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Chiropractic and Disc Herniation Treatment

Singapore non-surgical disc herniation treatmentDr. Stakes sees many patients weekly in our busy Singapore chiropractic office who are searching for relief from the pain and suffering they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the medical research confirms that chiropractic care is a successful way to treat herniated disc pain.

Don't Suffer! Dr. Stakes and Chiropractic Care Helps With Disc Herniation

One particular 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 individuals reported that they were experiencing pain, limited range of motion, and sensory issues bad enough to keep them off work.

Over the course of the research period, the individuals were managed using one of two common chiropractic practices: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the people who had herniation issues in the low back.

Each man or woman was treated four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times each week, and then as needed for the rest of the study. Based on the extent of the disc herniation, treatment ranged anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being carried out at a variety of stages to identify what effect, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Back Pain and Herniated Disc

The authors discovered that 80 percent of the participants enjoyed 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 work and led the authors to conclude that chiropractic adjustments is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.

If you have a herniated disc and suffer from chronic back pain and are near Dr. Stakes in Singapore, 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: The Natural Approach to Back Pain

Singapore chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the philosophy of helping your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote overall health. For Dr. Stakes, this means working hard to restore your body's normal functioning to prevent the need for drugs or surgery. We see that most of our Singapore patients are pleased to find a natural approach for their health issues.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people reduce or eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescriptions are oftentimes issued to people who have back problems. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a press release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the benefits when administered for back pain.

Some of the most common opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Numbers offered by the AAN mention the fact that roughly 50% of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the issue of back pain and recovery, especially if an opiate dependency arises.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which involves natural healing and the benefits are crystal clear. While a medication might be useful at temporarily relieving the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a solution to the problem. Drugs can't fix your damaged back; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. Stakes will first examine you to get to the source of your back pain and then work with you to correct the problem -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Singapore office a call at 62351220 to make an appointment with Dr. Stakes.

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
 

Shoulder Pain Treatment with Chiropractic

Singapore shoulder pain treatment and recoveryAccording to experts, approximately 5 percent of the population will experience painful problems like frozen shoulder syndrome at some point in their lives. That makes shoulder pain a common problem and one that Dr. Stakes sees in our Singapore office on a regular basis.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Shoulder Pain

Usually, this ailment is more common for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, and it tends to affect women more often than men. While ice, heat, and gentle stretching can often times help alleviate the discomfort, so too can chiropractic.

For instance, one study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine looked at 50 people with frozen shoulder who received chiropractic care. The length of care varied from 11 days to 51 days, with 28 days being the average.

The researchers found that nearly all of the patients fared extremely well with chiropractic care. Here are the results:

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 of the original 50 reported an improvement of 50 percent or less, so reports like this show just how effective chiropractic care can be when it comes to decreasing shoulder pain and increasing quality of life.

We Can Help Patients Find Relief From Shoulder Pain

Let Dr. Stakes help you relieve your pain by contacting our Singapore office and scheduling your appointment today.

Resources

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

 

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Singapore office, Dr. Stakes has helped several patients recover from back problems. If you suffer from back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to relieve the pain. You should recognize that research shows that chiropractic is often a better choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this specific type of problem.

In a 2013 study published in the medical journal Spine researchers included 101 people who had suffered back pain for more than 48 hours. Each person was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 people, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received sham chiropractic treatments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 people served as the control as those individuals received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care whatsoever.

All of the people who received some form of treatment, whether through chiropractic or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control group who had no real treatment. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the people who received chiropractic had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug.

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps promote healing without negative side effects. For instance, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's purpose designed to resolve the source of the problem, not just treat the signs and symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Make an appointment in our Singapore office with Dr. Stakes today at 62351220. 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.

 

Chiropractic Proven Safe

Singapore Chiropractic for familiesWe care for a large number of people in our Singapore clinic, and Dr. Stakes has helped countless people overcome a wide array of health issues. However, a frequent issue that seems to prevent many folks from seeking treatment is whether or not chiropractic is safe. Well, according to three separate studies (out of quite a few on the issue), the answer to this concern is a resounding: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"

Chiropractic is Safe, According to Australian Study

The first article(1) was published in Spine and included 183 women and men. Each individual reported affected by spinal pain, and half of the people received real chiropractic care while the remaining patients were given two sham chiropractic adjustments. Data was obtained after each real or fake adjustment to identify whether or not any unfavorable reactions occurred as a result of the genuine chiropractic adjustments.

The authors found that none of the patients documented any serious adverse side effects whatsoever after receiving one or two sessions of chiropractic. Some participants did state that they experienced a headache (just 9% of people) or muscle stiffness (about 1 out of 3) post-treatment, but the effects were not serious.

Nationwide Survey Reports that Chiropractic is Safe

The next article(2), also released in the influential publication, Spine, was done in an attempt to establish the safety of chiropractic care. The test group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 individuals. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all study participants.

Again, the experts discovered no serious adverse side effects. The authors calculated the risk of total adverse reactions to be about 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the previous study, some participants did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (16 out of every 1,000 treatment consultations and 15 out of every 1,000 treatment sessions) or a headache (4%), and this caused 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 Your Children

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

Out of 5,438 chiropractic appointments made for the young ones, chiropractors answering the survey documented only three cases where there were adverse side effects. When parents were questioned, 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 studies like these, chiropractic has been deemed safe and effective for everyone. To learn what chiropractic care can do for you, call our Singapore clinic and make an appointment today at 62351220.

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.
 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

We treat many auto injury cases in in our Singapore office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. Let's take a look at why thoracic outlet syndrome is frequently experienced after a car crash and see how chiropractic care can help you heal.

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of blood vessels and nerves 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 underneath and through 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 sore, and they can develop scar tissue which restricts 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 hand. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Singapore Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

Dr. Stakes has been helping patients in Singapore since 2005, so we know what you're experiencing. We're here to help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to establish the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at 62351220 to make an appointment.

 

Faster Work Injury Recovery with Chiropractic

Singapore Worker Injury Treatment and RecoveryWhen you're trying to support your family, take care of your household, and pay all of your bills on time, every day at your job counts. Work injuries can be a serious problem for many people, and we see many of these types of injuries in our Singapore office. Dr. Stakes appreciates your situation and is here to help.

The benefits of chiropractic care for work injuries are well-documented. A 2013 research paper involving over 600 adults who were suffering with either back or neck pain found that the men and women who didn't see a chiropractor missed work at twice the rate of those who were seeing a chiropractor.

So, why don't more people use Chiropractic?

According to the participants in this study, two of the major factors were that they thought they needed a medical referral for chiropractic care (which is typically no longer true) and they overestimated the costs associated with chiropractic treatment sessions by almost 70 percent.

The reality is, chiropractic patients actually spend less on care than medical patients, plus they are less likely to use drugs for their symptoms.

Dr. Stakes Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Chronic Pain

If you live in Singapore and you've been injured at work, we can help. Give our office a call today at 62351220 for an appointment.

Resources

"Thousands of Minnesotans with Back and Neck Pain Don't Seek Treatment." (2013, June 12). ChiroCare.

 

Studies Show Chiropractic Care Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries

Singapore sports injury treatment and chiropracticWe come across a lot of sports injuries in our Singapore office, and Dr. Stakes is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults injured annually while taking part in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the necessity of minimizing these types of widespread injuries. One way to potentially realize that goal, as stated in a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic treatments.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, frequently sidelining the players and affecting their team's likelihood of securing a win. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them playing.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study particularly, every one of the participants received medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also engaged in chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 treatment each week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one treatment per month for the remaining three months of the study. The remaining participants were given no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.

After twenty-four matches, researchers noted a diminished number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Additionally, that same group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to dramatically reduce the amount of leg injuries.

Dr. Stakes Can Help People Find Relief From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Quicker

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 Singapore office at 62351220 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!

References

  • 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.
 

Singapore Spinal Decompression Therapy

Singapore non-surgical spinal decompressionDr. Stakes sees many back pain patients in our busy Singapore chiropractic office. Many of these people have some kind of spinal condition that is causing them pain and distress. Fortunately, Dr. Stakes has found that spinal decompression therapy is a highly effective 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 this technique is to keep you off the operating table, and that is precisely what it's accomplished for a number of people, as it has a reported 85% success rate.

A few of the problems spinal decompression helps with include generalized back pain, sciatic nerve pain, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, compression fractures, and joint pain.

Spinal decompression works by reversing the influences of wear, tear, and the force of gravity that compresses the intervertebral discs in your spinal column. The video below demonstrates how it works to relieve stress on your back and helps eliminate pain and disability.

Dr. Stakes Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Chronic Back Pain

If you live in Singapore and you're suffering with back pain, spinal decompression therapy might be the fix. Call Dr. Stakes today at 62351220 for a consultation or appointment.

 

Chiropractic Can Decrease Shoulder Pain

Singapore shoulder pain treatment and recoveryAccording to experts, about 5 percent of the population will suffer from painful ailments like frozen shoulder syndrome at some time in their lives. That makes shoulder-related pain a common occurrence and one that Dr. Stakes sees in our Singapore practice on a regular basis.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Shoulder Pain

In general, this issue is more common for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, and it tends to affect women more often than men. While ice, heat, and gentle stretching can often times help alleviate the pain, so too can chiropractic care.

As an example, one study released in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine looked at 50 patients with frozen shoulder who were given chiropractic care. The duration of care ranged from 11 days to 51 days, with 28 days being the average.

The researchers found that almost all of the patients fared extremely well with chiropractic care. Here are the results:

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 can be when it comes to decreasing shoulder pain and improving quality of life.

We Can Help Clients Find Relief From Shoulder Pain

Let Dr. Stakes help you ease your pain by contacting our Singapore office and scheduling your appointment today.

Resources

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