Jaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical problem experienced by many people after a car accident, and it can be tough for some doctors to diagnose the source of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.
Dr. BenEliyahu has treated many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what produces these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are frequently stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can clearly 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 instance, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause tingling or pins and needles in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a wreck are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. BenEliyahu sees this very frequently in our Selden and Coram, NY office.
Research Proves Chiropractic Helps TMJ Pain After an Auto Injury
Studies have shown that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. BenEliyahu will work to restore your spinal column back to health, reducing the inflammation, treating the injured areas, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.
Dr. BenEliyahu finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.
If you reside in Selden and Coram, NY and you've been hurt in a car crash, Dr. BenEliyahu can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1983, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (631) 736-4414 for an appointment or consultation.
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Neck and headache pain are common problems that affect millions of men and women around the world. If you are suffering from this type of problem, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic is the best way to not only treat these common problems, but also help prevent future episodes.
Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches
For many years, patients with neck and headache pain in Selden and Coram, NY have been helped by the chiropractic adjustments of Dr. BenEliyahu. Our experience is backed up by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-surgical, non-drug treatments are the best choice for neck and headache pain.
The study looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was suggested before resorting to drugs or more invasive procedures.
Past studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.
We Can Help Patients Find Relief From Neck Pain and Headaches
If you're troubled with neck pain or headaches, Dr. BenEliyahu and our staff are here to help you recover. Give our Selden and Coram, NY office a call today at (631) 736-4414 for an appointment today.
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There are many different kinds of headache, but one of the most common types is known as "cervicogenic headache," or headaches that originate in your neck.
Dr. BenEliyahu sees a lot of patients in our Selden and Coram, NY office who are struggling with recurring headaches. Thankfully, chiropractic can usually help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50%, and research confirms it.
A study was conducted involving 80 participants who reported experiencing at least five cervicogenic headaches during the prior three months. The goal was to discover how effective chiropractic care was for this type of head pain, as well as to determine the number of treatment sessions necessary to achieve a positive effect.
The subjects were divided into four separate groups, so that each group was similar in age, gender, number of cervicogenic headaches, and their intensity. Of the four groups, two engaged in chiropractic treatments and two received light massage. Furthermore, one group assigned to each treatment received eight sessions and the other patients received double that amount.
Each person was assessed based on head pain, neck pain, and disability prior to the study and 12 and 24 weeks after treatment was complete. The authors found that those who received chiropractic as opposed to massage reported fewer headaches at the conclusion of the study. Furthermore, improvements were maintained when checked six months after treatment ended.
Furthermore, patients who were taking medications for their headaches were able to lower their intake after completing the study. Those who received chiropractic adjustments had lower drug usage 24 weeks post-study.
Dr. BenEliyahu has helped many people who were suffering from headaches in our Selden and Coram, NY office. Call us today at (631) 736-4414 for more information or for an appointment.
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The latest statistics show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries each year in the US. Although in some cases it's necessary to have surgery for back pain, the reality is that if you can prevent this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.
Dr. BenEliyahu is here to make sure that patients in Selden and Coram, NY have a natural, non-surgical option for back problems. We've helped many people heal from back pain without the need for surgery.
There are many reasons to avoid unnecessary medical procedures: Surgeries often result in a longer recovery time and additional complications, neither of which is a desirable scenario. Luckily, as one study has found, chiropractic adjustments may actually keep you out of the operating room altogether.
In this paper, about 1,900 workers with back injuries were examined over a three year period. When the workers first sought treatment with a surgeon, over 42 percent wound up having surgery for their pain. For patients who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!
These findings imply that chiropractic care can help you heal from back pain without surgery.
If you live in the Selden and Coram, NY area, Dr. BenEliyahu can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (631) 736-4414 for more information or an appointment.
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Although some people are still hesitant about chiropractic care, even the American Medical Association (AMA) suggests that adjustments should be tried prior to surgery--the one option that should be a last resort.
Dr. BenEliyahu has seen many back pain patients in our Selden and Coram, NY office who have been suffering for years and who are afraid that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. BenEliyahu has had great success in helping patients recover and avoid risky surgery, and the science backs up our experience.
Recently, in a study carried out on almost 2,000 Washington State workers who suffered from a back injury while at work, more than 42% who saw a surgeon first following their injury found themselves having back surgery within three years. That compares to just 1.5% of the individuals who first sought treatment with chiropractic, demonstrating that this natural approach is extremely effective at keeping you off the operating table.
There are options 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. BenEliyahu has helped many patients in Selden and Coram, NY recover. Give our office a call today at (631) 736-4414 for an appointment.
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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.
Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain
In our Selden and Coram, NY practice, Dr. BenEliyahu has helped several patients heal from back pain. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to reduce the discomfort. You should understand that research shows that chiropractic care is oftentimes a much healthier approach than drugs when it comes to alleviating this common type of problem.
In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 people who had suffered back pain for at least two days. Each one was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 individuals, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received fake chiropractic adjustments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 people served 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 care or the NSAID, fared better than the control patients who had no actual care. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the subjects who received chiropractic had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug.
Chiropractic: Natural Healing
Because chiropractic is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without undesirable side effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's intended to correct the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the signs and symptoms.
If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Selden and Coram, NY office with Dr. BenEliyahu today at (631) 736-4414. We'll help relieve your back problems in a healthy way!
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Of the over 2 million rear-end collisions in the United States annually, a substantial number of people find themselves enduring long-term pain and disability. Some research shows that 1 out of 5 people are still in pain one year after an accident.
Dr. BenEliyahu sees many car crash cases in our Selden and Coram, NY office, and we regularly see people who have been suffering for many years and have not been able to find help. Dr. BenEliyahu has great success in treating these patients.
The Cause of Chronic Pain
During an accident, the ligaments of your neck and back can be sprained or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and irritated and transmits pain impulses to the spine and central nervous system.
Pain tells your central nervous system that something is wrong, which tells the muscles in the injured area to contract to protect the area from further trauma.
If the injury isn't managed immediately, a negative cycle develops. The injured area keeps sending pain signals and each time, your central nervous system responds. This brings about a feedback loop in your nervous system that researchers refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system basically becomes hypersensitive to any kind of stimulus, leading to chronic pain.
Dr. BenEliyahu is able to help this kind of issue, as chiropractic care is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that adjustments are effective at reducing pain from auto injuries and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.
If you live in Selden and Coram, NY and have been in a collision, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. BenEliyahu a call today at (631) 736-4414 for a consultation or appointment.
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When playing sports activities that demand a lot of lower body motion, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's not at all uncommon to sustain some type of injury to your hips or legs. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many players have found themselves sidelined. Dr. BenEliyahu has seen all of these problems in our Selden and Coram, NY patients. Fortunately, chiropractic can help prevent some of these injuries from developing and research proves it.
Dr. BenEliyahu keeps current with all of the recent scientific research, and in a report published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers. Roughly one-half were placed in a control group and the other half were put in a treatment group that received sports chiropractic care at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant engaging in care once per week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before decreasing those to one visit monthly for the final three months of the study.
The authors noted that there was a "significant" difference in the number of lower limb strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. Furthermore, they observed that the subjects who engaged in chiropractic also had fewer weeks of missed practice and games as a result of non-contact knee injuries. This led them to conclude that sports chiropractic intervention should be added to "the current best practice management."
Every major sports organization in the US and the US Olympic Team has chiropractors on staff for their athletes, because they know that chiropractic works. If you live near our practice in Selden and Coram, NY and would like to see if Dr. BenEliyahu can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (631) 736-4414 for an appointment.
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According to The American Academy of Pain Medicine, more people in the US suffer with chronic pain than diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer combined. On top of that, neck pain is the third most reported type of pain, beat out only by back pain and headache.
As a result, a lot of people come to our Selden and Coram, NY office looking for neck pain treatment, and Dr. BenEliyahu has helped many of them find relief. This is a smart decision, as some research shows that over 90% of neck pain patients improve with chiropractic.
Studies Confirm Chiropractic's Positive Effects
A study published in The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy involved 64 men and women who were suffering with neck problems. Approximately half were placed in an experimental group and the other half were designated to a comparison group. Both were given chiropractic adjustments of the neck as well as a home exercise program, while the experimental group also received adjustments of the thoracic spine.
Data was collected before treatment began and one week post-treatment. Researchers found that 94 percent of the experimental group reported "significantly greater improvements" in regard to pain and disability in their neck symptoms. Just 35% of the individuals who received neck adjustments showed the same level of improvement, illustrating that looking at the entire spinal column is an important part of restoring the body's normal function.
Another study posted in Physical Therapy involved 60 adults who reported dealing with neck pain. Each man or woman was randomly assigned to one of two groups--thoracic spine thrust manipulation or non-thrust manipulation--with examinations occurring two and four days after the treatments.
Researchers discovered that the study participants who received the thrust manipulations (the same manipulations that provided such positive results in the first report) "experienced greater reductions in disability" than the group that received the non-thrust manipulations. Their pain was lower as well, which shows that this type of approach offers many benefits.
Help After Failed Neck Surgery
One study also found the same sort of positive results after thoracic adjustments in a woman who had a failed neck surgery. This particular case involved a 46-year-old woman who had recently had neck surgery but still endured neck pain, headaches, pain in her elbow, and muscle fatigue.
The woman documented reduced pain in her neck and reduced headache intensity, right after the first chiropractic adjustments. After six weeks of care, which involved chiropractic, exercise, and patient education, the patient still rated her pain at a zero on a scale of 1 to 10. Her neck disability improved as well, with a rating score that represented that it was a "great deal better."
It is scientific studies like these that substantiate the effectiveness of chiropractic techniques, even if you've already attempted neck surgery that didn't provide relief. So, if you are dealing with neck problems and would like to find a remedy that has a high success rate, try chiropractic. It may just be the relief you're looking for.
Our office is in Selden and Coram, NY and Dr. BenEliyahu can help you recover from neck pain. Give us a call today at (631) 736-4414.
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We see a large number of men and women with headaches in our Selden and Coram, NY office, and Dr. BenEliyahu has been able to support many of them. Of course, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 50 percent of all adults struggle with some sort of headache problems, so this actually isn’t unexpected. One of the most frequent types of headaches that our patients deal with is cervicogenic headache which, fortunately, chiropractic can usually help.
Cervicogenic Headaches Explained
A cervicogenic headache is one that arises from problems in the cervical spine. It can be because of a condition with either the spine itself (particularly, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it may be caused by a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This dysfunction in your spine creates compaction or irritation of the spinal nerves, which can bring about headache pain.
How do you know if the headache you are being affected by is a cervicogenic headache? Besides obtaining a diagnosis from a healthcare professional, a frequent symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is sometimes combined with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
Chiropractic to the Rescue
Because cervicogenic headaches will not subside until whatever problem is triggering them is remedied, it is crucial to get treatment instead of just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an effective solution, and one that can provide a considerable amount of headache pain relief.
In one study released in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, experts followed 80 people who had recurring cervicogenic headaches. Fifty percent were given chiropractic care and the other fifty percent engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was evaluated 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was found that chiropractic offered the most beneficial outcomes.
In particular, this study noted that chiropractic adjustments provided patients greater pain relief and decreased the frequency of headaches that occurred. Furthermore, it also reduced the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. BenEliyahu 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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