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How to Avoid Surgery for Back Pain

Although some people are still hesitant 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. Mulholland has seen many back pain patients in our Anchorage office who have been suffering for years and who are afraid that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Mulholland 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 one study carried out 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 people who first sought treatment with chiropractic care, proving that this natural approach is very effective at keeping you out of the operating room.

Dr. Mulholland 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. Mulholland has helped many patients in Anchorage recover. Give our office a call today at (907) 770-5700 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.

 

Chronic Pain, Car Crashes, and Chiropractic

Anchorage auto injury recoveryApproximately 2.3 million people are hurt each year in auto accidents in the U.S. While most people are able to heal from their injuries relatively easily, too many people are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Anchorage office. Fortunately, Dr. Mulholland is here to help you heal 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 conducted on 28 men and women 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 studies have also found that putting off care after a car crash can adversely affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Mulholland immediately is key to having a quicker recovery.

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

Dr. Mulholland has helped many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Anchorage 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.
 

Anchorage Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

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

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research study confirms what we see in our practice. In this paper, the authors started with 110 patients 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 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. Mulholland a call today at our Anchorage office at (907) 770-5700. 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.

 

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Anchorage practice, Dr. Mulholland has helped many patients recover from back pain. If you are struggling with back pain, you've probably been tempted to take drugs to decrease the discomfort. You should recognize that studies have shown that chiropractic is often a much healthier approach than drugs when it comes to relieving this common type of problem.

In a 2013 report published in the medical journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had experienced back pain for more than two days. Each individual was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received sham 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 treatment at all.

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

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without adverse effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health issues. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's designed to correct the source of the problem, not just treat the symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Make an appointment in our Anchorage office with Dr. Mulholland today at (907) 770-5700. We'll help relieve your back pain 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.

 

Headache and Car Crashes

We treat many auto injury cases in in our Anchorage office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is headache. The key to recovering from headache caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

There are many different types of headache. Headache that's caused by an auto injury, though, usually begins as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the neck. In a collision, the neck muscles can be damaged, which causes inflammation and discomfort. These kinds 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 crash that we see in our Anchorage office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate 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 care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those triggered by auto injuries. Your chiropractor will help reduce the irritation and tension in your neck, which will help relieve the headache pain.

Dr. Mulholland has been helping patients in Anchorage since 1982, so we know what you're living with. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Mulholland will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (907) 770-5700 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Chiropractic Effective for Tension Headaches

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

Research Supports Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature verifies our findings: A 2016 study from Spain treated 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 therapist 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 researchers found that the spinal adjustments were helpful at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when spinal adjustments were combined with the suboccipital inhibition.

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

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

If you live in Anchorage and suffer from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Mulholland today at (907) 770-5700 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

Anchorage chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the philosophy of helping your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate overall health. For Dr. Mulholland, this means working hard to reestablish your body's normal performance to prevent the need for medications or surgical treatments. We see that many of our Anchorage patients are relieved to find a natural solution for their health issues.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescription medications are commonly supplied to patients who have back pain. This is such a significant concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the benefits 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 cite the fact that about half of the people taking these drugs for a period of three months are still on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and healing, especially if an narcotic dependency occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which incorporates natural healing and the advantages are evident. While a drug might be helpful at briefly reducing the symptoms of a health issue, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs don't fix your damaged back; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. Mulholland will first examine you to get to the source of your back pain and then work with you to eliminate the spinal interference -- without any risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Anchorage office a call at (907) 770-5700 to make an appointment with Dr. Mulholland.

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
 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Auto Injury

We treat many auto injury cases in in our Anchorage 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 a car crash and see how chiropractic 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 damaged, the muscles become swollen and tender, 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 pins and needles in the shoulder, elbow and even the wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Anchorage Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

Dr. Mulholland is here in Anchorage to help you recover from thoracic outlet syndrome. We've been helping patients since 1982 and we can probably help you, too. 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 (907) 770-5700 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Faster Sciatica Recovery with Chiropractic

In our Anchorage office, it isn't unusual for us to see people troubled with sciatica pain, and Dr. Mulholland has helped many of them recover with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so helpful to those who suffer with this condition? For starters, it reduces their time of recovery and a Norwegian research 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 clinically diagnosed as acute sciatic nerve pain. The participants were all treated by a chiropractor, with the average follow-up being two years after treatment.

The researchers found that all but two patients went back to their jobs after receiving chiropractic adjustments, which is a 95% success rate. What's more, the average period of time that the individuals spent off work "was reduced by two thirds as compared with that associated with conventional medical treatment."

Considering 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 Anchorage and you suffer with sciatic pain, Dr. Mulholland is here to help. Give us a call at (907) 770-5700 and we'll work with you to find the root cause of your sciatic pain and get you back on the road to health.

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.

 

Anchorage Neck Pain and Headache Care

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

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, people with neck and headache pain in Anchorage have been helped by the chiropractic care of Dr. Mulholland. Our success is backed up by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-invasive, non-drug treatments are the best choice for neck and headache pain.

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

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

We Can Help Patients Find Relief From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're struggling with neck pain or headaches, Dr. Mulholland and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our Anchorage office a call today at (907) 770-5700 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.