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Chiropractic Helps Relieve Herniated Disc Problems

Asheville chiropractic disc herniation treatmentUnfortunately, 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.

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 Helps Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Asheville natural carpal tunnel treatmentDr. 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!

Resources

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

Asheville back pain treatmentWe 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.

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.
 

Shoulder Pain and Car Accidents

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.

 

Chiropractic Provides Asthma Relief

Asheville asthma care with chiropracticAsthma 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!

Resources

  • 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
 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

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.

 

Headache and Car Crashes

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.

 

What causes persistent pain after a car wreck?

Asheville neck pain and headache treatmentOver 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.

References

  • Association for Safe International Road Travel. Retrieved from http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics
  • Dies S & Strapp J. (1992, September). Chiropractic treatment of patients in motor vehicle accidents: a statistical analysis. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 36(3), 139-145.
  • Woodward M et al. (1996, November). Chiropractic treatment of chronic 'whiplash' injuries. Injury, 27(9), 643-645.
 

Chiropractic Proven Safe

Asheville Chiropractic for familiesWe tend to a large number of people in our Asheville clinic, and Dr. Arnold has helped countless people eliminate a range of health problems. Even so, the primary worry that seems to prevent a lot of people from pursuing treatment is whether or not chiropractic adjustments are safe. Well, according to three separate studies (out of countless on the topic), the answer to this concern is a resounding: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"

Australian Study: Chiropractic is Safe

The first research paper(1) was published in Spine and included 183 women and men. Each person was suffering from spinal pain, and half of the individuals received real chiropractic care whereas the remaining patients received two sham chiropractic treatments. Information was collected after each real or fake adjustment to see if any unfavorable side effects were caused by the genuine chiropractic adjustments.

Researchers found that nobody reported any serious adverse adverse reactions in any way after getting one or two sessions of chiropractic. Some individuals did state that they had a headache (9% of patients) or muscle stiffness (37 percent) post-treatment, but the effects were not of a serious nature.

National Survey Confirms that Chiropractic Care is Safe

The next study(2), also published in the distinguished medical journal, Spine, was done in an effort to determine the safety of chiropractic care. The test group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 people. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all study participants.

Again, the experts discovered no serious negative side effects. The experts computed the risk of total adverse reactions to be about 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the first study, some participants did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (less than 2%) or a headache (4%), and this caused the authors to determine that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."

Chiropractic Care Is Safe for Children

The third research paper(3) is unique from the previous two reports, as it focuses on the safety of chiropractic care for kids. In this article, the authors investigated results reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic treatment sessions.

Out of 5,438 chiropractic appointments made for the young children, chiropractors responding to the survey reported only three cases where there were negative side effects. When parents were questioned, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Additionally, both chiropractors and parents reported "a high rate of improvement with respect to the children's presenting complaints."

Based on studies like these, chiropractic care has been found to be safe and effective for everyone. To learn what chiropractic care can do for you, call our Asheville office and schedule an appointment today at (828) 253-9856.

References

  1. Walker BF, Hebert JJ, Stomski NJ, Clarke BR, Bowden RS, Losco B, French SD. Outcomes of usual chiropractic. The OUCH randomized controlled trial of adverse events. Spine 2013;38(20):1723-9.
  2. Thiel HW1, Bolton JE, Docherty S, Portlock JC. Safety of chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine: a prospective national survey. Spine 2007;32(21):2375-8.
  3. Alcantara J, Ohm J, Kunz D. The safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic: a survey of chiropractors and parents in a practice-based research network. Explore NY 2009;5(5): 290-5.
 

Asheville Neck Pain and Auto Injury

We treat many auto injury cases in our Asheville office, and a common symptom our patients report is neck pain. If you are dealing with neck pain after a car accident, don't despair. Dr. Arnold sees this type of condition very often in our Asheville office. Neck pain is a common problem after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Arnold sees often in our Asheville office. What causes neck pain after a car crash? How can a chiropractor help? Why is neck pain such a common problem after a car crash? How can your chiropractor help you get better? Let's see why neck pain is commonly experienced after an auto injury and see how chiropractic can help you heal. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after an accident and see how chiropractic care can help. The key to recovering from neck pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help. Chiropractic care can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat neck pain. Let's look at how neck pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Arnold can help you.

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common problem experienced after a car crash. Even in a collision, 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. The neck is exposed to very high forces during an auto collision, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity wreck, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a serious strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your spinal column 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 collision, 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 injured area gets swollen and tender, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing movement in the injured region, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.

Dr. Arnold Can Help Patients Find Relief From Neck Pain & Help You Recover Faster

You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Arnold is conveniently located in Asheville to help you heal, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. If you've been injured in a car crash and you're struggling with neck pain, Dr. Arnold is here to help. Dr. Arnold has been helping patients in Asheville since 2014, so we know what you're living with. We're here to help you, too. Let us help you recover from neck pain. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Next, we'll do a careful assessment to establish the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Dr. Arnold will determine what's causing your pain and then will work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (828) 253-9856 to make an appointment.