Posts by Dr. Robert Ramsey
If you suffer with fibromyalgia, you are not alone, as Dr. Ramsey sees many patients with this particular condition in our Gresham, OR chiropractic practice. Actually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that roughly two percent of all adults in the US have fibromyalgia. Fortunately, chiropractic care is one treatment option that can provide positive results.
Research Proves Chiropractic Helps Fibromyalgia
In a study released in mid-2015, 215 adults with fibromyalgia were evaluated based on factors ranging from pain to quality of sleep to the levels of depression or 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 approach with the addition of chiropractic adjustments (specifically, to the upper neck tissues) for the same length of time.
The subjects who received chiropractic care in addition to the multi-modal treatment approach reported greater benefits in all areas (pain, sleep, depression, and anxiety) at three months post-treatment when compared to the study patients who received multi-modal therapy without chiropractic care. Furthermore, those positive results were lasting as the individuals reported continued improvement one full year later.
Fibromyalgia can greatly 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. Ramsey can do for your fibromyalgia pain, call our Gresham, OR chiropractic office today.
- 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.
Regrettably, quite a few of our Gresham, OR patients are familiar with the pain caused by a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Dr. Ramsey has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of research studies have confirmed that chiropractic care can help patients recover from this kind of condition.
Research on Chiropractic and Disc Herniations
In one study, doctors from Switzerland selected 148 patients who were dealing with pain in their lower 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 herniation.
Results were collected after the first treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to establish what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic care offers when it comes to resolving this particular condition. Among the information gathered was the person's self-reported changes in both low back and leg pain.
Investigators 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% 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 study, a 26-year-old man 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 disc herniation was confirmed via MRI.
After receiving chiropractic care, "The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment." In addition, the patient was still experiencing 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 may be an effective solution.
Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Gresham, OR office a call today at (503) 667-6744 for a consultation or appointment.
- 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.
Dr. Ramsey sees a lot of patients struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Gresham, OR 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 Supports 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 investigating the subjects' neck range of motion, the researchers discovered that the patients had reduced cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, they also discovered that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel pain was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less flexibility in the neck area, the greater the level of pain.
This research is extremely important, as you can't successfully treat a problem until you fully understand its cause. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky operations.
We Can Help People Find Comfort From Carpal Tunnel
If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our Gresham, OR location and ask how Dr. Ramsey can help you get relief!
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 Better Than Drugs for Back Pain
In our Gresham, OR practice, Dr. Ramsey has helped countless patients recover from back problems. If you are dealing with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to relieve the discomfort. You should know that research shows that chiropractic care is often a better alternative than drugs when it comes to relieving this specific type of problem.
In a 2013 study published in the journal Spine experts included 101 individuals who had suffered back pain for more than 48 hours. Each person was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which consisted of 37 people, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 participants received sham chiropractic treatments and the actual drug. The third group of 25 individuals served as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real treatment whatsoever.
All of the subjects who received some type of actual treatment, whether through chiropractic or the NSAID, fared better than the control group who had no actual care. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the people who received chiropractic care had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.
Chiropractic: Natural Healing
Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps enhance healing without undesirable side effects. For instance, NSAIDs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's purpose designed 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 Gresham, OR office with Dr. Ramsey today at (503) 667-6744. We'll help ease your back problems in a healthy way!
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.
Many people suffer with headache pain, and tension headaches are a frequent problem in our busy lives. Postural problems and stress are common causes of tension headaches, and ones that Dr. Ramsey and the staff here in our Gresham, OR chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.
Research Supports Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches
The scientific literature verifies our results: 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 researchers reported that the spinal adjustments were effective at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were coupled with the suboccipital inhibition.
When we get stressed, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, resulting in pain. Chiropractic works by getting rid of these stresses and restoring the normal nerve function to the tissues.
We're Here to Help Clients Find Help From Tension Headaches
If you live in Gresham, OR and are dealing with any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Dr. Ramsey today at (503) 667-6744 for an appointment or more information.
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.
Chiropractic is centered on the approach of aiding your body to heal naturally through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that stimulate overall health. For Dr. Ramsey, this means working to restore your body's normal performance to avoid the need for medications or surgical treatments. We find that many of our Gresham, OR patients are pleased to find a natural approach for their health conditions.
One benefit of chiropractic care is that it helps people reduce or eliminate the use of drug treatments. Medications are commonly supplied to people who have back soreness. This is such a serious crisis that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) risks overshadow the benefits when administered for back pain.
Some of the most popular narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Data offered by the AAN mention the fact that roughly half of the people taking these types of substances for a period of three months are still taking them five years down the road. This can further complicate the problem of back pain and recovery, especially if an narcotic dependency arises.
Contrast that to chiropractic care which features natural healing and the advantages are obvious. While a drug might be useful at temporarily relieving the symptoms of a health condition, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. A drug won't fix your damaged back; it will only mask the pain.
Dr. Ramsey will first examine you to get to the origin of your back problems and then work with you to eliminate the problem -- without any risky drugs.
If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our Gresham, OR office a call at (503) 667-6744 to make an appointment with Dr. Ramsey.
- 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
In our Gresham, OR practice, it isn't uncommon for us to see patients troubled with sciatica, and Dr. Ramsey has helped many of them recover with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so useful to those who suffer with this condition? For starters, it reduces their time of recovery and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.
Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Sciatica Pain
In the report, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, the authors looked at 44 patients who reported sudden low back pain that was identified as acute sciatic nerve pain. The participants were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean follow-up being two years after treatment.
The authors found that all but two patients went back to their jobs after receiving chiropractic treatment, which is a 95% success rate. What's more, the average length 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 170,450 days of work were lost 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 would also reduce costs to businesses and workers from lost work.
We Can Help People Find Relief From Sciatica
If you live in Gresham, OR and you suffer with sciatic pain, Dr. Ramsey is here to help. Give us a call at (503) 667-6744 and we'll work with you to find the root cause of your sciatic pain and get you back on the road to health.
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.
Neck and headache pain are common problems that affect millions of people around the world. If you suffer from this type of issue, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic care is an excellent way to not only treat these common problems, but also help prevent future episodes.
Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches
For many years, people with neck and headache pain in Gresham, OR have been helped by the chiropractic adjustments of Dr. Ramsey. Our experience is supported by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-surgical, non-drug treatments are the best choice for neck and headache pain.
The review looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was recommended before turning to drugs or more invasive treatments.
Previous scientific studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.
We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Neck Pain and Headaches
If you're troubled with neck pain or headaches, Dr. Ramsey and our staff are here to help you feel better. Give our Gresham, OR office a call today at (503) 667-6744 for an appointment today.
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.
There are many different kinds of headache, but one of the most common types is known as "cervicogenic headache," or those that start in your neck.
Dr. Ramsey sees a lot of patients in our Gresham, OR office who are suffering with frequent, reoccurring headaches. Fortunately, chiropractic can usually help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50 percent, and research confirms it.
Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches
A study was conducted involving 80 participants who reported experiencing at least five cervicogenic headaches during the prior three months. The objective was to discover how effective chiropractic was for this type of head pain, as well as to ascertain the number of treatment sessions required to achieve a positive effect.
The patients were divided into four separate groups, so that each group was similar in age, gender, number of cervicogenic headaches, and their intensity. Of the four groups, two engaged in chiropractic treatments and two received light massage. Furthermore, one group assigned to each treatment received eight sessions and the other patients received double that amount.
Each person was assessed based on head pain, neck pain, and disability prior to the study and 12 and 24 weeks after treatment was complete. The researchers found that those who received chiropractic as opposed to massage reported fewer headaches at the conclusion of the study. Furthermore, improvements were maintained when checked six months after treatment ended.
Additionally, participants who were taking medications for their headaches were able to lower their intake after completing the study. Those who received chiropractic had lower drug usage 24 weeks post-study.
We Can Help Patients Find Relief From Head Pain
Dr. Ramsey has helped many patients who were suffering from headaches in our Gresham, OR office. Call us today at (503) 667-6744 for more information or for an appointment.
Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin M, Vavrek D. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2010; 10: 117-128.
In our Gresham, OR practice, we see plenty of people who are struggling with back pain, and some of these patients have been advised they might need surgery to recover. Fortunately, Dr. Ramsey has helped many people get relief without the need for any type of surgical treatment. The scientific literature agrees with the results we see in our office. One research study published in the academic journal Spine found that seeing a chiropractor as your first move in dealing with your back problems may actually keep you off of the operating table.
In this scientific study, medical professionals from Dartmouth analyzed statistics from about 1,900 workers from Washington state who first saw either an orthopedic surgeon or a chiropractic doctor for their back pain issues. They then used three years' worth of follow-up medical records to ascertain whether the patients ended up having back surgery in an attempt to correct the problem.
What the authors found was that 42.7% of the individuals who first saw a surgeon for their back issues ended up with surgery in that 3-year time span, whereas only 1.5% of those who first saw a chiropractor had the same fate. The authors wrote:
"Even after controlling for injury severity and other measures, workers with an initial visit for the injury to a surgeon had almost nine times the odds of receiving lumbar spine surgery compared to those seeing primary care providers, whereas workers whose first visit was to a chiropractor had significantly lower odds of surgery."
These are remarkable outcomes. Consulting with a chiropractor considerably decreases your odds of getting back surgery, plus the chiropractic patients in this scientific study "had lower odds of chronic work disability" and they also had fewer expensive MRI tests.
Let's also keep in mind this important point: this study was carried out by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and printed in the world's most influential medical publication on spinal injury.
Surgery: The Last Resort
Any surgery has risks, but a serious problem linked to spinal surgery is that there's a very high failure rate. In an important analysis in the European Spine Journal, researchers wrote:
"Failed back surgery is a problem that has become sufficiently widespread to even warrant its own special conferences, with recent reviews reporting failure rates ranging from 5 to 50%."
The experts in this same study concluded:
"It is extremely difficult to identify unequivocal predictor factors that can be used to accurately predict the outcome of surgery."
As a chiropractor, Dr. Ramsey believes that surgery should be the absolute last choice for treating back pain. Chiropractic works to restore your spine to its normal function--without risky surgery or drugs--and many scientific studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of chiropractic for back pain.
If you live in Gresham, OR and you need care for your back pain, give our office a call today at (503) 667-6744 for a consultation or an appointment. We'll help get you back on the road to a pain-free life!
- Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM. 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.
- Mannion AF, Elfering A. Predictors of surgical outcome and their assessment. European Spine Journal 2006;15(Suppl 1):S93-S108.