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Back Pain and the SI Joint

We see a large number of men and women with back pain in our Shoreview, MN office, and Dr. Jane Steffen Bye has noticed that many cases of back pain originate in the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Research has demonstrated that roughly twenty-five percent of all back pain originates in the SI joint, and now fresh research ratifies what we see in our office: chiropractic is an effective way to treat this issue.

Research Supports Chiropractic Treatment Helps Increase Movement in the SI Joint

In the study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 32 women who suffered from sacroiliac joint syndrome were split into two groups and asked to engage in one of two treatment methods. The first group was given a chiropractic adjustment only at the sacroiliac joint, and the second group had an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint as well as the lumbar spine.

Researchers observed greater improvements in both pain and movement immediately after treatment, two days post-treatment, and 30 days after for the patients who received high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This asserts that chiropractic manipulation applied to these two areas offers both short term and long term benefits for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even with just one treatment session.

Therefore, if you are having trouble with sacroiliac joint pain, or have back and leg pain and would like to know if your sacroiliac joint is the root, a consultation at our Shoreview, MN office could be the first—and best—step towards feeling better. Give our office a call today at (651) 483-4040.

Kamali F, Shokri E. The effect of two manipulative therapy techniques and their outcome in patients with sacroiliac joint syndrome. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2012;16(1):29-35.

 

Chronic Pain, Car Crashes, and Chiropractic

Approximately 2.3 million people are hurt each year in automobile accidents in the U.S. While most people are able to heal from their injuries relatively quickly, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. We see many of these patients here in our Shoreview, MN office. Thankfully, Dr. Jane Steffen Bye is here to help you heal from your auto injury.

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was conducted on 28 men and women diagnosed with chronic whiplash pain. Each participant received chiropractic treatment and 93 percent of them experienced pain relief following their adjustments, even though 43 percent of whiplash sufferers overall usually never find relief. This confirms that chiropractic is a great way to avoid long-term pain after an auto injury.

It's important to note that research has also found that putting off care after a car crash can negatively affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Jane Steffen Bye as soon as possible is key to having a quicker recovery.

Dr. Jane Steffen Bye has worked with many auto injury sufferers, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Shoreview, MN office today for more information or an appointment.

Resources

  • Association for Safe International Road Travel. Retrieved from http://asirt.org/initiatives/informing-road-users/road-safety-facts/road-crash-statistics
  • Dies S & Strapp J. (1992, September). Chiropractic treatment of patients in motor vehicle accidents: a statistical analysis. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 36(3), 139-145.
  • Woodward M et al. (1996, November). Chiropractic treatment of chronic 'whiplash' injuries. Injury, 27(9), 643-645.
 

How to Avoid Surgery for Back Pain

Although some people are still skeptical about chiropractic care, even the American Medical Association (AMA) suggests that adjustments should be tried prior to surgical treatment--the one option that should be a last resort.

Dr. Jane Steffen Bye has seen many back pain patients in our Shoreview, MN office who have been hurting for years and who are worried that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Jane Steffen Bye has had great success in helping patients recover and avoid risky surgery, and the science backs up our experience.

Recently, in a study carried out on almost 2,000 Washington State employees who suffered from a back injury while at work, more than 40% who saw a surgeon first following their injury found themselves having back surgery within three years. That compares to just 1.5% of the individuals who first sought treatment with chiropractic, proving that this non-invasive approach is very effective at keeping you off the operating table.

There are options to risky medical procedures. Chiropractic is a proven effective and safe way to improve the function of your spine, which is the root cause of back pain. Dr. Jane Steffen Bye has helped many patients in Shoreview, MN recover. Give our office a call today at (651) 483-4040 for an appointment.

Goodman DM, Burke AE, Livingston. Low Back Pain. The Journal of the American Medical Association 2013;309(16);1738.

Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, et al. 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.

 

Shoreview, MN Neck Pain and Car Crashes

We work with many car accident cases in our Shoreview, MN office, and a common symptom our patients report is neck pain. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after an accident and see how chiropractic care can help.

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom experienced after a crash. During even a low speed wreck, your head is subjected to very rapid acceleration. In such crashes, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts a severe strain on the tissues of the neck. The bones of your neck are held together with strong bands of tissue called ligaments, and these ligaments provide stability for your neck. These ligaments can be sprained during a car crash, just as your ankle ligaments can be sprained. A sprain means that the ligament is stretched or torn.

When you experience a sprained ligament, the damaged tissues become swollen and painful, and that's what happens after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing mobility in the injured region, which helps the ligaments heal and helps minimize scar tissue.

You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Jane Steffen Bye is conveniently located in Shoreview, MN to help you heal, whether you've been in a car crash or not. 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. Call us today at (651) 483-4040 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Shoreview, MN Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Shoreview, MN headache care by Dr. Jane Steffen ByeWe know how difficult long-term headache pain can be. Dr. Jane Steffen Bye and our staff have worked with many patients in our Shoreview, MN chiropractic practice, and we've had great success in helping people eliminate 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 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 paper found that the individuals 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 study 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. Jane Steffen Bye a call today at our Shoreview, MN office at (651) 483-4040. We're here to help get out of pain.

Citation

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.

 

Chiropractic More Effective than Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

In our Shoreview, MN practice, Dr. Jane Steffen Bye has helped countless people heal from back pain. If you are suffering from back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to decrease the discomfort. You should understand that studies have shown that chiropractic care is often a better approach than drugs when it comes to relieving this common type of pain.

In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine experts included 101 people who had experienced back pain for more than two days. Each person was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 individuals, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received fake chiropractic adjustments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 subjects acted as the control as those individuals received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.

All of the people who received some type of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic or the NSAID, fared better than the control group who had no actual therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the people who received chiropractic care had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps enhance healing without negative side effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health issues. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic 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 address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Call and make an appointment in our Shoreview, MN office with Dr. Jane Steffen Bye today at (651) 483-4040. 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.

 

Headache and Car Crashes

If you have headache after a car accident, don't worry. Dr. Jane Steffen Bye sees this type of condition very often in our Shoreview, MN office. Let's look at the root cause of headache after an accident and see how chiropractic care can help.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's caused by a car crash, though, typically starts as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the neck. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be torn, 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 Shoreview, MN 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 treatment for this type of problem to prevent the creation of scar tissue.

Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those triggered by car crashes. Dr. Jane Steffen Bye can help reduce the irritation and strain in your neck, which will help relieve the headache pain.

If you've been injured in a car crash and you're struggling with headache, Dr. Jane Steffen Bye is here to help. Dr. Jane Steffen Bye will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (651) 483-4040 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

Shoreview, MN Headache Treatment by Dr. Jane Steffen ByeMany people experience headache pain, and tension headaches are a common problem in our busy world. Postural problems and stress are common causes of tension headache, and ones that Dr. Jane Steffen Bye and the team here in our Shoreview, MN chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Supports Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

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

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

We're Here to Help Patients Find Comfort From Tension Headaches

If you live in Shoreview, MN and are struggling with any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Jane Steffen Bye today at (651) 483-4040 for an appointment or more information.

Citation

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.

 

Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Shoreview, MN chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the philosophy of allowing your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage wellness. For Dr. Jane Steffen Bye, this involves working to reestablish your body's normal performance to prevent the need for drugs or surgical treatments. We find that many of our Shoreview, MN patients are pleased to find a natural approach for their health conditions.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people reduce or even eliminate the use of drugs. Prescriptions are oftentimes supplied to patients who have back pain. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the benefits when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most popular opiates, 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 50% of the people taking these drugs for a period of three months are still on them five years later. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and recovery, particularly if an narcotic addiction occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic which features natural healing and the advantages are obvious. While a pill might be useful at briefly reducing the symptoms of a health problem, it's not a real solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your damaged spine; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. Jane Steffen Bye will first examine you to get to the root of your back problems and then work with you to correct the problem -- without risky medications.

If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our Shoreview, MN office a call at (651) 483-4040 to make an appointment with Dr. Jane Steffen Bye.

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

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common symptom after an auto injury, and it's something that Dr. Jane Steffen Bye sees often in our Shoreview, MN office. Chiropractic care can be very helpful for thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes thoracic outlet syndrome and why chiropractic works.

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

In a collision, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If damaged, the muscles become swollen and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which limits motion and puts stress 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 wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Shoreview, MN Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

Dr. Jane Steffen Bye is here in Shoreview, MN to help you recover from thoracic outlet syndrome. We've been helping patients since 2000 and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful evaluation to figure out the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (651) 483-4040 and we'll get you back on the road to health.