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Arm Pain

There are many causes to arm pain. Many people with jobs that involve repetitive motion, such as mechanics, assembly line workers, musicians, athletes, clerical workers who use the keyboard for extended periods, and data entry personnel, experience frequent arm pain. Injury and too much stress can be causes, too. Some arm pain is due to shoulder instability, whether caused by repetitive movement or another reason. Arm pain can also come from the neck. Experts agree that evaluating the cause of pain is the best way to address pain. Experts also agree that arm pain cannot be corrected by medication. However, medication can assist with the symptoms. The brain directs the shoulders to move the arms by using the spinal cord and nerve system. The nerves and blood vessels that supply the shoulders, arms, and hands start in the neck and upper back and pass as a bundle betweeen the bones of the neck and upper back and ribs and colarbones near the cervical spine. Pressure on these nerves and blood vessels create symptoms. These symptoms can include lack of normal motion, inflammation, cramping, stiffness, weakness, and swelling in the arm.

Bursitis

All joints have sacs filled with fluid that act as lubricated protection to spots where the tendons rub against any bony protrusion. When these sacs become inflamed, the result is the painful onset of bursitis. While any joint may develop bursitis, the most common joints affected are the shoulder, elbow, knee, hip and foot. Bursitis may be acute or chronic. It starts with localized pain and with immobility in various ranges of motion. The causes of this inflammation may be trauma, acute or chronic infection, rheumatoid arthritis or gout. Bursitis is treated with physical modality, oral medication, injections, rest and in some cases range-of-motion exercise movements.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome refers to a variety of symptoms, including numbness, tingling and pain in the hand, wrist and arm and associated weakness or wasting away of hand muscles that are supplied by the median nerve. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when tendons in the wrist become inflamed after being aggravated. A tunnel of bones and ligaments in the wrist narrows, pinching nerves that reach the fingers and the muscle at the base of the thumb. Often, when there is a misalignment of one or more of the spinal bones in the neck, the brain is not able to send a strong, steady nerve current to the arm and hand. This imperfect nerve flow can cause an inflammation or swelling of the median nerve, which is then easily irritated within the wrist by repetitive movement. The result is the numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Dizziness

Dizziness is not a disease, it is an indication that there is something wrong somewhere else in your body. The dizzy spells are your body's warning that something is interfering with the proper function of the body's organs, nerves, glands, or muscles. All of the functions of the body are under control of the nervous system. The nervous system originates in the brain where nerve energy is transmitted down through the spinal cord inside our spine and branches out between the vertebrae as spinal nerves. Occasionally, something may cause the spine to twist or curve. This creates a misalignment of the spinal bones which can put pressure on the nerves, interfering with the transmission of nerve energy. Through gentle manipulation, chiropractic may relieve the pressure on the spinal nerves, allowing the body to heal itself.

Elbow Pain

Tennis elbow is the common name given to pain originating on the outside or inside of the elbow. This condition arises from an irritation or inflammation of the tendons of one or several forearm muscles at their attachment to the bony protuberance close to the elbow, known as the lateral or medial epicondyle. Therefore the medical term for this condition is lateral epicondylitis, meaning an inflammation of the epicondyle. If the condition is located on the inside or medial side of the elbow it is often referred as Golfer's Elbow or medial epicondylitis. This, however, is not as prevalent as lateral epicondylitis.

There are many causes for Epicondylitis - not just tennis & golf - as any activity that involves repetitive gripping of objects can result in this affliction. Some individuals develop tennis or golfer's elbow from prolonged carrying of heavy bags, knitting, chopping food, and/or computer work using improper wrist and arm posture. With sports, the problem arises when we are new to the game, use an improper technique, try out new racquets or clubs, or increase the intensity or duration of exercise without the proper preparation. Sometimes the condition can be so severe that it is difficult to even grip and lift one's coffee cup!

Some cases involving epicondylitis can be attributed to problems further up the arm or even in the neck.

Epicondylitis is a condition that rarely resolves of its own accord and so requires proper medical management. A qualified medical professional such as a chiropractor or orthopedist can determine the exact cause of the problem and initiate the proper care and treatment. This might include modalities such as ultrasound, electrotherapy, massage, hot and cold treatments, bracing and home stretching and exercises. Oral anti-immflammatory and sometimes injectibles are required to resovle the problem. In extreme cases, surgery may be required.

Fatigue

There are a number of contributing factors to excessive tiredness. Not receiving the proper rest needed is the most easily understood reason for tiredness. Another reason is the stress involved with thoughts of fear, worry, anger, or jealousy. Thinking these stressful thoughts robs us of our needed energy. There are other factors that can contribute to fatigue and, in the majority of cases, there is usually more than one factor involved. Often when a person suffering from chronic fatigue seeks medical help, there is no physiological disease that can be pinpointed. Adequate diagnosis is critical. Appropriate examination, blood work and other diagnostics may be warranted to discover the cause of the problem. Stay alert, vigorous and healthy. When something interferes with the flow of nerve energy, we can easily feel tired and rundown.

Foot Pain

Everyone has had the experience of crossing your legs and then having one of them go numb. We usually refer to the sensation we have as 'gone to sleep'. Sometimes that tingling sensation appears for no apparent reason. This is often traced to nerve compression. Nerve compression is often caused by misalignments of the spinal bones. Until this is corrected, the condition will only continue and possibly worsen with time.

Chiropractors know that problems exhibited in the foot are not always created there. Spinal examinations can determine exactly where the misaligned spinal bones are and through gentle spinal adjustments, realign them. Another cause of foot pain can be from poor walking posture. Chiropractors may suggest a pair of custom orthotics. Orthotics are worn in the shoe to help support the foot, thus helping to correct poor walking posture. Not only can you experience foot pain from poor walking posture, but you can also develop back and leg problems. Another cause is women wearing high heel shoes. Along with foot pain, high heel wearers can experience back, knee, hip and pelvic pain. High heels force an unnatural forward curvature of the spine and create an unbalanced position in the entire body. When the unbalance occurs, other systems in the body have to compensate for it. This compensation can cause misalignment in the spinal bones. Along with gentle chiropractic adjustments to realign the spinal bones, a chiropractor will also advise on a healthier approach to footwear.

Golf Related Pain

To play golf well, a healthy full-functioning body is a necessity since injuries hurt performance. The most common injuries golfers experience are low back, wrist, elbow, and shoulder pain. The National Golf Fitness Society developed a list of do's and don'ts for golfers to help reduce the chance of injury. The first recommendation is to choose the right equipment. The clubs you use should fit your height. Clubs that are too short can put significant strain on your low back. Your shoes should be correctly fitted too. Improperly fitted shoes can hurt your swing and your back. Another recommendation is to take lessons. Having a pro help you with your swing will not only help your score but also help correct any negative impact that an incorrect swing is having on your back. Another recommendation is to make sure you warm up and stretch before each round. Warming up gets blood flowing to your muscles and stretching loosens up the muscles you will be using. Drinking lots of water is important too while playing golf. Water is necessary for replacing lost fluids in the body and hydrating spinal joints and muscles. A final recommendation would be chiropractic adjustments. Improper swing, improper club size, improper shoes, and the repetitive action of golf can cause spinal bones to become misaligned, putting pressure on nerves running through your spinal cord. Through gentle manipulation, chiropractic can realign the bones, relieving the pressure on the nerves and opening the flow of nerve energy. If you are experiencing pain playing golf, a visit to the chiropractor can help. Even if you are not experiencing any pain, a visit to the chiropractor can be a wise investment in making sure you are playing at your highest level possible.

Headaches

Studies show that 9 out of 10 people suffer from occasional headaches, while 7 out of 10 people suffer from frequent headache pain, including migraine headaches. While many sufferers search for relief through a variety of medications, these are only temporary solutions. Research has shown that chiropractic can not only relieve the pain of headaches but correct the cause of them. The spinal cord houses numerous nerves that run from the head to the feet. These nerves send messages to every part of the body. When spinal bones become misaligned, they can cause interference with the spinal nerves. When there is interference with these nerves, it causes stress and strain on the nerves surrounding the brain and can cause inflamed blood vessels. This stress and inflammation causes the pain associated with headaches. Chiropractic focuses on maintaining the correct structure of the spine. When the spinal bones are in correct position, the muscles that support the head are relieved of stress and spasms. Both the relaxation of the muscles in the back and the correct alignment of the spinal bones, relieve the spinal nerves of the pressure and allow the correct flow of energy through the nerves. You do not need to suffer with headaches or take medications that mask the pain. Let your body heal itself, call us today.

Hip Pain

Just like a house needs a sturdy foundation, so does your body. The foundation of your body is the hip area, the pelvis, sacrum and ilia (hip bones). This area holds up the structure of your body, and your spine. And just like an unseen problem in the foundation of your house can cause other problems in the house, problems in the hip area can cause other problems on your body. Your spine, which keeps the head erect, must make up for any imbalance in the foundation. Imbalances here can cause stresses on the body at the hip level and farther up the spine. When the spine compensates, the whole structure is compromised, causing dysfunction and pain. Chiropractic can help keep the body structurally balanced and sturdy. By setting and keeping the foundation of the spine straight, the body can stand straight and sound.

Knee Pain

There are many possible reasons for knee pain. One common cause is misalignment in the feet arches and ankles which create an imbalance, causing stress and pain in the knee joints. Another is an imbalance of the pelvic region, including hips and sacrum, which cause the body to protect itself by shifting the majority of your weight to the other side. The structural imbalance, caused by either of these reasons, results in spinal nerve stress and muscle spasms on one side of the body and will pull one leg up short. There are three easy tests you can do to see if you have skeletal misalignments. The first test is to look at the bottoms of your shoes. Does one heel wear down faster than the other? The second test is to see if the hem of one pant leg drags the ground and frays while the other side is fine. The third test is to look in the mirror while wearing a belt. Does the belt look slightly cock-eyed rather than straight across? If you answered yes to any of these, that is an indication of a correctable imbalance. Chiropractors are well trained at searching for the cause of knee pain. Through gentle realigning of the spinal bones, chiropractic can remove the burden on your knees and relieve the pain.

Leg Pain

The cause of most leg pain is improper weight balance from the upper part of the body. If you lean forward, backwards or to one side in the standing position, it will cause the involuntary muscles in the legs to contract and tighten to maintain balance. Prolonged contraction of these muscles will cause leg pain. Another example of this uneven weight distribution is seen in the advanced stages of pregnancy. The increased weight in the abdomen causes lower back muscles to contract resulting in back pain and leg pain. These same symptoms can also be caused by abdominal obesity. Abnormal spinal curvature in children during their growing years can cause an uneven distribution of weight on the lower extremities, causing pain. Because most of the weight of the upper body is supported and suspended from the spinal column. It is important to have spinal adjustments to restore normal balance with equal weight distribution to the legs. Besides the pain, structural imbalances can cause the lower spinal bones to become misaligned. This misalignment can cause the sciatic nerve, which runs down the legs, to become irritated and inflamed. This inflammation is called sciatica and is very painful. Chiropractic adjustment can help with sciatica by readjusting the spinal bones and relieving the pressure on the sciatic nerve. This allows the inflammation to go down and restore proper energy flow through the nerve.

Low Back Pain

Low back pain can be caused by a number of things. One of the most common underlying causes is pain in the lumbo-sacral, sacroiliac and/or pelvic regions. The sacroiliac is made up of the sacrum, a triangular shaped bone, and the surrounding support of ligaments and muscles and or pelvic region. Nerves to the lower extremities run through the sacroiliac region and any irritation to these nerves can result in pain, numbness, weakness, or poor circulation.. Since even the slightest misalignment of the sacroiliac joint can put pressure on these nerves, chiropractic addresses the problem of the misalignment rather than the symptoms one experiences. Chiropractic works to restore the normal nerve energy flow from the brain through the spine by realigning the vertebrae and the sacrum. Chiropractic is simple and non-invasive. There are not the side effects that are common when using drugs or surgery.

Migraines

Migraine headaches afflict many people. Migraine symptoms include severe pain on one side of the head that can last for days and can include nausea and sensitivity to light. While many treatments address the symptoms, chiropractors view addresses the cause of the pain. Chiropractors view migraines as caused by pressure on nerve endings in the head resulting from a chemical imbalance in the brain. Since the brain controls the entire body's function by communication through the nervous system, any interference to this communication effects the body. If any spinal bones, which protect the nerves, get misaligned, there is a negative effect on the body's systems. Muscles attached to spinal bones overreact and become spastic and irritated because the nerves stretch and become traumatized. Headache pain can easily result from these imbalances. By making sure the vertebrae is moving correctly, the muscles that support the head are relieved of stress and spasms. The pain is diminished as the structure of the spinal bones of the neck is improved.

Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms range from persistent and sustained to brief and alternating. Wherever a spasm falls in that range, they are all painful. Muscles are maintained with a certain tone-not too tight and not too relaxed. The brain controls how the muscles work. With activity, the brain innervates the voluntary muscles to function and support our movement. Frequently, muscle spasms are the result of interference between the brain and the muscles. If there is misalignment of the spinal bones, nerve tissue can be compressed or stretched. When this happens, there is a decrease in the ability of the brain to transfer information to the muscles and organs of the body. Without the proper information, the muscles do not know how to react. If the misalignment is not corrected, the conditions for recurring muscle spasms continue to exist. Chiropractic addresses the cause of the muscle spasms by releasing the nerve pressure and allowing the nerves to transmit the brain's controlling messages to the muscles. The muscles can then regain normal function and the symptoms of muscle spasms clear up.

Neck Pain

While there are many reasons why someone may experience neck pain, such as sleeping in a bad position, the underlying problem involves the neck and spinal muscles. The spine can be curved, twisted or misaligned by the various mishaps of our daily living. Once the spine is misaligned, prolonged or repetitive contractions of the muscles that are attached to the spinal bones in the neck and back can aggravate the misalignment. Many things can cause muscle contractions in the spine. Physical stress can be caused by keeping your head in a contracted position for an extended period of time such as painting a ceiling or holding a phone between your head and shoulder. Whiplash or any form of neck injury can also be physical causes. Emotional stress, such as feelings of anger, fear, worry, hatred, and jealousy also cause the spinal muscles to contract. Although the stresses that cause contractions in our spinal muscles should be avoided, chiropractic manipulation can realign the spinal bones so that the contractions will not cause further problems.

Numbness

Pain and numbness can have a number of causes. One of the most common factors is pressure on the spinal nerves in the neck and upper back areas which supply nerve energy to the arms and hands. Spinal nerve pressure may be the result of old injuries such as falls, blows, or whiplash. This pressure on the nerves can be intensified or made worse by combinations of physical and emotional stress. The pressure on spinal nerves can be so slight that the individual may be totally unaware of it until the pressure is increased due to stress involving the neck and shoulder muscles. While temporary relief may be obtained by relaxing the muscles with therapy or drugs, the most effective and long-lasting relief will come from gentle spinal adjustments to relieve the pressure on the nerves.

Sciatica (leg pain)

Sciatica is the inflammation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in your body. It runs from your spinal cord all the way down the legs into the toes. Normally, Sciatica affects only one side of the body. Pain often radiates down the buttock or leg and can range from a tingling sensation to a burning, shooting pain that makes standing almost impossible. A common cause of Sciatica is the misalignment of the spinal bones in the low back or pelvis. Bed rest and epidural injections have shown to be significantly unsuccessful with Sciatica, in some cases interfering with healing. Chiropractic has been shown to help Sciatica by realigning the spinal bones through gentle manipulation.

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an abnormal structural curving of the bones of the spine. How the bones of the spine line up, one on top of each other, is not straight up and down as it was designed to be. If seen on an x-ray, the bones stack in a kind of side to side wave. When a spine suffers this kind of twisted curvature, a great deal of stress and abnormal function occurs in the body. The ability of the nervous system to coordinate and control all structures and organs of the body is affected. Worst of all, even the slightest scoliosis tends to progress with time if not corrected. Leaving any scoliosis uncorrected always results in early degeneration of the spinal joints and progressively declining health. Many people have found that chiropractic is very successful in stopping the increase of curvature seen as scoliosis progresses. Chiropractors also work to reduce the abnormal curvature and even correct the spine back to its healthy 'straight up and down' formation. Once corrected, specific spinal adjustments help support the strength of the spine so that scoliosis will not reoccur.

Slipped Discs

Slipped disc (there's really no such thing!) refers to a condition where the pad of tissue between two spinal bones is shifted out of normal position. Discs are important and useful when healthy. The discs allow the spine to support body movement and keep the spinal bones from grinding together when our backs move. The discs also assist the spinal bones to properly protect the spinal cord which carries thousands of nerves through it. Vertebral discs are layered between stacked spinal bones. The outsides of the discs are made of an elastic mesh like tissue that is fused to the spinal bones. Inside the elastic webbing is a gel-like hydraulic system that is 88% water and helps react to compression. Any misalignments of the spinal bones can result in decreased function of the discs . The misaligned spinal bones cause the disc in between the bones to be squeezed out. When it bulges out past the sides of the vertebrae, the disc is considered 'slipped', although bulged would be a better term. Chiropractic works to gently realign the spinal bones that are keeping stress on the discs. Once the pressure is taken off of the discs, they return to their normal position and are allowed to heal, once again providing proper shock absorption to the spine.

Whiplash

Whiplash occurs when the neck and head are thrown forward and back or side to side in a violent manner. If a spine has been whipped out of its normal balanced alignment, the first sign of an injury will usually be soreness and stiffness of the neck and/or back muscles. Although these are usually the first signs, you can have whiplash without even realizing it. Symptoms such as aches and pain, headaches, numbness, nervousness, irritability, and depression may not be experienced until months or years after the accident. The most critical damage that occurs during whiplash is that, almost every time, the violent motion wrenches the bones of the upper spine out of normal alignment. These misalignments create a chain reaction in the body that further inhibits the body's ability to function normally. This lack of function extends to the body's ability to heal. This misalignment of the spinal bones puts pressure on the nerves that exit the brain. The brain uses the nervous system to control all functions of the body. When the flow of the nerve impulses is compromised, the messages your body gets from the brain are distorted or slowed down. Without the proper instructions from your brain, the soft tissue cannot heal itself and will remain in a malfunctioned state. If your body does not get the proper care it needs to reestablish good communication through the nerves, the body may mend the injured spine in a distorted position which can contribute to chronic and more severe problems later. Chiropractic is the only profession that specifically addresses these misalignments. Through gentle realigning of the spinal bones, chiropractic can correct the damage done by whiplash and help the body heal itself.

Wrist Pain

A slightly inflamed nerve in the wrist can go unnoticed for years until it is aggravated by repeated action of the wrist. To the person suffering, it is logical that the repetitive action is causing the pain. Behind the pain though, may be misaligned spinal bones, which caused the nerve to be slightly inflamed in the first place. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is caused by this misalignment, when the median nerve is pinched, hindering the brain from sending strong nerve currents to the arm and hand. Chiropractic manipulations to realign the spinal bones help to relieve the cause of the nerve inflammation and relieve the pinched nerve. Following chiropractic adjustment, resting and ceasing the repetitive action helps the wrist heal.

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