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Chiropractic Can Help Prevent Surgery for Back Pain

Yakima Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryThe latest numbers show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries annually in the US. Although sometimes it's necessary to have back surgery, the reality is that if you can prevent this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Dr. Covington is here to make sure that people in Yakima have a natural, non-surgical option for back pain. We've helped many people recover from back pain without the need for surgery.

There are countless reasons to avoid unnecessary medical treatments: Surgeries often result in a longer recuperation time and additional complications, neither of which is a desirable scenario. Fortunately, as one 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 study, about 1,900 workers with back injuries were evaluated over a three year period. When the workers first sought treatment with a surgeon, over 42 percent ended up having back surgery. For subjects who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

These findings mean that chiropractic care can help you recover from back pain without surgery.

If you live in the Yakima area, Dr. Covington can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (509) 895-7535 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.

 

Lumbar Pain and the Sacroiliac Joint

We treat a lot of men and women with back pain in our Yakima office, and Dr. Covington has noticed that many cases of back pain stem from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation shows that about 25% of all back pain originates in the SI joint, and now fresh research corroborates what we see in our clinic: chiropractic is an effective way to treat this issue.

Research Shows Chiropractic Treatment Helps Increase Movement in the SI Joint

In the study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, thirty-two women with sacroiliac joint dysfunction were split into two groups and asked to take part in one of two treatment therapies. one group received a chiropractic adjustment isolated to the sacroiliac joint, and the second group was given an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Specialists found significantly more improvements in both pain and movement immediately after treatment, two days post-treatment, and 30 days after for the individuals who had been given high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This asserts that chiropractic treatment applied to these two areas offers both short term and continuing results for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers even with just a single treatment round.

Therefore, if you are dealing with sacroiliac joint pain, or have back and leg pain and are ready to know whether your sacroiliac joint is the cause, a consultation at our Yakima office could be the first and best step towards feeling better. Give our office a call today at (509) 895-7535.

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.

 

Yakima Car Accidents and Long-Term Pain

Yakima auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Yakima and you've been in a car wreck, you need to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic pain.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We see several auto injury patients in our Yakima office, and many of these people are suffering from chronic pain caused by an old accident. As a matter of fact, research shows that a significant proportion of rear-end crashes result in pain and disability even ten years after the original injury.

Dr. Covington is here to help you avoid developing chronic pain by helping to restore the natural function of your spine soon after a motor vehicle accident.

The most common causes of chronic problems are reduced mobility of your spinal column and the development of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your spine can easily be damaged during a collision, and chiropractic care works by reducing inflammation and restoring normal movement.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're near our Yakima office, and you've been hurt in a collision, don't wait to get care. Dr. Covington is here for you. Give us a call today at (509) 895-7535 for an appointment or for more information.

 

AMA Recommends Chiropractic Before Surgery

Although some people are still hesitant 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. Covington has seen many back pain patients in our Yakima office who have been in pain for years and who are worried that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Covington has had great success in helping patients recover and avoid risky back surgery, and the science backs up our experience.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Risky Surgery

For example, in one study carried out on about 2,000 Washington State workers 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 individuals who first sought treatment with chiropractic, showing that this non-invasive approach is extremely effective at keeping you off the operating table.

Dr. Covington 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. Dr. Covington has helped many patients in Yakima recover. Give our office a call today at (509) 895-7535 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.

 

Yakima Chiropractic Auto Injury Treatment

Yakima auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. CovingtonEvery year, there are millions of car crashes in the world, and a significant number of people get injured in a collision. While most crashes are "minor," chronic neck and back pain are still frequent health problems. The good news is that chiropractic care is a very good way to help these kinds of injuries.

We've helped many auto collision patients in our Yakima office, and Dr. Covington has been helping people with these types of injuries since 2010. During a car accident, your body is exposed to large forces that it simply wasn't built to handle. These forces put strain and stress on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can result in damage to the ligaments that hold your neck and back together. A crash can trigger a wide range of pain issues.

A ligament tear in the neck can cause pain, swelling, and radicular pain in the arm and hand. Chiropractic works well for these types of injuries, because chiropractic focuses on restoring the healthy function and mobility of the injured tissues.

Dr. Covington Can Help People Recover From an Auto Injury

Dr. Covington, your Yakima chiropractor, can assist by lowering irritation in the damaged area and can help decrease the creation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.

You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Discover more about how we can help you get well or call Dr. Covington today at (509) 895-7535.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

Yakima Headache Treatment by Dr. CovingtonMany people experience headache pain, and tension headaches are a common problem in our busy lives. Postural problems and stress are common causes of tension headache pain, and ones that Dr. Covington and the team here in our Yakima 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 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 beneficial 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, causing pain. Chiropractic works by eliminating these strains and restoring the normal nerve function to the area.

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

If you live in Yakima and suffer from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Covington today at (509) 895-7535 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.

 

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

In our Yakima office, Dr. Covington has helped countless people recover from back pain. If you are struggling with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to reduce the discomfort. You should know that studies have shown that chiropractic care is usually a much healthier choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this common type of problem.

In a 2013 study published in the medical journal Spine experts included 101 men and women who had experienced back pain for at least two days. Each person was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 patients, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received fake chiropractic treatments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 people acted as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment whatsoever.

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

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps enhance healing without adverse effects. For instance, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health issues. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's purpose designed to resolve 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 is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Yakima office with Dr. Covington today at (509) 895-7535. 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.

 

Yakima TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Yakima TMJ Treatment by Dr. CovingtonJaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical problem reported by people after a car wreck, and it can be challenging for some physicians to diagnose the root of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.

Dr. Covington has helped many people with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what causes these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are commonly stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can clearly cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, irritation of the nerves can cause pain in other parts of your body.

For instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or pins and needles in the arm or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injury, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a crash are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Dr. Covington sees this very frequently in our Yakima office.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps TMJ Pain After an Auto Injury

Studies have shown that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems starts in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Covington will work to return your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Dr. Covington has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy state.

If you reside in Yakima and you've been injured in a car crash, Dr. Covington can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 2010, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (509) 895-7535 for an appointment or consultation.

Ciancaglini R, Testa M, Radaelli G. Association of neck pain with symptoms of temporomandibular dysfunction in the general adult population. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 1999;31:17-22.

Brantingham JW, Cassa TK, Bonnefin D, Pribicevic M, Robb A, et al. Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a system review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013;36(3):143-201.

 

Preventing Leg Injuries with Chiropractic

Yakima-sports-therapyWhen performing sports activities that require a lot of lower body movement, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's not at all uncommon to suffer some type of injury to your hips or legs. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many people have found themselves sidelined. Dr. Covington has seen all of these problems in our Yakima patients. The good news is, chiropractic can help prevent some of these injuries from occurring and research proves it.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Sports Injuries & Recovery

Dr. Covington keeps up-to-date with all of the latest scientific research, and in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules football players. Roughly half were placed in a control group and the other half were put in a therapy group that received sports chiropractic care at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant getting care once every week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before reducing those to one visit monthly for the final three months of the study.

Researchers noted that there was a "significant" difference in the number of lower limb strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. Furthermore, they observed that the subjects who engaged in chiropractic also had fewer weeks of missed practice and games as a result of non-contact knee injuries. This led them to conclude that sports chiropractic intervention should be added to "the current best practice management."

Every major sports team in the US and the US Olympic Team has chiropractors on staff for their players, because they know that chiropractic works. If you live near our practice in Yakima and would like to see if Dr. Covington can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (509) 895-7535 for an appointment.

Dr. Covington Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Sports Injuries and Recover Faster

If you're suffering from severe pain, Dr. Covington and our staff are here to help you feel better. Give our Yakima office a call today at (509) 895-7535 for an appointment today.

Study Information

Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(64).

 

Quicker Sciatica Healing with Chiropractic Adjustments

In our Yakima practice, it's common for us to see patients suffering with sciatic nerve pain, and Dr. Covington has helped many of these people recover with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so beneficial to those who suffer with this condition? For starters, it reduces their time of recovery and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.

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

The authors found that all but two patients went back to work after receiving chiropractic adjustments, which is a 95% success rate. Furthermore, the average amount of time that the patients spent off work "was reduced by two thirds as compared with that associated with conventional medical treatment."

Given the fact 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 nearly 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only could that increase productivity, but it might also decrease costs to businesses and workers from lost work.

If you live in Yakima and you suffer from sciatic pain, Dr. Covington is here to assist. Give us a call at (509) 895-7535 and we'll work with you to find the root cause of your sciatica and get you back on the road to recovery.

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.