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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.

 

Avoiding Chronic Pain After an Auto Injury

Salem / Keizer, OR auto injury recoveryOver 2 million people are hurt every year in auto accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to recover from their injuries relatively quickly, too many people are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Salem / Keizer, OR office. Thankfully, First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC 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 carried out on 28 individuals diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic treatment and 93 percent of them experienced improvements 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 an auto injury.

It's important to remember that studies have also found that delaying treatment after a car crash can adversely affect healing time, so getting in to see First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC as soon as possible is key to having a quicker recovery.

We Can Help Clients Find Relief From Pain After a Car crash

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC has worked with many auto injury sufferers, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Salem / Keizer, OR office today for more information or an appointment.

Sources

  • 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.
 

Salem / Keizer, OR Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Salem / Keizer, OR headache care by First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PCWe know how difficult long-term headache pain can be. First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC and our staff have worked with many men and women in our Salem / Keizer, OR chiropractic clinic, and we've had great success in helping folks eliminate their headache pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research study verifies what we see in our practice. In this study, the authors started with 110 people who were suffering with headaches 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 results were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat chronic headache pain, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC a call today at our Salem / Keizer, OR office at (503) 390-1552. We're here to help get you out of pain.

Research

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 Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Salem / Keizer, OR practice, First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC has helped countless patients recover from back pain. If you suffer from back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to reduce the discomfort. You should recognize that research indicates that chiropractic care is usually a much healthier alternative than drugs when it comes to alleviating this specific type of problem.

In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 individuals who had experienced back pain for more than two days. Each one was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 people, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received sham chiropractic treatments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 individuals acted as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.

All of the patients who received some form of real treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the medication, fared better than the control patients who had no real therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the people who received chiropractic adjustments had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Chiropractic: Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without negative side effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's designed to correct the source of the problem, not just treat the signs and symptoms.

If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Make an appointment in our Salem / Keizer, OR office with First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC today at (503) 390-1552. 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.

 

Salem / Keizer, OR Neck Pain and Auto Injury

Neck pain is a common symptom after a car accident, and it's something that First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC sees frequently in our Salem / Keizer, OR office. Chiropractic care can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works.

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 speed crash, your head is subjected to extremely rapid acceleration. In such collisions, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a serious strain on the tissues of the neck. The bones of your spinal column 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 wreck, 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 become inflamed and tender, and that's what occurs after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.

You don't have to suffer from neck pain. First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC is conveniently located in Salem / Keizer, OR to help you get better, 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 pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Give our office a call today at (503) 390-1552 to make an appointment.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

Salem / Keizer, OR Headache Treatment by First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PCMany people experience headache pain, and tension headaches are a frequent problem in our busy lives. Postural problems and stress are common sources of tension headache, and ones that First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC and the staff here in our Salem / Keizer, OR chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Supports Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature verifies our findings: A 2016 study from Spain treated 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 discovered that the spinal adjustments were beneficial at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when spinal adjustments were combined with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get stressed out, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, leading to pain. Chiropractic works by getting rid of these stresses and restoring the normal nerve function to the tissues.

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

If you live in Salem / Keizer, OR and are struggling with any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC today at (503) 390-1552 for an appointment or more information.

Source

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

Salem / Keizer, OR chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the concept of enabling your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage overall health. For First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC, this involves working to reestablish your body's natural functioning to prevent the need for medications or surgical treatments. We notice that many of our Salem / Keizer, OR patients are pleased to find a natural approach for their health conditions.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people decrease or eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescriptions are frequently issued to people who have back pain. This is such a significant problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the benefits when prescribed 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 provided by the AAN mention the fact that roughly 50% of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still on them five years later. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and healing, particularly if an narcotic dependency occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic which incorporates natural healing and the advantages are crystal clear. While a drug might be useful at temporarily suppressing the symptoms of a health issue, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs can't mend your injured spine; it will only conceal the pain.

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to address the problem -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Salem / Keizer, OR office a call at (503) 390-1552 to make an appointment with First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC.

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
 

Headache and Car Accidents

If you are suffering from headache after an auto injury, don't worry. First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC sees this type of condition very often in our Salem / Keizer, OR office. Why is headache such a common symptom after an auto collision? How can your chiropractor help you get better?

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

Another frequent cause of pain after a collision that we see in our Salem / Keizer, OR office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is quite common after a crash, and it's important to get treatment for this type of problem to prevent the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those caused by car crashes. First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC can help reduce the irritation and tension in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.

You don't have to suffer from headache. First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC is conveniently located in Salem / Keizer, OR to help you recover, 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. Give our office a call today at (503) 390-1552 to make an appointment.

 

Chiropractic Helps Prevent Lower Limb Injuries for Athletes

Salem / Keizer, OR-sports-therapyWhen playing sports activities that demand a lot of lower body motion, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's not uncommon to suffer some type of injury to your hips or legs. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many athletes have found themselves out of commission. First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC has seen all of these problems in our Salem / Keizer, OR patients. The good news is, chiropractic adjustments can help prevent some of these injuries from developing and research proves it.

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC keeps up-to-date with all of the recent scientific research, and in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules football players. Roughly 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 engaging in care once every week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before decreasing those to one visit monthly for the final three months of the study.

Researchers noted that there was a "significant" decrease in the number of leg strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. In addition, 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 conclude that sports chiropractic intervention 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 Salem / Keizer, OR and would like to see if First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (503) 390-1552 for an appointment.

Reference

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).