Headache and neck pain are common problems that affect millions of people around the world. If you suffer from this type of problem, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic care is an excellent way to not only treat these common issues, but also help prevent future episodes.
Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches
For many years, patients with neck and headache pain in San Angelo have been helped by the chiropractic adjustments of Dr. Pittman. Our experience is backed up by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-surgical, non-drug solutions are the best choice for neck and headache pain.
The study looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was advisable before resorting to drugs or more invasive procedures.
Past scientific studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.
We Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Neck Pain and Headaches
If you're struggling with neck pain or headaches, Dr. Pittman and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our San Angelo office a call today at (325) 223-9355 for an appointment today.
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There are many different kinds of headache, but one of the most common types is known as "cervicogenic headache," or headaches that start in your neck.
Dr. Pittman sees a lot of people in our San Angelo office who are suffering with frequent headaches. Luckily, chiropractic can usually help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50 percent, and research confirms it.
A study was conducted involving 80 participants who reported experiencing at least five cervicogenic headaches during the prior three months. The objective was to see how effective chiropractic was for this type of head pain, as well as to determine the number of treatment sessions necessary to achieve a positive effect.
The patients were divided into four separate groups, so that each group was similar in age, gender, number of cervicogenic headaches, and their intensity. Of the four groups, two engaged in chiropractic treatments and two received light massage. Furthermore, one group assigned to each treatment received eight sessions and the other patients received twice that amount.
Each person was assessed based on head pain, neck pain, and disability prior to the study and 12 and 24 weeks after treatment was complete. The authors found that those who received chiropractic as opposed to massage reported fewer headaches at the conclusion of the study. Furthermore, improvements were maintained when checked six months after treatment ended.
Furthermore, patients who were taking medications for their headaches were able to lower their intake after completing the study. Those who received chiropractic care had lower drug usage 24 weeks post-study.
Dr. Pittman has helped many patients who were suffering from headache pain in our San Angelo office. Call us today at (325) 223-9355 for more information or for an appointment.
Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin M, Vavrek D. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2010; 10: 117-128.
Dr. Pittman sees many people weekly in our busy San Angelo chiropractic office who are looking for relief from the pain and suffering they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the scientific literature verifies that chiropractic care is an effective way to treat herniated disc problems.
Don't Suffer! Dr. Pittman and Chiropractic Care Helps With Disc Herniation
One particular research study involved 27 people, 8 male and 19 female, who had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirming a disc herniation in either their neck or lower back. The people documented that they were experiencing pain, limited range of motion, and sensory problems bad enough to keep them off work.
Over the course of the research study, the subjects were managed using one of two common chiropractic practices: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the men and women who had herniation issues in the lumbar area.
Each individual was treated four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times each week, and then as needed for the remainder of the study. Based on the severity of the disc herniation, therapy ranged anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being performed at various stages to identify what effect, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.
Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Back Pain and Herniated Disc
The researchers reported that 80 percent of the patients enjoyed a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other issues, such as numbness. Additionally, 77 percent of these subjects also showed MRI evidence that their disc herniation was either reduced or resolved completely. This resulted in 78 percent of the study subjects being able to return to their place of employment and led the authors to conclude that chiropractic care is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.
If you have a herniated disc and suffer from chronic back pain and are near Dr. Pittman in San Angelo, contact our office today to see what chiropractic can do for you!
BenEliyahu, DJ. Magnetic resonance imaging and clinical follow-up: study of 27 patients receiving chiropractic care for cervical and lumbar disc herniations. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1996;19(9):597-606.
In our San Angelo practice, we see many people who are suffering from back pain, and some of these people have been told they might need surgery to recover. Thankfully, Dr. Pittman has helped many people get pain relief without the need for any type of operation. The scientific research confirms the results we see in our office. One medical study published in the medical journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor as your first move in overcoming with your back problems may literally keep you out of the operating room.
In this report, medical professionals from Dartmouth reviewed data from 1,885 workers from Washington state who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractor for their back-related issues. They then used three years' worth of follow-up medical records to ascertain whether the individuals wound up having back surgery in an effort to correct the issue.
What the researchers determined was that about 43% of the individuals who first consulted with a surgeon for their back pain ended up with surgery in that 3-year time span, whereas only 1.5 percent of those who first saw a chiropractor had the same fate. The authors wrote:
"Even after controlling for injury severity and other measures, workers with an initial visit for the injury to a surgeon had almost nine times the odds of receiving lumbar spine surgery compared to those seeing primary care providers, whereas workers whose first visit was to a chiropractor had significantly lower odds of surgery."
These are remarkable findings. Seeing a chiropractor significantly decreases your odds of getting back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this scientific study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.
Let's also keep in mind this important point: this study was conducted by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and printed in the world's most prestigious medical publication on spinal injuries.
The Risks of Surgery
Any surgical procedure has risks, but a serious problem associated with spinal surgery is that there is a very high rate of failure. In an important analysis in the European Spine Journal, researchers wrote:
"Failed back surgery is a problem that has become sufficiently widespread to even warrant its own special conferences, with recent reviews reporting failure rates ranging from 5 to 50%."
The experts in this same study concluded:
"It is extremely difficult to identify unequivocal predictor factors that can be used to accurately predict the outcome of surgery."
As a chiropractor, Dr. Pittman believes that surgery should be the absolute last choice for treating back pain. Chiropractic works to restore your spine to its normal function--without the need of risky surgery or drugs--and many research studies have confirmed the effectiveness of chiropractic for back pain.
If you live in San Angelo and you need relief for your back pain, give our practice a call today at (325) 223-9355 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!
- Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM. 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.
- Mannion AF, Elfering A. Predictors of surgical outcome and their assessment. European Spine Journal 2006;15(Suppl 1):S93-S108.
Back Pain is a common problem after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Pittman sees often in our San Angelo office. Let's look at the root cause of back pain after a car crash and see how chiropractic care can help.
During a rear-end car crash, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve of your spine, the car seat can put inconsistent force on your lower back. This can cause some of your spinal vertebrae to move in one direction while an adjacent vertebrae might move in another direction. This differential motion can sprain or strain the ligaments that hold your spine together. This kind of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.
Dr. Pittman is here in San Angelo to help you recover from back pain. We've been helping patients since 2003 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.
When you're trying to support your family, take care of your household, and pay all of your bills on time, every day at your job counts. Work injuries can be a huge problem for many folks, and we see many of these types of injuries in our San Angelo office. Dr. Pittman understands your situation and is here to help.
The benefits of chiropractic care for work injuries are well-established. A 2013 research paper involving over 600 adults who were suffering with either back or neck pain found that the people who didn't see a chiropractor missed work at twice the rate of those who were seeing a chiropractor.
So, why don't more people use chiropractic?
According to the respondents in this study, two of the major reasons were that they thought they needed a medical referral for chiropractic care (which is typically no longer true) and they overestimated the costs associated with chiropractic treatment sessions by almost 70 percent.
The fact is, chiropractic patients actually spend less on care than medical patients, plus they are less likely to use drugs for their symptoms.
If you live in San Angelo and you've been injured at work, we can help. Give our office a call today at (325) 223-9355 for an appointment.
"Thousands of Minnesotans with Back and Neck Pain Don't Seek Treatment." (2013, June 12). ChiroCare.
As trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently quite painful, we do our best to help our San Angelo patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Pittman will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease discomfort in the jaw.
For example, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 participants with jaw pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Subjects were assessed prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. They reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers carried out a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other causes to consider as well, such as bruxism, arthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Pittman today and schedule an appointment to come into our San Angelo location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!
- Gonzalez-Iglesias J et al. (2013, November). Mobilization with movement, thoracic spine manipulation, and dry needling for the management of temporomandibular disorder: a prospective case series. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice;29(8):586-95
- Brantingham J et al. (2013, March-April). Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;36(3):143-201
- Oral Care. WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders-tmd on November 2, 2015
We see a lot of sports injuries in our San Angelo clinic, and Dr. Pittman is often able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt every year while participating in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the importance of minimizing these types of widespread injuries. One approach to potentially realize that goal, as stated in a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's likelihood of winning. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could reduce these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study specifically, every one of the participants was given medical treatment. In addition, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 treatment each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one session a month for the final 3 months of the study. The other half were given no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic.
After twenty-four matches, scientists reported a diminished amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Furthermore, that same group also missed fewer matches correlated to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively lessen the amount of leg injuries.
If you or your child plays sports and you want to ensure greater time is spent on the field as opposed to on the bench, call our San Angelo office at (325) 223-9355 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!
- Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). 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, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
- Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
- Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.
We work with many back pain patients in our San Angelo chiropractic office, and Dr. Pittman and our staff uses a variety of techniques to help get you out of pain and restore your spine's normal, healthy function. We find spinal decompression to be a highly effective approach.
Understanding Spinal Decompression Therapy
To help you better understand spinal decompression therapy, think of the discs in your spine like water balloons filled with jelly. When you compress them (which occurs due to normal living, sustaining an injury, or other medical conditions), they can protrude, placing pressure on the nerves in your spine. This affects your brain's ability to communicate with tissues in the rest of your body.
If the pressure on the discs becomes too high, the discs can herniate or protrude. This removes the padding between your vertebrae and can cause pain. The purpose of spinal decompression therapy is to relieve this pressure to help improve your body's function and also reduce your level of discomfort.
Can Spinal Decompression Therapy Help Me?
Spinal decompression therapy relieves disc pressure through the use of a specially designed table that gently elongates your spinal column through slow and controlled movements. This decreases the pressure placed on your discs. Some studies show an increase in disc height by as much as 1.3 millimeters after just six weeks of this treatment.
If you're wondering if spinal decompression therapy could help you feel and function better, simply call our San Angelo office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Pittman today. Your optimal health is our number one goal!
Apfel CC, Cakmakkaya OS, Richmond C, et al. Restoration of disk height through non-surgical spinal decompression is associated with decreased discogenic low back pain: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(155). doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-155
According to research, around 2-5 percent of the population will experience painful ailments like frozen shoulder syndrome at some point in their lives. That makes shoulder-related pain a common occurrence and one that Dr. Pittman sees in our San Angelo office on a regular basis.
By and large, this issue is more prevalent for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, and it tends to affect women more frequently than men. While ice, heat, and gentle stretches can often times help relieve the pain, so too can chiropractic adjustments.
For example, a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine looked at 50 people with frozen shoulder who received chiropractic care. The duration of care ranged from 11 days to 51 days, with 28 days being the average.
The doctors found that almost all of the study participants fared extremely well with chiropractic care. The authors found:
• 8 of the subjects reported 50-75 percent improvement
• 25 indicated improvement ranging from 75- 90 percent
• 1 participant had complete resolution of their frozen shoulder pain
Only one participant reported an improvement of 50 percent or less, so studies like this show just how effective chiropractic can be when it comes to decreasing shoulder pain and improving quality of life.
Let Dr. Pittman help you relieve your pain by contacting our San Angelo office and scheduling your appointment today.
Murphy F et al. (2012, December). Chiropractic management of frozen shoulder syndrome using a novel technique: a retrospective case series of 50 patients. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine;11(4):267-272