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Mt Sterling Chiropractic Beats Massage for Cervicogenic Headaches

We see a lot of people with headaches in our Mt Sterling office, and Dr. Linton has been able to aid many of them. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that half of all adults have a problem with some kind of headache problem, so this really isn’t surprising. One of the most frequent types of headaches which our patients suffer from is cervicogenic headache which, happily, chiropractic can generally help.

Cervicogenic Headaches Defined

A cervicogenic headache is one that stems from problems in the cervical spine. It might be because of a condition with either the spine itself (specifically, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it may be caused by a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine leads to constriction or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can generate headache pain.

How can you recognize if the headache you are being affected by is a cervicogenic headache? Besides obtaining a diagnosis from a healthcare expert, a typical symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is sometimes associated with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

Headache Relief with Chiropractic

Considering cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever issue is initiating them is remedied, it is important to get treatment instead of just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective solution, and one that offers a great deal of pain relief.

In one study released in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers evaluated 80 people who had recurring cervicogenic headaches. Fifty percent received chiropractic care and the other half underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was evaluated 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was found that chiropractic delivered the most beneficial results.

In particular, this study revealed that chiropractic adjustments provided patients more pain relief and lowered the number of headaches that occurred. On top of that, it also diminished the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Linton can do for you and your headaches, call our office today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!

References

  • Haas M, Schneider M, Vavrek D. Illustrating risk difference and number needed to treat from a randomized controlled trial of spinal manipulation for cervicogenic headache. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010 18(9).
  • World Health Organization. (2012, October). Headache disorders. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/
 

Chiropractic Aids Sprained Ankle Recovery

Mt Sterling natural ankle sprain treatmentWe see many patients in our Mt Sterling office with ankle sprains but Dr. Linton has had a lot of success helping them recover more quickly. Why are ankle sprains so common and how can chiropractic care help?

According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), approximately 25,000 people in the US sprain their ankles every day. In fact, these injuries make up almost half of all sports injuries, causing people to spend time away from the activities they enjoy most.

Like any injury, there are many causes of ankle sprains. The most common is inversion, or when the ankle rolls inward. This injury can occur due to one forceful movement, or it can develop over time, and activities that increase the risk for this type of ankle sprain include running and jumping. You're also at risk if you have past ankle injuries, poor posture or balance, weak muscles, and reduced range of motion.

How Can Chiropractic Treatments and Dr. Linton Help?

A study printed in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics set out to discover chiropractic's role when it comes to ankle sprain recovery. The authors recruited 33 individuals between the ages of 18 and 45 who had a history of ankle inversion sprains, who were reporting tenderness and/or pain, and had not re-injured the area in the previous six weeks.

18 of the participants were assigned to receive rehabilitation and the other 15 subjects received chiropractic adjustments in addition to rehabilitation. Each person had five full weeks of treatments, with the rehab group receiving treatment seven days a week and the rehab plus chiropractic group receiving care six out of the seven days.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Ankle Sprains

Researchers found that the people who had both rehabilitation and chiropractic fared the best at the 4-week mark when it came to pain and joint restriction. Also, no adverse effects were reported, showing that chiropractic is safe.

If you're near our office in Mt Sterling and you're recovering from an ankle injury, give us a call. We'll do what we can to keep you up and moving... literally!

Bibliography

  • American College of Sports Medicine. (n.d.). Ankle sprains and the athlete. Retrieved from https://www.acsm.org/docs/current-comments/anklesprainstemp.pdf
  • Lubbe, D et al. (2015, January). Manipulative therapy and rehabilitation for recurrent ankle sprain with functional instability: a short-term, assessor-blind, parallel-group randomized trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 38(1), 22-34, doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2014.10.001
 

Chiropractic Helps Fibromyalgia Pain

Mt Sterling natural fibromyalgia treatmentIf you are struggling with fibromyalgia, you are not alone, as Dr. Linton sees many people with this particular condition in our Mt Sterling chiropractic office. Actually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that roughly two percent of all adults in the United States have fibromyalgia. Fortunately, chiropractic care is one treatment option that can provide positive results.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps Fibromyalgia

In a study released in mid-2015, 215 women and men with fibromyalgia were assessed based on factors ranging from pain to quality of sleep to the levels of depression or anxiety they felt. Then they were divided into two groups with one group receiving a multi-modal therapy plan for three months and the second group receiving the same approach with the addition of chiropractic adjustments (specifically, to the upper neck area) for the same length of time.

The individuals who received chiropractic adjustments in addition to the multi-modal treatment program reported greater benefits in all areas (pain, sleep, depression, and anxiety) at 12 weeks post-treatment when compared to the study participants who received multi-modal treatment without chiropractic care. In addition, those positive outcomes were lasting as the individuals reported continued improvement one full year later.

Fibromyalgia can greatly reduce your quality of life, both mentally and physically. If you're suffering from fibromyalgia, we might be able to help.

You don't have to suffer! To find out what Dr. Linton can do for your fibromyalgia pain, call our Mt Sterling chiropractic office today.

References

  • Fibromyalgia. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/fibromyalgia.htm on November 2, 2015.
  • Moustafa I & Diab A. (2015, July). The addition of upper cervical manipulative therapy in the treatment of patients with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology International;35(7):1163-74.
 

Chiropractic Care Helps Relieve Herniated Disc Problems

Mt Sterling chiropractic disc herniation treatmentRegrettably, quite a few of our Mt Sterling patients know the pain associated with a herniated disc all too well. Fortunately, Dr. Linton has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of medical studies have confirmed that chiropractic can help patients recover from this kind of problem.

Research on Chiropractic for Disc Herniations

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

Results were collected after the first treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to establish what kind of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic care offers when it comes to resolving this particular condition. Among the data gathered was the individual's self-reported changes in both lumbar and leg pain.

Researchers found that, overall, the patients reported "significant improvement" for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the patients claimed 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 result that was found in the following case study.

Disc Herniation and Chiropractic: A Case Study

In this paper, a 26-year-old man had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the lower 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 a sports injury, and his disc herniation was confirmed via MRI.

After receiving chiropractic care, "The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment." Furthermore, the patient was still experiencing relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.

Studies like these show how useful chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and reducing the symptoms they produce. So, if you are suffering from back ache caused by a herniated disc and want to find some relief, chiropractic might be an effective solution.

Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Mt Sterling office a call today at (859) 499-1009 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 Beneficial for Carpal Tunnel

Mt Sterling natural carpal tunnel treatmentDr. Linton sees a lot of patients troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Mt Sterling chiropractic practice. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's really a syndrome that arises from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Recent research published 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 doctors found that the women had reduced cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.

Furthermore, they also observed that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was related to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less range of motion in the neck, the higher the level of pain.

This study is very important, as you can't successfully address a condition until you fully understand its cause. By recognizing that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that natural approaches like chiropractic can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky surgical procedures.

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

References

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

Mt Sterling back pain treatmentWe see many back pain patients in our Mt Sterling practice, and Dr. Linton has been able to help a lot of them get relief with chiropractic care. At the same time, recovering from back pain doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical treatment, as many individuals utilize both types of care with great success.

Research Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Care Work Well with One Another

In a study published by the medical journal Spine experts1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who were suffering from both acute discomfort and restricted function due to back symptoms. Some of the test subjects engaged in treatment via standard medical therapy, while the remainder received chiropractic care in addition to regular medical care, as the authors wanted to determine which group fared better.

The authors found that the group that received standard medical care in combination with chiropractic scored "significantly better" than the patients who received 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 the two- and four-week marks.

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

Where Chiropractic Care Pulls Ahead

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

According to the experts, the main factors that patients liked over medical treatment were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't surprising, as chiropractors frequently spend much more time consulting with their patients as to how they can better their health on their own, as well as discussing more thoroughly what to expect from chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Offers a Non-Invasive Approach

Certainly, the strategies associated with chiropractic are very different than those provided with medical treatment, but a large amount of the distinction is the fact that chiropractic is a natural approach to health and well-being. Rather than focusing on just relieving the symptoms, chiropractic involves searching for the primary cause of your pain, which often means greater improvement as you are addressing the problem at its source.

In addition, while medication is sometimes helpful for treating certain conditions, many health issues respond well to natural forms of treatment such as chiropractic care. This means fewer negative side effects from medications and longer-lasting recovery.

You don't have to deal with back pain or other health issues. Give our Mt Sterling office a call today at (859) 499-1009. We'll do everything we can to help you get and continue to be 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.
 

Mt Sterling Car Crashes and Chronic Pain

Mt Sterling auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Mt Sterling and you've been in a motor vehicle accident, you have to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic problems.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We deal with many auto injury patients in our Mt Sterling office, and a lot of these folks are dealing with chronic pain caused by an old crash. As a matter of fact, research shows that a significant percentage of rear-end crashes cause pain and disability even ten years after the initial trauma.

Dr. Linton is here to help you avoid developing chronic pain by helping to restore the natural function of your spine soon after a collision.

The most common causes of chronic issues are reduced mobility of your spine and the development of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your neck and back can easily be harmed during a collision, and chiropractic works by minimizing inflammation and restoring normal movement.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're close to our Mt Sterling office, and you've been hurt in a crash, don't wait to get care. Dr. Linton is here for you. Give us a call today at (859) 499-1009 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Mt Sterling Chiropractic Auto Accident Treatment

Mt Sterling auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. TolsonEach year, there are millions of auto collisions in the world, and a substantial number of people end up getting hurt in a car wreck. While most crashes are "minor," chronic back and neck pain are still common health problems. The good news is that chiropractic is a great way to treat these kinds of injuries.

We have treated many auto collision patients in our Mt Sterling office, and Dr. Tolson has been helping people with these types of problems since 2000. During a car accident, your body is subjected to violent forces that it simply wasn't built to deal with. These forces place stress and strain on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can cause injury to the ligaments that hold your neck and back together. A collision can cause a wide variety of pain issues.

A ligament tear in the neck can result in pain, swelling, and radicular problems in the arm and hand. Chiropractic works well for these types of injuries, because chiropractic focuses on restoring the healthy function and flexibility of the injured areas.

Dr. Tolson Can Help Patients Recover From an Auto Accident

Dr. Tolson, your Mt Sterling chiropractor, can help by lowering inflammation in the injured area and can help reduce the creation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.

You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Discover more about how we can help you recover or call Dr. Tolson today at (859) 499-1009.

 

Mt Sterling Neck Pain and Headache Care

Mt Sterling neck pain and headache treatmentNeck and headache pain are common problems that affect millions of men and women around the world. If you are dealing with this type of condition, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic care is a great way to not only treat these common problems, but also help prevent future episodes.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, people with neck and headache pain in Mt Sterling have been helped by the chiropractic care of Dr. Tolson. Our experience is backed up by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-invasive, 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 suggested before turning 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 Clients Find Relief From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're suffering from neck pain or headaches, Dr. Tolson and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our Mt Sterling office a call today at (859) 499-1009 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.

 

Mt Sterling TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Mt Sterling TMJ Treatment by Dr. LintonJaw pain is a fairly common condition experienced by people after a car accident, and it can be tough for some physicians to find the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, very often you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.

Dr. Linton has treated many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific literature explains what produces these types of problems. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are commonly stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause pain in other parts of your body.

For instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or numbness in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injury, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Linton sees this very commonly in our Mt Sterling office.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps TMJ Pain After an Auto Accident

Studies have shown that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Linton will work to return your spine back to health, relieving the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Dr. Linton finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.

If you reside in Mt Sterling and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Linton can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 2000, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (859) 499-1009 for an appointment or consultation.

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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.