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St. Johns Medical Center, P.A.

2511 St. Johns Bluff Road South

Suite 102

Jacksonville, Florida 32246

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Sports Injuries
These injuries can cause the debilitating type of problems often associated with trauma. Most of these injuries are usually to the ligaments, the tissue that connects bones to bones and or to muscles though fractures and dislocations do occur at times especially with the contact sports. A strain is any injury to either a muscle or its tendon and a sprain to ligaments. The most common areas for these types of injuries are the ankles, knees, and the shoulders though other areas can be affected including the low back and neck. Of course, injuries to the neck and low back can be quite serious as the spinal cord or spinal nerves can also be involved

 

Traumatic injuries can vary from a mild "muscle pull" or ankle twist to a serious problem requiring surgery. It all depends upon the degree of tearing of the tissues, the location, and the age of the person. Most sprains and strains are associated with some degree of swelling and sometimes internal bleeding especially with the ankles and knees. With all strains and sprains proper management is very important especially during the initial stages of the injury to insure proper healing and no future disability.

Overuse or Repetitive Strain Injuries: These injuries are becoming more and more common especially among people pursuing sports such as golf, tennis, bowling or any other activity that are requires one to do the same activity over and over. Even running, especially on a treadmill can cause such problems.

 

 Pediatrics

Unless a child has an obvious problem, it can be difficult for parents to recognize when a child has spinal subluxations. It is not always easy for someone other than a chiropractor, highly trained in evaluating the spine, to determine if the child has a problem, just as it is difficult for someone other than a dentist to determine if a child has any cavities. Both cases take the skills of a trained specialist to perform a thorough evaluation.

There are some signs however which parents may look for which can be an indicator of a child with a spinal problem. Common indicators of spinal problems may include the child's head consistently being tilted to one side; restricted head or neck motion to one side; disturbed sleeping patterns where the child sleeps for only an hour or two at a time; feeding difficulties in the very young infant; the infant may have difficulty nursing at the breast on one particular side.

Common childhood disorders can also sometimes indicate a spinal problem. Persistent earaches, sore throats, colic, headaches, bed-wetting, and growing pains are but some of the more common problems for which parents bring their children to the chiropractor.

Spinal adjustments for infants and young children involve very light finger-tip adjustments to correct malfunctioning spinal structures. A light spinal adjustment, using no more than two pounds of pressure, is usually sufficient to restore mobility to spinal joints which have become locked and are causing interference with the normal function of the nervous system. Most adjustments make a "popping" sound when the spinal joints are moved, however this sound is not always heard when children's spines are adjusted.

 

 

Headache

Headaches are common in our fast-paced, pressure-filled world. There are many causes of headaches, including physical trauma, emotional stress, nutritional deficiencies, or chemical toxins. In addition, if your neck and/or back are out of alignment, this can affect nerves, muscles, and even blood flow to your head. Too often, we turn to over-the-counter medications to relieve our discomfort. Unfortunately, these only mask the underlying sources of pain.

 

After your initial chiropractic examination, we can determine if chiropractic health care is the best alternative for treating your chronic headaches. A combination of chiropractic adjustments and nutritional and lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches.

 

It is important to know that if you've suffered from chronic headaches for years, improvement can take time. But a visit to our offices is a great place to start. Every headache has a cause, and if we are unable to identify the cause, we will refer you to other specialists who may be able to help.

 

Auto Injuries

In a typical car accident, one car is struck by another.  Unless the people riding in the car have very good head rests, and even with the headrests, they are liable to have a whiplash as a result.  The neck, a comparatively thin stalk, holds up the head, which weighs around 6-7 pounds.  When a sudden impact forces the head violently forward, it ricochets backward with the same velocity, striking the headrest, if it is there, or makes a full arc backward, if it is not.  Both actions cause a large amount of damage to the soft tissues both in the front of the neck (on the way backward) and the back of the neck (on the way forward).  This is what is commonly called a cervical whiplash injury.  Standard medical treatment is painkillers, muscle relaxants, rest and potentially ice.   Later, physical therapy is sometimes employed.  Chiropractors, on the other hand, will generally adjust someone right away, even after a fairly severe whiplash.  This is done to promote mobility in the neck thus decreasing the body’s natural “splinting” reaction.  Splinting would otherwise contract the already injured front and back neck muscles making them spasm more and painful.

 

Numbness & Tingling

Pinched nerve is a very common cause of numbness and tingling. For instance, a neck injury can cause numbness in an arm while a lower back injury can cause numbness in a leg. A herniated disc, arthritis in a spinal joint, a vertebral misalignment (subluxation) or any other type of problem in spine could also be a potential cause of numbness.

Numbness can also originate away from the spine in areas where inflammation, commonly around joints, can cause nerve irritation. For instance, carpal tunnel syndrome can cause numbness or tingling in your wrist, fingers, hand, or forearm. Water retention such as from pregnancy, hormonal changes, or heart problems, can also result in numbness and tingling in the involved extremities. Other maladies, which can cause a numb sensation are: Migraine headaches, B-12 deficiency (a nutritional disorder) diabetes, under active thyroid conditions, multiple sclerosis, transient ischemic attacks, or stroke. Certain medications and toxic substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and lead can also cause numbness and tingling. Numbness and tingling can also be a result of radiation therapy (a type of cancer treatment.)

Through careful history and examination, your chiropractor can help determine if the numbness is coming from your spine or from another source. With successful chiropractic adjustments and the use of physical modalities such as heat, exercise, stretching, ultrasound, and massage, if needed, your problems of numbness related to the spine and nervous system could be satisfactorily reduced or eliminated