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
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
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.
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.
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.
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