Chiropractic: Handling a Multitude of Disorders
By Debra Rodzinak
If you suffer from nerve, joint, muscle, or neurological pain, chances are you would benefit from a chiropractic treatment. Chiropractors at The Joint treat several different spinal disorders that cause pain and discomfort to patients seeking relief.
A doctor of chiropractor evaluates a patient to make a diagnosis. There are many spine-related problems that a chiropractor treats.
- Back strain and sprain – When the ligaments (sprain) or muscle and tendons (strain) become torn or overstretched, an aching, burning, sharp, dull, or tingling pain may be present.
- Coccydynia – If a person rides a bike for a long time or falls down on their tailbone, a pain can develop at the base of the spine (coccydynia). This pain can get worse when sitting down.
- Degenerative disc disease (DDD) – The pillow-like cushions between the vertebrae can wear away with age. When discs lose shock absorption or flexibility, back pain is present. Overuse can also cause these cushions to become thin.
- Headaches – Neck pain can cause headaches that are mistaken for cluster headaches or migraines. If pain is felt behind the eyes, in the temples, or at the base of the head, (cervicogenic) headaches can be the culprit.
- Herniated disc – When a nerve root in the spine is pressed upon by the inner or outer ring of a spinal disc, pain in the lower back or neck is present.
- Leg discrepancy – When one leg is shorter than the other from a birth defect or posture problems, back pain can occur.
- Myofascial pain – Deep, aching pain in a muscle that is repeatedly used can cause pain in an unrelated part of the body. This referred pain comes from the trigger points of muscles that are knotted up and are referred to as myofascial pain.
- Piriformis syndrome – When a narrow muscle located in the buttocks called the piriformis muscle becomes injured and irritates or compresses the sciatic nerve, pain, tingling, or numbness can travel down the buttocks and into the legs.
- Sciatica – Compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve causes moderate to severe pain in the leg down to the knee. Sciatica sufferers describe the pain as a sharp, shooting, electric-shock type of feeling in the back and down the leg.
- Spinal osteoarthritis – Arthritis associated with aging can affect the facet joints in the spine or other bones causing pain.
- Whiplash – When the neck and head are “whipped” forward or backward suddenly, severe neck sprain or strain can occur.
If you suffer from any head, neck or spine aliments, come by The Joint and let one of our chiropractors evaluate your symptoms and identify your condition. Don’t worry about insurance hassles, doctor referrals, or appointment times. Just drop in and let our professionals ease your pain and discomfort.