Dr. Mark Holland sees a lot of patients troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy North County, St. Louis, MO chiropractic practice. While some people think that the origin 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.
A recent study printed in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy assessed 71 women between the ages of 35 and 59 who were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Upon investigating the subjects' neck range of motion, the researchers discovered that the patients had reduced cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, 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 short, the less mobility in the neck, the higher the level of pain.
This study is extremely important, as you can't effectively treat a condition until you fully understand its source. By realizing that the root of carpal tunnel symptoms is in the neck, this means that natural approaches like chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky operations.
If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our North County, St. Louis, MO office and ask how Dr. Mark Holland can help you get relief!
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Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain
In our North County, St. Louis, MO office, Dr. Mark Holland has helped many patients recover from back pain. If you suffer from back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to reduce the discomfort. You should recognize that research indicates that chiropractic care is usually a better approach than drugs when it comes to relieving this common type of problem.
In a 2013 report published in the medical journal Spine researchers included 101 people who had suffered back pain for at least 48 hours. Each patient was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 individuals, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received fake chiropractic treatments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 individuals served as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care whatsoever.
All of the patients who received some type of real treatment, whether through chiropractic or the medication, fared better than the control patients who had no real treatment. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the patients who received chiropractic adjustments had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug.
Chiropractic: Natural Healing
Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without undesirable side effects. For example, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health issues. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's designed 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 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 pain in a healthy way!
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.
Regrettably, many of our North County, St. Louis, MO patients are familiar with the pain associated with a herniated disc all too well. Fortunately, Dr. Mark Holland has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of scientific studies have verified that chiropractic can help people recover from this kind of condition.
Research on Chiropractic and Disc Herniations
In one study, a group of doctors from Switzerland selected 148 patients who were coping with pain in their lower 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 obtained after the first treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to establish what kind of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic care offers when it comes to treating this particular problem. Among the information collected was the individual's self-reported changes in both 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 stated that their pain "improved" within the first three months, with 88% still citing improvement one year after their first treatment session.
Even those patients who were defined as "chronic" still claimed an improvement in pain at a rate of 89% one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive result that was found in the following case study.
Case Study Results
In this report, a 26-year-old male had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the low 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 care, "The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment." Furthermore, the patient was still enjoying 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 reducing the symptoms they produce. So, if you are suffering from back pain caused by a herniated disc and want to find some relief, chiropractic can be an effective solution.
Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our North County, St. Louis, MO office a call today at (314) 867-8888 for a consultation or appointment.
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Approximately 2.3 million people are injured each year in car accidents in the U.S. While most people are able to heal from their injuries relatively easily, others are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. We see many of these patients here in our North County, St. Louis, MO office. Fortunately, Dr. Mark Holland is here to help you recover from your auto injury.
The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was conducted on 28 people diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic care and 93 percent of them experienced improvements 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 long-term pain after an auto injury.
It's important to remember that studies have also found that putting off care after a car crash can adversely affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Mark Holland immediately is key to having a speedier recovery.
Dr. Mark Holland has worked with many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our North County, St. Louis, MO office today for more information or an appointment.
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Jaw pain is a fairly common condition experienced by people after a car wreck, and it can be challenging for some health practitioners to identify the cause of the problem. Complicating the matter, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Mark Holland has treated many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical literature explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are often stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation 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 numbness in the arm or hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a collision are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Dr. Mark Holland sees this very frequently in our North County, St. Louis, MO office.
Studies have shown that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms starts in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Mark Holland will work to restore your spinal column back to health, relieving the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Mark Holland finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.
If you reside in North County, St. Louis, MO and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Mark Holland can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2000, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (314) 867-8888 for an appointment.
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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.