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Chiropractic Beneficial for Carpal Tunnel

Salem / Keizer, OR natural carpal tunnel treatmentFirst Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC sees a lot of people troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Salem / Keizer, OR chiropractic office. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's really a syndrome that stems from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Recent research printed in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy assessed 71 women between the ages of 35 and 59 who were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Upon studying the subjects' neck range of motion, the doctors discovered that the patients had less cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.

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

This research is very important, as you can't effectively treat a condition until you fully understand its cause. By realizing that the root of carpal tunnel symptoms is in the neck, this means that natural approaches like chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky operations.

If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our Salem / Keizer, OR office and ask how First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC can help you get relief!

Studies

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

Salem / Keizer, OR back pain treatmentWe see a number of people with back pain in our Salem / Keizer, OR office, and First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC has been able to help many of them find relief through various chiropractic techniques. However, recovering from back pain doesn't necessarily mean having to make a choice between chiropractic care and medical therapy, as many individuals use both types of care with great success.

Research Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Care Work Well Together

In a report published by the journal Spine experts1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who reported both acute pain and restricted function due to back pain. Some of the test subjects received treatment via standard medical therapy, while the rest were given chiropractic care as well as standard medical care, as the authors wanted to determine which group fared better.

Researchers determined that the patients who 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 percent of the medical treatment only group who reported the same amount of improvement. This was true regarding both pain and level of function at two and four weeks.

Thus, incorporating these two forms of treatment can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering advantages when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic care and medical approaches can work together, chiropractic offers some unique advantages over medical treatment.

Where Chiropractic Care Pulls Ahead

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

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

Chiropractic Care Offers a Non-Invasive Approach

Without a doubt, the methods associated with chiropractic are quite different than those offered with medical therapy, 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 only relieving the symptoms, chiropractic care means searching for the root cause of your pain, which often means greater improvement as you are addressing the problem at its source.

Additionally, while medication is sometimes helpful for managing certain conditions, many health issues respond well to a natural approach like chiropractic care. This means fewer negative side effects from medications and longer-lasting results.

You don't have to endure back pain or other health issues. Give our Salem / Keizer, OR office a call today at (503) 390-1552. 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.
 

Salem / Keizer, OR Auto Accidents and Long-Term Pain

Salem / Keizer, OR auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Salem / Keizer, OR and you've been in a car accident, you need to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic problems.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We see many auto injury patients in our Salem / Keizer, OR office, and several of these individuals are dealing with chronic pain caused by an old crash. As a matter of fact, research shows that a significant percentage of rear-end collisions lead to pain and disability even ten years after the original injury.

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC is here to help you avoid developing chronic symptoms by helping to restore the healthy function of your spine soon after a motor vehicle accident.

The most frequent causes of chronic problems are reduced mobility of your spinal column and the formation of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your spine can easily be injured during a collision, and chiropractic care works by minimizing inflammation and restoring normal motion.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're near our Salem / Keizer, OR office, and you've been hurt in a collision, don't wait to get treatment. First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC is here for you. Give us a call today at (503) 390-1552 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Salem / Keizer, OR Back Pain Treatment

Salem / Keizer, OR back pain treatment by First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PCMost of us suffer from back ache at some point in our lives. Experts estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC and our talented staff see many back pain cases in our Salem / Keizer, OR 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 prevent future problems.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Back Pain

A recent article from the University of Utah verifies what our Salem / Keizer, OR patients have reported: your Salem / Keizer, OR chiropractor is the best first option for an event of back pain.

In this study, 747 patients were treated for low back pain. Each patient 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 discovered is that the individuals who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgeries.

Other studies 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. First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC Can Help Patients Find Relief From Back Pain

If you live near our Salem / Keizer, OR office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (503) 390-1552 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.

 

Salem / Keizer, OR Chiropractic Auto Accident Treatment

Salem / Keizer, OR auto injury recovery and treatment by First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PCEach year, there are millions of auto collisions in the world, and a substantial number of people end up getting hurt in a crash. Although most crashes are "minor," chronic neck and back pain are still common health issues. The good news is that chiropractic is a great way to treat these kinds of injuries.

We've helped many auto injury patients in our Salem / Keizer, OR office, and First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC has been helping people with these types of injuries since 1990. During a car accident, your body is exposed to large forces that it simply wasn't built to deal with. These forces put stress and strain on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can result in injury to the ligaments that hold your spine together. A collision can cause a vast array of pain issues.

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

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC Can Help People Recover From an Auto Injury

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC, your Salem / Keizer, OR chiropractor, can help by lowering irritation in the injured area and can help minimize 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 First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC today at (503) 390-1552.

 

Chiropractic Can Alleviate Need for Back Surgery

Salem / Keizer, OR Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryThe latest numbers show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries annually in the US. Although in some cases it's necessary to have surgery for back pain, the reality is that if you can prevent this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC is here to make sure that people in Salem / Keizer, OR 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 countless reasons to avoid unnecessary medical treatments: Surgeries often result in a longer recuperation time and additional complications, neither of which is a desirable scenario. Fortunately, as one medical study has found, chiropractic care may actually keep you out of the operating room altogether.

Research Supports Chiropractic Treatment Helps Avoid Back Surgery

In this study, about 1,900 workers with back injuries were examined over a three year period. When the workers first sought care with a surgeon, over 42 percent ended up having surgery for their pain. For subjects who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

These findings indicate that chiropractic care can help you heal from back pain without surgical treatments.

If you live in the Salem / Keizer, OR area, First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (503) 390-1552 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.

 

Salem / Keizer, OR TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Salem / Keizer, OR TMJ Treatment by First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PCJaw pain is a fairly common problem experienced by people after a car crash, and it can be tough for some doctors to diagnose the source of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC has treated many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical literature explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a crash, the tissues in your spine are frequently 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 problems in other parts of your body.

For instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling 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 TMJ works the same way. First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC sees this very commonly in our Salem / Keizer, OR office.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps TMJ Pain After an Auto Injury

Research indicates that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms 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: First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC will work to restore your spine back to health, reducing the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.

If you live in Salem / Keizer, OR and you've been hurt in a crash, First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1990, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (503) 390-1552 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.

 

Lower Back Pain and the Sacroiliac Joint

We help a good number of men and women with back pain in our Salem / Keizer, OR office, and First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC has noticed that quite a few cases of back pain start in the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation has demonstrated that about 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 method for treating this issue.

Research Shows 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 dysfunction were separated into two groups and asked to participate in one of two treatment methods. one group received a chiropractic adjustment only at the sacroiliac joint, and the second group had an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint as well as the lumbar spine.

Specialists found greater improvements in both pain and movement immediately after treatment, two days post-treatment, and 30 days later for the individuals who received high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This suggests that chiropractic treatment applied to these two areas offers both short term and lasting benefits for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even after just a single treatment round.

So, if you are dealing with sacroiliac joint pain, or live with back and leg pain and want to know whether your sacroiliac joint is the root, a consultation at our Salem / Keizer, OR office may be the first—and best—step towards recovery. Give our office a call today at (503) 390-1552.

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.

 

What causes long-term pain after a car wreck?

Salem / Keizer, OR neck pain and headache treatmentOver 2 million people are injured each year in motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. While most people are able to heal from their injuries fairly easily, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Salem / Keizer, OR office. Fortunately, First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC is here to help you heal from your auto injury.

Research Shows 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 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 note that studies have also found that delaying care after a car crash can adversely affect recovery time, so getting in to see First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC immediately is key to having a speedier recovery.

We Can Help People Find Comfort From Pain After a Car Accident

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC has worked with many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Salem / Keizer, OR 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.
 

Chiropractic Before Surgery, Says AMA

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.

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC has seen many back pain patients in our Salem / Keizer, OR office who have been in pain for years and who are worried that they might need an operation for their back pain. First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC 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

Recently, in a study carried out on almost 2,000 Washington State employees who suffered from a back injury while on the job, 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 individuals who first sought treatment with chiropractic care, showing that this non-invasive approach is very effective at keeping you out of the operating room.

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC 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. First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC has helped many patients in Salem / Keizer, OR recover. Give our office a call today at (503) 390-1552 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.