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Headache and Auto Injury

If you have headache after a car crash, don't worry. Dr. Ernst sees this type of condition frequently in our Arlington office. Why is headache such a common condition after a car accident? How can your chiropractor help you heal?

There are many different types of headache. Headache that's triggered by a car accident, though, usually starts as tension or strain in the muscles of the cervical spine. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be damaged, which results in inflammation and pain. These types of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the forehead.

Another common cause of pain after a crash that we see in our Arlington 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 avoid the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those brought about by auto injuries. Dr. Ernst can help reduce the swelling and strain in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.

Dr. Ernst has been helping patients in Arlington since 1990, so we know what you're suffering from. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Ernst 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 (360) 659-8464 to make an appointment.

 

Arlington Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Arlington headache care by Dr. ErnstWe know how difficult persistent headache pain can be. Dr. Ernst and our staff have worked with many people in our Arlington chiropractic practice, and we've had great success in helping patients reduce their headache pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research study verifies what we see in our practice. In this paper, the authors started with 110 people 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 paper 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 investigation also found that these outcomes were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat headache, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Dr. Ernst a call today at our Arlington office at (360) 659-8464. We're here to help get you relief.

Research

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.

 

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Arlington practice, Dr. Ernst has helped many patients recover from back problems. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to reduce the discomfort. You should know that studies have shown that chiropractic care is oftentimes a better choice than drugs when it comes to alleviating this specific type of problem.

In a 2013 report published in the medical journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had suffered back pain for more than 48 hours. Each individual was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 people, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received sham chiropractic treatments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 individuals acted as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.

All of the participants who received some type of actual 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 subjects who received chiropractic adjustments had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Chiropractic: Natural Healing

Because chiropractic is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without undesirable side effects. For example, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health complications. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic 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. Call and make an appointment in our Arlington office with Dr. Ernst today at (360) 659-8464. 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 treat many car accident cases in in our Arlington office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. What causes thoracic outlet syndrome after an auto collision? How can chiropractic help?

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

In a collision, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If damaged, 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 wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Arlington Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

Dr. Ernst has been helping patients in Arlington since 1990, so we know what you're experiencing. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Ernst will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (360) 659-8464 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Chiropractic Effective for Tension Headaches

Arlington Headache Treatment by Dr. ErnstMany people suffer from headache pain, and tension headaches are a frequent problem in our busy lives. Postural problems and stress are common causes of tension headache pain, and ones that Dr. Ernst and the staff here in our Arlington chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Proves Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature confirms 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 authors discovered that the spinal adjustments were effective at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when spinal adjustments were mixed with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get stressed, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, leading to pain. Chiropractic works by eliminating these stresses and restoring the normal nerve function to the tissues.

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

If you live in Arlington and are suffering from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Ernst today at (360) 659-8464 for an appointment or more information.

Citation

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.

 

A Natural Approach to Back Pain

Arlington chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the approach of enabling your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate wellness. For Dr. Ernst, this means working to reestablish your body's normal performance to avoid the need for drugs or surgery. We find that many of our Arlington patients are pleased to find a natural approach for their health conditions.

One benefit of chiropractic care is that it helps people reduce or eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescriptions are commonly issued to individuals who have back pain. This is such a significant problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the advantages when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most popular opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Numbers supplied by the AAN cite the fact that about 50% 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 issue of back pain and healing, particularly if an narcotic addiction occurs.

Compare that to chiropractic which features natural healing and the advantages are evident. While a pill might be useful at temporarily reducing the symptoms of a health issue, it's not a real solution to the problem. Drugs can't fix your injured spine; it will only conceal the pain.

Dr. Ernst will first examine you to get to the origin of your back problems and then work with you to eliminate the problem -- without risky medications.

If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our Arlington office a call at (360) 659-8464 to make an appointment with Dr. Ernst.

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 suffering from back pain after a car accident, you're not alone. Dr. Ernst sees this type of condition very often in our Arlington office. Let's take a look at why back pain is frequently experienced after an auto collision and see how chiropractic can help you get better.

During a rear-end car crash, 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 car seat can put uneven force on your 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 structures that hold your spine together. This type of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Let us help you recover from back pain. Dr. Ernst has helped many people with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (360) 659-8464 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Preventing Leg Injuries with Chiropractic

Arlington-sports-therapyWhen performing activities that require a lot of lower body motion, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's not uncommon to sustain some type of injury to your hips or legs. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many people have found themselves out of commission. Dr. Ernst has seen all of these problems in our Arlington patients. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help prevent some of these injuries from occurring and research proves it.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Sports Injuries & Recovery

Dr. Ernst keeps up-to-date with all of the latest scientific research, and in a report 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 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 per 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 leg strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. In addition, they noticed 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 treatment should be added to "the current best practice management."

Every major sports team in the United States 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 Arlington and would like to see if Dr. Ernst can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (360) 659-8464 for an appointment.

Dr. Ernst Can Help People Find Comfort From Sports Injuries and Recover Faster

If you're struggling with severe pain, Dr. Ernst and our staff are here to help you recover. Give our Arlington office a call today at (360) 659-8464 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).

 

What Is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression therapy in ArlingtonWe work with many back pain patients in our Arlington chiropractic office, and Dr. Ernst and our staff uses an assortment of techniques to help get you out of pain and restore your spine's normal, healthy function. We find spinal decompression to be an effective approach.

Understanding Spinal Decompression Therapy

To help you better understand spinal decompression therapy, think of the discs in your spine like small balloons filled with gelatin. When you compress them (which occurs due to normal living, sustaining an injury, or other medical conditions), they can protrude, placing pressure on the nerves in your spine. This affects your brain's ability to communicate with tissues in the rest of your body.

If the stress on the discs becomes too high, the discs can herniate or protrude. This removes the padding between your vertebrae and can cause pain. The objective of spinal decompression therapy is to alleviate this pressure to help restore your body's function and also reduce your level of pain.

Can Spinal Decompression Therapy Help Me?

Spinal decompression therapy relieves disc pressure through the use of a specially designed table that gently elongates your spinal column through slow and controlled movements. This lessens the pressure placed on your discs. Some studies show an increase in disc height by as much as 1.3 millimeters after just six weeks of spinal decompression therapy.

If you're wondering if spinal decompression therapy could help you feel and perform better, simply call our Arlington office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ernst today. Your optimal health is our number one goal!

Resources

Apfel CC, Cakmakkaya OS, Richmond C, et al. Restoration of disk height through non-surgical spinal decompression is associated with decreased discogenic low back pain: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(155). doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-155

 

Quicker Sciatica Recovery with Chiropractic

In our Arlington practice, it isn't uncommon for us to see people suffering with sciatic nerve pain, and Dr. Ernst has helped many of these people improve with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so beneficial to those who suffer with this condition? For starters, it reduces their recovery time and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.

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

The authors found that all but two patients returned to work after receiving chiropractic adjustments, which is a 95% success rate. What's more, the average amount of time that the individuals 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 170,450 days of work were lost 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 would also reduce costs to businesses and workers from lost work.

If you live in Arlington and you suffer with sciatica pain, Dr. Ernst is here to help. Give us a call at (360) 659-8464 and we'll work with you to find the root cause of your sciatic pain 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.