Posts by Dr. Robb Baker

Parma TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Parma TMJ Treatment by Dr. BakerJaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical condition experienced by many people after a car wreck, and it can be hard for some physicians to identify the cause of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the incident.

Dr. Baker has treated many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what triggers these types of symptoms. During a crash, the tissues in your neck are commonly 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, 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 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 jaw works the same way. Dr. Baker sees this very frequently in our Parma office.

Research Proves Chiropractic Lessens TMJ Pain After an Auto Accident

Studies have shown that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems originates in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Baker will work to return your spine back to health, decreasing the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Dr. Baker finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.

If you reside in Parma and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Baker can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2001, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (440) 888-6979 for an appointment or consultation.

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.

 

Chiropractic Can Alleviate Need for Back Surgery

Parma Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryThe latest numbers show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries each year in the US. Although sometimes it's necessary to have back surgery, the fact is that if you can prevent this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Dr. Baker is here to make sure that patients in Parma have a natural, non-surgical option for back problems. We've helped many people heal from back pain without the need for surgery.

There are plenty of reasons to avoid unnecessary medical treatments: Surgeries often result in a longer recovery time and complications, neither of which is a desirable scenario. Fortunately, as one study has found, chiropractic adjustments may actually keep you off the surgeon's table entirely.

Research Supports Chiropractic Care Helps Avoid Back Surgery

In this paper, 1,885 workers with back injuries were examined over a three year period. When the workers first sought treatment with a surgeon, over 42 percent wound up having back surgery. For patients who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

These findings suggest that chiropractic care can help you heal from back pain without surgical procedures.

If you live in the Parma area, Dr. Baker can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (440) 888-6979 for more information or an appointment.

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.

 

Causes of Chronic Pain after a Car Crash

Parma neck pain and headache treatmentOver 2 million people are hurt every year in car accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to recover from their injuries relatively easily, others are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. 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 Supports Chiropractic Helps Prevent Chronic Pain After an Auto Accident

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was carried out on 28 people diagnosed with chronic whiplash pain. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments 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 is a great way to avoid chronic pain after a crash.

It's important to remember that research has also found that putting off treatment after a car crash can negatively affect healing time, so getting in to see Dr. Baker immediately is key to having a speedier recovery.

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Pain After a Car Collision

Dr. Baker has helped many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Parma 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.
 

Low Back Pain and the Sacroiliac Joint

We treat a good number of people with back pain in our Parma office, and Dr. Baker has noticed that quite a few cases of back pain start in the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation shows that roughly 25% of all back pain starts out in the SI joint, and now new research confirms what we see in our clinic: chiropractic is an effective approach to treating this pain.

Research Proves Chiropractic Treatment Helps Increase Movement in the SI Joint

In the study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, thirty-two women who suffered from sacroiliac joint syndrome were separated into two groups and asked to take part in one of two treatment methods. The first group was given a chiropractic adjustment only at the sacroiliac joint, and the alternate group got an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Researchers found greater improvements in both pain and movement immediately following treatment, two days post-treatment, and 30 days later for the individuals who underwent high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This demonstrates that chiropractic therapy administered in these two areas offers both short term and long term results for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even after only a single treatment round.

So, if you are having trouble with sacroiliac joint pain, or have back and leg pain and would like to find out whether your sacroiliac joint is the cause, a visit to our Parma office could be the first—and best—step towards feeling better. Give our office a call today at (440) 888-6979.

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.

 

Parma Neck Pain and Headache Care

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

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, people with neck and headache pain in Parma have been helped by the chiropractic adjustments of Dr. Baker. Our experience is backed up by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-surgical, 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 resorting to drugs or more invasive procedures.

Past scientific studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.

We Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're troubled with neck pain or headaches, Dr. Baker and our staff are here to help you recover. Give our Parma office a call today at (440) 888-6979 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.

 

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.