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Fibromyalgia Relief with Chiropractic

Bradenton, FL natural fibromyalgia treatmentIf you are struggling with fibromyalgia, you are not alone, as Dr. Lee Rangel sees many people with this particular condition in our Bradenton, FL chiropractic practice. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that roughly two percent of all adults in the United States have fibromyalgia. Fortunately, chiropractic care is one treatment option that can provide positive results.

Research Shows Chiropractic Eases Fibromyalgia

In a medical study released in mid-2015, 215 adults with fibromyalgia were assessed based on factors ranging from pain to quality of sleep to the levels of depression and anxiety they felt. Then they were divided into two groups with one group receiving a multi-modal therapy plan for three months and the second group receiving the same program plus chiropractic adjustments (specifically, to the upper neck area) for the same length of time.

The individuals who received chiropractic adjustments in addition to the multi-disciplinary therapy program reported greater benefits in all areas (pain, sleep, depression, and anxiety) at 12 weeks post-treatment when compared to the study participants who received multi-modal therapy without chiropractic care. In addition, those positive benefits were long-lasting as the patients reported continued improvement one full year later.

Fibromyalgia can substantially decrease your quality of life, both psychologically and physically. If you're struggling with fibromyalgia, we might be able to help.

You don't have to suffer! To see what Dr. Lee Rangel can do for your fibromyalgia pain, call our Bradenton, FL chiropractic office today.

References

  • Fibromyalgia. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/fibromyalgia.htm on November 2, 2015.
  • Moustafa I & Diab A. (2015, July). The addition of upper cervical manipulative therapy in the treatment of patients with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology International;35(7):1163-74.
 

Chiropractic Effective for Herniated Disc Pain

Bradenton, FL chiropractic disc herniation treatmentRegrettably, many of our Bradenton, FL patients are familiar with the pain associated with a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. Lee Rangel has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of scientific studies have confirmed that chiropractic can help people recover from this kind of condition.

Research on Chiropractic for Disc Herniations

In one report, doctors from Switzerland selected 148 patients who were dealing with pain in their low back and legs due to a herniated disc (which was confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI). Each individual then received chiropractic adjustments that focused on the location of his or her disc problem.

Data was obtained after the initial treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to determine what kind of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic care offers when it comes to resolving this particular condition. Among the information collected was the individual's self-reported changes in both back and leg pain.

The authors found that, as a whole, the patients reported "significant improvement" for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the individuals claimed that their pain "improved" within the first three months, with 88% still citing improvement one year after their first treatment session.

Even those people who were defined as "chronic" still claimed an improvement in pain at a rate of 89 percent one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive result that was found in the following case study.

Case Study Results

In this report, a 26-year-old male had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the lower back, left leg, and left groin area, along with left foot drop and muscle weakness. He had suffered with these issues for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his herniated disc was confirmed via MRI.

After receiving chiropractic, "The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment." In addition, the patient was still enjoying relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.

Studies like these show how useful chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and reducing the symptoms they produce. So, if you are suffering from back ache caused by a herniated disc and wish to find some relief, chiropractic might be an effective solution.

Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Bradenton, FL office a call today at (941) 727-8739 for a consultation or appointment.

References

  • Leemann S, Peterson CK, Schmid C, Anklin B, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one-year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37(3):155-163.
  • Polkinghorn BS, Colloca CJ. Treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation using activator methods chiropractic technique. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1998;21(3):187-196.
 

Natural Carpal Tunnel Treatment with Chiropractic

Bradenton, FL natural carpal tunnel treatmentDr. Lee Rangel sees a lot of patients troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Bradenton, FL chiropractic practice. While some people think that the source of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's actually a condition that arises from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A recent study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy evaluated 71 women between the ages of 35 and 59 who were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Upon studying the subjects' neck range of motion, the authors found that the women had less cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.

Furthermore, it was also discovered that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less range of motion in the neck area, the greater the level of pain.

This research is extremely important, as you cannot successfully resolve a problem until you fully understand its cause. By recognizing that the root of carpal tunnel symptoms is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches like chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky surgery.

If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our Bradenton, FL location and ask how Dr. Lee Rangel can help you get relief!

Sources

De-la-Llave-Rincon A et al. (2011, May). Women with carpal tunnel syndrome show restricted cervical range of motion. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy;41(5):305-10.
Simon H. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. University of Maryland Medical Center. Updated May 6, 2012. Retrieved from https://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/carpal-tunnel-syndrome on November 2, 2015.

 

Chiropractic and Medical Care: An Effective Combination

Bradenton, FL back pain treatmentWe see quite a few people with back pain in our Bradenton, FL office, and Dr. Lee Rangel has been able to help many of them get relief with chiropractic. However, dealing with back pain doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical treatment, as many individuals utilize both types of care with great outcomes.

Research Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Treatment Work Well with Each Other

In a report published by the academic journal Spine experts1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who were suffering from both acute soreness and limited function due to back-related issues. Some of the patients engaged in treatment via standard medical therapy, while the rest received chiropractic care together with regular medical care, as researchers wanted to see which patients fared better.

The authors discovered that the patients who received standard medical care combined with chiropractic care scored "significantly better" than the group that received medical care alone; 73% reported positive benefits compared to just 17% of the medical treatment only group who indicated 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 and medicine can work alongside each other, chiropractic offers some unique advantages over medical treatment.

Where Chiropractic Care Is Successful

Although it might seem as if each method plays a 50-50 role, there is one major advantage that chiropractic has over medical treatment and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, one bit of research conducted 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 factors that patients liked over medical care were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't surprising, 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 thoroughly what to expect from chiropractic.

Chiropractic Care Is a Natural Approach to Wellness

Without a doubt, the techniques associated with chiropractic are quite different than those offered with medical therapy, but a great deal of the distinction is the fact that chiropractic is a natural approach to health and well-being. Instead of focusing on only relieving the symptoms, chiropractic care means finding the primary cause of your pain, which often results in greater improvement as you are tackling the problem at its source.

In addition, while medication is sometimes helpful for managing certain conditions, many health issues respond well to natural forms of treatment like chiropractic. This means fewer negative side effects from drugs and more permanent recovery.

You don't have to struggle with back pain or other health issues. Give our Bradenton, FL clinic a call today at (941) 727-8739. 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.
 

Bradenton, FL Car Crashes and Long-Term Pain

Bradenton, FL auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Bradenton, FL and you've been in a motor vehicle accident, you have to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic injuries.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We treat several auto injury sufferers in our Bradenton, FL office, and many of these people are dealing with chronic pain caused by an old collision. In fact, research shows that a significant percentage of rear-end collisions result in pain and disability even ten years after the original trauma.

Dr. Lee Rangel is here to help you avoid developing chronic symptoms by helping to restore the healthy function of your spine soon after a collision.

The most frequent causes of chronic problems are reduced mobility of your spinal column and the development of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your spine can easily be harmed during a crash, and chiropractic care works by decreasing inflammation and restoring normal movement.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're near our Bradenton, FL office, and you've been hurt in a crash, don't wait to get attention. Dr. Lee Rangel is here for you. Give us a call today at (941) 727-8739 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Bradenton, FL Chiropractic Auto Injury Treatment

Bradenton, FL auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. Lee RangelEach year, there are millions of auto collisions in the world, and a substantial number of men and women end up getting injured in a car wreck. While most crashes are "minor," chronic neck and back pain are still common health problems. The good news is that chiropractic care is a great way to treat these kinds of injuries.

We have treated many auto accident patients in our Bradenton, FL office, and Dr. Lee Rangel has been treating people with these types of injuries since 1993. During a crash, your body is exposed to powerful forces that it simply wasn't built to handle. These forces put strain and stress on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can cause damage to the ligaments that hold your spinal column together. A crash can trigger a vast array of pain problems.

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

Dr. Lee Rangel Can Help Patients Recover From an Auto Accident

Dr. Lee Rangel, your Bradenton, FL chiropractor, can help by decreasing irritation in the injured area and can help decrease the formation 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. Lee Rangel today at (941) 727-8739.

 

Bradenton, FL Back Pain Treatment

Bradenton, FL back pain treatment by Dr. Lee RangelMost of us suffer from back pain at some point in our lives. Researchers estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Dr. Lee Rangel and our talented staff see many back pain cases in our Bradenton, FL office, and we've found that chiropractic care is a highly effective way to not only help you heal from back pain, it's also a great way to protect against future problems.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Back Pain

A recent study from the University of Utah verifies what our Bradenton, FL patients have reported: your Bradenton, FL chiropractor is the best first option for an episode of back pain.

In this article, 747 participants were treated for low back pain. Each person was assessed based on the first person they sought treatment with, whether it was a primary care physician, a chiropractor, a physiatrist (also known as a rehabilitation physician), or a physical therapist.

What the authors found is that the individuals who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgical procedures.

Other papers have found the same results. A 2012 study reported that chiropractic patients had the best functional recovery and pain relief for chronic back pain.

Chiropractic works by restoring the natural, pain-free function of your spine. Dr. Lee Rangel and our team help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.

Dr. Lee Rangel Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Back Pain

If you live near our Bradenton, FL office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (941) 727-8739 for an appointment.

Reference

Fritz JM, Kim J, Dorius J. Importance of the type of provider seen to begin health care for a new episode of low back pain: associations with future utilization and costs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015(Sep 29).

Cecchi F, et al. Predictors of functional outcome in patients with chronic low back pain undergoing back school, individual physiotherapy or spinal manipulation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2012;48:371-8.

 

Bradenton, FL TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Bradenton, FL TMJ Treatment by Dr. Lee RangelJaw or TMJ pain is a fairly typical problem experienced by many people after a car accident, and it can be confusing for some doctors to find the root of the problem. Complicating the issue, very often you won't develop TMJ symptoms until many weeks or months after a crash.

Dr. Lee Rangel has helped many men and women with jaw pain after an injury, and the scientific research explains what triggers these types of problems. During a collision, the tissues in your neck are commonly stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve injury. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, irritation of the nerves can cause pain in other parts of your body.

For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or pins and needles in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured tissues, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a collision are very common because of neck injury, and the TMJ works the same way. Dr. Lee Rangel sees this very commonly in our Bradenton, FL office.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps TMJ Pain After an Auto Accident

Research indicates that the root of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the cervical spine and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can resolve the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The key to dealing with these symptoms is simple: Dr. Lee Rangel will work to return your spine back to health, alleviating the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and removing the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Dr. Lee Rangel has found that jaw and headache issues often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.

If you live in Bradenton, FL and you've been hurt in a car crash, Dr. Lee Rangel can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 1993, and we can most likely help you, too. Give our office a call today at (941) 727-8739 for an appointment or consultation.

Ciancaglini R, Testa M, Radaelli G. Association of neck pain with symptoms of temporomandibular dysfunction in the general adult population. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 1999;31:17-22.

Brantingham JW, Cassa TK, Bonnefin D, Pribicevic M, Robb A, et al. Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a system review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013;36(3):143-201.

 

Chiropractic Can Help Prevent Surgery for Back Pain

Bradenton, FL Back Pain Treatment without SurgeryEach year, over 500,000 people have back surgery in the US. Although sometimes it's necessary to have surgery for back pain, the fact is that if you can avoid this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.

Dr. Lee Rangel is here to make sure that patients in Bradenton, FL have a healthy, non-surgical option for back problems. We've helped many patients heal from back pain without the need for surgery.

There are plenty of reasons to avoid unnecessary medical treatments: Surgeries often result in a longer recovery time and complications, neither of which is a desirable scenario. Fortunately, as one medical study has found, chiropractic may actually keep you off the surgeon's table altogether.

In this report, about 1,900 workers with back injuries were assessed over a three year period. When the workers first sought care with a surgeon, over 42 percent wound up having surgery for their pain. For those who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!

These findings imply that chiropractic care can help you heal from back pain without surgical treatments.

If you live in the Bradenton, FL area, Dr. Lee Rangel can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (941) 727-8739 for more information or an appointment.

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.

 

Causes of Chronic Pain after Car Crashes

Bradenton, FL auto injury treatmentOf the approximately 2 million rear-end crashes in the United States every year, a significant number of men and women find themselves enduring chronic pain and disability. Some research indicates that 18% of people are still in pain a year after a crash.

Dr. Lee Rangel sees many auto accident patients in our Bradenton, FL location, and we regularly see individuals who have been suffering for many years and have not been able to find help. Dr. Lee Rangel has great success in treating these patients.

What Causes Chronic Pain after a Crash?

During a collision, the structures of your neck and back can be stretched or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and irritated and transmits pain signals to the spine and central nervous system.

Pain tells your body that something is wrong, which tells the muscles in the damaged area to contract to shield the area from further harm.

If the injury isn't treated immediately, a negative cycle develops. The hurt tissues keep sending pain signals and each time, your central nervous system reacts. This creates a feedback loop in your nervous system that specialists refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system literally becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulus, causing chronic pain.

Dr. Lee Rangel is able to help this kind of issue, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore the nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that adjustments are successful at relieving pain from auto injuries and shows that chiropractic actually has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Bradenton, FL and have been in a collision, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Lee Rangel a call today at (941) 727-8739 for a consultation or appointment.

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