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Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

West New York chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic & Osteopathic treatments are based on the principle of aiding your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Marsh, this means working to restore your body's natural performance to prevent the need for medications or surgical treatments. We find that many of our West New York patients are relieved to find a natural approach for their health conditions.

One benefit of chiropractic care & osteopathic treatments are that they help people minimize or eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescriptions are oftentimes supplied to people who have back pain. This is such a serious concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the benefits when administered for back pain.

Some of the most well-known opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Numbers presented by the AAN mention the fact that roughly 50% of the people taking these drugs 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 opiate addiction arises.

Contrast that to chiropractic and/or osteopathic treatments which engages natural healing and the benefits are evident. While a pill might be useful at temporarily relieving the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs can't mend your damaged spine; it will only conceal the pain.

Dr. Marsh will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to correct the problem -- without risky medications.

If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our West New York office a call at (201) 869-0830 to make an appointment with Dr. Marsh.

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 Accidents

We manage many auto injury cases in in our West New York office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. Chiropractic and osteopathic treatments are an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome. Let's look at how thoracic outlet syndrome is caused by a crash and how Dr. Marsh can help you.

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 room, so they pass under and between the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

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

West New York Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're struggling with thoracic outlet syndrome, Dr. Marsh is here to help. 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. Give our office a call today at (201) 869-0830 to make an appointment.

 

Preventing Leg Injuries with Chiropractic & Osteopathic Treatments

West New York sports therapyWhen playing sports that demand a lot of lower body motion, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's not at all uncommon to suffer some type of injury to your hips or legs. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many players have found themselves sidelined. Dr. Marsh has seen all of these problems in our West New York patients. Fortunately, osteopathic treatments & chiropractic adjustments can help prevent some of these injuries from developing and research proves it.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Sports Injuries & Recovery

Dr. Marsh keeps current with all of the latest scientific research, and in a report published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers. Roughly half were placed in a control group and the others were put in a treatment group that received sports chiropractic care at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant receiving care once a week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before reducing 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 lower limb strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. Furthermore, they observed 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 determine 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 players, because they know that chiropractic really works. If you live near our practice in West New York and would like to see if Dr. Marsh can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (201) 869-0830 for an appointment.

Dr. Marsh Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Sports Injuries and Recover Faster

If you're struggling with severe pain, Dr. Marsh and our staff are here to help you recover. Give our West New York office a call today at (201) 869-0830 for an appointment today.

Original Study

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).

 

What Is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression therapy in West New YorkWe work with many back pain patients in our West New York office, and Dr. Marsh and our staff uses a variety of techniques to help get you out of pain and restore your spine's normal, healthy function. We find spinal decompression to be an effective approach.

Understanding Spinal Decompression Therapy

To help you better understand spinal decompression therapy, think of the discs in your spine like water balloons filled with jelly. When you compress them (which occurs due to normal living, sustaining an injury, or other medical conditions), they can protrude, placing pressure on the nerves in your spinal column. This affects your brain's ability to communicate with tissues in the rest of your body.

If the stress on the discs becomes too high, the discs can herniate or protrude. This reduces the padding between your vertebrae and can cause pain. The purpose of spinal decompression therapy is to alleviate this pressure to help improve your body's function and also reduce your level of discomfort.

Can Spinal Decompression Therapy Help Me?

Spinal decompression therapy relieves disc pressure through the use of a specially designed table that carefully elongates your spinal column through slow and controlled movements. This decreases the pressure placed on your discs. Some studies report an increase in disc height by as much as 1.3 millimeters after just six weeks of this treatment.

If you're wondering if spinal decompression therapy could help you feel and function better, simply call our West New York office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Marsh today. Your optimal health is our number one goal!

Resources

Apfel CC, Cakmakkaya OS, Richmond C, et al. Restoration of disk height through non-surgical spinal decompression is associated with decreased discogenic low back pain: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(155). doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-155

 

Faster Sciatica Recovery with Chiropractic Adjustments & Osteopathic Treatments

In our West New York practice, it's common for us to see people struggling with sciatica pain, and Dr. Marsh has helped many of these people reduce their pain with osteopathic treatments & chiropractic care. What makes chiropractic care so beneficial to those who suffer with sciatica? For starters, it shortens their recovery time and a Norwegian research study confirms it.

In the study, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, the authors looked at 44 patients who had abrupt low back pain that was clinically diagnosed as acute sciatica. The individuals 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 adjustments, which is a 95% success rate. Furthermore, 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 about 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only would that increase productivity, but it might also reduce costs to businesses and employees from lost work.

If you live in West New York and you suffer with sciatic pain, Dr. Marsh is here to help. Give us a call at (201) 869-0830 and we'll work with you to find the source of your sciatic pain and get you back on the road to recovery.

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.

 

West New York Neck Pain and Headache Care

West New York neck pain and headache treatmentHeadache and neck 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 osteopathic treatments & chiropractic are great ways to not only treat these common problems, but also help avoid future episodes.

Research Shows Osteopathic Treatments & Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, patients with neck and headache pain in West New York have been helped by the osteopathic treatments of Dr. Marsh and chiropractic services we offer here at The Osteopathic Medicine Pain & Rehabilitation Institute. Our experience 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 report looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of osteopathic treatments, chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was suggested before turning to drugs or more invasive treatments.

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

We Can Help People Find Relief From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're struggling with neck pain or headaches, Dr. Marsh and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our West New York office a call today at (201) 869-0830 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.

 

Osteopathic Treatments & Chiropractic Care for Headache

West New York 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 headaches that originate in your neck.

Dr. Marsh sees a lot of patients in our West New York office who are struggling with recurring headaches. Fortunately, chiropractic & osteopathic treatments can often help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50%, and research confirms it.

Research Proves Osteopathic Treatments & Chiropractic Help With Cervicogenic Headaches

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 was for this type of head pain, as well as to determine the number of treatment sessions required 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, participants who were taking medications for their headaches were able to lower their intake after completing the study. Those who received chiropractic had lower medication usage 24 weeks post-study.

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Head Pain

Dr. Marsh has helped many patients who were suffering from headache pain in our West New York office. Call us today at (201) 869-0830 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.

 

Disc Herniation, Osteopathic Treatments & Chiropractic Care

West New York non-surgical disc herniation treatmentOur osteopathic medical physician Dr. Marsh sees many people weekly in our busy West New York office who are searching for relief from the pain and suffering they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the medical research confirms that chiropractic is a successful way to treat herniated disc pain.

Don't Suffer! Osteopathic Treatments & Chiropractic Care Help With Disc Herniation

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 patients reported that they were experiencing pain, limited range of motion, and sensory problems bad enough to keep them off work.

During the course of the research period, the individuals were treated using one of two common chiropractic methods: 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 person 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 severity of the disc herniation, therapy ranged anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being conducted at a variety of stages to identify what impact, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Back Pain and Herniated Disc

The investigators found that 80 percent of the participants experienced a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other symptoms, such as numbness. Additionally, 77 percent of these subjects also showed MRI evidence that their disc herniation was either reduced or resolved completely. This resulted in 78 percent of the study participants being able to return to their place of employment and led the researchers to conclude that chiropractic is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.

If you have a herniated disc and suffer from chronic back pain and are near Dr. Marsh in West New York, contact us today to see what osteopathic treatments or chiropractic services we offer that can help 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.

 

Osteopathic Treatments & Chiropractic Helps People Avoid Back Surgery

West New York chiropractic back pain treatmentIn our West New York office, we see many people who are dealing with back pain, and a few of these patients have been informed they might need surgery to recover. Thankfully, Dr. Marsh has helped many people get pain relief without the need for any type of surgical procedure. The science confirms the results we see in our office. One study published in the journal Spine found that seeing an osteopathic medical physician like Dr. Marsh or seeing a chiropractor as your first step in dealing with your back issues may keep you off the operating table.

In this research study, medical experts from Dartmouth reviewed data from 1,885 workers from the state of Washington who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractor for their back-related issues. They then looked at three years' worth of follow-up medical data to find out whether the individuals ended up having back surgery in an effort to treat the issue.

What the authors discovered was that about 43% of the patients who first consulted with a surgeon for their back issues ended up having a surgical procedure in that 3-year time frame, whereas only 1.5 percent of those who first saw an orthopedic surgeon or chiropractor had the same fate. The authors wrote:

"Even after controlling for injury severity and other measures, workers with an initial visit for the injury to a surgeon had almost nine times the odds of receiving lumbar spine surgery compared to those seeing primary care providers, whereas workers whose first visit was to an orthopedic surgeon or chiropractor had significantly lower odds of surgery."

These are impressive outcomes. Consulting with a chiropractor or orthopedic medical physician drastically decreases your odds of getting back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this scientific study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.

Let's also consider this important point: this study was carried out by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and printed in the world's most prestigious medical publication on spinal injuries.

The Risks of Surgery

Any surgery has risks, but a major downside linked to spinal surgery is that there is a very high failure rate. In an important analysis in the European Spine Journal, researchers wrote:

"Failed back surgery is a problem that has become sufficiently widespread to even warrant its own special conferences, with recent reviews reporting failure rates ranging from 5 to 50%."

The experts in this same study concluded:

"It is extremely difficult to identify unequivocal predictor factors that can be used to accurately predict the outcome of surgery."

As an orthopedic medical physician, Dr. Marsh believes that surgery should be the absolute last choice for treating back pain. Osteopathic treatments and chiropractic works to restore your spine to its normal function--without the need of high-risk surgery or drugs--and many research studies have established the efficacy of chiropractic for back pain.

If you live in West New York and you need relief for your back pain, give our practice a call today at (201) 869-0830 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!

Studies

  • Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM. 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.
  • Mannion AF, Elfering A. Predictors of surgical outcome and their assessment. European Spine Journal 2006;15(Suppl 1):S93-S108.
 

Back Pain and Auto Injury

Back Pain is a common symptom after an auto injury, and it's something that Dr. Marsh sees frequently in our West New York office. Chiropractic care & osteopathic treatments can be very helpful for back pain symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes back pain and why chiropractic works.

During a rear-end car crash, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve of your spine, the seat can put uneven force 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, osteopathic treatments & chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're struggling with back pain, Dr. Marsh is here to help. First, we'll do a careful examination to establish the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Call us today at (201) 869-0830 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.