Posts Categorized as: Back Pain

Lower Back Pain and the Sacroiliac Joint

We see a good number of people with back pain in our Killeen, TX office, and Dr. Dorn finds that quite a few cases of back pain stem from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Research has demonstrated that roughly 25% of all back pain originates in the SI joint, and now fresh research confirms what we see in our office: chiropractic is an effective approach to treating this problem.

In the study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, thirty-two women with sacroiliac joint dysfunction were split into two groups and asked to participate in one of two treatment therapies. The first group was given a chiropractic adjustment only at the sacroiliac joint, and the alternate group got an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint as well as the lumbar spine.

Researchers found greater improvements in both pain and movement immediately following treatment, two days post-treatment, and 30 days later for the patients who had been given high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This demonstrates that chiropractic manipulation administered in these two areas offers both prompt and continuing benefits for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even with only one treatment round.

So, if you are having trouble with sacroiliac joint pain, or live with back and leg pain and are ready to find out if your sacroiliac joint is the root, a consultation at our Killeen, TX office could be the first—and best—step towards feeling better. Give our office a call today at (254) 690-7090.

Kamali F, Shokri E. The effect of two manipulative therapy techniques and their outcome in patients with sacroiliac joint syndrome. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2012;16(1):29-35.

 

Chiropractic and Medical Care: An Effective Combination

Killeen, TX back pain treatmentWe see many back pain patients in our Killeen, TX office, and Dr. Dorn has been able to provide many of them get relief with chiropractic care. At the same time, dealing with back pain doesn't necessarily mean having to make a choice between chiropractic care and medical treatment, as many people use both types of care with great outcomes.

Research Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Treatment Work Together

In a study published by the journal Spine experts1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who reported both acute soreness and limited function due to back-related issues. Some of the test subjects engaged in treatment via standard medical care, while the remainder received chiropractic adjustments in addition to regular medical care, as researchers wanted to determine which patients fared better.

Researchers observed that the patients who received standard medical care along with chiropractic scored "significantly better" than the patients who got 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 the two- and four-week marks.

Thus, combining 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 alongside each other, chiropractic offers some distinct strengths over medical therapy.

Where Chiropractic Wins

Although it may seem as if each method plays a 50-50 role, there is one major benefit that chiropractic has over medical care and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, a piece of research done at UCLA2 that was published in the American Journal of Public Health found that, on average, chiropractic patients are generally more satisfied with their recovery than those undergoing medical treatment.

According to the researchers, the main factors that patients favored over medical care were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't surprising, as chiropractors frequently spend much more time advising their patients as to how they can improve their health on their own, as well as explaining more thoroughly what to expect from chiropractic.

Chiropractic Care Offers a Holistic Approach

Certainly, the methods associated with chiropractic are quite different than those offered with medical care, but a large amount of the difference is the fact that chiropractic is a natural approach to health and well-being. In contrast to focusing on only relieving the symptoms, chiropractic care involves tracking down the primary cause of your pain, which often means greater improvement as you are tackling the problem at its source.

In addition, while medication is sometimes helpful for managing certain conditions, many health issues respond well to natural forms of treatment such as chiropractic. This means fewer negative side effects from drugs and more permanent recovery.

You don't have to endure back pain or other health issues. Give our Killeen, TX clinic a call today at (254) 690-7090. We'll do our best to help you get and stay free from back pain.

References

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
 

Chiropractic: The Natural Approach to Back Pain

Killeen, TX chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the principle of helping your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Dorn, this means working to restore your body's healthy functioning to avoid the need for drugs or surgery. We find that most of our Killeen, TX patients are happy to find a natural answer for their health conditions.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of narcotics. Prescription medications are frequently supplied to individuals who have back problems. This is such a significant concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the advantages when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most common opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data provided by the AAN mention the fact that about half of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years later. This can further complicate the issue of back pain and healing, especially if an opiate addiction arises.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which features natural healing and the benefits are obvious. While a drug might be helpful at temporarily suppressing the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a real solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your damaged back; it will only mask the pain.

Dr. Dorn will first examine you to get to the origin of your back problems and then work with you to solve the spinal interference -- without risky medications.

If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our Killeen, TX office a call at (254) 690-7090 to make an appointment with Dr. Dorn.

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
 

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

In our Killeen, TX practice, Dr. Dorn has helped countless people heal from back pain. If you are suffering from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take drugs to relieve the pain. You should understand that research shows that chiropractic care is usually a much healthier approach than drugs when it comes to relieving this specific type of problem.

In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 men and women who had experienced back pain for at least two days. Each patient was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 people, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received fake chiropractic treatments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 subjects acted as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real care whatsoever.

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

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps enhance healing without adverse effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's intended to resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the symptoms.

If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Killeen, TX office with Dr. Dorn today at (254) 690-7090. We'll help improve 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.

 

Chiropractic Is a Natural Alternative to Back Surgery

Killeen, TX chiropractic back pain treatmentIn our Killeen, TX practice, we see a large number of patients who are troubled with back pain, and some of these people have been told they might need surgery to recover. Fortunately, Dr. Dorn has helped many people get relief without the need for any type of operation. The scientific literature confirms the results we see in our office. One study published in the academic journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor as your first move in overcoming with your back issues may actually keep you out of the operating room.

In this scientific study, medical researchers from Dartmouth analyzed statistics from 1,885 workers from the state of Washington who first saw either a surgeon or a chiropractor for their low back issues. They then used three years' worth of follow-up medical information to determine whether the individuals wound up having back surgery in an attempt to correct the problem.

What the researchers observed was that about 43% of the men and women who first saw a surgeon for their back issues ended up in surgery in that 3-year time span, whereas only 1.5% of those who first saw a chiropractor had the same fate. The authors wrote:

"Even after controlling for injury severity and other measures, workers with an initial visit for the injury to a surgeon had almost nine times the odds of receiving lumbar spine surgery compared to those seeing primary care providers, whereas workers whose first visit was to a chiropractor had significantly lower odds of surgery."

These are impressive results. Visiting a chiropractor significantly reduces your odds of getting back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.

Let's also take note this important detail: this study was conducted by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and printed in the world's most prestigious medical publication on spinal injuries.

Why You Should Avoid Surgery

Any surgical procedure has risks, but a serious problem associated with spinal surgery is that there's a very high rate of failure. In an important analysis in the European Spine Journal, researchers wrote:

"Failed back surgery is a problem that has become sufficiently widespread to even warrant its own special conferences, with recent reviews reporting failure rates ranging from 5 to 50%."

The experts in this same study concluded:

"It is extremely difficult to identify unequivocal predictor factors that can be used to accurately predict the outcome of surgery."

As a chiropractor, Dr. Dorn is convinced that surgery should be the absolute last resort for treating back pain. Chiropractic care works to restore your spine to its normal function--without risky surgery or drugs--and many scientific studies have documented the usefulness of chiropractic for back pain.

If you live in Killeen, TX and you need care for your back pain, give our office a call today at (254) 690-7090 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!

Studies

  • Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM. 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.
  • Mannion AF, Elfering A. Predictors of surgical outcome and their assessment. European Spine Journal 2006;15(Suppl 1):S93-S108.
 

How to Avoid Surgery for Back Pain

Although some people are still skeptical about chiropractic, even the American Medical Association (AMA) suggests that adjustments should be tried prior to surgical treatment—the one option that should be a last resort.

Dr. Dorn has seen many back pain patients in our Killeen, TX office who have been in pain for years and who are worried that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Dorn has had great success in helping patients recover and avoid risky surgery, and the science backs up our experience.

Recently, in a study conducted on about 2,000 Washington State workers who suffered from a back injury while at work, 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, showing that this non-invasive approach is extremely effective at keeping you off the operating table.

There are alternatives 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. Dorn has helped many patients in Killeen, TX recover. Give our office a call today at (254) 690-7090 for an appointment.

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.