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Back Pain and Auto Injury

If you are dealing with back pain after a car accident, you're not alone. Dr. Lee Rangel sees this type of problem frequently in our Bradenton, FL office. The key to recovering from back pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

During a rear-end motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve of your spinal column, the seat can put inconsistent 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 structures that hold your spine together. This type of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

You don't have to suffer from back pain. Dr. Lee Rangel is conveniently located in Bradenton, FL to help you recover, whether you've been in a car crash or not. Dr. Lee Rangel will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (941) 727-8739 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Shoulder Pain and Auto Injury

Shoulder Pain is a common problem after an auto injury, and it's something that Dr. Lee Rangel sees frequently in our Bradenton, FL office. What causes shoulder pain after an auto collision? How can chiropractic help?

There are at least two ways that you can get shoulder problems after a crash: by direct trauma to the shoulder or by radiating pain from the neck.

Direct damage can be caused by striking your shoulder on a hard surface in the car during the crash, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end impact. With this type of trauma, you'll usually be aware of the pain shortly after the crash.

More frequently, Dr. Lee Rangel finds that shoulder or arm pain doesn't immediately appear after a collision, but starts a few days or weeks after the accident. This type of shoulder discomfort actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured muscles or ligaments in your spine can pinch nerves in your neck, causing tingling, numbness, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've treated both types of shoulder problems in our Bradenton, FL office. This approach involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Lee Rangel has been helping patients in Bradenton, FL since 1993, so we know what you're living with. 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 approach. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (941) 727-8739 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Asthma Relief with Chiropractic

Bradenton, FL asthma care with chiropracticAsthma is a significant worry for many people in Bradenton, FL and for a society as a whole, since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that this condition currently affects almost 19 million adults and 7 million children in the United States. A full-blown asthma attack likely means a hospital visit. Fortunately, Dr. Lee Rangel has helped many folks in Bradenton, FL get relief from asthma symptoms.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Asthma

The scientific research verifies what we see in our office. For example, a paper published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy evaluated 31 adult asthma patients after getting four weeks of chiropractic adjustments. The researchers reported that the participants who received chiropractic adjustments had a 34% decrease in asthma symptoms.

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics published another asthma-based study, except this one involved kids. In this report, the 36 kids ranged from 6 to 17 years in age and their asthma was regarded as either mild or moderate in severity.

After 12 weeks of chiropractic care, as a whole, the children reported a higher quality of life and a lower level of severity. As a bonus, they also indicated that they depended less on their bronchodilator and these positive effects were still being demonstrated one year after chiropractic care was finished.

We Can Help People Find Relief From Asthma

So, whether you're 7 or 70, if you have asthma attacks, be sure to contact Dr. Lee Rangel in Bradenton, FL and make an appointment today. We'll do what we can to help you breathe easier!

Studies

  • Asthma. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Bronfort G et al. (2001, July-August). Chronic pediatric asthma and spinal manipulation: a prospective clinical series and randomized clinical pilot study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;24(6):369-77
  • Nielsen N et al. (1995, January). Chronic asthma and chiropractic spinal manipulation: a randomized clinical trial. Clinical and Experimental Allergy;25(1):80-8
 

How Safe is Chiropractic?

Bradenton, FL Chiropractic for familiesWe care for a large number of people in our Bradenton, FL office, and Dr. Lee Rangel has helped countless people overcome a range of health challenges. Even so, a common issue that seems to prevent a lot of women and men from seeking care is whether or not chiropractic is safe. Fortunately, according to three separate studies (out of quite a few on the subject), the answer to this concern is a clear: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"

Australian Study: Chiropractic is Safe

The first study(1) was published in Spine and included 183 men and women. Each test subject reported suffering from spine-related pain, and half of the patients received real chiropractic care whereas the remaining patients received two fake chiropractic treatment sessions. Information was obtained after each real or fake adjustment to identify whether or not any undesirable side effects occurred as a result of the genuine chiropractic treatments.

Researchers reported that nobody documented any significant negative side effects at all after getting one or two sessions of chiropractic. Some individuals did state that they got a headache (just 9% of people) or muscle stiffness (about 1 out of 3) post-treatment, but the effects were not serious.

Nationwide Survey Confirms that Chiropractic Care is Safe

The next study(2), also published in the prestigious journal, Spine, was conducted in an attempt to establish the safety of chiropractic. The test group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 patients. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all patients.

Again, the researchers found no serious negative side effects. The experts computed the risk of total adverse reactions to be about six out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the first study, some volunteers did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (about 1.6%) or a headache (4%), and this prompted the authors to conclude that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."

Chiropractic Adjustments are Safe for Children

The third research paper(3) is different from the first two reports, as it concentrates on the safety of chiropractic care for kids. In this case, researchers investigated data reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic adjustments.

Out of 5,438 chiropractic visits made for the young children, chiropractors responding to the survey documented only three cases where there were adverse effects. When parents were questioned, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Additionally, both chiropractors and parents reported "a high rate of improvement with respect to the children's presenting complaints."

Based on studies like these, chiropractic has been found to be safe and effective for everyone. To discover what chiropractic care can do for you, call our Bradenton, FL clinic and schedule an appointment today at (941) 727-8739.

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 Patients Miss Less Work

Bradenton, FL Worker Injury Treatment and RecoveryWhen you're trying to support your family, take care of your home, and pay all of your bills on time, every day at work counts. Work injuries can be a huge problem for many folks, and we see many of these types of injuries in our Bradenton, FL office. Dr. Lee Rangel appreciates your situation and is here to help.

The benefits of chiropractic for work injuries are well-established. A 2013 survey involving over 600 adults who were troubled with either back or neck pain found that the people who didn't see a chiropractor missed work at twice the rate of those who were seeing a chiropractor.

So, why don't more people use Chiropractic Care?

According to the respondents in this report, two of the major reasons were that they thought they needed a referral for chiropractic care (which is typically no longer true) and they overestimated the costs associated with chiropractic treatment sessions by almost 70 percent.

The fact is, chiropractic patients actually spend less on care than medical patients, plus they are less likely to use drugs for their symptoms.

Dr. Lee Rangel Can Help Patients Find Relief From Chronic Pain

If you live in Bradenton, FL and you've been injured at work, we can help. Give our office a call today at (941) 727-8739 for an appointment.

References

"Thousands of Minnesotans with Back and Neck Pain Don't Seek Treatment." (2013, June 12). ChiroCare.

 

TMJ Pain Relief with Chiropractic

Bradenton, FL TMJ pain recoverySince injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Bradenton, FL patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Lee Rangel will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic care can help ease pain in the jaw.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With TMJ Pain and Discomfort

For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were assessed prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The researchers reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw mobility, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.

Another group of researchers carried out a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and discovered similar results. The group concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease symptoms associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.

This is great news since the triggers of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.

Dr. Lee Rangel Can Help People Find Relief From TMJ Pain

No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Dr. Lee Rangel today and make an appointment to come into our Bradenton, FL location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!

References

  • Gonzalez-Iglesias J et al. (2013, November). Mobilization with movement, thoracic spine manipulation, and dry needling for the management of temporomandibular disorder: a prospective case series. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice;29(8):586-95
  • Brantingham J et al. (2013, March-April). Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;36(3):143-201
  • Oral Care. WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders-tmd on November 2, 2015
 

Chiropractic Helps Prevent Lower Limb Injuries for Athletes

Bradenton, FL-sports-therapyWhen performing sports that demand a lot of lower body movement, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's common to suffer some type of injury to your lower extremities. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many people have found themselves out of commission. Dr. Lee Rangel has seen all of these problems in our Bradenton, FL patients. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help prevent some of these injuries from occurring and research proves it.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Sports Injuries & Recovery

Dr. Lee Rangel 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 footballers. Roughly one-half were placed in a control group and the others were put in a therapy 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.

The authors noted that there was a "significant" decrease in the number of lower limb 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 conclude that sports chiropractic treatment should be added to "the current best practice management."

Every major sports team in the United States 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 Bradenton, FL and would like to see if Dr. Lee Rangel can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (941) 727-8739 for an appointment.

Dr. Lee Rangel Can Help Clients Find Relief From Sports Injuries and Recover Faster

If you're suffering from severe pain, Dr. Lee Rangel and our staff are here to help you recover. Give our Bradenton, FL office a call today at (941) 727-8739 for an appointment today.

Bibliographic 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).

 

Studies Show Chiropractic Adjustments Beneficial at Preventing Sports Injuries

Bradenton, FL sports injury treatment and chiropracticWe see a good deal of sports injuries in our Bradenton, FL clinic, and Dr. Lee Rangel is often able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are hurt each year while playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults injured each year while participating in sports-related activities, according to statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the importance of minimizing these types of common injuries. One approach to possible achieve that goal, as reported by a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive regular chiropractic treatments.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's odds of winning. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them in the game.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study specifically, all of the participants was given medical treatment. In addition, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of one treatment each week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one treatment each month for the last 3 months of the study. The other participants had no chiropractic intervention at all and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic.

After twenty-four matches, specialists noticed a reduced amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Furthermore, that very group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively decrease the quantity of leg injuries.

Dr. Lee Rangel Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Faster

If you or your child are active in sports and you want to ensure greater time is spent on the field versus on the bench, call our Bradenton, FL office at (941) 727-8739 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!

References

  • Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). 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, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
  • Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.
 

Chiropractic Helps Shoulder Pain

Bradenton, FL shoulder pain treatment and recoveryAccording to experts, about 5 percent of the population will experience painful disorders like frozen shoulder syndrome at some time in their lives. That makes shoulder pain a common occurrence and one that Dr. Lee Rangel sees in our Bradenton, FL practice on a regular basis.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Shoulder Pain

By and large, this issue is more prevalent for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, and it tends to affect women more frequently than men. While ice, heat, and gentle stretches can sometimes help relieve the pain, so too can chiropractic.

For example, a study released in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine looked at 50 patients with frozen shoulder who were given chiropractic care. The length of care ranged from 11 days to 51 days, with 28 days being the average.

The researchers found that nearly all of the study participants fared extremely well with chiropractic care. The authors found:

8 of the subjects reported 50-75 percent improvement
25 indicated improvement ranging from 75- 90 percent
1 participant had complete resolution of their frozen shoulder pain

Only one of the original 50 reported an improvement of 50 percent or less, so reports like this show just how effective chiropractic care can be when it comes to decreasing shoulder pain and increasing quality of life.

We Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Shoulder Pain

Let Dr. Lee Rangel help you decrease your suffering by contacting our Bradenton, FL office and scheduling your appointment today.

Resources

Murphy F et al. (2012, December). Chiropractic management of frozen shoulder syndrome using a novel technique: a retrospective case series of 50 patients. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine;11(4):267-272

 

Avoid Sciatica Surgery With Chiropractic

Dr. Lee Rangel works with countless sciatica patients here in our Bradenton, FL office, and many of these patients were worried that they might need surgery to eliminate their pain. The latest research indicates that many people don't need surgery for this widespread problem, and that chiropractic is more effective at solving sciatic nerve pain.

A popular surgery for sciatica is microdiscectomy, and in a 2010 study, researchers looked at 80 patients with sciatica who were referred for this procedure.

Forty patients were then randomly sorted into one of two groups. The first group was to receive surgical microdiscectomy and the second group received chiropractic care.

Both groups got better; however, no obvious difference in outcome was reported one year post-treatment between either group. In addition, roughly 60 percent of the participating patients who could not find relief from any other treatment method "benefited from spinal manipulation to the same degree as if they underwent surgical intervention."

Put another way, chiropractic offered the same positive benefits as surgery without needing to go through the increased amounts of surgery-based pain or suffer through drawn-out recovery times often associated with that type of treatment choice. Additionally, you also don't run the risks linked to surgical microdiscectomy, such as nerve root damage, bowel or bladder incontinence, bleeding, or infection.

Surgery ought to be the last resort for sciatica pain. If you live in Bradenton, FL and you're being affected by back pain or sciatica, give Dr. Lee Rangel a call today at (941) 727-8739. We'll help pinpoint the source of your pain and work hard to get you relief.

References

  • McMorland, G et al. Manipulation or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized clinical study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2010;33(8):576-584.
  • Solberg TK, Nygaard OP, Sjaavik K, Hofoss D, Ingebrigtsen T. The risk of "getting worse" after lumbar microdiscectomy. European Spine Journal 2005;14(1):49-54.