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Sports Injuries and Chiropractic: Leg Injury

Tucson sports therapyWhen playing sports that demand a lot of lower body movement, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's not uncommon to sustain some type of injury to your hips or legs. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many people have found themselves out of commission. Dr. Conlee has seen all of these problems in our Tucson patients. The good news is, chiropractic care can help prevent some of these injuries from developing and research proves it.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Sports Injuries & Recovery

Dr. Conlee keeps current with all of the recent scientific research, and in a report published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules football players. Roughly one-half were placed in a control group and the other half were put in a treatment group that received sports chiropractic care at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant getting care once every week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before decreasing those to one visit monthly for the final three months of the study.

Researchers noted that there was a "significant" decrease in the number of leg strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. Furthermore, they noticed that the subjects who received chiropractic also had fewer weeks of missed practice and games as a result of non-contact knee injuries. This led them to determine that sports chiropractic treatment should be added to "the current best practice management."

Every major sports organization in the US and the US Olympic Team has chiropractors on staff for their players, because they know that chiropractic works. If you live near our office in Tucson and would like to see if Dr. Conlee can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (520) 322-6161 for an appointment.

Dr. Conlee Can Help You Find Relief From Sports Injuries and Recover Faster

If you're suffering with severe pain, Dr. Conlee and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our Tucson office a call today at (520) 322-6161 for an appointment today.

Reference

Hoskins W, Pollard H. 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 2010;11(64).

 

What Is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression therapy in TucsonWe work with many back pain patients in our Tucson chiropractic office, and Dr. Conlee and our staff uses a variety of techniques to help get you out of pain and restore your spine's normal, healthy function. We find spinal decompression to be an effective approach.

Understanding Spinal Decompression Therapy

To help you better understand spinal decompression therapy, think of the discs in your spine like small balloons filled with gelatin. When you squeeze them (which occurs due to normal living, sustaining an injury, or other medical conditions), they can protrude, placing pressure on the nerves in your spine. This affects your brain's ability to communicate with tissues in the rest of your body.

If the pressure on the discs becomes too high, the discs can herniate or protrude. This reduces the padding between your vertebrae and can cause pain. The objective of spinal decompression therapy is to alleviate this pressure to help restore your body's function and also reduce your level of pain.

Can Spinal Decompression Therapy Help Me?

Spinal decompression therapy relieves disc pressure through the use of a specially designed table that gently elongates your spinal column through slow and controlled movements. This decreases the pressure placed on your discs. Some studies report an increase in disc height by as much as 1.3 millimeters after just six weeks of spinal decompression therapy.

If you're wondering if spinal decompression therapy could help you feel and function better, simply call our Tucson office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Conlee today. Your optimal health is our number one goal!

Resources

Apfel CC, Cakmakkaya OS, Richmond C, et al. Restoration of disk height through non-surgical spinal decompression is associated with decreased discogenic low back pain: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(155). doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-155

 

Tucson Chiropractic Auto Accident Treatment

Tucson auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. ConleeEvery year, there are millions of auto accidents in the world, and a substantial number of men and women end up getting hurt in a car wreck. Although most accidents are "minor," chronic back and neck pain are still common health problems. The good news is that chiropractic is a great way to treat these kinds of injuries.

We've treated many auto injury patients in our Tucson office, and Dr. Conlee has been treating people with these types of injuries since 1990. During a crash, your body is exposed to large forces that it simply wasn't built to deal with. These forces place strain and stress on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can cause injury to the ligaments that hold your neck and back together. A collision can produce a wide range of pain symptoms.

A ligament tear in the neck can trigger pain, swelling, and radicular pain in the arm and hand. Chiropractic care works well for these types of injuries, because chiropractic focuses on restoring the healthy function and mobility of the injured tissues.

Dr. Conlee Can Help Clients Recover From an Auto Accident

Dr. Conlee, your Tucson chiropractor, can assist by decreasing irritation in the damaged area and can help minimize the creation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.

You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Discover more about how we can help you get well or call Dr. Conlee today at (520) 322-6161.

 

Chronic Pain, Car Crashes, and Chiropractic

Tucson auto injury recoveryOver 2 million people are hurt every year in automobile accidents in the U.S. While most people are able to recover from their injuries relatively quickly, many folks are left to deal with chronic pain and disability. We see many of these patients here in our Tucson office. Fortunately, Dr. Conlee is here to help you recover from your auto injury.

Research Shows 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 adjustments and 93 percent of them experienced improvements 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 long-term pain after an auto injury.

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

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

Dr. Conlee has worked with many auto injury patients, and we're here to help you, too. Call our Tucson office today for more information or an appointment.

Resources

  • 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.
 

Tucson Neck Pain and Car Accidents

Tucson car accident and neck pain treatmentWe manage many auto injury cases in our Tucson office, and a widespread symptom our patients report is neck pain. If you are dealing with neck pain after an auto injury, don't despair. Dr. Conlee sees this type of problem very often in our Tucson office. Neck pain is a common problem after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Conlee sees frequently in our Tucson office. What causes neck pain after a car crash? How can a chiropractor help? Why is neck pain such a common problem after a car accident? How can chiropractic care help you recover? Let's take a look at why neck pain is commonly experienced after an auto collision and see how chiropractic can help you recover. Let's look at the root cause of neck pain after a car accident and see how chiropractic care 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 is an effective way to treat neck pain. Let's look at how neck pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Conlee can help you.

It's not surprising that neck pain is the most common problem experienced after a crash. 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 subjected to very high forces during an auto injury, so it's not surprising that neck pain is so common from this type of injury. During even a low velocity collision, your head is subjected to extremely rapid acceleration. In such collisions, a head that normally weighs about 10 pounds can suddenly weigh eight times as much. This force exerts a serious 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 damaged tissues gets inflamed and tender, and that's what happens after a car crash. Your chiropractor helps by increasing flexibility in the injured area, which helps the ligaments heal and helps decrease scar tissue.

Dr. Conlee Can Help Patients Find Relief From Neck Pain & Help You Recover Quicker

You don't have to suffer from neck pain. Dr. Conlee is conveniently located in Tucson to help you recover, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. If you've been injured in a car crash and you're struggling with neck pain, Dr. Conlee is here to help. Dr. Conlee has been helping patients in Tucson since 1990, 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 symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Next, we'll do a careful assessment to figure out the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Dr. Conlee 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 (520) 322-6161 to make an appointment.

 

Faster Sciatica Recovery with Chiropractic Adjustments

Tucson sciatica treatment and chiropracticIn our Tucson office, it's common for us to see patients troubled with sciatica pain, and Dr. Conlee has helped many of these people recover with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so helpful to those who suffer with sciatica? First, it shortens their healing time and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Sciatica Pain

In the article, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, the authors looked at 44 patients who had abrupt low back pain that was clinically diagnosed as acute sciatic nerve pain. The individuals were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean follow-up being two years after treatment.

The researchers discovered that all but two patients went back to their jobs after receiving chiropractic care, which is a 95% success rate. Moreover, the average amount of time that the patients spent off work "was reduced by two thirds as compared with that associated with conventional medical treatment."

Given the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over 170,000 workdays were lost in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is about 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only would that increase productivity, but it could also decrease costs to businesses and employees from lost work.

We Can Help Patients Find Relief From Sciatica

If you live in Tucson and you suffer from sciatic pain, Dr. Conlee is here to help. Give us a call at (520) 322-6161 and we'll work with you to find the source of your sciatic pain and get you back on the road to health.

Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30(2):135-139.

 

Tucson Chiropractic Care for Headache

Tucson neck pain and headache treatment

There are many different kinds of headache, but one of the most common types is known as "cervicogenic headache," or headaches that originate in your neck.

Dr. Conlee sees a lot of people in our Tucson office who are struggling with frequent, reoccurring headaches. Fortunately, chiropractic can often help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50 percent, and research confirms it.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A study was conducted involving 80 participants who reported experiencing at least five cervicogenic headaches during the prior three months. The objective was to discover how effective chiropractic care was for this type of head pain, as well as to determine the number of treatment sessions necessary to achieve a positive effect.

The individuals were divided into four separate groups, so that each group was similar in age, gender, number of cervicogenic headaches, and their intensity. Of the four groups, two engaged in chiropractic treatments and two received light massage. Furthermore, one group assigned to each treatment received eight sessions and the other group received double that amount.

Each person was assessed based on head pain, neck pain, and disability prior to the study and 12 and 24 weeks after treatment was complete. The researchers found that those who received chiropractic as opposed to massage reported fewer headaches at the conclusion of the study. Furthermore, improvements were maintained when checked six months after treatment ended.

Additionally, patients who were taking medications for their headaches were able to lower their intake after completing the study. Those who received chiropractic adjustments had lower drug usage 24 weeks post-study.

We Can Help Clients Find Relief From Head Pain

Dr. Conlee has helped many patients who were suffering from headaches in our Tucson office. Call us today at (520) 322-6161 for more information or for an appointment.

Reference

Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin M, Vavrek D. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2010; 10: 117-128.

 

Chiropractic Found to Be "Safe and Helpful" for Disc Herniation

Tucson non-surgical disc herniation treatmentDr. Conlee sees many people weekly in our busy Tucson chiropractic office who are searching for relief from the pain and distress 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 problems.

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

One particular research 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 patients documented that they were experiencing pain, reduced range of motion, and sensory problems bad enough to keep them off work.

During the course of the research period, the participants were managed using one of two common chiropractic techniques: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the patients who had herniation issues in the lumbar area.

Each individual was treated four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times weekly, and then as needed for the rest of the study. Based on the seriousness of the disc herniation, treatment varied anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being conducted at various stages to determine what impact, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Back Pain and Herniated Disc

The investigators found that 80 percent of the participants experienced a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other issues, such as numbness. Additionally, 77 percent of these individuals 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 employment and led the researchers 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. Conlee in Tucson, 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.

 

Avoid Back Surgery With Chiropractic

Tucson chiropractic back pain treatmentIn our Tucson practice, we see plenty of people who are dealing with back pain, and a few of these people have been told they might need surgery to recover. Fortunately, Dr. Conlee has helped many people get pain relief without the need for any type of surgical procedure. The science confirms the success we see in our practice. One study published in the academic journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor as your first move in dealing with your back pain may literally keep you off of the operating table.

In this study, medical professionals from Dartmouth reviewed data from about 1,900 workers from Washington state who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractic doctor for their back-related issues. They then used three years' worth of follow-up medical records to ascertain whether the subjects ended up having back surgery in an attempt to treat the issue.

What the authors discovered was that about 43% of the men and women who first saw 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 findings. Consulting with a chiropractor drastically decreases your odds of getting back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.

Let's also consider this important point: this study was conducted by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and printed in the world's most influential medical journal on spinal injury.

Why You Should Avoid Surgery

Any surgical procedure has risks, but a major downside associated with spinal surgery is that there's a very high failure rate. In an important review 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. Conlee is convinced 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 studies have confirmed the efficacy of chiropractic for back pain.

If you live in Tucson and you need care for your back pain, give our practice a call today at (520) 322-6161 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.
 

Headache and Auto Injury

Tucson auto injury and headache treatment

We manage many car accident cases in our Tucson office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is headache. If you are suffering from headache after a car accident, don't despair. Dr. Conlee sees this type of problem frequently in our Tucson office. Why is headache such a common problem after a car accident? 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 Auto Accident and How Dr. Conlee Can Help You

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's triggered by an auto collision, though, typically starts as tension or strain in the muscles of the neck. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be torn, which results in swelling and pain. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the forehead.

Another common cause of pain after a crash that we see in our Tucson office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that originate in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is quite common after a crash, and it's important to get care for this type of problem to avoid the development of scar tissue.

We Can Help Clients Find Relief From Neck Pain and Headaches After an Auto Injury

Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat headaches, including those caused by car crashes. Your chiropractic doctor will help reduce the swelling and tension in your neck, which will help reduce the headache pain.

Dr. Conlee is here in Tucson to help you recover from headache. We've been helping patients since 1990 and we can probably 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 (520) 322-6161 to make an appointment.

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