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Harleysville, PA Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Harleysville, PA headache care by Dr. SzilagyiWe know how difficult persistent headache pain can be. Dr. Szilagyi and our staff have worked with many men and women in our Harleysville, PA chiropractic practice, and we've had great success in helping folks eliminate their headache pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research study confirms what we see in our office. In this paper, the authors started with 110 people who were suffering with headache pain 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 study 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 outcomes were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat chronic headache pain, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Dr. Szilagyi a call today at our Harleysville, PA office at (215) 256-4345. We're here to help get you relief.

Research

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 Harleysville, PA practice, Dr. Szilagyi has helped countless patients recover from back pain. If you are struggling with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take drugs to decrease the pain. You should understand that research indicates that chiropractic is usually a better alternative than drugs when it comes to relieving this common type of pain.

In a 2013 report published in the medical journal Spine experts included 101 people who had suffered back pain for at least two days. Each patient was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received fake chiropractic treatments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 people served as the control as those subjects engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment at all.

Both of the groups that received some form of real treatment, whether through chiropractic care or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control patients who had no actual treatment. However, when the two active groups were compared to each other, the people who received chiropractic adjustments had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Natural Healing with Chiropractic Adjustments

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps promote healing without undesirable side effects. For example, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health complications. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's intended to resolve the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic care is for you. Schedule an appointment in our Harleysville, PA office with Dr. Szilagyi today at (215) 256-4345. We'll help improve your back problems 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 Auto Injury

Headache is a common problem after an auto injury, and it's something that Dr. Szilagyi sees frequently in our Harleysville, PA office. Let's look at the root cause of headache after an auto collision and see how your chiropractor can help.

There are many different kinds of headache. Headache that's triggered by an auto collision, though, usually begins as tension or strain in the muscle tissue of the neck. In a wreck, the neck muscles can be damaged, which results in inflammation and discomfort. These kinds of headache can be felt in different places, including the back of the head or even the temple.

Another frequent cause of headache after a crash that we see in our Harleysville, PA office is cervicogenic headache, or headaches that start in injured ligaments of the neck. Ligament injury is very common after a crash, and it's important to get therapy for this type of problem to protect against the creation of scar tissue.

Chiropractic care is an effective way to treat headaches, including those caused by car crashes. Dr. Szilagyi can help reduce the irritation and tension in your neck, which will help ease the headache pain.

If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're suffering from headache, Dr. Szilagyi is here to help. First, 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. Give our office a call today at (215) 256-4345 to make an appointment.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

If you are suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome after a car accident, you're not alone. Dr. Szilagyi sees this type of condition very often in our Harleysville, PA office. Why is thoracic outlet syndrome such a common problem after an auto injury? How can chiropractic care help you heal?

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These nerves and blood vessels don't have a lot of space, so they travel underneath and through the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a collision, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become inflamed and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which limits motion and puts stress on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or numbness in the shoulder, elbow and even the wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Harleysville, PA Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic adjustments can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Szilagyi will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.

Let us help you recover from thoracic outlet syndrome. Dr. Szilagyi has helped many people with the same condition, 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 approach. Call us today at (215) 256-4345 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

Preventing Leg Injuries with Chiropractic

Harleysville, PA-sports-therapyWhen playing activities that require a lot of lower body movement, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's not at all uncommon to suffer some type of injury to your lower extremities. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many athletes have found themselves sidelined. Dr. Szilagyi has seen all of these problems in our Harleysville, PA patients. The good news is, chiropractic can help prevent some of these injuries from occurring and research proves it.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Sports Injuries & Recovery

Dr. Szilagyi keeps current with all of the latest 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 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" difference in the number of leg strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. Furthermore, they observed 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 intervention 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 really works. If you live near our office in Harleysville, PA and would like to see if Dr. Szilagyi can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (215) 256-4345 for an appointment.

Dr. Szilagyi Can Help You Find Comfort From Sports Injuries and Recover Faster

If you're struggling with severe pain, Dr. Szilagyi and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our Harleysville, PA office a call today at (215) 256-4345 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).

 

Quicker Sciatica Recovery with Chiropractic

In our Harleysville, PA office, it isn't unusual for us to see patients troubled with sciatica pain, and Dr. Szilagyi has helped many of these people recover with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so beneficial to those who suffer with sciatica? First, it reduces their healing time and a Norwegian research study confirms it.

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

The researchers found that all but two patients went back to work after receiving chiropractic treatment, 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 missed 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 work productivity, but it might also decrease costs to businesses and workers from lost work.

If you live in Harleysville, PA and you suffer with sciatic pain, Dr. Szilagyi is here to assist. Give us a call at (215) 256-4345 and we'll work with you to find the source of your sciatic pain and get you back on the road to recovery.

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.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

Harleysville, PA Headache Treatment by Dr. SzilagyiMany people experience 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. Szilagyi and the team here in our Harleysville, PA chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Supports Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature confirms our findings: A 2016 study from Spain managed a group of 76 patients with chronic tension headaches. The participants were divided into four treatment groups: 19 patients were treated with suboccipital inhibition (the therapist 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 reported that the spinal adjustments were helpful at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were mixed with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get run down, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, resulting in pain. Chiropractic works by removing these stresses and restoring the normal nerve function to the area.

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

If you live in Harleysville, PA and suffer from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Szilagyi today at (215) 256-4345 for an appointment or more information.

Citation

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 Natural Approach to Back Pain

Harleysville, PA chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is centered on the approach of enabling your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that encourage overall health. For Dr. Szilagyi, this involves working hard to restore your body's normal performance to prevent the need for medications or surgery. We find that many of our Harleysville, PA patients are happy to find a natural approach for their health issues.

One benefit of chiropractic is that it helps people minimize or eliminate the use of drugs. Prescription medications are commonly supplied to people who have back problems. This is such a significant crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a news release stating that opioid (painkiller) risks outweigh the advantages when administered for back pain.

Some of the most common opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures presented by the AAN cite the fact that about 50% of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still dependent on them five years down the road. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and healing, especially if an opiate dependency occurs.

Contrast that to chiropractic care which features natural healing and the advantages are crystal clear. While a drug might be helpful at briefly reducing the discomfort of a health problem, it's not a solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your damaged spine; it will only cover up the pain.

Dr. Szilagyi will first examine you to get to the origin of your back pain and then work with you to eliminate the spinal interference -- without any risky medications.

If you're ready for pain relief, naturally, give our Harleysville, PA office a call at (215) 256-4345 to make an appointment with Dr. Szilagyi.

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
 

Back Pain and Car Crashes

We work with many car accident cases in in our Harleysville, PA office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is back pain. Let's take a look at why back pain is commonly experienced after a car crash and see how chiropractic care can help you get better.

During a rear-end motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curvature of your spine, the seat can put inconsistent pressure 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 tissues that hold your spine together. These types of injuries can cause chronic back pain if not treated right away. Thankfully, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Let us help you recover from back pain. Dr. Szilagyi has helped many patients with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment approach. Call us today at (215) 256-4345 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

Many people report back pain after a car crash.
 

Research Shows Chiropractic Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries

We see a large number of sports injuries in our Harleysville, PA office, and Dr. Szilagyi is generally able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults hurt annually while participating in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the importance of preventing these types of common injuries. One way to potentially realize that goal, as reported by a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic treatments.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's likelihood of securing a win. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them playing.

For this study specifically, all of the players got medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 session each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one treatment each month for the last 3 months of the study. The remaining half were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.

Following twenty-four matches, scientists reported a reduced amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Additionally, that same group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively reduce the amount of leg injuries.

If you or your child plays sports and you would like to make sure greater time is dedicated on the field versus on the sidelines, call our Harleysville, PA office at (215) 256-4345 and schedule 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.