From our brains and down into our backs, arms, and legs is a complex system of nerves. When one of these nerves becomes “pinched”- or compressed- it is likely that the affected nerve is trapped between a narrow space or against a ligament, tendon or bone. While this commonly happens throughout the neck and back areas, pain can show up in different extremities with shooting sensations through the arms and legs. Other signs to consider:
- Tingling sensations
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness in extremities
- Painful or decreased range of motion
Scoliosis is defined as a sideways curvature of the spinal cord, most frequently in the shape of a “C” or “S”. Fortunately, if diagnosed early scoliosis can be treated and help slow down or stop the progression of the curvature.
Chiropractic care with proper rehabilitation of the spinal muscles has shown improvements in patients with scoliosis. The key factors are age and the degree of curvature of the spine. Our staff can diagnose and recommend the best solutions to scoliosis cases.
Lower, middle and upper back pain can cause havoc on our day. Unless due to an underlying problem, back pain usually presents itself following a tweak or strain from poor posture or unbalanced movement. Other causes of pain throughout the back come from: -Herniated discs -Weak stabilization of the core -Stress and muscle tension -An inflamed nerve or Pinched Nerve Fortunately, there are a number of options to address back issues without surgery or ongoing pain, such as: chiropractic care, massage therapy, non-surgical spinal decompressionand customized rehabilitation therapy.
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Between every bone in the spine are discs that act as cushions to absorb the shock from constant movement. These protective discs sometimes rupture or bulge out from their normal positions, resulting in the more commonly known term of a “slipped disc.” Following a herniated disc, patients may feel acute pain, numbness or pain throughout the extremities. Similar to other issues regarding the back, patients can expect relief from sessions with our chiropractic, massage or rehabilitation specialists. One of the best treatments for disc injuries is spinal decompression. Spinal decompression uses traction to reduce the compression on the disc and nerves in the spine. This allows the disc to start the healing process, therefore reducing the patient’s symptoms.
There are many factors that can cause a disc to herniate. Things such as daily wear and tear, lack of exercise, poor nutrition and often times very subtle moves or strains such as coughing, sneezing or bending. Herniated discs are most common in people between ages 30 and 40 years of age. The most common symptoms are: pain in the compromised disc that radiates down to the hip or buttocks and numbness into the leg and ankles.
Chiropractic care paired with stretching and exercise therapy are the most common, effective and less invasive ways to treat mild to moderate cases. In more serious cases, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is used in conjunction with chiropractic care.
Surgery may be needed for severe cases and when all other treatment options have failed.