Adjustments, or manipulation as they're sometimes referred to, are the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident.
When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body from the brain, we can't function at our peak.
An adjustment is often a pressure from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort. You may hear a noise that sounds like you're cracking your knuckles referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint.
Overall, adjustments are an excellent way to keep the body functioning at its highest level. When the body is in alignment, the body is able to respond and perform as it was designed to.
Back Injury & Back Pain Treatment
Even though back pain is an incredibly common condition, the preceding examples illustrate just how much confusion surrounds the problem associated with a back injury , both for patients and health care professionals. If you have spent any time searching for a remedy to your back pain , then you are familiar with the number of opinions and treatment options offered in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex.
Defining Back Pain
As you experience back pain or a spinal condition , you may experience a variety of symptoms, including:
- Pain that is throbbing, aching, shooting, stabbing, dull or sharp.
- Pain down one or both legs, possibly with very little pain in the lower back
- Numbness or weakness in the legs
- Pain in the lower back and legs that only occurs in certain positions
- Sleep problems, decreased energy, depression and anxiety
- Pain that seems to move to different parts of the body, including the back
- Pain that stress and emotional issues cause or make worse
The preceding examples represent just a few of the many ways that a back pain problem can present itself. In order to get good treatment and ensure that treatment doesn't actually make your problem worse, you must have a good understanding of the different types of back pain problem. Having this knowledge helps you gain control over your particular back pain or spinal problem.
What Causes Back Pain?
Back pain has a great many known medical causes. For the purposes of the discussion in this section, we only present a few examples of the more common causes of back pain .
Muscle and/or Ligament Specific
Some of the most common causes of back pain are problems with the muscles and ligaments. Similar to other tissues in your body, the muscles and ligaments of your back can be injured, irritated or weakness which then causes pain.
Another cause of back pain (often in conjunction with pain down one or both legs) is a disc problem. Two common disc problems are a disc bulge or a disc herniation. The disc is a cushion that lies in between each of the bones of your back. Problems can occur when part of the disc either bulges or herniates out of its usual space and irritates nerves that go down your legs. Irritation can result even if the disc is not actually compressing the nerve but only comes in close proximity.
Neck and Mid-Back Pain
Collisions that occur during sporting events, slips, falls or automobile crashes can have a damaging effect on your neck and back. Reduction of the normal neck (Cervical) curve, repetitive micro-traumas (i.e. long hours on the computer, driving in traffic, traveling by car or plane, lifting heavy etc. can be directly related to neck and back pain.
Pain can be dull, sharp, constant or intermittent. As the problem progresses, numbness and or tingling can be felt in the upper back, arms and even in to the hands.
Through careful evaluation of your neck and upper back, we can pinpoint the problem areas and have success in correcting the cause of your pain, not just the symptoms.
Lower Back Pain
Low back pain causes many patients to limp, hobble or sometimes crawl in to our office. It’s not surprising to learn that low back pain results in millions of dollars of lost work and untold suffering every day.
Many patients have experienced chronic long term pain or discomfort with multiple episodes of increased intermittent pain.
Many either cover the pain with OTC or prescription medications, or decide to just live with it. All medications have both short and long term side effects so only in rare cases should this be considered as a long term treatment option to this typically correctable problem.
Living With Pain?
Pain is NOT normal. There is something wrong. Ignoring it or just dealing with it allows the condition to progress undiagnosed and untreated. Why live with pain and the effects it can have on your quality of life, if you don't have to.
This type of condition can stop even the most determined and tough individual in their tracks and literally bring them to their knees. This can be a very scary time for those who have never experienced this type of pain before.
Our spinal examination reveals long time trauma or misalignment of the lumbar vertebrae, the sacrum or the hips. The body may have gotten to a point where it is overcome by these conditions and literally stops functioning properly.
Bulging & Slipped DISC Treatment
Disc problems can occur from traumatic incidents like auto accidents , sports injuries and slips and falls. However, many disc problems can be related to multiple micro-traumas over a long period of time. Types of work, hobbies, sports, exercise and lifestyle can all be contributing factors.
Combine one of the above with a traumatic incident and it’s easy to see that disc problems are common. The best way to know if you have a problem in your disc is to have an MRI done of the area of complaint. The good news is that an MRI will show exactly where and how big the "herniation” or bulge is."
The bad news is that it is an expensive test. In our office we begin with X-Ray and orthopedic/ neurological tests to determine if a disc problem may exist. Whether you use MRI technology or not, the answer is almost always the same— conservative chiropractic care to start. As long as you are progressing well (as the majority of patients do), an MRI is usually not needed. For the patients with more complicating factors a referral will be made for an MRI or other more detailed tests.
A combination of conservative safe Chiropractic care and therapies such as neck (cervical) and low back (lumbar) traction, or painless muscle stimulation with hot or cold packs can go a long way in controlling the symptoms of disc problems.
What is the cause of Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia affects 4 million Americans. Although research has shed some light in the understanding of this condition, it is still unclear to many doctors and patients its real cause. This fact presents a major challenge in the management of this condition because like anything in life without knowing the cause of the problem the chances of finding the solution are greatly diminished.
Fibromyalgia is a systemic condition, causes vary on an individual bases. Appropriate personalized management of the case is warranted as it can affect different parts of the body with no specific pattern. Symptoms can be misleading at times and a deeper investigation is crucial in finding the hidden cause.
How can fibromyalgia be an immune system condition?
A hyper-active immune system can contribute to Fibromyalgia. This is why fibromyalgia commonly presents after a patient has had an infection, leading to fatigue and achiness. In other cases, it occurs after the patient has experienced a physical trauma, such as a car accident. The body becomes inflamed when it suffers from trauma and in the case of fibromyalgia this leads to what mimics an inability to turn off inflammation
When it comes to fibromyalgia treatments, drugs, chiropractic treatment, alternative remedies, and lifestyle habits may help decrease pain and improve sleep . Your fibromyalgia specialist may prescribe pain medication or antidepressants to help end the pain, fatigue, depression, and anxiety that comes with the disease. In addition, MDs often refer patients to us for on-going treatment. Our approach extends to chiropractic treatment coupled with physical therapy, moist heat, regular aerobic exercise , relaxation, and assistance with stress reduction techniques to help you self-manage your symptoms.
There is no one "pill" that treats or cures fibromyalgia. A multidisciplinary approach that uses both medication, chiropractic and alternative or lifestyle strategies seems to work best to treat fibromyalgia syndrome.
SCIATICA--WHAT IS IT AND HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP:
Sciatica is a "pinching” of a sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerves are the largest and longest nerves of the body, reaching about the size of your thumb in diameter, and running down the back of each leg. When these nerves are irritated or affected by inflammation of nearby soft tissues, doctors refer to this as Sciatica.
The symptoms of Sciatica can vary with each person. Most commonly noted is a constant dull type of pain down the back of the leg sometimes even into the foot. Numbness and tingling can also be signs of Sciatica.
The causes of the symptoms of Sciatica can include herniation, misaligned lumbar vertebrae, soft tissue nerve impingement or any combination of the aforementioned factors.
Sciatic Pain Treatment
Call BCC to discuss benefits of sciatica treatment.
We do a thorough investigation into our problem to determine the CAUSE of the pain and discomfort. Chiropractic seeks to remove the interference or subluxation causing the symptoms of Sciatica. The only way to know if you have Sciatica is to be diagnosed.