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Headache and Car Accidents

Salem, OR auto injury and headache treatment

We treat many auto injury cases in our Salem, OR office, and a standard symptom we see in our patients is headache. If you have headache after an auto injury, you're not alone. Dr. Robertson sees this type of problem frequently in our Salem, OR office. Why is headache such a common problem after an auto collision? How can chiropractic care help you recover? Let's look at the root cause of headache after an auto injury and see how chiropractic can help. The key to recovering from headache caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help. Your chiropractor can be very helpful for headache symptoms after a crash.

How Headache Is Caused by an Accident and How Dr. Robertson Can Help You

There are many different types of headache. Headache that's caused by a car accident, though, usually starts as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the cervical spine. In a collision, the neck muscles can be torn, which results in inflammation and pain. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the forehead.

Another frequent cause of pain after a collision that we see in our Salem, OR 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 avoid the development of scar tissue.

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Neck Pain and Headaches After an Auto Injury

Chiropractic is an effective way to treat headaches, including those triggered by auto injuries. Your chiropractic doctor will help reduce the irritation and tension in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.

Dr. Robertson has been helping patients in Salem, OR since 2018, so we know what you're suffering from. We're here to help you, too. First, we'll do a careful assessment to establish the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (503) 399-7607 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

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Salem, OR Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Salem, OR headache care by Dr. RobertsonWe know how difficult chronic headache pain can be. Dr. Robertson and our staff have worked with many patients in our Salem, OR chiropractic clinic, and we've had great success in helping patients reduce their headache pain.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research study verifies what we see in our office. In this report, the authors started with 110 individuals who were suffering with 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 study 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. Robertson a call today at our Salem, OR office at (503) 399-7607. We're here to help get you relief.

Reference

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.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

Salem, OR Headache Treatment by Dr. RobertsonMany people suffer with headache pain, and tension headaches are a frequent problem in our busy lives. Postural problems and stress are common causes of tension headache, and ones that Dr. Robertson and the staff here in our Salem, OR chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Proves Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature confirms our results: A 2016 study from Spain managed a group of 76 men and women 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 reported that the spinal adjustments were effective at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were mixed with the suboccipital inhibition.

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

We're Here to Help People Find Help From Tension Headaches

If you live in Salem, OR and are struggling with any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Robertson today at (503) 399-7607 for an appointment or more information.

Source

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.

 

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Salem, OR practice, Dr. Robertson has helped countless patients recover from back pain. If you are dealing with back pain, you've probably been tempted to take some medications to reduce the pain. You should recognize that research shows that chiropractic care is often a better alternative than drugs when it comes to alleviating this common type of problem.

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

All of the people who received some form of treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the medication, fared better than the control subjects who had no real care. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the patients who received chiropractic had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, 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 benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's intended to resolve 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 care is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Salem, OR office with Dr. Robertson today at (503) 399-7607. We'll help relieve 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.

 

A Drug-Free Approach to Back Pain Recovery

Salem, OR chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the principle of enabling your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Robertson, this means working to reestablish your body's healthy performance to avoid the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We notice that most of our Salem, OR patients are pleased to find a natural answer for their health conditions.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of drug treatments. Medications are commonly issued to patients who have back pain. This is such a significant problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the benefits when prescribed 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. Statistics offered by the AAN mention the fact that roughly 50% of the people taking these drugs for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years later. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and recovery, especially if an opiate addiction arises.

Contrast that to chiropractic which involves natural healing and the benefits are clear. While a medication might be useful at temporarily reducing the discomfort of a health issue, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your damaged back; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. Robertson will first examine you to get to the origin of your back pain and then work with you to solve the spinal interference -- without any risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Salem, OR office a call at (503) 399-7607 to make an appointment with Dr. Robertson.

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
 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Crashes

We treat many auto injury cases in in our Salem, OR office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. Why is thoracic outlet syndrome such a common condition after a car crash? How can your chiropractor help you heal?

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

In a collision, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become swollen and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which restricts 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 hand. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Salem, OR Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're experiencing thoracic outlet syndrome, Dr. Robertson 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 approach. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (503) 399-7607 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Preventing Leg Injuries with Chiropractic

Salem, OR sports therapyWhen performing sports activities that require a lot of lower body movement, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's not uncommon to sustain some type of injury to your hips or legs. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many athletes have found themselves sidelined. Dr. Robertson has seen all of these problems in our Salem, OR patients. Fortunately, chiropractic can help prevent some of these injuries from occurring and research proves it.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Sports Injuries & Recovery

Dr. Robertson 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 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 engaging in care once a 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" decrease in the number of leg 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 works. If you live near our practice in Salem, OR and would like to see if Dr. Robertson can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (503) 399-7607 for an appointment.

Dr. Robertson Can Help People Find Comfort From Sports Injuries and Recover Faster

If you're suffering from severe pain, Dr. Robertson and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our Salem, OR office a call today at (503) 399-7607 for an appointment today.

Study Information

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

Salem, OR sciatica treatment and chiropracticIn our Salem, OR office, it's common for us to see patients troubled with sciatic nerve pain, and Dr. Robertson has helped many of these people recover with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so beneficial to those who suffer with sciatica? First off, it reduces their time of recovery and a Norwegian research study confirms it.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Sciatica Pain

In the report, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, researchers looked at 44 patients who had sudden low back pain that was diagnosed 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 discovered that all but two patients returned to their jobs after receiving chiropractic care, which is a 95% success rate. Moreover, 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 lost in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is almost 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 reduce costs to businesses and workers from lost work.

We Can Help Clients Find Relief From Sciatica

If you live in Salem, OR and you suffer with sciatica, Dr. Robertson is here to help. Give us a call at (503) 399-7607 and we'll work with you to find the source 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.

 

Salem, OR Neck Pain and Headache Care

Salem, OR neck pain and headache treatmentNeck and headache pain are common problems that affect millions of men and women around the world. If you are suffering from this type of condition, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic care is the best way to not only treat these common issues, but also help avoid future episodes.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, patients with neck and headache pain in Salem, OR have been helped by the chiropractic adjustments of Dr. Robertson. Our success is backed up by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-invasive, 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.

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

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're troubled with neck pain or headaches, Dr. Robertson and our staff are here to help you feel better. Give our Salem, OR office a call today at (503) 399-7607 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.

 

Salem, OR Chiropractic Care for Headache

Salem, OR 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 those that start in your neck.

Dr. Robertson sees a lot of patients in our Salem, OR office who are suffering with frequent headaches. Fortunately, chiropractic can usually help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50 percent, and research confirms it.

Research Proves 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 objective was to discover how effective chiropractic care was for this type of head pain, as well as to ascertain the number of treatment sessions necessary to achieve a positive effect.

The subjects were split 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 group 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, individuals who were taking medications for their headaches were able to lower their intake after completing the study. Those who received chiropractic had lower drug usage 24 weeks post-study.

We Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Head Pain

Dr. Robertson has helped many patients who were suffering from headaches in our Salem, OR office. Call us today at (503) 399-7607 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.