Listed on this page are some of the conditions we treat at our office through chiropractic care. However, all outcomes vary depending on patients because of the severity and the patient's current health.
Neck pain can be a result of many different conditions. Medically, the neck is referred to as the cervical spine and due to its flexible nature it is prone to various injuries compared to the thoracic spine (upper to mid back) and the lumbar spine (lower back). Pain may be localized in the neck or branch out to the upper back, mid back, and arms. Cervical spine conditions can lead to dizziness, blurred vision, headaches and nausea. Some common neck conditions include whiplash injury caused by a quick excessive back and forth bending of the neck upon impact from a car accident, sprain/strain of the ligaments and muscles caused by sleeping improperly or turning your neck too quickly, cervical disc herniation which can be caused by trauma or degenerative disc disease, and cervical radiculopathy which is injury stemming from the neck that causes pain going down the upper back, shoulders, arms and/or fingers. These are just a few common injuries involving the cervical spine and a detailed examination would need to be performed by the chiropractor in order to determine which condition a patient has and how severe it is.
The back consists of the thoracic spine (upper to mid back) and the lumbar spine (lower back). When saying "back pain," most people automatically think of their lower backs but the upper and mid back can also be injured. Some common conditions are scoliosis which can occur from a very young age, sprain/strain due to a weak back and improper movement, disc herniation (more common in lumbar spine than thoracic spine), piriformis syndrome which actually stems from a muscle and not the spine, degenerative disc disease and lumbar radiculopathy. Treating the back can be difficult because we constantly use our backs all day while we stand, sit, walk, bend, and hold our kids. Any patient with weight problems will also take a little longer to heal because the back is constantly holding up excess weight that it is not naturally made to do. There are so many possibilities of why the back is hurting therefore, an evaluation by a trained professional is recommended because just "getting used to it" can cause the problem to worsen and your health can deteriorate because of it.
Many people believe that chiropractors only treat the spine but all chiropractors are trained to diagnosis and treat conditions outside of the spine like the extremities. Here are a few that we see often.
The shoulder joint is called the glenohumeral joint and is not the area of your trapezius like a lot of people think. This joint relies mainly on muscles therefore any dysfunction of one of the muscles can cause the others to follow. The main muscles that protect that shoulder are called the SITS muscles, short for Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres minor, and Subscapularis.