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A Look at Some of the Conditions We Treat

We are able to treat neck and back injuries, whiplash injuries and help with soft tissue pain and injuries. Many times, individuals who have been injured in a car accident have so much muscle pain and stiffness that they simply cannot function normally. This discomfort, on top of other injuries, can be a serious issue.

One of the first steps on the road to recovering from these injuries is to make an appointment with your chiropractor.

First, your chiropractor may want to take x-rays to determine if there are serious injuries in the neck or spine. You may not notice the signs or symptoms of this type of injury, so it is important that you consider x-rays.

If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative.

Research shows that spinal manipulation – one of the primary treatments provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. A 2014 report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that interventions commonly used in chiropractic care improved outcomes for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain and increased benefit was shown in several instances where a multimodal approach to neck pain had been used1. Also, a 2011 JMPT study found that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches2.

Chiropractors primarily use their hands to treat muscle, joint, and nerve pain by adjusting the spine and joints. Adjustments involve the chiropractor applying controlled but sudden force to a joint, pushing the joint beyond the range in which it normally moves. This is intended to loosen up joints that move poorly or painfully due to tissue damage or scarring caused by either trauma or repetitive stress. An example of trauma causing neck pain is whiplash, while a repetitive stress injury could be from consistently poor posture.

For neck pain in particular, chiropractic neck adjustments, called cervical manipulation, loosen up the joints of the cervical vertebrae in the neck, and this can reduce pain caused by pinched nerves and muscle spasms. Chiropractors use their hands to twist the neck sharply and snap the vertebrae back into alignment.

The area of the back (spine) between the two shoulder baldes is called the thoracic spine. The shoulder baldes are called scapula. The major muscles are the rhomboids (major/minor), trapezius, levator scapula, infraspinatus and supraspinatus.

Symptoms of Pain Between the Shoulder Blades
As I mentioned earlier there are many times a person will come into the chiropractic clinic because of this pain they cannot get rid of between their shoulder blades. This is what I might hear:

  1. It’s sore to take a deep breath
  2. I need to push my shoulder into the corner of the wall to get some relief
  3. The pain is a deep ache
  4. I can’t put my chin to my chest now
  5. It is sore to stretch between my shoulder blades
  6. I want to twist my shoulders to try get a click for relief

The core of chiropractic usually involves treatment of common lower back pain conditions through manual therapy:

  • Spinal manipulation and manual manipulation. This type of manual manipulation refers to a high-velocity, short lever arm thrust that is applied to abnormal vertebra with the goal of improving functionality, reducing nerve irritability and restoring range of motion in the back. It is also commonly known as “chiropractic adjustment”.
    There is firm literature support for chiropractic treatment of lower back pain. Many of the published guidelines recommend chiropractic manipulation to be included in the treatment plan early in the care of lower back pain.
  • Mobilization. Chiropractic mobilization refers to low velocity manipulation, movement and stretching of the muscles and joints, with the goal of increasing the range of motion within those areas.

If you’re an athlete, you understand the numerous demands of participating in a sport such as running, jumping and tackling. Putting your body through these activities can result in painful tears, sprains, and strains. But seeing a chiropractor can help you when you’ve suffered sports injuries and also help to prevent them.

Chiropractors treat and can help prevent injuries of the neck, back, shoulder, knee, and ankle. They’re skilled in manual adjustment of the spine, ensuring that bones are lined up and balanced, which helps relieve tension in the body. This allows the body to function better and become less susceptible to injury. The goal of most chiropractic techniques is to restore or enhance joint function while resolving joint inflammation and reducing pain. This hands-on therapy is often used to treat neck or back injuries but also relieves pain throughout the joints and muscles in the body.

The main reasons athletes suffer sports injuries include forceful impacts, repetitive motions, over-training and failure to warm up properly. Chiropractors can help athletes by relieving their pain and helping them heal faster after an injury. Regular visits will promote quicker recovery after games and training as well as better balance and overall performance.

Sciatica is characterized by pain that originates in the low back or buttock that travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain varies in intensity and frequency; minimal, moderate, severe and occasional, intermittent, frequent or constant.

Pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, pins and needles or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatica is also called radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia. A misconception is that sciatica is a disorder—however, sciatica is really a symptom of a disorder.

Sciatica is generally caused by sciatic nerve compression. Disorders known to cause sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations (misaligned vertebral body/ies), herniated or bulging discs (slipped discs), pregnancy and childbirth, tumors, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or sitting on one’s back pocket wallet.

The goal of chiropractic care for DDD is to improve joint mechanics by improving spinal motion and reducing inflammation. The chiropractor may also work on improving the function of the inter-vertebral discs—but that’s only if you do not have advanced disc degeneration.

To help treat your DDD symptoms, your chiropractor may use spinal manipulation (also called spinal adjustment). There are multiple types of spinal manipulation, including:

  • Specific spinal manipulation: Your chiropractor will identify the joints that are restricted or those that show abnormal motion. He or she will work to restore movement to the joints using a gentle thrusting technique.
  • Flexion-distraction technique: This type of spinal manipulation uses a gentle, non-thrusting technique; it’s typically used to treat herniated discs and spinal stenosis.
  • Instrument-assisted manipulation: This technique uses a hand-held instrument. The chiropractor applies gentle force without thrusting directly into the spine.
  • Manual joint stretching and resistance techniques: Your chiropractor may use one of these techniques to relieve pain and other DDD symptoms.
  • Therapeutic massage: Massage can help reduce muscle tension.

Characterized by widespread, bilateral pain, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbance, fatigue and psychological distress. Fibromyalgia affects 10 million people in the United States and is more likely to occur in women, with a ratio of about 8 to 2, women over men.

Patients are usually diagnosed during middle age, and the prevalence of the disorder increases with age. Fibromyalgia has been associated with lower levels of health-related quality of life and a loss of work productivity, according to a 2011 study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) can diagnose fibromyalgia or discover another cause of the symptoms, and create an effective treatment plan or make appropriate referrals.

characterized by widespread, bilateral pain, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbance, fatigue and psychological distress. Fibromyalgia affects 10 million people in the United States and is more likely to occur in women, with a ratio of about 8 to 2, women over men.

Patients are usually diagnosed during middle age, and the prevalence of the disorder increases with age. Fibromyalgia has been associated with lower levels of health-related quality of life and a loss of work productivity, according to a 2011 study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Doctors of chiropractic (DCs) can diagnose fibromyalgia or discover another cause of the symptoms, and create an effective treatment plan or make appropriate referrals.

We offer a range of services that can ease the tension and pain caused by scoliosis and make recommendations on methods of care and rehabilitation.

Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition that develops from other medical disorders like diabetes or malnutrition, and should be a warning signal for overall poor health or other major medical condition. Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy include numbness or tingling in the outer extremities like fingers and toes, which then move up the limbs toward the core. A sense of imbalance or dizziness can also be experienced, and at the first signs of this condition medical attention should be sought immediately.

Chiropractic targets the body as a whole unit, bringing all systems into alignment and regulation, including the nervous system, which can eliminate the condition itself instead of just the pain and numbness that accompanies it. When the body is being treated with its overall health in mind rather than just one problem area, symptoms of many problems or conditions can be reduced or eliminated at once.

While chiropractic can potentially reduce or eliminate the symptoms and problems associated with Peripheral Neuropathy, the condition itself is a warning sign that another major health disorder could exist, and medical attention should be sought along with special attention to diet, exercise, and overall health and wellness.

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition and the leading cause of heel pain in adults. If you have plantar fasciitis, it means the ligament that runs the length of the bottom of your foot, the plantar fascia, has several tiny tears in it. These tiny tears can eventually lead to a larger tear if not treated. Until then, it can cause you a lot of pain and discomfort.

 Chiropractic treatment can:

  • Reduce the stress in the ligament – The reason you are suffering from plantar fasciitis is because of the stress placed upon the ligament causing the tiny tears. If you don’t take steps to reduce this stress, then you will continue to experience pain and inflammation. Your chiropractor can help take some of the stress off the ligament and give it a chance to heal through adjustments.
  • Minimize secondary injuries – Remember that one of the things that can happen when you suffer this condition is a change in your gait in order to try to reduce the pain you are experiencing. When you use chiropractic care as a part of your treatment plan, you can help to minimize the misalignment caused by a change in your gait – misalignment that if left untreated can cause problems in other parts of your body, including your ankles, knees, hips and lower back.
  • Goes well with other treatments – Because chiropractic is a natural and non-invasive treatment, it often works well in conjunction with other treatments for this condition such as massage or physical therapy.

Slip and fall accidents can cause major injuries like spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injuries, but they can also cause less severe injuries which still cause significant pain and loss of motion. Here are the most common injuries that result from workplace slip and fall accidents.

Neck injuries

You may not realize right away that you have a neck injury from a slip and fall accident. That’s because neck injuries are soft tissue injuries, and they sometimes don’t show up for days or even weeks after the incident. Micro-tears in ligaments and muscles can cause stiffness and pain.

Shoulder injuries

If you reached your arm out to protect yourself and landed awkwardly, you may have experienced a shoulder injury. You may have dislocated your shoulder, which will cause sharp pain and a significant loss of motion in your joint.

Back injuries

Any time your spine gets out of alignment, you may experience a back injury. In the fall, your back muscles may have tensed in self-protection, and now you are dealing with muscle spasms and pain. If your spine is misaligned, you may have additional pressure on a disk that can cause debilitating pain.

Strains and sprains

If you twist or tumble in a fall, your muscles or tendons may have become strained and sore. A sprain is when a ligament is torn. This often occurs in your ankle area.

We offer several different types of treatment to alleviate your symptoms. Depending on your injury, we may use spinal manipulation, massage, electric stimulation techniques, ultrasound, or other therapies to relieve your pain and aid your body’s healing process.

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