Most musculoskeletal conditions and pain syndromes respond favorably to chiropractic care. The conditions listed here are essentially the most frequently seen at our office. Please contact the clinic if you have questions about a particular problem.
NECK PAIN AND HEADACHES
Everybody has been troubled with neck pain and headaches at one time or another. Pain is a distress signal. Something is wrong. Many times headaches are caused when spinal bones in your neck aren't moving properly causing the muscles to tighten. This can affect the nerves, ligaments and blood flow to the head and shoulder region. We concentrate on treating the underlying cause of neck pain and headaches. Postural correction can help prevent re-occurrence of the problem.
Whiplash is understood to be a neck injury brought on by over-extending or flexing the neck. This may happen during a car accident, sports injury, roller coasters, or perhaps a fall. Symptoms usually include neck pain, headache, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, shoulder and low back pain. More severe manifestations are difficulty swallowing, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, nausea and weakness. Although most persons start to notice symptoms immediately following a trauma, they can be slow to develop and begin several weeks after the injury. If left untreated, whiplash can result in chronic and recurring problems, such as arthritis, headache, and stiffness. Your chiropractor is very effective at treating whiplash so that that your recovery time is minimized. The goal is to return you to your active lifestyle as soon as possible.
LOW BACK PAIN
80% of Americans have instances of back pain in their life. The earlier treatment was to take medicine and rest for two weeks. Today's typical care involves immediate treatment with chiropractic adjustment, physical therapy and exercises. At Epping Family Chiropractic, treatment and prognosis are based upon the kind of tissue involved and the mechanism of pain. Many cases including disc, muscle spasm, or simple joint fixation respond to care well. A conservative approach is vital to healing and preventing on-going back pain.
Discs are the stabilizers, connectors and shock absorbers for the spine. They're constructed of soft, fibrous tissue with a jelly-like center. Disc problems can vary from a mild bulge or tear of the disc material to a severe rupture that will require surgery. The onset of pain is often sudden and severe, or you may just notice increased pain with prolonged sitting. Most frequently disc problems exist in the lower back or lumbar spine. They could also present in the neck area. Bad cases are associated with arm or leg pain. Sometimes patients are practically carried into our office, as the pain and muscle spasm prevents them from standing erect.
We have tremendous experience with disc problems at our office. Unfortunately, these cases don't respond as quickly as other common back problems. The reason is because discs have a poor blood flow and heal slowly. Research indicates that the mixture of therapies, exercise and restored mobility through light spinal adjustment can enhance fluid transfer to the injured disc, permitting them to heal. Disc problems are finnicky and require lifestyle management through conservative care to avoid surgery.
Sciatica is an extreme pain shooting down one or both of your legs. The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in your body. It begins in the lower back and courses through the buttocks, down the thigh and leg to the foot. Pressure to the nerve from any source creates pain down the nerve generally known as sciatica. The pain might be intense and burning in the entire leg. Some instances are less intense with achiness into the buttocks. Common causes of sciatica include, joint inflammation, disc bulge, muscle spasm and arthritis. Fortunately, most cases of sciatica respond favorably to natural chiropractic care. The more severe and extended sciatica, the more time that it typically takes to treat.
Shoulder injuries are characterized by pain and tenderness within the shoulder, arm, back or neck region. Causes vary from trauma to overuse injuries of the muscle, ligaments, and tendons that surround the shoulder and neck regions. Your chiropractor is very effective in identifying and treating these kinds of pain through adjustment, laser therapy, and exercise.
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) is an overuse injury to the extensor muscles and tendons of the forearm. Causes are often from an injury or a repetitive motion activity. Activities such as lifting a coffee cup can elicit mild to intense pain in the elbow. There might be associated muscle weakness and inability to perform tasks. Through specific adjusting, laser therapy, and mechanical correction, you'll be able to go back to full activity quickly.
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME (CTS)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is undoubtedly an epidemic. It is now a chronic and debilitating issue in the workplace, affecting those who perform repetitive tasks with improper rest or breaks. Common causes include computer entry, manufacturing line workers, cashiers and pulling weeds while in the garden for many hours. With an increase of computer use, the problem is affecting a greater percentage of the population. The signs of CTS include tingling, numbness, weakness and pain in the wrist and hands. The main cause is pressure to the median nerve as it passes beneath the wrist. The pain can obstruct sleep, work and daily routine. The purpose of treatment is to rehabilitate the wrist and help you stay working at your job. Treatment involves specific joint manipulation, laser therapy, exercises and possible braces. It is possible to feel better quickly without drugs or surgery.
KNEE PAIN Patellofemoral Syndrome (GRINDING KNEECAPS)
Patellofemoral Syndrome afflicts plenty of people, especially women. The condition is characterized by knee pain around the knee cap, and "creaking" of the knees. Often times it's brought on by improper tracking of the knee cap along with the knee itself. As the tracking slips off course, the cartilage behind the knee degenerates and knee pain occurs. There are particular exercises that will help this condition. At Epping Family Chiropractic, we utilize specific physical therapy together with chiropractic adjustment to provide pain relief.
FOOT PAIN-Plantar Fascitis
Plantar fascitis is a condition in which the thin layer of tissue on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed or irritated. Symptoms include heel pain on walking, especially the first steps out of bed each morning. Swelling and numbness occasionally accompany the problem. Causes include muscle tightness, occasionally a spur may irritate, and most commonly poor biomechanics from fallen arches is the cause. We understand how to correct this pain through restoration of proper biomechanics and soft tissue therapy. Difficult cases usually react to custom orthotics fitted at our office. Give your feet a break and find explanation for the ache.
POSTURE CLINIC -Scoliosis
Scoliosis is condition of spinal deformity. The spine grows sideways, bent and twisted rather than straight. The condition can predispose to back pain, premature arthritis, and perhaps respiratory and other internal problems. Spinal curvature most often affects girls between the ages of 8 and 18. In some instances kids are born with scoliosis. All children ought to be checked for scoliosis, especially if a parent has this spinal problem. At Epping Family Chiropractic, our goal is early detection and treatment with corrective spinal adjustment and structural strengthening exercises. Severe cases with rapidly advancing curvature might have to be referred for surgery. Obviously we treat MANY adults with scoliosis. In several cases they're shocked when their X-rays show curvature. Care improves function and provides relief to their back pain, but cannot correct the curvature. Chiropractic offers hope for a healthy pain free life for the people affected by scoliosis.