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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.

 

Anchorage, AK Neck Pain and Car Accidents

If you are dealing with neck pain after an auto injury, don't worry. Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray sees this type of problem frequently in our Anchorage, AK office. What causes neck pain after a car crash? How can chiropractic help?

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom experienced after an auto injury. During even a low speed wreck, your head is subjected to extremely rapid acceleration. In such accidents, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts a serious strain on the tissues of the neck. The bones of your neck are held together with strong bands of tissue called ligaments, and these ligaments provide stability for your neck. These ligaments can be sprained during a collision, just as the ligaments in your ankle can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.

When you experience a sprained ligament, the damaged area become inflamed and tender, and that's what takes place after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the tissues heal and helps minimize scar tissue.

You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray is conveniently located in Anchorage, AK to help you heal, whether you've been in a car crash or not. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment plan of action. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (907) 563-7700 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Anchorage, AK Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Anchorage, AK headache care by Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie GrayWe know how difficult persistent headache pain can be. Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray and our staff have worked with many people in our Anchorage, AK chiropractic clinic, and we've had great success in helping people reduce their headache pain.

A 2016 research paper verifies what we see in our practice. In this study, the authors started with 110 people who were suffering from headache pain that originated in the cervical spine. 58 of these patients were given a series of neck adjustments; 52 were given some stretches and exercises. The treatment period for both groups was four weeks.

The paper found that the patients who received cervical and thoracic spinal adjustments "experienced significantly greater reductions in headache intensity, disability, headache frequency, headache duration, and medication intake as compared to the group that received mobilization and exercise."

The investigation also found that these results were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat chronic headache pain, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray a call today at our Anchorage, AK office at (907) 563-7700. We're here to help get relief.

Research

Dunning JR, Butts R, Mourad F, Young I, et al. Upper cervical and upper thoracic manipulation versus mobilization and exercise in patients with cervicogenic headache: a multi-center randomized clinical trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016;17(1):64.

 

Back Pain and the SI Joint

We help a lot of people with back pain in our Anchorage, AK office, and Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray has noticed that many cases of back pain originate in the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation has revealed that around twenty-five percent of all back pain starts out in the SI joint, and now fresh research corroborates what we see in our office: chiropractic is an effective method for treating this pain.

In the study released in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, thirty-two women who suffered from sacroiliac joint syndrome were split into two groups and asked to take part in one of two treatment methods. The first group received a chiropractic adjustment only at the sacroiliac joint, and the other group had an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Researchers noticed significantly more improvements in both pain and movement immediately after treatment, two days post-treatment, and 30 days after for the individuals who underwent high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This demonstrates that chiropractic therapy administered in these two areas offers both prompt and long term results for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even after just 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 source, a visit to our Anchorage, AK office may be the first—and best—step towards recovery. Give our office a call today at (907) 563-7700.

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.

 

Headache and Car Crashes

If you suffer from headache after a car crash, don't worry. Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray sees this type of problem very often in our Anchorage, AK office. What causes headache after an auto injury? How can chiropractic help?

There are many different types of headache. Headache that's triggered by an auto collision, though, typically begins as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the neck. In a collision, the neck muscles can be damaged, which causes swelling and soreness. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the forehead.

Another common cause of pain after a collision that we see in our Anchorage, AK office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that start in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is very common after a crash, and it's important to get care for this type of problem to prevent the development of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those triggered by auto injuries. Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray can help reduce the inflammation and tension in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're experiencing headache, Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray is here to help. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment plan of action. Give our office a call today at (907) 563-7700 to make an appointment.