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How to Avoid Surgery for Back Pain

Although some people are still hesitant about chiropractic, even the American Medical Association (AMA) recommends that adjustments should be tried prior to surgery--the one option that should be a last resort.

Dr. Pittman has seen many back pain patients in our San Angelo office who have been hurting for years and who are worried that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Pittman has had great success in helping patients recover and avoid risky back surgery, and the science backs up our experience.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Risky Surgery

Recently, in a study conducted on about 2,000 Washington State workers who suffered from a back injury while on the job, more than 40% who saw a surgeon first following their injury found themselves having back surgery within three years. That compares to just 1.5% of the people who first sought treatment with chiropractic, demonstrating that this natural approach is extremely effective at keeping you off the operating table.

Dr. Pittman Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Back Pain Without Surgery

There are alternatives 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. Pittman has helped many patients in San Angelo recover. Give our office a call today at (325) 223-9355 for an appointment.

Reference

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.

 

San Angelo Neck Pain and Auto Injury

If you have neck pain after an auto collision, don't worry. Dr. Pittman sees this type of condition frequently in our San Angelo office. Your chiropractor can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works.

Even in a car wreck, your head is rapidly thrown back and forth, so it's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom from this type of injury. During even a low velocity wreck, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a serious strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. 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 car crash, just as your ankle ligaments can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.

When you experience a sprained ligament, the damaged tissues become swollen and painful, 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 decrease scar tissue.

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're struggling with neck pain, Dr. Pittman is here to help. 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 (325) 223-9355 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

San Angelo Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

San Angelo headache care by Dr. PittmanWe know how difficult persistent headache pain can be. Dr. Pittman and our staff have worked with many patients in our San Angelo chiropractic office, and we've had great success in helping patients eliminate their headache pain.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research study verifies what we see in our practice. In this report, the authors started with 110 individuals who were suffering with headache pain 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 patients 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 investigation 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. Pittman a call today at our San Angelo office at (325) 223-9355. We're here to help get you out of pain.

Citation

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.

 

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

In our San Angelo office, Dr. Pittman has helped several patients heal from back pain. If you suffer from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to decrease the discomfort. You should know that studies have shown that chiropractic care is usually a better choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this particular type of problem.

In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had experienced back pain for at least 48 hours. Each one was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 people, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received sham chiropractic treatments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 subjects served as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.

All of the people who received some type of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the medication, fared better than the control subjects who had no real therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the subjects who received chiropractic had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Natural Healing with Chiropractic

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

If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Call and make an appointment in our San Angelo office with Dr. Pittman today at (325) 223-9355. We'll help improve 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.

 

Headache and Auto Injury

We treat many car accident cases in in our San Angelo office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is headache. Chiropractic care can be very helpful for headache symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes headache and why chiropractic works.

There are many different types of headache. Headache that's caused by a car accident, though, typically begins as tension or strain in the muscles of the cervical spine. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be damaged, which causes swelling and discomfort. 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 crash that we see in our San Angelo 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 therapy for this type of problem to prevent the creation of scar tissue.

Chiropractic is an effective way to treat headaches, including those triggered by car crashes. Your chiropractor will help reduce the swelling and tension in your neck, which will help alleviate the headache pain.

Let us help you recover from headache. Dr. Pittman has helped many people with the same condition, and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Pittman will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (325) 223-9355 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Chiropractic Effective for Tension Headaches

San Angelo Headache Treatment by Dr. PittmanMany people suffer from headache pain, and tension headaches are a common problem in our busy lives. Postural problems and stress are common sources of tension headache, and ones that Dr. Pittman and the team here in our San Angelo chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Proves Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature confirms our results: A 2016 study from Spain managed a group of 76 men and women 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 effective at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were coupled with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get run down, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, causing pain. Chiropractic works by getting rid of these stresses and restoring the normal nerve function to the area.

We're Here to Help Clients Find Help From Tension Headaches

If you live in San Angelo and suffer from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Pittman today at (325) 223-9355 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.

 

Chiropractic: The Natural Approach to Back Pain

San Angelo chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the principle of helping your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate overall health. For Dr. Pittman, this involves working hard to restore your body's healthy performance to prevent the need for drugs or surgery. We notice that many of our San Angelo patients are relieved to find a natural approach for their health problems.

One benefit of chiropractic care is that it helps people minimize or eliminate the use of drugs. Prescription medications are commonly supplied to patients who have back pain. This is such a significant concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) risks overshadow the benefits when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most well-known opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data presented by the AAN cite the fact that about 50% of the people taking these drugs for a period of three months are still on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and recovery, particularly if an narcotic addiction occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic which involves natural healing and the advantages are clear. While a pill might be helpful at temporarily suppressing the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. Drugs don't fix your damaged spine; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. Pittman will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to solve the problem -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our San Angelo office a call at (325) 223-9355 to make an appointment with Dr. Pittman.

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
 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Crashes

We treat many auto injury cases in in our San Angelo office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. Why is thoracic outlet syndrome such a common condition after a car crash? How can chiropractic care help you heal?

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 through the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a crash, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become inflamed 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.

San Angelo Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

Dr. Pittman has been helping patients in San Angelo since 2003, so we know what you're experiencing. We're here to help you, too. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to determine the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (325) 223-9355 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Preventing Leg Injuries with Chiropractic

San Angelo-sports-therapyWhen playing sports activities that require a lot of lower body motion, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's not at all uncommon to suffer some type of injury to your lower extremities. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many players have found themselves out of commission. Dr. Pittman has seen all of these problems in our San Angelo patients. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help prevent some of these injuries from occurring and research proves it.

Dr. Pittman keeps up-to-date with all of the latest scientific research, and in a report published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules football players. Roughly one-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 getting 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.

The authors noted that there was a "significant" decrease in the number of lower limb strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. In addition, 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 determine 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 athletes, because they know that chiropractic works. If you live near our office in San Angelo and would like to see if Dr. Pittman can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (325) 223-9355 for an appointment.

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).

 

Faster Sciatica Healing with Chiropractic Care

In our San Angelo office, it isn't unusual for us to see people troubled with sciatica, and Dr. Pittman has helped many of them recover with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so useful to those who suffer with sciatica? For starters, it reduces their healing time and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.

In the report, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, researchers looked at 44 patients who presented with sudden low back pain that was diagnosed as acute sciatic nerve pain. The individuals were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean follow-up being two years after treatment.

The researchers discovered that all but two patients returned to their jobs after receiving chiropractic care, which is a 95% success rate. Moreover, the average amount of time that the patients 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 170,450 days of work were missed in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is almost 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only could that increase work productivity, but it would also decrease costs to businesses and employees from lost work.

If you live in San Angelo and you suffer from sciatica, Dr. Pittman is here to help. Give us a call at (325) 223-9355 and we'll work with you to find the source of your sciatic pain and get you back on the road to health.

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.