Disorders Chiropractic Can Help

Disorders and diagnosis. from headaches to disc bulges.

Disorders and Diagnoses

A disorder is usually a condition that has been present for some time and developed into something more complicated. A diagnosis is a label attached to a collection of symptoms. Check out some of the disorders that chiropractic can help with:

Headaches / Migraines

What is a Headache and What is a Migraine?

Headaches are simply any pain that is experienced in the head. Migraines are a subtype of headaches that are usually experienced on one side of the head. Headaches in general, are experienced by 47% of the world population and have a wide range of symptoms depending on the type of headache. These symptoms can last anything between minutes to multiple days and be very debilitating.

What Causes Headaches?

The causes of a headache can range from dehydration to concussion, and even infection. It is important to identify the reason for having a headache so that the appropriate care is rendered.

According to Haldemar (2001), 15-20% of all headaches are cervicogenic disorders. What this means, is that the headache originates from a biomechanical dysfunction in the neck, that causes pain to be experienced in the head.

How Can Chiropractic Help With Headaches?

A qualified health care provider, such as a chiropractor, can identify the reason for your headaches and recommend the appropriate treatment. With up to 20% of all headaches originating in the neck we are able to easily resolve them with chiropractic care. If the root cause of the headaches is found to be something else, our extensive knowledge in neurology and functional medicine will be able to identify it.

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REFERENCES

Haldeman, S., & Dagenais, S. (2001). Cervicogenic headaches: a critical review. The spine journal, 1(1), 31-46.

Page, P. (2011). Cervicogenic headaches: an evidence-led approach to clinical management. International journal of sports physical therapy, 6(3), 254.


Jaw Dysfunction (TMJ)

What May Be the Cause of Your Jaw Pain?

The Temporomandibular joint is what connects the mandible (jaw) with the skull. It is actually comprised of two joints and a disc between the two for better absorption of pressure and distribution of force.

According to the American Academy of Orofacial pain, it is estimated that 40-75% of the population displays at least one sign of a temporomandibular joint disorder. Some of the symptoms of TMJ disorder are clicking or popping sounds, deviations of the jaw during opening and/or closing of the mouth, bruxism (teeth grinding), and pain in the surrounding area.

The TMJ dysfunction could be a result of trauma, abnormalities in the joints, or imbalanced movement of the joints. Muscle spasms and joint dysfunctions of the neck and cranial bones have a role in this as well. It can also be associated with anxiety and stress. If the condition remains untreated it could lead to degenerative joint disease. (Cuccia, 2011).

Does Chiropractic Help With Jaw Pain?

According to Katzberg (1989), “The most common intraarticular abnormalities of the TMJ are internal derangement and degenerative arthritis. These two conditions appear to be linked by a cause and effect relationship. Internal derangement is defined as an abnormal positional and functional relationship between the disk and the mandibular condyle and the articulating surfaces.”

At PEAKiropractic, we understand that the body works in unison with itself and no one component is irrelevant. A thorough evaluation of the area will necessary to identify the appropriate treatment.  Chiropractic care can correct these imbalances and restore proper biomechanics to avoid the progression of arthritis in the joints.

REFERENCES

Campbell, C. D., Loft, G. H., Davis, H., & Hart, D. L. (1982). TMJ symptoms and referred pain patterns. The Journal of prosthetic dentistry, 47(4), 430-433.

Cuccia, A. M., Caradonna, C., & Caradonna, D. (2011). Manual therapy of the mandibular accessory ligaments for the management of temporomandibular joint disorders. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 111(2), 102-112.

Katzberg, R. W. (1989). Temporomandibular joint imaging. Radiology, 170(2), 297-307.


Sinuses

What are Sinuses and Why are They Painful?

A sinus is a cavity formed by the bones that are lined with mucus-producing cells. The production of mucus helps keep the nasal passages moist and acts as an essential part of our immune systems by trapping bacteria and preventing them from invading the body. Whenever an infection is present, mucus production will increase and so will inflammation. A lot of the time this is self-resolving, but then 35 million Americans report symptoms of chronic sinusitis every year. 

According to Dr. Van Alyea, the prevention of free drainage of the sinus is the most common cause of chronic sinusitis. 

Can Chiropractic Care Help Sinuses?

At PEAKiropractic, we use light force technique to facilitate the drainage of the sinuses and restore movement between cranial bones. By allowing proper drainage and movement between the cranial bones, one can find pain relief and decrease in large the occurrence of this disorder. At times, chronic sinusitis may need supplementation for full resolution.

REFERENCES

Hamilos, D. L. (2000). Chronic sinusitis. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 106(2), 213-227.

Van Alyea, O. E. (1946). XXIII Frontal Sinus Drainage. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, 55(2), 267-277.


Numbness / Tingling

What Causes Numbness and Tingling?

Numbness and tingling are experienced when nerves are involved, and the medical term is neuropathy. This can involve one nerve or multiple nerves. It can be present on one extremity or more. Several conditions can lead to neuropathy. Depending on the case, the root cause of numbness and tingling in the extremities needs a vastly different approach to treatment.

Neuropathy could be caused by disorders like diabetes, chemotherapy, autoimmune conditions, vitamin deficiencies, and others. A thorough history and examination of the patient are necessary to identify the cause of the numbness and tingling, which will drive the treatment. During the evaluation to determine the cause of the symptoms, blood work may be required.

In most neuropathy cases, lifestyle modifications are essential for improvement. A qualified health care provider, such as a chiropractor, with knowledge about these conditions will help you improve your health.

At PEAKiropractic, we take health care to the next level. We constantly educate ourselves on emerging scientific research and the most effective treatment for different conditions. We strive to provide our patients with the most Precise, Effective treatment in an Alternative way Kiropractic.

REFERENCES

Farhad, K., Traub, R., Ruzhansky, K. M., & Brannagan III, T. H. (2016). Causes of neuropathy in patients referred as “idiopathic neuropathy”. Muscle & Nerve, 53(6), 856-861.


Bursitis

What is Bursitis?

A bursa is a sack filled with fluid. These are found between soft tissue, ligaments, tendons and muscles, and bones. Their job is to decrease the friction produced with movement.

Bursitis describes a disorder where the bursas are inflamed. The most common causes of bursitis are overuse or a direct blow to the area, but they could also be due to inflammatory conditions and infections. The most common areas of bursitis are the hip, elbow, and shoulder. The exact cause of bursitis needs to be investigated and treated appropriately. Home remedies for bursitis include icing and rest. However, with persistent bursitis, an underlying cause may be present.

As chiropractors, we are able to evaluate the patients’ biomechanics and identify the reason bursitis was developed in the first place. By identifying different anatomical or muscular imbalances we are able to correct or account for them so that this is not a reoccurring problem.

REFERENCES

Khodaee, M. (2017). Common superficial bursitis. American Family Physician, 95(4), 224-231.


Arthritis

What Causes Arthritis?

Arthritis is an inflammatory disorder. Inflammation in or around a joint causes structural alterations of the bones’ architecture. This could have several presentations, from osteoarthritis that mainly involves only the bones, to psoriatic arthritis where the skin is involved or rheumatoid arthritis where the fingers may have alterations. It may also involve any joint in the body, from fingers and toes to vertebrae and ligaments in the spine. 

Depending on the presentation of arthritis in a patient, a different approach needs to be taken. Part of the evaluation process of any arthritic disorder involves blood work to identify the exact strategy that needs to be implemented in order to prevent the progression of the disorder.

As chiropractors, we are advocates of health promotion! Even though one might be diagnosed with a disorder, like arthritis, we always look for the positive impact that we can have on their life and health. Our preferred route, however, would be to have patients under our care from a young age. This will allow us to keep an eye on the patients’ health and show them the way to PEAK health.

REFERENCES

Khanna, D., Sethi, G., Ahn, K. S., Pandey, M. K., Kunnumakkara, A. B., Sung, B., … & Aggarwal, B. B. (2007). Natural products as a gold mine for arthritis treatment. Current opinion in pharmacology, 7(3), 344-351.


Sciatica

What is Sciatica?

One of the most famous nerves in the human body is the sciatic nerve. It is a compilation of nerves that initially exit the spinal canal throughout the lumbar spine and form the sciatic nerve at the lumbar plexus. From there it travels down the backside of the leg and branches off into different smaller nerves that control the muscles and sensations of the foot and leg.

The term sciatica refers to radiculopathy disorder. That is when the nerve gets compressed and the information between the end organ and brain is altered. The diagnosis of radiculopathy comes from a thorough history and examinations. Additional imaging may be necessary for the exact level of involvement for this disorder. Current literature is heavily supporting a 6-8 week period of conservative treatment before any other intervention. According to the review study performed by Valat and colleagues (2010): “There is good evidence that discectomy is effective in the short term. but, in the long term, it is not more effective than prolonged conservative care.”

Is it True Sciatica?

From our experience, when people complain of sciatic pain, it is not true radiculopathy. Meaning, it is not caused by compression of a root nerve that make up the sciatic nerve. Rather, it involves the compression of the sciatic nerve at the level of the piriformis muscle. It is evident by the work of Natsis and colleagues (2014) that there is in large an anatomical variation amongst the population of the positioning of the sciatic nerve and the piriformis muscle. In some of the population the nerve lays above the muscle, in others it pierces the muscle and in some, it is found below the muscle. Depending on the anatomical variance, one might be more prone to sciatic nerve compression due to muscle tension in the piriformis muscle.

At PEAKiropractic we quickly identify the cause of your symptoms with a thorough examination and apply the appropriate treatment. Whether it’s true radiculopathy or piriformis syndrome, let us help you get out of pain and prevent this disorder from reoccuring.

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REFERENCES

Valat, J. P., Genevay, S., Marty, M., Rozenberg, S., & Koes, B. (2010). Sciatica. Best Practice & Research Clinical Rheumatology, 24(2), 241-252.

Papadopoulos, E. C., & Khan, S. N. (2004). Piriformis syndrome and low back pain: a new classification and review of the literature. The Orthopedic Clinics of North America, 35(1), 65.

Natsis, K., Totlis, T., Konstantinidis, G. A., Paraskevas, G., Piagkou, M., & Koebke, J. (2014). Anatomical variations between the sciatic nerve and the piriformis muscle: a contribution to surgical anatomy in piriformis syndrome. Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, 36(3), 273-280.


Disc Bulge/ Herniation

What Does a Bulging Disc Mean?

A bulging disc is usually accompanied by low back discomfort. They are signs of vertebrae degenerations. According to Adams and colleagues (2000), degenerative changes in the vertebrae above and/or below the disc that is involved are the initiating factors of the formation of the disorder.

Intervertebral discs are found between two vertebrae and are made up of a fibrous ring on the outside, and a gelatinous inside. When there are changes in the mechanisms that cause the disc to be under pressure and well hydrated, the disk loses hydration and height as a consequence. This leads the outer, fibrous ring to be in excess, and as a result, fold either outwards or inwards. This puts more pressure on the joints between the two vertebrae which is where the pain and discomfort come from.

What Can a Chiropractor Do For a Bulgind Disc?

As chiropractors, we find these areas that have restricted motion and with gentle, noninvasive adjustment we restore the proper range of motion to the joint. This allows for proper mechanical forces to be applied to the system and prevent injuries like bulging and herniated discs.

REFERENCES

Adams, M. A., Freeman, B. J., Morrison, H. P., Nelson, I. W., & Dolan, P. (2000). Mechanical initiation of intervertebral disc degeneration. Spine, 25(13), 1625-1636.

Bodack, M. P., & Monteiro, M. (2001). Therapeutic exercise in the treatment of patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®, 384, 144-152.

Fardon, D. F., Williams, A. L., Dohring, E. J., Murtagh, F. R., Rothman, S. L. G., & Sze, G. K. (2014). Lumbar disc nomenclature: version 2.0: Recommendations of the combined task forces of the North American Spine Society, the American Society of Spine Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology. The Spine Journal, 14(11), 2525-2545.

What is a Disc Herniation?

Nowadays, everyone has heard about a slipped disc and the amount of pain that that produces. The reality though, is that a disc does not slip out of its place, and there are a lot of cases when herniated discs do not produce any symptoms.

A disc is formed by a fibrous outer layer, called the annulus fibrosus, and a jelly-like substance called nucleus pulposus, on the inside. These two form a disc and are found between the majority of vertebrae. Their function is to absorb some of the vertical forces that our bodies experience and to allow the spine to move in all directions as it should.

A herniation is formed after repetitive microtears to the annulus fibrosus. Depending on the position, direction, and extent of the damage around the annulus, the nucleus pulposus may be displaced and cause symptoms to occur. These may include discomfort, shooting pain down the leg, even loss of bladder control. Depending on the level of the herniation, severity may vary from no pain to life-threatening.

What Should You Do For a Disc Herniation?

If someone is suspecting to be suffering from a disc herniation, they should seek care from a licensed health care professional, such as a chiropractor. Even though the majority of cases get resolved with conservative care, some may require emergency surgery.

REFERENCES

Fardon, D. F., Williams, A. L., Dohring, E. J., Murtagh, F. R., Rothman, S. L. G., & Sze, G. K. (2014). Lumbar disc nomenclature: version 2.0: Recommendations of the combined task forces of the North American Spine Society, the American Society of Spine Radiology and the American Society of Neuroradiology. The Spine Journal, 14(11), 2525-2545.


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