Conditions We Treat with Chiropractic

  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Low Back Pain
  • Disc bulges and herniations
  • Muscle and Tendon Issues
  • Nerve Pain, i.e. Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel

Neck Pain

Neck pain is one of the most common complaints seen by a Chiropractor.  Neck pain can originate from multiple tissues including the joints, disc, muscles or nerves of the neck.

Joint pain will tend to be sharp or pinch like in quality and hurt with rotation, flexion, or extension of the neck.  Joint is often described as a crick in the neck.  This type of pain can be very uncomfortable and effect quality of life.  Joint pain responds very well to Chiropractic adjustments.Disc issues in the neck can range from a dull referred pain to full blown numbness and tingling in the arm depending on the severity of the issue.  Disc issues can be managed conservatively with full resolution occurring in most cases.  If necessary your doctor may order an MRI and if needed we can order more aggressive interventions such as epidural steroid injections to relieve symptoms during the healing process.

Conservative management of disc pain includes a combination of hands on pain relieving techniques, disc specific exercises, and lifestyle modification and education to achieve results faster.

Muscle sprain/strains are also common in the neck.  Sometimes caused by trauma such as a motor vehicle accident or in the gym during lifting activities, muscle pain can be very intense.  Chiropractic care will revolve around soft tissue treatments such as hands on manual therapy, Graston therapy, cupping, needling, and taping.  When combined with specifically targeted exercise strategies you can get back to normal as quickly as possible.

Headaches

Headaches are another common issue treated very effectively with chiropractic care.  Headaches come in a number of variations including tension headaches, migraines, cervicogenic headaches, exertional headaches, and cluster headaches.

The good news is Chiropractic care has been shown to be an effective treatment for headaches.  Treatment often times involves a detailed history taking process to identify the triggering activity and pattern.  It’s important to discover if there is a pattern, if the pattern is related to mechanical stress, psychological stress, dietary, etc.

Treatment will then consist of lifestyle and behavioral modification along with effective hands on techniques.  These techniques are Chiropractic adjustments targeting the upper Cervical area where many headaches originate along with manual therapy techniques designed to reduce tension in the suboccipital, neck, and shoulder muscles.

Low back pain

Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability and costliest medical issues in the world.  Almost everyone will experience low back pain at some point in his or her life.  It is important if you have back pain to seek treatment as soon as possible as the more chronic it becomes, generally, the longer treatment will take to be effective.

Lumbar facet joint pain will tend to be sharp or pinch like in quality and hurt with transitional movements like rising from sitting, rolling over in the bed, or getting out of the car.  Joint pain is often described by patients as a pinched nerve due to the sharp pinching pain that occurs with movement.  This type of pain can be very uncomfortable and effect quality of life.  Joint pain responds very well to Chiropractic adjustments.Disc issues in the low back can range from a dull referred pain to full blown numbness and tingling in the arm depending on the severity of the issue.  This is generally referred to as sciatica. Disc issues can be managed conservatively with full resolution occurring in most cases.  If necessary your doctor may order an MRI and if needed we can order more aggressive interventions such as epidural steroid injections to relieve symptoms during the healing process.

Conservative management of disc pain includes a combination of hands on pain relieving techniques, disc specific exercises, and lifestyle modification and education to achieve results faster.

Pulled muscles and ligament sprains are a common source of pain in the low back. These sprain strains happen often in the gym with back intense exercises such as deadlifting.  Chiropractic care will revolve around soft tissue treatments such as hands on manual therapy, Graston therapy, cupping, needling, and taping.  When combined with specifically targeted exercise strategies you can get back to normal as quickly as possible.

Disc bulges and herniations

Disc issues can be very confusing for patients.  Understanding the difference in the various classification can lead to confusion at best and fear at worst.  It’s important to realize that disc degeneration and bulging are common in the majority of people even without pain.   This level of degeneration is considered a normal part of aging.

That being said the disc can be painful and is very common cause of neck and back pain in modern society.  Pain can be primary disc pain often called internal disc derangement, or involve neural tissue in the case of severe disc protrusions or herniations.

Low level disc pain will tend to be dull ache across the back and commonly present with prolonged sitting or bending.  Disc pain can also be worse in the morning time leading to soreness and stiffness upon waking.

In the case of more severe protrusions or herniations involving the nerve root, symptoms can refer all of the way to the foot and can present as shooting, electric like, burning, numbness, and tingling.   If bad enough these neurological symptoms can lead to progressive numbness and weakness. It is imperative to seek care as soon as possible if you experience any of these symptoms.

Muscle and Tendon issues

Muscle and tendon tissue is another widely common source of pain.  This can range anywhere from an acutely strained/torn muscle or ligament to more stubborn, chronic tendinopathies.  Here are just a few examples:

  • Hamstring strain
  • Groin strain
  • Rotator cuff strain
  • Calf strain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfers elbow
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Runners Knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain

These injuries are generally problems with overload.  The tissue can be overloaded instantaneously in the case of a muscle tear or slowly over time in the case of chronic tendinopathies such as tennis elbow.   Immediate treatment revolves around a detailed history to understand the stressors and loads that you are putting through the involved tissue.

In addition to education and exercise focused strategies your Chiropractor will utilize pain relieving therapies to target the soft tissue.  This could include hands on, targeted manual therapy, Graston therapy, cupping, dry needling, shockwave therapy, and taping.

Nerve pain, i.e. Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel, Piriformis syndrome

Often times a patients primary complaint is related to a nerve irritation.  This is true in the case of burning, tingling, or numbness down the leg or arm.  Examples are sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Nerve irritation can come from entrapment or inflammatory irritation of the nerve sheath.  This can happen in the spine by a disc issue, facet arthritis, or ligament hypertrophy, but a nerve can also be irritated outside of the spine in the case of carpal tunnel or piriformis syndrome.

Treatment involves first identifying the source of neural irritiation, and advice on movements and positions to avoid to allow the nerve to desensitize.

Through specific nerve “flossing” or mobilizing strategies it is often possible to decrease the irritation to the nerve and allow for symptom resolution.  In more severe cases an injection could be utilized to diagnose the issue or to block symptoms for a period of time.

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