Posts Categorized as: Back Pain

Downtown St. Louis, MO Back Pain Treatment

Downtown St. Louis, MO back pain treatment by Dr. HollandMost of us suffer from back problems at some point in our lives. Researchers estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Dr. Holland and our talented staff see many back pain cases in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office, and we've found that chiropractic care is a highly effective way to not only help you heal from back pain, it's also a great way to prevent future problems.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Back Pain

A recent study from the University of Utah confirms what our Downtown St. Louis, MO patients have experienced: your Downtown St. Louis, MO chiropractor is the best first option for an event of back pain.

In this study, 747 participants were treated for low back pain. Each person was assessed based on the first person they sought treatment with, whether it was a primary care physician, a chiropractor, or a physiotherapist.

What the researchers found is that the individuals who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgical procedures.

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. Dr. Holland and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

Dr. Holland Can Help Clients Find Relief From Back Pain

If you live near our Downtown St. Louis, MO office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (314) 588-9100 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.

 

Prevent Back Surgery with Chiropractic

Downtown St. Louis, MO Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryEvery year, over 500,000 people have back surgery in the US. Although sometimes it's necessary to have back surgery, the reality is that if you can prevent this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Dr. Holland is here to make sure that patients in Downtown St. Louis, MO have a natural, non-surgical option for back problems. We've helped many patients recover 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 adjustments may actually keep you out of the operating room entirely.

Research Proves Chiropractic Care Helps Avoid Back Surgery

In this study, about 1,900 workers with back injuries were evaluated over a three year period. When the workers first sought treatment with a surgeon, over 42 percent wound up having surgery for their pain. For patients 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 surgery.

If you live in the Downtown St. Louis, MO area, Dr. Holland can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (314) 588-9100 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.

 

Lumbar Pain and the Sacroiliac Joint

We see a large number of patients with back pain in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office, and Dr. Holland finds that quite a few cases of back pain originate in the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Research has revealed that about twenty-five percent of all back pain starts out in the SI joint, and now new research ratifies what we have observed in our clinic: chiropractic is an effective way to treat this problem.

Research Proves Chiropractic Treatment Helps Increase Movement in the SI Joint

In the study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 32 women who suffered from sacroiliac joint dysfunction were split into two groups and asked to engage in one of two treatment therapies. one group went through a chiropractic adjustment isolated to the sacroiliac joint, and the other group received an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Researchers noticed greater improvements in both pain and movement immediately following treatment, two days later, and 30 days after for the individuals who underwent high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This suggests 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.

Therefore, if you are having trouble with sacroiliac joint pain, or cope with back and leg pain and are ready to find out whether your sacroiliac joint is the source, a visit to our Downtown St. Louis, MO office may be the first and best step towards recovery. Give our office a call today at (314) 588-9100.

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.

 

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 surgical treatment--the one option that should be a last resort.

Dr. Holland has seen many back pain patients in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office who have been suffering for years and who are afraid that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Holland 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 conducted on almost 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 care, demonstrating that this natural approach is very effective at keeping you out of the operating room.

Dr. Holland 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. Holland has helped many patients in Downtown St. Louis, MO recover. Give our office a call today at (314) 588-9100 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.

 

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

In our Downtown St. Louis, MO office, Dr. Holland has helped countless patients heal from back pain. If you suffer from back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to relieve the discomfort. You should recognize that research shows that chiropractic care is usually a better alternative than drugs when it comes to relieving this specific type of pain.

In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 individuals who had suffered back pain for more than 48 hours. Each individual was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 people, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the medication diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received sham chiropractic treatments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 individuals acted as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.

Both of the groups that received some form of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic or the NSAID, fared better than the control subjects 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 drug.

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without negative side effects. For example, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health complications. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's purpose designed to resolve 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 care is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office with Dr. Holland today at (314) 588-9100. 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.

 

A Natural Approach to Back Pain

Downtown St. Louis, MO chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the approach of helping your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage overall health. For Dr. Holland, this means working hard to reestablish your body's healthy performance to prevent the need for medications or surgery. We see that most of our Downtown St. Louis, MO patients are pleased to find a natural solution for their health problems.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people minimize or eliminate the use of narcotics. Medications are commonly issued to people who have back pain. This is such a serious problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks overshadow the advantages when administered for back pain.

Some of the most common narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures offered by the AAN mention the fact that roughly 50% of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still taking them five years later. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and recovery, especially if an narcotic addiction arises.

Compare that to chiropractic care which involves natural healing and the advantages are crystal clear. While a medication might be useful at briefly reducing the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs can't mend your injured spine; it will only mask the pain.

Dr. Holland will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to address the spinal interference -- without any risky medications.

If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our Downtown St. Louis, MO office a call at (314) 588-9100 to make an appointment with Dr. Holland.

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
 

Want To Avoid Surgery? See A Chiropractor

Downtown St. Louis, MO chiropractic back pain treatmentIn our Downtown St. Louis, MO practice, we see a large number of people who are troubled with back pain, and a few of these patients have been advised they might need surgery to recover. Thankfully, Dr. Holland has helped many people get relief without the need for any type of operation. The scientific research agrees with the results we see in our office. One research study published in the academic journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor as your first move in dealing with your back issues may literally keep you off of the operating table.

In this study, medical professionals from Dartmouth analyzed statistics from 1,885 workers from the state of Washington who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractor for their low back issues. They then looked at three years' worth of follow-up medical information to determine whether the patients ended up having back surgery in an effort to correct the problem.

What the researchers discovered was that about 43% of the patients who first saw a surgeon for their back pain ended up having a surgical procedure in that 3-year time span, whereas only 1.5 percent of those who first saw 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. Consulting with a chiropractor considerably reduces your odds of having back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this scientific study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.

Let's also take into account this important point: this study was conducted by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and published in the world's most distinguished medical journal on spinal injuries.

Surgery: The Last Resort

Any surgery has risks, but a major downside related to spine surgery is that there is a very high failure rate. 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. Holland believes that surgery should be the absolute last resort for treating back pain. Chiropractic works to restore your spine to its normal function--without risky surgery or drugs--and many research studies have demonstrated the usefulness of chiropractic for back pain.

If you live in Downtown St. Louis, MO and you need care for your back pain, give our office a call today at (314) 588-9100 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.
 

Effective Back Pain Treatment

St. Louis, MO back pain treatmentWe see a number of people with back pain in our St. Louis, MO practice, and Dr. Holland has been able to help many of them get relief with chiropractic. At the same time, recovering from back pain doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical treatment, as many people utilize both types of care with great success.

Study Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Treatment Work Well with One Another

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 soreness and limited function due to back symptoms. Some of the study participants received treatment via standard medical therapy, while the rest received chiropractic adjustments along with standard medical care, as the authors wanted to determine which group fared better.

Researchers determined that the patients who got standard medical care along with chiropractic scored "significantly better" than the patients who got medical care alone; 73 percent reported positive benefits compared to just 17% of the medical treatment only group who reported the same amount of improvement. This was true regarding both pain and level of function at the two- and four-week marks.

Thus, integrating these two forms of care can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering benefits when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic and medical approaches can work alongside each other, chiropractic offers some unique strengths over medical treatment.

Where Chiropractic Care Is Successful

Although it may seem as if each approach plays a 50-50 role, there is one major benefit that chiropractic care has over medical treatment and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, a piece of research conducted at 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 patients undergoing medical treatment.

According to the experts, the main factors that patients preferred 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 better their health on their own, as well as discussing more thoroughly what to expect from chiropractic.

Chiropractic Is a Natural Approach to Wellness

Without a doubt, the techniques associated with chiropractic are very different than those available with medical treatment, but a large amount of the distinction is the fact that chiropractic is a holistic approach to health and wellness. In contrast to focusing on just relieving the symptoms, chiropractic involves tracking down the root cause of your pain, which often translates to 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 natural forms of treatment like chiropractic. This means fewer negative responses to prescriptions and longer-lasting recovery.

You don't have to suffer from back pain or other health problems. Give our St. Louis, MO clinic a call today at (314) 588-9100. 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.
 

St. Louis, MO Back Pain Treatment

St. Louis, MO back pain treatment by Dr. HollandMost of us suffer from back pain at some point in our lives. Experts estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Dr. Holland and our talented staff see many back pain cases in our St. Louis, MO office, and we've found that chiropractic care is a highly effective way to not only help you heal from back pain, it's also an excellent way to avoid future problems.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Back Pain

A recent study from the University of Utah verifies what our St. Louis, MO patients have experienced: your St. Louis, MO chiropractor is the best first option for an event of back pain.

In this paper, 747 patients were treated for low back pain. Each person was evaluated based on the first person they sought treatment with, whether it was a primary care physician, a chiropractor, or a physiotherapist.

What the authors discovered is that the subjects who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgical procedures.

Other studies have found the same results. A 2012 study found 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. Dr. Holland and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

Dr. Holland Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Back Pain

If you live near our St. Louis, MO office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (314) 588-9100 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.

 

Chiropractic Can Help Prevent Surgery for Back Pain

St. Louis, MO Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryEach year, over 500,000 people have back surgery in the US. Although sometimes it's necessary to have back surgery, the reality is that if you can avoid this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Dr. Holland is here to make sure that people in St. Louis, MO have a healthy, non-surgical option for back pain. We've helped many people recover from back pain without the need for surgery.

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

Research Shows Chiropractic Treatment Helps Avoid Back Surgery

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

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

If you live in the St. Louis, MO area, Dr. Holland can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (314) 588-9100 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.