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 Wando, 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.
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.
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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.
South Carolina’s initial plan to improve traffic on Interstate 526 and the Long Point Road interchange in Mount Pleasant was met with an outpouring of public opposition, and that’s prompting the state to make revisions.The road work is critical for operations at South Carolina’s busiest port, the Wando Welch Terminal at the end of Long Point Road, and for traffic relief at the busy interchange.The plan calls for new elevated ramps to and from the interstate dedicated to port trucks, and a version presented to ...
South Carolina’s initial plan to improve traffic on Interstate 526 and the Long Point Road interchange in Mount Pleasant was met with an outpouring of public opposition, and that’s prompting the state to make revisions.
The road work is critical for operations at South Carolina’s busiest port, the Wando Welch Terminal at the end of Long Point Road, and for traffic relief at the busy interchange.
The plan calls for new elevated ramps to and from the interstate dedicated to port trucks, and a version presented to the public in 2022 showed that building those ramps could require the demolition of two or three homes in the Tidal Walk subdivision. The subdivision sits along the north side of I-526.
Nearly 540 people submitted comments about those plans in the fall and 59 percent opposed the proposed elevated port ramps, while just half supported the S.C. Department of Transportation’s favored plan known as Alternative 2.
S.C. Department of Transportation Project Manager Joy Riley said the responses showed that people in residential communities north of the interstate were against the proposed elevated ramps and favored keeping port truck traffic on Long Point Road. Unsurprisingly, those living in communities between the highway interchange and the port favored the new ramps, which would remove truck traffic from Long Point Road.
The plans were revised following the survey results, and those changes were outlined at an invitation-only “stakeholders meeting” at the end of November, which included homeowner associations and business owners, plus elected officials and SC Ports representatives.
The revised plans still call for elevated truck ramps, but no longer impact Seacoast Parkway or homes in the Tidal Walk subdivision. Riley said DOT also feels “pretty confident” that an analysis will justify noise walls along the north side of I-526, addressing another concern among residents.
“Noise has always been the number one concern in our neighborhood, along with not wanting any neighbors to lose their houses,” said Grassy Creek resident Lee Lazarus, who has spoken at public meetings about the plans. “Supposedly we’re going to something like a 20-foot wall.”
Under state law, DOT would need Mount Pleasant’s consent for the project. Riley said the town’s approval would likely be sought after another round of public comments following a meeting planned in March, which could prompt more refinements to the plan.
Mayor Will Haynie said the recent revisions addressed the town’s main concerns.
“People were going to lose their homes, and we are very happy that we’re not going to see that,” he said. “Not that there’s no room for improvement — such as turns onto Belle Hall Parkway — but the parts affecting neighborhoods in a major way have been addressed.”
The Belle Hall Parkway issue involves the planned elimination of left turns from Long Point Road to the parkway, where a Waffle House restaurant is located.
That may sound like a small detail, but the parkway is the main entrance to the large subdivision. The elimination of left turns would mean that anyone coming from the interstate would need to drive past the subdivision’s main entrance, then turn on a different road and double back.
Riley said DOT is still looking at alternatives that would allow for left turns there, but so far has not resolved the issue.
The work at I-526 and Long Point Road would be a large road project on its own, but it’s just a small part of the roughly $7 billion Lowcountry Corridor plan to widen the interstate from West Ashley to Mount Pleasant and redesign the interchange of interstates 526 and 26 in North Charleston.
The I-526/Long Point Road project is being addressed in the early years of the larger project partly because traffic has overwhelmed the interchange, and port-related truck traffic regularly backs up on the interstate while trying to exit at Long Point Road.
“It’s a failing interchange because it just cannot process the number of people who are trying to turn left to get to Mount Pleasant, and you have trucks continuously clogging up the interchange as well,” Riley said.
And traffic is expected to increase significantly by 2050.
The next public hearing on the project is tentatively scheduled for March 14, though a time and location have not been announced. The recommended plan, potential impacts on properties, and an analysis of where noise barriers are warranted are among the information that should be presented then.
Until then, “we will be working diligently to assemble the environmental document and move through some critical Federal Highway reviews of our traffic analysis and designs,” Riley said. “All this must be approved before we hold the public hearing in March.”
The leading plan, Alternative 2, would require an estimated 28.5 acres of right of way involving 98 properties, some of which are home to businesses, but no houses. Construction work on the road plan is anticipated in the spring or summer of 2024 and to finish in 2027 or 2028.
Meanwhile, information about the project can be found online at 526lcclongpoint.com, the project team can be emailed at info@526LowcountryCorridor.com, or contacted by regular mail to the attention of Joy Riley, PO Box 191, 955 Park St., Columbia SC 29202-0191.
MOUNT PLEASANT — Town Council has approved borrowing $50 million for a park and recreation initiative that voters narrowly approved in a November referendum, setting those plans in motion ahead of a coming property tax increase.Most of the money, about $40 million, will be used to create a new park complex on more than 120 acres the town bought in 2010 for that purpose on Rifle Range Road just north of Six Mile Road.The rest will improve existing facilities and expand a town bike/pedestrian trail network.The first ...
MOUNT PLEASANT — Town Council has approved borrowing $50 million for a park and recreation initiative that voters narrowly approved in a November referendum, setting those plans in motion ahead of a coming property tax increase.
Most of the money, about $40 million, will be used to create a new park complex on more than 120 acres the town bought in 2010 for that purpose on Rifle Range Road just north of Six Mile Road.
The rest will improve existing facilities and expand a town bike/pedestrian trail network.
The first project the money will fund is renovations of the Park West swimming pool setup.
“That’s fully designed and we are going through permitting,” Director of Recreation Steve Gergick said.
The pool space doesn’t have air conditioning, heat, lockers or family changing rooms. All that will change, Gergick said, and the town will begin the process of choosing a construction company for the work in February.
The Rifle Range Road park plan is expected to relieve pressure on the town’s overwhelmed playing fields and courts while providing new amenities in a central location.
The only hint of the park’s existence now is a small parking lot and a trailhead leading into the woods and wetlands. Plans call for soccer fields, pickleball and tennis courts, a gymnasium, a network of trails, performance pavilion, fishing piers and more.
Becky Williamson, who coached tennis at Wando High School for 12 years before retirement, said it’s been hard to find available courts in recent years.
“People are moving here in droves and many of them play tennis,” she said.
Al Bradshaw-Whittemore, local ambassador for the United States Pickleball Association, is looking forward to the eight pickleball courts planned at the new park.
“It’s exploded, pickleball,” he told Town Council at a Jan. 10 meeting. “Every time I teach I have more and more people.”
Following council’s approval for borrowing $50 million, the town expects to issue bonds Jan. 27. Proposals to the town from architectural and design firms hoping to work on the new park are due the same day.
“We’ll have to go through a full design process and permitting,” Gergick said. “I would expect construction to begin in 2024.”
“It’s going to be a jewel for the town, it really is,” he said.
The town’s park site is adjacent to a Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission property that has not been improved. The combined 245 acres were purchased together in 2010 for $20 million, mostly using county greenbelt money.
Mount Pleasant is an affluent suburb with low property taxes, and the November referendum to raise the tax rate to pay for the park and recreation projects barely passed by a vote of 20,925 to 20,254.
Charleston County dropped plans for a tax-raising referendum to fund affordable housing in 2022, partly because the town’s referendum would be on the ballot in the same election. A majority of Mount Pleasant voters had previously rejected referendums on countywide housing and town parks.
Property owners can expect the town’s portion of their annual tax bill to rise by 10 percent starting with the bills that go out in October. The tax increase is expected to remain in place for 15 years to pay off the debt, which will be more than $50 million with interest.
The impact on tax bills will vary depending on the value of a property and whether it’s residential or commercial. A person with a home valued at $500,000 for tax purposes would pay another $80 yearly, for example.
Two members of the nine-person Town Council had opposed holding the referendum: Mayor Will Haynie and Councilwoman Brenda Corley. On Jan. 10 they joined a unanimous vote to do as voters asked and borrow the $50 million.
Cane Bay High School’s girls basketball team wasn’t ranked to start the week but made a bold statement in a pair of Region 6-AAAAA clashes to show maybe it should be in the next Class AAAAA poll.The Cobras highlighted a huge week on the hardwood by edging top-ranked Stratford High School, 43-37, on Jan. 13 at CBHS. Cane Bay (12-6, 2-0 region) knocked off eighth-ranked Wando High School, 59-53, three days earlier.Cobras senior guard Alaina Nettles poured in a game-high 25 points against Stratford, including the last ...
Cane Bay High School’s girls basketball team wasn’t ranked to start the week but made a bold statement in a pair of Region 6-AAAAA clashes to show maybe it should be in the next Class AAAAA poll.
The Cobras highlighted a huge week on the hardwood by edging top-ranked Stratford High School, 43-37, on Jan. 13 at CBHS. Cane Bay (12-6, 2-0 region) knocked off eighth-ranked Wando High School, 59-53, three days earlier.
Cobras senior guard Alaina Nettles poured in a game-high 25 points against Stratford, including the last six for the home team in the final minute. The Cobras held Stratford to 10 points less than its season average.
“Our defense has been pretty good all year,” Cane Bay coach Ira Owens said. “It was just a matter of communicating over all the noise. They had to communicate to identify shooters and cutters and stuff like that. Offensively, when you’ve got somebody like Alaina you tend to just sit back and let her go.”
Senior wing Kimanni White added 12 points for the Cobras, who travel to Goose Creek Jan. 17.
“Seems like every game, we have somebody else step up,” Owens said. “You know Alaina is going to get hers. Tonight it was Kimanni’s night.”
Sophomore guard Ciara Mustapher and senior forward Yasmine Cook led Stratford with 14 and 12 points, respectively. The Knights (13-2, 0-1 region) host Wando Jan. 17.
Cane Bay scored eight of the last nine points to earn the key region victory. Senior forward Samantha Mullen made one of two free throws with over a minute left to break a 36-36 tie and Nettles got a friendly balance on a runner to push the Cobras’ lead to 39-36.
She added four free throws in the final minute, including two with under 20 seconds left for the final margin of victory.
Stratford, which had won eight straight, led by as many as seven points in the first half before Cane Bay scored the last nine points of the second quarter to lead 22-19 at the break.
The Knights scored the first two buckets of the third quarter but their lead was short-lived. White drained a 3-pointer to put the Cobras back on top, 25-23, and Cane Bay led 31-27 going into the final eight minutes.
Nettles made it a six-point lead early in the fourth quarter but the Knights rallied to regain an advantage, 35-33, on a bucket by Kiki Prudhomme midway through the last period.
Nettles answered to tie it, 35-35, and each team hit one free throw as the clock ticked under three minutes remaining. Mullen’s free throw gave Cane Bay the lead for good.
“I don’t know if we played a great first quarter all year long,” Owens said. “Seems like it always takes us six to eight minutes to get into the flow of game. We just stuck to our defense and trusted our ability to rebound.”
The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association polls should be out Jan. 17.
A solid contingent of Charleston-area high school football players helped guide the South Carolina team to a 17-13 win over North Carolina in the 86th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, played at Spartanburg High School on Saturday afternoon.Leading the way for the South Carolina team was Wando High linebacker Mikey Rosa, who was named the defensive most valuable player after racking up seven tackles, including three tackles for loss.Berkeley head coach Jerry Brown served as the head coach for the South Carolina team. Brown p...
A solid contingent of Charleston-area high school football players helped guide the South Carolina team to a 17-13 win over North Carolina in the 86th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, played at Spartanburg High School on Saturday afternoon.
Leading the way for the South Carolina team was Wando High linebacker Mikey Rosa, who was named the defensive most valuable player after racking up seven tackles, including three tackles for loss.
Berkeley head coach Jerry Brown served as the head coach for the South Carolina team. Brown played in the Shrine Bowl in 1967 and was a South Carolina assistant in the 2000 game. He finishes with a 3-0 record in the game.
“It was fun, a great week, and the game was even better,” said Rosa, who plans to sign with The Citadel on Wednesday. “We built a good chemistry during the week and I think that was a main reason we won. One of the things Coach Brown talked about when we got here was about leaving the ego at the door. I think we all did that and came together.”
Rosa was one of four linebackers from the Charleston area to play for the Sandlappers, joining Cameron Avery (Cane Bay), Omari Jenkins (Timberland) and Christian Garland (Ashley Ridge).
Jenkins, one of the team captains for the Sandlappers, finished with five tackles, including 2½ tackles for loss. Avery had four tackles and Garland was credited with two tackles.
Fort Dorchester defensive lineman DeAndre Jones tallied four tackles with a sack and Summerville defensive back Michael Jenkins was credited with one tackle.
On offense, Woodland’s Suderian Harrison, a quarterback during the regular season, played wide receiver in the game and had one 10-yard reception. Summerville running back Marquez Spells had 12 yards rushing on three carries.
South Florence quarterback LaNorris Sellers was named the offensive most valuable player. Sellers, currently a Syracuse commit, completed 9 of 13 passes for 121 yards and rushed for 41 yards. Sellers threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Clemson commit Tyler Brown of Greenville High.
Another Clemson commit, Dutch Fork running back Jarvis Green, had 58 yards rushing on 15 carries. His 2-yard run with 4:40 left in the game proved to be the game-winning score for the Sandlappers.
South Carolina finished the game with 291 total yards while the defense limited the Tarheels to 182 total yards. The only negative in the win for South Carolina was 15 penalties for 120 yards, including several personal foul flags.
This year’s game marked the first in the series since 2019. The game was cancelled due to COVID issues in 2020 and 2021.
There are several prominent high school football head coach and athletic director positions open on the Grand Strand, and some of those jobs are looking like they will be filled sooner than others.At Georgetown High, both the football head coach and athletic director positions are open, with the former looking like it’s going to be filled the soonest, the head football coach position is open at both Conway and Green Sea Floyds high schools, and at brand-new Atlantic Collegiate Academy, the school is looking to hire an athletic d...
There are several prominent high school football head coach and athletic director positions open on the Grand Strand, and some of those jobs are looking like they will be filled sooner than others.
At Georgetown High, both the football head coach and athletic director positions are open, with the former looking like it’s going to be filled the soonest, the head football coach position is open at both Conway and Green Sea Floyds high schools, and at brand-new Atlantic Collegiate Academy, the school is looking to hire an athletic director.
For the Georgetown football head coach position, Georgetown County School District’s goal is to have a recommendation for the school board at its meeting on Jan. 17, according to GCSD spokeswoman Kristi Kibler. Six applicants have been considered for the role and finalists have not been named.
This coach will replace Jimmy Noonan, who stepped down from his roles as varsity football head coach and athletic director at Georgetown High on Nov. 5.
Noonan was the head coach of the Bulldogs for the last three years, coming over from Wando High School in 2020. Noonan was 2-25 in his three seasons at Georgetown and 0-19 over the last two seasons. Noonan was also the athletic director at the school for the past three years.
Regarding the Georgetown AD position, Kibler said decisions concerning that job will be made after interviews for head football coach have concluded.
Over in Horry County, Conway High athletic director Anthony Carroll said there are no updates regarding the head football coach opening.
Conway is looking to replace Carlton Terry, who was fired on Nov. 17 after six seasons at the helm.
Terry went 24-34 during his time as head coach of the Tigers, most recently going 4-7 in 2022 and taking Conway to the first round of the AAAAA playoffs, where the Tigers lost to Summerville, 48-0.
Terry’s best season with the Tigers was in 2017, where he led the Tigers to a 10-2 record, a Region 6-AAAAA title and a second round playoff appearance as the interim coach.
The other Horry County Schools football head coach vacancy is the one left by Joey Price, who stepped down as the head man at Green Sea Floyds on Oct. 31. Price finished 1-9 in 2022 with his Trojans team missing the playoffs. Price was 10-15 in three seasons total at Green Sea Floyds.
Attempts by The Post and Courier Myrtle Beach to reach Green Sea Floyds athletic director Derek Martin regarding updates on the coaching search were unsuccessful.
For Atlantic Collegiate Academy, which is a new charter school in Horry County that will begin its first sports season in Fall 2023, principal Mike Lorenz said the school is in the process of hiring an athletic director but did not offer a timeline for the hire.
ACA is the third school under the Pinnacle Charter Academies umbrella, the other two being Legion Collegiate Academy in Rock Hill, S.C., and Oceanside Collegiate Academy in Mount Pleasant, S.C. The school will offer a variety of boys and girls sports in the fall, winter and spring, per ACA’s website.