Dr. Weinberg sees several back pain patients in our busy Smyrna, GA chiropractic office. Many of these people have some type of spinal disorder that is causing them pain and distress. Fortunately, Dr. Weinberg has found that spinal decompression treatment is an effective way to help these individuals.
What is Spinal Decompression and How Can it Help Me?
Non-surgical spinal decompression is a treatment approach that takes all of the positive benefits that one normally gets from chiropractic adjustments, traction, physiotherapy, exercise therapy, and myofascial release and merges them all into one.
The objective of this technique is to keep you off the operating table, and that is exactly what it's achieved for a number of men and women, as it has a documented 85% success rate.
A few of the issues spinal decompression helps with include generalized back pain, sciatica, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, compression fractures, and joint pain.
Spinal decompression works by reversing the effects of wear, tear, and the force of gravity that compresses the intervertebral discs in your spinal column. The video below demonstrates how it works to eliminate pressure on your back and helps lessen pain and disability.
Dr. Weinberg Can Help Patients Find Relief From Chronic Back Pain
If you live in Smyrna, GA and you're suffering with back issues, spinal decompression therapy might be the answer. Call Dr. Weinberg today at (678) 214-4445 for a consultation or appointment.
According to experts, roughly 5 percent of the population will suffer from painful issues like frozen shoulder syndrome at some time in their lives. That makes shoulder-related pain a common problem and one that Dr. Weinberg sees in our Smyrna, GA clinic on a regular basis.
Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Shoulder Pain
Generally, this condition is more prevalent for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, and it tends to affect women more often than men. While ice, heat, and gentle stretches can sometimes help alleviate the discomfort, so too can chiropractic adjustments.
As an example, a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine looked at 50 people with frozen shoulder who received chiropractic care. The duration of care ranged from 11 days to 51 days, with 28 days being the average.
The doctors found that nearly all of the patients fared extremely well with chiropractic care. The study found:
8 of the subjects reported 50-75 percent improvement
25 indicated improvement ranging from 75- 90 percent
1 participant had complete resolution of their frozen shoulder pain
Only one of the original 50 reported an improvement of 50 percent or less, so studies like this show just how beneficial chiropractic care can be when it comes to decreasing shoulder pain and improving quality of life.
We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Shoulder Pain
Let Dr. Weinberg help you decrease your pain by contacting our Smyrna, GA office and scheduling your appointment today.
Murphy F et al. (2012, December). Chiropractic management of frozen shoulder syndrome using a novel technique: a retrospective case series of 50 patients. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine;11(4):267-272
Dr. Weinberg works with countless sciatica patients here in our Smyrna, GA office, and many of these patients were worried that they might need surgery to treat their pain. The most recent research indicates that many people don't require surgery for this common issue, and that chiropractic is more successful at clearing up sciatic nerve pain.
A popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, physicians examined 80 individuals with sciatica who were referred for this operation.
Forty patients were then randomly sorted into one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group was given chiropractic care.
Both groups got better; however, no noticeable difference in outcome was reported one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Additionally, around sixty percent of the participating patients who could not find pain relief from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
In other words, chiropractic offered the same positive benefits as surgery without having to undergo the increased amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often affiliated with that specific treatment option. Plus, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, which includes nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery should be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Smyrna, GA and you're suffering from back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Weinberg a call today at (678) 214-4445. We'll help identify the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.
- McMorland, G et al. Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized clinical study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2010;33(8):576-584.
- Solberg TK, Nygaard OP, Sjaavik K, Hofoss D, Ingebrigtsen T. The risk of "getting worse" after lumbar microdiscectomy. European Spine Journal 2005;14(1):49-54.
According to The American Academy of Pain Medicine, more people in the US suffer with chronic pain than diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer combined. On top of that, neck pain is the third most reported type of pain, beat out only by back problems and headaches.
Not surprisingly, a lot of people come to our Smyrna, GA office seeking neck pain care, and Dr. Weinberg has helped many of them find relief. This is a smart decision, as some research shows that over 90 percent of neck pain patients improve with chiropractic care.
Studies Confirm Chiropractic's Positive Effects
A report published in The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy involved 64 individuals who were suffering with neck problems. Around half were placed in an experimental group and the other half were assigned to a comparison group. Both received chiropractic adjustments of the neck as well as a home exercise program, whereas the experimental group also received thoracic spine adjustments.
Data was collected before treatment began and one week post-treatment. Researchers found that 94% of the experimental group reported "significantly greater improvements" in regard to pain and disability in their neck symptoms. Just 35% of the individuals who received neck adjustments showed the same level of improvement, showing that thinking about the entire spinal column is a critical part of restoring the body's normal function.
Yet another study posted in Physical Therapy involved 60 individuals between the ages of 18 and 60 who reported dealing with neck pain. Each man or woman was randomly allocated to one of two groups--thoracic spine thrust manipulation or non-thrust manipulation--with examinations occurring two and four days after the adjustments.
The investigators found that the study participants who received the thrust manipulations (the same manipulations that provided such positive results in the first study) "experienced greater reductions in disability" than the group that received the non-thrust manipulations. Their pain was lower as well, which shows that this type of technique offers many benefits.
Chiropractic Even Offers Benefits After Failed Neck Surgery
One study also found the same kind of positive outcomes after thoracic adjustments in a patient who had a failed neck surgery. This particular case involved a 46-year-old patient who had recently had neck surgery but still experienced neck pain, headaches, pain in her elbow, and muscle fatigue.
The woman documented reduced pain in her neck and reduced headache intensity, immediately after the first chiropractic treatment session. After six weeks of care, which involved chiropractic, exercise, and patient education, the patient still placed her pain at a zero on a scale of 1 to 10. Her neck disability reduced as well, with a rating score that represented that it was a "great deal better."
It is studies like these that demonstrate the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments, even if you've already attempted neck surgery that didn't provide relief. So, if you are suffering with neck pain and would like to find a solution that has a high success rate, try chiropractic. It may just be the help you're looking for.
Our office is in Smyrna, GA and Dr. Weinberg can help you recover from neck pain. Give us a call today at (678) 214-4445.
- AAPM facts and figures on pain. The American Academy of Pain Medicine.
- Masaracchio M, Cleland JA, Hellman M, Hagins M. Short-term combined effects of thoracic spine thrust manipulation and cervical spine nonthrust manipulation in individuals with mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2013;43(3):118-127.
- Cleland JA, Glynn P, Whitman JM, Eberhart SL, MacDonald C, Childs JD. Short-term effects of thrust versus nonthrust mobilization/manipulation directed at the thoracic spine in patients with neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. Physical Therapy 2007;87(4):431-440.
- Salvatori R, Rowe RH, Osborne R, Beneciuk JM. Use of thoracic spine thrust manipulation for neck pain and headache in a patient following multiple-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: a case report. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2014;44(6):440-449.
With the Migraine Research Foundation reporting that migraines affect 38 million people in the U.S. (more than diabetes and asthma put together), it's not surprising that Dr. Weinberg sees a lot of migraine patients in our Smyrna, GA office. While some people choose to relieve migraine pain with medications, chiropractic is a fantastic, all-natural alternative that usually provides positive results.
Research Proves Chiropractic Care Helps With Migraines
For example, one report published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics involved 127 people ranging in age from 10 to 70-years-old who suffered with frequent (at least monthly) headaches. Each subject engaged in up to 16 chiropractic sessions. The subjects noted that their headache frequency, duration, and disability two months before the study began, during the duration of the sessions (which was two months), and two months post-treatment.
What the authors discovered is that chiropractic reduced the frequency, duration, and disability of the migraine headaches when compared with the control subjects who didn't receive chiropractic. Furthermore, this enabled them to take less medication for the pain, providing them an all-natural answer for a chronic condition.
Another article found that a combination of chiropractic and neck massage reduced migraine pain almost 68%.
If you have migraine headaches and are looking for relief, call Dr. Weinberg today and request an appointment in our Smyrna, GA chiropractic office. We'll do what we can to help you become pain-free!
Migraine Fact Sheet. Migraine Research Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/fact-sheet.html on November 2, 2015
Noudeh Y et al. (2012). Reduction of current migraine headache pain following neck massage and spinal manipulation. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork;5(1):5-13
Tuchin P et al. (2000, February). A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;23(2):91-5
Knee pain is a common issue for patients in our Smyrna, GA chiropractic office, and Dr. Weinberg has happily provided many of these men and women relief. This is largely because chiropractic care has been found to help with many types of knee pain.
For example, some patients experience pain in and around the knee tissues due to degenerative arthritis. Research has confirmed that this condition responds very well to chiropractic--and rather quickly, too. In fact, one article published in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association found that people with osteoarthritis in their knees felt significant pain relief and improved function after just two weeks of chiropractic care.
If your knee pain is due to a medial meniscus tear, chiropractic could likely help with that as well. One study found that integrating chiropractic with soft tissue treatment, rest, ice, and compression on the affected knee helped lower the intensity of the pain.
Of course, sometimes a knee replacement surgery is necessary in order to repair the issue, and if that's the case, chiropractic care can also help improve the outcome. How?
Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Knee Injuries
Medical research has shown that people with low back pain often have less positive results after knee surgery. So, dealing with your back pain through chiropractic before having a total knee arthroplasty can assist with your post-surgery recovery.
No matter what your knee issue, Dr. Weinberg can likely help. Call our Smyrna, GA office today and find out what we can do for you!
- Pollard H et al. (2008, December). The effect of a manual therapy knee protocol on osteoarthritic knee pain: a randomised controlled trial. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;52(4):229-42
Boyle J et al. (2014, March). Influence of low back pain on total knee arthroplasty outcome. Knee;21(2):410-4
- Jarosz B & Ames R. (2010, December). Chiropractic management of a medial meniscus tear in a patient with tibiofemoral degeneration: a case report. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine;9(4):200-8
We see a considerable number of folks with headaches in our Smyrna, GA office, and Dr. Weinberg has been able to support many of them. For that matter, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one half of all adults struggle with some kind of headache disorder, so this actually isn’t a surprise. One of the most prevalent types of headaches which our patients have problems with is cervicogenic headache which, luckily, chiropractic can commonly help.
What is a Cervicogenic Headache?
A cervicogenic headache is one that comes from issues in the cervical spine. It could be because of a problem with either the spine itself (specifically, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it may be attributable to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine contributes to compaction or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can bring on headache pain.
How can you identify if the headache you are suffering from is a cervicogenic headache? Other than obtaining a diagnosis from a healthcare specialist, a typical symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is occasionally accompanied by pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
Chiropractic to the Rescue
Since cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever issue is initiating them is remedied, it is essential to receive treatment instead of just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent approach, and one that provides a considerable amount of headache pain relief.
In one study published in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers studied 80 people who had regular cervicogenic headaches. Half of them got chiropractic care and the other 50% engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was assessed 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was found that chiropractic delivered the best effects.
In particular, this study uncovered that chiropractic adjustments gave patients more pain relief and lowered the number of headaches that occurred. In addition, it also diminished the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Weinberg can do for you and your headache pain, call us today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!
- 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/
Unfortunately, many of our Smyrna, GA patients are familiar with the pain caused by a herniated disc all too well. Fortunately, Dr. Weinberg has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of scientific studies have confirmed that chiropractic can help patients recover from this kind of problem.
Research on Herniated Discs and Chiropractic
In one study, specialists from Switzerland recruited 148 patients who were suffering with pain in their lower back and legs due to a herniated disc (which was confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI). Each person then received chiropractic adjustments that focused on the location of his or her disc herniation.
Data was collected after the initial treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to determine what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic care offers when it comes to treating this particular problem. Among the data obtained was the individual's self-reported changes in both low back and leg pain.
Investigators found that, overall, the patients reported "significant improvement" for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the study participants claimed that their pain "improved" within the first three months, with 88% still citing improvement one year after their first treatment session.
Even those test subjects who were defined as "chronic" still claimed an improvement in pain at a rate of 89% one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive result that was found in the following case study.
Disc Herniation and Chiropractic: A Case Study
In this report, a 26-year-old man had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the lower back, left leg, and left groin area, along with left foot drop and muscle weakness. He had suffered with these symptoms for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his herniated disc was confirmed via MRI.
After receiving chiropractic care, "The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment." In addition, the patient was still enjoying relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.
Studies like these show how beneficial chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and relieving the symptoms they produce. So, if you are suffering from back ache caused by a herniated disc and want to find some relief, chiropractic may be an effective solution.
Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Smyrna, GA office a call today at (678) 214-4445 for a consultation or appointment.
- Leemann S, Peterson CK, Schmid C, Anklin B, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one-year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37(3):155-163.
- Polkinghorn BS, Colloca CJ. Treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation using activator methods chiropractic technique. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1998;21(3):187-196.
We see quite a few patients with back pain in our Smyrna, GA practice, and Dr. Weinberg has been able to help a lot of them get relief through various chiropractic techniques. At the same time, dealing with back problems doesn't necessarily mean having to make a choice between chiropractic care and medical care, as many individuals utilize both types of care with great results.
Study Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Care Work Well Together
In a study published by the medical journal Spine researchers1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who were suffering from both acute discomfort and limited function due to back symptoms. Some of the test subjects engaged in treatment via standard medical therapy, while the rest were given chiropractic care as well as standard medical care, as the authors wanted to determine which group fared better.
Researchers determined that the patients who received standard medical care along with chiropractic care scored "significantly better" than the group that got medical care alone; 73 percent reported positive benefits in comparison to just 17% of the medical care only group who indicated the same amount of improvement. This was true regarding both pain and level of function at two and four weeks.
Therefore, incorporating these two forms of care can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering benefits when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic care and medicine can work alongside each other, chiropractic offers some distinct strengths over medical therapy.
Where Chiropractic Care Is Successful
Although it might seem as if each method plays a 50-50 role, there is one significant advantage that chiropractic care has over medical care and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, one bit of research conducted at UCLA2 that was published in the American Journal of Public Health reports that, on average, chiropractic patients are generally more satisfied with their recovery than patients undergoing medical treatment.
According to the experts, the main factors that patients liked over medical care were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't surprising, as chiropractors typically spend much more time advising their patients as to how they can better their health on their own, as well as outlining more thoroughly what to expect from chiropractic care.
Chiropractic Offers a Non-Invasive Approach
Without a doubt, the methods associated with chiropractic are quite different than those available with medical treatment, but a great deal of the distinction is the fact that chiropractic is a natural approach to health and well-being. Instead of focusing on only relieving the symptoms, chiropractic care involves tracking down the root cause of your pain, which often results in greater improvement as you are addressing the problem at its source.
In addition, while medication is sometimes helpful for managing certain conditions, many health issues respond well to a natural approach like chiropractic care. This means fewer negative responses to medications and lasting results.
You don't have to struggle with back pain or other health problems. Give our Smyrna, GA office a call today at (678) 214-4445. We'll do our best to help you get and remain free from back pain.
- Goertz CM, Long CR, Hondras MA, Petri R, Delgado R, Lawrence DJ, Owens EF, Meeker WC. Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: results of a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine 2013;38(8):627-634.
- Hertzman-Miller RP1, Morgenstern H, Hurwitz EL, Yu F, Adams AH, Harber P, Kominski GF. Comparing the satisfaction of low back pain patients randomized to receive medical or chiropractic care: results from the UCLA low-back pain study. American Journal of Public Health 2002;92(10):1628-1633.
Approximately 2.3 million people are hurt every year in car accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to recover from their injuries fairly easily, others are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. We see many of these patients here in our Smyrna, GA office. Fortunately, Dr. Weinberg is here to help you heal 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 conducted 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 chronic pain after a crash.
It's important to note that research has also found that delaying treatment after a car crash can adversely affect healing time, so getting in to see Dr. Weinberg immediately is key to having a speedier recovery.
We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Pain After a Car crash
Dr. Weinberg has helped many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Smyrna, GA office today for more information or an appointment.
- 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.