Top 10 Conditions Chiropractic Treats
The source of back pain can originate from a variety of conditions. The most common type of back injury results the improper lifting of heavy items. This unprepared physical strain on the muscles of the back can cause immediate, excruciating pain.
Symptoms of back pain may be sharp, achy, or dull in nature. Often times, the pain may radiate to the side or down the legs. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, get to a chiropractor right away to avoid further injury.
A skilled chiropractor would be able to determine what the root cause of your pain is. It could be a nerve impingement from a slipped disc (herniated disc), it could be a joint that irritated the nerve, or it could be a strained muscle from improper lifting.
Whatever the cause may be, it is important that it’s repaired and heal properly to prevent future damage. Imagine having a broken bone healing improperly (not straight). Leaving the improperly healed bone can cause future problems and in order to fix it, the doctor has to break the bone and help guide it to heal the second time around. This is the same concept with an improperly healed disc, ligament, or muscle.
Our chiropractor and therapist are experienced in dealing with these types of musculoskeletal injuries to heal it properly the first time so you won’t have to suffer the nagging discomfort and pain in the future.
Excessive pressure placed on the median nerve of the wrist. It may cause loss of feeling, immobility, numbness or tingling and weakness.
How does carpal tunnel develop? Often times, we have sitting desk jobs at a computer in which your wrist was not ergonomically correct when typing 1000s of words a day for years and years. After several years of repetitive stress injuries (RSI), scar tissue develop under your wrist, specifically the Carpal Tunnel (space in your wrist where the median nerve travels to your finger), causing an impingement of the nerve. This will create a source of constant irritation causing the nerve to inflame thus giving you the symptoms of numbness, tingling, and sharp pain.
Degenerative Disc Disease
A medical term used to describe the decay that occurs in spinal discs as the it deteriorates due to pressure, injuries, and inflammation. This can cause the spacing of the spinal joints to decrease thus creating a smaller space for the nerve to freely move.
If this space becomes too narrow and the nerve is not able to move freely, you have a higher likelihood of pinching the nerve with movement.
Degenerative Disc Disease is something you can prevent from getting worse and often times not have it affect you negatively. It requires a lot of care and maintenance just like you would take care of your car engine by changing its oil every so often so the engine does not deteriorate as quickly.
Degenerative Joint Disease
Commonly known as Osteoarthritis, this is when wear and tear of joints becomes more prevalent the body as it ages.
This is a similar process to degenerative disc disease, but it’s just for the joints. The wear and tear of moving your body around causes the joints to decay over time. With proper care of your joints, they will regenerate by absorbing nutrients to heal the area and allow you to have normal functioning joint for your lifetime.
However, with injuries and physical daily stresses such as sitting, standing, bending without proper maintenance, you can expect your joints to degenerate with age.
Tennis Elbow is a pain on the outside of the upper arm, near the elbow also known as lateral epicondylitis. This condition occurs with repetitive strain of the elbow when playing tennis or other activities that includes straining of the elbow.
The symptoms of tennis elbow are tenderness to touch, pain when using the arm to flex or extend and radiating pain into the hands.
Typical treatment for tennis elbow pain can be anywhere from 4-6 weeks depending on the severity.
How is tennis elbow treated with chiropractic? There are several modalities that are used to improve the healing rate of your elbow pain such as electrical stimulation, Graston, or mysofascial release. These effective techniques are utilized with this condition to properly heal the elbow in order to get you back into the game.
Pain in the head normally classified as a migraine, cluster headache or tension headache. Having this symptom sometimes can be difficult to determine the root cause. Often times, it’s created by stress causing the neck muscles to tense thus irritating the occipital nerves resulting in a tension headache.
Other times, it’s more mysterious of where and how the headache came out. However, with an adjustment of the cervical spine, and pressure from the joints releasing, it can help with easing the intensity of the headache and often time get rid of it faster.
Chronic wearing of the joints of the body due causing a chronic inflammatory state thus wearing down the joint.
The joint of the body are made to move and with use, requires frequent maintenance to keep it functioning at its optimal. For example, it needs to be free of scar tissue in order to have full range of motion. Scar tissue is developed over time and can be “stuck” in the area resulting in a decrease in range of motion. And with decrease range of motion, the joint begins to wear down faster because the saying hold true “if you don’t use it, you lose it.”
A symptom of other medical problems that cause pain, weakness, tingling or numbness in the legs due to a damaged sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve can be impinged at the lower back or hip area generating a sharp shooting pain down the leg.
This can happen due to a tight muscle or degenerated disc in the lower back. Sciatica is very painful and must be treated immediately to avoid further nerve damage causing possible paralysis.
Neck injury caused commonly be car accidents in which the driver/passenger was rear ended. This is a quick jerk of the neck causing it to go forward and backward past the range of motion for the neck, thus tearing the ligaments of the neck resulting in severe pain.
This whiplash injury can also cause headaches due to the irritation to the nerves and can cause a herniation of the cervical spine form the intense whipping action.
Extremity can be arms or legs. These injuries happen when you’re playing a sport or you slipped and fell. Whatever the cause may me, the injury involves a ligament, muscle or joint damage that can be fixed properly with different modalities chiropractors use in order to prevent the problem from being chronic.
Ankles, knees, and shoulders are all very complex joints with a lot of ligament attachments which can sometimes be fully torn with a severe injury in which case will be diagnose with an MRI.
Times, the tear is apparent and the chiropractor can simply see the joint displacement such as a AC ligament tear.
If you have any of these issues in the above description, make sure you seek a professional for further instructions and treatment. Properly taking care of these injuries and problems early has a better chance of success versus waiting for years before getting treated.
Our chiropractor provides free consultations for those who want to know more about these conditions and would absolutely love to get you back to feeling pain free. Call now at (904) 379-9412 for any questions or set up an appointment.