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Woburn & Chelmsford, MA Back Pain Treatment

Woburn & Chelmsford, MA back pain treatment by Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay MartinMost of us suffer from back pain at some point in our lives. Researchers estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin and our talented staff see many back pain cases in our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office, and we've found that chiropractic care is a highly effective way to not only help you heal from back pain, it's also an excellent way to protect against future episodes.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Back Pain

A recent study from the University of Utah verifies what our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA patients have experienced: your Woburn & Chelmsford, MA chiropractor is the best first choice for an event of back pain.

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

What the researchers found is that the individuals who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgical procedures.

Other studies have found the same results. A 2012 study found 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. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin Can Help Clients Find Relief From Back Pain

If you live near our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (781) 460-0939 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.

 

Chiropractic Can Alleviate Need for Back Surgery

Woburn & Chelmsford, MA Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryEach year, over 500,000 people have back surgery in the US. Although in some cases it's necessary to have surgery for back pain, the fact is that if you can avoid this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin is here to make sure that people in Woburn & Chelmsford, MA have a natural, non-surgical option for back problems. We've helped many patients heal from back pain without the need for surgery.

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

Research Proves Chiropractic Care Helps Avoid Back Surgery

In this study, about 1,900 workers with back injuries were assessed over a three year period. When the workers first sought treatment with a surgeon, over 42 percent ended up having surgery for their pain. For subjects who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

These findings suggest that chiropractic care can help you recover from back pain without surgical treatments.

If you live in the Woburn & Chelmsford, MA area, Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (781) 460-0939 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.

 

Back Pain and the Sacroiliac Joint

We treat a large number of patients with back pain in our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office, and Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin finds that many cases of back pain stem from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Research shows that about 25% of all back pain starts out 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 Proves Chiropractic Treatment Helps Increase Movement in the SI Joint

In the study released in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 32 women with sacroiliac joint syndrome were separated into two groups and asked to engage in one of two treatment therapies. one group was given a chiropractic adjustment only at the sacroiliac joint, and the other group received an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint as well as the lumbar spine.

Specialists noticed significantly more improvements in both pain and movement immediately following treatment, two days later, and 30 days later for the group who had been given high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This suggests that chiropractic manipulation administered in these two areas offers both prompt and continuing results for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers even with just a single treatment session.

So, if you are dealing with sacroiliac joint pain, or live with back and leg pain and would like to know whether your sacroiliac joint is the source, a consultation at our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office may be the first and best step towards recovery. Give our office a call today at (781) 460-0939.

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.

 

Chiropractic Before Surgery, Says AMA

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

Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin has seen many back pain patients in our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office who have been hurting for years and who are worried that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin 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 one study carried out on about 2,000 Washington State employees who suffered from a back injury while at work, more than 42% who saw a surgeon first following their injury found themselves having back surgery within three years. That compares to just 1.5% of the individuals who first sought treatment with chiropractic care, showing that this natural approach is extremely effective at keeping you out of the operating room.

Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin Can Help Clients 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. Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin has helped many patients in Woburn & Chelmsford, MA recover. Give our office a call today at (781) 460-0939 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.

 

Woburn & Chelmsford, MA Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Woburn & Chelmsford, MA headache care by Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay MartinWe know how difficult chronic headache pain can be. Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin and our staff have worked with many men and women in our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA chiropractic practice, and we've had great success in helping people eliminate their headache pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research paper confirms what we see in our office. In this study, the authors started with 110 individuals who were suffering from 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 study 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 outcomes 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 Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin a call today at our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office at (781) 460-0939. We're here to help get you relief.

Citation

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.

 

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

In our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office, Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin has helped countless patients heal from back problems. If you suffer from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to decrease the pain. You should understand that research shows that chiropractic care is oftentimes a much healthier choice than drugs when it comes to alleviating this common type of problem.

In a 2013 study published in the medical journal Spine experts included 101 subjects who had suffered back pain for more than 48 hours. Each individual was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received sham chiropractic adjustments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 subjects served as the control as those subjects engaged in sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment whatsoever.

Both of the groups that received some type of treatment, whether through chiropractic or the medication, fared better than the control subjects who had no actual therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the subjects who received chiropractic care had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps enhance healing without unwanted side effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health complications. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's designed to correct the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the signs and symptoms.

If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Make an appointment in our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office with Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin today at (781) 460-0939. 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.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

Woburn & Chelmsford, MA Headache Treatment by Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay MartinMany people suffer with headache pain, and tension headaches are a common problem in our busy world. Postural problems and stress are common sources of tension headache pain, and ones that Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin and the staff here in our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Supports Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature verifies our results: A 2016 study from Spain managed 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 doctor 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 researchers discovered that the spinal adjustments were helpful at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when spinal adjustments were coupled with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get run down, 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 People Find Comfort From Tension Headaches

If you live in Woburn & Chelmsford, MA and suffer from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin today at (781) 460-0939 for an appointment or more information.

Source

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

Woburn & Chelmsford, MA chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the philosophy of aiding your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate wellness. For Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin, this means working hard to restore your body's healthy functioning to avoid the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We find that most of our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA patients are pleased to find a natural approach for their health conditions.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people reduce or eliminate the use of narcotics. Prescriptions are oftentimes supplied to individuals who have back pain. This is such a serious concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks overshadow the advantages when administered for back pain.

Some of the most well-known opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data offered by the AAN mention the fact that about half of the patients taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and healing, particularly if an narcotic addiction occurs.

Compare that to chiropractic care which features natural healing and the benefits are crystal clear. While a drug might be helpful at briefly suppressing the discomfort of a health problem, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs can't fix your damaged spine; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin will first examine you to get to the origin of your back pain and then work with you to eliminate the problem -- without the need for risky drugs.

If you're ready to get out of pain, naturally, give our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office a call at (781) 460-0939 to make an appointment with Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin.

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
 

Quicker Sciatica Healing with Chiropractic Adjustments

In our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA practice, it isn't unusual for us to see patients suffering with sciatica pain, and Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin has helped many of these people heal with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so helpful to those who suffer with this condition? First off, it reduces their time of recovery and a Norwegian research study confirms it.

In the study, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, the authors looked at 44 patients who presented with abrupt low back pain that was diagnosed as acute sciatica. The individuals were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean follow-up being two years after treatment.

The researchers discovered that all but two patients returned to work after receiving chiropractic care, which is a 95% success rate. Moreover, the average period of time that the individuals spent off work "was reduced by two thirds as compared with that associated with conventional medical treatment."

Considering that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over 170,000 workdays were lost in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is about 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only would that increase work productivity, but it could also reduce costs to businesses and employees from lost work.

If you live in Woburn & Chelmsford, MA and you suffer with sciatic pain, Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin is here to assist. Give us a call at (781) 460-0939 and we'll work with you to find the root cause of your sciatic pain and get you back on the road to health.

Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30(2):135-139.

 

Woburn & Chelmsford, MA Neck Pain and Headache Care

Woburn & Chelmsford, MA neck pain and headache treatmentHeadache and neck pain are common problems that affect millions of men and women around the world. If you suffer from this type of problem, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic care is a great way to not only treat these common problems, but also help prevent future episodes.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, people with neck and headache pain in Woburn & Chelmsford, MA have been helped by the chiropractic care of Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin. Our experience is backed up by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-surgical, non-drug treatments are the best choice for neck and headache pain.

The report looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was recommended before turning to drugs or more invasive treatments.

Previous scientific studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.

We Can Help Patients Find Relief From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're troubled with neck pain or headaches, Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin and our staff are here to help you recover. Give our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office a call today at (781) 460-0939 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.