We see quite a few patients with back pain in our Rochester Hills, MI practice, and Dr. Ronda Dalton has helped many of them find relief with chiropractic care. At the same time, dealing with back pain doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical therapy, as many individuals use both types of care with great results.
Research Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Treatment Work Together
In a report published by the 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 pain and limited function due to back symptoms. Some of the test subjects engaged in treatment via standard medical therapy, while the rest received chiropractic adjustments along with regular medical care, as researchers wanted to see which patients fared better.
Researchers observed that the group that received standard medical care along with chiropractic scored "significantly better" than the patients who received medical care alone; 73% reported positive benefits compared to just 17% of the medical care only group who reported the same amount of improvement. This was true regarding both pain and level of function at two and four weeks.
Accordingly, combining these two forms of treatment can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering benefits when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic and medicine can work alongside each other, chiropractic offers some distinct strengths over medical therapy.
Where Chiropractic Wins
Although it might seem as if each method plays a 50-50 role, there is one significant benefit that chiropractic has over medical treatment and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, a piece of research from UCLA2 that was printed in the American Journal of Public Health found that, on average, chiropractic patients are generally more satisfied with their recovery than those undergoing medical care.
According to the experts, the main aspects that patients preferred over medical treatment were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't unexpected, as chiropractors tend to spend much more time consulting with their patients as to how they can better their health on their own, as well as explaining more carefully what to expect from chiropractic.
Chiropractic Care Is a Natural Approach to Wellness
Without a doubt, the strategies associated with chiropractic are quite different than those offered with medical treatment, but a great deal of the distinction is the fact that chiropractic is a holistic approach to health and well-being. Rather than focusing on simply relieving the symptoms, chiropractic means tracking down the primary cause of your pain, which often means greater improvement as you are addressing the problem at its source.
Additionally, while medication is sometimes helpful for managing certain conditions, many health issues respond well to a natural approach such as chiropractic. This means fewer negative side effects from prescriptions and lasting recovery.
You don't have to deal with back pain or other health issues. Give our Rochester Hills, MI office a call today at (248) 977-7039. We'll do everything we can to help you get and stay 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.
Shoulder Pain is a common symptom after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Ronda Dalton sees often in our Rochester Hills, MI office. Let's look at why shoulder pain is commonly experienced after an auto injury and see how chiropractic can help you heal.
There are at least two different ways that you can develop shoulder pain after a car crash: by direct trauma to the shoulder or by radiating pain from the neck.
Direct trauma can be caused by hitting your shoulder on a hard object in the car during the impact, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end collision. With this type of trauma, you'll often be aware of the pain soon after the crash.
More frequently, Dr. Ronda Dalton finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a collision, but begins a few days or weeks after the trauma. This type of shoulder discomfort actually starts in the neck. Injured soft tissue in your neck can squeeze nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or pain in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.
We've treated both kinds of shoulder pain in our Rochester Hills, MI office. This care involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.
You don't have to suffer from shoulder pain. Dr. Ronda Dalton is conveniently located in Rochester Hills, MI to help you recover, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. First, we'll do a careful assessment to establish the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (248) 977-7039 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.
We tend to a large number of people in our Rochester Hills, MI clinic, and Dr. Ronda Dalton has helped many people overcome a range of health problems. In spite of this, a frequent concern that seems to prevent many folks from pursuing care is whether or not chiropractic care is safe. Luckily, according to three separate studies (out of quite a few on the topic), the answer to this question is a clear: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
Australian Study: Chiropractic is Safe
The first article(1) was published in Spine and involved 183 women and men between the ages of 20 and 85. Each person was suffering from spinal pain, and half of the individuals received real chiropractic adjustments whereas the remaining patients were given two fake chiropractic adjustments. Information was collected after each real or fake adjustment to identify if any unfavorable side effects occurred as a result of the real chiropractic adjustments.
The doctors found that none of the patients reported any significant undesirable adverse reactions in any way after receiving one or two sessions of chiropractic. Some participants did report that they got a headache (9 percent) or muscle stiffness (37 percent) post-treatment, but the effects were not serious.
Nationwide Survey Reports that Chiropractic Adjustments are Safe
The second research study(2), also published in the distinguished journal, Spine, was conducted in an effort to ascertain the safety of chiropractic care. The test group was much larger -- 20,000 patients. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all patients.
Again, the researchers found no serious adverse side effects. The experts determined the risk of total side effects to be approximately six out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. And, just as with the first study, some individuals did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (less than 2%) or a headache (4%), and this caused the researchers to determine that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."
Chiropractic Care Is Safe for Your Children
This third study(3) is different from the previous two pieces of research, as it focuses on the safety of chiropractic care for kids. In this article, researchers analyzed results reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic adjustments.
Out of 5,438 chiropractic appointments made for the children, chiropractors responding to the survey reported only three cases where there were adverse effects. When parents were surveyed, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Additionally, both chiropractors and parents reported "a high rate of improvement with respect to the children's presenting complaints."
Based on studies like these, chiropractic care has been judged safe and effective for everyone. To find out what chiropractic care can do for you, call our Rochester Hills, MI clinic and make an appointment today at (248) 977-7039.
- Walker BF, Hebert JJ, Stomski NJ, Clarke BR, Bowden RS, Losco B, French SD. Outcomes of usual chiropractic. The OUCH randomized controlled trial of adverse events. Spine 2013;38(20):1723-9.
- Thiel HW1, Bolton JE, Docherty S, Portlock JC. Safety of chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine: a prospective national survey. Spine 2007;32(21):2375-8.
- Alcantara J, Ohm J, Kunz D. The safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic: a survey of chiropractors and parents in a practice-based research network. Explore NY 2009;5(5): 290-5.