What Research Says about Chiropractic Care

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Chiropractic Care Helps Health

The chiropractic profession has been providing patients a non-surgical, drug-free, safe and effective solution to painful conditions like back pain, neck pain and migraine headaches for over 125 years. The purpose of this article is to give information about a recent research study that validates utilizing chiropractic treatment for various spinal conditions.

A scientific research study published in the American Family Physicians Journal, February 2019 determined that spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) can provide improvement for patients with acute or chronic lower back pain. For patients with neck pain the research showed SMT provided better relief and improved function when compared with medications like over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. The authors of the article also added that manipulative therapy was found to be as effective as the prescription medication amitrptyline for managing patients with migraine headaches.

Doctors of chiropractic utilize a form of SMT called “chiropractic adjustments”.  Chiropractic adjustments are designed to correct misalignments and improper movements of the spine. These adjustments are provided by chiropractors who are highly skilled at performing this therapy.

For some conditions a chiropractor may perform a manual method called “mobilization”. Mobilization is a low force gentle technique that also helps with spinal conditions. Some patients are not suited for a manipulation or chiropractic adjustment and mobilization may be just what these patients need.

Many people wonder how chiropractors determine when there is a problem with a certain area of the spine. Chiropractic education focuses on this specialty. Chiropractors learn how to “feel” if there is an abnormality of the spinal area. This practice is called “palpation”. As a student at a chiropractic school  many hours are devoted to developing this skill. Students learn to feel when muscles are abnormally contracted, tight or in spasm. They learn to feel if there is swelling, inflammation or edema. They are able to train to feel if the spinal bones, called vertebrae, are misaligned or if the spinal joints are moving improperly.

Chiropractic school also places an emphasis on learning the anatomy, or parts of the body. Chiropractors get extensive classroom work learning about the human body’s muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons and fascia. Students also spend many hours in a laboratory doing actual dissection of human cadavers.

With this training many feel that doctors of chiropractic are the preeminent healthcare specialists in the areas of palpation and using manual therapies of chiropractic adjustments, manipulation and mobilization.

As the research shows it is best to see a chiropractor for problems of the spine such as back pain, neck pain and headaches.

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What Is the Sacroiliac Joint and Is It Causing My Pain?

Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Recently, a new patient who had been experiencing chronic pain in her left buttock area, asked me this question on her initial visit: “What is the sacroiliac joint and is it causing my pain?” She had been told by one of her coworkers her sacroiliac joint (SI joint) might be a problem and to see a chiropractor. After examining her we found her SI joint was the source of her pain and I told her to thank her coworker for correctly diagnosing the problem. Fortunately, I was able to provide treatment to correct my patients problem and within a short time she was pain free.

The purpose of this article is to explain what the sacroiliac joint is, why it can cause pain and how to correct problems that arise.

Let’s begin with some simple anatomy. We all know that there is an area of our body called the pelvis. The pelvis isn’t just one big solid bone but is actually made up of three separate bones. The larger bones on each side are called the iliac bones. The central bone is called the sacrum. Where the iliac bones and the sacrum meet is called the sacroiliac joint. It can also be considered a pelvic joint.

These pelvic joints glide back and forth when we walk. They also qlide slightly when we twist and turn. Their purpose is to allow our lower body to move somewhat but not too much.

At times the sacroiliac joints can become a problem if they get misaligned or move improperly. This could happen from repetitive overuse such as swinging a golf club at a driving range or shoveling a thought of mulch when gardening. It could also happen with a sudden traumatic accident such as fall or an auto collision.

When we have pain from our SI joint it is usually around the hip pocket area, and may also cause discomfort in the lower ribs, buttock, hip and groin.

The solution is to correct the mechanical misalignment and improper movement of the sacroiliac joint. As a chiropractor I examine the patient to determine if the pelvis is level or if it is higher or lower on one side and if the pelvis is twisted. I also check to see if there is tenderness over the SI joint. I also feel for misalignment and improper motion of the joint.

If I find a problem does exist with this joint then it can be corrected by chiropractic adjustments which realign and restore proper movement to the the sacroiliac joint.

Chiropractors have been able to provide a drug-free, nonsurgical, safe and effective treatment to help patients with sacroiliac joints for more than 100 years.

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Dr. Schofield Attends Educational Conference in Tampa Florida

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Dr James Schofield Attends Educational Conference

On May 4, 2019 Doctor James Schofield attended a chiropractic educational conference in Tampa, Florida. Chiropractors from many areas of the country participated. Doctor Schofield is a Pittsburgh North Hills chiropractor.

One of the classes involved use of rehabilitation exercises to improve patient’s health. Chiropractors treat problems associated with the spine including lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, and spinal disc problems. Chiropractors utilize adjustments, sometimes called manipulation, to realign misplaced or improperly moving spinal bones called vertebrae.

Rehabilitation exercises increase flexibility and strength of areas of the spine, back and extremities to aid the chiropractic adjustment. Rehabilitation has been shown to speed healing and create stability to prevent the condition from returning.

Rehabilitation exercises must be custom tailored for each patient. All patients regardless of age can perform some type of rehabilitation.

Dr Schofield also attended a chiropractic treatment workshop called Myofascial Disruption Technique (MFDT). MFDT is a method of diagnosing and treating soft tissue injuries of muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia that are causing pain. These soft tissues may be contributing to headache, neck and back pain and can also affect the extremity areas such as the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle. MFDT allows Dr Schofield to help these injured areas to heal more quickly.

Dr. Schofield maintains licenses to practice chiropractic in Pennsylvania, Florida and New Jersey.

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Depression Associated with Lower Back Pain May Be Helped with Chiropractic Care

Lower Back Pain


Those having a history of lower back pain are susceptible to depression which may be helped with chiropractic care.

Chronic pain in the lower back is something that many people suffer with. Enduring this type of pain, while physically challenging, can also lead to emotional struggles. It is not surprising that ongoing lower back pain can lead to emotional depression.

In my 35 years of chiropractic practice I have seen people who have suffered from lower back pain for many years. By helping alleviate their back pain these folks are able to live pain free. This allows them to be able to do normal chores in their home and yard, sleep better and engage in a degree of exercise whether it be walking or participating in an exercise class. You can be sure this helps their emotional state immensely.

A research study published in Rehabilitation Nurse, January 2019 studied this condition. Among a group of 152 older adults, researchers found that those with a history of back pain had more occasion to experience depression. The findings suggest that low back pain may be a potential risk for increased depression in older adults.

This means managing a patient’s back pain may provide mental health benefits.

Fortunately, chiropractic care has been proven to help chronic lower back pain which, in turn, may help alleviate the emotional depression associated.

Chiropractors have been helping people with lower back pain for over 125 years. Chiropractic care is a safe, natural, method to help those suffering with chronic lower back pain without the use of addictive pain drugs and back surgery.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Responds to Chiropractic Care

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can be helped with chiropractic care. In my three decades of chiropractic practice I have seen many patients respond well to chiropractic therapy.

The carpal tunnel is an area of the wrist. It is where the long bones of the forearm and a long bones of the palm of the hand meet. At this location there eight small bones the size of pebbles which are called the carpal bones. These bones form an arch. The underside of the arch is considered to be a tunnel. One of the nerves which goes into the hand, called the median nerve, passes through the tunnel.

When the small carpal bones get misaligned and impinge on the median nerve causing symptoms it is called carpal tunnel syndrome.

Various symptoms can occur with carpal tunnel syndrome. One might feel discomfort at the wrist. Tingling or numbness into the thumb, forefinger and middle finger may also be felt. Some people experience weakness of grip while holding things with the hand.

Often there is an association between this condition and the neck. Nerves travel through the neck area to exit the spine and then travel into the wrist and hand. A pinched nerve in the neck can have symptoms that mimic those of carpal tunnel syndrome. When patients complaining of this condition visit a chiropractor, an examination of both the neck and wrist is performed. If the doctor of chiropractic finds abnormalities he can administer safe, drug-free, and nonsurgical treatments to the appropriate areas.

A recent research study in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, November 2018 revealed that patients who underwent conservative care, such as chiropractic care, or had surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome had similar outcomes after one year. However, the group receiving conservative care required less time off from work and the treatment costs were about $3000 lower than those who underwent a surgical procedure. This suggests that a person suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome exhaust conservative treatments before electing for surgery. Be sure to see a chiropractor for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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