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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.

 

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.