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Chiropractic Effective for TMJ Pain

Harleysville, PA TMJ pain recoverySince injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is frequently rather painful, we do our best to help our Harleysville, PA patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Dr. Szilagyi will tell you that the research shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease discomfort in the jaw.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With TMJ Pain and Discomfort

For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 patients with TMJ pain who were managed with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were assessed prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced discomfort, greater jaw movement, and lower disability at both follow-ups.

Another research study conducted a review of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and found similar results. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain associated with TMJ and other upper extremity disorders.

This is great news since the causes of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.

Dr. Szilagyi Can Help Patients Find Comfort From TMJ Pain

No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Dr. Szilagyi now and make an appointment to come into our Harleysville, PA practice. 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
 

Harleysville, PA Spinal Decompression Therapy

Harleysville, PA non-surgical spinal decompressionDr. Szilagyi sees many back pain patients in our busy Harleysville, PA chiropractic office. Many of these people have some type of spinal condition that is causing them pain and discomfort. Fortunately, Dr. Szilagyi finds that spinal decompression treatment is a highly effective way to help these individuals.

What is Spinal Decompression and How Can it Help Me?

Non-surgical spinal decompression is a treatment method that takes all of the positive benefits that one normally gets from chiropractic, traction, physiotherapy, exercise therapy, and myofascial therapy and combines them all into one.

The objective of this technique is to keep you out of the operating room, and that is exactly what it's achieved for a number of people, as it has a documented 85% success rate.

Some of the issues spinal decompression helps with include generalized back pain, sciatica, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, compression fractures, and joint pain.

Spinal decompression works by reversing the influences of wear, tear, and gravity that compresses the intervertebral discs in your spine. The movie below shows how it works to decrease stress on your back and helps decrease pain and disability.

Dr. Szilagyi Can Help People Find Comfort From Chronic Back Pain

If you live in Harleysville, PA and you're struggling with back issues, spinal decompression therapy might be the fix. Call Dr. Szilagyi today at (215) 256-4345 for a consultation or appointment.

 

Shoulder Pain Treatment with Chiropractic

Harleysville, PA shoulder pain treatment and recoveryAccording to experts, around 5 percent of the population will experience painful problems like frozen shoulder syndrome at some time in their lives. That makes shoulder-related pain a common problem and one that Dr. Szilagyi sees in our Harleysville, PA practice on a regular basis.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Shoulder Pain

By and large, this condition is more common for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, and it tends to affect women more often than men. While ice, heat, and gentle stretching can sometimes help relieve the discomfort, so too can chiropractic adjustments.

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

The researchers found that almost all of the study participants fared very well with chiropractic care. The study 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 participant reported an improvement of 50 percent or less, so studies like this show just how effective chiropractic can be when it comes to decreasing shoulder pain and increasing quality of life.

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Shoulder Pain

Let Dr. Szilagyi help you relieve your pain by contacting our Harleysville, PA 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

 

Knee Pain Treatment with Chiropractic

Harleysville, PA natural knee knee pain treatmentKnee pain is a frequent problem for patients in our Harleysville, PA chiropractic office, and Dr. Szilagyi has happily provided many of these men and women relief. This is largely because chiropractic care has been found to help with many kinds of knee pain.

For example, some people experience pain in and around the knee tissues due to osteoarthritis. Research has shown that this condition responds very well to chiropractic--and rather quickly, too. In fact, one article published in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association found that people with osteoarthritis in their knees felt significant pain relief and improved function after just two weeks of chiropractic care.

If your knee pain is due to a medial meniscus tear, chiropractic could likely help with that as well. One study found that integrating chiropractic with soft tissue treatment, rest, ice, and compression on the affected knee helped lower the intensity of the pain.

Clearly, sometimes a knee replacement surgery is required in order to fix the issue, and if that's the case, chiropractic care can also help improve the outcome. How?

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Knee Injuries

Research has shown that patients with low back pain often have less positive outcomes after knee surgery. So, dealing with your back pain through chiropractic prior to having a total knee arthroplasty can help with your post-surgery recovery.

No matter what your knee issue, Dr. Szilagyi can likely help. Call our Harleysville, PA location today and find out what we can do for you!

Resources

  • Pollard H et al. (2008, December). The effect of a manual therapy knee protocol on osteoarthritic knee pain: a randomised controlled trial. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association;52(4):229-42
    Boyle J et al. (2014, March). Influence of low back pain on total knee arthroplasty outcome. Knee;21(2):410-4
  • Jarosz B & Ames R. (2010, December). Chiropractic management of a medial meniscus tear in a patient with tibiofemoral degeneration: a case report. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine;9(4):200-8
 

Chiropractic Treatment of Ankle Sprain

Harleysville, PA natural ankle sprain treatmentWe see a number of patients in our Harleysville, PA office with ankle sprains but Dr. Szilagyi has had a lot of success helping them heal more quickly. Why are ankle sprains so common and how can chiropractic care help?

According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), approximately 25,000 men and women in the US sprain their ankles every day. In fact, these injuries make up nearly half of all sports injuries, causing people to spend time away from the activities they enjoy most.

Like any injury, there are many causes of ankle sprains. The most frequent is inversion, or when the ankle rolls inward. This injury can occur due to one forceful movement, or it can develop over a period of time, and activities that increase the risk for this type of ankle sprain include running and jumping. You're also at risk if you have past ankle injuries, poor posture or balance, weak muscles, and reduced range of motion.

How Can Chiropractic Treatments and Dr. Szilagyi Help?

A report printed in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics set out to identify chiropractic's role when it comes to ankle sprain recovery. Researchers recruited 33 people between the ages of 18 and 45 who had a history of ankle inversion sprains, who were experiencing tenderness and/or pain, and had not re-injured the ankle in the previous six weeks.

Eighteen of the participants were assigned to participate in rehabilitation and the remaining 15 individuals received chiropractic in addition to rehab. Each person had five full weeks of treatment, with the rehabilitation group receiving treatment seven days a week and the rehabilitation plus chiropractic group receiving therapy six out of the seven days.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Ankle Sprains

Researchers found that the individuals who participated in both rehab and chiropractic fared the best at the 4-week mark when it came to pain and joint restriction. Also, no undesirable effects were reported, showing that this treatment option is safe.

If you're near our location in Harleysville, PA and you're suffering from an ankle injury, give us a call. We'll do what we can to keep you up and running... literally!

Bibliography

  • American College of Sports Medicine. (n.d.). Ankle sprains and the athlete. Retrieved from https://www.acsm.org/docs/current-comments/anklesprainstemp.pdf
  • Lubbe, D et al. (2015, January). Manipulative therapy and rehabilitation for recurrent ankle sprain with functional instability: a short-term, assessor-blind, parallel-group randomized trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 38(1), 22-34, doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2014.10.001
 

Chiropractic Offers Long Term Benefits for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Harleysville, PA natural fibromyalgia treatmentIf you are afflicted by fibromyalgia, you are not alone, as Dr. Szilagyi sees many people with this particular condition in our Harleysville, PA chiropractic clinic. Actually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that roughly two percent of all adults in the US have fibromyalgia. Fortunately, chiropractic is one treatment option that can provide positive results.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps Fibromyalgia

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

The subjects who received chiropractic care combined with the multi-modal therapy approach reported greater results in all areas (pain, sleep, depression, and anxiety) at 12 weeks post-treatment when compared to the study participants who received multi-modal treatment without chiropractic care. Furthermore, those positive outcomes were lasting as the people reported continued improvement one full year later.

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

You don't have to suffer! To see what Dr. Szilagyi can do for your fibromyalgia pain, call our Harleysville, PA chiropractic office today.

Sources

  • 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 Helps Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Harleysville, PA natural carpal tunnel treatmentDr. Szilagyi sees a lot of people struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Harleysville, PA chiropractic practice. While some people think that the source of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's actually a syndrome that stems from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Recent research 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 investigating the subjects' neck range of motion, the researchers found that the patients had less cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.

In addition, it was also observed that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less mobility in the neck, the greater the level of pain.

This study is very important, as you cannot successfully address a condition until you fully understand its source. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel symptoms is in the neck, this means that natural approaches like chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky operations.

If you suffer with carpal tunnel pain, call our Harleysville, PA office and ask how Dr. Szilagyi can help you get relief!

Studies

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.

 

Effective Back Pain Treatment

Harleysville, PA back pain treatmentWe see many patients with back pain in our Harleysville, PA office, and Dr. Szilagyi has been able to help a lot of them get relief through various chiropractic techniques. However, recovering from back pain doesn't necessarily mean having to decide between chiropractic care and medical care, as many individuals utilize both types of care with great results.

Research Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Treatment Work Well Together

In a study published by the journal Spine investigators1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who reported both acute discomfort and limited function due to back pain. Some of the study participants received treatment via standard medical care, while the remainder received chiropractic care along with standard medical care, as the authors wanted to see which patients fared better.

Researchers discovered that the patients who got standard medical care in combination with chiropractic care scored "significantly better" than the group that received medical care alone; 73% reported positive benefits compared to just 17 percent 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, incorporating these two forms of treatment can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering advantages when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic care and medical approaches can work alongside each other, chiropractic offers some distinct strengths over medical treatment.

Where Chiropractic Care Pulls Ahead

Although it might seem as if each method plays a 50-50 role, there is one major benefit that chiropractic care has over medical treatment and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, one bit of research from 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 people 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 unexpected, as chiropractors frequently spend much more time consulting with their patients as to how they can improve their health on their own, as well as explaining more thoroughly what to expect from chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Care Is a Natural Approach to Wellness

Certainly, the methods associated with chiropractic are very different than those offered with medical care, but a great deal of the difference is the fact that chiropractic is a holistic approach to health and wellness. Instead of focusing on simply relieving the symptoms, chiropractic involves tracking down the primary cause of your pain, which often results in greater improvement as you are addressing the problem at its source.

Furthermore, while medication is sometimes helpful for managing certain conditions, many health issues respond well to natural forms of treatment such as chiropractic. This means fewer negative responses to drugs and longer-lasting results.

You don't have to struggle with back pain or other health problems. Give our Harleysville, PA clinic a call today at (215) 256-4345. We'll do our best to help you get and stay 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.
 

Harleysville, PA Auto Injury and Long-Term Pain

Harleysville, PA auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Harleysville, PA and you've been in a car crash, you have to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic injuries.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We deal with a lot of auto injury sufferers in our Harleysville, PA office, and many of these folks are struggling with chronic pain caused by an old accident. As a matter of fact, research shows that a significant percentage of rear-end accidents cause pain and disability even ten years after the original injury.

Dr. Szilagyi 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 pain are reduced mobility of your spinal column and the development of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your neck and back can easily be damaged during a collision, and chiropractic care works by minimizing inflammation and restoring normal movement.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're near our Harleysville, PA office, and you've been injured in a crash, don't wait to get attention. Dr. Szilagyi is here for you. Give us a call today at (215) 256-4345 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Harleysville, PA Chiropractic Auto Injury Treatment

Harleysville, PA auto injury recovery and treatment by Dr. SzilagyiEach year, there are millions of car crashes in the world, and a substantial number of men and women get hurt in a collision. Although most collisions are "minor," chronic back and neck pain are still frequent health issues. The good news is that chiropractic is a great way to correct these kinds of injuries.

We've treated many auto injury patients in our Harleysville, PA office, and Dr. Szilagyi has been treating people with these types of injuries since 2005. During a car wreck, your body is exposed to violent forces that it simply wasn't built to handle. These forces put stress and strain on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can cause injury to the ligaments that hold your neck and back together. A crash can result in a vast array of pain issues.

A ligament sprain in the neck can result in pain, swelling, and radicular pain in the arm and hand. Chiropractic care works well for these types of problems, because chiropractic focuses on restoring the healthy function and flexibility of the injured areas.

Dr. Szilagyi Can Help Clients Recover From an Auto Injury

Dr. Szilagyi, your Harleysville, PA chiropractor, can help by lowering inflammation in the damaged area and can help reduce the formation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.

You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Learn more about how we can help you get well or call Dr. Szilagyi today at (215) 256-4345.