Low back pain is a very common condition we treat in our office. The majority of people who suffer with this are also dealing with problem in their hips, which causes the lower back to work harder than it should be. Sitting is the new smoking and those in an office environment may experience a decrease in hip and lower back mobility due to the amount of sitting that is required.
The first thought when having pain down the legs is sciatica. Sciatica is a condition with many different causes, but the overlying theme is nerve pain into the leg. Where the irritation to the nerve is coming from is what we determine in our exam. It is commonly due to an injury to a disc in the lumbar spine that pinches the nerve at the root, but a more common cause is a sciatic nerve entrapment in the hip.
There are many different types of headaches, but tension headaches are most common. They are the result of dysfunction of the spinal joints and the top of the neck. Tension headaches also often involve the muscles that connect the skull to the spine. These headaches will generally start at the back of the head, travel up the top of the head to the forehead and can be felt behind the eye.
Neck pain is commonly a postural problem. With the increased use of computers, during the word day, and smart phones we have our head in a downward position, reversing the curve we are supposed to have in our neck. The curve helps to distribute force in the neck and when it is gone the muscles must work harder to support the weight of the head and fatigue.
Migraine headaches can be a debilitating condition, with a number of treatment options depending on the cause. Many people suffering from migraines are actually suffering from severe tension headaches which are much easier to treat. True migraines will have the presentation of an aura and they will be extremely sensitive to light and sound, with the possibility of nausea and vomiting.
The knee is one of the most commonly injured joints of the lower extremity, primarily because of the complex network of muscles and ligaments that surround and support this joint. While it only has one direction of motion, the soft tissues supporting it are very susceptible to injury with even a slight deviation from its “hinge” movement pattern. It’s also one of the most common locations for age-related degenerative arthritis to develop.
The elbow has a tendency to be the source of many overuse/repetitive use injuries, such as typing at a computer for several hours per day. Like the knee, it is a hinge joint, but through the elbow area is a vast network of muscles and nerves, which can sometimes get compressed and cause symptoms such as numbness, tingling, or burning into the forearm, hands and fingers. Many people tend to opt for surgery, but there are several conservative treatment methods that are also highly effective for addressing the source of the problem.
This is a very common problem that can happen anywhere that nerves exist, but is primarily seen in the neck, middle back, and/or lower back areas. A nerve that is pinched will not function the way it is supposed to, and this can lead to symptoms such as shooting pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and even weakness in some cases. It is very important to not ignore a pinched nerve because the long-term effects can significantly inhibit one’s quality of life.
In the wrist, there are several muscle tendons and nerves that allow us to move our hands and fingers. There is a band of tissue that holds these tendons in place, and where these tendons and nerves pass under this tissue band is known as the carpal tunnel. People who work at computers or use their hands often for work can develop swelling and inflammation in the carpal tunnel, leading to burning pain and weakness in the hands. Many people think surgery is the only option, but conservative treatment methods are highly effective for treating and managing carpal tunnel syndrome.
The thoracic spine is the longest region of the spine, encompassing 12 of the 24 vertebrae in a typical spine. Most cases of mid-back pain involve a posture problem, in which the muscles around this part of the spine lack the strength and stability to provide proper support and movement. This can and often does lead to subluxations in the thoracic spine, which need to be addressed by a chiropractor.
Disc Bulges occur when repetitive stress to a part of the spine – almost always the cervical or lumbar spine – which results in damage to the disc and movement of the disc material backwards. When this happens, the disc material can either press on nearby spinal nerves, or chemically irritate them through inflammation. The result is shooting pain down the arms or legs, which can be accompanied by other neurological symptoms such as weakness, tingling, or burning.
Intervertebral discs provide weight-bearing support for the spine against the effects of everyday movements, in addition to the constant force of gravity on the human body. These discs depend on frequent movement to receive nutrients and water to maintain proper disc health. When deprived of these nutrients as well as age, discs will begin to degenerate, which can cause pain and decreased range of motion.
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the nerves, primarily in the legs and arms. It can be caused by conditions such as diabetes, as well as a side effect of chemotherapy. The nerves are damaged and typically cause pain, numbness, weakness, and more. A comprehensive treatment approach is essential in order to get the best results, as there is no medication alone that can reverse the effects of peripheral neuropathy.
One of the most common conditions occurring in the foot is plantar fasciitis, in which the band of tissue from the front of the heel traveling towards the bottom of the toes is irritated and inflamed. It typically presents as a sharp pain on the bottom of the foot that is at its worst first thing in the morning. With the right approach, plantar fasciitis can be treated effectively.
The shoulder is inherently one of the least stable joints in the body. This is beneficial in that it allows a wide range of different motions but making it highly susceptible to injury. Whether it be a rotator cuff strain, “frozen” shoulder, or misalignment, it is vital to have the shoulder properly tested to identify the cause of the problem so that it can be properly cared for and managed. Shoulder pain is also commonly seen in people who have neck and upper back pain as well. Often, the most effective treatment addresses all of these areas.
The word “arthritis” translates to “joint inflammation”. There are hundreds of joints in the body, and in order to thrive, they need to move. When joints are deprived of motion over time, they lose their ability to move as freely as they could previously. All joints eventually degenerate in this manner due to age, but how soon this process starts and how quickly it progresses is dependent on how active a person is. Chiropractic and exercise are two of the most effective ways to slow down or stop the progression of arthritis.
Hip pain is an extremely common condition with many different causes. There are many muscles that surround and support the hip joints, and injury or irritation to any of those muscles can cause pain. Low back issues can also be a common cause for hip pain, as misalignment in the pelvis can negatively affect how the hip joint functions. With so many different causes for hip pain, it is important that the whole person is evaluated to identify the most likely source of the pain.
Pelvic pain is a common presentation for many different types of people and conditions. In a musculoskeletal sense, pelvic pain is commonly associated with low back pain and pain around the buttock region. One very common source of pelvic pain is the sacroiliac (SI) joints, which are some of the largest joints in the body. It is critical the SI joints are in proper alignment, as they can cause pain and dysfunction if they are misaligned.
If you are pregnant and having pain, don’t worry! There are a lot of changes happening to your body as you prepare to have your baby. The pelvis changes significantly to allow the birth canal to widen, which can potentially cause low back or pelvic pain. The additional weight in the belly area throughout pregnancy causes the spine to “sway” forward, which can place more pressure on the low back and middle back regions. Seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy is a great way to naturally alleviate pain and ensure proper spinal and pelvic alignment.
Whiplash is a condition in which the neck moves back and forth rapidly as a result of trauma, most commonly in auto accidents. Whether the movement be rapidly forward and backward or side to side, whiplash damages muscles, ligaments and joints that provide structure and stability in the spine. Before starting chiropractic care, your provider will do a thorough exam to ensure you are a good candidate for care, or if more testing or imaging is needed first. If there are no stability issues, chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, and corrective exercise are extremely effective ways to treat whiplash.
Pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the second most common musculoskeletal pain after low back pain. It usually presents as a clicking or popping sound on one or both sides, which can cause pain with talking, yawning, chewing, and laughing. The TMJ is a complex joint, and treating it requires proper training to evaluate and treat TMJ Dysfunction. The Chiropractors at the Springfield Wellness Center have advanced training in treating TMJ Dysfunction, and happily work with dentists, orthodontists, and other oral care providers to provide the best care for our patients.