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Headache and Car Accidents

We treat many auto injury cases in in our St. Louis, MO office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is headache. What causes headache after a car crash? How can chiropractic help?

There are many different types of headache. Headache that's triggered by a car accident, though, typically begins as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the cervical spine. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be damaged, which causes inflammation and discomfort. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.

Another common cause of headache after a collision that we see in our 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 therapy for this type of problem to protect against the creation of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those triggered by auto injuries. Dr. Holland can help reduce the irritation and strain in your neck, which will help relieve the headache pain.

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're suffering from headache, Dr. Holland is here to help. Dr. Holland 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 (314) 588-9100 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

St. Louis, MO Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

St. Louis, MO headache care by Dr. HollandWe know how difficult long-term headache pain can be. Dr. Holland and our staff have worked with many men and women in our St. Louis, MO chiropractic clinic, and we've had great success in helping folks reduce their headache pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research paper confirms what we see in our practice. In this paper, the authors started with 110 patients 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 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 study also found that these results 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 St. Louis, MO office at (314) 588-9100. We're here to help get you out of pain.

Reference

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

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

In our St. Louis, MO practice, Dr. Holland has helped countless people recover from back pain. If you are struggling with back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to reduce the pain. You should know that studies have shown that chiropractic is usually a much healthier alternative than drugs when it comes to alleviating this particular type of pain.

In a 2013 study published in the medical journal Spine researchers included 101 men and women who had experienced back pain for at least 48 hours. Each individual was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the medication 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 engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.

All of the participants who received some type of real treatment, whether through chiropractic or the medication, fared better than the control subjects who had no real care. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the patients who received chiropractic adjustments had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug.

Chiropractic: Natural Healing

Because chiropractic is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without unwanted side effects. For instance, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health issues. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's designed to resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Schedule an appointment in our 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.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Crashes

If you are suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome after a car crash, you're not alone. Dr. Holland sees this type of condition frequently in our St. Louis, MO 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 nerves and blood vessels don't have a lot of room, so they pass under and between the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a collision, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become swollen and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which limits motion 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 hand. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

St. Louis, MO Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

Let us help you recover from thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Holland has helped many patients with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. 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. Call us today at (314) 588-9100 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

St. Louis, MO Headache Treatment by Dr. HollandMany people experience 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. Holland and the staff here in our St. Louis, MO chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Shows Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature verifies our findings: 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 researchers discovered that the spinal adjustments were helpful at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were combined 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 Patients Find Comfort From Tension Headaches

If you live in St. Louis, MO and suffer from 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.

 

A Drug-Free Approach to Back Pain Recovery

North St. Louis, MO chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the philosophy of enabling your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Holland, this involves working to reestablish your body's natural functioning to avoid the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We see that many of our North St. Louis, MO patients are relieved to find a natural approach for their health conditions.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people minimize or even eliminate the use of narcotics. Prescriptions are oftentimes supplied to people who have back soreness. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the advantages 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. Numbers supplied 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 problem of back pain and healing, especially if an narcotic dependency arises.

Compare that to chiropractic care which incorporates natural healing and the benefits are crystal clear. While a drug might be helpful at temporarily suppressing the symptoms of a health problem, it's not a solution to the problem. A drug won't fix 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 eliminate the problem -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our North 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
 

Back Pain and Car Accidents

If you have back pain after a car crash, don't worry. Dr. Holland sees this type of condition very often in our North St. Louis, MO office. Chiropractic care 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 rapidly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve 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 motion can sprain or strain the structures that hold your spine together. These types of injuries can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Let us help you recover from back pain. Dr. Holland has helped many people with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. 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 (314) 588-9100 to make an appointment.

 

Sports Injuries and Chiropractic: Leg Injury

North St. Louis, MO-sports-therapyWhen playing activities that require a lot of lower body movement, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's common to suffer some type of injury to your lower extremities. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many players have found themselves sidelined. Dr. Holland has seen all of these problems in our North St. Louis, MO patients. The good news is, chiropractic adjustments can help prevent some of these injuries from occurring and research proves it.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Sports Injuries & Recovery

Dr. Holland 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 footballers. Roughly half were placed in a control group and the other half were put in a therapy group that received sports chiropractic care at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant engaging in care once a week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before reducing those to one visit monthly for the final three months of the study.

Researchers noted that there was a "significant" difference in the number of leg strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. Furthermore, they observed that the subjects who engaged in 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 treatment 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 really works. If you live near our office in North St. Louis, MO and would like to see if Dr. Holland can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (314) 588-9100 for an appointment.

Dr. Holland Can Help People Find Relief From Sports Injuries and Recover Faster

If you're suffering from severe pain, Dr. Holland and our staff are here to help you recover. Give our North St. Louis, MO office a call today at (314) 588-9100 for an appointment today.

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).

 

Quicker Sciatica Healing with Chiropractic Care

In our North St. Louis, MO practice, it's common for us to see patients troubled with sciatica pain, and Dr. Holland has helped many of them heal with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so useful to those who suffer with sciatica? For starters, it shortens their time of recovery and a Norwegian research study confirms it.

In the study, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, the authors looked at 44 patients who had abrupt low back pain that was diagnosed as acute sciatica. The individuals were all treated by a chiropractor, with the average follow-up being two years after treatment.

The authors discovered that all but two patients went back to work after receiving chiropractic care, which is a 95% success rate. What's more, the average length of time that the individuals spent off work "was reduced by two thirds as compared with that associated with conventional medical treatment."

Given the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over 170,000 workdays were missed in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is about 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only could that increase productivity, but it would also reduce costs to businesses and employees from lost work.

If you live in North St. Louis, MO and you suffer from sciatica, Dr. Holland is here to help. Give us a call at (314) 588-9100 and we'll work with you to find the source of your sciatica and get you back on the road to recovery.

Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30(2):135-139.

 

North St. Louis, MO Neck Pain and Headache Care

North St. Louis, MO neck pain and headache treatmentHeadache and neck pain are common problems that affect millions of people around the world. If you are dealing with this type of problem, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic is the best way to not only treat these common issues, but also help prevent future episodes.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, patients with neck and headache pain in North St. Louis, MO have been helped by the chiropractic adjustments of Dr. Holland. Our experience is backed up by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-invasive, non-drug treatments are the best choice for neck and headache pain.

The report looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was advisable before resorting to drugs or more invasive treatments.

Previous studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.

We Can Help People Find Relief From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're suffering from neck pain or headaches, Dr. Holland and our staff are here to help you feel better. Give our North St. Louis, MO office a call today at (314) 588-9100 for an appointment today.

Reference

Varatharajan S, Ferguson B, Chrobak K, et al. Are non-invasive interventions effective for the management of headaches associated with neck pain? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. European Spine Journal 2016; February 6:1-29.