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Back Pain and the SI Joint

We treat a lot of people with back pain in our Tallahassee, FL office, and Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers finds that quite a few cases of back pain stem from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation has revealed that about one quarter of all back pain begins in the SI joint, and now new research confirms what we have observed in our clinic: chiropractic is an effective way to treat this pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Treatment Helps Increase Movement in the SI Joint

In the study released in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, thirty-two women with sacroiliac joint dysfunction were split into two groups and asked to engage in one of two treatment therapies. The first group received a chiropractic adjustment isolated to the sacroiliac joint, and the alternate group got an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint as well as the lumbar spine.

Scientists observed greater improvements in both pain and movement immediately after treatment, two days post-treatment, and 30 days later for the group who received high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This suggests that chiropractic therapy administered in these two areas offers both prompt and lasting benefits for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even with only one treatment round.

Therefore, if you are having trouble with sacroiliac joint pain, or live with back and leg pain and want to know whether your sacroiliac joint is the root, a consultation at our Tallahassee, FL office could be the first—and best—step towards recovery. Give our office a call today at (305) 246-0056.

Kamali F, Shokri E. The effect of two manipulative therapy techniques and their outcome in patients with sacroiliac joint syndrome. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2012;16(1):29-35.

 

AMA Recommends Chiropractic Before Surgery

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

Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers has seen many back pain patients in our Tallahassee, FL office who have been suffering for years and who are worried that they might need an operation for their back pain. Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers has had great success in helping patients recover and avoid risky back surgery, and the science backs up our experience.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Risky Surgery

For example, in a study carried out on almost 2,000 Washington State employees 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 care, proving that this natural approach is very effective at keeping you off the operating table.

Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers Can Help People Find Relief 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. Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers has helped many patients in Tallahassee, FL recover. Give our office a call today at (305) 246-0056 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.

 

Tallahassee, FL Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Tallahassee, FL headache care by  Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation CentersWe know how difficult long-term headache pain can be. Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers and our staff have worked with many patients in our Tallahassee, FL chiropractic clinic, and we've had great success in helping people reduce their headache pain.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research paper verifies what we see in our practice. In this paper, the authors started with 110 individuals who were suffering with headaches 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 paper 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 study also found that these results were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat chronic headache pain, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers a call today at our Tallahassee, FL office at (305) 246-0056. We're here to help get you out of pain.

Research

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.

 

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Tallahassee, FL office, Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers has helped several people heal from back pain. If you are suffering from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take drugs to reduce the discomfort. You should know that studies have shown that chiropractic is often a much healthier choice than drugs when it comes to alleviating this common type of pain.

In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had experienced back pain for at least two days. Each one was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 individuals, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the medication diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received fake chiropractic treatments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 people served as the control as those individuals received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care whatsoever.

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

Natural Healing with Chiropractic

Because chiropractic is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without undesirable side effects. For instance, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health complications. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's intended to correct the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the signs and symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Call and make an appointment in our Tallahassee, FL office with Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers today at (305) 246-0056. We'll help ease 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.

 

Chiropractic Effective for Tension Headaches

Tallahassee, FL Headache Treatment by  Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation CentersMany people experience headache pain, and tension headaches are a frequent problem in our busy world. Postural problems and stress are common causes of tension headaches, and ones that Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers and the staff here in our Tallahassee, FL chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Supports Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature confirms our results: A 2016 study from Spain treated 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 authors found that the spinal adjustments were beneficial at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when spinal adjustments were mixed with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get stressed out, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, resulting in pain. Chiropractic works by eliminating these strains and restoring the normal nerve function to the area.

We're Here to Help Patients Find Comfort From Tension Headaches

If you live in Tallahassee, FL and are suffering from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers today at (305) 246-0056 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.

 

A Drug-Free Approach to Back Pain Recovery

Tallahassee, FL chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the philosophy of allowing your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate overall health. For Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers, this involves working to restore your body's natural functioning to prevent the need for medications or surgical treatments. We notice that most of our Tallahassee, FL patients are happy to find a natural answer for their health conditions.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of drugs. Medications are frequently supplied to people who have back problems. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the advantages when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most well-known narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures offered by the AAN mention the fact that roughly half of the patients taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still taking them five years later. This can further complicate the issue of back pain and recovery, particularly if an opiate addiction occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic which features natural healing and the advantages are clear. While a pill might be useful at temporarily relieving the discomfort of a health issue, it's not a real solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your damaged spine; it will only conceal the pain.

Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers will first examine you to get to the origin of your back problems and then work with you to solve the spinal interference -- without any risky drugs.

If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our Tallahassee, FL office a call at (305) 246-0056 to make an appointment with Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers.

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
 

Tallahassee, FL Neck Pain and Headache Care

Tallahassee, FL neck pain and headache treatmentNeck and headache pain are common problems that affect millions of men and women around the world. If you are dealing with this type of issue, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic is an excellent way to not only treat these common issues, but also help avoid future episodes.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, people with neck and headache pain in Tallahassee, FL have been helped by the chiropractic adjustments of Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers. 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 studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.

We Can Help People Find Comfort From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're suffering from neck pain or headaches, Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our Tallahassee, FL office a call today at (305) 246-0056 for an appointment today.

Reference

Varatharajan S, Ferguson B, Chrobak K, et al. Are non-invasive interventions effective for the management of headaches associated with neck pain? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. European Spine Journal 2016; February 6:1-29.

 

Tallahassee, FL Chiropractic Care for Headache

Tallahassee, FL neck pain and headache treatment

There are many different kinds of headache, but one of the most common types is known as "cervicogenic headache," or those that start in your neck.

Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers sees a lot of people in our Tallahassee, FL office who are struggling with frequent headaches. Fortunately, chiropractic adjustments can often help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50 percent, and research confirms it.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A study was conducted involving 80 participants who reported experiencing at least five cervicogenic headaches during the prior three months. The goal was to see how effective chiropractic care was for this type of head pain, as well as to ascertain the number of treatment sessions necessary to achieve a positive effect.

The patients were split 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 group 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 researchers 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 adjustments had lower drug usage 24 weeks post-study.

We Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Head Pain

Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers has helped many patients who were suffering from headaches in our Tallahassee, FL office. Call us today at (305) 246-0056 for more information or for an appointment.

Reference

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.

 

Chiropractic and Disc Herniation Treatment

Tallahassee, FL non-surgical disc herniation treatment Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers sees many people weekly in our busy Tallahassee, FL chiropractic office who are searching for relief from the pain and distress they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the scientific literature verifies that chiropractic care is a great way to treat herniated disc problems.

Don't Suffer! Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers and Chiropractic Care Helps With Disc Herniation

One particular research project 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 patients documented that they were experiencing pain, limited range of motion, and sensory issues bad enough to keep them off work.

Over the course of the research study, the subjects were managed using one of two common chiropractic methods: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the men and women who had herniation issues in the low back.

Each man or woman was treated four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times weekly, and then as needed for the remainder of the study. Depending on the severity of the disc herniation, treatment varied anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being carried out at a variety of stages to determine 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 authors reported that 80 percent of the subjects obtained a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other symptoms, such as numbness. Furthermore, 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 participants being able to return to their place of employment and led the authors to conclude that chiropractic is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.

If you have a herniated disc and suffer from chronic back pain and are near Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers in Tallahassee, FL, contact our office today to see what chiropractic can do for you!

Reference
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.

 

Avoiding the Surgeon's Knife with Chiropractic

Tallahassee, FL chiropractic back pain treatmentIn our Tallahassee, FL practice, we see plenty of patients who are troubled with back pain, and some of these patients have been told they might need surgery to recover. Thankfully, Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers has helped many people get relief without the need for any type of operation. The science agrees with the success we see in our practice. One research study published in the academic journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor as your first move in overcoming with your back issues may actually keep you off of the operating table.

In this scientific study, medical researchers from Dartmouth analyzed statistics from 1,885 workers from Washington state who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractic doctor for their back pain issues. They then looked at three years' worth of follow-up medical records to find out whether the patients wound up having back surgery in an attempt to correct the issue.

What the researchers discovered was that 42.7% of the people who first saw a surgeon for their back issues ended up having a surgical procedure in that 3-year time span, whereas only 1.5 percent of those who first consulted with 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 impressive outcomes. Consulting with a chiropractor drastically reduces your odds of getting back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.

Let's also take into consideration this important point: this study was conducted by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and published in the world's most prestigious medical publication on spinal injuries.

Surgery: The Last Resort

Any surgery has risks, but a major problem associated with spinal surgery is that there's a very high failure rate. 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, Florida Wellness & Rehabilitation Centers 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 studies have established the effectiveness of chiropractic for back pain.

If you live in Tallahassee, FL and you need care for your back pain, give our practice a call today at (305) 246-0056 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!

Studies

  • 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.