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AMA Recommends Chiropractic Before Surgery

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

Dr. Mark Holland has seen many back pain patients in our North County, St. Louis, MO office who have been suffering for years and who are afraid that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Mark Holland 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

For example, in a study carried out on about 2,000 Washington State employees who suffered from a back injury while on the job, 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, proving that this natural approach is extremely effective at keeping you out of the operating room.

Dr. Mark Holland Can Help Patients 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. Mark Holland has helped many patients in North County, St. Louis, MO recover. Give our office a call today at (314) 867-8888 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.

 

Headache and Auto Injury

If you suffer from headache after an auto collision, you're not alone. Dr. Mark Holland sees this type of condition very often in our North County, St. Louis, MO office. Let's look at why headache is frequently experienced after an auto collision and see how your chiropractor can help you heal.

There are many different types of headache. Headache that's triggered by a car crash, though, typically begins as tension or strain in the muscles of the cervical spine. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be torn, which results in swelling and discomfort. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.

Another common cause of pain after a collision that we see in our North County, St. Louis, MO office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is very common after a crash, and it's important to get treatment for this type of problem to prevent the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those caused by car crashes. Dr. Mark Holland can help reduce the swelling and tension in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.

Dr. Mark Holland is here in North County, St. Louis, MO to help you recover from headache. We've been helping patients since 2000 and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful assessment to figure out the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (314) 867-8888 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

North County, St. Louis, MO Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

North County, St. Louis, MO headache care by Dr. Mark HollandWe know how difficult persistent headache pain can be. Dr. Mark Holland and our staff have worked with many patients in our North County, St. Louis, MO chiropractic practice, and we've had great success in helping folks reduce their headache pain.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research study confirms what we see in our office. In this paper, the authors started with 110 patients 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 report 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 chronic headache pain, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Dr. Mark Holland a call today at our North County, St. Louis, MO office at (314) 867-8888. We're here to help get you out of pain.

Reference

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

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our North County, St. Louis, MO practice, Dr. Mark Holland has helped several patients heal from back pain. If you are suffering from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take drugs to relieve the discomfort. You should recognize that research shows that chiropractic is often a better choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this particular type of pain.

In a 2013 study published in the medical journal Spine experts included 101 subjects who had experienced back pain for at least two days. Each individual was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received fake chiropractic adjustments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 people served 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 type of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the NSAID, fared better than the control patients who had no actual treatment. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the people who received chiropractic adjustments had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps enhance healing without unwanted side 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 problem, not just treat the signs and symptoms.

If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Schedule an appointment in our North County, St. Louis, MO office with Dr. Mark Holland today at (314) 867-8888. 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.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Auto Injury

We manage many auto injury cases in in our North County, St. Louis, MO office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. Chiropractic care is a great way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome. Let's look at how thoracic outlet syndrome is caused by a crash and how Dr. Mark Holland can help you.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These vessels don't have a lot of room, so they travel under and through the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a collision, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become inflamed and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which limits movement and puts stress on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or pins and needles in the shoulder, elbow and even the hand. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

North County, St. Louis, MO Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Mark Holland will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome, Dr. Mark Holland is here to help. First, we'll do a careful assessment to determine the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (314) 867-8888 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Chiropractic Effective for Tension Headaches

North County, St. Louis, MO Headache Treatment by Dr. Mark HollandMany people suffer from headache pain, and tension headaches are a common problem in our busy world. Postural problems and stress are common sources of tension headache, and ones that Dr. Mark Holland and the team here in our North County, St. Louis, MO chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Proves Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature verifies our results: A 2016 study from Spain treated 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 adjustments were mixed with the suboccipital inhibition.

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

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

If you live in North County, St. Louis, MO and are suffering from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Mark Holland today at (314) 867-8888 for an appointment or more information.

Reference

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.

 

Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

North County, St. Louis, MO chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the approach of allowing your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote wellness. For Dr. Mark Holland, this involves working to restore your body's normal performance to prevent the need for drugs or surgery. We see that most of our North County, St. Louis, MO patients are relieved to find a natural answer for their health issues.

One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people decrease or eliminate the use of drugs. Prescriptions are frequently supplied to people who have back problems. This is such a significant problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the advantages when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most popular narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures presented by the AAN cite the fact that roughly 50% of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still taking them five years later. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and healing, particularly if an opiate dependency arises.

Compare that to chiropractic which incorporates natural healing and the advantages are evident. While a pill might be useful at temporarily reducing the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs don't fix your damaged back; it will only mask the pain.

Dr. Mark Holland 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 to get out of pain, naturally, give our North County, St. Louis, MO office a call at (314) 867-8888 to make an appointment with Dr. Mark Holland.

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
 

Back Pain and Auto Injury

If you are dealing with back pain after an auto injury, don't worry. Dr. Mark Holland sees this type of problem very often in our North County, St. Louis, MO office. Let's see why back pain is frequently experienced after a car crash and see how chiropractic care can help you recover.

During a rear-end motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your spinal column, the seat can put inconsistent force on your lower back. This can cause some of your spinal vertebrae to move in one direction while an adjacent vertebrae might move in another direction. This differential movement can sprain or strain the ligaments that hold your spine together. This kind of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Dr. Mark Holland has been helping patients in North County, St. Louis, MO since 2000, so we know what you're experiencing. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Mark Holland will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (314) 867-8888 to make an appointment.

 

Sports Injuries and Chiropractic: Leg Injury

North County, St. Louis, MO-sports-therapyWhen performing sports activities that demand 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. Mark Holland has seen all of these problems in our North County, St. Louis, MO patients. Fortunately, chiropractic adjustments can help prevent some of these injuries from developing and research proves it.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Sports Injuries & Recovery

Dr. Mark Holland keeps up-to-date with all of the latest scientific research, and in a paper published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules football players. Roughly one-half were placed in a control group and the others were put in a therapy group that received sports chiropractic care at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant receiving 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.

The authors noted that there was a "significant" decrease 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 received chiropractic also had fewer weeks of missed practice and games as a result of non-contact knee injuries. This led them to determine that sports chiropractic treatment 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 really works. If you live near our practice in North County, St. Louis, MO and would like to see if Dr. Mark Holland can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (314) 867-8888 for an appointment.

Dr. Mark Holland Can Help Clients Find Relief From Sports Injuries and Recover Faster

If you're suffering from severe pain, Dr. Mark Holland and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our North County, St. Louis, MO office a call today at (314) 867-8888 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).

 

Faster Sciatica Recovery with Chiropractic Adjustments

In our North County, St. Louis, MO office, it's common for us to see people troubled with sciatic nerve pain, and Dr. Mark Holland has helped many of them improve with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so helpful to those who suffer with this condition? First off, it shortens their recovery time and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.

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

The researchers found that all but two patients returned to their jobs 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."

Considering that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 170,450 days of work were missed in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is almost 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only would that increase productivity, but it could also reduce costs to businesses and employees from lost work.

If you live in North County, St. Louis, MO and you suffer from sciatica, Dr. Mark Holland is here to assist. Give us a call at (314) 867-8888 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.