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Causes of Chronic Pain after Auto Injuries

Juneau, AK neck pain and headache treatmentOver 2 million people are hurt each year in motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. While some people are able to heal from their injuries relatively easily, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Juneau, AK office. Thankfully, Dr. Messerschmidt is here to help you recover from your auto injury.

Research Proves 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 individuals 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 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. Messerschmidt as soon as possible is key to having a speedier recovery.

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

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

Resources

  • 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 Help Prevent Surgery for Back Pain

Juneau, AK Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryThe latest numbers show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries each year in the US. Although in some cases it's necessary to have back surgery, the fact is that if you can prevent this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Dr. Messerschmidt is here to make sure that patients in Juneau, AK 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 recovery time and complications, neither of which is an acceptable scenario. Luckily, as one medical study has found, chiropractic may actually keep you off the surgeon's table altogether.

Research Proves Chiropractic Care Helps Avoid Back Surgery

In this study, 1,885 workers with back injuries were assessed over a three year period. When the workers first sought treatment with a surgeon, over 42 percent wound up having surgery for their pain. For patients 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 surgical treatments.

If you live in the Juneau, AK area, Dr. Messerschmidt can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (907) 789-1344 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

Juneau, AK auto injury recoveryApproximately 2.3 million people are injured each year in motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. While some people are able to recover from their injuries relatively easily, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Juneau, AK office. Thankfully, Dr. Messerschmidt is here to help you recover 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 conducted on 28 people diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic treatment 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 care is a great way to avoid long-term pain after a crash.

It's important to remember that research has also found that putting off care after a car crash can negatively affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Messerschmidt immediately is key to having a quicker recovery.

We Can Help People Find Comfort From Pain After a Car crash

Dr. Messerschmidt has helped many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Juneau, AK office today for more information or an appointment.

Resources

  • 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 good number of men and women with back pain in our Juneau, AK office, and Dr. Messerschmidt has noticed that quite a few cases of back pain originate in the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation has revealed that around one quarter of all back pain begins in the SI joint, and now fresh research corroborates what we see in our office: chiropractic is an effective way to treat 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, thirty-two women who suffered from sacroiliac joint dysfunction were split into two groups and asked to engage in one of two treatment methods. The first group was given a chiropractic adjustment only at the sacroiliac joint, and the alternate group received an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Scientists found significantly more improvements in both pain and movement immediately following treatment, two days later, 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 therapy applied to these two areas offers both prompt and long term benefits for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers even with just one treatment session.

So, if you are having trouble with sacroiliac joint pain, or have back and leg pain and would like to find out if your sacroiliac joint is the source, a visit to our Juneau, AK office may be the first and best step towards feeling better. Give our office a call today at (907) 789-1344.

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.

 

Juneau, AK Neck Pain and Car Crashes

We manage many car accident cases in our Juneau, AK office, and a widespread symptom our patients report is neck pain. If you suffer from neck pain after a car accident, don't despair. Dr. Messerschmidt sees this type of condition very often in our Juneau, AK office. Neck pain is a common symptom after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Messerschmidt sees often in our Juneau, AK office. What causes neck pain after a car crash? How can a chiropractor help? Why is neck pain such a common problem after a car crash? How can chiropractic care help you get better? Let's see why neck pain is frequently experienced after a car crash and see how chiropractic care can help you heal. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after an auto collision 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. Chiropractic care 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 a great way to treat neck pain. Let's look at how neck pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Messerschmidt can help you.

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common problem experienced after a crash. Even in a car wreck, 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. The neck is subjected to very high stresses and strains during a collision, 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 exposed to extremely rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts a serious strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your neck 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 wreck, 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 injured tissues become inflamed and sore, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing movement in the injured area, which helps the tissues heal and helps lessen scar tissue.

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

You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Messerschmidt is conveniently located in Juneau, AK to help you heal, 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. Messerschmidt is here to help. Dr. Messerschmidt has been helping patients in Juneau, AK since 1983, 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 strategy. Next, we'll do a careful examination to figure out the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Dr. Messerschmidt 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 (907) 789-1344 to make an appointment.

 

AMA Recommends Chiropractic Before Surgery

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

Dr. Messerschmidt has seen many back pain patients in our Juneau, AK office who have been suffering for years and who are afraid that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Messerschmidt 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

Recently, in one study carried out on almost 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 people who first sought treatment with chiropractic, showing that this non-invasive approach is very effective at keeping you out of the operating room.

Dr. Messerschmidt Can Help Clients 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. Dr. Messerschmidt has helped many patients in Juneau, AK recover. Give our office a call today at (907) 789-1344 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 Car Accidents

We manage many car accident cases in in our Juneau, AK office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is headache. Let's take a look at why headache is commonly experienced after a car crash and see how chiropractic care can help you recover.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's caused by an auto injury, though, usually begins as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the cervical spine. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be torn, which results in inflammation and soreness. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.

Another common cause of pain after a crash that we see in our Juneau, AK office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that start in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is quite common after a crash, and it's important to get care for this type of problem to prevent the creation of scar tissue.

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

You don't have to suffer from headache. Dr. Messerschmidt is conveniently located in Juneau, AK to help you heal, whether you've been in a car crash or not. First, we'll do a careful examination to figure out 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 (907) 789-1344 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Juneau, AK practice, Dr. Messerschmidt has helped many people heal 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 know that research shows that chiropractic care is often a much healthier 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 experienced back pain for at least 48 hours. Each patient was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 people, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received fake chiropractic treatments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 individuals served as the control as those individuals received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.

Both of the groups that received some type of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the NSAID, fared better than the control subjects who had no real care. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the people who received chiropractic had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Natural Healing with Chiropractic Adjustments

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without undesirable side effects. For instance, NSAIDs 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 problem, not just treat the signs and symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Juneau, AK office with Dr. Messerschmidt today at (907) 789-1344. 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.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Auto Injury

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common condition after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Messerschmidt sees often in our Juneau, AK office. Let's look at why thoracic outlet syndrome is frequently experienced after an auto collision and see how your chiropractor can help you get better.

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

In a crash, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If damaged, the muscles become inflamed and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which restricts motion and puts pressure 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.

Juneau, AK Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

Let us help you recover from thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Messerschmidt has helped many people with the same condition, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to establish the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (907) 789-1344 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Juneau, AK Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Juneau, AK headache care by Dr. MesserschmidtWe know how difficult long-term headache pain can be. Dr. Messerschmidt and our staff have worked with many men and women in our Juneau, AK chiropractic office, and we've had great success in helping people eliminate their headache pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research study verifies what we see in our office. In this paper, the authors started with 110 people who were suffering with headaches 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 study found that the individuals 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 headache, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Dr. Messerschmidt a call today at our Juneau, AK office at (907) 789-1344. 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.