Posts by Dr. Greg Komeshak
While many women automatically assume that carrying a child and severe pain in the lower back go hand in hand, they are often pleasantly surprised when they learn that this is not necessarily the case. In fact, chiropractic can often help alleviate back pain for pregnant women by as much as 85 percent.
In our busy O'Fallon, IL chiropractic office, it isn't uncommon for pregnant women to reach out to Dr. Komeshak for help relieving their back pain.
A research study published in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies involved 115 women who were pregnant (most of which were in their third trimester) and reported pain in their low back, pelvic area, or both. Data was gathered prior to the study, as well as one week, one month, three months, and one year after treatment commenced. At each subsequent point in time, the participants were asked to rate their level of pain based on a 7-point scale to determine whether it was better, worse, or stayed the same. The results?
52% reported that their pain was better after one week of chiropractic treatment. After one month, that amount jumped up to 70 percent, climbing even more to 85 percent showing improvement at the three month mark. Improvement was still reported at six months post-treatment, which was generally after delivery, and continued to the final data collection one year after treatment commenced.
There are also many additional benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy. Not only does it efficiently relieve back pain, but it does it in a completely natural and non-invasive way. This means that you don't have to worry about taking any drugs or undergoing any type of treatment that could potentially harm your unborn child.
Additionally, it makes your time spent carrying your child more pleasant. When you're not distracted with pain, you can enjoy the experience even more as you prepare your home and your life for all of the fun and exciting changes that lie ahead.
We're here in O'Fallon, IL to help you have a healthy, pain-free pregnancy. Give us a call today at (618) 624-4242 to make an appointment.
Peterson CK, Muhlemann D, & Humphreys BK. Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term and 1 year follow-up. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 2014;22(15):doi:10.1186/2045-709X-22-15.
We see a large number of patients in our O'Fallon, IL clinic, and Dr. Komeshak has helped countless people manage a wide array of health problems. In spite of this, a frequent worry that seems to prevent many people from seeking care is whether or not chiropractic adjustments are safe. Luckily, according to three separate studies (out of quite a few on the issue), the answer to this question is a clear: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
Australian Study: Chiropractic is Safe
The first research paper(1) was published in Spine and included 183 adults. Each person reported affected by spinal pain, and half of the individuals received real chiropractic care while the other half received two sham chiropractic treatment sessions. Information was gathered after each real or fake adjustment to see whether or not any unfavorable negative effects were caused by the real chiropractic treatments.
Researchers reported that no one documented any serious adverse side effects at all after receiving one or two sessions of chiropractic care. Some participants did report that they experienced a headache (9 percent) or muscle stiffness (37%) after treatment, but the effects were not of a serious nature.
Nationwide Survey Reports that Chiropractic is Safe
The next research study(2), also published in the influential medical journal, Spine, was done in an attempt to ascertain the safety of chiropractic care. The study 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 study participants.
Again, the experts found no serious negative side effects. The authors computed the risk of total side effects to be approximately 6 out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. And, 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 out of every 100), and this caused 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 Care Is Safe for Your Children
This third study(3) is unique from the first two pieces of research, as it focuses on the safety of chiropractic care for kids. In this article, the researchers analyzed data reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic treatment sessions.
Out of 5,438 chiropractic appointments made for the young ones, chiropractors responding to the survey documented only three cases where there were adverse side effects. When parents were surveyed, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Furthermore, 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 can do for you, call our O'Fallon, IL clinic and make an appointment today at (618) 624-4242.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Shoulder Pain is a common symptom after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Komeshak sees often in our O'Fallon, IL office. Chiropractic is an effective way to treat shoulder pain. Let's look at how shoulder pain is caused by a crash and how Dr. Komeshak can help you.
There are at least two ways that you can develop shoulder pain after an accident: by direct injury to the shoulder or by radiating pain from the neck.
Direct injury can be caused by striking your shoulder on a hard object in the car during the impact, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end collision. With this type of injury, you'll usually be aware of the pain soon after the crash.
More frequently, Dr. Komeshak finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a collision, but begins a few days or weeks after the injury. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured soft tissue in your neck can tweak nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.
We've worked with many types of shoulder pain in our O'Fallon, IL office. This care involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.
Dr. Komeshak is here in O'Fallon, IL to help you recover from shoulder pain. We've been helping patients since 2001 and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Komeshak will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (618) 624-4242 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.
In our O'Fallon, IL office, it's common for us to see people suffering with sciatic nerve pain, and Dr. Komeshak has helped many of them heal with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic so useful to those who suffer with sciatica? First, it shortens their time of recovery and a Norwegian medical study confirms it.
In the study, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic division, researchers looked at 44 patients who presented with sudden low back pain that was identified as acute sciatica. The participants were all treated by a chiropractor, with the average follow-up being two years after treatment.
The researchers found that all but two patients returned to their jobs after receiving chiropractic adjustments, which is a 95% success rate. Furthermore, the average length of time that the individuals 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 could that increase work productivity, but it might also reduce costs to businesses and employees from lost work.
If you live in O'Fallon, IL and you suffer from sciatica pain, Dr. Komeshak is here to help. Give us a call at (618) 624-4242 and we'll work with you to find the source 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.
In our O'Fallon, IL office, we see a lot of patients who are dealing with back pain, and a few of these people have been told they might need surgery to recover. Thankfully, Dr. Komeshak has helped many people get relief without the need for any type of operation. The science confirms the results we see in our practice. One research study published in the academic journal Spine found that consulting with a chiropractor as your first move in overcoming with your back problems may actually keep you out of the operating room.
In this study, medical experts from Dartmouth reviewed statistics from about 1,900 workers from the state of Washington who first saw either a surgeon or a chiropractic doctor for their back pain issues. They then examined three years' worth of follow-up medical records to find out whether the patients wound up having back surgery in an attempt to correct the problem.
What the researchers determined was that about 43% of the people who first consulted with a surgeon for their back issues ended up with surgery in that 3-year time span, whereas only 1.5% of those who first consulted with 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 findings. Visiting 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 consider this important detail: this study was conducted by orthopedic surgeons from Dartmouth College, and published in the world's most prestigious medical publication on spinal injury.
Why You Should Avoid Surgery
Any surgical procedure has risks, but a serious problem related to spine surgery is that there is 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 authors of 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. Komeshak believes that surgery should be the absolute last resort for treating back pain. Chiropractic works to restore your spine to its normal function--without the need of risky surgery or drugs--and many research studies have documented the usefulness of chiropractic for back pain.
If you live in O'Fallon, IL and you need relief for your back pain, give our practice a call today at (618) 624-4242 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.
According to The American Academy of Pain Medicine, more people in the US suffer with chronic pain than diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer combined. In addition, neck pain is the third most reported type of pain, beat out only by lower back pain and headache.
Not surprisingly, a lot of patients come to our O'Fallon, IL office looking for neck pain treatment, and Dr. Komeshak has helped many of them find relief. This is a smart decision, as some studies have shown that over 90% of neck pain patients get relief with chiropractic care.
Studies Confirm Chiropractic Effective for Neck Pain
A study published in The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy included 64 men and women who were suffering with neck pain. Roughly half were placed in an experimental group and the other half were assigned to a comparison group. Both were given chiropractic adjustments of the neck as well as a home exercise program, while the experimental group also received adjustments of the thoracic spine.
Data was collected before treatment began and one week post-treatment. Researchers found that 94 percent of the experimental group reported "significantly greater improvements" in regard to pain and disability in their neck symptoms. Just 35% of the individuals who received neck adjustments showed the same level of improvement, illustrating that evaluating the entire spinal column is a critical part of restoring the body's normal function.
One more study posted in Physical Therapy involved 60 participants between the ages of 18 and 60 who were suffering with neck pain. Each man or woman was randomly assigned to one of two groups--thoracic spine thrust manipulation or non-thrust manipulation--with follow-up exams occurring two and four days after the adjustments.
The investigators found that the study participants who received the thrust manipulations (the same manipulations that offered such positive results in the first study) "experienced greater reductions in disability" than the group that received the non-thrust manipulations. Their pain was lower as well, which shows that this type of approach offers many benefits.
Help After Failed Medical Procedures
One study found the same kind of positive outcomes after thoracic adjustments in a patient who had a failed neck surgical procedure. This particular case involved a 46-year-old patient who had recently had neck surgery but still suffered with neck pain, headaches, pain in her elbow, and muscle fatigue.
The patient reported reduced pain in her neck and reduced headache intensity, immediately after the first chiropractic treatment session. After six weeks of care, which involved chiropractic, exercise, and patient education, the patient still rated her pain at a zero on a scale of 1 to 10. Her neck disability improved as well, with a rating score that represented that it was a "great deal better."
It is studies like these that prove the advantages of chiropractic care, even if you've already attempted medical procedures that didn't provide relief. So, if you are dealing with neck problems and would like to find a solution that has a high success rate, try chiropractic. It may just be the help you're looking for.
We're located in O'Fallon, IL and Dr. Komeshak can help you recover from neck pain. Give us a call today at (618) 624-4242.
- AAPM facts and figures on pain. The American Academy of Pain Medicine.
- Masaracchio M, Cleland JA, Hellman M, Hagins M. Short-term combined effects of thoracic spine thrust manipulation and cervical spine nonthrust manipulation in individuals with mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2013;43(3):118-127.
- Cleland JA, Glynn P, Whitman JM, Eberhart SL, MacDonald C, Childs JD. Short-term effects of thrust versus nonthrust mobilization/manipulation directed at the thoracic spine in patients with neck pain: a randomized clinical trial. Physical Therapy 2007;87(4):431-440.
- Salvatori R, Rowe RH, Osborne R, Beneciuk JM. Use of thoracic spine thrust manipulation for neck pain and headache in a patient following multiple-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion: a case report. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 2014;44(6):440-449.
Chiropractic Beats Drugs for Back Pain
In our O'Fallon, IL office, Dr. Komeshak has helped many patients recover from back problems. If you are struggling with back pain, you've most likely been tempted to take some medications to decrease the discomfort. You should know that studies have shown that chiropractic care is often a much healthier choice than drugs when it comes to alleviating this specific type of problem.
In a 2013 report published in the journal Spine researchers included 101 individuals who had suffered back pain for at least two days. Each individual was then assigned to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 individuals, received chiropractic treatment and a placebo of the drug diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received fake chiropractic treatments and the genuine drug. The third group of 25 individuals served as the control as those individuals engaged in sham chiropractic and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.
All of the people who received some type of treatment, whether through chiropractic or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control group who had no actual therapy. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the patients who received chiropractic care had improvements that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.
Natural Healing with Chiropractic Care
Because chiropractic is non-invasive and doesn't use drugs, it helps enhance healing without negative side effects. For example, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, heart problems, and other serious health concerns. Plus, the health benefits of chiropractic last longer as it's intended to correct the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the signs and symptoms.
If you're ready to address your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Schedule an appointment in our O'Fallon, IL office with Dr. Komeshak today at (618) 624-4242. We'll help relieve your back pain 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.