Chiropractic therapies offer safe, non-invasive, effective treatment
Today's approach to healthcare is one of treating symptoms, not the cause. The remedy often includes surgery and/or drugs whose side effects can be worse than the disease. The problem with this approach is that drugs and surgery are the most aggressive remedies available and many common aches and pains can be addressed with much less invasive therapies. Pharmaceutical companies spend well over a billion dollars annually on marketing to consumers. No doubt you've seen the ads on TV with a cute elephant or other cartoon character pitching the latest wonder drug. These ads always include a long list of dire warnings.
A recent study by the CDC found that almost half of drug poisonings are now due to the abuse of prescription painkillers. Frequently prescribed pain drugs like Oxycontin
and Vicodin are addictive narcotics and lose their effectiveness as tolerance increases, requiring increasingly larger doses to be effective. In 2013, drug overdose deaths were up for 11th consecutive year. Merck & Co.’s arthritis drug, Vioxx, is believed to have led to more than 27,000 heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths before it was pulled from the market in 2004, and in 2010, painkillers Darvon and Darvocet were pulled from the market by they FDA because they "put patients at risk of potentially serious or even fatal heart rhythm abnormalities." Even non-prescription (OTC) pain relievers can be dangerous. For example, high doses of some commonly used drugs like ibuprofen can increase heart attacks, strokes and related deaths by about a 33% .
Why not try a safe, drug-free alternative instead?
Neck Pain Relief
Our office offers a variety of treatment options including; chiropractic manipulation, hot and cold therapy, ultrasound and electrical muscle stimulation, active stretching and exercise, neck tractioning, and neuromuscular re-education. Your doctor will work with you to decide which treatment combination is right for you based on your health, history, exam results, and x-ray findings. A recent study showed that chiropractic adjustment (spinal manipulation) and exercises are more effective than OTC pain relievers, prescription narcotic painkillers and muscle relaxers for pain in the neck and spine. The study concluded that "participants who received medication seemed to fare worse (than those who received chiropractic treatments and exercise), with a consistently higher use of pain medications for neck pain throughout the trial's observational period." We've helped hundreds of patients live a life that's pain-free. The science is behind us, our techniques and methods work, and we have the skills and experience to help you.
An Alternative to Back Surgery
Back pain is one of the most common health complaints in the U.S. and throughout the world. While almost everyone will experience back pain at some point in their life, it is more common in those between 40 and 80 years old, and in women. Back pain can be due in part to an accident, the aging process, and can also be the result of sedentary lifestyles with too little exercise or aggressively beginning a new exercise program (such as Crossfit or P90X). The risk of experiencing low-back pain from disc disease or spinal degeneration increases with age, but in many cases, the exact cause of the pain cannot be found.
For most of us, an acute (short term) episode of lower back pain can last from a few weeks to three months. During this period back pain is said to be "resolving" and this is the appropriate time to begin conservative (meaning non-surgical/non-drug) treatment in order to: reduce pain, inflammation, and spasm; increase range of motion; decrease recovery time; and provide strengthening and conditioning for the back after symptoms have improved.
As a general rule, surgery for lower back pain should be considered only if conservative treatment fails and the lower back pain and/or leg pain persists for an extended period of time, or if the pain is severely interfering with your ability to function in your job or home life. Although there are exceptions, most episodes of lower back pain can be treated non-surgically.* While every case is different, most patients in our office who follow their care plan see results quickly. By using a combination of therapies such as chiropractic adjustments, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound therapy, active stretching, trigger point therapy, and massage, our doctors get results using drug-free and non-surgical techniques!
*The exception to this general rule is the loss of bowel or bladder control, or the development progressive weakness in the legs - these symptoms constitute a medical emergency and require immediate surgery. However, surgical emergencies for back pain are extremely rare and most episodes of lower back pain can be treated non-surgically.
Help for Migraine Headaches
Approximately 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches, and of them, 28 million suffer from migraines. A migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. While the exact cause of migraines is unknown, people desperate for relief have sought a variety of treatments from medical doctors, chiropractors and more. A recent study found that chiropractic is about as effective as amytriptyline, an antidepressant commonly prescribed for migraine treatment.
CHIROPRACTIC VS. DRUG SIDE EFFECTS
Chiropractic adjustments are safe and gentle with few, if any, side effects. In fact, chiropractors enjoy some of the lowest malpractice insurance rates of any health care professional. However, the possible side effects of amyitriptyline are: confusion, agitation, hallucinations, diarrhea, fever, sweating, trembling or shaking, fainting, fast or irregular heartbeat, muscle stiffness, skin rash or hives, changes in vision such as trouble focusing, constipation, drowsiness or dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, or weight changes, loss of interest in sex or loss of ability to have sex (impotence), sensitivity to sunlight, trouble going to the bathroom. We treat migraine and other types of headaches with a variety of non-invasive modalities including; joint manipulation, massage, herbal supplements, and nutritional recommendations.
Treatment for Whiplash & Auto Accident Injuries
The National Safety Council (NSC) has determined that there are more than 12 million Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVAs) each year involving more than 20 million vehicles. Nearly 1/3 of all persons injured in auto accidents seek treatment from doctors of chiropractic. Immediate treatment is vital to assure proper healing (and to preserve legal rights). The first 72 hrs are the most critical after you've had an accident. Most injuries will not heal on their own. In fact, soft tissue injury is permanent and if scar tissue forms in your muscles, it may leave them less flexible and prone to re-injury.
Chiropractic care is exceptional for the treatment of soft tissue injuries, especially those of the spine. Since the most common injuries associated with auto accidents are sprains and strains of the spinal muscles and ligaments, it's only natural that chiropractic be the treatment of choice. Additionally, satisfaction rates are typically higher for chiropractic care compared to medical care. A 2011 Consumer Reports survey found that the public considered to outperform all other available back and neck pain treatments.
Multiple studies have found that individuals injured in MVA's prefer chiropractic care for the treatment of their injuries. One such study evaluated 190 whiplash injury victims and found those who received chiropractic care reported treatment satisfaction of 100%.
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Chiropractic Care for Other Conditions
Chiropractic, natural therapies, and nutritional counseling can provide relief and healing for a number of other conditions. If you are looking for an alternative to drugs and surgery, schedule a FREE consultation today and find out more about what chiropractic can do for you!
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Joint Pain, Arthritis
- Spine & Extremity Conditions (pre/post/non-surgical)
- Tennis Elbow
- Hip, Knee, Leg Pain
- Ankle & Heel Pain
- Slip & Fall
- Sports Trauma
- Chronic or Delayed Recovery
- Repetitive Use Syndromes