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Whether in football, soccer or golf, injuries to the spine and joints are common in sports.

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Auto accidents are an unfortunate aspect of life. Injuries resulting from auto accidents can range from minor abrasions to more severe injuries such as whiplash and acute lower back pain.

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What is Chiropractic?

A Natural, non-invasive approach to health care

Chiropractic is based on the science that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism, controlled by the brain, spinal cord and nerves of the body. The vertebrae, which protect the nervous system, when misaligned or lose its normal motion, causes malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body.

Chiropractic medicine is a form of natural health care that focuses on treatment without the use of drugs or medications.

Chiropractors frequently treat individuals with problems, such as headaches, joint pain, neck pain, lower back pain and sciatica. Chiropractors also treat patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disc conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, and strains. However, the scope of conditions that chiropractors manage or provide care for is not limited to the common pains and problems listed above. Chiropractors also have the training to treat a variety of conditions such as allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, and other disorders as new research is developed.

Chiropractic Helps

While Chiropractic care can help in a number of symptoms and conditions, we have listed some of the more common conditions.

Disc problems

The intervertebral disc is a small cartilage pad that is situated between vertebral bones of the spine. The soft jelly-like center is contained by layers of fibrous tissues. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer, and shock absorber for the spine. When healthy, discs allow normal bending and turning, however when spinal discs have a very poor blood supply, they depend upon the circulation of joint fluids to bring nutrients and expel waste. If a spinal joint loses its normal motion and this pumping action is impaired, the health of the disc deteriorates. Like a wet sponge, a healthy disc is flexible. A dry sponge is hard, stiff, and can crack easily. This "degeneration" is how many disc problems begin.

Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebra above and below it, a disc cannot slip as commonly thought. However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to bulge, herniate, or worse, rupture. This can be quite painful, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, interfering with their function. While results cannot be guaranteed, many patients have avoided needless surgery or a dependency on pain medications, by choosing conservative chiropractic care.

Whiplash

Whiplash is an injury commonly incurred when riding in a car that has been struck from behind. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments that support the spine and head can be overstretched or torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion. The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck become stretched and irritated.

The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues may cause headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, radicular pain to the shoulder, arms and hands, as well as mid and lower back pain. As the body attempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear for weeks or even months later.

The chiropractic approach to these types of injuries is to apply specific chiropractic adjustment as well as physiotherapy modalities in order to return spinal function. After a thorough examination and case history, the doctor will recommend a series of visits to help restore proper motion and position of the spinal bones. If discovered early enough, inflammation may be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.

Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is a condition characterized by the gradual breakdown of joint cartilage, most common in the weight bearing joints of the body such as the knees, hips, and back. It is also common in the neck and hands. As the joint is broken down it can lead to joint stiffness and increased strain on the muscles in the area. Additionally, as joint function changes it may lead to movement compensations and place strain on other areas of the body as well. Although degenerative changes are common with age they do not automatically result in pain. Research now shows that it is not the degeneration of the joint that is responsible for pain but the effects the degeneration has on how the joint is functioning.

ACTC focuses on restoration and maintenance of function by emphasizing joint movement and increasing the ability of the muscles to support and stabilize affected joints.

Neck/Low Back Pain

Subluxations (misalignments of the spinal column) are common causes of neck and lower back pain. When vertebrae are misaligned, this puts pressure directly on spinal nerves, resulting in pain. Muscle spasms may set in, which can increase the pressure further. This extra pressure may cause even more inflammation and irritation, which leads to more pain.

Oftentimes stretching and massage may only temporarily relieve pain, because the cause (subluxation) has not been addressed. A Chiropractic adjustment focuses on correcting the cause.

Headaches

80% of headaches originate from the neck. Usually an increased amount of stress and tension held in the shoulders causes contractions of the surrounding neck muscles. When these muscles contract, vertebrae can become misaligned causing pressure on spinal nerves, and ultimately result in pain. With a typical cervicogenic (neck origin) headache, a person usually feels pain starting at the base of the skull which then radiates into the temples, eyeballs, and forehead. There may be other causes for headache therefore proper examination is needed to determine the actual cause.

Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is a long nerve originating in the lower back and extending down the back of the leg. When this nerve is irritated, it can cause pain, numbness, weakness, or other symptoms in the lower back and down the leg. There are several possible causes of this condition. A misaligned vertebra can cause inflammation of the joints, putting pressure on the nerve. Bulging discs and muscle spasms may also cause pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Several other conditions may cause this symptom therefore a complete evaluation is necessary to correctly assess the exact cause.

Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve is a severely compressed nerve usually caused by a misaligned vertebra. When nerves get pinched they become severely inflamed and muscles may spasm causing much discomfort. The pain is usually very severe there is difficulty in movement in the part of the body affected. There may be several causes of pinched nerve therefore a proper examination is needed to determine the exact cause.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Millions of Americans work at jobs that may have damaging effects on the hands, wrists, and arms. Repetitive movements that are performed using poor ergonomics may cause micro-trauma to the hands and wrists. This trauma combined with joint dysfunction and spinal problems may result in a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. The median nerve which is affected travels from the tips of the fingers through the wrist, up the arm and into the neck connecting to the spinal cord. If one or more of these structures are affected, symptoms of wrist pain, numbness, weakness, burning and loss of muscle function can occur. Chiropractic can assure that all of the joints and muscles along the path of the nerve are free of obstruction and functioning normally, thus reducing nerve irritation.

Spinal Degeneration

The Phases of Spinal Degeneration

Your Spine Degenerates in Stages or Phases:

Degeneration Phase 1
First, the spine loses its normal balance. There may be a loss of the normal spinal curvature. The nerves may be affected and the transmission that travels within them can become interfered. In this phase, there may be no pain other than occasional minor discomfort. Additionally, a slight height loss may be present. Response to spinal care at this stage is generally good.

Degeneration Phase 2
In phase two, there is a greater degree of degeneration with the presence of disc narrowing and bone spurs (osteophytes). Thus, postural change is more apparent. This condition may begin to affect individuals at the age of 40 as many exhibit moderate disc degeneration. Spinal canal narrowing or stenosis may occur. This phase is characterized by more common aches and pains, fatigue and a diminished ability to cope with stress. Height continues to decrease. With chiropractic care, significant improvement is possible.

Degeneration Phase 3
In phase three, there are more postural imbalances, increased nerve damage, permanent scar tissue and advanced bone deformation. Physical and/or mental weakness or disability begins. Also found in this phase are permanent loss of height and loss of energy. With care, some reversal is possible and further degeneration may be prevented.

Degeneration Phase 4
This is the most advanced stage of subluxation degeneration. The postural imbalance is severe and motion is limited. There is severe nerve damage, permanent scar tissue formation, and fusion of the vertebrae may occur. In this phase there is discovery of pain, various degrees of physical or mental disability, and continued loss of energy and height. By this stage the condition is considered irreversible, although chiropractic may provide some symptomatic relief.