Texas employers are invited to join the Division of Workers’ Compensation in Austin for the Texas Safety Summit on May 9-11. The 21st annual workplace safety and health conference offers important information for everyone who plays a role in safeguarding employees, from the beginner to the seasoned safety professional. Employers will hear from top safety…
After a successful pilot project, the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation rolled out a statewide program in October 2016 that has helped speed up the resolution of some disputes. The program splits up related claim issues so that a hearing officer can decide the most far-reaching issue first. This can clear the way for secondary…
Workers’ Compensation System Participants Annual Change to the Medical Fee Guideline Conversion Factors as Established in Title 28 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §134.203 The purpose of this bulletin is to inform workers’ compensation system participants of the annual change to the Medical Fee Guideline conversion factors as established in 28 TAC §134.203. Under Labor Code…
The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation is taking a promising pilot program statewide to help simplify and speed resolution of some disputes. A pilot started last year splits up related claim issues so that a hearing officer can decide the most far-reaching issue first. This can clear the way for secondary issues to be resolved…
Since its establishment five months ago, the new in-house fraud unit at the Division of Workers’ Compensation has opened more than 40 investigations and hired additional fraud investigators to extend its reach. “It’s a huge benefit to have a fraud unit that is 100 percent dedicated to workers’ compensation,” said Commissioner of Workers’ Compensation Ryan…
Injured workers in Texas have better access to physicians who can treat them more quickly than they did 15 years ago, according to a September 2016 study by the Texas Department of Insurance’s Research and Evaluation Group (REG). The study found 84 percent of injured workers received initial care in seven days or less in…
Texas has some of the nation’s most affordable workers’ compensation coverage, according to a 2016 study, which found that the Lone Star State had the 10th lowest rates among all states. The study by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services ranks all 50 states and Washington, D.C., based on premium rates that were…
“Doctor, are chiropractic adjustments safe?”
This is one of the most common questions asked by people seeking or considering chiropractic care along with
“What are the risks?”
“Can I receive spinal adjustments without the chiropractor adjusting my neck?”
“Do chiropractic adjustments cause arthritis or even strokes?”
With media scrutiny over natural health procedures, specifically chiropractic and cervical adjustments, these are very important and serious questions, especially when one’s health is a priority. As a practicing chiropractor, I welcome the opportunity to address these questions. Chiropractic care is profoundly safe, and this article summarizes the current research, providing answers to these common questions and misconceptions.
Myths vs. Facts
In 1990, when I started working in the chiropractic profession, a common concern that patients had about chiropractic care was that “too many adjustments would cause arthritis.” Years later, science has affirmed what chiropractors have always seen and known to be true in clinical practice – that in fact chiropractic care is not only one of the most popular forms of care for people with arthritic conditions but one of the most effective.1,2
Unfortunately, for hundreds of years, health care practices have been permeated by folklore, sometimes known as “old wives tales.” The trend continues today. A 2010 study of over 1,000 board-certified American pediatricians found that over 75% of the doctors subscribe to at least one known health care myths.3 These include the myths that eating chocolate causes acne, listening to Mozart will make a baby smarter, and swimming within 30 minutes of eating is not safe. Many doctors in this study were also found guilty of not knowing the expected protocols for treating burns, healing wounds, administering Aspirin to children, and safely dealing with seizures.
A review of the current literature indicates that frequent or extreme complications of chiropractic care should also be included in the list of the most common medical myths prevalent even in our medical offices.
Spinal Care vs. Chiropractic Care
The spinal column’s role in overall health cannot be undermined as it houses the brainstem, spinal cord, and central nerve system. Thus, for optimal health the spinal column must be examined and cared for by a skilled doctor.
Specifically, the foundation of chiropractic care teaches that damage to the spine, and misalignments of the vertebrae (subluxations) create interference in the nerve system, which are therefore reduced and corrected through specific chiropractic adjustments.4,5
On that basis, chiropractic adjustment techniques have historically been rooted in precision and accuracy. Although there are now many unique chiropractic techniques taught in professional schools and in continuing education, these techniques commonly focus on the evaluation and measurement of subluxation patterns in the spine and the specific protocols used to reduce the areas of misalignment. In contrast, most other health care practices addressing the spine, never mind non-medical procedures attempted at home, are for the most part, generalized treatments of pain, global mobilizations of joints, and overall tractions of entire regions of the spinal column.
Receiving a specific chiropractic adjustment to reduce a subluxation is immensely different from receiving any form of “treatment” on the spine. Admittedly, I did not understand this practice in my first 20 years of receiving chiropractic adjustments. Until I attended chiropractic school and learned the techniques and analyses used in chiropractic science, I thought that chiropractic adjustments were all one-of-the-same. I can understand how the general public might also construe this misconception – I did and I grew up in a chiropractic family. Subluxations and adjustments are specific; the more extensive the analysis used by the chiropractor, the more precise the adjustment, and thus the better improvement in the patient’s health.
In my experience, the majority of the “chiropractic horror stories” shared in folklore, and even many of the cases cited by medical research, fall into one of two categories:
(a) The case of a the patient receiving care without extensive and correct analysis
(b) A person receiving spinal care incorrectly identified as “chiropractic care” administered by someone other than a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic
In fact, a 1995 report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics revealed that many “manipulations,” incorrectly attributed to chiropractors, had been rendered by non-chiropractic professionals including GPs, osteopaths, and physiotherapists, and even laypeople including a wife, a Kung-Fu practitioner, a blind masseur, and an Indian barber.6,7 Therefore before someone suggests they were hurt or injured by a “chiropractor,” it is imperative to learn more about their experience. In all likelihood some level of scrutiny was overlooked – or they weren’t seeing a licensed chiropractor at all.
Modern chiropractors use advanced technological analyses such as X-ray, surface electromyography (sEMG), thermography, and digital postural analysis, along with traditional chiropractic methods of motion and static palpation, leg length analysis, and visual postural inspection to make a diagnosis and determine the appropriate adjustment. Naturally, to use layman’s terminology, if a patient presented to the chiropractor with a low left hip, and the chiropractor adjusted the left hip “even lower,” the patient would get worse. For this reason, your Doctor of Chiropractic is not only highly trained but expected under every state and provincial law to thoroughly assess your spine and condition prior to making recommendations or giving adjustments.
What about stroke?
Since the 1990s, the most extreme fallacy about chiropractic care is that “adjustments of the cervical spine cause strokes.” As a practitioner, I am pleased to observe greater inter-professional cooperation between physicians and chiropractors, but I am disappointed by the increasing number of patients who have consulted me following a discussion with their medical doctor and told to “not get their necks adjusted.”
A basic understanding of the origins of chiropractic care, and the critical function, anatomy, and physiology of the central nerve system demonstrates why the suggestion that patients should “not get their necks adjusted” is absurd. While chiropractors are concerned with the reduction of nerve system stress caused by spinal subluxations throughout the entire spine, one must understand that all spinal nerves first pass through the upper cervical spine. Therefore, interference to the nerves passing from the brain through the spinal cord to any area of the body could occur either at the associated spinal segment where the peripheral nerve exits the spinal column, or at any place higher, including the upper cervical spine. Historically, Dr. B.J. Palmer, who developed the modern chiropractic profession, focused the majority of his research and efforts into the reduction of upper cervical spine subluxations, expressing that upper cervical subluxations were the foremost cause of disease and dysfunction compared to other subluxations in the spine.8 Years later, science continues to affirm the importance of upper cervical alignment. It has been demonstrated that abnormal cervical alignment is a leading cause and an almost universal finding related to not only cervicogenic pain and headaches, but also the development of scoliosis9,10 and even sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).11.12,13 This awareness of the basic physiology of the nerve system is enough to understand the utmost importance of reducing subluxations in the cervical spine, above all other areas of the nerve system.
The “stroke hypothesis” stems from the theory that the irritation of the vertebral arteries, which pass through the cervical vertebrae, could lead to an ischemic stroke by causing accumulated plaque in the arteries to be dislodged. As strokes may cause serious, permanent impairments in a person’s health, there has naturally been much interest and research in this topic.
Consider how plaque develops in the arterial system of the body. Exposure to the known risks of poor diet, alcohol consumption, and smoking over a period of many years may cause molecular plaquing in the arteries, and it is true that when those molecules become dislodged, they can affect the brain, which is known as a stroke. Unfortunately, your family doctor or your chiropractor can’t prevent this from happening – you would need immediate emergency medical attention in hospital to prevent this from occurring.
Warning signs that a stroke may be about to occur include upper back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Naturally, people dealing with these symptoms may consult their chiropractor, hoping for a resolution of pain. Many may also consult their MDs and/or other trusted health care providers. Unfortunately, such pre-stroke symptoms as back pain, neck pain, and headaches may not explicitly appear to be the early stages of a vascular incident without the “red-flag” accompanying symptoms of blurred vision, dizziness, slurred speech, facial drooping, and lack of coordination. Therefore, as it is not standard practice for chiropractors or medical physicians to refer every case of back pain or headaches to the emergency room, patients may receive chiropractic or medical intervention without knowing that a stroke is ensuing.
When is a chiropractor or medical doctor negligent? If a patient visits the doctor’s office with neck pain and headaches while showing the classic signs of stroke (slurred speech, dizziness, poor coordination, etc.), the doctor is obligated to identify this and ensure that a stroke is not about to happen. If, after examination, a doctor identifies that a stroke may be forthcoming, the doctor must see that the patient receives the necessary immediate medical attention. Doctors who do not rule out the possibility of an imminent stroke or do not ensure necessary medical attention if a stroke is indeed forthcoming, would indeed be negligent – but this is very far from “causing” the person’s stroke, whether or not any treatment was rendered.
In fact, although a chiropractic adjustment would not slow down the incidence of the stroke, 2008 research shows that it would no more accelerate it than a visit to the medical doctor. In an article published in SPINE, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers found that while strokes are very rare events in the general public, there was only an increased correlation between chiropractic visits and the occurrence of stroke, due to patients with headaches and neck pain seeking care before their stroke.14 Notably, the correlation of medical visits and strokes matched that of chiropractic visits and strokes; neither form of care was shown to increase the risk of stroke. In either case, the unfortunate patient was headed for a vascular incident. The occurrence of a stroke after a visit to the chiropractor (or the medical doctor) provides no association of cause, only correlation.15
Is your chiropractor required to warn you about the possibility of a stroke with a chiropractic adjustment? Interestingly, Dr. Christopher Kent, who is an attorney, independent researcher, and president of the Foundation for Vertebral Subluxation, has expressed that “such informed consent must be based on appropriate information and since there is no scientific evidence that chiropractic adjustments or neck manipulations actually cause strokes, it is inappropriate to require a doctor to suggest that such a risk exists.”16 Nevertheless, most state and provincial laws require Doctors of Chiropractic to disclose a remote risk of stroke to their patients, for this is common practice for “material risks” even when the likelihood of occurrence is very small.17
Long-term Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Rather than study isolated reports of adverse incidences which may (or may not) occur within one visit to the chiropractor, it is more revealing to measure the long-term benefits of chiropractic care. Ultimately, studies consistently demonstrate that a healthier spine relates to a healthier person.
Beyond symptomatic relief, a growing number of chiropractors place emphasis on corrective care and spinal hygiene, to maintain and promote the health of the spinal column and nerve system.
Without maintenance of spinal health, we now know through numerous studies that posture misalignment not only affects neurology but also the vascular system. A 2004 study revealed that older men and women with hyperkyphotic postures have increased rates of death, specifically associated with increased atherosclerosis.18 With atherosclerosis increasing the incidence of an ischemic stroke, it is only logical for health-conscious individuals trying to prevent strokes to maintain healthy posture through chiropractic care.
Further, whereas a 2005 study showed that the reversal of the normal cervical curvature results in vascular changes in the spinal cord,19 the maintenance of this proper alignment should be of highest importance to those interested in the prevention of vascular incidents.
Statistically, the incidence rates favour those individuals receiving chiropractic care. In 1995, the Journal of Manual and Physiological Therapeutics published the risk of fatal stroke associated with chiropractic cervical adjustments. Although no cause was shown in the article, the correlation is estimated to be 1 in 400,000 or 0.00025%.20 Newer studies suggest the risk may be as low as 1 in 6 million, 0.00002%.21 Notably, the National Center for Health Statistics indicates the mortality rate from stroke in the general population is more than twice the rate of the most conservative estimates correlating chiropractic. The risk in the general population is 1 in 175,000 or 0.00057%.22
Not only is the risk of death from stroke after a cervical adjustment substantially less than the risk of fatal stroke in the general population, other long-term studies of chiropractic patients have shown:
Improved lung capacity, athletic ability, and vision23
Better functional capacity, and reduced relapse of prior disability24
Better overall health and greater activity levels25
Enhanced DNA repair and enzyme activity; reduced impact of oxidative stress26
Fewer hospital visits, reduced pharmaceutical costs, and medical expenditures27
Improvement in health, wellness, and quality of life28,29
The Final Verdict: Malpractice Claims
Lastly, as it is always possible that research could be slanted based on who was conducting it, perhaps the best measures of safety are the malpractice insurance costs for chiropractors and the actual frequency and success of claims filed against them. No one pays closer attention to injury statistics than Malpractice Insurance carriers.
According to the Canadian Medical Protective Association, annual malpractice rates for Ontario medical doctors range from $1,572 for the family physician and $7,332 for the neurologist, to $44,520 for the Obstetrician.30 By comparison, the Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association’s standard rate for chiropractic malpractice insurance is less than $1,300 per year. Notably, the first-year doctor of chiropractic is extended a new member discount of approximately 50% (as opposed to an increased premium), not reflecting any greater risk for a patient seeing a doctor with less experience.31
American rates reflect the inter-professional differences to an even greater degree. Whereas the U.S. physician could pay $25,000 to $50,000 per year for malpractice coverage, U.S. chiropractors pay annual rates less than $5,000.32,33 The chiropractic profession has a well-established record of safety and efficacy, and the chiropractor’s malpractice insurance rates remain among the lowest across health professions.34 The varying rates are directly related to the risk involved in the doctors’ procedures, the claims filed against them, and the likelihood of future lawsuits.35
Although they are sensationalized in the media when they do occur, claims against chiropractors are very rare. Your chiropractor’s office consistently proves itself to be one of the safest health care facilities you can choose for your family.
Unquestionably, there have been decades of misinterpretations, and unfortunately chiropractic myths have been passed down through generations. Certainly, professional bias has also played a role in the public’s misunderstanding of the safety and efficacy of chiropractic care. (The U.S. Court of Appeals determined in 1990 that the American Medical Association had engaged in a “lengthy, systematic, successful and unlawful boycott” designed to restrict cooperation between medical doctors and doctors of chiropractic.36) Fortunately, we are long past that day. What you would hope to find in the 21st century are cooperative teams of health care professionals working together for your benefit.
My personal recommendation is to seek a chiropractor who not only uses current technology and techniques to analyze and render care to his or her patients, but also is willing to engage in dialogue with your other health care providers. I recommend the same when choosing an M.D.
With this better understanding of chiropractic myths and the benefits of maintaining a healthy spine, I trust that you can comfortably move forward, integrating chiropractic care into your wellness lifestyle.
How to Choose a Chiropractor
Chiropractic is the third largest healing profession in the country. Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are well-trained health care professionals. They are experts in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system. This system includes your muscles and bones. Above all, these doctors are experts in the structure and function of the spine (backbone).
Selecting a chiropractic doctor is a personal choice. You may want to ask a few friends or loved ones if they know a chiropractor they like. You may also want to ask your family doctor or other health care providers for names of chiropractors or centers that offer high quality chiropractic services.
Asking questions can help you make an informed choice. You may want to meet with more than one chiropractor before you make your choice.
Questions You Can Ask
What training, licensure, and experience do you have?
Before you ask any questions, make sure that the chiropractor is licensed to practice in your state. Then find out if the DC chiropractor has an area of specialty and what that is. Also ask the chiropractor how many years of experience he or she has.
What is treatment like for people with a health problem like my own?
How often would I come in for treatment?
How long should I expect treatment to last?
Chiropractors will outline a course of treatment and goals for your health problem. The chiropractor will talk to you about how long it should take for treatment to work for you. Your chiropractor will change your treatment as needed to help you reach your treatment goals.
What treatment would you suggest for my health problem or health goals?
Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs. They do not perform surgery either. Most chiropractors will suggest an adjustment/manipulative treatment. This treatment is used to:
Bring back normal joint function
Decrease pain and nerve irritation
Increase blood flow
Reduce muscle spasms
Improve range of motion
Chiropractors may also use other treatments, such as:
Massage and other soft tissue methods
Electrical muscle stimulation
Appliances (such as lower back supports)
Whichever treatment the chiropractor suggests, he or she should also tell you about the benefits and risks.
What if I need treatment beyond your scope of care?
Will you refer me to one of your contacts if needed?
You may need to get non-chiropractic treatment for your health problem. In this case, you will want your doctor to be able to refer you to other health care professionals.
Will I need to have an X-ray taken?
An X-ray is not always needed to start treatment. After going through your health history and an exam, the doctor may take an X-ray to confirm or rule out a larger health problem. An X-ray can check for conditions, such as:
Will you suggest exercises or other steps I can take to help my health problem?
It’s key that you take an active part in your treatment and healing process. You should expect your chiropractor to give you guidelines and training. This training may include an overview of proper exercises needed to take care of your health problem. Your chiropractor may suggest that you use other home-based treatments as well. This might include putting ice or heat on a certain part of your body.
Other Points to Consider
You should expect the chiropractor’s office staff to treat you with courtesy. When you call, are they prompt and professional? Do they answer all your questions? Do they help schedule future appointments? Be sure to pay attention to how the office staff treats you. Will you be comfortable working with the chiropractor and their staff?
After asking the questions listed above and meeting the chiropractor and office staff, think about the answers you were given. Does the chiropractor’s personality and approach seem like they will work for you? If so, you should feel comfortable that you have made an informed choice.
Look for a Doctor of Chiropractic that:
Is licensed in your state
Treats you with respect and professionalism
Listens to your health concerns
Answers your questions in a way that you can understand
Makes every effort to help you improve your health
Gives you advice about exercise, body mechanics, stretching, and posture to help avoid future problems
Takes X-rays only when needed and explains why they are being taken
Refers you to specialists or back to your primary doctor as needed
As you can see, there are plenty of things to think about when choosing a chiropractor. You deserve the best care possible. So do some research. And be sure to talk to different doctors. Most of all, take the time you need to make a choice you feel good about.
Sciatica is a frequent diagnosis among the general population of individuals who report low back pain as well as pain and discomfort along their buttocks, thighs, and legs. While these set of symptoms are the most prevalent cause for painful symptoms in the thighs of athletes and others alike, thigh pain can also be attributed to other factors and causes. As a matter of fact, injury or complications affecting the tensor fascia latae muscle found within the thigh has been known to cause issues among the population.
The tensor fascia latae, or TFL, is a well-known hip muscle among healthcare professionals and rehabilitation specialists. Because of its function, this muscle may be responsible for pain and dysfunction in the lower extremities, pelvis and spine. Research studies conclude however, that this muscle is poorly understood and needs further examination. Furthermore, the majority of research which has been already conducted have in fact simplified the accurate anatomy of, not only the TFL, but also its anatomical relationship to the iliotibial band, or ITB.
The TFL, or tensor fascia latae, is a complex muscle which is intricately arrangement anatomically with the ITB, or iliotibial band, and it performs various essential functions, such as allowing hip mobility as well as transmitting fascial tension through the fascia latae located in the thigh and the iliotibial band. The TFL also provides postural support during one-legged stance and limits the tensile stress on the femur caused by the combination of bodyweight, ground reaction force and how these create individual bending forces against the femur.
Chiropractic Adds Vitality to Life
Through the use of our specific, gentle adjusting techniques, we’re able to effectively correct spinal alignment patterns, helping to create comfort and stability as it relates to spinal mechanics and function. We also offer custom-made orthotics.
Here are some of our more common adjusting styles that can be tailored to the individual preferences of each practice member
Activator Methods®: Through the use of a handheld instrument, this technique delivers a light, low-force adjustment to the spine. We use this method primarily for those patients who are more delicate or sensitive, along with a similar instrument device called The Impulse.
Diversified: This is a classic chiropractic technique that uses hands-on, manual adjusting.
Thompson Drop Table: This is an effective technique for those practice members that prefer a light-force style of adjusting. The specialized table features neck, chest and pelvic pieces that have the capacity to drop during the adjustment.
We Honor Your Feelings
Chiropractic care is safe and gentle with a stellar track record of successful outcomes for newborns, moms-to-be, athletes, parents, aging seniors and children of every age.
Despite its successful history, we understand that sometimes practice members have some anxiety before their first treatment due to fear of the unknown. We promise to make sure that you’re comfortable and relaxed before your first adjustment.
It’s important to us that you have a positive and enjoyable experience as you work toward achieving optimum health. We put that focus into action hundreds of times a week with our practice members.
We can assure you that after your first adjustment, you’ll experience one of three things:
Many will feel an immediate shift to feeling looser with less tension.
Some will take longer to notice a difference if the problem has been there for a long time.
A little bit of soreness or stiffness the following day for some people. However this will subside, and almost all practice members experience an array of unexpected benefits as they continue with their care plan, including better sleep, calmer digestion, improved alertness and enhanced immune system function.
One of Our Favorite Success Stories
Dr. Don has a favorite story about one of the longtime members of the practice. As he walked into the room to adjust her for the first time, the woman glanced up at him and burst into tears. Her fear was palpable.
After Dr. Don gently reassured her, she received her first adjustment. Her response? “Wow, that wasn’t bad at all!”
These words are familiar to us, and this particular woman has been a part of our South Side Chiropractic family now for almost a decade, returning to an active life that she believed was lost to her.
We work hard to obtain your trust, and nothing makes us happier than to partner with you in achieving your health goals.
The Validity of the Chiropractic Adjustment
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter
By: Dr. Alec Khlebopros
Chiropractic adjustment has various applications. From the treatment of chronic pain and pre-existing conditions to early or sudden onset pain. Perhaps most frequently cited, sufferers of back and neck pain, sciatica, migraines and more have found relief from chiropractic medicine.
In fact, many medical doctors recommend that their patients seek chiropractic care for a variety of conditions before seeking more invasive measures such as surgery. This sentiment was (echoed by the American Medical Association) as recently as 2013.
Relieving Back and Neck Pain
Roughly 80% of adults have experienced back pain at some point. (In a study by Consumer Reports), 14,000 sufferers were surveyed. None of these individuals had undergone back surgery of any type. By the end of the study, Chiropractic adjustment was rated as the #1 treatment option.
In a similar (study conducted by the Annals of Internal Medicine), 272 patients experiencing recent onset neck pain were treated using three different methods:
Regular Chiropractic Adjustments
At the conclusion of the twelve-week study, patients who underwent regular chiropractic adjustments were twice as likely to be pain free as those who were treated with medication. (Further research demonstrates) the validity of chiropractic adjustments as easily seen via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Patients with lower back pain often experience limited mobility in the lumbar spine region that produces degeneration as well as adhesions within the joints of the vertebrae. When patients received an MRI scan following a chiropractic adjustment, the imaging showed an increase in spinal gapping. This breaks up the adhesions, allows the joints to move freely, and lead to a reduction in pain.
Headaches and Migraines
Chronic head pain, including migraines is another common condition that chiropractic adjustment can provide relief for. Through manipulation, chiropractic medicine is able to relieve pressure off of the nerves and provide relief. Headache and migraine sufferers may find long-term relief with continued adjustments, resulting in lessening the severity of symptoms or the frequency of onset.
There is also published research showing the validity of these treatment options. In an (Australian study that tracked 127 migraine sufferers), those who received regular chiropractic adjustments reported a decrease in migraine attacks as well as the need to take less medication.
Considering the rising costs of healthcare, specifically prescription medication, mitigating pharmaceutical costs can provide extra benefits.
In Support of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is becoming increasingly more widespread. Support from medical research and organizations such as The American Medical Association, as well as high profile supporters such as Tiger Woods, Jerry Rice, Aaron Rodgers have helped bring the treatments into the mainstream.
Today, Chiropractic medicine is practiced all over the world, and is an increasingly popular as well as effective form of treatment for a variety of conditions, including but not limited to the ones mentioned above.
(Some more statistics)
Utilizing chiropractic adjustments for treatment of back pain may help save Medicare costs by more than $80 million per year.
Back pain sufferers whose first point of treatment included a medical doctor or surgeon, went on to receive surgery 42.7% of the time. For sufferers who sought chiropractic adjustment first, surgery only occurred 1.5% of the time.
Chronic pain sufferers who sought treatment through chiropractic adjustment experienced a 20% reduction in overall care costs.
Is Chiropractic Adjustment Right for You?
The effectiveness of chiropractic adjustment in treating chronic and recent onset conditions is supported through research, scientific study, as well as patients just like you. If you are suffering from pain or discomfort in your neck, back, joints, or elsewhere, contact a well qualified Chiropractor near you.
About the Author:
Dr. Alec with Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Centre extensively studied human anatomy, physiology, radiology, kinesiology and post graduate seminars in topics such as herniated disc, whiplash, functional movement, car accident rehabilitation. With over 10 years of experience, Dr. Alec helps care for patients with back pain, neck pain, headaches, knee pain, shoulder pain, foot pain, whiplash, etc. Treatment services include: spinal decompression therapy, functional rehabilitation, active release technique, gua sha, electro-stimulation, intersegmental traction, hands-on chiropractic adjustment, instrument assisted chiropractic adjustment and rehabilitation. Dr. Alec takes pride in providing individualized treatment for each patient, with lasting results.
A broad number of construction or industrial accidents can result in serious and severe personal injuries, sometimes causing worse outcomes, involving wrongful death lawsuits. Because industrialized work settings are associated with the use of heavy equipment and machinery, even the slightest disregard for workplace safety can result in personal injury or harm.
Most industrial accidents can be prevented by performing sound safety practices and methods or by providing and utilizing advanced equipment. Several construction injuries which are caused by heavy equipment or machinery include: fall safety harness protection; scaffolding; exposure to chemicals and hazardous substances; warning lines; electrical high wire or high voltage lines; nail guns; ladders, fork lifts and lifts; cranes backhoes and rollers; hoists and derricks; safety devices; and trench cave-ins. Constructions jobs involving the construction of buildings are the most common setting for industrial personal injuries.
When a construction or industrial accident occurs, an injury or the development of a condition can be debilitating for the worker, impairing their normal capability to work. Missed days at work or simply the painful symptoms caused by the incident can tremendously affect the individual’s lifestyle. Therefore, seeking immediate medical attention following the construction accident is fundamental.
From sprains, strains and fractures, causing temporary disability to spinal cord and brain injuries, the symptoms of damage, injury or an aggravated condition can include: pain and discomfort, irritation, inflammation, swelling and bruising, tingling sensations, numbness, decreased strength, mobility and flexibility, concentration or memory issues and problems sleeping. Individuals who’ve suffered a workplace accident involving heavy equipment and machinery in an industrial setting who are experiencing any of the above symptoms or others should seek help from a healthcare professional as soon as possible.
A worker’s compensation lawyer from El Paso can can assist injured workers in various ways, engaging in pursuing compensation and settlement for victims under the proper statute and appropriate methods. For instance, an El Paso worker’s compensation attorney can help ensure that federal government employees who’ve been injured or have aggravated a previously existing condition…
Dedicated to ensure injured workers receive the proper compensation they deserve after suffering an on-the-job injury or occupational injury, the work accident lawyers in El Paso, Texas and in El Paso County, Texas, are qualified and experienced to help people with a variety of cases and situations. When an individual has experienced a work injury,…
With over 25 years of experience treating patients who’ve suffered injuries or aggravated a previous condition due to direct trauma from an accident, among other factors, Dr. Alex Jimenez is a qualified doctor of chiropractic who’s helped many individual’s recover their original health and wellness. Being injured at the job can be unfortunate and Dr….
- Agility & Speed
- Mobility & Flexibility
- Power & Strength
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Clinical Success Story
- Lower Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Nerve Injury
- Sleep Hygiene
- Spine Care
- Sports Injuries
- Nutrition and Wellness
- Personal Injury
- Healthcare Providers
- Protective Services
- Terms and Conditions
- Contact Us