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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
 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

If you have thoracic outlet syndrome after a car crash, don't worry. Dr. Schulz sees this type of problem frequently in our Mandeville 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 room, so they pass underneath and through the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a crash, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become swollen and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which restricts movement and puts stress 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.

Mandeville Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Schulz will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.

If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're experiencing thoracic outlet syndrome, Dr. Schulz is here to help. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to determine the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (985) 809-3135 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Mandeville Chiropractic Care for Headache

There are many different kinds of headache, but one of the most common types is known as "cervicogenic headache," or those that originate in your neck.

Dr. Schulz sees a lot of patients in our Mandeville office who are suffering with frequent headaches. Fortunately, chiropractic can usually help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50 percent, and research confirms it.

A study was conducted involving 80 participants who reported experiencing at least five cervicogenic headaches during the prior three months. The objective was to see how effective chiropractic was for this type of head pain, as well as to ascertain the number of treatment sessions necessary to achieve a positive effect.

The subjects were divided into four separate groups, so that each group was similar in age, gender, number of cervicogenic headaches, and their intensity. Of the four groups, two engaged in chiropractic treatments and two received light massage. Furthermore, one group assigned to each treatment received eight sessions and the other patients received double that amount.

Each patient was assessed based on head pain, neck pain, and disability prior to the study and 12 and 24 weeks after treatment was complete. The authors found that those who received chiropractic as opposed to massage reported fewer headaches at the conclusion of the study. Furthermore, improvements were maintained when checked six months after treatment ended.

Furthermore, individuals who were taking medications for their headaches were able to lower their intake after completing the study. Those who received chiropractic had lower medication usage 24 weeks post-study.

Dr. Schulz has helped many people who were suffering from headaches in our Mandeville office. Call us today at (985) 809-3135 for more information or for an appointment.

Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin M, Vavrek D. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2010; 10: 117-128.

 

Chiropractic Works for Disc Herniation

Mandeville non-surgical disc herniation treatmentDr. Schulz sees many patients weekly in our busy Mandeville chiropractic office who are looking for relief from the pain and distress they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the medical research verifies that chiropractic care is a successful way to treat herniated disc pain.

Don't Suffer! Dr. Schulz and Chiropractic Care Helps With Disc Herniation

One particular research study involved 27 people, 8 male and 19 female, who had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirming a disc herniation in either their neck or lower back. The individuals documented that they were experiencing pain, limited range of motion, and sensory problems bad enough to keep them off work.

During the course of the research period, the individuals were managed using one of two common chiropractic techniques: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the patients who had herniation issues in the lumbar area.

Each person was treated four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times each week, and then as needed for the remainder of the study. Depending on the seriousness of the disc herniation, treatment ranged anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being conducted at a variety of stages to identify what impact, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Back Pain and Herniated Disc

The authors discovered that 80 percent of the patients enjoyed a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other symptoms, such as numbness. Furthermore, 77 percent of these individuals also showed MRI evidence that their disc herniation was either reduced or resolved completely. This resulted in 78 percent of the study subjects being able to return to their place of employment and led the researchers to conclude that chiropractic care is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.

If you have a herniated disc and suffer from chronic back pain and are near Dr. Schulz in Mandeville, contact our office today to see what chiropractic can do for you!

Reference
BenEliyahu, DJ. Magnetic resonance imaging and clinical follow-up: study of 27 patients receiving chiropractic care for cervical and lumbar disc herniations. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1996;19(9):597-606.

 

Avoiding the Surgeon's Knife with Chiropractic

Mandeville chiropractic back pain treatmentIn our Mandeville office, we see many people who are struggling with back pain, and a few of these folks have been told they might need surgery to recover. Fortunately, Dr. Schulz has helped many people get pain relief without the need for any type of operation. The scientific research confirms the results we see in our office. One medical study published in the academic journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor as your first move in overcoming with your back pain may literally keep you out of the operating room.

In this study, medical experts from Dartmouth reviewed statistics from 1,885 workers from the state of Washington who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractic doctor for their back pain issues. They then examined three years' worth of follow-up medical data to ascertain whether the patients wound up having back surgery in an effort to treat the problem.

What the authors discovered was that 42.7% of the individuals who first consulted with a surgeon for their back pain ended up having a surgical procedure in that 3-year time frame, whereas only 1.5 percent of those who first consulted with a chiropractor had the same fate. The authors wrote:

"Even after controlling for injury severity and other measures, workers with an initial visit for the injury to a surgeon had almost nine times the odds of receiving lumbar spine surgery compared to those seeing primary care providers, whereas workers whose first visit was to a chiropractor had significantly lower odds of surgery."

These are remarkable findings. Seeing a chiropractor dramatically decreases your odds of having back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.

Let's also take note this important point: this study was carried out by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and printed in the world's most prestigious medical journal on spinal injuries.

The Problems with Surgery

Any surgical procedure has risks, but a major problem associated with spinal surgery is that there is a very high rate of failure. In an important analysis in the European Spine Journal, researchers wrote:

"Failed back surgery is a problem that has become sufficiently widespread to even warrant its own special conferences, with recent reviews reporting failure rates ranging from 5 to 50%."

The experts in this same study concluded:

"It is extremely difficult to identify unequivocal predictor factors that can be used to accurately predict the outcome of surgery."

As a chiropractor, Dr. Schulz is convinced that surgery should be the absolute last choice for treating back pain. Chiropractic care works to restore your spine to its normal function--without high-risk surgery or drugs--and many scientific studies have confirmed the usefulness of chiropractic for back pain.

If you live in Mandeville and you need relief for your back pain, give our practice a call today at (985) 809-3135 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!

Studies

  • Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM. 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.
  • Mannion AF, Elfering A. Predictors of surgical outcome and their assessment. European Spine Journal 2006;15(Suppl 1):S93-S108.
 

Back Pain and Car Crashes

We manage many auto injury cases in in our Mandeville office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is back pain. Chiropractic can be very helpful for back pain symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes back pain and why chiropractic works.

During a rear-end motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your back, the seat can put uneven force on your lower back. This can cause some of your spinal vertebrae to move in one direction while an adjacent vertebrae might move in another direction. This differential movement can sprain or strain the ligaments that hold your spine together. This type of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Dr. Schulz has been helping patients in Mandeville since 2003, so we know what you're living with. We're here to help you, too. First, we'll do a careful assessment to determine the root cause of your pain, 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.