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How to Avoid Surgery for Back Pain

Although some people are still skeptical about chiropractic care, even the American Medical Association (AMA) recommends that adjustments should be tried prior to surgery--the one option that should be a last resort.

Dr. Jamie Stern has seen many back pain patients in our Sunnyvale, CA office who have been suffering for years and who are worried that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Jamie Stern 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 40% 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, showing that this natural approach is very effective at keeping you out of the operating room.

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. Jamie Stern has helped many patients in Sunnyvale, CA recover. Give our office a call today at (415) 308-7636 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.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

We treat many car accident cases in in our Sunnyvale, CA office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. Let's look at the root cause of thoracic outlet syndrome after an auto collision and see how your chiropractor can help.

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

In a crash, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If injured, 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 pins and needles in the shoulder, elbow and even the wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Sunnyvale, CA Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

Dr. Jamie Stern is here in Sunnyvale, CA to help you recover from thoracic outlet syndrome. We've been helping patients since 2006 and we can probably help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (415) 308-7636 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Chiropractic Effective for Tension Headaches

Sunnyvale, CA Headache Treatment by Dr. Jamie SternMany people experience headache pain, and tension headaches are a common problem in our busy lives. Postural problems and stress are common causes of tension headaches, and ones that Dr. Jamie Stern and the staff here in our Sunnyvale, CA chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

The scientific literature verifies our results: A 2016 study from Spain managed 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 spinal adjustments were coupled with the suboccipital inhibition.

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

If you live in Sunnyvale, CA and suffer from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Jamie Stern today at (415) 308-7636 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.

 

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

In our Sunnyvale, CA practice, Dr. Jamie Stern has helped many patients heal from back problems. If you are dealing with back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to decrease the discomfort. You should recognize that studies have shown that chiropractic is usually a better choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this common type of pain.

In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had suffered back pain for more than two days. Each person was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 people, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received sham chiropractic treatments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 people served as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.

Both of the groups that received some type of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the medication, fared better than the control subjects who had no actual therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the patients who received chiropractic had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Chiropractic: Natural Healing

Because chiropractic is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without unwanted side effects. For instance, 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 intended to correct the source of the problem, 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. Make an appointment in our Sunnyvale, CA office with Dr. Jamie Stern today at (415) 308-7636. We'll help improve your back problems 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.

 

Back Pain and Car Accidents

If you have back pain after an auto injury, you're not alone. Dr. Jamie Stern sees this type of problem frequently in our Sunnyvale, CA office. Let's look at the root cause of back pain after a car accident and see how chiropractic can help.

During a rear-end car crash, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve of your back, the seat can put uneven pressure on your lower 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 motion can sprain or strain the ligaments that hold your spine together. These types of injuries can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Dr. Jamie Stern has been helping patients in Sunnyvale, CA since 2006, 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. Give our office a call today at (415) 308-7636 to make an appointment.

Many people report back pain after a car crash.
 

Faster Sciatica Improvement with Chiropractic Care

In our Sunnyvale, CA office, it isn't unusual for us to see patients struggling with sciatica pain, and Dr. Jamie Stern has helped many of them heal with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so useful to those who suffer with sciatica? First off, it reduces their recovery time and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.

In the study, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, researchers looked at 44 patients who had abrupt low back pain that was clinically diagnosed as acute sciatica. The participants were all treated by a chiropractor, with the average follow-up being two years after treatment.

The researchers found that all but two patients went back to work after receiving chiropractic treatment, which is a 95% success rate. What's more, the average amount of time that the individuals spent off work "was reduced by two thirds as compared with that associated with conventional medical treatment."

Considering 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 about 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only would that increase work productivity, but it might also decrease costs to businesses and workers from lost work.

If you live in Sunnyvale, CA and you suffer from sciatica, Dr. Jamie Stern is here to help. Give us a call at (415) 308-7636 and we'll work with you to find the root cause of your sciatic pain and get you back on the road to health.

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.

 

Sunnyvale, CA Neck Pain and Headache Care

Sunnyvale, CA neck pain and headache treatmentHeadache and neck pain are common problems that affect millions of people around the world. If you are suffering from this type of issue, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic care is a great way to not only treat these common issues, but also help prevent future episodes.

For many years, people with neck and headache pain in Sunnyvale, CA have been helped by the chiropractic adjustments of Dr. Jamie Stern. Our experience is backed up by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-surgical, non-drug solutions are the best choice for neck and headache pain.

The review looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was advisable before resorting to drugs or more invasive treatments.

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

If you're suffering from neck pain or headaches, Dr. Jamie Stern and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our Sunnyvale, CA office a call today at (415) 308-7636 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.

 

Chiropractic Helps Migraine

Sunnyvale, CA natural migraine treatment by Dr. Jamie SternWith the Migraine Research Foundation reporting that migraine headaches affect 38 million adults and children in the U.S. (more than asthma and diabetes put together), it's not surprising that Dr. Jamie Stern sees a lot of headache patients in our Sunnyvale, CA office. While some people choose to relieve migraine pain with drugs, chiropractic is a terrific, all-natural alternative that usually provides positive results.

For example, one study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics involved 127 people ranging in age from 10 to 70-years-old who suffered with frequent (at least monthly) migraines. Each subject received up to 16 chiropractic sessions. The subjects noted that their headache frequency, duration, and disability two months before the treatments began, during the duration of the sessions (which was two months), and two months post-treatment.

What the investigators discovered is that spinal manipulation therapy reduced the frequency, duration, and disability of the migraine pain when compared with the control group who didn't receive chiropractic. Furthermore, this allowed them to take less medication for the pain, offering them an all-natural answer for a chronic problem.

Another report found that a combination of chiropractic and neck massage reduced migraine headaches almost 68%.

If you have migraine pain and are looking for help, call Dr. Jamie Stern today and request an appointment in our Sunnyvale, CA chiropractic office. We'll do what we can to help you become pain-free!

Resources

Migraine Fact Sheet. Migraine Research Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/fact-sheet.html on November 2, 2015
Noudeh Y et al. (2012). Reduction of current migraine headache pain following neck massage and spinal manipulation. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork;5(1):5-13
Tuchin P et al. (2000, February). A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;23(2):91-5

 

Sunnyvale, CA Chiropractic Care for Headache

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. Jamie Stern sees a lot of patients in our Sunnyvale, CA office who are suffering with recurring headaches. Luckily, 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 see how effective chiropractic care was for this type of head pain, as well as to ascertain the number of treatment sessions required to achieve a positive effect.

The individuals 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 patient 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.

Dr. Jamie Stern has helped many patients who were suffering from headaches in our Sunnyvale, CA office. Call us today at (415) 308-7636 for more information or for an appointment.

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 Works for Disc Herniation

Sunnyvale, CA non-surgical disc herniation treatmentDr. Jamie Stern sees many patients weekly in our busy Sunnyvale, CA chiropractic office who are searching for relief from the pain and agony they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the medical literature verifies that chiropractic care is a successful way to treat herniated disc problems.

One particular study 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 people documented that they were experiencing pain, reduced range of motion, and sensory issues bad enough to keep them off work.

Over the course of the research study, the participants were treated using one of two common chiropractic techniques: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the men and women who had herniation issues in the lumbar area.

Each individual was seen four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times weekly, and then as needed for the rest of the study. Depending on the extent of the disc herniation, treatment varied anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being carried out at various stages to determine what effect, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.

The investigators discovered that 80 percent of the participants enjoyed a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other issues, 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 work and led the authors to conclude that chiropractic is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.

If you have a herniated disc and you're near Dr. Jamie Stern in Sunnyvale, CA, 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.