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Neck Pain Treatment with Chiropractic

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Neck Pain Treatment & Chiropractic

We have been providing neck pain treatment in San Francisco for over 20 years.

Neck pain represents a major problem for people throughout the world with considerable negative impact on individuals, families, communities, health care systems, and businesses. Up to 70% of the general population will have neck pain at some point in their life. Recovery within the year from neck pain ranges between 33% and 65%, AND relapses are common throughout the life time of the neck pain patient. Generally, neck pain is more common in women, higher in high-income countries, and higher in urban regions. The greatest risk of developing neck pain occurs between 35 and 49 years of age. Since neck pain, very similar to low back pain, is very common and likely to recur over and over again, the question is, what is the best course of action regarding neck pain treatment?

 

            A recent study on neck pain patients compared the effectiveness of manual therapy performed by a chiropractor, physical therapy performed by a physical therapist (PT), and medical care performed by medical physician (MD). The success rate determined at the seventh week was TWO TIMES BETTER for the manual therapy/chiropractic group (68.3%) compared to the medical care group. Those receiving manual therapy also had fewer absences from work compared to both the medical and PT treated groups. Lastly, both the manual therapy and PT groups used less pain relief medication compared to the medically treated group. Another study looked at the multiple approaches that chiropractors use for treating patients with neck pain to determine the “best” approach a chiropractor can use. They reported 94% had improvement or less neck pain after just one treatment when the mid-back (thoracic spine) was also adjusted. Similarly, after receiving two treatments over a one week time frame, the group receiving midback adjustments (vs. the group who did not) reported lower pain and disability scores. A similar study concluded that the best results occurred when the neck, upper back/lower neck, and mid-back were adjusted. This group, when compared to neck adjustments alone, reported greater reductions in disability scores. Thus, having the cervical spine, upper back, and mid-back all adjusted appears to yield quicker, more satisfying results than just neck pain treatment (adjustments) alone.

 

            What about the role of exercise in the management of neck pain patients? In November 2012, a systematic review of manual therapies for nonspecific neck pain reported that the addition of neck exercises to a treatment plan provided more benefits than spinal manipulation alone. Similarly, in September 2012 (The Annals of Internal Medicine), chiropractic adjustments were compared against exercise and pain medication treatment groups involving 272 patients tracked over a one-year time frame after a 12-week treatment. Both the chiropractic and exercise groups experienced the most significant pain reduction when compared to the medication treated group with more than double the likelihood of complete pain relief. The chiropractic and exercise groups also had the best short and long term results, but ONLY the chiropractic group found the benefits to last a year or more. The authors (Bronfort, et. al) reported the success of chiropractic treatment stems from its ability to address the CAUSE of the problem rather than simply addressing the symptoms!  

 

            We realize that you have a choice in where you choose your healthcare services.  If you, a friend or family member requires care for neck pain, we sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services and look forward in serving you and your family both presently and in the future.

Our chiropractors adjust the full spine in most neck pain cases and provide onsite and home exercises for the neck, back and extremities. To schedule an appointment for neck pain treatment in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225.

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Neck Pain Relief and Best Treatment Options

Neck pain relief in downtown san franciscoWe have been providing natural solutions for neck pain in San Francisco for over 20 years now.

Neck
pain is a very common problem. In fact, 2/3rds of the population will have neck
pain at some point in life. It can arise from stress, lack of sleep, prolonged
postures (such as reading or driving), sports injuries, whiplash injuries,
arthritis, referred pain from upper back problems, or even from sinusitis!
Rarely, it can be caused from dangerous problems including referred pain during
a heart attack, carotid or vertebral artery injuries, or head or neck cancer,
but these, as previously stated, are very uncommon. However, since you don’t
know why your neck hurts, it’s very important to have your neck pain properly
evaluated so the cause can be properly treated and not just covered up from the
use of pain killers!

            Barring the dangerous causes of neck
pain listed above, treatment methods vary depending on whom you elect to
consult. Classically, if you see your primary care physician, pharmaceutical
care is usually the approach. Medications can be directed at reducing pain
(Tylenol, or one of many prescription “pain killers”), at reducing inflammation
and pain (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.), to reduce muscle spasms (like
muscle relaxers) or, medications may be directed to reduce depression, anxiety,
or the like. When a sinus infection affects the 2 deep sinuses (ethmoid and
sphenoid sinuses which are located deep in the head), the referred pain is
directed to the back of the head and neck. Here, an antibiotic may be needed
and/or something specifically directed at allergies when present. In general,
in cases that do not respond to usual chiropractic care, co-management with the
primary care physician is a good option.

            However, the good news is that
chiropractic care usually works well, and the need for medication can be
avoided since the side effects of medication can sometimes be worse than the
benefits. Recently, The Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain published
arguably the best review of research published between 2000 and 2010 regarding
neck pain treatment approaches. They concluded that spinal manipulation and
mobilization are highly effective for many causes of neck pain, especially when
arising from the muscles and joints – the most common cause. Therefore it would
seem logical to consult with a Chiropractor FIRST since manipulation and
mobilization are so effective and safe. When we add neck exercises, the results
are even better, according to some studies. As chiropractors, we will often use
different modalities including electric stimulation, ultrasound, hot and/or
cold (which are usually given as a good home-applied remedy), and others. In
particular, low level laser therapy (LLLT) has been shown, “…to reduce pain
immediately after treatment in acute neck pain and up to 22 weeks after
completion of treatment in patients with chronic neck pain” [Lancet, 2009;
374(9705)]. LLLT is a commonly used modality by chiropractors and when combined
with spinal manipulation, the results can be even faster! We will also evaluate
your posture, body mechanics, and consider “ergonomic” or work station problems
and offer recommendations for improving your work environment. We also
frequently utilize anti-inflammatory nutrients including vitamins, minerals,
herbs, and more to avoid the negative side effects to the stomach, liver, and
kidney negative that can result from using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve. Make chiropractic your FIRST
choice when neck pain strikes, NOT last resort!

            We realize that you have a choice in
where you choose your health-care services.
If you, a friend or family member requires care for neck pain, we
sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services
and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

To schedule an appointment for neck pain relief in San Francisco please call 415-392-2225.

Serving local 94111 downtown and the Financial District since 1992

Dr. Eben Davis

 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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Should You See a Chiropractor For Headaches?

Headaches doctor in san franciscoThis
seems like an easy question to answer, doesn’t it? The answer of course being,
YES!!! However, there are many people who suffer with headaches who have never
been to a chiropractor or have not even ever considered it as a “good option.”

            So, rather than having me “reassure
you” that chiropractic works GREAT for headache management, let’s look at the
scientific literature to see if “they” (the scientific community) agree or not.

            In a 2011 meta-analysis, researchers
reviewed journals published through 2009 and found 21 articles that met their
inclusion criteria and used the results to develop treatment recommendations.
Researchers discovered there is literature support utilizing Chiropractic care for
the treatment of migraine headaches of either episodic or chronic migraine.
Similarly, support for the Chiropractic treatment of cervicogenic headaches, or
headaches arising from the neck region (see last month’s Health Update), was
reported. In addition, joint mobilization (the “non-cracking” type of neck
treatment such as figure 8 stretching and manual traction) or strengthening of
the deep neck flexor muscles may improve symptoms in those suffering from
cervicogenic headaches as well. The literature review also found low load
craniocervical mobilization may be helpful for longer term management of
patients with episodic or chronic tension-type headaches where manipulation was
found to be less effective.

            Okay, we realize this is all fairly
technical, so sorry about that. But, it is important to “hear” this so when
people ask you why are going to a chiropractor for your headaches, you can say
that not only that it helps a lot, but there are a lot of scientific studies
that support it too!

So, Should you see a chiropractor for headaches?

            Bottom line is that it DOES REALLY
HELP and maybe, most importantly, it helps WITHOUT drugs and their related side
effects. Just ask someone who has taken some of the headache medications what
their side-effects were and you’ll soon realize a non-drug approach should at
least be tried first since it carries few to no side effects.

            We realize that you have a choice in
where you choose your health-care services.
If you, a friend or family member requires care for headaches, we
sincerely appreciate the trust and confidence shown by choosing our services
and look forward in serving you and your family presently and, in the future.

To schedule an appointment with one of our San Francisco Headaches Doctors please call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

Serving local 94111 for over 20 years

 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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