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Chiropractic Care Helps Relieve Herniated Disc Problems

Wilsonville, OR chiropractic disc herniation treatmentRegrettably, many of our Wilsonville, OR patients know the pain associated with a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of medical studies have confirmed that chiropractic can help patients recover from this kind of condition.

Research on Chiropractic for Disc Herniations

In one study, specialists from Switzerland selected 148 patients who were dealing with pain in their lower back and legs due to a herniated disc (which was confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI). Each individual then received chiropractic adjustments that focused on the area of his or her disc problem.

Results were gathered after the preliminary treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to establish what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic offers when it comes to resolving this particular problem. Among the data gathered was the individual's self-reported changes in both back and leg pain.

Investigators found that, as a whole, the patients reported "significant improvement" for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the individuals stated that their pain "improved" within the first three months, with 88% still citing improvement one year after their first treatment session.

Even those patients who were defined as "chronic" still claimed an improvement in pain at a rate of 89% one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive effect that was found in the following case study.

Case Study Shows that Chiropractic Benefits Chronic Disc Herniation Symptoms

In this paper, a 26-year-old man had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the low back, left leg, and left groin area, along with left foot drop and muscle weakness. He had suffered with these symptoms for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his herniated disc was confirmed via MRI.

After receiving chiropractic care, "The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment." Furthermore, the patient was still experiencing relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.

Studies like these show how beneficial chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and relieving the symptoms they produce. So, if you are suffering from back pain caused by a herniated disc and wish to find some relief, chiropractic might be an effective solution.

Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Wilsonville, OR office a call today at (503) 682-9046 for a consultation or appointment.

References

  • Leemann S, Peterson CK, Schmid C, Anklin B, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one-year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37(3):155-163.
  • Polkinghorn BS, Colloca CJ. Treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation using activator methods chiropractic technique. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1998;21(3):187-196.
 

Chiropractic and Medical Care: An Effective Combination

Wilsonville, OR back pain treatmentWe see quite a few patients with back pain in our Wilsonville, OR practice, and Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC has been able to help a lot of them get relief with chiropractic care. However, dealing with back problems doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical care, as many individuals utilize both types of care with great outcomes.

Research Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Care Work Well Together

In a study published by the academic journal Spine researchers1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who were suffering from both acute discomfort and limited function due to back-related issues. Some of the study participants received treatment via standard medical therapy, while the rest were given chiropractic care as well as regular medical care, as the authors wanted to see which patients fared better.

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

Accordingly, incorporating these two forms of care can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering benefits when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic and medicine can work alongside each other, chiropractic offers some distinct advantages over medical therapy.

Where Chiropractic Care Is Successful

Although it may seem as if each method plays a 50-50 role, there is one significant advantage that chiropractic has over medical treatment and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, one bit of research done at UCLA2 that was printed in the American Journal of Public Health found that, on average, chiropractic patients are generally more satisfied with their recovery than patients undergoing medical care.

According to the experts, the main factors that patients liked over medical treatment were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't surprising, as chiropractors tend to spend much more time advising their patients as to how they can better their health on their own, as well as outlining more thoroughly what to expect from chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Care Offers a Non-Invasive Approach

Without a doubt, the strategies associated with chiropractic are quite different than those available with medical care, but a large amount of the difference is the fact that chiropractic is a natural approach to health and well-being. Instead of focusing on simply relieving the symptoms, chiropractic care involves tracking down the primary cause of your pain, which often results in greater improvement as you are tackling the problem at its source.

Furthermore, while medication is sometimes helpful for treating certain conditions, many health issues respond well to natural forms of treatment like chiropractic care. This means fewer negative side effects from medications and longer-lasting results.

You don't have to struggle with back pain or other health issues. Give our Wilsonville, OR office a call today at (503) 682-9046. We'll do everything we can to help you get and stay 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.
 

Wilsonville, OR Car Crashes and Long-Term Pain

Wilsonville, OR auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Wilsonville, OR and you've been in a motor vehicle accident, you need to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic symptoms.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We work with a lot of auto injury sufferers in our Wilsonville, OR office, and many of these individuals are experiencing chronic pain caused by an old collision. As a matter of fact, research shows that a significant percentage of rear-end collisions lead to pain and disability even ten years after the initial injury.

Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC is here to help you avoid developing chronic symptoms by helping to restore the healthy function of your spine soon after a collision.

The most common causes of chronic problems are reduced flexibility of your spinal column and the formation of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your neck and back can easily be injured during a crash, and chiropractic works by decreasing inflammation and restoring normal movement.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're nearby our Wilsonville, OR office, and you've been hurt in a crash, don't wait to get care. Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC is here for you. Give us a call today at (503) 682-9046 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Wilsonville, OR Chiropractic Auto Injury Treatment

Wilsonville, OR auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DCEvery year, there are millions of auto collisions in the world, and a substantial number of men and women get hurt in a car wreck. Although most collisions are "minor," chronic neck and back pain are still common health problems. The good news is that chiropractic care is a very good way to treat these kinds of injuries.

We have treated many auto injury patients in our Wilsonville, OR office, and Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC has been treating people with these types of problems since 1981. During a car accident, your body is subjected to violent forces that it simply wasn't built to deal with. These forces put strain and stress on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can cause damage to the ligaments that hold your spinal column together. A collision can trigger a wide variety of pain symptoms.

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

Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC Can Help Patients Recover From an Auto Injury

Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC, your Wilsonville, OR chiropractor, can assist by lowering inflammation 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. Discover more about how we can help you get well here or call Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC today at (503) 682-9046.

 

Wilsonville, OR TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Wilsonville, OR TMJ Treatment by Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DCJaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical problem experienced by people after a car wreck, and it can be confusing for some physicians to diagnose the source of the problem. Complicating the matter, very often you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after the accident.

Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC has helped many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what causes these types of problems. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are often stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause issues in other parts of your body.

For instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or numbness in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injury, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a crash are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC sees this very commonly in our Wilsonville, OR office.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps TMJ Pain After an Auto Injury

Studies have shown that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The trick to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC will work to restore your spine back to health, decreasing the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.

If you reside in Wilsonville, OR and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 1981, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (503) 682-9046 for an appointment or consultation.

Ciancaglini R, Testa M, Radaelli G. Association of neck pain with symptoms of temporomandibular dysfunction in the general adult population. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 1999;31:17-22.

Brantingham JW, Cassa TK, Bonnefin D, Pribicevic M, Robb A, et al. Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a system review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013;36(3):143-201.

 

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

Wilsonville, OR auto injury treatmentOf the roughly 2 million rear-end crashes in the United States each year, a significant number of people end up enduring long-term pain and disability. Some research shows that about 20% of people are still in pain 12 months after a crash.

Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC sees many accident cases in our Wilsonville, OR location, and we frequently see people who have been suffering for many years and have not been able to find relief. Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC has great success in helping these patients.

What Causes Chronic Pain after a Crash?

During a collision, the structures of your neck and back can be sprained or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and irritated and transmits pain signals to the spinal cord and brain.

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

If the injury isn't treated immediately, a negative cycle develops. The hurt tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system responds. This creates a feedback loop in your nervous system that researchers refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system literally becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulation, causing chronic pain.

Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC is able to help this kind of problem, as chiropractic care is a proven way to restore the nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that chiropractic is effective at relieving pain from car accidents and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Wilsonville, OR and have been in a collision, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC a call today at (503) 682-9046 for a consultation or appointment.

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Chronic Pain, Car Crashes, and Chiropractic

Approximately 2.3 million people are hurt every year in auto accidents in the U.S. While most people are able to recover from their injuries fairly easily, others are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Wilsonville, OR office. Fortunately, Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC is here to help you recover from your auto injury.

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 treatment and 93 percent of them experienced pain relief following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic care is a great way to avoid long-term pain after an auto injury.

It's important to remember that studies have also found that delaying care after a car crash can negatively affect healing time, so getting in to see Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC at the earliest opportunity is key to having a speedier recovery.

Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC has worked with many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Wilsonville, OR 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.
 

Wilsonville, OR Neck Pain and Auto Injury

We work with many auto injury cases in our Wilsonville, OR office, and a widespread symptom our patients report is neck pain. What causes neck pain after an auto injury? How can chiropractic help?

Your neck is subjected to very high stresses and strains during an auto injury, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low speed wreck, your head is exposed to very rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the neck. The bones of your neck 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 collision, 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 area gets swollen and sore, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing mobility in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.

Let us help you recover from neck pain. Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC has helped many patients with the same condition, 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. Give our office a call today at (503) 682-9046 to make an appointment.

 

Headache and Car Crashes

Headache is a common symptom after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC sees often in our Wilsonville, OR office. Let's look at the root cause of headache after an accident and see how chiropractic can help.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's caused by an auto injury, though, usually begins as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the cervical spine. In a collision, the neck muscles can be torn, 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 pain after a crash that we see in our Wilsonville, OR 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 therapy for this type of problem to prevent the creation of scar tissue.

Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those triggered by auto injuries. Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC can help reduce the inflammation and strain in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.

Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC has been helping patients in Wilsonville, OR since 1981, so we know what you're suffering from. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (503) 682-9046 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Auto Injury

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common symptom after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC sees frequently in our Wilsonville, OR office. Let's take a look at why thoracic outlet syndrome is frequently experienced after an auto collision and see how your chiropractor can help you get better.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These vessels don't have a lot of space, so they travel underneath and through the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a crash, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become inflamed and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which restricts motion and puts stress on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or pins and needles in the shoulder, elbow and even the wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Wilsonville, OR Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome, Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC is here to help. Dr. Dale Burt Johnston, DC 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 (503) 682-9046 to make an appointment.