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Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

In our New York office, Dr. Valente has helped countless patients recover from back pain. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to reduce the discomfort. You should recognize that research shows that chiropractic care is often a better approach than drugs when it comes to alleviating this specific type of pain.

In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 men and women who had suffered back pain for more than two days. Each individual was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 patients, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received sham chiropractic treatments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 people 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 patients who received some form of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control subjects who had no actual care. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the people who received chiropractic had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.

Natural Healing with Chiropractic Adjustments

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without adverse effects. For example, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health issues. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's purpose designed to correct 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 is for you. Schedule an appointment in our New York office with Dr. Valente today at (917) 338-7917. We'll help relieve 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.

 

Chiropractic Effective for Tension Headaches

New York Headache Treatment by Dr. ValenteMany people suffer from headache pain, and tension headaches are a routine problem in our busy lives. Postural problems and stress are common causes of tension headache, and ones that Dr. Valente and the team here in our New York chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Proves Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature shows our results: A 2016 study from Spain managed a group of 76 patients 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 found that the spinal adjustments were effective at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when spinal adjustments were combined with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get stressed out, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, leading to pain. Chiropractic works by getting rid of 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 New York and are suffering from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Valente today at (917) 338-7917 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

New York chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the approach of helping your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate wellness. For Dr. Valente, this involves working to reestablish your body's natural functioning to prevent the need for medications or surgery. We notice that most of our New York patients are pleased to find a natural answer for their health problems.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people reduce or eliminate the use of drugs. Prescriptions are frequently supplied to patients who have back problems. This is such a serious problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the advantages when administered 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. Numbers presented by the AAN mention the fact that approximately 50% of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still taking them five years down the road. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and recovery, particularly if an narcotic addiction arises.

Contrast that to chiropractic which engages natural healing and the advantages are evident. While a drug might be helpful at briefly suppressing the discomfort of a health problem, it's not a real solution to the problem. Drugs can't mend your injured back; it will only mask the pain.

Dr. Valente will first examine you to get to the root of your back pain and then work with you to address the problem -- without any risky drugs.

If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our New York office a call at (917) 338-7917 to make an appointment with Dr. Valente.

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
 

New York Chiropractic Care for Headache

New York neck pain and headache treatment

There are many different kinds of headache, but one of the most common types is known as "cervicogenic headache," or those that originate in your neck.

Dr. Valente sees a lot of people in our New York office who are suffering with frequent headaches. Luckily, chiropractic adjustments can often help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50 percent, and research confirms it.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A study was conducted involving 80 participants who reported experiencing at least five cervicogenic headaches during the prior three months. The objective was to see how effective chiropractic care was for this type of head pain, as well as to ascertain the number of treatment sessions required to achieve a positive effect.

The individuals were divided into four separate groups, so that each group was similar in age, gender, number of cervicogenic headaches, and their intensity. Of the four groups, two engaged in chiropractic treatments and two received light massage. Furthermore, one group assigned to each treatment received eight sessions and the other patients received twice that amount.

Each person was assessed based on head pain, neck pain, and disability prior to the study and 12 and 24 weeks after treatment was complete. The authors found that those who received chiropractic as opposed to massage reported fewer headaches at the conclusion of the study. Furthermore, improvements were maintained when checked six months after treatment ended.

Additionally, participants who were taking medications for their headaches were able to lower their intake after completing the study. Those who received chiropractic care had lower medication usage 24 weeks post-study.

We Can Help People Find Comfort From Head Pain

Dr. Valente has helped many people who were suffering from headaches in our New York office. Call us today at (917) 338-7917 for more information or for an appointment.

Reference

Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin M, Vavrek D. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2010; 10: 117-128.

 

Disc Herniation and Chiropractic

New York non-surgical disc herniation treatmentDr. Valente sees many people weekly in our busy New York chiropractic office who are searching for relief from the pain and suffering they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the medical research verifies that chiropractic is a great way to treat herniated disc problems.

Don't Suffer! Dr. Valente and Chiropractic Care Helps With Disc Herniation

One particular research project involved 27 people, 8 male and 19 female, who had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirming a disc herniation in either their neck or lower back. The subjects documented that they were experiencing pain, limited range of motion, and sensory problems bad enough to keep them off work.

Over the course of the research study, the participants were managed using one of two common chiropractic techniques: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the men and women who had herniation issues in the lumbar area.

Each man or woman was treated four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times each week, and then as needed for the rest of the study. Based on the seriousness of the disc herniation, treatment ranged anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being carried out at various stages to identify what impact, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Back Pain and Herniated Disc

The investigators found that 80 percent of the participants obtained a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other symptoms, such as numbness. Additionally, 77 percent of these people also showed MRI evidence that their disc herniation was either reduced or resolved completely. This resulted in 78 percent of the study subjects being able to return to their place of work and led the authors to conclude that chiropractic care is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.

If you have a herniated disc and suffer from chronic back pain and are near Dr. Valente in New York, contact our office today to see what chiropractic can do for you!

Reference
BenEliyahu, DJ. Magnetic resonance imaging and clinical follow-up: study of 27 patients receiving chiropractic care for cervical and lumbar disc herniations. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1996;19(9):597-606.

 

Chiropractic Is a Natural Alternative to Back Surgery

New York chiropractic back pain treatmentIn our New York office, we see many patients who are troubled with back pain, and a few of these folks have been informed they might need surgery to recover. Fortunately, Dr. Valente has helped many people get pain relief without the need for any type of operation. The scientific literature agrees with the results we see in our practice. One study published in the medical journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor as your first step in dealing with your back problems may literally keep you out of the operating room.

In this scientific study, medical professionals from Dartmouth reviewed statistics from 1,885 workers from Washington state who first saw either a surgeon or a chiropractor for their low back issues. They then examined three years' worth of follow-up medical data to determine whether the subjects wound up having back surgery in an effort to treat the issue.

What the researchers discovered was that 42.7% of the men and women who first saw a surgeon for their back problems ended up in surgery in that 3-year time frame, whereas only 1.5% of those who first consulted with a chiropractor had the same fate. The authors wrote:

"Even after controlling for injury severity and other measures, workers with an initial visit for the injury to a surgeon had almost nine times the odds of receiving lumbar spine surgery compared to those seeing primary care providers, whereas workers whose first visit was to a chiropractor had significantly lower odds of surgery."

These are remarkable findings. Consulting with a chiropractor considerably reduces your odds of getting back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.

Let's also consider this important detail: this study was carried out by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and printed in the world's most prestigious medical journal on spinal injuries.

The Risks of Surgery

Any surgery has risks, but a serious downside associated with spine surgery is that there is a very high failure rate. In an important analysis in the European Spine Journal, researchers wrote:

"Failed back surgery is a problem that has become sufficiently widespread to even warrant its own special conferences, with recent reviews reporting failure rates ranging from 5 to 50%."

The authors of this same study concluded:

"It is extremely difficult to identify unequivocal predictor factors that can be used to accurately predict the outcome of surgery."

As a chiropractor, Dr. Valente believes that surgery should be the absolute last choice for treating back pain. Chiropractic works to restore your spine to its normal function--without risky surgery or drugs--and many scientific studies have documented the effectiveness of chiropractic for back pain.

If you live in New York and you need relief for your back pain, give our practice a call today at (917) 338-7917 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!

Studies

  • Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM. 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.
  • Mannion AF, Elfering A. Predictors of surgical outcome and their assessment. European Spine Journal 2006;15(Suppl 1):S93-S108.
 

What Is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression therapy in New YorkWe work with many back pain patients in our New York chiropractic office, and Dr. Valente and our staff uses a variety 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 water balloons filled with jelly. 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 force on the discs becomes too high, they can herniate or bulge. This reduces the padding between your vertebrae and can cause pain. The goal of spinal decompression therapy is to reduce 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 reduces 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 New York office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Valente 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 Healing with Chiropractic Care

In our New York practice, it isn't unusual for us to see patients troubled with sciatica, and Dr. Valente has helped many of these people improve with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so useful to those who suffer with this condition? First off, it reduces their healing time and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.

In the report, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, researchers looked at 44 patients who had sudden low back pain that was identified as acute sciatic nerve pain. The individuals were all treated by a chiropractor, with the average follow-up being two years after treatment.

The authors found that all but two patients went back to their jobs after receiving chiropractic treatment, which is a 95% success rate. Moreover, 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 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 work productivity, but it could also reduce costs to businesses and workers from lost work.

If you live in New York and you suffer with sciatica, Dr. Valente is here to assist. Give us a call at (917) 338-7917 and we'll work with you to find the source of your sciatica 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.

 

New York Neck Pain and Headache Care

New York neck pain and headache treatmentNeck and headache pain are common problems that affect millions of people around the world. If you are dealing with this type of issue, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic is the best way to not only treat these common issues, but also help prevent future episodes.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, patients with neck and headache pain in New York have been helped by the chiropractic care of Dr. Valente. Our experience is backed up by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-surgical, non-drug treatments are the best choice for neck and headache pain.

The review looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was suggested before turning to drugs or more invasive procedures.

Past studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.

We Can Help People Find Relief From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're suffering from neck pain or headaches, Dr. Valente and our staff are here to help you recover. Give our New York office a call today at (917) 338-7917 for an appointment today.

Reference

Varatharajan S, Ferguson B, Chrobak K, et al. Are non-invasive interventions effective for the management of headaches associated with neck pain? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. European Spine Journal 2016; February 6:1-29.

 

New York Chiropractic Effective for Cervicogenic Headache

We see a great number of individuals with headaches in our New York office, and Dr. Valente has been able to assist many of them. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 50% of all adults deal with some kind of headache problems, so this actually isn’t a surprise. One of the most common types of headaches that our patients struggle with is cervicogenic headache which, thankfully, chiropractic can usually help.

What is a Cervicogenic Headache?

A cervicogenic headache is one that comes from an issue in the cervical spine. It might be as a result of a problem with either the spine itself (particularly, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it may be due to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine contributes to squeezing or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can result in headache pain.

How can you determine if the headache you are suffering from is a cervicogenic headache? Besides obtaining a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, a common symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is sometimes combined with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.

How Chiropractic Helps

Because cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever problem is triggering them is corrected, it is critical to get treatment rather than just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent approach, and one that provides a great deal of pain relief.

In one study printed in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, specialists followed 80 people who had recurrent cervicogenic headaches. Fifty percent received chiropractic care and the other 50% underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was discovered that chiropractic delivered the most beneficial outcomes.

Specifically, this study revealed that chiropractic adjustments gave patients greater pain relief and diminished the frequency of headaches that occurred. On top of that, it also minimized the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.

To find out what Dr. Valente can do for you and your headaches, call us today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!

References

  • Haas M, Schneider M, Vavrek D. Illustrating risk difference and number needed to treat from a randomized controlled trial of spinal manipulation for cervicogenic headache. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010 18(9).
  • World Health Organization. (2012, October). Headache disorders. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/