How We Treat It
The first step is a Detailed Examination
The examination process looks for:
- Red Flags – These are serious conditions like cancer, fracture, infection, or other illness. These are rare causes of pain that need to be ruled out.
- Joint Dysfunction – The spinal joints become stuck and do not move properly. This loss of motion affects the muscles, nerves and the spinal cord in the problem area.
- Nerve Irritation – Nerve irritation or entrapment (pinching) is usually secondary to joint dysfunction.
- Muscle Spasm or Weakness – The muscles in the back and neck can become weak or overactive due to joint dysfunction and nerve irritation.
- Muscle Imbalances – The muscles on either side of a joint can become unbalanced because one side is strong and tight while the other side is weak and loose.
- Inflammation – This is swelling around a joint, muscle or tendon.
Once the problems are found, Treatment can begin
A patient specific treatment plan will include:
- Gentle Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments – The doctor of chiropractic is specifically trained to find spinal joints that are not moving properly and t0 restore that motion using gentle manipulations of the spinal bones. This treatment is very effective at reducing much of the above problems.
- Electronic Muscle Stimulation – Small electrodes are placed on the skin and an electric current will be delivered to the muscles. This treatment is painless and is used to reduce muscle spasm.
- Ultrasound – A small wand sends sound waves into your skin which reduces joint inflammation and promotes cellular healing
- Therapeutic Exercise – Specific exercises are used to strengthen weak muscles that are failing to support the joints properly. These exercises also increase the stamina of muscles that support the spine.
- Stretching – Overactive muscles lead to joint imbalances and sometimes nerve entrapment. Target specific stretching can relieve many joint problems