Could you imagine going through life every day with near-debilitating, chronic back pain? Back pain is one of the most common ailments in America - it's estimated that 8% of all adults, or 16 million people, suffer from chronic back pain in the U.S. every year. If you've never experienced a back injury or pain, be thankful. Chronic back pain affects every aspect of a person's life, from participating in sports to limitations with everyday activities, like cooking dinner. In fact, many people with chronic back pain can't even make a reliable living and put food on the table. Almost 83 million workdays are lost every year due to choric back pain.
The inability to work and provide isn't just a physical issue - it can become an emotional one too. Many people suffering from chronic back pain also suffer from depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, in the past, chronic back pain sufferers wanting to avoid addictive medications and invasive surgeries had few viable relief options. However, if you're suffering from a chronic back issue like sciatica, a pinched nerve, or a bulging disc, pain relief may be closer than you think.
Modern chiropractic care and, more specifically, a spinal decompression chiropractor in Pawley's Island, SC, may be the long-term solution you need for chronic back pain.
A common misconception is that chiropractors only adjust your back and neck when, in fact, they treat the whole body with all-natural treatments. Here at Elite Healthcare, our doctors focus on your overall health, not just pain. We want to find and address the underlying causes of your symptoms. If you're unfamiliar with an integrative approach to medicine, this strategy may seem new. Our chiropractic care is less about putting a band-aid on the problem and more about finding a natural, long-term solution to your pain.
Fortunately, our experienced chiropractors provide the best in natural pain relief. Prescription and over-the-counter pain medications mask the symptoms you're experiencing versus getting to the cause of your pain. Pain is often the result of your spine being out of alignment, which leads to nerve issues. Once your spine is back in alignment, the nerves function correctly again.
Because our chiropractic center offers a combination of different therapies and non-surgical treatments, we provide a comprehensive approach to healing. Depending on the extent of your back problems, spinal decompression therapy may be the answer to your chronic pain problems.
Initially developed in 1985 by Dr. Allan Dyer, spinal decompression has been used by chiropractors for years. Unfortunately, spinal decompression is often passed over as a viable treatment, despite its numerous benefits.
In the past, patients suffering from chronic back pain issues like herniated discs were usually prescribed powerful medications. They were instructed to refrain from physical activities, referred to a physical therapist, and sent on their way. While physical therapy has an important role in back pain recovery, some back conditions need a more comprehensive treatment approach. For those patients, surgery seemed like the only option.
Today, patients with chronic back pain have many more options to consider. One of the most effective treatments for serious back pain is spinal decompression. This proven therapy, provided by Elite Healthcare, has been shown to significantly reduce pain and help patients live a normal, even active lifestyle once again.
Spinal decompression, also called Lumbar Cervical Decompression Therapy (LCD Therapy), is a very effective non-surgical solution to chronic back pain problems. If you're like most patients, your back pain is caused by disc issues related to your spine. This type of therapy uses computer technology and a spinal decompression machine in cityname, state, to stretch your spinal column slowly and gently, relieving abnormal pressure on the discs in your back, which sit in between your vertebrae.
This precise stretching action causes negative pressure to form inside the discs in your back, making them retract. With time, this negative pressure causes a reverse vacuum of sorts that actually draws your protruding discs into place. When pressure is removed from the disc segments in your spine, you experience much-needed pain relief.
The primary purpose of spinal decompression therapy is to provide you with immediate pain relief while creating a healthy environment to heal your spinal disc condition. Some of the most common conditions that spinal decompression therapy treats include:
This happens when spinal discs in your back are pushed outside of the spinal canal. When pushed outside of their usual space, these discs can put pressure on the nerves in your spine, resulting in localized pain and pain throughout your body. If a bulging disc is left untreated, it has a high chance of rupturing, which can necessitate surgery and longer recovery time.
Herniated discs are discs in your back that fracture or crack and leak fluid. The fluid or gel that leaks from a herniated disc may irritate the nerves in your back. When this happens, you may experience an intense burning sensation that shoots up and down your lower back and legs.
As you grow older, joints in your body, like your knees and hips, begin to wear away with time. The same thing can happen to the discs in your back. Often caused by heavy lifting or a family history of spine problems, degenerative discs are painful and can lead to serious situations. In advanced cases, bone spurs can form and affect the nerves of your spine.
When a herniated disc or bone spur begins to put pressure on the nerves in your back, it often causes sciatica. Sciatica is a common back problem that causes pain to radiate from your lower back down your legs via your sciatic nerve. Sometimes, this pain is only felt in one of your legs.
This condition is similar to arthritis of your spine, where the cartilage inside your facet joint breaks down and becomes inflamed. The result is often intense neck and back pain. It's most often caused by degenerative changes in the joints located between the bones of your spine.
This painful condition manifests when the space in your backbone is too small. When this happens, pressure impacts your spinal cord and the nerves that travel through it. Like other conditions treated by a spinal decompression therapy cityname, state, stenosis is caused by wear-and-tear in your back, which forms arthritis.
This term is often used to classify a range of back problems, most often caused by a pinched nerve root in your spinal column. This pinched nerve root may occur in different locations down your spine, like the lumbar or thoracic areas. Usually caused by a narrowing of the space where your nerve root leaves the spine, symptoms of this condition include pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness.
If you're looking for a safe way to relieve your chronic back pain, spinal decompression should be on your list of treatments to consider. This painless procedure is backed by research showing higher success rates in many patients when compared to spinal surgery. Unlike many medications, spinal decompression from Elite Healthcare Physical Medicine is designed to correct the condition you're facing while also minimizing costs and eliminating recovery and downtime.
Some of the most popular reasons why patients choose spinal decompression over surgery and other treatments include:
Invasive procedures, like back surgeries, often leave the patient racked with pain, long recovery times, and complications. Sometimes, the surgery doesn't work as intended, leaving the patient responsible for a therapy that didn't work correctly. As a non-invasive treatment, spinal decompression therapy can treat back and neck pain without needles, incisions, or harmful manipulations of the spine.
Getting back pain relief from surgery is far from guaranteed. However, because spinal decompression targets the underlying causes of your back pain, it's a much more effective long-term treatment. Spinal decompression is not a quick fix. When coupled with positive lifestyle changes like losing weight, you can maximize the pain-relieving benefits of spinal decompression.
Surgery of the back and spine requires the patient to be bedridden and uncomfortable for days and even weeks. Recovering from back surgery is no easy feat and often requires strong pain medications to help. Sometimes, back surgeries don't go as planned, causing complications and worse scenarios. Spinal decompression, on the other hand, is very effective and doesn't require much recovery time at all. Once your spinal decompression session is over, you'll probably be able to drive yourself home from our office.
One of the least talked about issues with back pain medications is that they only treat the pain, not the underlying causes. For many patients, relying on meds to relieve back pain fosters dependency on pain pills. Pain pill addiction is a very serious issue in the U.S., often leading patients down a dark path. With spinal decompression, you won't have to worry about taking pills for pain relief. That's because the root causes of your back pain are addressed, not just the symptoms.
If you were to look at the cost of surgery and subsequent years of prescription medication, you might be shocked. When compared to spinal decompression, surgery is a much more expensive treatment to consider. You've got to take the cost of surgery into account, but also the fact that you'll be forced to take time off work. By choosing spinal decompression therapy, you're choosing a safe, non-surgical treatment that doesn't require any time off work.
Spinal decompression relieves pressure on disrupted discs, causing them to retract back into place. This revolutionary treatment also lets oxygen, fluids, and nutrients re-enter your spinal discs, which provides additional healing.
By now, you probably have a better idea of how spinal decompression can help rid your life of back pain. But spinal decompression treatment does more than help with bulging discs, herniated discs, arthritis, and more. It has also been shown to provide patients with important quality-of-life benefits.
As mentioned above, harsh surgeries leave you bedridden and unable to work for long periods of time. Spinal decompression allows you to jump right back into the workforce, so you can continue providing for your family. Plus, reducing your back pain naturally increases your mobility since you won't be stressing about hurting yourself while moving. Instead, you'll be living in the moment.
One of the worst symptoms affecting people with back pain is the inability to sleep well. Sleeping with back pain can be horrible, causing you to toss and turn to find a comfortable spot. As soon as you find one and get settled, your back starts to hurt again. It's a vicious cycle, but adjusting your spine and relieving pressure with spinal decompression will help you get a good night's rest.
Did you know that when your spine is decompressed, it helps fluids circulate throughout your body? These fluids actually flush your lymphatic system, which helps support your overall immune system. Better circulation also benefits your brain and can help boost concentration and memory. The improved circulation from spinal decompression may also distribute oxygen and nutrients to your skin, creating a multi-benefit effect.
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At Elite Healthcare Physical Medicine, we practice an integrated approach to pain relief and chiropractic care. Our goal is to restore your spine to its proper alignment, which speeds up your recovery time and prevents additional injuries. If chronic back pain has taken over your life, it's time to visit our chiropractic office for a thorough evaluation.
Ask yourself this: Have you been suffering from headaches and sleepless nights due to muscle strain? Is your ability to work and put food on the table compromised due to a pinched nerve? No amount of over-the-counter pain medication can provide a long-term fix for such an issue. Thankfully, our chiropractors have years of experience providing relief to patients just like yourself.
After a comprehensive exam, our doctor will create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your body. That way, we can address the full scope of your symptoms by correcting any root causes of your back pain.
From minor chiropractic adjustments to spinal decompression treatment, we'll find the solution that your back and body need to heal correctly. If you're ready to get back on the road to better health, we're here to help every step of the way. Contact our Elite Healthcare Physical Medicine today to get started.
Three towns in South Carolina were listed as some of the favorites to visit nationwide, according to FamilyDestinationsGuide.com following a poll conducted on thousands of families across the country.After determining the top 150 “best small towns in America,” three of them were found to be within the Palmetto State.Small tow...
Three towns in South Carolina were listed as some of the favorites to visit nationwide, according to FamilyDestinationsGuide.com following a poll conducted on thousands of families across the country.
After determining the top 150 “best small towns in America,” three of them were found to be within the Palmetto State.
Small towns have become increasingly popular vacation destinations and travel sites for families as the quaintness can offer a sizable reduction of traveling stress, grant more time together and even be more budget-friendly.
“Visiting small towns has become increasingly popular as travelers seek authentic and personalized experiences that provide a break from the fast-paced, commercialized world. These hidden gems offer a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the local culture, connect with friendly communities, and escape the stress of everyday life.” said Rose Ackermann of FamilyDestinationsGuide.com.
As for South Carolina, Beaufort, Georgetown and Aiken all made the list and are no strangers to being crowned as some of the state’s favorite small towns.
Georgetown came in at 53rd overall and was described by the site as a place where families can enjoy the nearby beaches, which include Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island.
Downtown Historic Georgetown is reportedly the third oldest city in South Carolina and is described as a must visit destination for those who enjoy waterfront shopping, dining, boating, fishing, historic tours, and ghost tours, according to Historic Georgetown. The site also describes Georgetown as a “perfect place” for a destination wedding.
In 59th overall, Aiken was described to offer families a variety of dining and shopping options, which can allow for ample possibilities for spending some quality time together.
Visitaikensc.com described the town as having numerous attractions, such as equine pursuits for those interested in horseback riding, arts, sporting facilities, an abundance of nature, a part played in the nation’s railroad birth and the fight in the Cold War era. A visit to Aiken allows guests to get outdoors, experience history, have ample shopping opportunities and walk through parks.
Beaufort came in 67th overall due to its rich history, beautiful beaches and abundance of outdoor activities, according to FamilyDestinationsGuide.com.
“Families can explore the historic downtown area, take a boat tour of the harbor, or spend the day at one of the many nearby beaches. There are also plenty of outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing, and biking. With its unique culture, stunning scenery, and variety of activities, Beaufort is the perfect place for a family vacation,” the site continued.
Beaufort is known for winning many accolades and for its breathtaking Lowcountry scenery. In addition, Beaufort has been seen in big-name movies and has racked up some impressive statistics.
According to Beaufort.com, several famous movies have been filmed in Beaufort, such as Forrest Gump, The Prince of Tides and The Big Chill. The site also states that Beaufort contains about 25% of the marshlands on the country’s entire coast.
Although none of the SC towns made it into the top 10, the 10 selected “best small towns” following the poll included:
This story was originally published March 2, 2023, 8:00 AM.
PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WMBF) - Pawleys Island town council has voted unanimously to increase the golf cart permit fee to $25 effective immediately.The reason for the increase according to Mayor Brian Henry is the increased workload for town administrators.“We’ve got two administrative employees that are balancing a significant workload, more so than they have in the past, and enforcement. We have law enforcement officers out on the streets every single day,” said Henry.The town paused the distribution of...
PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (WMBF) - Pawleys Island town council has voted unanimously to increase the golf cart permit fee to $25 effective immediately.
The reason for the increase according to Mayor Brian Henry is the increased workload for town administrators.
“We’ve got two administrative employees that are balancing a significant workload, more so than they have in the past, and enforcement. We have law enforcement officers out on the streets every single day,” said Henry.
The town paused the distribution of permits until the vote for the new fee. The old fee was $10 for the year.
“Carts with no decals, we did issue a significant amount of summons last year, parking summons for vehicles with no decals. If we do find one that is unoccupied and parked illegally, we put a boot on it,” said Chief Mike Fanning of Pawleys Island P.D.
Before the vote, residents were able to give their opinions on the increase.
“I can understand why you want more money, but there are other ways to go about it. You could try the cars parking here coming from out of town. You could charge less if it’s done online or in person,” said Wayne.
“If we’re doing this to generate revenue, we’re missing the big picture. You could be generating a lot more revenue by people coming and going off this Island on a regular basis,” said Rick.
While some residents didn’t mind paying the increase, they wondered if outside-the-town golf cart owners would have to pay.
“I have no problem paying golf cart fees, my understanding is the golf cart fee is for carts driven by the owners. I believe there are many golf carts that are on the Island that park at the beach that are not driven by the owners,” said John Batiste.
“In addition to current rules, maybe come up with best practices for users, especially the renters and rentals. Publish and share them,” said Chuck Supple.
For more information on the fee and other requirements visit https://www.townofpawleysisland.com/
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The place that calls itself "Golftown, U.S.A." is starting to get its mojo back.Recently, the Charleston Post & Courier reported that Myrtle Beach is in talks with the PGA Tour to bring elite professional golf to the area for the first time....
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The place that calls itself "Golftown, U.S.A." is starting to get its mojo back.
Recently, the Charleston Post & Courier reported that Myrtle Beach is in talks with the PGA Tour to bring elite professional golf to the area for the first time.
Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce CEO Karen Riordan confirmed the two sides are working towards an agreement to bring the tour to town for at least a four-year stint, with the first event, tentatively called the Myrtle Beach Classic, to play out in May of 2024.
No host venue has been named as yet, but the leading candidate would seem to be the Dunes Golf & Beach Club, the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design that has anchored the area golf scene since it opened in 1948. Recent renovations overseen by Jones' son Rees have updated bunkering and stretched the course out to more than 7,400 yards. It was a stout test when it co-hosted the PGA Professional Championship in 2014; Michael Block's winning score of 2-under par that year was the highest since 2005. In addition, The Dunes has hosted PGA Tour Q-school finals (1973), the Senior Tour Championship (1994-1999) and three U.S.G.A. championships: the U.S. Women's Open (1962), the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur (1977) and the U.S. Women's Four-Ball (2017).
Other area courses with the potential to host the infrastructure and crowds a PGA Tour stop would bring would be the Dye Club at Barefoot Resort (perennial host of the Monday After the Masters pro-am) and TPC Myrtle Beach (which hosted the 2000 Senior Tour Championship soon after it opened). But The Dunes would be the strongest choice.
The addition of a PGA Tour event - especially one that becomes a pillar of next year's revamped schedule - would figure to bump Myrtle Beach up from #11 on our list of the world's top 100 golf destinations.
Nearly four and a half years after original architect Jack Nicklaus returned to the course to offer suggestions for its improvement, Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club in Pawleys Island, S.C., will embark upon a four-month renovation project this summer, as the course turns 35 years old. Nicklaus associate Troy Vincent will lead the project with the primary goal to bring a bit more playability to a layout that has long been regarded as one of the most demanding in resort golf.
In addition to restoring the course's greens to their original sizes after decades of shrinkage, Vincent will reduce some of the bunkering, including several large, tough-to-maintain expanses of sand that primarily ensnare - and enrage - high handicappers. The remaining bunkers will be rebuilt with the state-of-the-art Capillary Concrete drainage system, which prevents washouts after big rain events. Vincent will also oversee some significant tree removal, which will help the course breathe and make maintenance a bit easier.
"Pawleys Plantation has been a fixture in the Myrtle Beach area since its opening in 1988," said Vincent. "When completed, you can expect larger greens, less bunkering and more native areas that will be playable."
Other updates at Pawleys Plantation include clubhouse renovations, including new outdoor dining areas overlooking the 18th green.
Pawleys Plantation is one of 21 Myrtle Beach-area courses owned and operated by Founders Group International (FGI). Grande Dunes Resort Club, another FGI property, received a similar renovation last year, as well as its own clubhouse upgrades. And Pine Lakes Country Club, the area's oldest course (originally opened in 1927), is maturing in the wake of its own renovation in 2021.
Some other area properties are tentatively scheduled for updates this year, with a focus on clubhouse renovations at River Club and Willbrook Plantation Golf Club in Pawleys Island, as well as some bunker work at the Arthur Hills-designed PineHills Course at Myrtlewood Golf Club and Long Bay Club, the area's other Jack Nicklaus Signature course.
In golf-adjacent Myrtle Beach news, Tiger Woods will bring his putting-centric "golfertainment" concept PopStroke to town soon. Per longtime Myrtle Beach golf beat journalist Alan Blondin for On The Green Magazine, the new location will be situated at the area's Broadway at the Beach shopping, dining and entertainment complex and will open sometime in 2023, not far from Myrtle Beach's Topgolf location.
PAWLEYS ISLAND — Town Council moved Feb. 13 to retain Columbia-based Coastal Science and Engineering for the next three years to monitor the town’s beaches following a 2020 beach renourishment project.The town retained CSE for post-project monitoring in 2021 and 2022 as well. The permit requires the town to have its beaches monitored for erosion and the project’s effectiveness for five years after the start, Town Administrator Daniel Newquist said.The work in the $116,870 contract includes surveys of the beach...
PAWLEYS ISLAND — Town Council moved Feb. 13 to retain Columbia-based Coastal Science and Engineering for the next three years to monitor the town’s beaches following a 2020 beach renourishment project.
The town retained CSE for post-project monitoring in 2021 and 2022 as well. The permit requires the town to have its beaches monitored for erosion and the project’s effectiveness for five years after the start, Town Administrator Daniel Newquist said.
The work in the $116,870 contract includes surveys of the beach and inshore sands that received renourishment, plus aerial photography and annual reports.
“It’s a very useful report, truthfully,” Newquist said of CSE’s annual reports on beach conditions. “They’ve been very helpful in assisting the town with post-storm documentation that we can utilize for (Federal Emergency Management Agency) purposes and such. It’s kind of, I think, a logical contract for us to maintain.”
The proposal Town Council members considered on Feb. 13 includes an add-on task: a post-storm survey after the damage from Hurricane Ian in late September.
CSE’s 2022 annual report drew from an August survey, prior to Hurricane Ian’s landfall near Georgetown. The report contains a brief section on Ian near its end, and CSE assessed the beach in the days following the storm.
CSE Vice President Steven Traynum submitted a report on Ian’s damage to the Pawleys Island beach on Oct. 6. Traynum’s report found that the renourishment project “served its purpose” in protecting the island from sustaining even worse damage than it did during Ian.
“Without a project, CSE believes many homes along the south end would have been severely damaged or collapsed, damage to the road surface of Springs Ave(nue) may have been severe, and damage would have been much greater along all areas of the island,” Traynum wrote.
Newquist said the timing of the 2022 survey work was “critical” for analysis of the beach post-Ian.
“We need to kind of prepare for the next renourishment and whether that needs to occur sooner rather than later,” Newquist said. “Their survey work will really dictate what kind of outlook we have.”
Newquist said it is still too early to tell whether renourishment will need to happen sooner than expected because of Ian. He noted that emergency renourishment was not recommended by CSE.
Sand fencing and vegetation installed after the renourishment project saw damage during Hurricane Ian, according to CSE’s 2022 report. However, it also states that storm water levels did not top the crests of the renourished sand dunes.
THE RITZ-CARLTON ARRIVES IN ITALY: Marriott International has signed an agreement with Grimit S.r.l. to introduce The Ritz-Carlton brand in Italy. The former Hotel Grande Bretagne in Bellagio will be converted and rebranded to open as The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Como, in 2026. The waterfront hotel will comprise 59 rooms and 46 suites, a spa with an indoor pool, multiple restaurants, event space, an outdoor pool, a historical walking trail and a private boat dock. Spanning more than 16,500 square meters, the hotel will undergo a complete co...
THE RITZ-CARLTON ARRIVES IN ITALY: Marriott International has signed an agreement with Grimit S.r.l. to introduce The Ritz-Carlton brand in Italy. The former Hotel Grande Bretagne in Bellagio will be converted and rebranded to open as The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Como, in 2026. The waterfront hotel will comprise 59 rooms and 46 suites, a spa with an indoor pool, multiple restaurants, event space, an outdoor pool, a historical walking trail and a private boat dock. Spanning more than 16,500 square meters, the hotel will undergo a complete conservative restoration and reimagining. Opened in 1850, the Hotel Grande Bretagne fell into disuse at the end of the last century and was later acquired by the Galbusera family.
HILTON GARDEN INN GROWS IN APAC: Hilton Garden Inn, the upscale brand by Hilton, has opened Hilton Garden Inn Beijing Haidian Daoxiang Lake, its 50th hotel in Greater China. The opening also marks Hilton Garden Inn’s first hotel in Beijing. Hilton Garden Inn debuted in Greater China in 2014, welcomed 900,000 guests in 2022 and plans to triple its footprint in the region in the coming years. The brand is looking towards Asia to fuel its growth as pent-up travel demand continues to drive post-COVID recovery in Asia Pacific, with the expanding middle-class likely to be more price-cautious and value driven. The prototype, lean operating model and kit-of-parts approach of the brand aim to make it adaptable for emerging and established destinations, as well as city and resort settings. The brand expanded into newer markets and gateway cities in South Korea, Japan, Australia and Thailand this year, with plans to open more than 20 hotels across Asia Pacific. Hilton Garden Inn’s global portfolio now includes over 970 hotels in 57 countries. The brand has 65 operational properties in Asia and more than 100 in the pipeline.
HI EXPRESS ORANGE COUNTY SELLS FOR $29.5M: Heritage Hotel Group has acquired the 161-key Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orange County — Santa Ana in Orange County, Calif., for a reported $29.5 million. The seller was Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Glacier House Hotels. The 10-story hotel opened in 2018. Berkadia Hotels & Hospitality led the deal, which closed on February 23, on behalf of the seller.
THE KINNEY SLO REBRANDS: The Kinney SLO in California has completed its transformation into The Wayfarer San Luis Obispo. This is the second Wayfarer hotel concept, following the opening of one in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2020. The hotel features 100 college-themed rooms, a newly rebranded restaurant and bar, a pool, a fitness center and 2,000 square feet of event space.
BRITTAIN RESORTS ADDS TO PORTFOLIO: Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based Brittain Resorts and Hotels, in partnership with MB National LLC, Beach Vacation LLC and the Litchfield Co., assumed management of four new resorts and two vacation rental companies in 2022. The company has taken over management responsibilities, including operations, revenue management, homeowner services, F&B venues, sales and marketing and information technology. The new additions include Monterey Bay in Myrtle Beach; Marriott Courtyard Springhill Suites in Myrtle Beach; vacation rental company Beach Vacations; Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort in Pawleys Island, S.C.; Litchfield Inn in Pawleys Island; and Lachicotte in Pawleys Island. Established in 1943, Brittain Resorts and Hotels operates over 20 hotels and restaurants and more than 40 restaurants and bars across the U.S.