Recent Posts

What causes chronic pain after a car crash?

Great Falls, MT neck pain and headache treatmentApproximately 2.3 million people are injured every year in motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. While some people are able to improve from their injuries relatively quickly, others are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Great Falls, MT office. Luckily, Dr. Six is here to help you heal from your auto injury.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps Prevent Chronic Pain After an Auto Accident

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was carried out on 28 individuals diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic care 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 care is a great way to avoid chronic pain after a crash.

It's important to remember that studies have also found that putting off care after a car crash can adversely affect healing time, so getting in to see Dr. Six as soon as possible is key to having a speedier recovery.

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Pain After a Car Crash

Dr. Six has worked with many auto injury sufferers, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Great Falls, MT office today for more information or an appointment.

Sources

  • 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.
 

Lower Back Pain and the SI Joint

We help a good number of people with back pain in our Great Falls, MT office, and Dr. Six finds that quite a few cases of back pain stem from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation shows that roughly one quarter of all back pain originates in the SI joint, and now new research corroborates what we see in our office: chiropractic is an effective method for treating this problem.

Research Supports Chiropractic Treatment Helps Increase Movement in the SI Joint

In the study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, thirty-two women who suffered from sacroiliac joint syndrome were split into two groups and asked to take part in one of two treatment methods. one group was given a chiropractic adjustment only at the sacroiliac joint, and the alternate group got an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Researchers noticed greater improvements in both pain and movement immediately after treatment, two days post-treatment, and 30 days after for the group who underwent high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This demonstrates that chiropractic treatment applied to these two areas offers both prompt and lasting benefits for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers even after just one treatment session.

Therefore, if you are dealing with sacroiliac joint pain, or live with back and leg pain and are ready to find out whether your sacroiliac joint is the root, a consultation at our Great Falls, MT office could be the first and best step towards feeling better. Give our office a call today at (406) 452-6929.

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.

 

How Chiropractic Can Help You Avoid Chronic Auto Injury Pain

Great Falls, MT auto injury recoveryApproximately 2.3 million people are hurt each year in motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. While some people are able to heal from their injuries relatively easily, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and impairment. We see many of these patients here in our Great Falls, MT office. Thankfully, Dr. Six is here to help you heal from your auto injury.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps Prevent Chronic Pain After an Auto Accident

The science confirms what we see in our office: A British study was conducted on 28 individuals diagnosed with chronic whiplash syndrome. Each participant received chiropractic care 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 care is a great way to avoid chronic pain after a crash.

It's important to note that research has also found that putting off treatment after a car crash can adversely affect recovery time, so getting in to see Dr. Six at the earliest opportunity is key to having a faster recovery.

We Can Help People Find Relief From Pain After a Car Crash

Dr. Six has worked with many auto injury sufferers, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Great Falls, MT office today for more information or an appointment.

References

  • 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.
 

AMA Recommends Chiropractic Before Surgery

Great Falls, MT natural back pain treatment

Although some people are still uncertain 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. Six has seen many back pain patients in our Great Falls, MT office who have been hurting for years and who are worried that they might need an operation for their back pain. Dr. Six has had great success in helping patients recover and avoid risky back surgery, and the science backs up our experience.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Risky Surgery

Recently, in a study conducted 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 care, proving that this non-invasive approach is extremely effective at keeping you off the operating table.

Dr. Six Can Help People Find Relief From Back Pain Without Surgery

There are alternatives 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. Six has helped many patients in Great Falls, MT recover. Give our office a call today at (406) 452-6929 for an appointment.

Reference

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.

 

Great Falls, MT Neck Pain and Auto Injury

Great Falls, MT car accident and neck pain treatmentWe treat many car accident cases in our Great Falls, MT office, and a widespread symptom our patients report is neck pain. If you have neck pain after an auto injury, don't worry. Dr. Six sees this type of problem very often in our Great Falls, MT office. Neck pain is a common condition after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Six sees frequently in our Great Falls, MT office. What causes neck pain after an auto collision? How can a chiropractor help? Why is neck pain such a common condition after a car crash? How can your chiropractor help you get better? Let's see why neck pain is commonly experienced after an auto injury and see how chiropractic care can help you get better. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after a car accident and see how chiropractic can help. The key to recovering from neck pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help. Chiropractic can be very helpful for neck pain symptoms after a crash. Let's examine what causes neck pain and why chiropractic works. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat neck pain. Let's look at how neck pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Six can help you.

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common problem experienced after an auto injury. Even in a car wreck, your head is rapidly thrown back and forth, so it's not surprising that neck pain is the most common symptom from this type of injury. The neck is exposed to very high forces during an auto collision, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low speed wreck, your head is subjected to extremely rapid acceleration. In such collisions, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can instantly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts a severe strain on the tissues of the neck. The bones of your spine 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 injured tissues become swollen and sore, and that's what occurs after a car crash. Chiropractic helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps minimize scar tissue.

Dr. Six Can Help Patients Find Relief From Neck Pain & Help You Recover Faster

You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Six is conveniently located in Great Falls, MT to help you recover, whether you've been in a car crash or not. If you've been injured in a car crash and you're suffering from neck pain, Dr. Six is here to help. Dr. Six has been helping patients in Great Falls, MT since 1983, so we know what you're experiencing. We're here to help you, too. Let us help you recover from neck pain. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Next, we'll do a careful examination to determine the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Dr. Six will determine what's causing your pain and then will work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (406) 452-6929 to make an appointment.

 

Great Falls, MT Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Great Falls, MT headache care by Dr. SixWe know how difficult long-term headache pain can be. Dr. Six and our staff have worked with many people in our Great Falls, MT chiropractic practice, and we've had great success in helping patients reduce their headache pain.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research paper confirms what we see in our practice. In this paper, the authors started with 110 patients who were suffering from headaches 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 patients 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 investigation also found that these results were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat headache, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Dr. Six a call today at our Great Falls, MT office at (406) 452-6929. We're here to help get you 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

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

In our Great Falls, MT office, Dr. Six has helped countless people recover from back pain. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to decrease the discomfort. You should know that research shows that chiropractic is usually a better choice than drugs when it comes to relieving this common type of problem.

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

Both of the groups that received some type of real treatment, whether through chiropractic or the NSAID, fared better than the control patients who had no real treatment. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the subjects who received chiropractic had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the drug diclofenac.

Chiropractic Promotes Natural Healing

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without unwanted side effects. For example, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health issues. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's designed to correct the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the symptoms.

If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Make an appointment in our Great Falls, MT office with Dr. Six today at (406) 452-6929. We'll help relieve your back pain 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

Great Falls, MT auto injury and headache treatment

We manage many car accident cases in our Great Falls, MT office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is headache. If you are suffering from headache after an auto collision, you're not alone. Dr. Six sees this type of condition very often in our Great Falls, MT office. Why is headache such a common condition after a car crash? How can chiropractic care help you heal? Let's look at the root cause of headache after a car crash and see how chiropractic can help. The key to recovering from headache caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help. Your chiropractor can be very helpful for headache symptoms after a crash.

How Headache Is Caused by an Accident and How Dr. Six Can Help You

There are many different types of headache. Headache that's triggered by a car accident, though, usually starts as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the cervical spine. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be torn, which causes swelling and discomfort. These types of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the forehead.

Another frequent cause of pain after a crash that we see in our Great Falls, MT office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that start in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is quite common after a crash, and it's important to get therapy for this type of problem to prevent the development of scar tissue.

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Neck Pain and Headaches After an Auto Injury

Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those caused by auto injuries. Your chiropractic doctor will help reduce the swelling and strain in your neck, which will help relieve the headache pain.

If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're suffering from headache, Dr. Six is here to help. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (406) 452-6929 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

"
 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

Great Falls, MT Headache Treatment by Dr. SixMany people suffer from headache pain, and tension headaches are a frequent problem in our busy lives. Postural problems and stress are common sources of tension headache pain, and ones that Dr. Six and the staff here in our Great Falls, MT chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Supports Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature shows our results: A 2016 study from Spain treated a group of 76 men and women with chronic tension headaches. The participants were divided into four treatment groups: 19 patients were treated with suboccipital inhibition (the doctor 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 found that the spinal adjustments were beneficial at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were combined with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get run down, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, leading to pain. Chiropractic works by getting rid of these strains and restoring the normal nerve function to the area.

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

If you live in Great Falls, MT and suffer from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Six today at (406) 452-6929 for an appointment or more information.

Reference

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.

 

A Drug-Free Approach to Back Pain Recovery

Great Falls, MT chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the approach of allowing your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage overall health. For Dr. Six, this means working hard to restore your body's normal performance to avoid the need for medications or surgery. We find that most of our Great Falls, MT patients are relieved to find a natural answer for their health problems.

One advantage of chiropractic is that it helps people reduce or even eliminate the use of drugs. Prescriptions are oftentimes issued to individuals who have back problems. This is such a significant crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers outweigh the benefits when administered for back pain.

Some of the most popular narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Numbers presented by the AAN mention the fact that approximately half of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years later. This can further complicate the difficulty of back pain and recovery, especially if an narcotic addiction arises.

Compare that to chiropractic which involves natural healing and the benefits are obvious. While a medication might be useful at briefly suppressing the discomfort of a health issue, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. Drugs don't mend your damaged spine; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. Six will first examine you to get to the source of your back problems and then work with you to eliminate the spinal interference -- without risky medications.

If you're ready for relief of your pain, naturally, give our Great Falls, MT office a call at (406) 452-6929 to make an appointment with Dr. Six.

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