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Chiropractic Helps Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

District Heights, MD natural carpal tunnel treatmentDr. Ashkan Aazami sees a lot of people troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy District Heights, MD chiropractic office. While some people think that the source of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's actually a condition that stems from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.

Recent research published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy assessed 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 discovered that the women had reduced cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.

In addition, it was also found that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel pain 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 research is very important, as you cannot effectively resolve a condition until you fully understand its source. By realizing that the root of carpal tunnel issues 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 are suffering from carpal tunnel pain, call our District Heights, MD location and ask how Dr. Ashkan Aazami 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

District Heights, MD back pain treatmentWe see quite a few people with back pain in our District Heights, MD practice, and Dr. Ashkan Aazami has helped many of them find relief through various chiropractic techniques. At the same time, recovering from back pain doesn't necessarily mean having to make a choice between chiropractic care and medical treatment, as many people use both types of care with great success.

Research Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Treatment Work Well with One Another

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

The authors found that the group that got standard medical care in combination with chiropractic scored "significantly better" than the patients who received medical care alone; 73 percent reported positive benefits in comparison to just 17% of the medical care only group who reported 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 care can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering advantages when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic care and medicine can work together, chiropractic offers some unique advantages over medical treatment.

Where Chiropractic Wins

Although it might seem as if each method plays a 50/50 role, there is one major advantage that chiropractic has over medical care and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, a piece of research conducted at UCLA2 that was printed in the American Journal of Public Health found that, on average, chiropractic patients are generally more satisfied with their recovery than those undergoing medical care.

According to the experts, the main factors that patients favored over medical treatment were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't unexpected, as chiropractors frequently spend much more time advising their patients as to how they can improve their health on their own, as well as outlining more thoroughly what to expect from chiropractic.

Chiropractic Is a Natural Approach to Wellness

Without a doubt, the techniques associated with chiropractic are very different than those provided with medical therapy, but a great deal of the difference is the fact that chiropractic is a holistic approach to health and well-being. Rather than focusing on only relieving the symptoms, chiropractic care involves finding the root cause of your pain, which often translates to greater improvement as you are tackling the problem at its source.

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

You don't have to suffer from back pain or other health issues. Give our District Heights, MD clinic a call today at (301) 322-7777. We'll do everything we can 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.
 

Shoulder Pain and Auto Injury

Shoulder Pain is a common condition after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Ashkan Aazami sees frequently in our District Heights, MD office. What causes shoulder pain after an auto injury? How can chiropractic help?

There are at least two different ways that you can develop shoulder pain after an accident: by direct trauma to the shoulder joint or by referred pain from the neck.

Direct trauma 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 crash. With this type of injury, you'll usually be aware of the pain soon after the wreck.

More frequently, Dr. Ashkan Aazami finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a collision, but begins a few days or weeks after the accident. This type of shoulder discomfort actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured soft tissue in your neck can squeeze nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've worked with both kinds of shoulder pain in our District Heights, MD office. This care involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Ashkan Aazami is here in District Heights, MD to help you recover from shoulder pain. We've been helping patients since 1995 and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful assessment to establish the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (301) 322-7777 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

District Heights, MD Neck Pain and Headache Care

District Heights, MD neck pain and headache treatmentHeadache and neck pain are common problems that affect millions of men and women around the world. If you suffer from this type of issue, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic is the best way to not only treat these common issues, but also help prevent future episodes.

For many years, people with neck and headache pain in District Heights, MD have been helped by the chiropractic care of Dr. Ashkan Aazami. Our success is supported by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-invasive, non-drug solutions are the best choice for neck and headache pain.

The study looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was suggested before turning to drugs or more invasive procedures.

Past scientific studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.

If you're suffering from neck pain or headaches, Dr. Ashkan Aazami and our staff are here to help you recover. Give our District Heights, MD office a call today at (301) 322-7777 for an appointment today.

Reference

Varatharajan S, Ferguson B, Chrobak K, et al. Are non-invasive interventions effective for the management of headaches associated with neck pain? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. European Spine Journal 2016; February 6:1-29.

 

Chiropractic Can Provide Asthma Relief

District Heights, MD asthma care with chiropracticAsthma is a significant issue for many people in District Heights, MD and for society as a whole, truly, since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that this problem currently affects almost 19 million adults and 7 million children in the United States. A full-blown asthma attack likely means a hospital visit. Thankfully, Dr. Ashkan Aazami has helped many people in District Heights, MD get relief from asthma symptoms.

The medical research confirms what we see in our practice. 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 printed another asthma-based study, except this one involved children. 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, as a whole, the patients reported a higher quality of life and a lower level of severity. As a bonus, they also reported that they depended less on their bronchodilator and these positive effects lasted one year after chiropractic care was finished.

So, whether you're 6 or 60, if you have symptoms of asthma, be sure to contact Dr. Ashkan Aazami in District Heights, MD and schedule an appointment today. We'll do what we can to help you breathe easier!

Resources

  • 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
 

Causes of Chronic Pain after Car Crashes

District Heights, MD auto injury treatmentOf the approximately 2 million rear-end crashes in the US annually, a substantial number of people end up suffering from chronic pain and impairment. Some research indicates that 18% of people are still in pain 12 months after a collision.

Dr. Ashkan Aazami sees many auto injury cases in our District Heights, MD office, and we oftentimes see people who have been suffering for many years and have not been able to find relief. Dr. Ashkan Aazami has great success in helping these patients.

What Causes Chronic Pain after a Crash?

During an accident, the structures of your spinal column can be sprained or torn. The injured area becomes swollen and inflamed and transmits pain signals to the spinal cord and central nervous system.

Pain tells your nervous system that something is wrong, which tells the muscles in the damaged area to contract to protect the area from further trauma.

If the trauma isn't addressed right away, a negative cycle develops. The damaged area keeps sending pain signals and each time, your central nervous system responds. This produces a feedback loop in your nervous system that experts refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system actually becomes hypersensitive to any kind of stimulation, triggering chronic pain.

Dr. Ashkan Aazami is able to help this kind of issue, as chiropractic care is a proven way to restore your nervous system's healthy functioning. Research shows that chiropractic is successful at relieving pain from car accidents and shows that chiropractic actually has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in District Heights, MD and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Dr. Ashkan Aazami a call today at (301) 322-7777 for a consultation or appointment.

  • Ferrari R. A prospective study of the 1-year incidence of fibromyalgia after acute whiplash injury. Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Disease 2015; doi:10.1136/rmdopen-2014-000007.
  • Stone AM, Vicenzino B, Lim EC, Sterling M. Measures of central hyperexcitability in chronic whiplash associated disorder - A systematic review and meta-analysis. Manual Therapy 2012;18(2):111-7.
 

Chiropractic Gets You Back to Work Faster

District Heights, MD Worker Injury Treatment and RecoveryWhen you're trying to support your family, take care of your household, and pay all of your bills on time, every day at work counts. Work injuries can be a serious problem for many folks, and we see many of these types of injuries in our District Heights, MD office. Dr. Ashkan Aazami appreciates your situation and is here to help.

The advantages of chiropractic care for work injuries are well-documented. A 2013 research paper involving over 600 adults who were suffering with either back or neck pain found that the men and women 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?

According to the participants in this report, two of the major reasons were that they thought they needed a medical 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.

If you live in District Heights, MD and you've been injured at work, we can help. Give our office a call today at (301) 322-7777 for an appointment.

Sources

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

 

Chiropractic Works for Disc Herniation

Landover Hills, District Heights and Rockville, MD non-surgical disc herniation treatmentDr. Ashkan Aazami sees many people weekly in our busy Landover Hills, District Heights and Rockville, MD chiropractic office who are looking for relief from the pain and agony they feel due to herniated discs. Our experience isn't unique; the scientific literature confirms that chiropractic care is a successful way to treat herniated disc pain.

One particular study involved 27 people, 8 male and 19 female, who had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirming a disc herniation in either their neck or lower back. The people reported that they were experiencing pain, reduced range of motion, and sensory problems bad enough to keep them off work.

Over the course of the research period, the individuals were treated using one of two common chiropractic practices: traction for herniated discs in the cervical area or flexion distraction for the patients who had herniation issues in the low back.

Each individual was seen four or five times per week for the first two weeks, then three times weekly, and then as needed for the remainder of the study. Based on the severity of the disc herniation, treatment ranged anywhere from six weeks to six months, with MRIs being conducted at a variety of stages to determine what effect, if any, the chiropractic care was having in regard to the disc herniation.

The investigators discovered that 80 percent of the subjects obtained a "good clinical outcome," meaning reduced pain and a reduction in other issues, such as numbness. Furthermore, 77 percent of these people also showed MRI evidence that their disc herniation was either reduced or resolved completely. This resulted in 78 percent of the study subjects being able to return to their place of employment and led the researchers to conclude that chiropractic adjustments is both "safe and helpful" for disc herniations.

If you have a herniated disc and you're near Dr. Ashkan Aazami in Landover Hills, District Heights and Rockville, MD, contact our office today to see what chiropractic can do for you!

 

Reference
BenEliyahu, DJ. Magnetic resonance imaging and clinical follow-up: study of 27 patients receiving chiropractic care for cervical and lumbar disc herniations. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1996;19(9):597-606.

 

Back Pain and Car Accidents

We work with many car accident cases in in our Landover Hills, District Heights and Rockville, MD office, and a widespread symptom we see in our patients is back pain. Let's look at why back pain is commonly experienced after an auto collision and see how chiropractic care can help you heal.

During a rear-end motor vehicle accident, your car and car seat are rapidly accelerated forward against your body. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve of your back, 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 motion can sprain or strain the ligaments that hold your spine together. This type of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Let us help you recover from back pain. Dr. Ashkan Aazami has helped many people with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Ashkan Aazami will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (301) 322-7777 to make an appointment.

 

Many people report back pain after a car crash.
 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common symptom after an auto injury, and it's something that Dr. Ashkan Aazami sees often in our Landover Hills, District Heights and Rockville, MD office. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome. Let's look at how thoracic outlet syndrome is caused by a crash and how Dr. Ashkan Aazami can help you.

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

In a crash, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become swollen and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which limits motion and puts pressure on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or pins and needles in the shoulder, elbow and even the wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Landover Hills, District Heights and Rockville, MD Thoracic Outlet Treatment

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

If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're experiencing thoracic outlet syndrome, Dr. Ashkan Aazami is here to help. First, we'll do a careful examination to establish the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (301) 322-7777 to make an appointment.