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Preventing Leg Injuries with Chiropractic

Anchorage, AK-sports-therapyWhen performing sports 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 lower extremities. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many players have found themselves out of commission. Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray has seen all of these problems in our Anchorage, AK patients. Fortunately, chiropractic can help prevent some of these injuries from developing and research proves it.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray 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 football players. Roughly half were placed in a control group and the others were put in a therapy group that received sports chiropractic care at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant receiving care once every 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.

Researchers noted that there was a "significant" difference in the number of leg strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. In addition, 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 US and the US Olympic Team has chiropractors on staff for their athletes, because they know that chiropractic really works. If you live near our practice in Anchorage, AK and would like to see if Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (907) 563-7700 for an appointment.

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).

 

Anchorage, AK Back Pain and Pregnancy Care

While many women automatically assume that carrying a child and severe pain in the lower back go hand in hand, they are often surprised when they learn that this is not necessarily the case. In fact, chiropractic adjustments can often help reduce back pain for pregnant women by as much as 85%.

We've worked with many pregnant women suffering from back pain in our Anchorage, AK office.

One piece of research published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies involved 115 women who were pregnant (most of which were in their third trimester) and reported pain in their lower back region, 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 follow-up, 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. Positive effects were 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 effectively ease 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 drugs or undergoing any type of treatment that could potentially harm your unborn child.

Additionally, it makes your time spent carrying your child more pleasant. When you're not distracted 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.

We're here in Anchorage, AK to help you have a healthy, pain-free pregnancy. 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.

 

Chiropractic More Effective for Sciatica Than Surgery

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray works with many sciatica patients here in our Anchorage, AK office, and quite a few of these men and women were concerned that they might need surgery to eliminate their pain. The latest research shows that a large number of people don't require surgery for this widespread problem, and that chiropractic is more successful at solving sciatic nerve pain.

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

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

Both groups improved; however, no obvious difference in outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between either group. Furthermore, roughly 60 percent of the participating subjects who could not find assistance 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 go through the greater levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through extended recovery times often affiliated with that particular treatment choice. Additionally, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, including nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.

Surgery should be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Anchorage, AK and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray a call today at (907) 563-7700. We'll help determine the source 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.
 

Chiropractic: The Natural Approach to Back Pain

Anchorage, AK chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the principle of aiding your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote overall health. For Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray, this involves working to restore your body's natural functioning to prevent the need for medications or surgery. We find that many of our Anchorage, AK patients are pleased to find a natural solution for their health issues.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people minimize or even eliminate the use of narcotics. Medications are commonly supplied 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 outweigh the advantages when administered for back pain.

Some of the most well-known narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Numbers offered by the AAN mention the fact that about half of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and recovery, particularly if an narcotic dependency arises.

Compare that to chiropractic which engages natural healing and the benefits are crystal clear. While a drug might be helpful at temporarily reducing the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your injured spine; it will only mask the pain.

Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray will first examine you to get to the root of your back problems and then work with you to eliminate the spinal interference -- without any risky drugs.

If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our Anchorage, AK office a call at (907) 563-7700 to make an appointment with Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray.

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
 

Studies Show Chiropractic Care Beneficial at Preventing Sports Injuries

We see a good deal of sports injuries in our Anchorage, AK clinic, and Dr. Jen Gray & Dr. Charlie Gray is usually able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults injured every year while taking part in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the necessity of preventing these types of common injuries. One approach to potentially achieve that goal, according to a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic care.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's likelihood of securing a win. One particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them in the game.

For this study specifically, all of the players received medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 session per week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one treatment each month for the remaining 3 months of the study. The remaining half had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.

Following 24 matches, specialists noticed a reduced amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Moreover, that very group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic ought to be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively reduce the quantity of leg injuries.

If you or your child plays sports and you would like to make sure more time is dedicated on the field versus on the sidelines, call our Anchorage, AK office at (907) 563-7700 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!

References

  • Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). 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, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
  • Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.