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Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

In our Selden and Coram, NY office, Dr. BenEliyahu has helped many patients heal from back pain. If you suffer from back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to decrease the pain. You should understand that studies have shown that chiropractic is often a better alternative than drugs when it comes to alleviating this specific type of problem.

In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had suffered back pain for more than 48 hours. Each individual was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received fake chiropractic adjustments and the real drug. The third group of 25 subjects acted as the control as those individuals received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care whatsoever.

Both of the groups that received some form of real 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 each other, the patients who received chiropractic care had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without negative side effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health issues. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's designed 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 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 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.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Crashes

We manage many auto injury cases in in our Selden and Coram, NY office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. Your chiropractor can be very helpful for thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes thoracic outlet syndrome and why chiropractic works.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of blood vessels and nerves that pass through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These nerves and blood vessels don't have a lot of space, so they travel under and through the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a collision, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If damaged, the muscles become swollen and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which limits movement and puts pressure on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or numbness in the shoulder, elbow and even the wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Selden and Coram, NY Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic adjustments can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. BenEliyahu will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.

Dr. BenEliyahu has been helping patients in Selden and Coram, NY since 1983, so we know what you're suffering from. We're here to help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (631) 736-4414 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

Selden and Coram, NY Headache Treatment by Dr. BenEliyahuMany people suffer from headache pain, and tension headaches are a frequent problem in our busy world. Postural problems and stress are common sources of tension headache pain, and ones that Dr. BenEliyahu and the team here in our Selden and Coram, NY chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Shows Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature confirms our results: A 2016 study from Spain treated a group of 76 patients with chronic tension headaches. The participants were divided into four treatment groups: 19 patients were treated with suboccipital inhibition (the therapist presses on the tight tissues at the top of the spine); 19 with chiropractic adjustments; 19 with both adjustments and suboccipital inhibition; and 19 received no treatment.

The authors found that the spinal adjustments were helpful at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were mixed with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get stressed, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, causing pain. Chiropractic works by removing these strains and restoring the normal nerve function to the tissues.

We're Here to Help Clients Find Relief From Tension Headaches

If you live in Selden and Coram, NY and are dealing with any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. BenEliyahu today at (631) 736-4414 for an appointment or more information.

Reference

Espi-Lopez GV, Rodriguez-Blanco C, Oliva-Pascual-Vaca A, et al. Do manual therapy techniques have a positive effect on quality of life in people with tension-type headache? A randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine 2016; February 29.

 

A Drug-Free Approach to Back Pain Recovery

Selden and Coram, NY chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the philosophy of allowing your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote overall health. For Dr. BenEliyahu, this involves working hard to restore your body's normal performance to prevent the need for drugs or surgery. We notice that most of our Selden and Coram, NY patients are relieved to find a natural answer for their health problems.

One benefit of chiropractic care is that it helps people minimize or even eliminate the use of narcotics. Prescription medications are oftentimes issued to patients who have back pain. This is such a significant problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the benefits when administered for back pain.

Some of the most popular opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Numbers presented by the AAN mention the fact that approximately half of the patients taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still on them five years later. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and recovery, especially if an narcotic dependency arises.

Compare that to chiropractic which engages natural healing and the benefits are evident. While a medication might be helpful at temporarily suppressing the symptoms of a health problem, it's not a real solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your injured spine; it will only mask the pain.

Dr. BenEliyahu will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to address the spinal interference -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our Selden and Coram, NY office a call at (631) 736-4414 to make an appointment with Dr. BenEliyahu.

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
 

Back Pain and Car Crashes

We work with many car accident cases in in our Selden and Coram, NY office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is back pain. Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat back pain. Let's look at how back pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. BenEliyahu can help you.

During a rear-end motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your spinal column, the car seat can put inconsistent pressure on your back. This can cause some of your spinal vertebrae to move in one direction while an adjacent vertebrae might move in another direction. This differential movement can sprain or strain the tissues that hold your spine together. This kind of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Dr. BenEliyahu has been helping patients in Selden and Coram, NY since 1983, so we know what you're suffering from. We're here to help you, too. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to figure out the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (631) 736-4414 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Chiropractic Helps Prevent Lower Limb Injuries for Athletes

Selden and Coram, NY-sports-therapyWhen playing sports that require a lot of lower body movement, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's common 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 out of commission. Dr. BenEliyahu has seen all of these problems in our Selden and Coram, NY patients. The good news is, chiropractic adjustments can help prevent some of these injuries from developing and research proves it.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Sports Injuries & Recovery

Dr. BenEliyahu keeps current with all of the recent scientific research, and in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules football players. 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 getting care once per week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before reducing those to one visit monthly for the final three months of the study.

The authors noted that there was a "significant" decrease in the number of lower limb strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. Furthermore, they noticed that the subjects who received 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 treatment should be added to "the current best practice management."

Every major sports organization in the United States and the US Olympic Team has chiropractors on staff for their players, because they know that chiropractic really works. If you live near our office 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.

Dr. BenEliyahu Can Help Clients Find Relief From Sports Injuries and Recover Faster

If you're suffering from severe pain, 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.

Bibliographic Reference

Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(64).

 

Quicker Sciatica Recovery with Chiropractic Adjustments

In our Selden and Coram, NY office, it's common for us to see people troubled with sciatic nerve pain, and Dr. BenEliyahu has helped many of them improve with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so useful to those who suffer with this condition? First off, it reduces their healing time and a Norwegian research study confirms it.

In the study, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, the authors looked at 44 patients who reported sudden low back pain that was identified as acute sciatic nerve pain. The participants were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean follow-up being two years after treatment.

The authors found that all but two patients went back to work after receiving chiropractic care, which is a 95% success rate. Furthermore, the average length of time that the patients spent off work "was reduced by two thirds as compared with that associated with conventional medical treatment."

Given the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over 170,000 workdays were missed in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is nearly 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only could that increase work productivity, but it might also decrease costs to businesses and workers from lost work.

If you live in Selden and Coram, NY and you suffer from sciatica pain, Dr. BenEliyahu is here to help. Give us a call at (631) 736-4414 and we'll work with you to find the source of your sciatic pain and get you back on the road to recovery.

Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30(2):135-139.

 

Selden and Coram, NY Neck Pain and Headache Care

Selden and Coram, NY neck pain and headache treatmentNeck and headache pain are common problems that affect millions of men and women around the world. If you suffer 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 avoid future episodes.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, people with neck and headache pain in Selden and Coram, NY have been helped by the chiropractic adjustments of Dr. BenEliyahu. Our experience is supported 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 recommended before resorting to drugs or more invasive treatments.

Past studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.

We Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're struggling with neck pain or headaches, Dr. BenEliyahu and our staff are here to help you feel better. Give our Selden and Coram, NY office a call today at (631) 736-4414 for an appointment today.

Reference

Varatharajan S, Ferguson B, Chrobak K, et al. Are non-invasive interventions effective for the management of headaches associated with neck pain? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. European Spine Journal 2016; February 6:1-29.

 

Selden and Coram, NY Chiropractic Care for Headache

Selden and Coram, NY neck pain and headache treatment

There are many different kinds of headache, but one of the most common types is known as "cervicogenic headache," or headaches that start in your neck.

Dr. BenEliyahu sees a lot of patients in our Selden and Coram, NY office who are struggling with frequent headaches. Fortunately, chiropractic can usually help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50 percent, and research confirms it.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A study was conducted involving 80 participants who reported experiencing at least five cervicogenic headaches during the prior three months. The goal was to see how effective chiropractic 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 twice 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 researchers 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 medication usage 24 weeks post-study.

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Head Pain

Dr. BenEliyahu has helped many patients 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.

Reference

Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin M, Vavrek D. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2010; 10: 117-128.

 

Chiropractic Found to Be "Safe and Helpful" for Disc Herniation

Selden and Coram, NY non-surgical disc herniation treatmentDr. BenEliyahu sees many patients weekly in our busy Selden and Coram, NY chiropractic office who are looking for relief from the pain and distress they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the scientific literature verifies that chiropractic care is a successful way to treat herniated disc problems.

Don't Suffer! Dr. BenEliyahu and Chiropractic Care Helps With Disc Herniation

One particular research project involved 27 people, 8 male and 19 female, who had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirming a disc herniation in either their neck or lower back. The individuals documented that they were experiencing pain, limited range of motion, and sensory problems bad enough to keep them off work.

During the course of the research period, the subjects were treated using one of two common chiropractic methods: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the men and women who had herniation issues in the low back.

Each person was seen four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times weekly, and then as needed for the remainder of the study. Based on the extent of the disc herniation, therapy ranged anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being conducted at a variety of stages to determine what effect, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Back Pain and Herniated Disc

The authors reported that 80 percent of the subjects obtained a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other symptoms, such as numbness. Additionally, 77 percent of these people also showed MRI evidence that their disc herniation was either reduced or resolved completely. This resulted in 78 percent of the study subjects being able to return to their place of employment and led the authors to conclude that chiropractic adjustments is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.

If you have a herniated disc and suffer from chronic back pain and are near Dr. BenEliyahu in Selden and Coram, NY, contact our office today to see what chiropractic can do for you!

Reference
BenEliyahu, DJ. Magnetic resonance imaging and clinical follow-up: study of 27 patients receiving chiropractic care for cervical and lumbar disc herniations. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1996;19(9):597-606.