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How Safe is Chiropractic?

Stamford, CT Chiropractic for familiesWe tend to a large number of people in our Stamford, CT clinic, and Dr. Banc has helped countless people overcome a variety of health issues. Even so, a common concern that seems to prevent a lot of people from getting care is whether or not chiropractic care is safe. Luckily, according to three different studies (out of countless on the issue), the answer to this concern is a resounding: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"

Australian Study: Chiropractic is Safe

The first article(1) was published in Spine and included 183 men and women. Each individual was suffering from some kind of back pain, and half of the individuals received real chiropractic adjustments while the remaining patients were given two sham chiropractic adjustments. Data was obtained after each real or fake adjustment to determine whether or not any unpleasant negative effects occurred as a result of the actual chiropractic treatments.

The doctors reported that none of the patients documented any serious undesirable side effects whatsoever after receiving one or two sessions of chiropractic. Some individuals did report that they got a headache (9 percent) or muscle stiffness (37 percent) after treatment, but the results were not of a serious nature.

Large US Survey Finds that Chiropractic Care is Safe

The second study(2), also released in the distinguished medical journal, Spine, was performed in an attempt to determine the safety of chiropractic care. The study group was much larger -- 20,000 patients. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the neck, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all study participants.

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

Chiropractic Is Safe for Children

This third research paper(3) is unique from the previous two reports, as it concentrates on the safety of chiropractic care for children. In this article, researchers analyzed results reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic treatment sessions.

Out of 5,438 chiropractic visits made for the young ones, chiropractors answering the survey reported 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 studies like these, chiropractic care has been deemed safe and effective for everyone. To learn what chiropractic care can do for you, call our Stamford, CT clinic and schedule an appointment today at (203) 323-3002.

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.
 

Chiropractic Helps People Avoid Back Surgery

Stamford, CT chiropractic back pain treatmentIn our Stamford, CT office, we see a large number of people who are suffering from back pain, and some of these patients have been told they might need surgery to recover. Thankfully, Dr. Banc has helped many people get pain relief without the need for any type of surgery. The scientific literature confirms the success we see in our practice. One research study published in the academic journal Spine found that seeing a chiropractor as your first move in overcoming with your back pain may literally keep you off of the operating table.

In this study, medical researchers from Dartmouth reviewed statistics from 1,885 workers from Washington state who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractor for their low back issues. They then looked at three years' worth of follow-up medical data to find out whether the patients wound up having back surgery in an attempt to correct the problem.

What the researchers observed was that 42.7% of the men and women who first consulted with a surgeon for their back issues ended up with surgery in that 3-year time span, whereas only 1.5 percent of those who first consulted with a chiropractor had the same fate. The authors wrote:

"Even after controlling for injury severity and other measures, workers with an initial visit for the injury to a surgeon had almost nine times the odds of receiving lumbar spine surgery compared to those seeing primary care providers, whereas workers whose first visit was to a chiropractor had significantly lower odds of surgery."

These are remarkable results. Consulting with a chiropractor significantly reduces your odds of getting back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this scientific study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.

Let's also take into consideration this important point: this study was performed by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and printed in the world's most prestigious medical journal on spinal injuries.

The Problems with Surgery

Any surgery has risks, but a serious downside related to spine surgery is that there's a very high failure rate. In an important analysis in the European Spine Journal, researchers wrote:

"Failed back surgery is a problem that has become sufficiently widespread to even warrant its own special conferences, with recent reviews reporting failure rates ranging from 5 to 50%."

The experts in this same study concluded:

"It is extremely difficult to identify unequivocal predictor factors that can be used to accurately predict the outcome of surgery."

As a chiropractor, Dr. Banc believes that surgery should be the absolute last resort for treating back pain. Chiropractic works to restore your spine to its normal function--without the need of high-risk surgery or drugs--and many scientific studies have documented the usefulness of chiropractic for back pain.

If you live in Stamford, CT and you need care for your back pain, give our office a call today at (203) 323-3002 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!

Studies

  • Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-964.
  • Mannion AF, Elfering A. Predictors of surgical outcome and their assessment. European Spine Journal 2006;15(Suppl 1):S93-S108.
 

Back Pain and Auto Injury

Back Pain is a common condition after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Banc sees often in our Stamford, CT office. Let's look at the root cause of back pain after a car accident and see how your chiropractor can help.

During a rear-end car crash, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve of your spine, the car seat can put uneven force on your 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 tissues that hold your spine together. These types of injuries can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Dr. Banc has been helping patients in Stamford, CT since 1992, so we know what you're suffering from. We're here to help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment plan of action. Give our office a call today at (203) 323-3002 to make an appointment.

Many people report back pain after a car crash.
 

Early Treatment for Auto Injuries

Dr. Banc in Stamford, CT has been taking care of people with auto accident related pains since 1992, and knows the importance of early assessment.

After a car crash, it's typical for people to delay getting treatment. Most people think, "I'll just wait to see how I feel next week." But avoiding treatment can become a costly mistake.

A number of clinical studies have found that when a patient gets prompt treatment after a wreck, they have a better outcome than those people who wait to get help.

During a crash, the structures of your neck can be stretched or torn. You might not feel discomfort right away. But as the tissues become swollen and inflamed, patients often get up the next day tender and with a stiff neck.

Soreness and stiffness are signs of trauma to the ligaments and muscles of your neck. The body's response to injury is to limit activity and to heal the damage by sending white blood cells to the area. Your body will then begin mending the injured area by laying down scar tissue.

The problem with scar tissue is that each segment in your spine has a fairly limited range of motion. Scar tissue reduces that motion even more, and if you don't receive proper treatment, that can result in permanently limited range of motion, long-term pain, and even spinal deterioration of the joints.

Receiving early chiropractic care will break up this pattern by enhancing movement in the injured region and by preventing the formation of scar tissue.

If you've been in a wreck, it's imperative that you consult a health care professional right away to be checked out and to begin the process of recovery.

If you've been in a motor vehicle accident, Dr. Banc is here in Stamford, CT to help. We can work to identify the root cause of your pain and formulate a treatment plan to help you reclaim your health. We have helped many patients in Stamford and Port Chester, NY improve from these sorts of injuries since 1992 and we might be able to help you, too!

Call our office today at (203) 323-3002 for an appointment or for more information.

 

93% of Patients Improve with Chiropractic

More than one million people are injured in rear-end collisions every year in the US, and a significant fraction of whiplash injury cases result in pain for years or even decades. The good news is that chiropractic care has been found to be a highly effective way to care for whiplash injuries and avoid chronic pain. Dr. Banc has helped many Stamford, CT, residents who have suffered from an auto injury and we may very well be able to help you, as well!

A 1996 British paper sums up the problem:

"The 'whiplash' syndrome is a collection of symptoms produced as a result of soft-tissue injury of the cervical spine. The accumulated literature suggests that 43 percent of patients will suffer long-term symptoms following 'whiplash' injury. If patients are still symptomatic after three months then there is almost a 90 per cent chance that they will remain so. No conventional treatment has proven to be effective in these established chronic cases."

The authors of this paper examined the advantages of chiropractic in 28 individuals with long-term whiplash pain. The patients were referred to the chiropractic physician an average of 15.5 (range, 3-44) months after the accident, and were questioned before care by both an third-party chiropractor and an orthopedic physician. The patients were assigned to one of four classification groups: A - No symptoms; B - Symptoms are a nuisance; C - Symptoms are intrusive; and, D - Symptoms are disabling. The initial examination placed 27 of the 28 patients in groups C or D.

"Following treatment, 26 (93 per cent) of the patients had improved: 16 by one symptom group and 10 by two symptom groups. This improvement was independent of whether it was assessed by an orthopaedic surgeon or a chiropractor. In the group that had improved, 17 had stopped their treatment at the time of assessment; symptoms had recurred to a minor degree in four (24 per cent) of these patients and they were considering further treatment."

This agrees with what we find in our office here in Stamford, CT. Chiropractic adjustments are a wonderful strategy that can help you heal from auto injuries and reduce the risk of long-term pain and disability.

Don't suffer with old or recent motor vehicle accidents! We have been providing care for auto injury patients in Stamford, CT since 1992. Call our clinic today at (203) 323-3002 to see how we can help you.

Woodward MN, Cook JCH, Gargan MF, Bannister GC. Chiropractic treatment of chronic -whiplash- injuries. Injury: International Journal of the Care of the Injured 1996;27(9):643-645.