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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common work-related injury. It is often seen with those who perform repetitive hand motions, most commonly people who spend their workday on a computer. True CTS is the compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel, a narrow tunnel in the palm side of the wrist. This compression can result in pain, tingling and numbness felt in the thumb to the ring finger. Other common symptoms of CTS include hand weakness and tingling up the arm. Chiropractic adjustments to the wrist bones create proper alignment which can help alleviate pressure placed on the median nerve. Using soft tissue techniques such as manual therapy and Graston on the muscles of the forearm can also decrease symptoms in these areas. Misalignments and tight muscles in the neck can contribute to tingling and numbness in the hands and can be effectively treated with chiropractic care.
If you are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome-like symptoms, do not hesitate to schedule an Initial patient consultation.
In recent years, headaches have become increasingly more prevalent. Currently, the number one reason and the most common Emergency Room visit is due to headaches. Between $13- 17 billion are spent on headaches every year in the US alone. There are many different types of headaches, including cervicogenic, tension type and migraine headaches. Chiropractic care is a recognized treatment for headaches and recent research indicates that chiropractic is just as effective as well-established migraine headache medications such as amitriptyline in treating headaches and has been shown to have a longer lasting effect on the frequency and severity of migraines.
If you are suffering from headaches, please reach out to schedule an Initial Patient Consultation.
Sciatica is the irritation and/or compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a combination of five spinal nerves that branch off of the spinal cord in the lower back. This can cause traveling pain, numbness and/or tingling towards the hips, back of the thigh and/or back of the lower leg to the feet. Weakness of the muscles controlled by the sciatic nerve can be experienced in chronic or severe cases. There are multiple factors that can create sciatic-like symptoms, including compression of the spinal nerves that comprise the sciatic nerve, degeneration of the spine (osteoarthritis), soft tissue injuries of the spine (disc herniations / disc degeneration) and tight muscles and/or fascia that can compress the nerve. Chiropractic has been shown to relieve potential pressure on the spinal nerves and discs, support the spine with any abnormal weight bearing issues that may be causing spinal degeneration (osteoarthritis) and balancing muscular tone.
Please reach out if you are experiencing sciatica-like symptoms.
Low back pain
According to recent studies, over 80% of Americans will experience back pain in their lifetime. Most people associate low back pain only with adults; however, we are seeing an increase in number of both children and young adults suffering from low back pain. Chiropractic has success with treating the neuromusculoskeletal causes of this pain. These conditions include, but are not limited, to wear and tear of the joints (osteoarthritis), ligament sprains, muscular strains, disc injuries such as disc herniation sand /or disc bulges. There are many causes of low back pain ranging from everyday activities to traumatic events. Traumatic events can include Motor Vehicle Accidents, sports injuries and slips and falls. More commonly everyday activities such as having poor posture, ergonomically incorrect workspaces, sedentary lifestyles, stress, poor lifting techniques and increased screen time.
Low back pain not only impacts people physically but also mentally, emotionally, and financially. It can contribute to a decreased quality of life by limiting people’s ability to engage in physical and social activities. It can negatively impact quality of sleep (where we do most of our deep healing) and be a cause of missed days of work and school. People with low back pain are often prescribed opioids to manage the pain. In a study conducted by Kazis, patients with low back pain reduced their odds of both short term and long-term opioid use by 90% by seeing a chiropractor as their initial provider.
If you or someone you know is suffering from low back pain, please book an appointment for an Initial Evaluation.
The neck has the important job of holding up our head, which on average weighs twelve to fifteen pounds. It has the most mobility and range of motion of any part of the spine. However, this large amount of mobility also makes the neck susceptible to injury resulting in millions suffering from neck pain. With the increased use of electronics, people are spending more time looking down which often leads to a loss of the normal neck curvature (text neck). This can be accompanied by forward head posture placing excessive tension on the neck and shoulder regions. Every inch the head is in front of the shoulders places an extra ten pounds of pressure on the neck. This can not only result in pain but also decrease normal range of motion and joint dysfunction. Other common neuromusculoskeletal causes of neck pain include whiplash, slips/fall, sports injuries, poor ergonomics, spinal stenosis, sprain/strain, disc herniation and normal aging.
Chiropractic care has proven to be a very effective conservative treatment for this pain while improving joint mobility, decreasing inflammation, and restoring range of motion. A study conducted by Bronfort et al. looked at the effectiveness of a variety of methods for treating mechanical neck pain. In the study 272 participants were divided into three groups that received either spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) from a Doctor of Chiropractic, pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics, and muscle relaxants) or exercise recommendations. After twelve weeks, about fifty-seven percent of those who saw a chiropractors and forty-eight percent who exercised reported at least a seventy-five percent reduction in pain, compared to only thirty-three percent of people in the medication group.
If you have been experiencing neck pain or limited neck mobility, please book an Initial Evaluation so that we can help you on your healing journey.