Intervertebral discs are positioned between the vertebrae in the spine. The outside of a disc is made from cartilage, and in the center is a jelly like solution. These discs serve many purposes, including allowing movement of the spine, creating space between the vertebrae, and acting as shock absorbers. The gelatinous middle allows the disc to compress and expand based on impact and movement. Trauma to the spine can cause the discs to herniated, bulge, become displaced (slipped disc), or even rupture. Trauma or direct injury to the area is not the only cause, however. As we get older, the discs can begin to weaken and dehydrate. These conditions can cause compression on the nerves around the spine and cause pain.
In many cases, you can experience relief from these conditions through chiropractic. Restoring proper movement and function to the vertebral joints and vertebral discs can reduce compression on nerves and on the discs themselves. This will reduce and hopefully eliminate your pain and discomfort and allow you to live a normal lifestyle.
Whiplash is a common injury for people involved in car collisions. When a car is struck from behind or collides with another object, it causes the neck to snap back and forth violently. This causes the muscles and ligaments to overextend, leading to strains and/or tears. This is referred to as soft tissue damage, and can cause stiffness and soreness. Whiplash can also cause structural damage such as trauma to facet joints, herniated, bulging or ruptured discs, or nerve damage due to the over extension from the violent movement.
Chiropractic can help with both types of injuries. Spinal manipulations can be performed specifically for those who have been in car accidents and suffered from whiplash. The compression on the discs and nerves is released when the normal spinal motion is returned. Soft tissue techniques such as massage can be used to help relieve the pain and discomfort from soft tissue injuries. If you have been in a car accident, schedule an appointment with us before relying on pain medications and surgery.
Arthritis is a condition that is caused by the wearing down of the cartilage between joints. Some of the major joints that are affected are the knees, hips, back, neck, and hands/wrist. Arthritis can be painful and can cause the affected areas to not function properly. Arthritis in one area can cause arthritis or other problems in a different joint. For instance, if you have arthritis in your left knee, you may compensate for this by putting more pressure on your right side, leading to right hip problems.
Pain killers can cause temporary relief from pain and discomfort, but it is not a long term solution. Joint manipulation can decrease pain by releasing joint restriction, increase joint motion and reducing joint dysfunction.
Joint dysfunction occurs when joints become stiff and full movement is restricted. It can be caused by an injury, poor posture, overuse/underuse of a joint, muscle imbalance, as well as other factors. Like arthritis, joint dysfunction can cause pain in the joint and the surrounding muscles, and can also cause problems in other parts of the body due to overcompensation.
One common form of joint dysfunction is sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which occurs where the base of the spine meets the pelvis. It causes low back pain and prohibits movement. This condition is often misdiagnosed because the symptoms are similar to sciatica or a herniated disc.
Your chiropractor can properly diagnose this condition and provide relief. Using specific manipulations for the affected joint can return proper mobility and relieve pain. If you have joint pain, visit us for relief.
Pain along the spinal column in your neck or back can be caused by dysfunctions of your spinal joints and/or muscular system. Left untreated, these dysfunctional joints can cause muscle spasms and increasing pain. Chiropractic manipulations help restore normal joint and muscular function. If you are experiencing back or neck pain visit us today.
Many people believe that headaches are caused by loud noise, being tired, or being stressed. While these are all factors that can lead to headaches, the direct cause is tightness in the neck and shoulders. The tightness can cause dysfunction in the vertebrae joints of your neck, resulting in pain. 80% of all headaches originate from the neck. With a typical cervicogenic (neck origin) headache, a person usually feels pain starting at the base of the skull which radiates into the temples, eyeballs, and forehead. Massage of the neck and shoulder muscles can release tension, and a chiropractic manipulation can restore the normal motion of the vertebrae in your neck. Chiropractic can help eliminate the cause of your headaches rather than offering a temporary relief from the symptoms.
Sciatica is a condition that results when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated. Bulging discs, spinal joint dysfunction, and muscle spasms can all cause compression on the sciatic nerve. When this happens it can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the lower back and leg. To properly treat sciatica the cause of the condition must be properly diagnosed and treated. Your chiropractor can help you do this.
When a nerve is squeezed or compressed between two structures it is called a "pinched nerve". This can be caused by compression between layers of muscles, tendons, bulging or herniated discs, or other factors. The increased compression on the nerve causes inflammation, pain into the arms or legs (radicular pain), and sometimes muscle spasms. The compression of the nerve must be relieved in order to alleviate the pain. A thorough clinical exam can lead to a proper diagnosis of the cause of the pain. A treatment plan focused on restoration of function can then be recommended.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This condition is most commonly associated with people who are constantly using a computer. Typing is a motion that, when performed repetitively and with poor posture, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms include pain, numbness, weakness, or a burning sensation. The nerves in the fingertips travel through the wrist, up the arm, and into the neck. The spine is the center of the nervous system, and the pain in your hands and wrists can be relieved by your chiropractor with concentrated spinal and joint adjustments.