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Chiropractic Helps Shoulder Pain

Anchorage, AK shoulder pain treatment and recoveryAccording to research, around 2-5 percent of the population will experience painful problems like frozen shoulder syndrome at some time in their lives. That makes shoulder pain a common problem and one that Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray sees in our Anchorage, AK practice on a regular basis.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Shoulder Pain

Generally speaking, this issue is more common for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, and it tends to affect women more often than men. While ice, heat, and gentle stretches can often times help relieve the pain, so too can chiropractic care.

For instance, a study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine looked at 50 people with frozen shoulder who were given chiropractic care. The duration of care varied from 11 days to 51 days, with 28 days being the average.

The authors found that nearly all of the study participants fared extremely well with chiropractic care. The authors found:

8 of the subjects reported 50-75 percent improvement
25 indicated improvement ranging from 75- 90 percent
1 participant had complete resolution of their frozen shoulder pain

Only one patient reported an improvement of 50 percent or less, so reports like this demonstrate just how beneficial chiropractic can be when it comes to decreasing shoulder pain and increasing quality of life.

We Can Help People Find Relief From Shoulder Pain

Let Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray help you decrease your suffering by contacting our Anchorage, AK office and scheduling your appointment today.

Resources

Murphy F et al. (2012, December). Chiropractic management of frozen shoulder syndrome using a novel technique: a retrospective case series of 50 patients. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine;11(4):267-272

 

Avoid Sciatica Surgery With Chiropractic

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray works with many sciatica patients here in our Anchorage, AK office, and many of these patients were worried that they might need surgery to eliminate their pain. The most recent research indicates that a large number of people don't require surgery for this widespread problem, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at clearing up sciatic nerve pain.

A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, specialists looked at 80 women and men with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.

Forty patients were then randomly sorted into one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.

Both groups improved; however, no apparent difference in outcome was reported one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Furthermore, roughly 60 percent of the participating patients who could not find relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."

Put another way, chiropractic offered the same positive benefits as surgery without needing to endure the greater amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often affiliated with that specific treatment option. Plus, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.

Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Anchorage, AK and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray a call today at (907) 563-7700. We'll help identify the start of your pain and work hard to get you relief.

References

  • McMorland, G et al. Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized clinical study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2010;33(8):576-584.
  • Solberg TK, Nygaard OP, Sjaavik K, Hofoss D, Ingebrigtsen T. The risk of "getting worse" after lumbar microdiscectomy. European Spine Journal 2005;14(1):49-54.
 

Anchorage, AK Back Pain and Pregnancy Care

Anchorage, AK chiropractor

While many women automatically assume that pregnancy and back pain go hand in hand, they are often pleasantly surprised when they discover that this is not necessarily the case. In fact, chiropractic can often help reduce persistant back pain for pregnant women by as much as 85%.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Back Pain and Pregnancy

In our busy Anchorage, AK chiropractic office, it isn't uncommon for pregnant women to reach out to Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray for help relieving their back pain.

A research study published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies involved 115 women who were pregnant (most of which were in their third trimester) and presented with pain in their low back, pelvic area, or both. Data was gathered prior to the study, as well as one week, one month, three months, and one year after treatment commenced. At each subsequent point in time, the participants were asked to rate their level of pain based on a 7-point scale to determine whether it was better, worse, or stayed the same. The results?

More than half reported that their pain was better after one week of chiropractic treatment. After one month, that amount jumped up to 70 percent, climbing even more to 85 percent showing improvement at the three month mark. Improvement was still reported at six months post-treatment, which was generally after delivery, and continued to the final data collection one year after treatment commenced.

There are also many additional advantages of chiropractic care during pregnancy. Not only does it efficiently relieve back pain, but it does it in a completely natural and non-invasive way. This means that you don't have to worry about taking any medications or undergoing any type of treatment that could potentially harm your unborn child.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Back Pain During Pregnancy

Additionally, it makes your time spent carrying your baby more pleasant. When you're not sidetracked with aches and pains, you can enjoy the experience even more as you prepare your home and your life for all of the fun and exciting changes that lie ahead.

You don't have to suffer from back pain during pregnancy. We're here in Anchorage, AK to help with natural chiropractic care. Give us a call today at (907) 563-7700 to make an appointment.

Peterson CK, Muhlemann D, & Humphreys BK. Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term and 1 year follow-up. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2014;22(15):doi:10.1186/2045-709X-22-15.

 

Anchorage, AK Auto Injury and Long-Term Pain

Anchorage, AK auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Anchorage, AK and you've been in a car crash, you have to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic injuries.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We deal with a lot of auto injury sufferers in our Anchorage, AK office, and many of these folks are suffering from chronic pain caused by an old accident. As a matter of fact, research shows that a significant proportion of rear-end crashes lead to pain and disability even ten years after the initial injury.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray is here to help you avoid developing chronic pain by helping to restore the healthy function of your spine soon after a motor vehicle accident.

The most common causes of chronic pain 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 harmed during a crash, and chiropractic works by minimizing inflammation and restoring normal movement.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're near our Anchorage, AK office, and you've been hurt in a collision, don't wait to get care. Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray is here for you. Give us a call today at (907) 563-7700 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Anchorage, AK Chiropractic Auto Accident Treatment

Anchorage, AK auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie GrayEvery year, there are millions of car crashes in the world, and a significant number of men and women get hurt in a crash. While most accidents are "minor," chronic neck and back pain are still frequent health issues. The good news is that chiropractic care is a great way to address these kinds of injuries.

We have helped many auto injury patients in our Anchorage, AK office, and Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray has been treating people with these types of problems since 2009. During a collision, your body is exposed to powerful forces that it simply wasn't built to handle. These forces put strain and stress on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can result in injury to the ligaments that hold your spine together. A crash can result in a wide variety of pain symptoms.

A ligament sprain in the neck can cause pain, swelling, and radicular symptoms in the arm and hand. Chiropractic works well for these types of problems, because chiropractic concentrates on restoring the healthy function and mobility of the injured areas.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray Can Help Patients Recover From an Auto Accident

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray, your Anchorage, AK chiropractor, can assist by lowering irritation in the injured area and can help decrease the formation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.

You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Discover more about how we can help you get well or call Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray today at (907) 563-7700.

 

Anchorage, AK TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Anchorage, AK TMJ Treatment by Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie GrayJaw pain is a fairly common condition reported by many people after a car wreck, and it can be confusing for some doctors to diagnose the root of the problem. Complicating the issue, oftentimes you won't experience TMJ pain until many weeks or months after the original injury.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray has helped many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what causes these types of symptoms. During a collision, the tissues in your spine are frequently stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause problems in other parts of your body.

For example, 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 collision are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray sees this very commonly in our Anchorage, AK office.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps TMJ Pain After an Auto Injury

Research indicates that the root of many jaw or TMJ symptoms originates in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck injury can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray will work to return your spine back to health, alleviating the inflammatory reaction, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray finds that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy condition.

If you reside in Anchorage, AK and you've been hurt in a crash, Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray can help. We've been treating auto injury patients since 2009, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (907) 563-7700 for an appointment or consultation.

Ciancaglini R, Testa M, Radaelli G. Association of neck pain with symptoms of temporomandibular dysfunction in the general adult population. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 1999;31:17-22.

Brantingham JW, Cassa TK, Bonnefin D, Pribicevic M, Robb A, et al. Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a system review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013;36(3):143-201.

 

What causes persistent pain after a motor vehicle accident?

Anchorage, AK auto injury treatmentOf the over 2 million rear-end crashes in the United States each year, a significant number of folks end up suffering from long-term pain and disability. Some research shows that about 20% of people are still in pain a year after a collision.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray sees many auto injury cases in our Anchorage, AK location, and we frequently see people who have been suffering for many years and have not been able to find relief. Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray has great success in treating these patients.

The Roots of Chronic Pain

During an accident, the ligaments of your spine can be stretched or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and inflamed and sends pain signals to the spine and brain.

Pain tells your nervous system that something is wrong, which tells the muscle tissues in the damaged area to contract to protect the area from further harm.

If the trauma isn't addressed right away, a negative cycle develops. The injured tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your nervous system reacts. This creates a feedback loop in your nervous system that specialists refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system literally becomes hypersensitive to any kind of stimulus, triggering chronic pain.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray is able to help this kind of issue, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that adjustments are effective at reducing pain from car accidents and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Anchorage, AK and have been in a collision, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray a call today at (907) 563-7700 for a consultation or appointment.

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Anchorage, AK Back Pain Treatment

Anchorage, AK back pain treatment by Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie GrayMost of us suffer from back problems at some point in our lives. Experts estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray and our talented staff see many back pain cases in our Anchorage, AK office, and we've found that chiropractic care is an effective way to not only help you recover from back pain, it's also an excellent way to avoid future problems.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Back Pain

A recent study from the University of Utah verifies what our Anchorage, AK patients have reported: your Anchorage, AK chiropractor is the best first option for an episode of back pain.

In this study, 747 patients were treated for low back pain. Each patient was assessed based on the first person they sought treatment with, whether it was a primary care physician, a chiropractor, a physiatrist (also known as a rehabilitation physician), or a physical therapist.

What the researchers found is that the men and women who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgeries.

Other papers have found the same results. A 2012 study found that chiropractic patients had the best functional recovery and pain relief for chronic back pain.

Chiropractic works by restoring the natural, pain-free function of your spine. Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Back Pain

If you live near our Anchorage, AK office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (907) 563-7700 for an appointment.

Reference

Fritz JM, Kim J, Dorius J. Importance of the type of provider seen to begin health care for a new episode of low back pain: associations with future utilization and costs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015(Sep 29).

Cecchi F, et al. Predictors of functional outcome in patients with chronic low back pain undergoing back school, individual physiotherapy or spinal manipulation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2012;48:371-8.

 

Avoiding Chronic Pain After an Auto Injury

Over 2 million people are injured every year in automobile accidents in the U.S. While some people are able to heal from their injuries relatively quickly, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. We see many of these patients here in our Anchorage, AK office. Thankfully, Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray is here to help you recover from your auto injury.

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was conducted on 28 men and women diagnosed with chronic whiplash pain. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments and 93 percent of them found relief following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic is a great way to avoid chronic pain after a crash.

It's important to remember that studies have also found that putting off treatment after a car crash can adversely affect healing time, so getting in to see Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray as soon as possible is key to having a speedier recovery.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray has worked with many auto injury sufferers, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Anchorage, AK office today for more information or an appointment.

References

  • Association for Safe International Road Travel. Retrieved from http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics
  • Dies S & Strapp J. (1992, September). Chiropractic treatment of patients in motor vehicle accidents: a statistical analysis. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 36(3), 139-145.
  • Woodward M et al. (1996, November). Chiropractic treatment of chronic 'whiplash' injuries. Injury, 27(9), 643-645.
 

Prevent Back Surgery with Chiropractic

Anchorage, AK Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryThe latest figures 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 fact is that if you can avoid this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray is here to make sure that people in Anchorage, AK have a healthy, non-surgical option for back pain. We've helped many patients heal from back pain without the need for surgery.

There are countless reasons to avoid unnecessary medical procedures: Surgeries often result in a longer recovery time and complications, neither of which is a desirable scenario. Fortunately, as one study has found, chiropractic adjustments may actually keep you off the surgeon's table altogether.

In this paper, about 1,900 workers with back injuries were evaluated over a three year period. When the workers first sought treatment with a surgeon, over 42 percent wound up having back surgery. For those who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

These findings mean that chiropractic care can help you recover from back pain without surgical procedures.

If you live in the Anchorage, AK area, Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (907) 563-7700 for more information or an appointment.

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.