Posts Categorized as: Pain

When should you see a chiropractor?

Patients frequently present with complaints that they have been experiencing for weeks, months and even years. Sadly, much of their suffering and possibly a great deal of their degeneration most likely would have been reduced or eliminated with prompt care.

According to the Chiropractic Rehabilitation Association, the following 5 situations as to when an individual should seek out a chiropractor with a complaint:

  1. All traumatic joint injuries: All injuries to a joint and its ligaments should be examined by a chiropractor because these injuries have the potential of becoming permanent and debilitating if proper treatment is not administered.
  2. Any injury accompanied by severe pain: Pain is a message that something is wrong. Blocking the pain does not correct the problem.
  3. Any pain in a joint, muscle or bone that lasts for than two weeks: Persistent pain may be an indication of a more serious problem or a sign of improper healing.
  4. Any injury that doesn't heal in three weeks: Again, if an injury does not heal in three weeks, there may be an underlying structural abnormality.
  5. Any injury that returns after rest: When pain returns after rest alone and without any treatment it is usually a sign of structural defect.

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Low Back Pain Treatment

Low back pain continues to be a major problem in the United States:

  • According to a National Institute of Health Statistics survey  low back pain was the most common (27%) type of chronic pain reported.
  • Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old. 
  • More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain.
  • Adults with low back pain are often in worse physical and mental health than people who do not have low back pain.

Chronic back pain has varying definitions:

  • Pain that lasts for longer than 7-12 weeks
  • Pain that lasts beyond the expected period of healing
  • Recurring back pain that intermittently affects an individual over a long period.
  • Most national insurance and industrial sources of data include only those individuals in whom symptoms result in loss of days at work or other disability

The bottom line is that low back pain which is left untreated may progress into a chronic condition which can cause pain, disability and a decrease in the quality of life for the individual.

The following procedures are recommended to reduce pain symptoms and correct the cause:

Chiropractic manipulation: known as an " adjustment", fixated vertebrae are manually manipulated to free the joint. This results in decreased irritation of the nerves, muscles and tissue in the area and restores proper movement and nerve communication
Myofascial release: This involves stretching shortened tissue to allow for increased circulation and lymph drainage. Shortened tissue causes other areas to become restricted or over active and results in faulty movement which leaves the individual in pain and at risk for additional injury.
High power laser therapy: HPLT has been shown to decrease pain, improve circulation and improve healing time.
Traction: Mechanical traction applied to the spine decreases adhesions and spasms, increases joint mobility and decreases pain related to restrictions. 

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Delaware patients welcome!

Chiropractor 19061 19014 19703 19060 19810 19015Many current and former patients are Delaware residents or have health insurance through Delaware employment. This office accepts all Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plans and is in network for Delaware Blue Cross Blue shield. All car accident insurances are accepted and motor vehicle medical claims from Delaware are able to be treated right over the border in Pennsylvania.

Additionally, work injuries and personal injury claims are also accepted. 

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Neck Pain Relief Treatment

Patients frequently seek a chiropractor for treatment of neck pain or stiffness. Neck pain symptoms may include:

  • Sharp pain which radiates into the head and causes headaches
  • Stiffness in one or both sides of the neck
  • Neck muscle spasms
  • Difficulty or neck pain when turning the neck, looking down or looking up
  • Pain, burning or pins and needles shooting into the arm or shoulder
  • Numbness, tingling, pain or burning radiating into the upper back
  • Soreness or ache in the neck when the weather changes
  • Neck pain after activity
  • Neck pain when sleeping or when waking up

When a patient presents with neck pain, the following factors are important in assessing the cause:

  • When did the pain in the neck start? ( yesterday, two weeks ago, years ago)
  • Was there an accident or activity which caused the neck pain? ( car acident, work injury, sports injury)
  • What does it feel like? ( sharp, sore, burning, stiff)
  • Does the pain radiate? ( into the arm, hand, head or back)
  • What makes the neck pain better? What makes it worse?
  • What normal activities are affected by the pain?
  • Is there a history of injury or other medical conditions?

Once the history of the complaint is discussed, an examination will be performed which will look at the following:

  • Resting posture ( is the head tilted to one side, is one shoulder higher than the other, is the head tilted)
  • The curve of the neck and low back
  • The range of motion of the neck and spine
  • Which structures are affected ( muscles, soft tissue, joints, nerves)
  • Strength, reflexes and sensation dysfunction

Additional tests may be required such as x-rays, MRI, EMG or lab work if examination findings warrant

Once the history, examination and additional tests are completed and it is found that chiropractic treatment is appropriate, a treatment plan is created which often will address the following:

  • Reduce pain and inflammation: Reducing the neck pain is the reason patients present for care and initial treatment will target the pain and also decrease the inflammation of the involved tissue
  • Restore proper motion of the spine and extremities
  • Remove or reduce subluxations

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Sciatica Treatment

Sciatica is a general term applied to symptoms that involve lower back discomfort which radiates down the leg. While most patients report pain, other nerve dysfunction such as numbness, tingling and weakness may also be noted. As noted on Spine Health, "Sciatica  is not a medical diagnosis in and of itself—it is a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as a lumbar herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, or spinal stenosis." Lumbar subluxations, irritated nerves and pelvic rotation also may cause sciatica symptoms.

Sciatic pain can vary in both the frequency of the pain and the intensity of the discomfort. As with any complaint, the true cause must be determined through the history and examination before a chiropractic program may be assigned. 
Typically, sciatic pain and complaints due not involve both legs and almost always radiate down the leg. Sciatica is often made worse by sitting, bending forward in the case of disc herniations or backward when the spine joints are involved.

Muscle weakenss, increased or decreased bowel or bladder function are signs of a more progressed problem.

Chiropractic treatment of sciatica involves a reduction of the nerve inflammation at the spinal level through modalities and or laser therapy along with physical procedures to address the cause of the irritation which may include chiropractic adjustments, traction, exercise and or soft tissue manipulation.

Laser therapy + Manipulation + Soft Tissue Mobilization + Patient Education typically resuts in a dramatic decrease in discomfort and as the tissues change and heal properly, flare ups of the condition are reduced.

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Ignoring problems

Chiropractic is a physical medicine. While chiropractors are known for "cracking", many other techniques and treatments are offered in order to not only treat the symptoms but to reduce the underlying factors that may be contributing to the patients disease.

Yes, I said disease.  A disease is, by definition, a "condition that prevents the body or mind from working normally."  Not being able to bend over is a symptom of a condition. The pain associated is a sign of the condition. The cause of the condition may be a strained muscle in the low back. This low back pain is caused by a strain which prevents the body from working normally. 

A few years ago I was at a friends house when I noticed a paver block in his wall was a different color than the others. I had been there several times throughout the summer and didn't notice the odd block before. I asked him what had happened to the block and he explained " When it rains the water leaks down off the roof and lands on the block and eventually loosens it and it slides off and cracks, so I have to buy another one." So in this case, the broken paver was both the sign and the symptom of the condition which was a leak. The disease was the improper draining of the roof, not faulty paver blocks and until he fixed the cause, the symptoms would continue.

Unfortunately we can not just go out and buy a new back. If my friend never fixes the leak in his roof the surrounding blocks may become loose and fall also. He may need to buy two blocks next month then three, four and then rebuild the whole wall.

If he would just redirect the water, the wall would not degenerate as quickly. The elements will continue to put pressure on the wall and there is no guarantee that it will stay perfect forever, but it is guaranteed that if he does nothing, the block will break.

While some joints can be replaced, the procedures are not without risk, cost or guarantees. Parts of the spine can be fused or removed and some nerves can be blocked, burned away or sedated but these "fixes" often do not address the causes, only the symptoms.

Properly diagnosing the condition, prescribing a treatment which not only provides for less discomfort but also reduces the chances of future flare ups and complications is necessary to reduce disease and allow the body and mind to work normally.

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