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Chiropractic Care Effective for Herniated Disc Problems

Woburn & Chelmsford, MA chiropractic disc herniation treatmentRegrettably, many of our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA patients are familiar with the pain associated with a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. Ellis has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of medical studies have verified that chiropractic can help patients recover from this kind of problem.

Research on Herniated Discs and Chiropractic

In one report, a group of doctors from Switzerland selected 148 patients who were coping with pain in their low back and legs due to a herniated disc (which was confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI). Each person then received chiropractic adjustments that focused on the location of his or her disc problem.

Data was gathered after the initial treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to ascertain what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic care offers when it comes to resolving this particular condition. Among the data gathered was the person's self-reported changes in both low back and leg pain.

Researchers found that, as a whole, the patients reported "significant improvement" for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the patients reported 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 study, 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 issues for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his disc herniation 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 experiencing 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 bring about. So, if you are suffering from back ache caused by a herniated disc and wish to find some relief, chiropractic may be an effective solution.

Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office a call today at (781) 460-0939 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

Woburn & Chelmsford, MA natural carpal tunnel treatmentDr. Ellis sees a lot of people troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Woburn & Chelmsford, MA chiropractic practice. While some people think that the source 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 Shows Chiropractic Helps With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Recent research published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy evaluated 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 researchers discovered that the women had reduced cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.

Furthermore, it was also observed that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was related to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less mobility in the neck area, the higher the level of pain.

This study is extremely important, as you can't effectively treat a problem until you fully understand its source. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky surgery.

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Carpal Tunnel

If you suffer with carpal tunnel pain, call our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA location and ask how Dr. Ellis 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.

 

Woburn & Chelmsford, MA Back Pain Treatment

Woburn & Chelmsford, MA back pain treatment by Dr. EllisMost of us suffer from lower 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. Ellis 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 problems.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Back Pain

A recent paper from the University of Utah confirms 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 patients were treated for low back pain. Each patient 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 papers have found the same results. A 2012 study reported 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. Ellis and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

Dr. Ellis Can Help Patients 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.

 

Prevent Back Surgery with Chiropractic

Woburn & Chelmsford, MA Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryThe latest statistics show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries annually in the US. Although in some cases it's necessary to have surgery for back pain, the reality is that if you can prevent this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

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

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

Research Shows Chiropractic Treatment Helps Avoid Back Surgery

In this paper, 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 wound up having back surgery. For subjects who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

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

If you live in the Woburn & Chelmsford, MA area, Dr. Ellis 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.

 

Low Back Pain and the Sacroiliac Joint

We help a large number of men and women with back pain in our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office, and Dr. Ellis has noticed that many cases of back pain start in the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation has revealed that roughly twenty-five percent of all back pain starts out in the SI joint, and now fresh research confirms what we have observed in our office: 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 syndrome were split into two groups and asked to participate in one of two treatment therapies. The first group received a chiropractic adjustment isolated to the sacroiliac joint, and the other group was given an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Specialists found significantly more improvements in both pain and movement immediately following treatment, two days later, and 30 days after for the patients who underwent high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This demonstrates that chiropractic treatment administered in these two areas offers both prompt and lasting results for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers even with just a single treatment round.

So, if you are having trouble with sacroiliac joint pain, or live with back and leg pain and want to see whether your sacroiliac joint is the root, 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.

 

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 people in our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA chiropractic office, and we've had great success in helping patients reduce their headache pain.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research paper verifies what we see in our office. In this report, the authors started with 110 individuals who were suffering from headache pain 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 headache, 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 out of pain.

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.

 

How to Avoid Surgery for Back Pain

Although some people are still skeptical about chiropractic, even the American Medical Association (AMA) suggests that adjustments should be tried prior to surgical treatment--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 suffering 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 Proves Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Risky Surgery

Recently, in a study carried out on almost 2,000 Washington State workers 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 people who first sought treatment with chiropractic, proving 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 Comfort From Back Pain Without Surgery

There are options 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.

 

What Is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression therapy in Woburn & Chelmsford, MAWe work with many back pain patients in our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA chiropractic office, and Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin 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 small balloons filled with gelatin. When you squeeze them (which occurs due to normal living, sustaining an injury, or other medical conditions), they can protrude, placing pressure on the nerves in your spinal column. This affects your brain's ability to communicate with tissues in the rest of your body.

If the force on the discs becomes too high, they can herniate or bulge. This removes the padding between your vertebrae and can cause pain. The goal of spinal decompression therapy is to reduce this pressure to help restore your body's function and also reduce your level of pain.

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 spinal decompression therapy.

If you're wondering if spinal decompression therapy could help you feel and function better, simply call our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office and schedule an appointment with Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin today. Your optimal health is our number one priority!

Resources

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

 

Chiropractic Effective for Tension Headaches

Woburn & Chelmsford, MA Headache Treatment by Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay MartinMany people experience headache pain, and tension headaches are a frequent problem in our busy world. Postural problems and stress are common sources of tension headache, and ones that Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin and the team here in our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA 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 managed a group of 76 patients 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 helpful at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when spinal adjustments were combined with the suboccipital inhibition.

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

We're Here to Help Clients Find Help From Tension Headaches

If you live in Woburn & Chelmsford, MA and are dealing with 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.

Citation

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.

 

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office, Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin has helped countless patients recover from back problems. If you are suffering from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to reduce the pain. You should recognize that research shows that chiropractic is usually a much healthier choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this particular type of problem.

In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine experts included 101 people who had suffered back pain for more than 48 hours. Each patient was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 people, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received sham chiropractic adjustments and the real drug. The third group of 25 subjects acted as the control as those individuals received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.

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

Natural Healing with Chiropractic Adjustments

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

If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic 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 relieve your back pain 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.