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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.

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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.
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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.

 

Lower Back Pain and the Sacroiliac Joint

We see a lot of men and women with back pain in our Tulsa office, and Alliance Chiropractic has noticed that many cases of back pain originate in the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation shows that about one quarter of all back pain starts out in the SI joint, and now fresh research corroborates what we have noticed in our office: chiropractic is an effective approach to treating this problem.

In the study released in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 32 women with sacroiliac joint dysfunction were separated into two groups and asked to engage in one of two treatment therapies. one group was given a chiropractic adjustment isolated to the sacroiliac joint, and the other group received an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and 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 individuals who received 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 short term and continuing results for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even with only one treatment session.

Therefore, if you are dealing with sacroiliac joint pain, or live with back and leg pain and are ready to see whether your sacroiliac joint is the cause, a consultation at our Tulsa office could be the first—and best—step towards recovery. Give our office a call today at (918) 832-7880.

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.

 

Tulsa Neck Pain and Car Accidents

If you have neck pain after an auto collision, don't worry. Alliance Chiropractic sees this type of condition frequently in our Tulsa office. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after an auto collision and see how your chiropractor can help.

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common problem experienced after an auto injury. During even a low velocity car crash, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such collisions, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a serious strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your spine are held together with strong bands of tissue called ligaments, and these ligaments provide stability for your neck. These ligaments can be sprained during a collision, just as the ligaments in your ankle can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.

When you experience a sprained ligament, the injured area gets swollen and sore, and that's what happens after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing mobility in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps minimize scar tissue.

Let us help you recover from neck pain. Alliance Chiropractic has helped many people with the same condition, and we can probably help you, too. Alliance Chiropractic will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (918) 832-7880 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Chiropractic Helps Prevent Lower Limb Injuries for Athletes

Tulsa-sports-therapyWhen playing sports that demand a lot of lower body movement, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's common to suffer some type of injury to your lower extremities. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many athletes have found themselves out of commission. Alliance Chiropractic has seen all of these problems in our Tulsa patients. The good news is, chiropractic care can help prevent some of these injuries from developing and research proves it.

Alliance Chiropractic keeps up-to-date with all of the recent scientific research, and in a paper published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules football players. Roughly one-half were placed in a control group and the other half were put in a treatment group that received sports chiropractic care at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant engaging in care once every week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before reducing those to one visit monthly for the final three months of the study.

The authors noted that there was a "significant" difference in the number of lower limb strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. Furthermore, they observed that the subjects who received chiropractic also had fewer weeks of missed practice and games as a result of non-contact knee injuries. This led them to determine that sports chiropractic treatment should be added to "the current best practice management."

Every major sports organization in the US and the US Olympic Team has chiropractors on staff for their players, because they know that chiropractic works. If you live near our office in Tulsa and would like to see if Alliance Chiropractic can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (918) 832-7880 for an appointment.

Study Information

Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(64).

 

Quicker Sciatica Improvement with Chiropractic Adjustments

In our Tulsa office, it isn't unusual for us to see people troubled with sciatic nerve pain, and Alliance Chiropractic has helped many of them improve with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so beneficial to those who suffer with this condition? First, it shortens their time of recovery and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.

In the article, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, the authors looked at 44 patients who reported sudden low back pain that was diagnosed as acute sciatic nerve pain. The participants were all treated by a chiropractor, with the average follow-up being two years after treatment.

The researchers found that all but two patients returned to work after receiving chiropractic care, which is a 95% success rate. Furthermore, the average amount of time that the patients spent off work "was reduced by two thirds as compared with that associated with conventional medical treatment."

Given the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 170,450 days of work were lost in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is about 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only would that increase productivity, but it could also decrease costs to businesses and workers from lost work.

If you live in Tulsa and you suffer with sciatica pain, Alliance Chiropractic is here to help. Give us a call at (918) 832-7880 and we'll work with you to find the source of your sciatica and get you back on the road to recovery.

Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30(2):135-139.