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Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Mt Sterling office, Dr. Tolson has helped many people recover from back pain. If you are struggling with back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to decrease the pain. You should know that research shows that chiropractic care is oftentimes a better approach than drugs when it comes to alleviating this common type of problem.

In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine experts included 101 subjects who had suffered back pain for at least two days. Each patient was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 individuals, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received fake chiropractic adjustments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 individuals served as the control as those subjects engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care whatsoever.

Both of the groups that received some type of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control group who had no real treatment. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the patients who received chiropractic had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.

Natural Healing with Chiropractic Care

Because chiropractic is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps enhance healing without adverse effects. For instance, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health issues. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's designed to resolve the source of the problem, not just treat the symptoms.

If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Mt Sterling office with Dr. Tolson today at (859) 499-1009. We'll help improve your back pain in a healthy way!

References

von Heymann WJ, Schloemer P, Timm J, Muehlbauer B. Spinal high-velocity low amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back pain: a double-blind randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo. Spine 2013;38(7):540-548.

 

Headache and Car Crashes

We treat many car accident cases in in our Mt Sterling office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is headache. Chiropractic can be very helpful for headache symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes headache and why chiropractic works.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's triggered by a car accident, though, typically starts as tension or strain in the muscles of the neck. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be damaged, which causes inflammation and discomfort. These types of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the forehead.

Another common cause of pain after a collision that we see in our Mt Sterling office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that start in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is quite common after a crash, and it's important to get care for this type of problem to protect against the creation of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those triggered by car crashes. Dr. Tolson can help reduce the inflammation and strain in your neck, which will help relieve the headache pain.

Dr. Tolson has been helping patients in Mt Sterling since 2000, so we know what you're going through. We're here to 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 strategy. Give our office a call today at (859) 499-1009 to make an appointment.

 

Mt Sterling Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Mt Sterling headache care by Dr. LintonWe know how difficult long-term headache pain can be. Dr. Linton and our staff have worked with many people in our Mt Sterling chiropractic practice, and we've had great success in helping folks reduce their headache pain.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research paper verifies what we see in our practice. In this study, the authors started with 110 patients who were suffering from headache pain that originated in the cervical spine. 58 of these patients were given a series of neck adjustments; 52 were given some stretches and exercises. The treatment period for both groups was four weeks.

The study found that the individuals who received cervical and thoracic spinal adjustments "experienced significantly greater reductions in headache intensity, disability, headache frequency, headache duration, and medication intake as compared to the group that received mobilization and exercise."

The investigation also found that these outcomes were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat headache, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Dr. Linton a call today at our Mt Sterling office at (859) 499-1009. We're here to help get you relief.

Citation

Dunning JR, Butts R, Mourad F, Young I, et al. Upper cervical and upper thoracic manipulation versus mobilization and exercise in patients with cervicogenic headache: a multi-center randomized clinical trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016;17(1):64.

 

How to Avoid Surgery for Back Pain

Although some people are still uncertain about chiropractic care, even the American Medical Association (AMA) suggests that adjustments should be tried prior to surgical treatment--the one option that should be a last resort.

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

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Risky Surgery

For example, in one study conducted on about 2,000 Washington State workers who suffered from a back injury while at work, more than 40% who saw a surgeon first following their injury found themselves having back surgery within three years. That compares to just 1.5% of the patients who first sought treatment with chiropractic care, demonstrating that this non-invasive approach is very effective at keeping you off the operating table.

Dr. Linton Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Back Pain Without Surgery

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. Dr. Linton has helped many patients in Mt Sterling recover. Give our office a call today at (859) 499-1009 for an appointment.

Reference

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.

 

A Drug-Free Approach to Back Pain Recovery

Mt Sterling chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the approach of helping your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage overall health. For Dr. Tolson, this involves working to reestablish your body's natural performance to avoid the need for medications or surgery. We notice that many of our Mt Sterling patients are happy to find a natural solution for their health issues.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people reduce or eliminate the use of drugs. Medications are frequently supplied to individuals who have back pain. This is such a significant concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the benefits when administered for back pain.

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

Compare that to chiropractic which features natural healing and the benefits are clear. While a medication might be helpful at temporarily reducing the symptoms of a health issue, it's not a real solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your damaged back; it will only conceal the pain.

Dr. Tolson will first examine you to get to the origin of your back problems and then work with you to eliminate the problem -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Mt Sterling office a call at (859) 499-1009 to make an appointment with Dr. Tolson.

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
 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common condition after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Tolson sees often in our Mt Sterling office. What causes thoracic outlet syndrome after a car crash? How can chiropractic help?

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

In a crash, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become swollen and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which limits movement and puts stress 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.

Mt Sterling Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

You don't have to suffer from thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Tolson is conveniently located in Mt Sterling to help you heal, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. First, we'll do a careful examination to establish the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (859) 499-1009 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Quicker Sciatica Improvement with Chiropractic Care

In our Mt Sterling practice, it isn't unusual for us to see patients struggling with sciatica pain, and Dr. Tolson has helped many of them recover with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so useful to those who suffer with sciatica? First off, it reduces their time of recovery and a Norwegian research study confirms it.

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

The researchers discovered that all but two patients went back to their jobs after receiving chiropractic adjustments, which is a 95% success rate. Furthermore, the average length of time that the individuals 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 missed in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is nearly 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 might also decrease costs to businesses and workers from lost work.

If you live in Mt Sterling and you suffer with sciatica pain, Dr. Tolson is here to help. Give us a call at (859) 499-1009 and we'll work with you to find the root cause of your sciatica and get you back on the road to health.

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.

 

Mt Sterling Chiropractic Care for Headache

There are many different kinds of headache, but one of the most common types is known as "cervicogenic headache," or headaches that originate in your neck.

Dr. Linton sees a lot of people in our Mt Sterling office who are suffering with frequent, reoccurring headaches. Fortunately, chiropractic adjustments can usually help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50%, 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 patients 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 patients received double 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, participants who were taking medications for their headaches were able to lower their intake after completing the study. Those who received chiropractic had lower drug usage 24 weeks post-study.

Dr. Linton has helped many people who were suffering from headaches in our Mt Sterling office. Call us today at (859) 499-1009 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.

 

Chiropractic Found to Be "Safe and Helpful" for Disc Herniation

Mt Sterling non-surgical disc herniation treatmentDr. Linton sees many patients weekly in our busy Mt Sterling chiropractic office who are looking for relief from the pain and suffering they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the medical literature verifies that chiropractic is a successful way to treat herniated disc problems.

Don't Suffer! Dr. Linton and Chiropractic Care Helps With Disc Herniation

One particular research study 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 people documented that they were experiencing pain, reduced range of motion, and sensory issues bad enough to keep them off work.

During the course of the research study, the individuals were managed using one of two common chiropractic practices: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the men and women who had herniation issues in the low back.

Each individual was treated four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times weekly, and then as needed for the rest of the study. Depending on the severity of the disc herniation, treatment ranged anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being performed at various stages to identify what impact, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Back Pain and Herniated Disc

The investigators found that 80 percent of the participants experienced a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other issues, such as numbness. Furthermore, 77 percent of these individuals 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 work and led the authors to conclude that chiropractic adjustments is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.

If you have a herniated disc and suffer from chronic back pain and are near Dr. Linton in Mt Sterling, 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

Mt Sterling chiropractic back pain treatmentIn our Mt Sterling office, we see many people who are dealing with back pain, and some of these people have been advised they might need surgery to recover. Fortunately, Dr. Tolson has helped many people get pain relief without the need for any type of surgical procedure. The scientific literature confirms the results we see in our practice. One study published in the academic journal Spine found that seeing a chiropractor as your first step in dealing with your back issues may actually keep you off of the operating table.

In this report, medical researchers from Dartmouth reviewed statistics from about 1,900 workers from the state of Washington who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractor for their back pain issues. They then examined three years' worth of follow-up medical data to find out whether the subjects ended up having back surgery in an attempt to correct the problem.

What the authors determined was that 42.7% of the individuals who first consulted with a surgeon for their back problems ended up with 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 findings. Seeing a chiropractor significantly reduces your odds of getting back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this report "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.

Let's also take note this important point: this study was performed by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and printed in the world's most prestigious medical publication on spinal injuries.

The Risks of Surgery

Any surgery has risks, but a major downside 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. Tolson believes that surgery should be the absolute last choice for treating back pain. Chiropractic care works to restore your spine to its normal function--without risky surgery or drugs--and many research studies have confirmed the effectiveness of chiropractic for back pain.

If you live in Mt Sterling and you need care for your back pain, give our office a call today at (859) 499-1009 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.