Most musculoskeletal (the muscles and bones) conditions and pain syndromes respond well to chiropractic care. The following are conditions seen most often in our practice.
Auto Accident Injuries
If you are involved in an auto accident the quicker you receive treatment the more successful your healing will be. Dr Haugh has treated many auto accident cases and is familiar with the claims processing and requirements.
Dr. Haugh successfully completed training in Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome and was awarded a certificate in Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego
Whether the pain is in the upper, mid, or lower areas of your back, spinal adjustments and treatments started early on are important to healing and preventing long term back problems.
We have a sign in our office that states “The 6 Most Common Words Heard in Our Office – I Thought It Would Go Away!” Don’t wait to get treatment. Catch it early!
Bursitis-Hip and Shoulder
Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa sacs that hold synovial fluid. These sacs are located at a joint such as the hips or shoulders between the tendons and the bone and provide cushion to the joint.
Proper spinal alignment and massage to tight muscles that might add friction to the joint will relieve this condition.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is common among people that work with their hands, especially for those who perform repetitive movements. The median nerve that originates from the neck, then travels down the arm through the carpal tunnel at the wrist becomes compressed at the wrist resulting in pain, numbness or tingling, weakness and a burning sensation. These symptoms can interrupt sleep, work and daily activities.
Through chiropractic treatment, the wrist can be treated by spinal adjustment and physiotherapy, including massage and exercises to aid in the healing process.
Made of a strong fibrous material with a jelly like solution in the center, the discs between your vertebrae create space and act as shock absorbers allowing movement of the spine. Through trauma, direct injury or aging these discs can bulge, herniate, slip or rupture putting pressure on the surrounding nerves causing severe pain.
In many of these cases, chiropractic care can properly align the spine, relieving pressure on the discs and nerves, therefore reducing or eliminating pain.
Chronic pain centered in muscles and joints throughout the body is the main symptom of fibromyalgia. This is a disease in which extensive research has been conducted without much success in determining the cause.
Current theory is that people with fibromyalgia have an increased sensitivity in the brain to pain signals and that repeated nerve stimulation causes their brains to change. This change causes an abnormal increase in certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain (neurotransmitters). Also, the brain’s pain receptors seem to develop a sort of memory of the pain and become more sensitive, meaning they continuously overreact to pain signals.
Chiropractic adjustments, treatments and massage can help relieve pain in muscles and joints affected by fibromyagia.
Millions of people suffer from headaches. Many headaches are cervicogenic, a headache that originates from the structures of the neck. Cervicogenic headaches are caused by lack of curvature in the cervical spine. Decreased curve in the neck can cause tension on the spinal cord and related vascular vessels leading to headaches. The headache pain usually starts at the base of the skull and then radiates to the forehead, eyes and temples.
Our lifestyles, careers (working on computers, etc.), posture, injuries and accidents can all contribute to a lack of curvature in the neck.
Through the analysis of x-rays, a chiropractor can determine if there’s a link between loss of curve in the neck and the headaches a patient is experiencing. Adjustments and chiropractic therapies such as decompression therapy can free up subluxations (misalignments of the spine) and help restore the normal curve thereby relieving the cause of the pain.
Massage is also very beneficial in relieving the tension in the soft tissue of the neck and surrounding areas.
When joints become stiff, movement is usually restricted. Joint dysfunction can be a result of repetitive or overuse of the joint, muscle imbalance, poor posture or injury and can result in overcompensation in other areas of the body.
Through chiropractic care, proper alignment provides relief.
Subluxations, or misalignment of the vertebrae in your neck, cause increased pain by putting pressure on the nerves and surrounding tissue. The pain and resulting muscle spasms can be relieved by chiropractic care.
Arthritis is caused from a wearing down of the cartilage between your joints. Arthritis in one joint can cause you to compensate thereby causing strain and arthritis in other joints. Chiropractic care aims to restore and maintain proper function and movement to take pressure off of the affected joint.
Massage also focuses on relieving tightness of the surrounding muscles and releasing pressure and pull on the affected joint.
Spinal misalignments, disc dysfunction and muscle tension can squeeze and compress nerves causing inflammation, pain and muscle spasms.
The pressure on the nerve can be relieved by the proper chiropractic diagnosis and treatment.
Spinal subluxations, disc dysfunction and muscle spasms can result in irritation of the sciatic nerve causing pain and weakness in the lower back that can travel down the legs.
Chiropractic care and massage can relieve the pressure on the sciatic nerve, reducing and eliminating the resulting pain.
Scoliosis is a spinal condition in which the a person’s spine is curved from side to side therefore its more likely the person affected will experience back pain and other internal problems. Early detection and chiropractic treatment improves function and provides relief from pain.
Shoulder Pain and Injuries
There are eighteen muscles that attach to each of your shoulder blades or scapula. It’s no wonder so many of us experience pain and injury in our shoulders at some point in our life. When the spine is not aligned properly or if just one of those muscles is not functioning properly, your body compensates by recruiting other muscles to do the job of the injured or weak muscle. That’s a recipe for pain.
There are four phases of spinal degeneration.
Phase 1 – During phase 1 there is a minor loss of normal spine curvature and balance. This imbalance puts increasing stress on the spine and surrounding discs, nerves, joints, etc. At this stage major pain is usually not present and there is a good chance, that with proper care, you can return to normal.
Phase 2 – During phase 2 the discs begin to narrow and deformity of the bones is possible usually causing a change in posture. Significant aches and pains are present. Chances of recovery are good with proper care.
Phase 3 – During phase 3 serious physical pain is present due to resulting nerve damage and deformity of the bones. This is usually accompanied by problems with coping with the pain and loss of energy. Some reversal is possible with the proper care at this point.
Phase 4 – During phase 4 most damage to nerves and bones is permanent and the condition is irreversible. The best option is management of pain and discomfort that comes with proper care.
Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
You can experience pain near the joints of your elbow even if you don’t play tennis or golf. Tennis and golf players experience it often due to the repetitive movements that occur during the game. And it’s much easier to remember those names than medial or lateral epicondylitis.
Any repetitive motion that uses the hand, wrist or arm in a twisting motion can cause an irritation in the tendons that attach to the elbow.
Proper spinal alignment and soft tissue therapies can relieve the pain of this condition.
We all have TMJ. This stands for temporomandibular joint. Not all of us have temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder. This joint is located on each side of your head, in front of your ears, where your lower jawbone meets your skull. This joint and the muscles surrounding it can become tender and painful due to arthritis, jaw injury, or muscle fatigue from clenching or grinding your teeth.
There are massage techniques that concentrate on the muscles surrounding this joint that can help reduce and relieve the pain caused by this disorder.
Whiplash injuries occur when the neck snaps or “whips” back and forth violently usually as a result of rear end car collision. This injury results in sprains and tears in the muscles and ligaments of your neck, misaligned vertebrae, disc movement and nerve damage.
Through massage and chiropractic care, pressure on the discs, nerves and muscles can be released and proper function returned.
Many conditions can be treated by chiropractic. Regular periodic chiropractic adjustments will help in maintaining your spinal health and reduce the probability of reoccurrence, plus you benefit from increased flexibility, mobility, energy, better circulation and a better feeling of well-being.