With the Migraine Research Foundation reporting that migraine headaches affect 38 million adults and children in the U.S. (more than diabetes and asthma put together), it's no surprise that Dr. Palmer sees a lot of migraine patients in our Depew office. While some people try to relieve migraine pain with medications, chiropractic is a fantastic, all-natural alternative that usually produces positive results.
Research Proves Chiropractic Care Helps With Migraines
For instance, one report published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics involved 127 participants ranging in age from 10 to 70-years-old who suffered with regular (at least monthly) migraines. Each subject received up to 16 chiropractic sessions. The subjects noted that their headache frequency, duration, and disability two months before the treatments began, during the duration of the sessions (which was two months), and two months post-treatment.
What the researchers discovered is that chiropractic adjustments reduced the frequency, duration, and disability of the migraine pain when compared with the control subjects who didn't receive chiropractic. Furthermore, this enabled them to take less medication for the pain, offering them an all-natural answer for a chronic condition.
Another report found that a combination of chiropractic and neck massage reduced migraine headaches almost 68%.
If you have migraine headaches and are looking for relief, call Dr. Palmer today and request an appointment in our Depew 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 frequent problem for people in our Depew chiropractic practice, and Dr. Palmer has successfully provided many of these folks relief. This is largely because chiropractic care has been found to help with many types of knee pain.
For instance, some individuals experience pain in and around the knee area due to osteoarthritis. Research has shown that this ailment responds very well to chiropractic--and rather quickly, too. In fact, one study published in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association found that people with osteoarthritis in their knees felt significant pain relief and enhanced function after just two weeks of chiropractic care.
If your knee pain is caused by a medial meniscus tear, chiropractic could likely help with that as well. One case reported that combining chiropractic with soft tissue treatment, rest, ice, and compression on the affected knee helped lower the intensity of the pain.
Clearly, sometimes a knee replacement surgery is necessary in order to rectify the problem, and if that's the case, chiropractic care can also help improve the outcome. How?
Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Knee Pain
Medical research has shown that patients with low back pain frequently have less positive results after knee surgery. So, dealing with your back pain through chiropractic prior to having a total knee arthroplasty can help with your post-surgery healing.
No matter what your knee issue, Dr. Palmer can likely help. Call our Depew location 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 people with headaches in our Depew office, and Dr. Palmer has been able to help many of them. Of course, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that half of all adults deal with some sort of headache problem, so this certainly isn’t surprising. One of the most typical types of headaches which our patients struggle with is cervicogenic headache which, happily, chiropractic can often help.
What is a Cervicogenic Headache?
A cervicogenic headache is one that comes from issues in the cervical spine. It can easily be as a result of a problem with either the spine itself (specifically, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it can be attributable to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine produces squeezing or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can result in headache pain.
How can you tell if the headache you are experiencing is a cervicogenic headache? Besides receiving a diagnosis from a healthcare expert, a common symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or discomfort in your neck. This is occasionally combined with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
Chiropractic to the Rescue
Considering cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever problem is causing them is corrected, it is important to receive treatment rather than just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective approach, and one that can provide a considerable amount of headache pain relief.
In one study circulated in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, experts followed 80 people who had frequent cervicogenic headaches. Half of them were given chiropractic care and the other fifty percent underwent light massage therapy. Each participant was assessed 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was discovered that chiropractic provided the optimum effects.
Specifically, this study found that chiropractic adjustments gave patients more pain relief and lowered the number of headaches that occurred. In addition, it also mitigated the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Palmer can do for you and your headache pain, call our office today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you need!
- 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/
We see quite a few patients in our Depew office with ankle sprains but Dr. Palmer has had a lot of success helping them recover more quickly. Why are ankle sprains so common and how can chiropractic care help?
According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), approximately 25,000 men and women in the US sprain their ankles every day. As a matter of fact, these injuries make up nearly half of all sports injuries, causing people to spend time away from the activities they enjoy most.
Like any injury, there are many causes of ankle sprains. The most frequent is inversion, or when the ankle rolls inward. This injury can occur due to one forceful movement, or it can develop over time, and activities that increase the risk for this type of ankle sprain include running and jumping. You're also at risk if you have pre-existing ankle injuries, poor posture or balance, weak muscles, and reduced range of motion.
How Can Chiropractic Treatments and Dr. Palmer Help?
A study printed in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics set out to identify chiropractic's role when it comes to ankle sprain recovery. Researchers recruited 33 individuals between the ages of 18 and 45 who had a history of ankle inversion sprains, who were reporting tenderness and/or pain, and had not re-injured the ankle in the previous six weeks.
18 of the participants were assigned to receive rehabilitation and the other 15 patients received chiropractic adjustments in addition to rehab. Each individual had five full weeks of therapy, with the rehab group receiving treatment seven days a week and the rehab plus chiropractic group receiving therapy six out of the seven days.
Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Ankle Sprains
The study found that the individuals who had both rehabilitation and chiropractic fared the best at the 4-week mark when it came to pain and joint restriction. In addition, no negative effects were reported, showing that this treatment option is safe.
If you're near our office in Depew and you're recovering from an ankle injury, give us a call. We'll do what we can to keep you up and moving... literally!
- American College of Sports Medicine. (n.d.). Ankle sprains and the athlete. Retrieved from https://www.acsm.org/docs/current-comments/anklesprainstemp.pdf
- Lubbe, D et al. (2015, January). Manipulative therapy and rehabilitation for recurrent ankle sprain with functional instability: a short-term, assessor-blind, parallel-group randomized trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 38(1), 22-34, doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2014.10.001
If you are struggling with fibromyalgia, you are not alone, as Dr. Palmer sees many people with this particular condition in our Depew chiropractic practice. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that roughly two percent of all adults in the United States have fibromyalgia. Fortunately, chiropractic care is one treatment option that can provide positive results.
Research Proves Chiropractic Eases Fibromyalgia
In a medical study published in mid-2015, 215 adults with fibromyalgia were assessed based on factors ranging from pain to quality of sleep to the levels of depression or anxiety they felt. Then they were divided into two groups with one group receiving a multi-modal treatment program for three months and the second group receiving the same approach plus chiropractic adjustments (specifically, to the upper neck area) for the same length of time.
The subjects who received chiropractic care in addition to the multi-modal treatment approach reported greater results in all areas (pain, sleep, depression, and anxiety) at three months post-treatment when compared to the study patients who received multi-modal treatment without chiropractic care. In addition, those positive outcomes were long-lasting as the individuals reported continued improvement one full year later.
Fibromyalgia can substantially decrease your quality of life, both mentally and physically. If you're suffering from fibromyalgia, we might be able to help.
You don't have to suffer! To find out what Dr. Palmer can do for your fibromyalgia pain, call our Depew chiropractic office today.
- Fibromyalgia. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/fibromyalgia.htm on November 2, 2015.
- Moustafa I & Diab A. (2015, July). The addition of upper cervical manipulative therapy in the treatment of patients with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology International;35(7):1163-74.
Regrettably, quite a few of our Depew patients are familiar with the pain associated with a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. Palmer 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, doctors 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 area of his or her disc problem.
Data was gathered after the first treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to establish what kind of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic care offers when it comes to resolving this particular condition. Among the data collected was the person'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 individuals reported 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.
Case Study Results
In this report, a 26-year-old man 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 issues for more than two years after sustaining an athletic injury, and his disc herniation 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 cause. So, if you are suffering from back pain caused by a herniated disc and wish to find some relief, chiropractic may well be an effective solution.
Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Depew office a call today at (716) 668-2225 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.
Dr. Palmer sees a lot of patients troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Depew chiropractic office. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's really a syndrome that arises from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.
Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Recent research published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy assessed 71 women between the ages of 35 and 59 who were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Upon investigating the subjects' neck range of motion, the researchers discovered that the patients had less cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, it was also found that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was related to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less mobility in the neck area, the greater the level of pain.
This study is very important, as you cannot effectively address a condition until you fully understand its cause. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky surgical procedures.
If you suffer with carpal tunnel pain, call our Depew location and ask how Dr. Palmer can help you get relief!
De-la-Llave-Rincon A et al. (2011, May). Women with carpal tunnel syndrome show restricted cervical range of motion. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy;41(5):305-10.
Simon H. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. University of Maryland Medical Center. Updated May 6, 2012. Retrieved from https://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/carpal-tunnel-syndrome on November 2, 2015.
In our Depew office, we see a large number of patients who are struggling with back pain, and some of these folks have been informed they might need surgery to recover. Thankfully, Dr. Palmer has helped many people get relief without the need for any type of operation. The science agrees with the success we see in our office. One medical study published in the medical journal Spine found that seeing a chiropractor as your first step in dealing with your back problems may literally keep you out of the operating room.
In this report, medical researchers from Dartmouth analyzed data from about 1,900 workers from Washington state who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractor for their back pain issues. They then used three years' worth of follow-up medical data to find out whether the subjects wound up having back surgery in an effort to correct the problem.
What the authors discovered was that about 43% of the individuals who first saw a surgeon for their back issues ended up with 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 remarkable outcomes. Visiting a chiropractor dramatically reduces your odds of having back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this report "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.
Let's also take note this important point: this study was performed by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and published in the world's most prestigious medical journal on spinal injury.
The Problems with Surgery
Any surgery has risks, but a serious downside linked to 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. Palmer believes that surgery should be the absolute last resort for treating back pain. Chiropractic works to restore your spine to its normal function--without high-risk surgery or drugs--and many research studies have confirmed the efficacy of chiropractic for back pain.
If you live in Depew and you need relief for your back pain, give our office a call today at (716) 668-2225 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!
- 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.
Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury
We work with many auto injury sufferers in our Depew office, and a lot of these individuals are experiencing chronic pain caused by an old accident. In fact, research shows that a significant proportion of rear-end collisions lead to pain and disability even ten years after the original injury.
Dr. Palmer is here to help you avoid developing chronic symptoms by helping to restore the natural function of your spine soon after a collision.
The most common causes of chronic problems are reduced mobility of your spinal column and the development of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your neck and back can easily be damaged during a collision, and chiropractic care works by minimizing inflammation and restoring normal motion.
We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery
If you're nearby our Depew office, and you've been hurt in a collision, don't wait to get care. Dr. Palmer is here for you. Give us a call today at (716) 668-2225 for an appointment or for more information.
Every year, there are millions of car crashes in the world, and a substantial number of men and women get hurt in a collision. While most collisions are "minor," chronic neck and back pain are still common health issues. The good news is that chiropractic care is a great way to treat these kinds of injuries.
We've treated many auto injury patients in our Depew office, and Dr. Palmer has been helping people with these types of problems since 2002. During a car wreck, your body is exposed to powerful forces that it simply wasn't built to deal with. These forces put strain and stress on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can result in injury to the ligaments that hold your neck and back together. A crash can result in a vast array of pain issues.
A ligament tear in the neck can trigger pain, swelling, and radicular pain 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 areas.
Dr. Palmer Can Help Clients Recover From an Auto Injury
Dr. Palmer, your Depew chiropractor, can help by lowering irritation in the damaged area and can help reduce the creation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.
You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Learn more about how we can help you get well or call Dr. Palmer today at (716) 668-2225.