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Causes of Chronic Pain after Car Crashes

Arlington neck pain and headache treatmentApproximately 2.3 million people are hurt every year in car accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to heal from their injuries fairly quickly, many are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Arlington office. Thankfully, Dr. Ernst is here to help you heal from your auto injury.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps Prevent Chronic Pain After an Auto Accident

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was carried out on 28 people diagnosed with chronic whiplash pain. Each participant received chiropractic care 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 care is a great way to avoid long-term pain after a crash.

It's important to note that research has also found that putting off care after a car crash can negatively affect healing time, so getting in to see Dr. Ernst at the earliest opportunity is key to having a speedier recovery.

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

Dr. Ernst has worked with many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Arlington office today for more information or an appointment.

Sources

  • 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 Can Alleviate Need for Back Surgery

Arlington Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryThe latest numbers show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries annually in the US. Although sometimes it's necessary to have back surgery, the reality is that if you can avoid this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Dr. Ernst is here to make sure that patients in Arlington have a natural, non-surgical option for back pain. We've helped many people recover from back pain without the need for surgery.

There are plenty of reasons to avoid unnecessary medical procedures: Surgeries often result in a longer recovery time and additional complications, neither of which is a desirable scenario. Fortunately, as one study has found, chiropractic adjustments may actually keep you off the surgeon's table completely.

Research Proves Chiropractic Treatment Helps Avoid Back Surgery

In this study, about 1,900 workers with back injuries were examined over a three year period. When the workers first sought care with a surgeon, over 42 percent wound up having back surgery. For subjects who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

These findings indicate that chiropractic care can help you recover from back pain without surgery.

If you live in the Arlington area, Dr. Ernst can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (360) 659-8464 for more information or an appointment.

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.

 

How Chiropractic Can Help You Avoid Chronic Auto Injury Pain

Arlington auto injury recoveryApproximately 2.3 million people are hurt each year in automobile accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to heal from their injuries relatively quickly, many are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Arlington office. Fortunately, Dr. Ernst is here to help you recover from your auto injury.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps Prevent Chronic Pain After an Auto Accident

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was carried out on 28 people 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 care is a great way to avoid chronic pain after a crash.

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

We Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Pain After a Car Accident

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

References

  • 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.
 

Lumbar Pain and the SI Joint

We see a lot of people with back pain in our Arlington office, and Dr. Ernst finds that quite a few cases of back pain stem from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Research has revealed that about 25% of all back pain starts out in the SI joint, and now new research ratifies what we have observed in our office: chiropractic is an effective way to treat this issue.

Research Proves Chiropractic Treatment Helps Increase Movement in the SI Joint

In the study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, thirty-two women with sacroiliac joint syndrome were split into two groups and asked to engage in one of two treatment therapies. one group was given a chiropractic adjustment isolated to the sacroiliac joint, and the second group got an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Specialists found significantly more improvements in both pain and movement immediately after treatment, two days post-treatment, and 30 days after for the patients who had been given high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This suggests that chiropractic treatment administered in these two areas offers both prompt and long term benefits for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers even after just a single treatment session.

So, if you are dealing with sacroiliac joint pain, or have back and leg pain and want to see if your sacroiliac joint is the cause, a consultation at our Arlington office could be the first and best step towards feeling better. Give our office a call today at (360) 659-8464.

Kamali F, Shokri E. The effect of two manipulative therapy techniques and their outcome in patients with sacroiliac joint syndrome. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2012;16(1):29-35.

 

Arlington Neck Pain and Car Crashes

We manage many car accident cases in our Arlington office, and a common symptom our patients report is neck pain. If you are suffering from neck pain after a car accident, don't worry. Dr. Ernst sees this type of condition frequently in our Arlington office. Neck pain is a common problem after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Ernst sees frequently in our Arlington office. What causes neck pain after a car crash? How can a chiropractor help? Why is neck pain such a common condition after an auto injury? How can your chiropractor help you recover? Let's take a look at why neck pain is frequently experienced after a car crash and see how your chiropractor can help you recover. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after a car crash and see how chiropractic can help. The key to recovering from neck pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help. Your chiropractor can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat neck pain. Let's look at how neck pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Ernst can help you.

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom experienced after a crash. Even in a car crash, your head is rapidly thrown back and forth, so it's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom from this type of injury. Your neck is subjected to very high forces during a car accident, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity car crash, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your spine are held together with strong bands of tissue called ligaments, and these ligaments provide stability for your neck. These ligaments can be sprained during a car crash, just as the ligaments in your ankle can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.

When you experience a sprained ligament, the damaged area gets inflamed and sore, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing mobility in the injured region, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.

Dr. Ernst Can Help People Find Relief From Neck Pain & Help You Recover Quicker

You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Ernst is conveniently located in Arlington to help you recover, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. If you've been injured in a car crash and you're suffering from neck pain, Dr. Ernst is here to help. Dr. Ernst has been helping patients in Arlington since 1990, so we know what you're living with. We're here to help you, too. Let us help you recover from neck pain. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Next, we'll do a careful assessment to establish the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Dr. Ernst will determine what's causing your pain and then will work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (360) 659-8464 to make an appointment.

 

AMA Recommends Chiropractic Before Surgery

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

Dr. Ernst has seen many back pain patients in our Arlington office who have been hurting for years and who are afraid that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Ernst has had great success in helping patients recover and avoid risky back surgery, and the science backs up our experience.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Risky Surgery

For example, in one study conducted on almost 2,000 Washington State employees who suffered from a back injury while at work, 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 non-invasive approach is extremely effective at keeping you off the operating table.

Dr. Ernst Can Help Patients Find Relief From Back Pain Without Surgery

There are options 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. Ernst has helped many patients in Arlington recover. Give our office a call today at (360) 659-8464 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 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.