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How Chiropractic Can Help You Avoid Chronic Auto Injury Pain

Parma auto injury recoveryOver 2 million people are injured each year in car accidents in the U.S. While most people are able to recover from their injuries relatively easily, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Parma office. Fortunately, Dr. Baker is here to help you recover from your auto injury.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps Prevent Chronic Pain After an Auto Accident

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was conducted on 28 individuals diagnosed with chronic whiplash pain. Each participant received chiropractic care 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 long-term pain after a crash.

It's important to remember that research has also found that delaying care after a car crash can adversely affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Baker immediately is key to having a quicker recovery.

We Can Help People Find Relief From Pain After a Car Collision

Dr. Baker has helped many auto injury sufferers, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Parma office today for more information or an appointment.

References

  • 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.
 

How to Avoid Surgery for Back Pain

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

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

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Risky Surgery

For example, in a study carried out on about 2,000 Washington State employees who suffered from a back injury while at work, more than 42% who saw a surgeon first following their injury found themselves having back surgery within three years. That compares to just 1.5% of the people who first sought treatment with chiropractic, showing that this non-invasive approach is extremely effective at keeping you off the operating table.

Dr. Baker Can Help Clients Find Relief From Back Pain Without Surgery

There are alternatives 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. Baker has helped many patients in Parma recover. Give our office a call today at (440) 888-6979 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.

 

Parma Neck Pain and Auto Injury

We work with many auto injury cases in our Parma office, and a widespread symptom our patients report is neck pain. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after an accident and see how chiropractic can help.

Even in a car crash, your head is rapidly thrown back and forth, so it's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom from this type of injury. During even a low velocity wreck, your head is exposed to extremely rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the neck. 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 tissues gets inflamed and painful, and that's what occurs after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing mobility in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.

You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Baker is conveniently located in Parma to help you recover, whether you've been in a car crash or not. Dr. Baker will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (440) 888-6979 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Parma Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Parma headache care by Dr. BakerWe know how difficult long-term headache pain can be. Dr. Baker and our staff have worked with many patients in our Parma chiropractic office, and we've had great success in helping people reduce their headache pain.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research study verifies what we see in our office. In this report, the authors started with 110 people 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 study also found that these results 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. Baker a call today at our Parma office at (440) 888-6979. We're here to help get you out of pain.

Reference

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.

 

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

In our Parma practice, Dr. Baker has helped several people recover from back problems. If you suffer from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take drugs to decrease the discomfort. You should recognize that research indicates that chiropractic is usually a better alternative than drugs when it comes to alleviating this specific type of pain.

In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had suffered back pain for at least 48 hours. Each individual was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the medication diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received fake chiropractic treatments and the real drug. The third group of 25 people acted as the control as those subjects engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.

Both of the groups that received some form of real treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the NSAID, fared better than the control patients who had no real care. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the people who received chiropractic adjustments had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.

Natural Healing with Chiropractic Care

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without undesirable side effects. For example, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health complications. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's purpose designed to resolve the source of the problem, not just treat the signs and symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Call and make an appointment in our Parma office with Dr. Baker today at (440) 888-6979. We'll help ease 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 Accidents

We manage many auto injury cases in in our Parma office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is headache. Let's look at the root cause of headache after an auto injury and see how your chiropractor can help.

There are many different types of headache. Headache that's triggered by an auto collision, though, typically starts as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the cervical spine. In a collision, the neck muscles can be damaged, which causes swelling and discomfort. These types of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.

Another frequent cause of headache after a crash that we see in our Parma 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 avoid the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those brought about by car crashes. Your chiropractor will help reduce the irritation and strain in your neck, which will help alleviate the headache pain.

Dr. Baker has been helping patients in Parma since 2001, so we know what you're experiencing. We're here to help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment plan of action. Call us today at (440) 888-6979 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

Parma Headache Treatment by Dr. BakerMany people experience headache pain, and tension headaches are a common problem in our busy world. Postural problems and stress are common causes of tension headache pain, and ones that Dr. Baker and the team here in our Parma chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Shows Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature verifies our findings: A 2016 study from Spain managed a group of 76 men and women 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 researchers 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, causing pain. Chiropractic works by removing these stresses and restoring the normal nerve function to the area.

We're Here to Help People Find Relief From Tension Headaches

If you live in Parma and are struggling with any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Baker today at (440) 888-6979 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.

 

A Natural Approach to Back Pain

Parma chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the principle of helping your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote overall health. For Dr. Baker, this means working hard to restore your body's normal functioning to prevent the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We find that most of our Parma patients are pleased to find a natural answer for their health issues.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people reduce or even eliminate the use of drugs. Prescription medications are oftentimes supplied to individuals who have back pain. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the advantages when administered for back pain.

Some of the most well-known narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures supplied by the AAN mention the fact that approximately 50% of the patients taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years later. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and healing, especially if an opiate dependency arises.

Contrast that to chiropractic which features natural healing and the benefits are obvious. While a medication might be useful at temporarily reducing the discomfort of a health problem, it's not a real solution to the problem. Drugs don't fix your damaged back; it will only conceal the pain.

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

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Parma office a call at (440) 888-6979 to make an appointment with Dr. Baker.

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 Auto Injury

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common problem after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Baker sees often in our Parma office. The key to recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of blood vessels and nerves that travel 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 damaged, the muscles become inflamed and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which restricts movement and puts pressure on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or numbness in the shoulder, elbow and even the wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Parma Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Baker 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. Baker is conveniently located in Parma to help you heal, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Call us today at (440) 888-6979 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Sports Injuries and Chiropractic: Leg Injury

Parma-sports-therapyWhen performing sports that demand a lot of lower body motion, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's common to sustain some type of injury to your lower extremities. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many players have found themselves sidelined. Dr. Baker has seen all of these problems in our Parma patients. The good news is, chiropractic adjustments can help prevent some of these injuries from developing and research proves it.

Dr. Baker keeps up-to-date with all of the latest scientific research, and in a report 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 others were put in a treatment group that received sports chiropractic care at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant receiving care once per 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.

Researchers noted that there was a "significant" difference in the number of leg strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. Furthermore, they noticed 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 practice in Parma and would like to see if Dr. Baker can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (440) 888-6979 for an appointment.

Original Study

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).