We see quite a few patients in our Asheville office with ankle sprains but Dr. Arnold has had a lot of success helping them recover more quickly. Why are ankle sprains so common and how can chiropractic care help?
According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), an estimated 25,000 men and women in the US sprain their ankles daily. As a matter of fact, these injuries make up nearly 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 take place due to one forceful movement, or it can develop over time, and activities that increase the risk for this type of ankle sprain include running and jumping. You're also at risk if you have pre-existing ankle injuries, poor posture or balance, weak muscles, and reduced range of motion.
How Can Chiropractic Treatments and Dr. Arnold Help?
A report published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics set out to identify chiropractic's role when it comes to ankle sprain recovery. The authors enrolled 33 individuals 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.
18 of the subjects were assigned to participate in rehabilitation and the other 15 subjects received chiropractic in addition to rehab. Each individual had five full weeks of treatment, with the rehabilitation group receiving therapies seven days a week and the rehabilitation plus chiropractic group receiving therapy six out of the seven days.
Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Ankle Sprains
The study 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. Furthermore, no negative effects were reported, showing that chiropractic is safe.
If you're near our office in Asheville and you're struggling with an ankle injury, give us a call. We'll do what we can to keep you up and running... literally!
- 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
If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you are not alone, as Dr. Arnold sees many patients with this particular syndrome in our Asheville chiropractic clinic. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that roughly two percent of all adults in the US have fibromyalgia. Thankfully, chiropractic is one treatment option that can provide positive results.
Research Supports Chiropractic Helps Fibromyalgia
In a study published in mid-2015, 215 women and men with fibromyalgia were assessed based on factors ranging from pain to quality of sleep to the levels of depression and anxiety they felt. Then they were split into two groups with one group receiving a multi-modal treatment plan for three months and the second group receiving the same approach with the addition of chiropractic adjustments (specifically, to the upper neck tissues) for the same length of time.
The individuals who received chiropractic adjustments in conjunction with the multi-modal treatment program reported greater results in all areas (pain, sleep, depression, and anxiety) at 12 weeks post-treatment when compared to the study patients who received multi-modal therapy without chiropractic care. Furthermore, those positive benefits were lasting as the patients reported continued improvement one full year later.
Fibromyalgia can substantially reduce your quality of life, both psychologically and physically. If you're suffering from fibromyalgia, we might be able to help.
You don't have to suffer! To find out what Dr. Arnold can do for your fibromyalgia pain, call our Asheville chiropractic office today.
- 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.
Unfortunately, many of our Asheville patients know the pain associated with a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. Arnold has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of medical studies have confirmed that chiropractic can help people recover from this kind of problem.
Research on Chiropractic for Disc Herniations
In one study, a group of doctors from Switzerland recruited 148 patients who were suffering with pain in their low 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 problem.
Results were obtained after the initial treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to find out what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic offers when it comes to treating this particular problem. Among the information collected was the person's self-reported changes in both back and leg pain.
The authors found that, overall, the patients reported "significant improvement" for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the study participants stated 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 percent one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive effect that was found in the following case study.
Disc Herniation and Chiropractic: A Case Study
In this paper, a 26-year-old man had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the lower back, left leg, and left groin area, along with left foot drop and muscle weakness. He had endured these problems for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his herniated disc was confirmed via MRI.
After receiving chiropractic, "The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment." In addition, the patient was still enjoying relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.
Studies like these show how beneficial chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and relieving the symptoms they produce. So, if you are suffering from back ache caused by a herniated disc and wish to find some relief, chiropractic may well be an effective solution.
Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Asheville office a call today at (828) 253-9856 for a consultation or appointment.
- 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.
Dr. Arnold sees a lot of patients struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Asheville chiropractic office. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's actually a condition that arises from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.
Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Recent research published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy assessed 71 women between the ages of 35 and 59 who were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Upon studying the subjects' neck range of motion, the doctors found that the patients had reduced cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, 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 short, the less flexibility in the neck area, the greater the level of pain.
This research is very important, as you can't effectively resolve a problem until you fully understand its source. By recognizing that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky operations.
We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Carpal Tunnel
If you suffer with carpal tunnel pain, call our Asheville office and ask how Dr. Arnold can help you get relief!
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.
We see quite a few people with back pain in our Asheville practice, and Dr. Arnold has been able to help many of them get relief through various chiropractic techniques. At the same time, recovering from back pain doesn't necessarily mean having to make a choice between chiropractic care and medical therapy, as many people utilize both types of care with great results.
Research Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Treatment Work Well with One Another
In a study published by the academic journal Spine investigators1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who reported both acute soreness and restricted function due to back-related issues. Some of the test subjects received treatment via standard medical therapy, while the rest were given chiropractic adjustments as well as standard medical care, as the authors wanted to see which patients fared better.
Researchers observed that the patients who received standard medical care along with chiropractic scored "significantly better" than the patients who received medical care alone; 73% reported positive benefits compared to just 17 percent of the medical care only group who reported the same amount of improvement. This was true regarding both pain and level of function at the two- and four-week marks.
Accordingly, incorporating 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 alongside each other, chiropractic offers some distinct advantages over medical therapy.
Where Chiropractic Care Pulls Ahead
Although it may seem as if each approach plays a 50-50 role, there is one significant advantage that chiropractic care has over medical care and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, a study from UCLA2 that was published in the American Journal of Public Health reports that, on average, chiropractic patients are generally more satisfied with their recovery than patients undergoing medical care.
According to the experts, the main factors that patients favored over medical treatment were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't surprising, as chiropractors commonly spend much more time advising their patients as to how they can better their health on their own, as well as discussing more thoroughly what to expect from chiropractic.
Chiropractic Is a Natural Approach to Wellness
Without a doubt, the techniques associated with chiropractic are very different than those provided with medical therapy, but a large amount of the difference is the fact that chiropractic is a natural approach to health and wellness. Instead of focusing on just relieving the symptoms, chiropractic care involves finding the root cause of your pain, which often translates to greater improvement as you are tackling the problem at its source.
Additionally, while medication is sometimes helpful for treating certain conditions, many health issues respond well to natural forms of treatment like chiropractic care. This means fewer negative side effects from prescriptions and longer-lasting recovery.
You don't have to deal with back pain or other health issues. Give our Asheville clinic a call today at (828) 253-9856. We'll do everything we can to help you get and remain free from back pain.
- 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.
- 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.
If you suffer from shoulder pain after an auto collision, don't despair. Dr. Arnold sees this type of problem frequently in our Asheville office. Chiropractic care can be very helpful for shoulder pain symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes shoulder pain and why chiropractic works.
There are at least two ways that you can get shoulder pain after an accident: by direct trauma to the shoulder joint or by radiating pain from the neck.
Direct injury can be caused by hitting your shoulder on a hard surface in the car during the crash, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end impact. With this type of injury, you'll usually be aware of the pain soon after the crash.
More commonly, Dr. Arnold finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a collision, but starts a few days or weeks after the injury. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured soft tissue in your neck can tweak nerves in your neck, causing tingling, numbness, or pain in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.
We've treated both types of shoulder problems in our Asheville office. This treatment involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.
Dr. Arnold is here in Asheville to help you recover from shoulder pain. We've been helping patients since 2014 and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Arnold will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (828) 253-9856 to make an appointment.
Asthma is a huge worry for many people in Asheville and for a society as a whole, since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that this condition currently affects almost 19 million adults and 7 million kids in the United States. A full-blown asthma attack likely means a hospital visit. Fortunately, Dr. Arnold has helped many folks in Asheville get relief from asthma symptoms.
Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Asthma
The medical research confirms what we see in our practice. For example, a study published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy assessed 31 adult asthma patients after getting four weeks of chiropractic adjustments. The researchers found that the patients who received chiropractic adjustments had a 34% decrease in asthma symptoms.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics published another asthma-based study, except this one involved children. In this article, the 36 kids ranged from 6 to 17 years in age and their asthma was considered either mild or moderate in severity.
After 12 weeks of chiropractic, as a whole, the children reported a higher quality of life and a decreased level of severity. As a bonus, they also indicated that they relied less on their bronchodilator and these positive effects lasted one year after chiropractic care was finished.
We Can Help People Find Relief From Asthma
So, whether you're 7 or 70, if you have asthma, be sure to contact Dr. Arnold in Asheville and make an appointment today. We'll do what we can to help you breathe easier!
- Asthma. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Bronfort G et al. (2001, July-August). Chronic pediatric asthma and spinal manipulation: a prospective clinical series and randomized clinical pilot study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;24(6):369-77
- Nielsen N et al. (1995, January). Chronic asthma and chiropractic spinal manipulation: a randomized clinical trial. Clinical and Experimental Allergy;25(1):80-8
We work with many auto injury cases in in our Asheville office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. The key to recovering from thoracic outlet syndrome caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.
The thoracic outlet is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These vessels don't have a lot of room, so they travel underneath and through the strong bands of muscles that support your head.
In a collision, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become swollen and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which restricts motion and puts stress on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or pins and needles in the shoulder, elbow and even the wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.
Asheville Thoracic Outlet Treatment
Chiropractic adjustments can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Arnold will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.
Let us help you recover from thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Arnold has helped many people with the same condition, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to figure out 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 (828) 253-9856 and we'll get you back on the road to health.
If you have headache after a car crash, don't worry. Dr. Arnold sees this type of problem frequently in our Asheville office. Let's take a look at why headache is frequently experienced after an auto collision and see how your chiropractor can help you heal.
There are many different types of headache. Headache that's caused by an auto collision, though, typically starts as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the cervical spine. In a crash, the neck muscles can be torn, which results in swelling and soreness. These types of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.
Another frequent cause of headache after a crash that we see in our Asheville 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 treatment for this type of problem to avoid the development of scar tissue.
Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those caused by car crashes. Dr. Arnold can help reduce the inflammation and tension in your neck, which will help relieve the headache pain.
You don't have to suffer from headache. Dr. Arnold is conveniently located in Asheville to help you get better, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. Dr. Arnold will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (828) 253-9856 and we'll get you back on the road to health.
Over 2 million people are hurt each year in automobile accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to recover from their injuries relatively easily, too many people are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. We see many of these patients here in our Asheville office. Fortunately, Dr. Arnold is here to help you recover from your auto injury.
Research Supports Chiropractic Helps Prevent Chronic Pain After an Auto Accident
The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was carried out on 28 men and women diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments and 93 percent of them experienced pain relief following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic care is a great way to avoid long-term pain after a crash.
It's important to remember that studies have also found that delaying care after a car crash can adversely affect healing time, so getting in to see Dr. Arnold at the earliest opportunity is key to having a speedier recovery.
We Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Pain After a Car Crash
Dr. Arnold has helped many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Asheville office today for more information or an appointment.
- Association for Safe International Road Travel. Retrieved from http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics
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- Woodward M et al. (1996, November). Chiropractic treatment of chronic 'whiplash' injuries. Injury, 27(9), 643-645.