Pain? We Got Your Back!
Here we will answer some of the common questions about different pain and symptoms that you may be experiencing and PEAKiropractic can help
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What Neck Pain is and Will it Go Away?
Neck pain is described as any discomfort that one experiences in the neck area, either on one side or both sides. The severity of the neck pain can vary from a slight occasional discomfort to sharp excruciating pain that produces dizziness, headache or migraines.
Neck pain is a public health concern because of its large prevalence, second only to low back pain. Anyone, at any age, could experience neck pain and the symptoms associated with it may vary from muscle spasms and headaches to numbness and tingling in the hands. Depending on the symptoms that are experienced, neck pain may signify immediate medical attention.
Will Neck Pain Go Away by Itself?
Depending on the cause of the discomfort, it may resolve by itself over time. However, a study by Zepoletal and colleagues found a significant correlation between suboccipital neck pain and osteoarthritis in the atlanto-odontoid junction. This means that over time, the slight discomfort at the base of the head, if not treated appropriately can lead to osteoarthritis with other complications.
Who to See For Neck Pain?
Neck pain concerning the spine and the muscles of the neck are one of the most common causes. As chiropractors, we are trained to identify the dysfunctions and correct these in a non-invasive way. This will lead to increased range of motion, improved quality of motion, and better biomechanics of the whole area.
Zapletal, J., Hekster, R. E. M., Straver, J. S., Wilmink, J. T., & Hermans, J. (1996). Relationship between atlanto-odontoid osteoarthritis and idiopathic suboccipital neck pain. Neuroradiology, 38(1), 62-65.
What Causes Back Pain?
Most of the world’s population will experience back pain at least once in their lifetime. This may be due to an injury, overuse, or other reasons like cancer, scoliosis, and infections. Not every case is the same and there are many possible causes. A thorough evaluation from a qualified health care provider, such as a chiropractor, is necessary to identify the cause and the appropriate treatment for the resolution of the problem.
Can Chiropractic Help With Back Pain?
Even though back pain could decrease with time depending on the cause, the time to recovery could be expedited with less or non-residual pain when treated appropriately. Back pain can vary from acute to chronic depending on the amount of time it is present, and it can also vary in severity from mild to severe.
Depending on the cause of the back pain, disabilities may vary from none or slight discomfort to excruciating pain with movement and being incapacitated. This tends to first influence your everyday life and then the people around you. The persistence of pain can lead to depression and high levels of stress.
According to Meade (1990), “Chiropractic treatment was more effective than hospital outpatient management, mainly for patients with chronic or severe back pain.”. Also, a 2002 UCLA low-back pain study showed that the patients that received chiropractic treatment for their back pain were more satisfied than they were seeing a medical provider (Hertzman-Miller, 2002).
Finding the root cause of your back pain and addressing it with non-invasive, gentle treatment, is our way of doing things.
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Meade TW, Dyer S, Browne W, Townsend J, Frank AO. Low back pain of mechanical origin: randomised comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient treatment. BMJ. 1990 Jun 2;300(6737):1431-7. doi: 10.1136/bmj.300.6737.1431. PMID: 2143092; PMCID: PMC1663160.
P. Hertzman-Miller, H. Morganstern, E. L. Hurwitz, Fei, Y., Adams, A. H., Harber, P., and Kominiski, G. F. (2002). “Comparing the Satisfaction of Low Back Pain Patients Randomized to Receive Medical or Chiropractic Care: Results from the UCLA Low-Back Pain Study.” American Journal of Public Health, 92(10): 1628-1633.
Low Back Pain
What Causes Low Back Pain?
There is no doubt that low back pain is one of the leading causes of disabilities in the world! According to Lee (2001), the mean time off due to low back pain in a period of 5 years, is 17 days. If that were time spent doing something enjoyable, we would say “It’s time well spent”. However, the reality is that when low back pain is severe enough for one to take time off work, the chances are that they experience difficulties with movements, sleeping, and feel the emotional pressure that pain adds to life.
There are many things that can cause low back discomfort, ranging from a simple muscle spasm to kidney stones and cauda equina syndrome. These can greatly vary in symptoms. Some may just have some discomfort or an urge to “crack” their back, and others may not be able to walk due to shooting pain, numbness, or tingling down their legs, even loss of bladder control.
How to Treat Low Back Pain?
To find the root cause of the low back pain, a thorough examination by a qualified health care provider, such as a chiropractor, is necessary. The appropriate diagnosis and treatment of low back pain are necessary not only to eliminate the symptoms but also to help prevent it from reoccurring in the future.
Our goal at PEAKiropractic is for our patients to live the life they want, without compromises. We identify the root cause of your pain and treat it in a Precise, Effective, Alternative way Kiropractic.
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Lee P, Helewa A, Goldsmith CH, Smythe HA, Stitt LW. Low back pain: prevalence and risk factors in an industrial setting. J Rheumatol. 2001 Feb;28(2):346-51. PMID: 11246674.
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
Shoulder pain is the third most common musculoskeletal complaint, behind back and neck pain, to seek medical advice (Rekola, 1993). The efficacy of corticosteroid injections for shoulder pain, one of the most common treatments in conventional medicine, is yet unclear according to the review article by Buchbinder and colleagues (2003).
The shoulder girdle (clavicle, shoulder blade, and humerus) is attached to the rest of the body mainly by muscles and ligaments. The only articulation between the shoulder girdle and the rest of the body is the sternoclavicular joint. In addition to this, the shoulder joint itself is the most unrestricted joint by nature. When you combine these two facts, it is evident how prone it is to injury.
How Does Chiropractic Help With Shoulder Pain?
Many shoulder injuries are caused by poor biomechanics of the spine, imbalances in muscles, and ligamentous forces. In order to identify the root cause of shoulder pain, one should look at all components of the system which is what we do at PEAKiropractic.
If left untreated, a minor discomfort in the shoulder could lead to increased wear and tear of the shoulder ligaments, but also affect other areas like the elbow.
Finding a qualified health care provider who will take the time to properly evaluate the origin of the symptoms you are experiencing is important. That is what we do at PEAKiropractic!
Buchbinder R, Green S, Youd JM. Corticosteroid injections for shoulder pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2003;2003(1):CD004016. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD004016
Rekola, K. E., Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi, S., & Takala, J. (1993). Use of primary health services in sparsely populated country districts by patients with musculoskeletal symptoms: consultations with a physician. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 47(2), 153-157.
What Causes Elbow Pain?
Elbow pain is very common in people that play sports that involve overhead throwing but also tennis and golf. The severity of pain could be excruciating to the point where all activities are stopped.
We want our patients to feel their best and function their best. Just as Chumbley and colleagues state in their article about elbow injuries “Diagnosing the injury correctly requires an understanding of the anatomy of the elbow, which includes three articulations, two ligament complexes, four muscle groups and three major nerves.”. Even though elbow pain could have many causes, a thorough evaluation of the complaint and movement of the joints involved could help decipher the appropriate treatment.
Can Chiropractic Help With Elbow Pain?
As chiropractors, we are trained to evaluate all components of a joint for laxity, instability, range of motion, quality of motion, and any restrictions. Once these are assessed and the appropriate treatment is rendered, patients are on their way to swing the clubs again.
What is This Wrist Pain?
When talking about wrist pain, the conversation is always focused on carpal tunnel syndrome. Even though this is only one of the causes of wrist complaints, it is the most common peripheral nerve entrapment worldwide.
Symptoms of numbness and tingling in the fingers may be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome. Despite the fact that it is the most common peripheral nerve entrapment site, other causes may still exist. A thorough examination of all signs and symptoms is necessary t to identify the proper treatment.
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Why Does My Hip Hurt?
It was best said by Shakira and her song “Hips don’t lie”. On a serious note, hip pain is something you cannot ignore no matter the severity. Not only are they weight-bearing joints, but the nature of the joint also gives them a higher degree of freedom than other types of joints. This makes muscles, ligaments, and tendons to be a vital part of the stabilization of the hips. Any imbalance in these components over time can cause a plethora of conditions.
It is worth mentioning that when talking about hip pain in the health care system, you are referring to the actual hip joint and not the pelvic girdle. However, the two are very much tied together. If one is not functioning as it should, the other will follow soon after. It is with no surprise that in 2018, Lewis and his colleagues found a significant correlation between hip pain and altered movement. Our bodies are able to adapt in adversities, but what is the functionality of the adaptation? Many times, this will lead to early degeneration, worsening of symptoms, and so on.
Finding and correcting these imbalances is important to improve the functionality of the system and get relief.
Let us help you get through this with a specific, non-invasive treatment.
Lewis, C. L., Loverro, K. L., & Khuu, A. (2018). Kinematic differences during single-leg step-down between individuals with femoroacetabular impingement syndrome and individuals without hip pain. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 48(4), 270-279.
The knee joint is a common concern for young athletes and elders. Because it is moved by some of the biggest muscles in our bodies, it can easily get irritated and noticed.
Overuse injuries are the most common types of knee injuries in young athletes and osteoarthritis in the elder. Some other causes of knee pain are infection, soft tissue tears, fractures, nerve entrapment, referral pain from soft tissue, low back, hip/pelvic, or ankle imbalances. Usually, the progression of severity is a good indicator of what is causing the knee discomfort.
Once all body parts work in harmony with each other, an overall improved function is the result. At PEAKiropractic, after a thorough examination of the knee pain and areas involved, we use the appropriate treatment to get you feeling your best.
Ito, H., Tominari, S., Tabara, Y., Nakayama, T., Furu, M., Kawata, T., … & Matsuda, S. (2019). Low back pain precedes the development of new knee pain in the elderly population; a novel predictive score from a longitudinal cohort study. Arthritis research & therapy, 21(1), 98.
Patel, D. R., & Villalobos, A. (2017). Evaluation and management of knee pain in young athletes: overuse injuries of the knee. Translational pediatrics, 6(3), 190.
Why Do I Always Roll My Ankle?
Ankle pain at any severity is not enjoyable. There about 23,000 reported ankle injuries per day in the US, with the lateral ankle sprain being the most common cause. Home remedies for this type of injury would be ice and rest.
It is noteworthy that the aftermath of an ankle injury is what causes discomfort. In a review study done in 2019, found that more than 66% of patients with chronic ankle instability experienced pain up to 7 years after the injury. Because of the ankle’s crucial role in our bodies’ awareness of space and balance, any insult to these mechanisms needs to be taken into consideration for faster pain relief and improved function.
It is best to have your ankle evaluated by a qualified health care professional, such as a chiropractor, to identify the root cause of ankle instabilityand get on the road to recovery fast.
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Is Pain Normal During The Menstrual Cycle?
It is estimated that 45-93% of women experience discomfort during the menstrual cycle. This is usually described as cramps or discomfort in the pelvic area. Nowadays, these symptoms are considered a normal part of the menstrual cycle and for this reason, not many women seek medical help with it. According to Bernardi and colleagues, “Dysmenorrhea is defined as the presence of painful cramps of uterine origin that occur during menstruation and represents one of the most common causes of pelvic pain and menstrual disorder.”.
The female pelvic region is complex, with a lot of ligaments and small muscles holding things in place. These ligaments and muscles are supported by the structural components, mainly the spine, that is the basis of any movement. The nerves that supply these structures for movement and overall function originate from the lumbar and sacral plexus. Moreover, these nerves are being compromised at the spinal level, orchestrate the function of the organs. When the structural components have impaired movements, lead to imbalances in muscles and ligament tension in the pelvic area, compromise the nervous system and organ dysfunction is a result of this.
As chiropractors, we are trained to analyze the pelvic and spine for motion restrictions and correct this with a gentle adjustment. What that allows is for proper biomechanics of the area that will alleviate symptoms, imbalances and can result in proper organ function.
For a body to function at 100%, it is vital that biomechanically, the spine functions as it should without restrictions to allow for proper positioning of organs and uninterrupted nerve supply.
Bernardi, M., Lazzeri, L., Perelli, F., Reis, F. M., & Petraglia, F. (2017). Dysmenorrhea and related disorders. F1000Research, 6.
Pregnancy and Aches
Bringing a new life into the world is one of the greatest gifts. But who said it’s easy? The female body is amazing at reconfiguring itself during these 9 months of pregnancy in order to accommodate the changes that are happening.
Starting in the first trimester, hormones that are otherwise at low levels, like relaxin, start rising. These prepare the body for what is to come by causing joints and ligaments to be more flexible than they normally would be. Gaining those 20-40 pounds directly in the abdominal area is not an easy task either. To compensate for this, women start leaning backward, thus shifting their center of gravity. This will affect every movement that the body performs and adds additional pressure to the lower back. Consequently, lower back pain starts developing at the end of the second trimester onwards. The combination of increased joint mobility and change in biomechanics is a precarious situation.
What Should You Do?
It is very important for the newly to-be mother to adapt to these changes the best her body can with no restrictions. Having your spine checked and adjusted by a chiropractor during your pregnancy can help your body keep up with the changes that pregnancy is challenging you with. Making sure that the body is functioning the best it can, may lead to a smooth pregnancy and delivery.
PEAKiropractis is here to help you feel your best and glow the way you should! Whether you’re trying to prevent the low back discomfort that pregnancy brings or you’re trying to make it go away, we are here to help. Analyzing the spine and finding the imbalances in muscles and ligaments that guide the body is what we do in order to deliver the care that your body needs.