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Lower Back Pain and the Sacroiliac Joint

We see a lot of patients with back pain in our Mandeville office, and Dr. Schulz has noticed that many cases of back pain stem from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation has demonstrated that roughly one quarter of all back pain begins in the SI joint, and now new research confirms what we have noticed in our office: chiropractic is an effective way to treat this pain.

Research Proves Chiropractic Treatment Helps Increase Movement in the SI Joint

In the study released in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, thirty-two women who suffered from sacroiliac joint syndrome were split into two groups and asked to engage in one of two treatment therapies. The first group received a chiropractic adjustment isolated to the sacroiliac joint, and the other group got an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Specialists noticed greater improvements in both pain and movement immediately after treatment, two days later, and 30 days later for the individuals who had been given high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This suggests that chiropractic treatment administered in these two areas offers both short term and long term results for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even after only a single treatment session.

So, if you are dealing with sacroiliac joint pain, or live with back and leg pain and are ready to see whether your sacroiliac joint is the cause, a visit to our Mandeville office could be the first—and best—step towards recovery. Give our office a call today at (985) 809-3135.

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.

 

Chronic Pain, Car Crashes, and Chiropractic

Mandeville auto injury recoveryOver 2 million people are hurt each year in auto accidents in the U.S. While most people are able to heal from their injuries relatively easily, too many people are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Mandeville office. Fortunately, Dr. Schulz is here to help you recover 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 syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic treatment 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 long-term pain after a crash.

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

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

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

How to Avoid Surgery for Back Pain

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

Dr. Schulz has seen many back pain patients in our Mandeville office who have been hurting for years and who are afraid that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Schulz 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

For example, in one study conducted on about 2,000 Washington State workers 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, proving that this non-invasive approach is very effective at keeping you off the operating table.

Dr. Schulz Can Help People Find Relief From Back Pain Without Surgery

There are options 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. Schulz has helped many patients in Mandeville recover. Give our office a call today at (985) 809-3135 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.

 

Research Shows Chiropractic Beneficial at Preventing Sports Injuries

Mandeville sports injury treatment and chiropracticWe come across a lot of sports injuries in our Mandeville clinic, and Dr. Schulz is often able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are hurt each year while playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults injured every year while participating in sports-related activities, according to statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the importance of minimizing these types of widespread injuries. One approach to potentially realize that goal, as stated in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic care.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and affecting their team's chance at securing a win. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them playing.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study in particular, all of the participants received medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also engaged in chiropractic treatments at the rate of one session each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one session per month for the final three months of the study. The other participants were given no chiropractic intervention at all and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic care.

After 24 matches, specialists reported a diminished amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Additionally, that very group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to effectively lessen the amount of leg injuries.

Dr. Schulz Can Help Patients Find Relief From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Faster

If you or your child plays sports and you want to ensure more time is dedicated on the field versus on the bench, call our Mandeville office at (985) 809-3135 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!

References

  • Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). 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, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
  • Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.
 

Mandeville Neck Pain and Car Crashes

Neck pain is a common condition after an auto injury, and it's something that Dr. Schulz sees frequently in our Mandeville office. What causes neck pain after an auto collision? How can chiropractic care help?

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common problem experienced after a car crash. During even a low velocity car crash, your head is exposed 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 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 car crash, 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 area gets inflamed and painful, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing movement in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.

You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Schulz is conveniently located in Mandeville to help you heal, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. Dr. Schulz will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (985) 809-3135 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Mandeville Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Mandeville headache care by Dr.  SchulzWe know how difficult chronic headache pain can be. Dr. Schulz and our staff have worked with many patients in our Mandeville chiropractic office, and we've had great success in helping patients eliminate their headache pain.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research paper confirms what we see in our office. In this paper, the authors started with 110 people who were suffering from 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 report found that the patients 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 Dr. Schulz a call today at our Mandeville office at (985) 809-3135. We're here to help get you relief.

Citation

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

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Mandeville practice, Dr. Schulz has helped countless patients heal from back problems. If you are suffering from back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to reduce the pain. You should know that studies have shown that chiropractic is usually a better choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this common type of pain.

In a 2013 report published in the medical journal Spine experts included 101 men and women who had suffered back pain for more than two days. Each patient was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 people, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received sham chiropractic adjustments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 people served as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment whatsoever.

All of the people who received some type of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control group who had no actual therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the people who received chiropractic adjustments had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

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

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Mandeville office with Dr. Schulz today at (985) 809-3135. We'll help ease your back problems 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 Mandeville office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is headache. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat headache. Let's look at how headache is caused by a crash and how Dr. Schulz can help you.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's caused by an auto collision, though, usually starts as tension or strain in the muscles of the cervical spine. In a crash, the neck muscles can be damaged, which causes inflammation and pain. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the forehead.

Another common cause of headache after a collision that we see in our Mandeville office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is very 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 effective way to treat headaches, including those caused by car crashes. Dr. Schulz can help reduce the swelling and tension in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.

Let us help you recover from headache. Dr. Schulz has helped many people with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to figure out the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (985) 809-3135 to make an appointment.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

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

Research Supports Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature verifies our results: 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 therapist 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 authors found that the spinal adjustments were effective at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were mixed with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get stressed, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, causing pain. Chiropractic works by eliminating these stresses and restoring the normal nerve function to the tissues.

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

If you live in Mandeville and suffer from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Schulz today at (985) 809-3135 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.

 

Chiropractic: The Natural Approach to Back Pain

Mandeville chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the principle of enabling your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote overall health. For Dr. Schulz, this involves working to reestablish your body's healthy performance to avoid the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We see that many of our Mandeville patients are relieved to find a natural solution for their health problems.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people reduce or even eliminate the use of drug treatments. Medications are oftentimes supplied to patients who have back soreness. This is such a serious problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the benefits when administered for back pain.

Some of the most well-known opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data presented by the AAN cite the fact that roughly 50% of the people taking these drugs for a period of three months are still taking them five years down the road. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and recovery, particularly if an narcotic dependency arises.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which features natural healing and the benefits are crystal clear. While a medication might be useful at briefly relieving the discomfort of a health issue, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your injured spine; it will only cover up the pain.

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

If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our Mandeville office a call at (985) 809-3135 to make an appointment with Dr. Schulz.

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