We see a large number of sports injuries in our Estero, Bonita Springs clinic, and Dr. Green is often able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults injured each year while participating in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the importance of preventing these sorts of widespread injuries. One approach to possible realize that goal, according to a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive regular chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and affecting their team's chance at securing a win. One particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study particularly, every one of the volunteers got medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also engaged in chiropractic treatments at the rate of one session per week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one session each month for the remaining three months of the study. The remaining participants had no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic.
Following twenty-four matches, specialists noticed a reduced amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Moreover, that same group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively lessen the quantity of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to ensure more time is dedicated on the field versus on the bench, call our Estero, Bonita Springs office at (239) 495-1166 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!
- 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.
Dr. Green sees many back pain patients in our busy Estero, Bonita Springs chiropractic office. Many of our patients have some kind of spinal condition that is causing them pain and distress. Fortunately, Dr. Green finds that spinal decompression therapy is a great way to help these folks.
What is Spinal Decompression and How Can it Help Me?
Non-surgical spinal decompression is a treatment technique that takes all of the positive benefits that one normally gets from chiropractic adjustments, traction, physiotherapy, exercise therapy, and myofascial therapy and combines them all into one.
The objective of decompression is to keep you off the operating table, and that is precisely what it's achieved for a number of folks, as it has a reported 85% success rate.
Some of the issues spinal decompression helps with include generalized back pain, sciatica, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, compression fractures, and joint pain.
Spinal decompression works by reversing the effects of wear, tear, and gravity that compresses the intervertebral discs in your spine. The movie below shows how it works to eliminate pressure on your back and helps reduce pain and disability.
Dr. Green Can Help People Find Comfort From Chronic Back Pain
If you live in Estero, Bonita Springs and you're suffering with back issues, spinal decompression treatment might be the solution. Call Dr. Green today at (239) 495-1166 for a consultation or appointment.
According to experts, approximately 5 percent of the population will suffer from painful ailments like frozen shoulder syndrome at some point in their lives. That makes shoulder pain a common occurrence and one that Dr. Green sees in our Estero, Bonita Springs practice on a regular basis.
By and large, this ailment is more prevalent for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, and it tends to affect women more frequently than men. While ice, heat, and gentle stretches can sometimes help alleviate the pain, so too can chiropractic.
As an example, one study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine looked at 50 patients with frozen shoulder who were given chiropractic care. The duration of care varied from 11 days to 51 days, with 28 days being the average.
The researchers found that nearly all of the study participants fared extremely well with chiropractic care. The authors found:
• 8 of the subjects reported 50-75 percent improvement
• 25 indicated improvement ranging from 75- 90 percent
• 1 participant had complete resolution of their frozen shoulder pain
Only one participant reported an improvement of 50 percent or less, so studies like this demonstrate just how effective chiropractic care can be when it comes to decreasing shoulder pain and improving quality of life.
Let Dr. Green help you ease your pain by contacting our Estero, Bonita Springs office and scheduling your appointment today.
Murphy F et al. (2012, December). Chiropractic management of frozen shoulder syndrome using a novel technique: a retrospective case series of 50 patients. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine;11(4):267-272
Dr. Green works with countless sciatica patients here in our Estero, Bonita Springs office, and quite a few of these patients were worried that they might require surgery to relieve their pain. The most recent research shows that many people don't require surgery for this widespread problem, and that chiropractic is more beneficial at clearing up sciatic nerve pain.
A common surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers examined 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 received surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.
Both groups improved; however, no noticeable difference in results was recorded one year post-treatment between the surgery group and the chiropractic group. In addition, roughly 60% of the participating patients who could not find assistance from any other treatment approach "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."
Simply put, chiropractic delivered the same positive advantages as surgery without having to go through the higher amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through lengthy recovery times often affiliated with that specific treatment option. Plus, you also don't run the risks affiliated with surgical microdiscectomy, such as nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.
Surgery should be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Estero, Bonita Springs and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Green a call today at (239) 495-1166. 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.
While many women automatically assume that pregnancy and back pain go hand in hand, they are often pleasantly surprised when they learn that this is not necessarily the case. In fact, chiropractic care can often help relieve back pain for pregnant women by as much as 85%.
Dr. Green has helped many pregnant women with back pain in our Estero, Bonita Springs office.
A research study 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. Improvement was 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 benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy. Not only does it efficiently relieve 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 baby more pleasant. When you're not distracted with pain, 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 Estero, Bonita Springs to help you have a healthy, pain-free pregnancy. Give us a call today at (239) 495-1166 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.
According to The American Academy of Pain Medicine, more Americans suffer with chronic pain than diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer combined. On top of that, neck pain is the third most reported type of pain, beat out only by lower back pain and headache.
Of course, many patients come to our Estero, Bonita Springs office looking for neck pain treatment, and Dr. Green has helped many of them find relief. This is a smart decision, as some studies have shown that over 90 percent of neck pain patients improve with chiropractic care.
Studies Confirm Chiropractic Works
A study published in The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy included 64 men and women who were suffering with neck problems. Approximately half were placed in an experimental group and the other half were designated to a comparison group. Both were given chiropractic adjustments of the neck as well as a home exercise plan, while the experimental group also received thoracic spine adjustments.
Information was gathered before treatment began and one week after the adjustments. Researchers found that 94 percent of the experimental group claimed "significantly greater improvements" in regard to pain and disability in their neck symptoms. Just 35% of the individuals who received neck adjustments showed the same level of improvement, showing that evaluating the entire spinal column is a critical part of restoring the body's normal function.
Yet another study posted in Physical Therapy involved 60 participants between the ages of 18 and 60 who were dealing with neck pain. Each person was randomly assigned to one of two groups--thoracic spine thrust manipulation or non-thrust manipulation--with examinations occurring two and four days after the treatments.
The investigators discovered that the study patients who received the thrust manipulations (the same manipulations that provided such positive results in the first report) "experienced greater reductions in disability" than the patients who received the non-thrust manipulations. Their pain was lower as well, which shows that this type of technique offers many benefits.
Chiropractic Even Offers Benefits After Failed Neck Surgery
Another study even found the same kind of positive results after thoracic adjustments in a woman who had a failed neck surgical procedure. This specific case involved a 46-year-old woman who had recently had neck surgery but still suffered with neck pain, headaches, pain in her elbow, and muscle fatigue.
The patient reported reduced pain in her neck and reduced headache intensity, right after the first chiropractic adjustments. After six weeks of care, which involved chiropractic, exercise, and patient education, the patient still placed her pain at a zero on a scale of 1 to 10. Her neck disability improved as well, with a rating score that represented that it was a "great deal better."
It is scientific studies like these that demonstrate the effectiveness of chiropractic care, even if you've already attempted medical procedures that didn't provide relief. So, if you are suffering with neck pain and would like to find a solution that has a high success rate, try chiropractic. It may just be the relief you're looking for.
We're located in Estero, Bonita Springs and Dr. Green can help you recover from neck pain. Give us a call today at (239) 495-1166.
- AAPM facts and figures on pain. The American Academy of Pain Medicine.
- Masaracchio M, Cleland JA, Hellman M, Hagins M. Short-term combined effects of thoracic spine thrust manipulation and cervical spine nonthrust manipulation in individuals with mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2013;43(3):118-127.
- Cleland JA, Glynn P, Whitman JM, Eberhart SL, MacDonald C, Childs JD. Short-term effects of thrust versus nonthrust mobilization/manipulation directed at the thoracic spine in patients with neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. Physical Therapy 2007;87(4):431-440.
- Salvatori R, Rowe RH, Osborne R, Beneciuk JM. Use of thoracic spine thrust manipulation for neck pain and headache in a patient following multiple-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: a case report. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2014;44(6):440-449.
With the Migraine Research Foundation reporting that migraines affect 38 million people in the United States (more than diabetes and asthma put together), it's not surprising that Dr. Green sees a lot of headache patients in our Estero, Bonita Springs office. Although some folks try to relieve migraine pain with medications, chiropractic care is a terrific, all-natural choice that often provides positive results.
For instance, one report published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics involved 127 patients ranging in age from 10 to 70-years-old who struggled with regular (at least monthly) migraines. Each subject engaged in up to 16 chiropractic sessions. The patients noted that their headache frequency, duration, and disability two months before the study 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 subjects who didn't receive chiropractic. Furthermore, this allowed them to take less medication for the pain, providing them an all-natural solution for a chronic problem.
Another study found that a combination of chiropractic and neck massage reduced migraine pain almost 68%.
If you have migraine headaches and are looking for relief, call Dr. Green today and request an appointment in our Estero, Bonita Springs chiropractic office. We'll do what we can to help you become pain-free!
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
Therapeutic massage has been used for many thousands of years as a natural pain relief solution. We use massage therapy in our Estero, Bonita Springs office, as it works great in conjunction with the chiropractic care that Dr. Green provides. Massage treatment does much more than just feel great. It also offers many health benefits as well. Some are physical and others are psychological, and here are just a few of each:
- Pain reduction (back, neck, shoulder, legs, arm, and headache pain)
- Increased range of motion and mobility
- Improved cardiovascular function
- Improved immune system function
- Enhanced sports performance
- Reduced depression and anxiety
- Higher levels of energy
- Lower levels of fatigue
- Easier time getting and staying asleep
- Easier labor and delivery for expecting mothers
- Fewer stretch marks
- Reduced scar tissue
Advantages like these have been found to be especially helpful for individuals who suffer with chronic conditions such as arthritis and asthma. Massage therapy has also proven advantageous for burn injury patients, people with higher than healthy blood pressure, and women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome. Even preterm infants have shown benefits with massage therapy as they have improved levels of weight gain.
To learn more about the massage therapy services we offer in Estero, Bonita Springs, give our office a call at (239) 495-1166.
Knee pain is a frequent issue for people in our Estero, Bonita Springs chiropractic office, and Dr. Green has successfully provided many of these folks relief. This is mostly because chiropractic care has been found to help with many types of knee pain.
For instance, some people encounter pain in and around the knee area due to degenerative arthritis. Research has demonstrated that this condition responds very well to chiropractic--and rather quickly, too. In fact, one paper published in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association found that individuals with osteoarthritis in their knees felt considerable pain relief and improved function after just two weeks of chiropractic care.
If your knee pain is caused by a medial meniscus sprain, chiropractic could likely help with that as well. One article found that combining chiropractic with soft tissue treatment, rest, ice, and compression on the affected knee helped lower the intensity of the pain.
Of course, sometimes a knee replacement surgery is required in order to repair the issue, and if that's the case, chiropractic care can also help improve the outcome. How?
Medical research has found that people with low back pain often have less positive outcomes after knee surgery. So, dealing with your back pain through chiropractic before having a total knee arthroplasty can assist with your post-surgery recovery.
No matter what your knee issue, Dr. Green can likely help. Call our Estero, Bonita Springs practice today and find out what we can do for you!
- Pollard H et al. (2008, December). The effect of a manual therapy knee protocol on osteoarthritic knee pain: a randomised controlled trial. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;52(4):229-42
Boyle J et al. (2014, March). Influence of low back pain on total knee arthroplasty outcome. Knee;21(2):410-4
- Jarosz B & Ames R. (2010, December). Chiropractic management of a medial meniscus tear in a patient with tibiofemoral degeneration: a case report. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine;9(4):200-8
We see a great number of people with headaches in our Estero, Bonita Springs office, and Dr. Green has been able to aid many of them. Indeed, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 50 percent of all adults have difficulties with some kind of headache problem, so this actually isn’t a surprise. One of the most common types of headaches which our patients endure is cervicogenic headache which, happily, chiropractic can commonly help.
What is a Cervicogenic Headache?
A cervicogenic headache is one that stems from an issue in the cervical spine. It might be caused by an issue with either the spine itself (specifically, the vertebrae, joints, or discs), or it could be attributed to a problem in the muscles and tendons of your neck. This problem in your spine results in constriction or aggravation of the spinal nerves, which can result in headache pain.
How can you tell if the headache you are suffering from is a cervicogenic headache? Other than getting a diagnosis from a healthcare specialist, a typical symptom of cervicogenic headaches is tenderness or pain in your neck. This is occasionally associated with pain in the back of your head or between your shoulder blades.
How Chiropractic Helps
Since cervicogenic headaches will not go away until whatever problem is triggering them is corrected, it is crucial to receive treatment as opposed to just trying to "wait it out." Chiropractic care is an excellent solution, and one that can provide a great deal of relief.
In one study released in Chiropractic & Osteopathy, experts followed 80 people who had recurring cervicogenic headaches. Half of them were given chiropractic care and the other 50% engaged in light massage therapy. Each participant was examined 12 and 24 weeks after the treatment and it was found that chiropractic provided the most beneficial effects.
Specifically, this study uncovered that chiropractic adjustments offered patients more significant pain relief and lessened the number of headaches that occurred. Additionally, it also reduced the disability that resulted from these painful headaches.
To find out what Dr. Green can do for you and your headache pain, call us today. We'll do our best to get you the pain relief you deserve!
- Haas M, Schneider M, Vavrek D. Illustrating risk difference and number needed to treat from a randomized controlled trial of spinal manipulation for cervicogenic headache. Chiropractic & Osteopathy 2010 18(9).
- World Health Organization. (2012, October). Headache disorders. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/