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Chiropractic and Disc Herniation Treatment

St. Petersburg, FL non-surgical disc herniation treatmentDr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell sees many people weekly in our busy St. Petersburg, FL chiropractic office who are searching for relief from the pain and distress they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the medical research verifies that chiropractic is an effective way to treat herniated disc pain.

One particular research 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 reported that they were experiencing pain, reduced range of motion, and sensory problems bad enough to keep them off work.

During the course of the research study, the individuals 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 low back.

Each individual was treated four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times weekly, and then as needed for the remainder of the study. Depending on the seriousness of the disc herniation, therapy varied anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being conducted at a variety of stages to determine what impact, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.

The researchers found that 80 percent of the patients obtained a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other issues, such as numbness. Additionally, 77 percent of these men and women 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 employment 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. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell in St. Petersburg, FL, 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.

 

Chiropractic and Medical Care: An Effective Combination

St. Petersburg, FL back pain treatmentWe see quite a few back pain patients in our St. Petersburg, FL practice, and Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell has been able to provide many of them find relief through various chiropractic techniques. However, recovering from back pain doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical care, as many people use both types of care with great results.

Research Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Care Work Well with Each Other

In a study published by the academic journal Spine experts1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who were suffering from both acute discomfort and limited function due to back-related issues. Some of the test subjects engaged in treatment via standard medical care, while the remainder were given chiropractic care along with regular medical care, as researchers wanted to determine which patients fared better.

The authors found that the patients who received standard medical care combined with chiropractic care scored "significantly better" than the patients who received medical care alone; 73% reported positive benefits compared to just 17 percent of the medical treatment only group who reported the same amount of improvement. This was true regarding both pain and level of function at two and four weeks.

Therefore, incorporating these two forms of care can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering advantages when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic and medical approaches can work together, chiropractic offers some unique advantages over medical treatment.

Where Chiropractic Pulls Ahead

Although it might seem as if each approach plays a 50/50 role, there is one significant benefit that chiropractic care has over medical care and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, a piece of research done at UCLA2 that was printed in the American Journal of Public Health found that, on average, chiropractic patients are generally more satisfied with their recovery than those undergoing medical treatment.

According to the researchers, the main aspects that patients favored over medical care were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't unexpected, as chiropractors typically spend much more time consulting with their patients as to how they can improve their health on their own, as well as outlining more carefully what to expect from chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Is a Natural Approach to Wellness

Without a doubt, the techniques associated with chiropractic are quite different than those available with medical care, but a large amount of the difference is the fact that chiropractic is a holistic approach to health and well-being. In contrast to focusing on simply relieving the symptoms, chiropractic means finding the primary cause of your pain, which often results in greater improvement as you are tackling the problem at its source.

In addition, while medication is sometimes helpful for managing certain conditions, many health issues respond well to natural forms of treatment such as chiropractic care. This means fewer negative side effects from prescriptions and more permanent results.

You don't have to endure back pain or other health issues. Give our St. Petersburg, FL office a call today at (727) 637-2957. We'll work to help you get and remain free from back pain.

References

  1. Goertz CM, Long CR, Hondras MA, Petri R, Delgado R, Lawrence DJ, Owens EF, Meeker WC. Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: results of a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine 2013;38(8):627-634.
  2. Hertzman-Miller RP1, Morgenstern H, Hurwitz EL, Yu F, Adams AH, Harber P, Kominski GF. Comparing the satisfaction of low back pain patients randomized to receive medical or chiropractic care: results from the UCLA low-back pain study. American Journal of Public Health 2002;92(10):1628-1633.
 

Headache and Auto Injury

Headache is a common symptom after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell sees frequently in our St. Petersburg, FL office. Let's look at why headache is frequently experienced after an auto injury and see how chiropractic can help you heal.

There are many different types of headache. Headache that's caused by an auto injury, though, usually begins as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the cervical spine. In a crash, the neck muscles can be damaged, which results in inflammation and discomfort. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the forehead.

Another frequent cause of headache after a crash that we see in our St. Petersburg, FL office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is very common after a crash, and it's important to get treatment for this type of problem to avoid the creation of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those caused by auto injuries. Your chiropractor will help reduce the swelling and strain in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.

Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell is here in St. Petersburg, FL to help you recover from headache. We've been helping patients since 2000 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 plan of action. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (727) 637-2957 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Relief from Asthma with Chiropractic

St. Petersburg, FL asthma care with chiropracticAsthma is a serious issue for many people in St. Petersburg, FL and for society as a whole, truly, since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that this problem currently affects almost 19 million adults and 7 million kids in the US. A full-blown asthma attack likely means a emergency room visit. Fortunately, Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell has helped many people in St. Petersburg, FL get relief from asthma symptoms.

The scientific literature confirms what we see in our office. For instance, a paper published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy assessed 31 adult asthma patients after receiving four weeks of chiropractic treatments. The authors reported that the patients who received chiropractic adjustments had a 34% decrease in asthma symptoms.

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics printed another asthma-based study, except this one involved children. In this report, the 36 patients ranged from 6 to 17 years in age and their asthma was considered either mild or moderate in severity.

After 12 weeks of chiropractic care, as a whole, the patients reported a higher quality of life and a lower level of severity. As a bonus, they also indicated that they depended less on their bronchodilator and these positive effects were still being demonstrated one year after chiropractic care was finished.

So, whether you're 9 or 90, if you have asthma attacks, be sure to contact Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell in St. Petersburg, FL and make an appointment today. We'll do what we can to help you breathe easier!

Studies

  • Asthma. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Bronfort G et al. (2001, July-August). Chronic pediatric asthma and spinal manipulation: a prospective clinical series and randomized clinical pilot study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;24(6):369-77
  • Nielsen N et al. (1995, January). Chronic asthma and chiropractic spinal manipulation: a randomized clinical trial. Clinical and Experimental Allergy;25(1):80-8
 

Chiropractic: Safe for Everyone

St. Petersburg, FL Chiropractic for familiesWe tend to a large number of patients in our St. Petersburg, FL clinic, and Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell has helped many people overcome a variety of health issues. Even so, the primary concern that seems to prevent many women and men from seeking care is whether or not chiropractic is safe. Fortunately, according to three separate studies (out of quite a few on the topic), the answer to this question is a resounding: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"

Chiropractic is Safe, According to Australian Study

The first study(1) was published in Spine and included 183 men and women. Each test subject reported affected by some kind of back pain, and half of the individuals received actual chiropractic care visits whereas the remaining patients received two sham chiropractic treatments. Data was collected after each real or fake adjustment to discover if any unfavorable reactions occurred as a result of the actual chiropractic adjustments.

The authors found that no one documented any serious negative side effects at all after receiving one or two sessions of chiropractic care. Some people did report that they experienced a headache (9% of patients) or muscle stiffness (about 1 out of 3) post-treatment, but the effects were not of a serious nature.

Nationwide Survey Reports that Chiropractic Adjustments are Safe

The second article(2), also released in the prestigious journal, Spine, was done in an attempt to ascertain the safety of chiropractic. The study group was much larger -- 20,000 individuals. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all patients.

Again, the researchers discovered no serious adverse side effects. The experts determined the risk of total negative effects to be approximately 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the previous study, some people did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (less than 2%) or a headache (4 out of every 100), and this prompted the researchers to conclude that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."

Chiropractic Care Is Safe for Kids

This third study(3) is unique from the previous two pieces of research, as it concentrates on the safety of chiropractic care for children. In this case, the researchers analyzed data reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic adjustments.

Out of 5,438 chiropractic visits made for the young ones, chiropractors responding to the survey reported only three cases where there were adverse reactions. When parents were surveyed, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Furthermore, both chiropractors and parents reported "a high rate of improvement with respect to the children's presenting complaints."

Based on these three studies (and many more!), chiropractic has been deemed safe and effective for everyone. To learn what chiropractic care can do for you, call our St. Petersburg, FL clinic and schedule an appointment today at (727) 637-2957.

References

  1. Walker BF, Hebert JJ, Stomski NJ, Clarke BR, Bowden RS, Losco B, French SD. Outcomes of usual chiropractic. The OUCH randomized controlled trial of adverse events. Spine 2013;38(20):1723-9.
  2. Thiel HW1, Bolton JE, Docherty S, Portlock JC. Safety of chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine: a prospective national survey. Spine 2007;32(21):2375-8.
  3. Alcantara J, Ohm J, Kunz D. The safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic: a survey of chiropractors and parents in a practice-based research network. Explore NY 2009;5(5): 290-5.
 

Want To Avoid Surgery? See A Chiropractor

St. Petersburg, FL chiropractic back pain treatmentIn our St. Petersburg, FL office, we see a lot of people who are dealing with back pain, and some of these folks have been informed they might need surgery to recover. Thankfully, Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell has helped many people get relief without the need for any type of operation. The scientific research confirms the success we see in our office. One research study published in the journal Spine found that seeing a chiropractor as your first move in overcoming with your back pain may actually keep you off of the operating table.

In this scientific study, medical researchers from Dartmouth analyzed statistics from about 1,900 workers from Washington state who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractic doctor for their low back issues. They then examined three years' worth of follow-up medical data to ascertain whether the subjects wound up having back surgery in an effort to correct the issue.

What the researchers determined was that about 43% of the individuals who first consulted with a surgeon for their back problems ended up with surgery in that 3-year time span, whereas only 1.5 percent 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 remarkable findings. Consulting with a chiropractor significantly decreases your odds of having 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 injury.

Surgery: The Last Resort

Any surgery has risks, but a serious problem associated with spinal surgery is that there's a very high rate of failure. In an important review 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. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell 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 efficacy of chiropractic for back pain.

If you live in St. Petersburg, FL and you need care for your back pain, give our practice a call today at (727) 637-2957 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.
 

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

In our St. Petersburg, FL office, Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell has helped many patients recover from back problems. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to decrease the pain. You should understand that research indicates that chiropractic is oftentimes a much healthier approach 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 designated to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 patients, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the NSAID diclofenac. The second group of 38 individuals received sham chiropractic adjustments and the real drug. The third group of 25 people acted as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.

Both of the groups that received some type of treatment, whether through chiropractic or the medication, fared better than the control patients who had no real 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 drug.

Chiropractic: Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without adverse effects. For example, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, high blood pressure, and other serious health issues. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's purpose designed to resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the symptoms.

If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Schedule an appointment in our St. Petersburg, FL office with Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell today at (727) 637-2957. We'll help relieve your back pain 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.

 

St. Petersburg, FL Auto Accidents and Chronic Pain

St. Petersburg, FL auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in St. Petersburg, FL and you've been in a motor vehicle accident, you need to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic symptoms.

We treat a lot of auto injury sufferers in our St. Petersburg, FL office, and many of these folks are dealing with chronic pain caused by an old collision. In fact, research shows that a significant percentage of rear-end accidents trigger pain and disability even ten years after the initial trauma.

Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell is here to help you avoid developing chronic symptoms by helping to restore the healthy function of your spine soon after a collision.

The most common causes of chronic problems are reduced mobility of your spinal column and the formation of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your spine can easily be damaged during a collision, and chiropractic care works by decreasing inflammation and restoring normal movement.

If you're near our St. Petersburg, FL office, and you've been hurt in a crash, don't wait to get care. Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell is here for you. Give us a call today at (727) 637-2957 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Shoulder Pain and Car Accidents

If you are suffering from shoulder pain after an auto collision, don't worry. Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell sees this type of condition frequently in our St. Petersburg, FL office. The key to recovering from shoulder pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

There are at least two ways that you can get shoulder problems after an accident: by direct injury to the shoulder or by radiating pain from the neck.

Direct trauma can be caused by hitting your shoulder on a hard surface in the car during the crash, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end impact. With this type of injury, you'll usually be aware of the pain shortly after the crash.

More frequently, Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a collision, but begins a few days or weeks after the accident. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the neck. Injured muscles or ligaments in your spine can tweak nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've worked with both kinds of shoulder problems in our St. Petersburg, FL office. This process involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell has been helping patients in St. Petersburg, FL since 2000, so we know what you're going through. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (727) 637-2957 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Chiropractic Effective for Herniated Disc Problems

St. Petersburg, FL chiropractic disc herniation treatmentRegrettably, quite a few of our St. Petersburg, FL patients know the pain caused by a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of research studies have confirmed that chiropractic can help people recover from this kind of condition.

Research on Chiropractic for Disc Herniations

In one report, a group of doctors from Switzerland recruited 148 patients who were suffering with pain in their lower 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 problem.

Data was gathered after the initial treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to find out what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic offers when it comes to treating this particular condition. Among the information collected was the person's self-reported changes in both low back and leg pain.

Researchers found that, overall, the study participants reported "significant improvement" for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the individuals stated 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 reported an improvement in pain at a rate of 89 percent one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive result that was found in the following case study.

Disc Herniation and Chiropractic: A Case Study

In this paper, a 26-year-old male 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 endured these issues for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his herniated disc was confirmed via MRI.

After receiving chiropractic care, "The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment." Furthermore, the patient was still enjoying relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.

Studies like these show how useful chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and treating the symptoms they cause. So, if you are suffering from back ache caused by a herniated disc and want to find some relief, chiropractic may be an effective solution.

Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our St. Petersburg, FL office a call today at (727) 637-2957 for a consultation or appointment.

References

  • 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.