We see a lot of folks with headaches in our Lancaster, OH office, and Dr. Maynard has been able to assist many of them. For that matter, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that 50 percent of all adults deal with some type of headache problems, so this certainly isn’t a surprise. One of the most frequent kinds of headaches which our patients have problems with is cervicogenic headache which, luckily, chiropractic can commonly help.
Cervicogenic Headaches Defined
A cervicogenic headache is one that starts from a problem in the cervical spine. It might be generated by a problem with either the spine itself (particularly, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it could be due to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine produces compaction or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can result in headache pain.
How can you tell if the headache you are suffering from is a cervicogenic headache? Apart from being given a diagnosis from a healthcare expert, a frequent symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is occasionally coupled with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
How Chiropractic Helps
Seeing that cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever problem is inducing them is corrected, it is essential to receive treatment rather than just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent approach, and one that offers a great deal of relief.
In one study printed in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, researchers studied 80 people who had repeated cervicogenic headaches. Half of them got chiropractic care and the other half engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was evaluated 12 and 24 weeks after the procedures and it was found that chiropractic provided the best effects.
Specifically, this study noted that chiropractic adjustments provided patients enhanced pain relief and lessened the frequency of headaches that occurred. What's more, it also diminished the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Maynard can do for you and your headaches, call us today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!
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- World Health Organization. (2012, October). Headache disorders. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/
Regrettably, many of our Lancaster, OH patients are familiar with the pain associated with a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. Maynard has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of research studies have confirmed that chiropractic care can help patients recover from this kind of condition.
Research on Herniated Discs and Chiropractic
In one study, specialists from Switzerland recruited 148 patients who were coping with pain in their low back and legs due to a disc herniation (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 obtained after the first treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to find out what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic care offers when it comes to resolving this particular problem. Among the data gathered was the individual's self-reported changes in both low back and leg pain.
Researchers found that, as a whole, the study participants reported "significant improvement" for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the study participants reported that their pain "improved" within the first three months, with 88% still citing improvement one year after their first treatment session.
Even those people who were defined as "chronic" still reported an improvement in pain at a rate of 89 percent one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive effect that was found in the following case study.
Case Study Shows that Chiropractic Benefits Chronic Disc Herniation Symptoms
In this report, a 26-year-old male had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the low back, left leg, and left groin area, along with left foot drop and muscle weakness. He had endured these symptoms for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his disc herniation was confirmed via MRI.
After receiving chiropractic, "The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment." Furthermore, the patient was still experiencing relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.
Studies like these show how useful chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and treating the symptoms they bring about. So, if you are suffering from back pain caused by a herniated disc and want to find some relief, chiropractic might be an effective solution.
Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Lancaster, OH office a call today at (740) 687-0100 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 many back pain patients in our Lancaster, OH office, and Dr. Maynard has been able to help many of them find relief with chiropractic care. However, recovering from back pain doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical care, as many individuals use both types of care with great success.
Study Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Care Work Well Together
In a study published by the academic journal Spine experts1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who were suffering from both acute soreness and limited function due to back-related issues. Some of the test subjects received treatment via standard medical therapy, while the remainder were given chiropractic care as well as regular medical care, as researchers wanted to see which group fared better.
The authors discovered that the group that received standard medical care in combination with chiropractic care scored "significantly better" than the patients who got medical care alone; 73% 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 and medical approaches can work together, chiropractic offers some distinct strengths over medical therapy.
Where Chiropractic Care Pulls Ahead
Although it might seem as if each method plays a 50/50 role, there is one major benefit that chiropractic care has over medical treatment and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, a piece of research conducted at UCLA2 that was printed in the American Journal of Public Health reports that, on average, chiropractic patients are generally more satisfied with their recovery than those undergoing medical treatment.
According to the experts, the main aspects that patients favored over medical treatment 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 improve their health on their own, as well as outlining more thoroughly what to expect from chiropractic.
Chiropractic Care Offers a Holistic Approach
Certainly, the techniques associated with chiropractic are quite different than those provided with medical therapy, but a large amount of the distinction is the fact that chiropractic is a natural approach to health and well-being. Rather than focusing on simply relieving the symptoms, chiropractic involves searching for the primary cause of your pain, which often results in greater improvement as you are addressing the problem at its source.
Furthermore, while medication is sometimes helpful for managing certain conditions, many health issues respond well to natural forms of treatment like chiropractic. This means fewer negative responses to medications and longer-lasting recovery.
You don't have to endure back pain or other health issues. Give our Lancaster, OH office a call today at (740) 687-0100. We'll do everything we can to help you get and continue to be 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.
Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury
We treat many auto injury patients in our Lancaster, OH office, and many of these men and women are struggling with chronic pain caused by an old crash. In fact, research shows that a significant percentage of rear-end crashes result in pain and disability even ten years after the original injury.
Dr. Maynard is here to help you avoid developing chronic symptoms by helping to restore the natural function of your spine soon after a motor vehicle accident.
The most common causes of chronic problems are reduced flexibility of your spine and the development of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your spine can easily be harmed during a collision, and chiropractic works by decreasing inflammation and restoring normal motion.
We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery
If you're close to our Lancaster, OH office, and you've been hurt in a crash, don't wait to get treatment. Dr. Maynard is here for you. Give us a call today at (740) 687-0100 for an appointment or for more information.
Every year, there are millions of car crashes in the world, and a significant number of men and women end up getting injured in a wreck. While most crashes are "minor," chronic neck and back pain are still common health issues. The good news is that chiropractic care is a very good way to address these kinds of injuries.
We have helped many auto collision patients in our Lancaster, OH office, and Dr. Maynard has been helping people with these types of problems since 1974. During a collision, your body is subjected to large forces that it simply wasn't built to handle. These forces put stress and strain on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can result in damage to the ligaments that hold your neck and back together. A crash can trigger a vast array of pain symptoms.
A ligament tear in the neck can trigger pain, swelling, and radicular problems in the arm and hand. Chiropractic works well for these types of problems, because chiropractic focuses on restoring the healthy function and mobility of the injured structures.
Dr. Maynard, your Lancaster, OH chiropractor, can help by reducing irritation in the injured area and can help minimize the formation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.
You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Discover more about how we can help you recover here or call Dr. Maynard today at (740) 687-0100.
Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly common condition experienced by people after a car wreck, and it can be confusing for some health practitioners to diagnose the source of the problem. Complicating the issue, very often you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. Maynard has helped many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what produces these types of problems. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are oftentimes stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your central nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause pain in other parts of your body.
For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or pins and needles in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a crash are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Dr. Maynard sees this very often in our Lancaster, OH office.
Research indicates that the source of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Dr. Maynard will work to return your spine back to health, reducing the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. Maynard finds that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we restore your spine to its healthy condition.
If you live in Lancaster, OH and you've been injured in a crash, Dr. Maynard can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1974, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (740) 687-0100 for an appointment.
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Of the approximately 2 million rear-end accidents in the United States every year, a significant number of men and women end up enduring long-term pain and impairment. Some research indicates that about 20% of people are still in pain 12 months after an accident.
Dr. Maynard sees many auto injury cases in our Lancaster, OH office, and we regularly see patients who have been hurting for many years and have not been able to find help. Dr. Maynard has great success in treating these patients.
The Roots of Chronic Pain
During a crash, the structures of your spine can be stretched or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and inflamed and sends pain impulses to the spinal cord and central nervous system.
Pain tells your body that something is wrong, which tells the muscle tissues in the damaged area to contract to shield the area from further injury.
If the trauma isn't addressed immediately, a negative cycle develops. The injured area keeps sending pain signals and each time, your central nervous system reacts. This brings about a feedback loop in your nervous system that specialists refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system literally becomes hypersensitive to any kind of stimulus, causing chronic pain.
Dr. Maynard is able to help this kind of problem, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that adjustments are effective at reducing pain from car accidents and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.
If you live in Lancaster, OH and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Maynard a call today at (740) 687-0100 for a consultation or appointment.
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Over 2 million people are hurt every year in auto accidents in the U.S. While most people are able to recover from their injuries relatively quickly, others are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Lancaster, OH office. Fortunately, Dr. Maynard is here to help you recover from your auto injury.
The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was carried out on 28 men and women diagnosed with chronic whiplash pain. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments and 93 percent of them experienced pain relief following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic 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 treatment after a car crash can negatively affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Maynard at the earliest opportunity is key to having a speedier recovery.
Dr. Maynard has worked with many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Lancaster, OH office today for more information or an appointment.
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If you suffer from neck pain after an auto collision, you're not alone. Dr. Maynard sees this type of condition very often in our Lancaster, OH office. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after an auto injury and see how your chiropractor can help.
Your neck is subjected to very high stresses and strains during a crash, 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 very rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh 80 or more pounds. This force exerts an extreme strain on the tissues of the cervical spine. The bones of your spinal column 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 collision, 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 gets inflamed and sore, and that's what happens after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing mobility in the injured region, which helps the ligaments heal and helps minimize scar tissue.
Dr. Maynard has been helping patients in Lancaster, OH since 1974, so we know what you're going through. We're here to help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Give our office a call today at (740) 687-0100 to make an appointment.
Headache is a common problem after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Maynard sees frequently in our Lancaster, OH office. Let's look at why headache is commonly experienced after an auto collision and see how your chiropractor can help you get better.
There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's triggered by a car accident, though, usually begins as tension or strain in the muscles of the neck. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be damaged, which causes swelling and discomfort. 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 Lancaster, OH office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is very common after a crash, and it's important to get treatment for this type of problem to protect against the development of scar tissue.
Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those caused by car crashes. Your chiropractic doctor will help reduce the swelling and strain in your neck, which will help relieve the headache pain.
You don't have to suffer from headache. Dr. Maynard is conveniently located in Lancaster, OH to help you get better, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. Dr. Maynard 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 (740) 687-0100 and we'll get you back on the road to health.