In our Boardman, Ohio office, we see a large number of patients who are troubled with back pain, and some of these patients have been told they might need surgery to recover. Thankfully, Dr. J. Murphy Crum has helped many people get relief without the need for any type of surgical procedure. The science confirms the success we see in our practice. One research study published in the journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor as your first step in overcoming with your back pain may literally keep you out of the operating room.
In this study, medical experts from Dartmouth analyzed data from 1,885 workers from Washington state who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractic doctor for their back-related issues. They then examined three years' worth of follow-up medical information to ascertain whether the individuals ended up having back surgery in an attempt to correct the issue.
What the researchers observed was that 42.7% of the people who first saw a surgeon for their back pain ended up having a surgical procedure in that 3-year time frame, whereas only 1.5% of those who first consulted with a 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 a chiropractor had significantly lower odds of surgery."
These are impressive findings. Consulting with a chiropractor dramatically reduces your odds of getting back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.
Let's also take note this important detail: this study was conducted by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and published in the world's most influential medical publication on spinal injuries.
The Problems with Surgery
Any surgery has risks, but a serious downside related 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 authors of 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 a chiropractor, Dr. J. Murphy Crum believes that surgery should be the absolute last resort for treating back pain. Chiropractic works to restore your spine to its normal function--without the need of high-risk surgery or drugs--and many research studies have demonstrated the usefulness of chiropractic for back pain.
If you live in Boardman, Ohio and you need relief for your back pain, give our office a call today at (330) 726-8164 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!
- 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.
Shoulder Pain is a common problem after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. J. Murphy Crum sees often in our Boardman, Ohio office. Let's look at the root cause of shoulder pain after an auto injury and see how your chiropractor can help.
There are at least two ways that you can develop shoulder pain after an accident: by direct trauma to the shoulder joint or by radiating pain from the neck.
Direct injury can be caused by hitting your shoulder on a hard object in the car during the crash, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end crash. With this type of injury, you'll usually be aware of the pain soon after the wreck.
More frequently, Dr. J. Murphy Crum finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a crash, but begins a few days or weeks after the trauma. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the neck. Injured muscles or ligaments in your spine can pinch nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.
We've worked with both kinds of shoulder pain in our Boardman, Ohio office. This approach involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.
If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're struggling with shoulder pain, Dr. J. Murphy Crum is here to help. Dr. J. Murphy Crum will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (330) 726-8164 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.
Of the over 2 million rear-end crashes in the US every year, a significant number of men and women find themselves enduring long-term pain and disability. Some research indicates that about 20% of people are still in pain one year after an accident.
Dr. J. Murphy Crum sees many auto accident patients in our Boardman, Ohio office, and we often see patients who have been hurting for many years and have not been able to find relief. Dr. J. Murphy Crum has great success in treating these patients.
The Roots of Chronic Pain
During an accident, the ligaments of your neck and back can be stretched or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and inflamed and sends pain impulses to the spinal cord and brain.
Pain tells your body that something is wrong, which tells the muscle tissues in the damaged area to contract to protect the area from further trauma.
If the damage isn't managed immediately, a negative cycle develops. The damaged tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your central nervous system responds. This creates a feedback loop in your nervous system that researchers refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system actually becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulus, producing chronic pain.
Dr. J. Murphy Crum is able to help this kind of problem, as chiropractic care is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that adjustments are effective at reducing pain from auto collisions and shows that chiropractic actually has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.
If you live in Boardman, Ohio and have been in a collision, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. J. Murphy Crum a call today at (330) 726-8164 for a consultation or appointment.
- Ferrari R. A prospective study of the 1-year incidence of fibromyalgia after acute whiplash injury. Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Disease 2015; doi:10.1136/rmdopen-2014-000007.
- Stone AM, Vicenzino B, Lim EC, Sterling M. Measures of central hyperexcitability in chronic whiplash associated disorder - A systematic review and meta-analysis. Manual Therapy 2012;18(2):111-7.
Chiropractic is based on the principle of aiding your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate overall health. For Dr. J. Murphy Crum, this involves working hard to reestablish your body's normal performance to prevent the need for medications or surgical treatments. We find that many of our Boardman, Ohio patients are relieved to find a natural answer for their health problems.
One benefit of chiropractic care is that it helps people reduce or eliminate the use of narcotics. Medications are oftentimes supplied to people who have back pain. This is such a significant crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the advantages when prescribed for back pain.
Some of the most common narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Numbers offered by the AAN cite the fact that roughly half of the patients 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 issue of back pain and recovery, particularly if an narcotic addiction occurs.
Compare that to chiropractic care which involves natural healing and the advantages are obvious. While a drug might be useful at temporarily suppressing the discomfort of a health issue, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your damaged spine; it will only mask the pain.
Dr. J. Murphy Crum will first examine you to get to the root of your back pain and then work with you to address the spinal interference -- without the need for risky medications.
If you're ready to get out of pain, naturally, give our Boardman, Ohio office a call at (330) 726-8164 to make an appointment with Dr. J. Murphy Crum.
- 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
Regrettably, many of our Boardman, Ohio patients know the pain associated with a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. J. Murphy Crum has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of research studies have confirmed that chiropractic care can help people recover from this kind of condition.
Research on Chiropractic and Disc Herniations
In one report, a group of doctors from Switzerland recruited 148 patients who were suffering with pain in their low back and legs due to a disc herniation (which was confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI). Each person then received chiropractic adjustments that focused on the area of his or her disc herniation.
Data was gathered after the first treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to establish what kind of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic offers when it comes to treating this particular condition. Among the data gathered was the person's self-reported changes in both low back and leg pain.
Investigators found that, as a whole, the patients reported "significant improvement" for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the patients claimed that their pain "improved" within the first three months, with 88% still citing improvement one year after their first treatment session.
Even those test subjects who were defined as "chronic" still claimed an improvement in pain at a rate of 89% one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive effect that was found in the following case study.
Case Study Shows that Chiropractic Benefits Chronic Disc Herniation Symptoms
In this report, a 26-year-old man had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the lower back, left leg, and left groin area, along with left foot drop and muscle weakness. He had suffered with these issues for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his disc herniation was confirmed via MRI.
After receiving chiropractic care, "The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment." In addition, the patient was still enjoying relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.
Studies like these show how helpful chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and reducing the symptoms they produce. So, if you are suffering from back ache caused by a herniated disc and want to find some relief, chiropractic can be an effective solution.
Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Boardman, Ohio office a call today at (330) 726-8164 for a consultation or appointment.
- Leemann S, Peterson CK, Schmid C, Anklin B, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one-year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37(3):155-163.
- Polkinghorn BS, Colloca CJ. Treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation using activator methods chiropractic technique. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1998;21(3):187-196.
Most of us suffer from back problems at some point in our lives. Researchers estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Dr. J. Murphy Crum and our talented staff see many back and neck pain cases in our Boardman, Ohio office, and we've found that chiropractic care is a highly effective way to not only help you recover from back pain, it's also a great way to avoid future episodes.
A recent paper from the University of Utah confirms what our Boardman, Ohio patients have reported: your Boardman, Ohio chiropractor is the best first option for an episode of back pain.
In this paper, 747 patients were treated for low back pain. Each person 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. J. Murphy Crum and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.
If you live near our Boardman, Ohio office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (330) 726-8164 for an appointment.
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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.
We know how difficult long-term headache pain can be. Dr. J. Murphy Crum and our staff have worked with many patients in our Boardman, Ohio chiropractic clinic, and we've had great success in helping folks reduce their headache pain.
A 2016 research paper verifies what we see in our office. In this report, the authors started with 110 people who were suffering from headaches 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 outcomes were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.
Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat headache, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Dr. J. Murphy Crum a call today at our Boardman, Ohio office at (330) 726-8164. We're here to help get out of pain.
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.
Dr. J. Murphy Crum works with countless sciatica patients here in our Boardman, Ohio office, and many of these patients were afraid that they might require surgery to relieve their pain. The latest research shows that a large number of people don't need surgery for this widespread issue, and that chiropractic is more effective at clearing up sciatic nerve pain.
A typical surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers examined 80 individuals with sciatica who were referred for this operation.
Forty patients were then randomly placed in one of two groups. The first group received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.
Both groups got better; however, no obvious difference in outcome was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. Additionally, roughly sixty percent of the participating patients who could not find pain relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
In other words, chiropractic delivered the same positive advantages as surgery without needing to go through the increased levels of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often associated with that particular treatment option. Plus, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, such as nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery should be the last option for sciatica pain. If you live in Boardman, Ohio and you're experiencing back pain or sciatica, give Dr. J. Murphy Crum a call today at (330) 726-8164. We'll help determine the origin of your pain and work hard to get you relief.
- 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.