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Yakima Neck Pain and Headache Care

Yakima neck pain and headache treatmentNeck and headache pain are common problems that affect millions of people around the world. If you are dealing with this type of issue, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic is an excellent way to not only treat these common problems, but also help avoid future episodes.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, patients with neck and headache pain in Yakima have been helped by the chiropractic care of Dr. Covington. Our success is supported 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 study 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 procedures.

Previous 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 suffering with neck pain or headaches, Dr. Covington and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our Yakima office a call today at (509) 895-7535 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.

 

Yakima Chiropractic Care for Headache

Yakima neck pain and headache treatment

There are many different kinds of headache, but one of the most common types is known as "cervicogenic headache," or headaches that start in your neck.

Dr. Covington sees a lot of people in our Yakima office who are struggling with frequent, reoccurring headaches. Luckily, chiropractic can usually help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50 percent, and research confirms it.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A study was conducted involving 80 participants who reported experiencing at least five cervicogenic headaches during the prior three months. The goal was to see how effective chiropractic was for this type of head pain, as well as to ascertain the number of treatment sessions necessary to achieve a positive effect.

The patients were split into four separate groups, so that each group was similar in age, gender, number of cervicogenic headaches, and their intensity. Of the four groups, two engaged in chiropractic treatments and two received light massage. Furthermore, one group assigned to each treatment received eight sessions and the other group received double that amount.

Each patient was assessed based on head pain, neck pain, and disability prior to the study and 12 and 24 weeks after treatment was complete. The researchers found that those who received chiropractic as opposed to massage reported fewer headaches at the conclusion of the study. Furthermore, improvements were maintained when checked six months after treatment ended.

Additionally, participants who were taking medications for their headaches were able to lower their intake after completing the study. Those who received chiropractic had lower medication usage 24 weeks post-study.

We Can Help People Find Comfort From Head Pain

Dr. Covington has helped many people who were suffering from headaches in our Yakima office. Call us today at (509) 895-7535 for more information or for an appointment.

Reference

Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin M, Vavrek D. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2010; 10: 117-128.

 

Chiropractic and Disc Herniation Treatment

Yakima non-surgical disc herniation treatmentDr. Covington sees many patients weekly in our busy Yakima chiropractic office who are looking for relief from the pain and agony they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the medical literature verifies that chiropractic is a successful way to treat herniated disc problems.

Don't Suffer! Dr. Covington and Chiropractic Care Helps With Disc Herniation

One particular study involved 27 people, 8 male and 19 female, who had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirming a disc herniation in either their neck or lower back. The people reported that they were experiencing pain, reduced range of motion, and sensory issues bad enough to keep them off work.

Over the course of the research study, the individuals were treated using one of two common chiropractic techniques: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the patients who had herniation issues in the lumbar area.

Each person was treated four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times each week, and then as needed for the rest of the study. Based on the severity of the disc herniation, treatment varied anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being conducted at a variety of stages to determine what impact, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Back Pain and Herniated Disc

The authors discovered that 80 percent of the patients enjoyed a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other symptoms, such as numbness. Furthermore, 77 percent of these subjects also showed MRI evidence that their disc herniation was either reduced or resolved completely. This resulted in 78 percent of the study subjects being able to return to their place of employment and led the authors to conclude that chiropractic is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.

If you have a herniated disc and suffer from chronic back pain and are near Dr. Covington in Yakima, contact our office today to see what chiropractic can do for you!

Reference
BenEliyahu, DJ. Magnetic resonance imaging and clinical follow-up: study of 27 patients receiving chiropractic care for cervical and lumbar disc herniations. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1996;19(9):597-606.

 

A Drug-Free Approach to Back Pain Recovery

Yakima chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the philosophy of aiding your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Covington, this involves working to restore your body's normal performance to avoid the need for medications or surgical treatments. We find that most of our Yakima patients are relieved to find a natural approach for their health problems.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people minimize or eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescription medications are commonly supplied to patients who have back problems. This is such a serious concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the benefits when administered for back pain.

Some of the most well-known narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Numbers presented by the AAN cite the fact that roughly 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 difficulty of back pain and healing, particularly if an opiate dependency arises.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which engages natural healing and the advantages are evident. While a medication might be helpful at briefly suppressing the discomfort of a health problem, it's not a real solution to the problem. Drugs can't mend your damaged back; it will only conceal the pain.

Dr. Covington will first examine you to get to the origin of your back problems and then work with you to solve the spinal interference -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Yakima office a call at (509) 895-7535 to make an appointment with Dr. Covington.

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
 

Causes of Chronic Pain after Car Crashes

Yakima neck pain and headache treatmentOver 2 million people are injured every year in automobile accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to recover from their injuries fairly easily, many are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Yakima office. Fortunately, Dr. Covington is here to help you heal from your auto injury.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps Prevent Chronic Pain After an Auto Accident

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was conducted on 28 men and women diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments and 93 percent of them found relief following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic is a great way to avoid chronic pain after a crash.

It's important to note that studies have also found that delaying care after a car crash can adversely affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Covington as soon as possible is key to having a quicker recovery.

We Can Help People Find Relief From Pain After a Car Accident

Dr. Covington has helped many auto injury sufferers, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Yakima office today for more information or an appointment.

Resources

  • 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 Patients Miss Less Work

Yakima Worker Injury Treatment and RecoveryWhen you're trying to support your family, take care of your home, and pay all of your bills on time, every day at work counts. Work injuries can be a huge problem for many people, and we see many of these types of injuries in our Yakima office. Dr. Covington understands your situation and is here to help.

The benefits of chiropractic care for work injuries are well-documented. A 2013 survey involving 651 adults who were suffering with either back or neck pain found that the men and women who didn't see a chiropractor missed work at twice the rate of those who were seeing a chiropractor.

So, why don't more people use Chiropractic Care?

According to the participants in this report, two of the primary reasons were that they thought they needed a medical referral for chiropractic care (which is typically no longer true) and they overestimated the costs associated with chiropractic treatment sessions by almost 70 percent.

The reality is, chiropractic patients actually spend less on care than medical patients, plus they are less likely to use drugs for their symptoms.

Dr. Covington Can Help People Find Comfort From Chronic Pain

If you live in Yakima and you've been injured at work, we can help. Give our office a call today at (509) 895-7535 for an appointment.

Sources

"Thousands of Minnesotans with Back and Neck Pain Don't Seek Treatment." (2013, June 12). ChiroCare.

 

TMJ Pain Eased by Chiropractic

Yakima Tmj pain recoverySince injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Yakima patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Covington will tell you that the research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease pain in the jaw.

For example, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 participants with jaw pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were examined prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower disability at both follow-ups.

Another group of researchers carried out a review of almost 800 studies involving manual and manipulative therapy for disorders such as TMJ and discovered similar results. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.

This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.

No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Covington today and make an appointment to come into our Yakima office. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!

References

  • Gonzalez-Iglesias J et al. (2013, November). Mobilization with movement, thoracic spine manipulation, and dry needling for the management of temporomandibular disorder: a prospective case series. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice;29(8):586-95
  • Brantingham J et al. (2013, March-April). Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;36(3):143-201
  • Oral Care. WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders-tmd on November 2, 2015
 

Research Shows Chiropractic Adjustments Beneficial at Preventing Sports Injuries

We come across a good deal of sports injuries in our Yakima clinic, and Dr. Covington is usually able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and below are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt each year while participating in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the necessity of preventing these types of widespread injuries. One approach to potentially achieve that goal, as reported by a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic care.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, frequently sidelining the players and affecting their team's odds of winning. One particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them playing.

For this study particularly, every one of the players received medical treatment. In addition, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 session each week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one treatment a month for the remaining three months of the study. The other participants were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic.

After 24 matches, scientists noted a diminished amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Moreover, that same group also missed fewer matches correlated to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic ought to be added to sports training programs to effectively lessen the quantity of leg injuries.

If you or your child plays sports and you would like to ensure greater time is spent on the field as opposed to on the sidelines, call our Yakima office at (509) 895-7535 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!

References

  • Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). 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, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
  • Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.
 

Chiropractic Helps Shoulder Pain

Yakima shoulder pain treatment and recoveryAccording to research, about 2-5 percent of the population will suffer from painful problems like frozen shoulder syndrome at some point in their lives. That makes shoulder-related pain a common occurrence and one that Dr. Covington sees in our Yakima office on a regular basis.

In general, this issue is more common for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, and it tends to affect women more frequently than men. While ice, heat, and gentle stretching can sometimes help relieve the discomfort, so too can chiropractic adjustments.

For instance, a study released in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine looked at 50 people with frozen shoulder who received chiropractic care. The duration of care varied from 11 days to 51 days, with 28 days being the average.

The researchers found that almost all of the patients fared very well with chiropractic care. The authors found:

• 8 of the subjects reported 50-75 percent improvement
• 25 indicated improvement ranging from 75- 90 percent
• 1 participant had complete resolution of their frozen shoulder pain

Only one of the original 50 reported an improvement of 50 percent or less, so studies like this show just how beneficial chiropractic can be when it comes to decreasing shoulder pain and improving quality of life.

Let Dr. Covington help you relieve your pain by contacting our Yakima office and scheduling your appointment today.

Resources

Murphy F et al. (2012, December). Chiropractic management of frozen shoulder syndrome using a novel technique: a retrospective case series of 50 patients. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine;11(4):267-272

 

Chiropractic Superior for Sciatica Than Surgery

Dr. Covington works with countless sciatica patients here in our Yakima office, and quite a few of these individuals were afraid that they might require surgery to eliminate their pain. The latest research indicates that a large number of people don't require surgery for this widespread problem, and that chiropractic is more effective at resolving sciatic nerve pain.

A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists examined 80 individuals with sciatica who were referred for this operation.

Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group was to receive surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.

Both groups got better; however, no apparent difference in results was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Additionally, around 60 percent of the participating patients who could not find pain relief from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."

In other words, chiropractic offered the same positive advantages as surgery without needing to endure the higher amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often associated with that type of treatment choice. Plus, you also don't run the risks affiliated with surgical microdiscectomy, such as nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.

Surgery should be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Yakima and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Covington a call today at (509) 895-7535. We'll help identify the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.

References

  • McMorland, G et al. Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized clinical study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2010;33(8):576-584.
  • Solberg TK, Nygaard OP, Sjaavik K, Hofoss D, Ingebrigtsen T. The risk of "getting worse" after lumbar microdiscectomy. European Spine Journal 2005;14(1):49-54.