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What causes chronic pain after a car wreck?

Downtown St. Louis, MO neck pain and headache treatmentOver 2 million people are hurt each year in automobile accidents in the U.S. While most people are able to heal from their injuries fairly quickly, others are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. We see many of these patients here in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office. Luckily, Dr. Holland 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 conducted on 28 people diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments 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 research has also found that delaying care after a car crash can adversely affect healing time, so getting in to see Dr. Holland as soon as possible is key to having a speedier recovery.

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

Dr. Holland has worked with many auto injury sufferers, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Downtown St. Louis, MO 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.
 

Back Pain and the SI Joint

We see a good number of people with back pain in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office, and Dr. Holland has noticed that quite a few cases of back pain originate in the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation shows that roughly one quarter of all back pain starts out in the SI joint, and now fresh research confirms what we see in our office: chiropractic is an effective method for treating this issue.

Research Proves Chiropractic Treatment Helps Increase Movement in the SI Joint

In the study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, thirty-two women with sacroiliac joint syndrome were split into two groups and asked to take part in one of two treatment methods. one group was given a chiropractic adjustment isolated to the sacroiliac joint, and the second group received an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Scientists observed greater improvements in both pain and movement immediately following treatment, two days later, and 30 days later for the patients who received high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This demonstrates that chiropractic therapy administered in these two areas offers both short term and lasting benefits for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers even with just a single treatment session.

So, if you are having trouble with sacroiliac joint pain, or cope with back and leg pain and want to know if your sacroiliac joint is the root, 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.

 

Avoiding Chronic Pain After an Auto Injury

Downtown St. Louis, MO auto injury recoveryApproximately 2.3 million people are hurt each year in auto accidents in the U.S. While most people are able to heal from their injuries relatively quickly, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office. Thankfully, Dr. Holland is here to help you heal from your auto injury.

Research Supports 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 pain. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments 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 note that research has also found that delaying care after a car crash can negatively affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Holland at the earliest opportunity is key to having a quicker recovery.

We Can Help Patients Find Relief From Pain After a Car Crash

Dr. Holland has treated many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Downtown St. Louis, MO office today for more information or an appointment.

Resources

  • 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.
 

AMA Recommends Chiropractic Before Surgery

Downtown St. Louis, MO natural back pain treatment

Although some people are still hesitant about chiropractic care, even the American Medical Association (AMA) suggests that adjustments should be tried prior to surgery--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 hurting for years and who are worried 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 Shows Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Risky Surgery

For example, in one 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, demonstrating that this non-invasive approach is very effective at keeping you off the operating table.

Dr. Holland Can Help Patients Find Comfort 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. 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.

 

Downtown St. Louis, MO Neck Pain and Car Crashes

Downtown St. Louis, MO car accident and neck pain treatmentWe treat many auto injury cases in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office, and a common symptom our patients report is neck pain. If you are suffering from neck pain after a car accident, you're not alone. Dr. Holland sees this type of condition very often in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office. Neck pain is a common condition after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Holland sees frequently in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office. What causes neck pain after an auto injury? How can chiropractic help? Why is neck pain such a common condition after an auto collision? How can your chiropractor help you recover? Let's look at why neck pain is commonly experienced after an auto collision and see how chiropractic care can help you recover. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after an auto collision and see how chiropractic can help. The key to recovering from neck pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help. Your chiropractor can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works. Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat neck pain. Let's look at how neck pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Holland can help you.

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom experienced after a car crash. 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. The neck is subjected to very high stresses and strains during a car crash, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity car crash, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such accidents, 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 cervical spine. 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 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 tissues become inflamed and painful, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.

Dr. Holland Can Help People Find Comfort From Neck Pain & Help You Recover Quicker

You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Holland is conveniently located in Downtown St. Louis, MO to help you recover, whether you've been in a car crash or not. If you've been injured in a car crash and you're experiencing neck pain, Dr. Holland is here to help. Dr. Holland has been helping patients in Downtown St. Louis, MO since 2000, so we know what you're experiencing. We're here to help you, too. Let us help you recover from neck pain. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment plan of action. Next, we'll do a careful assessment to establish the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Dr. Holland will determine what's causing your pain and then will work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (314) 588-9100 to make an appointment.

 

Downtown St. Louis, MO Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Downtown St. Louis, MO headache care by Dr. HollandWe know how difficult chronic headache pain can be. Dr. Holland and our staff have worked with many patients in our Downtown St. Louis, MO chiropractic office, and we've had great success in helping people reduce their headache pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research paper verifies what we see in our practice. In this study, the authors started with 110 patients who were suffering from headache pain 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 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 outcomes were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat headache, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Dr. Holland a call today at our Downtown St. Louis, MO office at (314) 588-9100. We're here to help get you out of pain.

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 Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Downtown St. Louis, MO practice, Dr. Holland has helped countless patients recover from back pain. If you are suffering from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take drugs to reduce the pain. You should know that studies have shown that chiropractic care is often a better choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this common type of problem.

In a 2013 study published in the medical journal Spine experts included 101 individuals who had suffered back pain for more than two days. Each individual was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 people, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received fake chiropractic adjustments and the real drug. The third group of 25 individuals acted as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.

Both of the groups that received some form of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the medication, fared better than the control subjects who had no actual therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the people who received chiropractic had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Natural Healing with Chiropractic Care

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without undesirable side effects. For instance, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health complications. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's purpose designed to correct the source of the problem, 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. Call and make an appointment in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office with Dr. Holland today at (314) 588-9100. We'll help relieve 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.

 

Headache and Auto Injury

Downtown St. Louis, MO auto injury and headache treatment

We work with many auto injury cases in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office, and a typical symptom we see in our patients is headache. If you are dealing with headache after an auto collision, don't worry. Dr. Holland sees this type of problem very often in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office. Why is headache such a common condition after an auto collision? How can chiropractic care help you get better? Let's look at the root cause of headache after an auto collision and see how chiropractic can help. The key to recovering from headache caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help. Chiropractic can be very helpful for headache symptoms after a crash.

How Headache Is Caused by an Accident and How Dr. Holland Can Help You

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's caused by an auto collision, though, usually begins as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the neck. 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 temple.

Another frequent cause of pain after a collision that we see in our Downtown St. Louis, MO office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that start 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 avoid the creation of scar tissue.

We Can Help Clients Find Relief From Neck Pain and Headaches After an Auto Injury

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those caused by auto injuries. Your chiropractor will help reduce the irritation and tension in your neck, which will help alleviate the headache pain.

If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're experiencing headache, Dr. Holland is here to help. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment plan of action. Give our office a call today at (314) 588-9100 to make an appointment.

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Chiropractic Effective for Tension Headaches

Downtown St. Louis, MO Headache Treatment by Dr. HollandMany people suffer from headache pain, and tension headaches are a common problem in our busy world. Postural problems and stress are common sources of tension headache pain, and ones that Dr. Holland and the staff here in our Downtown St. Louis, MO chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Shows Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature confirms our results: A 2016 study from Spain treated a group of 76 patients 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 reported that the spinal adjustments were helpful at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were mixed with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get run down, 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 Patients Find Help From Tension Headaches

If you live in Downtown St. Louis, MO and are dealing with any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Holland today at (314) 588-9100 for an appointment or more information.

Reference

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.

 

Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Downtown St. Louis, MO chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the philosophy of enabling your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Holland, this means working hard to reestablish your body's healthy performance to avoid the need for medications or surgery. We notice that many of our Downtown St. Louis, MO patients are happy to find a natural answer for their health problems.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people reduce or even eliminate the use of drugs. Medications are frequently issued to people who have back pain. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the benefits when administered for back pain.

Some of the most popular narcotics, 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 later. This can further complicate the issue of back pain and recovery, particularly if an opiate addiction arises.

Compare that to chiropractic which engages natural healing and the benefits are crystal clear. While a pill might be useful at briefly reducing the symptoms of a health problem, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. Drugs can't fix your damaged back; it will only conceal the pain.

Dr. Holland will first examine you to get to the root of your back pain and then work with you to solve the problem -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, 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