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Headache and Auto Injury

We work with many car accident cases in in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is headache. Let's look at the root cause of headache after an accident and see how chiropractic care can help.

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

Another frequent cause of headache after a collision that we see in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that start in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is very common after a crash, and it's important to get therapy for this type of problem to protect against the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those brought about by auto injuries. Your chiropractic doctor will help reduce the irritation and strain in your neck, which will help relieve the headache pain.

If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're experiencing headache, Robert C Slater, DC is here to help. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to determine 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 (651) 699-3366 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Crashes

We work with many auto injury cases in in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. Let's look at the root cause of thoracic outlet syndrome after an auto collision and see how chiropractic care can help.

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

In a collision, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become swollen and tender, 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 numbness in the shoulder, elbow and even the hand. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

Robert C Slater, DC is here in Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota to help you recover from thoracic outlet syndrome. We've been helping patients since 1980 and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to establish the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (651) 699-3366 to make an appointment.

 

Back Pain and Auto Injury

Back Pain is a common condition after a car crash, and it's something that Robert C Slater, DC sees frequently in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office. What causes back pain after an auto collision? How can chiropractic help?

During a rear-end auto collision, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve of your spinal column, the seat can put inconsistent 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 motion can sprain or strain the tissues that hold your spine together. These types of injuries can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Robert C Slater, DC has been helping patients in Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota since 1980, so we know what you're going through. We're here to help you, too. Robert C Slater, DC will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (651) 699-3366 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Shoulder Pain and Car Accidents

We treat many car accident cases in in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is shoulder pain. Let's take a look at why shoulder pain is commonly experienced after an auto collision and see how chiropractic can help you get better.

There are at least two different ways that you can get shoulder pain after a crash: by direct trauma to the shoulder joint or by radiating pain from the neck.

Direct damage can be caused by hitting your shoulder on a hard surface in the car during the crash, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end crash. With this type of trauma, you'll often be aware of the pain soon after the crash.

More frequently, Robert C Slater, DC finds that shoulder or arm pain doesn't immediately appear after a crash, but begins a few days or weeks after the accident. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the neck. Injured ligaments or muscles in your neck can squeeze nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or pain in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've treated both types of shoulder pain in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office. This care involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Let us help you recover from shoulder pain. Robert C Slater, DC has helped many people with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to figure out the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (651) 699-3366 to make an appointment.

 

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota Back Pain Treatment

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota back pain treatment by Robert C Slater, DCMost of us suffer from back problems at some point in our lives. Researchers estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Robert C Slater, DC and our talented staff see many back pain cases in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office, and we've found that chiropractic care is an effective way to not only help you heal from back pain, it's also a great way to protect against future problems.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Back Pain

A recent article from the University of Utah verifies what our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota patients have reported: your Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota chiropractor is the best first choice for an event of back pain.

In this article, 747 participants were treated for low back pain. Each patient was evaluated based on the first person they sought treatment with, whether it was a primary care physician, a chiropractor, a physiatrist (also known as a rehabilitation physician), or a physical therapist.

What the researchers discovered is that the men and women who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgical procedures.

Other papers have found the same results. A 2012 study found that chiropractic patients had the best functional recovery and pain relief for chronic back pain.

Chiropractic works by restoring the natural, pain-free function of your spine. Robert C Slater, DC and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

Robert C Slater, DC Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Back Pain

If you live near our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (651) 699-3366 for an appointment.

Reference

Fritz JM, Kim J, Dorius J. Importance of the type of provider seen to begin health care for a new episode of low back pain: associations with future utilization and costs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015(Sep 29).

Cecchi F, et al. Predictors of functional outcome in patients with chronic low back pain undergoing back school, individual physiotherapy or spinal manipulation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2012;48:371-8.

 

Chiropractic Can Help Prevent Surgery for Back Pain

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryEach year, over 500,000 people have back surgery in the US. Although in some cases it's necessary to have surgery for back pain, the fact is that if you can prevent this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Robert C Slater, DC is here to make sure that people in Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota have a healthy, non-surgical option for back pain. We've helped many patients recover from back pain without the need for surgery.

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

Research Proves Chiropractic Care Helps Avoid Back Surgery

In this paper, about 1,900 workers with back injuries were assessed over a three year period. When the workers first sought care with a surgeon, over 42 percent ended up having surgery for their pain. For those who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

These findings suggest that chiropractic care can help you heal from back pain without surgery.

If you live in the Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota area, Robert C Slater, DC can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (651) 699-3366 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.

 

Lumbar Pain and the Sacroiliac Joint

We see a large number of people with back pain in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office, and Robert C Slater, DC finds that many cases of back pain stem from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation has demonstrated that roughly twenty-five percent of all back pain begins in the SI joint, and now fresh research corroborates what we have observed in our office: chiropractic is an effective approach to treating this problem.

Research Supports Chiropractic Treatment Helps Increase Movement in the SI Joint

In the study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 32 women who suffered from sacroiliac joint dysfunction were split into two groups and asked to participate in one of two treatment therapies. one group went through a chiropractic adjustment isolated to the sacroiliac joint, and the second group got an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Scientists observed significantly more improvements in both pain and movement immediately following treatment, two days later, and 30 days later for the group who received high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This suggests that chiropractic manipulation applied to these two areas offers both prompt and continuing results for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even after just one treatment session.

Therefore, if you are having trouble with sacroiliac joint pain, or have back and leg pain and are ready to find out whether your sacroiliac joint is the cause, a consultation at our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office may be the first—and best—step towards recovery. Give our office a call today at (651) 699-3366.

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.

 

How to Avoid Surgery for Back Pain

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.

Robert C Slater, DC has seen many back pain patients in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office who have been in pain for years and who are worried that they might need an operation for their back pain. Robert C Slater, DC has had great success in helping patients recover and avoid risky back surgery, and the science backs up our experience.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Risky Surgery

For example, in a study conducted on about 2,000 Washington State workers who suffered from a back injury while on the job, more than 40% who saw a surgeon first following their injury found themselves having back surgery within three years. That compares to just 1.5% of the patients who first sought treatment with chiropractic, demonstrating that this non-invasive approach is extremely effective at keeping you off the operating table.

Robert C Slater, DC 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. Robert C Slater, DC has helped many patients in Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota recover. Give our office a call today at (651) 699-3366 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.

 

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota headache care by Robert C Slater, DCWe know how difficult persistent headache pain can be. Robert C Slater, DC and our staff have worked with many men and women in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota chiropractic practice, and we've had great success in helping patients eliminate their headache pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research study confirms what we see in our office. In this report, the authors started with 110 patients who were suffering with 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 study also found that these outcomes 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 Robert C Slater, DC a call today at our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office at (651) 699-3366. We're here to help get you out of pain.

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.

 

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota practice, Robert C Slater, DC has helped several patients heal from back pain. If you are struggling with back pain, you've probably been tempted to take drugs to reduce the pain. You should understand that research shows that chiropractic is often a much healthier alternative than drugs when it comes to alleviating this common type of problem.

In a 2013 report published in the medical journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had suffered back pain for at least two days. Each one was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 individuals, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received sham chiropractic treatments and the real drug. The third group of 25 people served as the control as those subjects engaged in sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment whatsoever.

Both of the groups that received some form of real treatment, whether through chiropractic or the medication, fared better than the control subjects who had no actual treatment. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the subjects who received chiropractic had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug.

Chiropractic: Natural Healing

Because chiropractic is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without unwanted side effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's designed to resolve the source of the spinal interference, 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 Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office with Robert C Slater, DC today at (651) 699-3366. We'll help improve 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.