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San Angelo Chiropractic and Cervicogenic Headache

We see a considerable number of men and women with headaches in our San Angelo office, and Dr. Pittman has been able to support many of them. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that half of all adults struggle with some manner of headache problems, so this certainly isn’t a surprise. One of the most prevalent varieties of headaches that our patients struggle with is cervicogenic headache which, luckily, chiropractic can often help.

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A cervicogenic headache is one that arises from issues in the cervical spine. It can be because of a problem with either the spine itself (in particular, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it might be triggered by a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine leads to squeezing or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can bring about headache pain.

How do you tell if the headache you are feeling is a cervicogenic headache? Besides receiving a diagnosis from a healthcare specialist, a common symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is sometimes combined with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

Headache Relief with Chiropractic

Since cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever problem is initiating them is remedied, it is important to get treatment instead of just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective solution, and one that offers a considerable amount of pain relief.

In one study published in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers studied 80 people who had recurring cervicogenic headaches. One-half received chiropractic care and the other 50% engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was found that chiropractic provided the optimum effects.

Specifically, this study found that chiropractic adjustments provided patients greater pain relief and lowered the frequency of headaches that occurred. What's more, it also diminished the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Pittman can do for you and your headaches, call us today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you need!

References

  • Haas M, Schneider M, Vavrek D. Illustrating risk difference and number needed to treat from a randomized controlled trial of spinal manipulation for cervicogenic headache. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010 18(9).
  • World Health Organization. (2012, October). Headache disorders. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/
 

Chiropractic Aids Sprained Ankle Recovery

San Angelo natural ankle sprain treatmentWe see quite a few patients in our San Angelo office with ankle sprains but Dr. Pittman has had a lot of success helping them recover more quickly. Why are ankle sprains so common and how can chiropractic help?

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

Like any injury, there are many causes of ankle sprains. The most frequent is inversion, or when the ankle rolls inward. This injury can occur due to one forceful movement, or it can develop over time, and exercises that increase the risk for this type of ankle sprain include running and jumping. You're also at risk if you have past ankle injuries, poor posture or balance, weak muscles, and reduced range of motion.

How Can Chiropractic Treatments and Dr. Pittman Help?

A paper printed in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics set out to identify chiropractic's role when it comes to ankle sprain recovery. Researchers enrolled 33 people between the ages of 18 and 45 who had a history of ankle inversion sprains, who were reporting tenderness and/or pain, and had not re-injured the ankle in the previous six weeks.

Eighteen of the subjects were assigned to participate in rehabilitation and the other 15 subjects received chiropractic adjustments in addition to rehabilitation. Each individual had five full weeks of treatment, with the rehab group receiving therapies seven days a week and the rehab plus chiropractic group receiving therapy six out of the seven days.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Ankle Sprains

The authors found that the individuals who had both rehab and chiropractic fared the best at the 4-week mark when it came to pain and joint restriction. Also, no adverse effects were reported, showing that chiropractic is safe.

If you're near our location in San Angelo and you're recovering from an ankle injury, give us a call. We'll do what we can to keep you up and moving... literally!

Studies

  • 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 Helps Fibromyalgia Pain

San Angelo natural fibromyalgia treatmentIf you are afflicted by fibromyalgia, you are not alone, as Dr. Pittman sees many people with this particular condition in our San Angelo chiropractic practice. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that roughly two percent of all adults in the US have fibromyalgia. Fortunately, chiropractic care is one treatment option that can provide positive results.

Research Proves Chiropractic Eases Fibromyalgia

In a study published in mid-2015, 215 adults with fibromyalgia were assessed based on factors ranging from pain to quality of sleep to the levels of depression symptoms or anxiety they felt. Then they were divided into two groups with one group receiving a multi-modal therapy plan for three months and the second group receiving the same program with the addition of chiropractic adjustments (specifically, to the upper neck area) for the same length of time.

The individuals who received chiropractic adjustments in conjunction with the multi-modal therapy approach reported greater benefits in all areas (pain, sleep, depression, and anxiety) at three months post-treatment when compared to the study patients who received multi-modal treatment without chiropractic care. Additionally, those positive benefits were lasting as the patients reported continued improvement one full year later.

Fibromyalgia can significantly reduce your quality of life, both mentally and physically. If you're dealing with fibromyalgia, we might be able to help.

You don't have to suffer! To see what Dr. Pittman can do for your fibromyalgia pain, call our San Angelo chiropractic office today.

Sources

  • Fibromyalgia. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/fibromyalgia.htm on November 2, 2015.
  • Moustafa I & Diab A. (2015, July). The addition of upper cervical manipulative therapy in the treatment of patients with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology International;35(7):1163-74.
 

Chiropractic Care Effective for Herniated Disc Pain

San Angelo chiropractic disc herniation treatmentUnfortunately, quite a few of our San Angelo patients know the pain caused by a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. Pittman has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of medical studies have confirmed that chiropractic care can help patients recover from this kind of condition.

Research on Chiropractic for Disc Herniations

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

Data was collected after the initial treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to determine what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic offers when it comes to treating this particular condition. Among the information gathered was the person's self-reported changes in both back and leg pain.

Researchers 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 claimed that their pain "improved" within the first three months, with 88% still citing improvement one year after their first treatment session.

Even those test subjects 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 Results

In this report, 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 endured 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." In addition, the patient was still experiencing relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.

Studies like these show how useful chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and relieving the symptoms they cause. So, if you are suffering from back ache caused by a herniated disc and want to find some relief, chiropractic may well be an effective solution.

Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our San Angelo office a call today at (325) 223-9355 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 Beneficial for Carpal Tunnel

San Angelo natural carpal tunnel treatmentDr. Pittman sees a lot of people troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy San Angelo chiropractic office. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's really a syndrome that stems from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Recent research published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy evaluated 71 women between the ages of 35 and 59 who were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Upon investigating the subjects' neck range of motion, the doctors discovered that the women had less cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.

In addition, they also discovered that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less mobility in the neck, the higher the level of pain.

This research is extremely important, as you can't effectively address a problem until you fully understand its source. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel issues is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky operations.

If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our San Angelo location and ask how Dr. Pittman can help you get relief!

Studies

De-la-Llave-Rincon A et al. (2011, May). Women with carpal tunnel syndrome show restricted cervical range of motion. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy;41(5):305-10.
Simon H. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. University of Maryland Medical Center. Updated May 6, 2012. Retrieved from https://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/carpal-tunnel-syndrome on November 2, 2015.

 

Effective Back Pain Treatment

San Angelo back pain treatmentWe see quite a few people with back pain in our San Angelo office, and Dr. Pittman has been able to help many of them find relief with chiropractic care. At the same time, recovering from back problems doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical therapy, as many people utilize both types of care with great results.

Study Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Treatment Work Well Together

In a report published by the journal Spine investigators1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who were suffering from both acute pain and restricted function due to back-related issues. Some of the study participants engaged in treatment via standard medical care, while the remainder received chiropractic care in addition to standard medical care, as the authors wanted to see which patients fared better.

Researchers determined that the group that received standard medical care combined with chiropractic scored "significantly better" than the patients who got medical care alone; 73% reported positive benefits compared to just 17% of the medical care only group who indicated the same amount of improvement. This was true regarding both pain and level of function at the two- and four-week marks.

Thus, combining these two forms of treatment can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering advantages when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic and medicine can work together, chiropractic offers some distinct strengths over medical treatment.

Where Chiropractic Care Is Successful

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

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

Chiropractic Is a Natural Approach to Wellness

Without a doubt, the strategies associated with chiropractic are very different than those provided with medical treatment, but a large amount of the distinction is the fact that chiropractic is a natural approach to health and wellness. Rather than focusing on only relieving the symptoms, chiropractic care means tracking down the root cause of your pain, which often translates to greater improvement as you are tackling the problem at its source.

In addition, while medication is sometimes helpful for managing certain conditions, many health issues respond well to a natural approach such as chiropractic care. This means fewer negative responses to medications and lasting results.

You don't have to struggle with back pain or other health problems. Give our San Angelo office a call today at (325) 223-9355. We'll do our best 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.
 

San Angelo Auto Accidents and Chronic Pain

San Angelo auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in San Angelo and you've been in a car wreck, you have to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic problems.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We work with many auto injury patients in our San Angelo office, and many of these people are struggling with chronic pain caused by an old accident. In fact, research shows that a significant proportion of rear-end crashes cause pain and disability even ten years after the initial trauma.

Dr. Pittman is here to help you avoid developing chronic pain by helping to restore the healthy function of your spine soon after a crash.

The most common causes of chronic pain are reduced flexibility of your spinal column and the formation of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your spine can easily be damaged during a collision, and chiropractic care works by decreasing inflammation and restoring normal movement.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're near our San Angelo office, and you've been injured in a collision, don't wait to get treatment. Dr. Pittman is here for you. Give us a call today at (325) 223-9355 for an appointment or for more information.

 

San Angelo Back Pain Treatment

San Angelo back pain treatment by Dr. PittmanMost of us suffer from back pain at some point in our lives. Experts estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Dr. Pittman and our talented staff see many back pain cases in our San Angelo office, and we've found that chiropractic care is an effective way to not only help you recover from back pain, it's also a great way to avoid future problems.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Back Pain

A recent study from the University of Utah verifies what our San Angelo patients have reported: your San Angelo chiropractor is the best first choice for an event of back pain.

In this paper, 747 participants were treated for low back pain. Each patient was evaluated based on the first person they sought treatment with, whether it was a primary care physician, a chiropractor, or a physiotherapist.

What the authors discovered is that the men and women who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgeries.

Other papers have found the same results. A 2012 study reported that chiropractic patients had the best functional recovery and pain relief for chronic back pain.

Chiropractic works by restoring the natural, pain-free function of your spine. Dr. Pittman and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

Dr. Pittman Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Back Pain

If you live near our San Angelo office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (325) 223-9355 for an appointment.

Reference

Fritz JM, Kim J, Dorius J. Importance of the type of provider seen to begin health care for a new episode of low back pain: associations with future utilization and costs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015(Sep 29).

Cecchi F, et al. Predictors of functional outcome in patients with chronic low back pain undergoing back school, individual physiotherapy or spinal manipulation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2012;48:371-8.

 

San Angelo Chiropractic Auto Accident Treatment

San Angelo auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. PittmanEvery year, there are millions of auto accidents in the world, and a significant number of people end up getting hurt in a crash. Although most collisions are "minor," chronic neck and back pain are still frequent health issues. The good news is that chiropractic is a fantastic way to address these kinds of injuries.

We've treated many auto accident patients in our San Angelo office, and Dr. Pittman has been helping people with these types of injuries since 2003. During a car accident, your body is subjected to large forces that it simply wasn't built to handle. These forces put strain and stress on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can cause injury to the ligaments that hold your spine together. A collision can result in a wide range of pain problems.

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

Dr. Pittman Can Help Clients Recover From an Auto Accident

Dr. Pittman, your San Angelo chiropractor, can assist by decreasing irritation in the injured area and can help minimize 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 or call Dr. Pittman today at (325) 223-9355.

 

Prevent Back Surgery with Chiropractic

San Angelo Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryEvery year, over 500,000 people have back surgery in the US. Although in some cases 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. Pittman is here to make sure that people in San Angelo have a healthy, non-surgical option for back pain. We've helped many people recover from back pain without the need for surgery.

There are countless reasons to avoid unnecessary medical treatments: Surgeries often result in a longer recuperation time and complications, neither of which is a desirable scenario. Fortunately, as one medical study has found, chiropractic may actually keep you out of the operating room completely.

Research Shows Chiropractic Treatment Helps Avoid Back Surgery

In this paper, 1,885 workers with back injuries were examined over a three year period. When the workers first sought care with a surgeon, over 42 percent wound up having surgery for their pain. For patients who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

These findings indicate that chiropractic care can help you heal from back pain without surgical treatments.

If you live in the San Angelo area, Dr. Pittman can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (325) 223-9355 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.