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Lumbar Pain and the SI Joint

We see a good number of people with back pain in our North St. Louis, MO office, and Dr. Holland finds that quite a few cases of back pain stem from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Research has revealed that around one quarter of all back pain begins in the SI joint, and now new research corroborates what we see in our office: chiropractic is an effective way to treat this issue.

In the study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 32 women with sacroiliac joint syndrome were separated into two groups and asked to engage in one of two treatment therapies. The first group received a chiropractic adjustment only at 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 following treatment, two days post-treatment, and 30 days after 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 manipulation administered in these two areas offers both prompt and long term results for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even with only one treatment session.

Therefore, if you are dealing with sacroiliac joint pain, or cope with back and leg pain and would like to find out if your sacroiliac joint is the root, a visit to our North 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.

 

Chiropractic Works for Ankle Sprains

North St. Louis, MO natural ankle sprain treatment​We see many patients in our North St. Louis, MO office with ankle sprains but Dr. Holland has had a lot of success helping them heal more quickly. Why are ankle sprains so common and how can chiropractic care help?

According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), an estimated 25,000 people in the US sprain their ankles every day. As a matter of fact, these injuries make up almost half of all sports injuries, causing people to spend time away from the activities they enjoy most.

Like most any injury, there are many causes of ankle sprains. The most common is inversion, or when the ankle rolls inward. This injury can take place due to one forceful movement, or it can develop over a period of time, and activities that increase the risk for this type of ankle sprain include running and jumping. You're also at risk if you have previous ankle injuries, poor posture or balance, weak muscles, and reduced range of motion. How can Dr. Holland help?

A report published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics set out to discover chiropractic's role when it comes to ankle sprain recovery. The authors enrolled 33 individuals between the ages of 18 and 45 who had a history of ankle inversion sprains, who were experiencing tenderness and/or pain, and had not re-injured the area in the previous six weeks.

18 of the participants were assigned to participate in rehabilitation and the remaining 15 patients received chiropractic in addition to rehabilitation. Each individual had five full weeks of therapy, with the rehabilitation group receiving therapy seven days a week and the rehabilitation plus chiropractic group receiving therapy six out of the seven days.

Researchers found that the people who had both rehabilitation and chiropractic fared the best at the 4-week mark when it came to pain and joint restriction. Furthermore, no undesirable effects were reported, showing that chiropractic is safe.

If you're near our office in North St. Louis, MO and you're struggling with an ankle injury, give us a call. We'll do what we can to keep you up and running...literally!

Citations

  • American College of Sports Medicine. (n.d.). Ankle sprains and the athlete. Retrieved from https://www.acsm.org/docs/current-comments/anklesprainstemp.pdf
  • Lubbe, D et al. (2015, January). Manipulative therapy and rehabilitation for recurrent ankle sprain with functional instability: a short-term, assessor-blind, parallel-group randomized trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 38(1), 22-34, doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2014.10.001
 

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

In our North St. Louis, MO office, Dr. Holland has helped countless people heal from back pain. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to reduce the pain. You should understand that studies have shown that chiropractic is usually a better approach than drugs when it comes to relieving this particular type of problem.

In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine experts included 101 men and women who had experienced back pain for more than 48 hours. Each individual was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 patients, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received fake chiropractic treatments and the real drug. The third group of 25 individuals served as the control as those individuals 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 each other, the people who received chiropractic had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.

Natural Healing with Chiropractic Adjustments

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

If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Make an appointment in our North St. Louis, MO office with Dr. Holland today at (314) 588-9100. We'll help relieve 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.

 

How to Avoid Surgery for Back Pain

Although some people are still uncertain about chiropractic care, 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 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 surgery, and the science backs up our experience.

For example, in a study conducted on almost 2,000 Washington State employees who suffered from a back injury while on the job, more than 42% who saw a surgeon first following their injury found themselves having back surgery within three years. That compares to just 1.5% of the patients who first sought treatment with chiropractic, proving that this natural approach is very effective at keeping you off the operating table.

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 St. Louis, MO recover. Give our office a call today at (314) 588-9100 for an appointment.

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.

 

What causes long-term pain after a motor vehicle accident?

St Louis MO Auto Injury RecoveryOf the approximately 2 million rear-end crashes in the United States annually, a significant number of folks end up troubled with chronic pain and impairment. Some studies have shown that 1 out of 5 people are still in pain a year after an accident.

Dr. Holland sees many car crash patients in our St. Louis, MO location, and we frequently see individuals who have been hurting for many years and have not been able to find relief. Dr. Holland has great success in treating these patients.

The Roots of Chronic Pain

During a collision, the ligaments of your spine can be sprained or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and inflamed and transmits pain impulses to the spine and central nervous system.

Pain tells your nervous system that something is wrong, which tells the muscle tissues in the damaged area to contract to shield the area from further harm.

If the trauma isn't managed right away, a negative cycle develops. The hurt area keeps sending pain signals and each time, your central nervous system reacts. This creates a feedback loop in your nervous system that experts refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system essentially becomes hypersensitive to any kind of stimulus, causing chronic pain.

Dr. Holland is able to help this kind of issue, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that chiropractic is successful at reducing pain from car accidents and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in St. Louis, MO and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Holland a call today at (314) 588-9100 for a consultation or appointment.

  • Ferrari R. A prospective study of the 1-year incidence of fibromyalgia after acute whiplash injury. Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Disease 2015; doi:10.1136/rmdopen-2014-000007.
  • Stone AM, Vicenzino B, Lim EC, Sterling M. Measures of central hyperexcitability in chronic whiplash associated disorder - A systematic review and meta-analysis. Manual Therapy 2012;18(2):111-7.
 

St. Louis, MO Chiropractic Auto Injury Treatment

St. Louis, MO auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. HollandEach year, there are millions of car crashes in the world, and a significant number of men and women get hurt in a crash. While most accidents are "minor," chronic spine pain are still frequent health problems. The good news is that chiropractic care is a fantastic way to treat these kinds of injuries.

We have treated many auto injury patients in our St. Louis, MO office, and Dr. Holland has been treating people with these types of problems since 2000. During a collision, your body is subjected to large forces that it simply wasn't built to deal with. These forces put stress and strain on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can cause damage to the ligaments that hold your spine together. A crash can cause a wide range of pain issues.

A ligament tear in the neck can trigger pain, swelling, and radicular problems in the arm and hand. Chiropractic care works well for these types of injuries, because chiropractic concentrates on restoring the healthy function and mobility of the injured structures.

Dr. Holland, your St. Louis, MO chiropractor, can help by lowering irritation in the injured area and can help reduce the formation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.

You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Learn more about how we can help you get well here or call Dr. Holland today at (314) 588-9100.

 

Chiropractic Can Alleviate Need for Back Surgery

The latest figures show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries annually 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 St. Louis, MO have a natural, non-surgical option for back problems. We've helped many people heal from back pain without the need for surgery.

There are plenty of 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 may actually keep you off the surgeon's table altogether.

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

These findings imply 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.

 

Shoulder Pain and Auto Injury

We manage many car accident cases in in our St. Louis, MO office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is shoulder pain. Chiropractic care can be very helpful for shoulder pain symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes shoulder pain and why chiropractic works.

There are at least two ways that you can get shoulder problems after a car crash: by direct trauma to the shoulder joint or by radiating pain from the neck.

Direct injury can be caused by hitting your shoulder on a hard surface in the car during the crash, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end collision. With this type of trauma, you'll usually be aware of the pain soon after the crash.

More commonly, Dr. Holland finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a collision, but starts a few days or weeks after the accident. This type of shoulder discomfort actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured muscles or ligaments in your neck can pinch nerves in your neck, causing tingling, numbness, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've worked with both kinds of shoulder problems in our St. Louis, MO office. This process involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Let us help you recover from shoulder pain. Dr. Holland has helped many people with the same condition, and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Holland will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (314) 588-9100 to make an appointment.

 

Headache and Auto Injury

If you suffer from headache after a car accident, don't despair. Dr. Holland sees this type of problem frequently in our St. Louis, MO office. Chiropractic care is a great way to treat headache. Let's look at how headache is caused by a crash and how Dr. Holland can help you.

There are many different types of headache. Headache that's triggered by an auto injury, though, typically starts as tension or strain in the muscles of the cervical spine. In a crash, the neck muscles can be damaged, which results in swelling and pain. These types 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 St. Louis, MO office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that start 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 creation of scar tissue.

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

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're suffering from headache, Dr. Holland is here to help. 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. Call us today at (314) 588-9100 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

St. Louis, MO Neck Pain and Car Accidents

Neck pain is a common symptom after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Holland sees often in our St. Louis, MO office. 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.

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common problem experienced after a car crash. During even a low speed collision, your head is exposed to extremely rapid acceleration. In such collisions, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts an extreme 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 wreck, 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 damaged tissues gets inflamed and tender, and that's what occurs after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.

You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Holland is conveniently located in St. Louis, MO to help you recover, whether you've been in a car crash or not. First, we'll do a careful examination to establish the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (314) 588-9100 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.