows that chiropractic actually has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Tulsa and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Alliance Chiropractic a call today at (918) 832-7880 for a consultation or appointment.

  • Ferrari R. A prospective study of the 1-year incidence of fibromyalgia after acute whiplash injury. Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Disease 2015; doi:10.1136/rmdopen-2014-000007.
  • Stone AM, Vicenzino B, Lim EC, Sterling M. Measures of central hyperexcitability in chronic whiplash associated disorder - A systematic review and meta-analysis. Manual Therapy 2012;18(2):111-7.
 

Avoiding Chronic Pain After an Auto Injury

Over 2 million people are hurt each year in automobile accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to heal from their injuries relatively easily, too many people are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. We see many of these patients here in our Tulsa office. Fortunately, Alliance Chiropractic is here to help you heal from your auto injury.

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was conducted on 28 individuals diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic treatment 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 note that research has also found that delaying care after a car crash can negatively affect healing time, so getting in to see Alliance Chiropractic at the earliest opportunity is key to having a speedier recovery.

Alliance Chiropractic has worked with many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Tulsa 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.
 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

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

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 beneficial at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were coupled with the suboccipital inhibition.

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

If you live in Tulsa and are suffering from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Alliance Chiropractic today at (918) 832-7880 for an appointment or more information.

Citation

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.

 

Shoulder Pain and Car Accidents

If you suffer from shoulder pain after a car accident, don't despair. Alliance Chiropractic sees this type of problem frequently in our Tulsa office. Let's look at why shoulder pain is commonly experienced after an auto injury and see how chiropractic can help you get better.

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

Direct injury can be caused by hitting your shoulder on a hard object in the car during the crash, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end collision. With this type of trauma, you'll usually be aware of the pain soon after the wreck.

More frequently, Alliance Chiropractic 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 discomfort actually starts in the neck. Injured soft tissue in your neck can pinch nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've worked with many types of shoulder problems in our Tulsa office. This care involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

You don't have to suffer from shoulder pain. Alliance Chiropractic is conveniently located in Tulsa to help you recover, whether you've been in a car crash or not. Alliance Chiropractic 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 (918) 832-7880 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Tulsa Car Crashes and Chronic Pain

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

We work with many auto injury patients in our Tulsa office, and several of these people are experiencing chronic pain caused by an old crash. As a matter of fact, research shows that a significant percentage of rear-end collisions cause pain and disability even ten years after the original trauma.

Alliance Chiropractic is here to help you avoid developing chronic symptoms by helping to restore the healthy function of your spine soon after a crash.

The most frequent causes of chronic issues are reduced flexibility of your spine and the development of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your spine can easily be injured during a crash, and chiropractic care works by reducing inflammation and restoring normal motion.

If you're close to our Tulsa office, and you've been hurt in a collision, don't wait to get care. Alliance Chiropractic is here for you. Give us a call today at (918) 832-7880 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Tulsa Back Pain Treatment

Tulsa back pain treatment by Alliance ChiropracticMost of us suffer from back pain at some point in our lives. Experts estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Alliance Chiropractic and our talented staff see many back and neck pain cases in our Tulsa 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 an excellent way to protect against future episodes.

A recent paper from the University of Utah verifies what our Tulsa patients have experienced: your Tulsa chiropractor is the best first option for an episode of back pain.

In this paper, 747 patients were treated for low back pain. Each person 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 subjects who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgeries.

Other papers have found the same results. A 2012 study reported 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. Alliance Chiropractic and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

If you live near our Tulsa office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (918) 832-7880 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.