What Disorders Do Chiropractors Treat?
Many different types of disorders! Chiropractors diagnose and treat many different spinal disorders that cause musculoskeletal or nerve pain. Similar to other types of doctors, a chiropractor performs a physical and neurological examination as part of his or her process of making an accurate diagnosis. X-rays, MRI, and CT scan studies may be ordered to confirm your diagnosis.
Auto Accidents (Neck Pain)
Chiropractic care also offers another opportunity for relief of pain from a whiplash injury. Chiropractors adjust misalignments of the facet joints and vertebrae to revive the nerve signals and improve spinal health, which often can impact overall physical health. Many chiropractors make these adjustments by using a thrust technique called manipulation. Cervicogenic headaches are caused by referred neck pain. The pain from this type of headache is usually felt at the back of the head, in the temples, and/or behind the eyes. A cervicogenic headache may be mistaken for migraines or cluster headaches.
Back sprains and strain
A sprained ankle is an injury that occurs when you roll, twist or turn your ankle in an awkward way. This can stretch or tear the tough bands of tissue (ligaments) that help hold your ankle bones together. Ligaments help stabilize joints, preventing excessive movement. A sprained ankle occurs when the ligaments are forced beyond their normal range of motion. Most sprained ankles involve injuries to the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle. Treatment for a sprained ankle depends on the severity of the injury. The pain may be aching, burning, stabbing, tingling, sharp, or dull.
Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body.
Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg. Some people with sciatica describe the pain as sharp, shooting, or similar to an electric-shock.
Degenerative disc disease (DDD) aka Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Doctors may also refer to it as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease.
Osteoarthritis in the spine most commonly occurs in the neck and lower back. With age, the soft disks that act as cushions between the spine's vertebrae dry out and shrink. This narrows the space between vertebrae, and bone spurs may develop.
Gradually, your spine stiffens and loses flexibility. In some cases, bone spurs on the spine can pinch a nerve root — causing pain, weakness or numbness.
Tailbone Pain aka Coccydynia
Coccydynia is pain that develops in the spine’s tailbone. Some people who fall down or who ride a bike for a long time may develop coccydynia, which can get worse when sitting. Sometimes the pain begins without any known cause.
A bulging disk is one in which the tough outer layer of the disk bulges into the spinal canal. A herniated disk is one in which the disk has cracked and some of the soft inner part has leaked out.
Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder. In myofascial pain syndrome, pressure on sensitive points in your muscles (trigger points) causes pain in seemingly unrelated parts of your body. This is called referred pain.
Myofascial pain syndrome typically occurs after a muscle has been contracted repetitively. This can be caused by repetitive motions used in jobs or hobbies or by stress-related muscle tension.
While nearly everyone has experienced muscle tension pain, the discomfort associated with myofascial pain syndrome persists or worsens.
Chiropractic if you are pregnant?
Absolutely! Keeping your spine free from the vertebral subluxation complex is among the best things you can do if you are pregnant. If there's one group of people who need chiropractic spinal checkups above any other, it's pregnant women. Pregnant women are taking more responsibility for their bodies: reading more, asking more questions, eating better, exercising more and exploring means of optimizing health. Chiropractic care should be considered an essential part of the pregnant woman's health care regimen.
All this is extremely important for the pregnant woman who needs to have her body as strong and healthy as possible in order to handle the rigors of pregnancy and childbirth. Chiropractic care can help ensure that the reproductive and other systems so essential for a healthy pregnancy receive an un-interfered with nerve supply from the spinal column. The slightest interference to the nerve supply could adversely affect the mother as well as the developing fetus. Prime Chiropractic & Rehab Center uses very low force methods to adjust expecting mothers and babies.
Sports and Chiropractic
Sports and chiropractic have a very long history together. There have been numerous studies on the benefits of chiropractic adjustments and how it pertains to a better performance on the field.
Adjustments improve reaction times, better eye-hand coordination, smaller blind spots, and naturally better ranges of motion (which means more speed).
But the most important of them all is: when the spine is sitting in proper alignment, there's less likely a chance of getting hurt.
Chiropractors also take into consideration how nutrition, emotion, and environment affect our health. The chiropractor will assess your posture during day to day activities, work, and sleep and provide you suggestions for ways to improve your day-to-day spinal alignment.