Stats On Veterans, Pain, And Medication Are Shocking And Require Urgent Action

11/21/2017

Chiropractic care for veterans in Amarillo, Texas

This week’s blog is going to revolve around a new article that came out on Observer this week and graciously shared via one of my favorite colleagues with Benton Chiropractic in Lampasas, TX, Dr. Craig Benton. The article was written by Ken Blaker, published on November 16, 2017, and called “Bandaging Veterans’ Pain With Opioids Is Proving Deadly, Must Stop.”

As a portal-of-entry practitioner, I believe that ANY chiropractor will quickly agree that the veterans we see are hurt. And I do not mean just a little hurt. I have a couple of patients that have fallen out of helicopters for example. That’s the kind of hurt I am referring to. These men and women have not only risked their lives, they (in many cases) have ruined their lives.

In the article, Mr. Blaker mentions an “overburdened VA health System.” I cannot tell you how many times I have mentioned getting x-rays at the VA. Or how many times I have said something similar to, “Have you seen your VA doctor about this yet?” These types of comments and questions are ALWAYS met with an eye roll and a dismissive, “Pffft.” They don’t like going to the VA because they don’t like waiting forever to be seen and they don’t normally like the treatment they receive when they finally DO get seen by the doctor.

Combine the increased trauma and stress they put on their body with sometimes very traumatic experiences related to combat and service, and you have a volatile combination. It is easy to see why our veterans are at an increased risk of abusing (and overdosing on) opioids. Now that the United States is in an opioid epidemic, we had ALL better start paying close attention to this group of people. Especially considering the fact that this article is quoted as saying, “Veterans succumb to opioid overdose-related deaths at twice the rate of the general population.” WOW!

Mr. Blaker has a comment in this article that I will likely carry with me for the rest of my career. The quote is, “Patients are entitled to the best treatments that do the least harm.” How lovely is that? It’s perfect when we are discussing weighing the risk vs. reward ratios for chiropractic protocols and medical protocols in regards to uncomplicated neuromusculoskeletal complaints.

As the article goes on to discuss, there is a wave in the medical community as a result of the opioid epidemic. The wave is more and more in favor of not only making it harder to get hold of opioids, but also identifying alternative, non-pharmacological treatments for pain.

The current President of Parker College in Dallas and former chiropractor to the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. was quoted in the article as saying, “Non-pharmaceutical approaches to pain should always precede pharmaceutical interventions. Chiropractic, acupuncture, physiotherapy, exercise and psychosocial counseling are all preferable starting points in treating pain.”

He is standing on tall shoulders when he makes this statement. As I have discussed recently on my blog, The American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association have BOTH recently published papers and articles supporting the use of Chiropractic, Massage, and Acupuncture FIRST for chronic and low back pain before turning to any anti-inflammatories such as Ipuprofen, Tylenol, or Aspirin. One more time just for good measure: two of the biggest entities in the American medical profession now recommend seeking help from a chiropractor, massage therapist, and/or acupuncturist before taking any pills of any kind.

Source Material:
http://observer.com/2017/11/high-risk-for-opioid-abuse-veterans-become-fatalities-of-overprescription/

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Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, in comparison to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic. Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled. We do this conservatively and non-surgically. In addition, we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health!

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Till next time……

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Amarillo TX Amarillo Pain & Accident Chiropractic Clinic provides customized chiropractic care to the Amarillo TX, Canyon TX, Pampa TX, Happy TX, White Deer TX, Dumas TX, Groom TX, Conway TX, Panhandle TX, Claude TX, Clarendon TX, Borger TX, Tulia TX, Hereford TX, Fritch TX, Bushland TX, and Vega TX communities.

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New Startling Link: Prenatal Acetaminophen & ADHD

11/03/2017

Chiropractic care is a proven source of pain relief for prenatal back pain

I can tell you a hundred stories about how effective Chiropractic can be for prenatal pain. I can (and have) posted several blogs here based on research proving the effectiveness of Chiropractic care for prenatal back pain. Today’s blog is a little different, though. Today, we talk about risks mothers-to-be may be putting their newborns at through the use of acetaminophen in an attempt to get out of pain.

It has been clinically proven and researched: Chiropractic care is absolutely effective for the treatment of back pain for prenatal patients. There is NO NEED to take any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, in most cases.

Why They Did It

The researchers in this study were looking to quantify any association between the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and cases of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in their children.

How They Did It

  • The diagnoses of ADHD were collected from the Norwegian Patient Registry.
  • The registry included 112,973 children.
  • 2246 of the children had ADHD.
  • The results were adjusted for familial risk for ADHD.

What They Found

  • There was a MODEST association in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy.
  • The hazard ratio for use more than 29 days was 2.20.
  • Use for fever and infection for 22-28 days was associated with ADHD.

Wrap It Up

“Long-term maternal use of acetaminophen during pregnancy was substantially associated with ADHD even after adjusting for indications of use, familial risk of ADHD, and other potential confounders.”

Basically, don’t take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) while you’re pregnant!!

Ystrom E, et. al. “Prenatal Exposure to Acetaminophen and Risk of ADHD.” Pediatrics. 2017 Oct 30. pii: e20163840. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-3840.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29084830/

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Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, in comparison to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic. Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled. We do this conservatively and non-surgically. In addition, we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health!

Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think.And….SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!! We cannot make a difference without your help.

Till next time……

The Amarillo Chiropractor Blog is written by Dr. Jeff Williams.
Amarillo TX Amarillo Pain & Accident Chiropractic Clinic provides customized chiropractic care to the Amarillo TX, Canyon TX, Pampa TX, Happy TX, White Deer TX, Dumas TX, Groom TX, Conway TX, Panhandle TX, Claude TX, Clarendon TX, Borger TX, Tulia TX, Hereford TX, Fritch TX, Bushland TX, and Vega TX communities.

Visit our main website at www.amarillochiropractor.com for customized Chiropractic in Amarillo TX. Choose several options to schedule your appointment: call (806) 355-3000 or click the button below for our contact info.

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New & Promising: Experts Agree Chiropractic Is Superior to Pills For Back Pain

10/20/2017

Chiropractic care can help you heal

It’s been years now that I’ve been spouting off on this blog about the researched benefits of Chiropractic, almost like a broken record.

A little side note here: kids, back in the day of vinyl records, a record would develop a bad spot and repeat over and….wait….I believe I’ve heard that vinyl has made a comeback recently! I’m not sure why that is exactly but different strokes.

Anyway, it’s easy for me to be sincere and to relay the messages that research continues to broadcast year after year. The message is simple: Chiropractic is extremely safe and superior to the medical protocols for chronic and acute back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Plain and simple.

The problem is that the message gets muddied up in the relay. The reason is that I have a dog in the hunt. When you hear or read something from me telling you that Chiropractic is superior and effective, many will immediately shut down and shut off simply because I’m a chiropractor. It’s understandable, but frustrating nonetheless.

What I have tried to show my audience over the years is that they don’t have to believe ME. This research and the following recommendations come from what are traditionally Chiropractic HATERS! If they have not been “haters,” then they have certainly not been “friends” of any kind. THAT’S what makes it so POWERFUL! When your “haters” and detractors begin to recommend you…..well…..then that’s a whole different ball game, is it not?

This year has been particularly spectacular for Chiropractic with new recommendations coming from the American College of Physicians and an article in the American Medical Association supporting Chiropractic for back pain treatment. Another article in the Journal of the American Medical Association accepted the recommendations put forth by the American College of Physicians. This is all GREAT STUFF for Chiropractic. Also this year, Consumer Reports published an article called “Spinal Manipulation Can Ease Your Aching Back.” In the article, Consumer Reports surveyed over 3,500 sufferers of back pain and found that nearly 90% of people who tried spinal manipulation found it helpful!

What a year! Let’s get to it.

Here’s the paper I referred to concerning the updated guidelines from the American College of Physicians.

Why They Did It

  • The American College of Physicians developed this guideline in order to provide updated recommendations on treatment of low back pain.
  • With these recommendations, the ACP hoped to influence clinicians AND patients to make the correct decision for care in acute, subacute, or chronic low back pain conditions.

How They Did It

  • They based their recommendations on a systematic review of randomized controlled trials and other systematic reviews.
  • The research they reviewed included those papers available through April of 2015.
  • The research included only those on noninvasive pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments.

What They Found

  • Recommendation #1: patients with subacute or acute low back pain should seek nonpharmacologic treatments such as Chiropractic, Massage, Acupuncture, and superficial heat BEFORE resorting to non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Aleve, etc… (Graded as a strong recommendation)
  • Recommendation #2: patients with chronic low back pain should seek nonpharmacologic treatments such as Chiropractic, Exercise/Rehabilitation, Acupuncture, & Cold Laser Therapy BEFORE resorting to non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Aleve, etc… (Graded as a strong recommendation)
  • Recommendation #3: In patients with chronic low back pain that have had no relief from nonpharmacological means, the first line of treatment would consist of NSAIDs like Aleve, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.. As a second-line treatment, the clinician may consider tramadol or duloxetine. Opioids would be a last option and only if all other treatments have been exhausted and failed and even then with lengthy discussion with the patient in regards to the risks and benefits of using opioids. (Graded as weak recommendation)

Wrap It Up

It’s clear there is an opioid crisis in America and it’s raging. Fortunately, the medical profession is starting to engage in it and these updated recommendations are a sign and and consequence of such. In a world where only about 25% of the population utilize chiropractic, and an even smaller number of the US uses the other alternative therapies, it is refreshing to see the things we have known for years coming more and more into the mainstream. And we can thank research for that. I’ve seen Chiropractic literally change lives. I’ve seen people that were literally at the end of their ropes turn 180 degrees without using pills. It’s clear that pain can change a person, but it’s also clear that Chiropractic can change pain.

Clinicians, regardless of your previous inclinations regarding Chiropractic, I urge you to trust in research, trust in the American College of Physicians, and accept these updated recommendations and begin making the appropriate referrals to better help your patients deal with their low back pain.

Patients, if you have yet to try Chiropractic and other alternative protocols for you low back pain, it is now clear what you need to do and where you need to go to begin addressing your issues and begin getting back on the road to reclaiming your life.

Qaseem A, et. al. “Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians.”Ann Intern Med. 2017 Apr 4;166(7):514-530.




Powerful Research On Pregnancy-Induced Pain And Chiropractic Care

09/22/2017

Chiropractic care can help with pregnancy pain

Why They Did It

A very common complaint in pregnancy is low back pain. No question about it. The authors of this paper wanted to test this theory: is a multimodal approach to treating the pregnancy-induced low back pain more effective than standard and usual OBGYN care?

How They Did It

  • This study was a prospective, randomized trial.
  • 169 subjects were accepted for inclusion.
  • A baseline assessment was performed on the patients at the 24-28 week gestation period.
  • The assessment was followed up with another assessment at the 33 week mark.
  • The Numerical Rating Scale (NRS) was used to assess pain for each patient.
  • The Quebec Disability Rating (QRS) was used as well for pain assessment.
  • Each of the 2 groups received routine OBGYN care.
  • In one of the groups however, chiropractors treated the women with manual therapy, stabilization exercises, and patient education.

What They Found

  • In the group that Chiropractic was utilized in, they found a significant reduction in the pain being reported by the patients from baseline to finish.
  • The regular OBGYN group had no significant improvement.

Wrap It Up

“A multimodal approach to low back and pelvic pain in mid pregnancy benefits patients more than standard obstetric care.”

George JW, et. al. “A randomized controlled trial comparing a multimodal intervention and standard obstetrics care for low back and pelvic pain in pregnancy.” Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Apr;208(4):295.e1-7.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23123166

Just another reason to call a chiropractor TODAY!

Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, in comparison to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic. Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled. We do this conservatively and non-surgically. In addition, we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health!

Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think.And….SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!! We cannot make a difference without your help.

Till next time……

The Amarillo Chiropractor Blog is written by Dr. Jeff Williams.
Amarillo TX Amarillo Pain & Accident Chiropractic Clinic provides customized chiropractic care to the Amarillo TX, Canyon TX, Pampa TX, Happy TX, White Deer TX, Dumas TX, Groom TX, Conway TX, Panhandle TX, Claude TX, Clarendon TX, Borger TX, Tulia TX, Hereford TX, Fritch TX, Bushland TX, and Vega TX communities.

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Chiropractic Wins The Challenge For Low Back Pain

09/15/2017

Get help for your low back pain with Amarillo Pain and Accident Chiropractic Clinic

Why They Did It

The authors wanted to compare hospital outpatient care with chiropractic for low back pain treatment.

How They Did It

  • This paper was a randomized comparison.
  • The study consisted of 741 men and women.
  • The subjects were aged 18-64.
  • The Outcome Assessments were performed via the Oswestry questionnaire.

What They Found

  • At the three year mark, there was a 29% improvement in the subjects treated via chiropractic over those treated by the hospital outpatient regimen.
  • Chiropractic was particularly effective for pain. Patients rated chiropractic as the more helpful protocol at the three year mark.

Wrap It Up

“At three years the results confirm the findings of an earlier report that when chiropractic or hospital therapists treat patients with low back pain as they would in day to day practice those treated by chiropractic derive more benefit and long term satisfaction than those treated by hospitals.”

Meade TW, D.S., Browne W, Frank AO, Randomized comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient management for low back pain: Results from extended follow up. Br Med J, 1995. 311(7001): p. 349-351.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7640538

Just another reason to call a chiropractor TODAY!
Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, in comparison to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic. Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled. We do this conservatively and non-surgically. In addition, we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health!

Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think.And….SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!! We cannot make a difference without your help.

Till next time……
The Amarillo Chiropractor Blog is written by Dr. Jeff Williams.
Amarillo TX Amarillo Pain & Accident Chiropractic Clinic provides customized chiropractic care to the Amarillo TX, Canyon TX, Pampa TX, Happy TX, White Deer TX, Dumas TX, Groom TX, Conway TX, Panhandle TX, Claude TX, Clarendon TX, Borger TX, Tulia TX, Hereford TX, Fritch TX, Bushland TX, and Vega TX communities.

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A Surging Solution For Whiplash Injuries

09/05/2017

Chiropractic treatment for whiplash in Amarillo Texas

Why They Did It

The goal of the paper was to basically pit chiropractic manipulative therapy against physiotherapy for the treatment of whiplash injuries. Which would be more effective?

How They Did It

  • This paper was a randomized controlled trial.
  • 380 volunteers were accepted into the study.
  • 300 of them were males, while 80 were female.
  • All patients had been diagnosed with whiplash injuries less than 3 months old.
  • The Whiplash gradings were in the Grade II to Grade III range using the Quebec Task Force grading system.
  • The patients were divided randomly into 2 groups. Group A was the experimental group while Group B was the control group.
  • Group A underwent a manipulative (chiropractic) regimen with weekly adjustments and included soft tissue manipulation and mobilization.
  • Group B underwent traditional physiotherapy/physical therapy protocols daily which included active exercise, electrotherapy, ultrasound, and diathermy.
  • The Outcome Assessments were performed via the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), the cervical range of motion, and amount of treatment required to finish the protocol.
  • The data was run at the beginning, after each 4th session for the first group and after every 10th session in the second (control) group.

What They Found

  • In the chiropractic group, the patients needed an average of 9 visits to complete treatment.
  • In the physiotherapy group, the patients needed an average of 23 sessions.
  • The chiropractic group had much more improvement than did the physiotherapy group in the Outcome Assessments, particularly after the first 4 sessions.

Wrap It Up

“Patients who had received manipulative treatment needed fewer sessions to complete the treatment than patients who had received physiotherapy treatment. The improvement in the manipulative group was achieved with fewer treatment sessions and was greater than the improvement in physiotherapy group.“

Fernandez-de-las-Penas C, F.-C.J., Palomeque del Cerro L, Miangolarra-Page JC, Manipulative treatment vs. conventional physiotherapy treatment in whiplash injury: a randomized controlled trial. J Whip Rel Dis, 2004. 3: p. 73-90.
http://ofistema.com/pdfs_articulos/JWhiplashRelatedDisoders2004_3(2)73-90[1][1].Manipulativevsconventionaltreatment.pdf

Just another reason to call a chiropractor TODAY!
Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, in comparison to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic. Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled. We do this conservatively and non-surgically. In addition, we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health!

Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think.And….SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!! We cannot make a difference without your help.

Till next time……

The Amarillo Chiropractor Blog is written by Dr. Jeff Williams.
Amarillo TX Amarillo Pain & Accident Chiropractic Clinic provides customized chiropractic care to the Amarillo TX, Canyon TX, Pampa TX, Happy TX, White Deer TX, Dumas TX, Groom TX, Conway TX, Panhandle TX, Claude TX, Clarendon TX, Borger TX, Tulia TX, Hereford TX, Fritch TX, Bushland TX, and Vega TX communities.

Visit our main website at www.amarillochiropractor.com for customized Chiropractic in Amarillo TX. Choose several options to schedule your appointment: call (806) 355-3000 or click the button below for our contact info.

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Reflex Responses After Chiropractic Adjustments

07/28/2017

Why They Did It

The goal of this paper was to try to find out what kind of reflex response is elicited from a spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustment).

How They Did It

  • 10 men without any symptoms were used.
  • 11 spinal manipulative treatments were administered along the full length of the spine.
  • 16 bipolar surface electrodes placed strategically measured the reflex responses.

What They Found

  • Each chiropractic adjustment showed reflex responses in the area the adjustment targeted.
  • The responses happened within 50-200 msec after the adjustment.
  • The reflex responses lasted for 100-400 msec in duration.

Wrap It Up

“This is the first study in which results show a consistent reflex response associated with spinal manipulative treatments. Because reflex pathways are evoked systematically during spinal manipulative treatment, there is a distinct possibility that these responses may cause some of the clinically observed beneficial effects, such as a reduction in pain and a decrease in hypertonicity of muscles.”

Herzog W, et. al. “Electromyographic responses of back and limb muscles associated with spinal manipulative therapy.” Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1999 Jan 15;24(2):146-52; discussion 153.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9926385

Just another reason to call a chiropractor TODAY

Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, in comparison to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic. Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled. We do this conservatively and non-surgically. In addition, we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising your general, overall level of health!

We have seen time and time again the amazing effectiveness of chiropractic for issues such as neck out of alignment, hips out of alignment, back alignment, lower back alignment hip out of alignment, back out of alignment, etc… We have just about seen it all.

Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think.

And….SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!! We cannot make a difference without your help.

Till next time……

The Amarillo Chiropractor Blog is written by Dr. Jeff Williams.
Amarillo TX Amarillo Pain & Accident Chiropractic Clinic provides customized chiropractic care to the Amarillo, Canyon, Pampa, Happy, White Deer, Dumas, Groom, Conway, Panhandle, Claude, Clarendon, Borger, Tulia, Hereford, Fritch, Bushland, and Vega communities. Visit our main website at www.amarillochiropractor.com for customized Chiropractic in Amarillo TX.

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WHAT TREATMENT WORKS FOR PELVIC-RELATED LEG PAIN?

07/17/2017

Manual therapy can help with pelvic related leg pain

Why They Did It

The authors felt that sacroiliac joints (SIJ) could potentially be a source of sciatica. The goal of the study was to test whether there was a successful treatment regimen for a complaint of this sort.

How They Did It

  • 51 patients with SIJ related leg pain were accepted into the study.
  • The study was a single-blinded randomized trial.
  • Three treatment protocols were assessed in this study:
    • Physical Therapy/Physiotherapy
    • Chiropractic/Manual Therapy
    • Intra-articular corticosteroid injections
  • The subjects were evaluated for improvement at the 6 week mark and at the 12 week mark.

What They Found

  • Physical Therapy/Physiotherapy had a 20% success rate.
  • Intra-articular corticosteroid injections had a 50% success rate.
  • Chiropractic/Manual Therapy had a 72% success rate.

Wrap It Up

“…manual therapy appeared to be the choice of treatment for patients with SIJ-related leg pain. A second choice of treatment to be considered is an intra-articular injection.”

Visser LH, et. al., “Treatment of the sacroiliac joint in patients with leg pain: a randomized-controlled trial” Eur Spine J. 2013 Oct;22(10):2310-7
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23720124

Just another reason to call a chiropractor TODAY!

Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, in comparison to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic. Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled. We do this conservatively and non-surgically. In addition, we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health! Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think.And….SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!! We cannot make a difference without your help.

Till next time……

The Amarillo Chiropractor Blog is written by Dr. Jeff Williams.
Amarillo TX Amarillo Pain & Accident Chiropractic Clinic provides customized chiropractic care to the Amarillo TX, Canyon TX, Pampa TX, Happy TX, White Deer TX, Dumas TX, Groom TX, Conway TX, Panhandle TX, Claude TX, Clarendon TX, Borger TX, Tulia TX, Hereford TX, Fritch TX, Bushland TX, and Vega TX communities.

Visit our main website at www.amarillochiropractor.com for customized Chiropractic in Amarillo TX. Choose several options to schedule your appointment: call (806) 355-3000 or click the button below for our contact info.

by Jeff S. Williams, D.C.
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A Powerful & Strong Finding For Whiplash Injury Treatment

07/07/2017

Get whiplash injury treatment with chiropractic care

Why They Did It

Whiplash is a common issue following motor vehicle accidents. The authors of this paper estimate 43% of crash victims will go on to experience long-term suffering from whiplash injuries. The authors wanted to explore the efficacy of chiropractic treatment in such circumstances.

How They Did It

  • The study was a retrospective study.
  • Chronic whiplash patients were accepted into the study.
  • The chiropractic treatment group consisted of 28 patients.
  • The severity of the whiplash injury was assessed at the baseline via the Gargan & Bannister classification system.

What They Found

  • 93% of the test subjects improved after undergoing the chiropractic protocol.

Wrap It Up

The results of this study were so promising and favorable for Chiropractic treatment in whiplash, the authors felt a randomized controlled trial comparing the treatment with conventional treatment was warranted to explore it further.

Woodward MN, C.J., Gargan MF, Bannister GC, Chiropractic treatment of chronic whiplash injuries. Injury, 1996. 27: p. 643-645.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9039361

Just another reason to call a chiropractor TODAY!

Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, in comparison to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic. Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled. We do this conservatively and non-surgically. In addition, we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health!

Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think.And….SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!! We cannot make a difference without your help.

Till next time……

The Amarillo Chiropractor Blog is written by Dr. Jeff Williams.
Amarillo TX Amarillo Pain & Accident Chiropractic Clinic provides customized chiropractic care to the Amarillo TX, Canyon TX, Pampa TX, Happy TX, White Deer TX, Dumas TX, Groom TX, Conway TX, Panhandle TX, Claude TX, Clarendon TX, Borger TX, Tulia TX, Hereford TX, Fritch TX, Bushland TX, and Vega TX communities.

Visit our main website at www.amarillochiropractor.com for customized Chiropractic in Amarillo TX. Choose several options to schedule your appointment: call (806) 355-3000 or click the button below for our contact info.

by Jeff S. Williams, D.C.
Chiropractors in Amarillo
Spinal Decompression Amarillo
Creek Stone Integrated Care
https://www.amarillochiropractor.com
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Expert Proof For Low Back Pain Treatment Recommendations

06/02/2017

chiropractic for low back pain

Why They Did It

The authors in this paper note that low back pain happens to be the 5th most prevalent issue causing people to seek treatment at a doctor’s office. They go on to state that about 25% of Americans of adult age experienced low back pain lasting an entire day at least one time in the previous three months. In addition, low back pain costs added up to about $26.3 billion in 1998.

The authors wanted to conduct a systematic review of the available evidence regarding the treatment of low back pain in adult-aged individuals.

How They Did It

  • The data was collected via literature taken from sources such as MEDLINE, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and EMBASE.
  • The papers only contained randomized, controlled trials on patients having low back pain, with or without associated leg pain.
  • The patients needed to have reported at least 1 of the following Outcome Assessments:
    • back-specific function
    • generic health status
    • pain
    • work disability
    • patient satisfaction
  • The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society collaborated to create guidelines and procedures for the review and subsequent recommendations.

What They Found

  • For acute low back pain (duration <4 weeks), spinal manipulation administered by providers with appropriate training is associated with small to moderate short-term benefits.
  • For chronic low back pain, moderately effective non-pharmacologic therapies include acupuncture, exercise therapy, massage therapy, Viniyoga-style yoga, cognitive-behavioral therapy or progressive relaxation, spinal manipulation, and intensive interdisciplinary rehabilitation.

Wrap It Up

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) protocols are absolutely effective for both long-term and acute low back pain and should be considered as an entry point into the healthcare system for mechanical low back pain.

Chou R, et. al., “Diagnosis and Treatment of Low Back Pain: A Joint Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society” Ann Intern Med. 2007;147(7):478-491.
http://annals.org/aim/article/736814/diagnosis-treatment-low-back-pain-joint-clinical-practice-guideline-from

Just another reason to call a chiropractor TODAY!

Research and clinical experience shows that, in about 80%-90% of headaches, neck, and back pain, in comparison to the traditional medical model, patients get good or excellent results with Chiropractic. Chiropractic care is safe, more cost-effective, it decreases your chances of having surgery, and it reduces your chances of becoming disabled. We do this conservatively and non-surgically. In addition, we can do it with minimal time requirements and minimal hassle on the part of the patient. And, if the patient develops a “preventative” mindset going forward from initial recovery, we can likely keep it that way while raising the general, overall level of health!

Please feel free to leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you think.And….SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!! We cannot make a difference without your help.

Till next time……

The Amarillo Chiropractor Blog is written by Dr. Jeff Williams.
Amarillo TX Amarillo Pain & Accident Chiropractic Clinic provides customized chiropractic care to the Amarillo TX, Canyon TX, Pampa TX, Happy TX, White Deer TX, Dumas TX, Groom TX, Conway TX, Panhandle TX, Claude TX, Clarendon TX, Borger TX, Tulia TX, Hereford TX, Fritch TX, Bushland TX, and Vega TX communities.

Visit our main website at www.amarillochiropractor.com for customized Chiropractic in Amarillo TX. Choose several options to schedule your appointment: call (806) 355-3000 or click the button below for our contact info.

by Jeff S. Williams, D.C.
Chiropractors in Amarillo
Spinal Decompression Amarillo
Creek Stone Integrated Care
https://www.amarillochiropractor.com
http://www.creekstonecare.com




Jeff Williams, DC


Serving the Panhandle for 15 years, and spending several of those years as an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams has seen it all with conditions ranging from various car wreck or auto injury to whiplash, scoliosis, herniated discs, sciatica, neck “cricks” and pinched nerves, neck pain, back pain, and low back pain, to migraines and sports injuries. I have a dream job in a dream practice where we get to help people on a daily basis. We have been very fortunate and truly blessed.


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