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Effective Back Pain Treatment

Canton back pain treatmentWe see many patients with back pain in our Canton practice, and Dr. Bernard Bubanic has helped many of them find relief with chiropractic. At the same time, recovering from back problems doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical treatment, as many individuals utilize both types of care with great results.

Research Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Care Work Well with Each Other

In a report published by the journal Spine experts1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who reported both acute pain and limited function due to back symptoms. Some of the study participants engaged in treatment via standard medical therapy, while the remainder were given chiropractic adjustments in addition to regular medical care, as the authors wanted to see which group fared better.

The authors found that the patients who received standard medical care along with chiropractic care scored "significantly better" than the group that got medical care alone; 73 percent 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.

Thus, combining these two forms of treatment can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering advantages when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic care and medicine can work alongside each other, chiropractic offers some unique advantages over medical therapy.

Where Chiropractic Wins

Although it might seem as if each method plays a 50/50 role, there is one major advantage that chiropractic has over medical care and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, one bit of research done at UCLA2 that was published in the American Journal of Public Health reports that, on average, chiropractic patients are generally more satisfied with their recovery than patients 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 tend to spend much more time advising their patients as to how they can better their health on their own, as well as discussing more carefully what to expect from chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Offers a Holistic Approach

Certainly, the strategies associated with chiropractic are very different than those available with medical therapy, but a great deal of the distinction is the fact that chiropractic is a natural approach to health and wellness. In contrast to focusing on simply relieving the symptoms, chiropractic care involves finding the primary cause of your pain, which often means greater improvement as you are addressing the problem at its source.

Furthermore, while medication is sometimes helpful for treating certain conditions, many health issues respond well to natural forms of treatment such as chiropractic care. This means fewer negative responses to medications and more permanent results.

You don't have to endure back pain or other health issues. Give our Canton office a call today at (330) 491-8100. We'll do everything we can 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.
 

Shoulder Pain and Car Accidents

Shoulder Pain is a common symptom after an auto injury, and it's something that Dr. Bernard Bubanic sees often in our Canton office. What causes shoulder pain after an auto injury? How can chiropractic help?

There are at least two different ways that you can develop shoulder problems after an accident: by direct trauma to the shoulder joint or by referred pain from the neck.

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

More frequently, Dr. Bernard Bubanic finds that shoulder or arm pain doesn't immediately appear after a collision, but begins a few days or weeks after the trauma. This type of shoulder discomfort actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured soft tissue in your spine can tweak nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or pain in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've worked with both types of shoulder problems in our Canton office. This process involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Let us help you recover from shoulder pain. Dr. Bernard Bubanic has helped many people with the same condition, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful assessment to establish 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 (330) 491-8100 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Asthma Relief with Chiropractic

Canton asthma care with chiropracticAsthma is a serious worry for many people in Canton and for society as a whole, really, since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that this condition currently affects almost 19 million adults and 7 million kids in the US. A full-blown asthma attack likely means a emergency room visit. Thankfully, Dr. Bernard Bubanic has helped many people in Canton get relief from asthma symptoms.

The scientific literature confirms what we see in our practice. For instance, a paper published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy assessed 31 adult asthma patients after getting four weeks of chiropractic treatments. The authors found that the individuals 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 kids. In this paper, the 36 patients ranged from 6 to 17 years in age and their asthma was regarded as either mild or moderate in severity.

After 12 weeks of chiropractic, as a whole, the patients reported a higher quality of life and a reduced level of severity. As a bonus, they also reported 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 8 or 80, if you have symptoms of asthma, be sure to contact Dr. Bernard Bubanic in Canton and make an appointment today. We'll do what we can to help you breathe easier!

References

  • 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
 

Canton Spinal Decompression Therapy

Canton non-surgical spinal decompressionDr. Bernard Bubanic sees many back pain patients in our busy Canton chiropractic office. Many of our patients have some form of spinal dysfunction that is causing them pain and distress. Fortunately, Dr. Bernard Bubanic has found that spinal decompression therapy is a highly effective way to help these folks.

Non-surgical spinal decompression is a treatment technique that takes all of the positive benefits that one normally gets from chiropractic, traction, physiotherapy, exercise therapy, and myofascial release and combines them all into one.

The objective of decompression is to keep you off the operating table, and that is precisely what it's done for a number of people, as it has a reported 85% success rate.

A few of the symptoms 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 movie below demonstrates how it works to relieve stress on your back and helps reduce pain and disability.

If you live in Canton and you're suffering with back pain, spinal decompression therapy might be the answer. Call Dr. Bernard Bubanic today at (330) 491-8100 for a consultation or appointment.

 

A Natural Approach to Back Pain

Canton chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the philosophy of aiding your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote wellness. For Dr. Bernard Bubanic, this means working to restore your body's normal functioning to avoid the need for medications or surgical treatments. We notice that most of our Canton patients are happy to find a natural approach for their health issues.

One benefit of chiropractic care is that it helps people decrease or even eliminate the use of narcotics. Prescription medications are commonly supplied to people who have back soreness. This is such a significant concern that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the benefits when administered for back pain.

Some of the most well-known narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures provided by the AAN mention the fact that about 50% of the people taking these drugs for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the issue of back pain and healing, especially if an narcotic dependency occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which features natural healing and the advantages are clear. While a medication might be helpful at briefly suppressing the symptoms of a health problem, it's not a real solution to the problem. Drugs don't mend your damaged back; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. Bernard Bubanic will first examine you to get to the origin of your back pain and then work with you to address the problem -- without any risky drugs.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Canton office a call at (330) 491-8100 to make an appointment with Dr. Bernard Bubanic.

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
 

Back Pain and Auto Injury

Back Pain is a common problem after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Bernard Bubanic sees frequently in our Canton office. Let's see why back pain is frequently experienced after an auto injury and see how chiropractic care can help you recover.

During a rear-end auto collision, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your back, the seat can put uneven force on your lower back. This can cause some of your spinal vertebrae to move in one direction while an adjacent vertebrae might move in another direction. This differential movement can sprain or strain the ligaments that hold your spine together. This type of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Dr. Bernard Bubanic has been helping patients in Canton since 1987, so we know what you're experiencing. We're here to 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. Call us today at (330) 491-8100 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

Many people report back pain after a car crash.
 

Chiropractic: Safe for Everyone

Canton Chiropractic for familiesWe tend to a large number of patients in our Canton office, and Dr. Bernard Bubanic has helped many people eliminate a wide array of health problems. However, a frequent concern that seems to prevent many people from getting care is whether or not chiropractic care is safe. Luckily, according to three different studies (out of countless on the subject), the answer to this concern is a clear: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"

Chiropractic is Safe, According to Australian Study

The first article(1) was published in Spine and involved 183 men and women. Each test subject reported affected by spinal pain, and half of the patients received actual chiropractic care visits while the remaining patients received two sham chiropractic treatment sessions. Information was collected after each real or fake adjustment to identify if any unfavorable negative effects occurred as a result of the actual chiropractic treatments.

The doctors reported that no one documented any significant undesirable side effects in any way after receiving one or two sessions of chiropractic care. Some people did state that they had a headache (9 percent) or muscle stiffness (about 1 out of 3) post-treatment, but the results were not of a serious nature.

Nationwide Survey Confirms that Chiropractic is Safe

A second research study(2), also published in the important medical journal, Spine, was conducted in an attempt to establish the safety of chiropractic. The study group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 patients. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all study participants.

Once again, the investigators found no serious adverse side effects. The experts calculated the risk of total adverse reactions to be approximately 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the first study, some people did report non-serious, milder, unwanted 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 authors to determine that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."

Chiropractic Is Safe for Kids

The third research paper(3) is unique from the previous two reports, as it concentrates on the safety of chiropractic care for children. In this case, the authors investigated 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 answering the survey documented only three cases where there were adverse effects. 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 care has been found to be safe and effective for everyone. To find out what chiropractic can do for you, call our Canton office and schedule an appointment today at (330) 491-8100.

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.