The biggest issue with car accident victims is that most people involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) do not feel pain or stiffness until 48-72 hours after the accident. In fact, new literature now shows that the lasting effects of an MVA cannot be determined until up to 2 years after the initial injury. Insurance Companies are aware of this and will often try to settle a case or have you sign documents stating no injuries occurred. The best thing you can do is sign nothing until you have been properly examined by a professional that specializes in soft-tissue injuries. The best soft-tissue injury assessor is a Chiropractor who is specially trained in soft tissue and biomechanics. Remember, once you have settled your case, you lose the right to have your insurance company pay for treatment even if you need it.
Elbow Pain/ Golfers Elbow/ Tennis Elbow/ Little Leaguers Elbow
Elbow pain and other elbow conditions such as Golfers Elbow, Tennis Elbow, and Little Leaguers Elbow are a result of a nerve injury or irritation that causes tissues to become inflamed. The inflamed tissue then presses on a particular nerve which causes a specific pain pattern and sometimes weakness. ART Long Tract Nerve Flossing can greatly increase the movement of the nerve along its path down the arm and greatly decrease the symptoms you are experiencing.
Tension in the neck is the most common cause of “cervicogenic” headaches, which originate due to increased tension, stress, and weakened muscles in the neck. It is estimated that approximately 80% of all headaches come from the structures of the neck. These headaches typically stem from the muscles of the neck pulling the joints/bones out of alignment. Remember, muscles attach to bones and when a muscle is tight it will shift a bone out of alignment, which is why just a massage or chiropractic adjustment isn’t enough. The muscle and bones must both be addressed to allow for full resolution of the problem. Our clinic offers a full service plan to get rid of your headaches. Read more about headaches.
Bursitis/ IT Band Syndrome/ Hip Flexors / Hip Pain
Pain in the hip can come from the joint or may be a pain referral pattern that comes from the low back, knees, ankles or iliotibial band (IT band). A thorough evaluation of the low back, leg, knee, ankle, and hip joints are critical to successfully addressing the cause of the pain and correcting the dysfunction. Our body works so hard to compensate for the imbalances in our hips/pelvis by adjusting the way we walk, stand, or sit, since our pelvis is the base of our spine. Because the pelvis connects the lower limbs of our body to our trunk (low back, mid back, and neck), an imbalance in our pelvis can lead to problems almost anywhere in the body. Read more about burtis and hip pain.
Low back pain has been cited as the leading cause of missed days of work and roughly 80% of American’s suffer from low back pain. Causes of low back pain can range from injury, poor movement patterns, weak muscles, tight muscles, and repetitive motions. Regardless of the cause of pain, our clinic believes no one should have to suffer from this condition. Low back pain is a vague and frustrating condition for many people as the cause can vary widely, so we seek to evaluate each condition closely to determine the cause of your pain to ensure it is appropriately corrected and rehabbed. Read more on lower back pain.
Neck and upper shoulder tension are extremely common in people who have stressful jobs, work long hours, and spend excessive time driving or working on a computer. Car accidents, contact sports, and injuries are often other sources of pain to the neck and upper back. As a result of trauma or body positioning throughout the day, someone with neck pain will often present with poor posture, which slows and limits the healing process. The treatments we utilize to correct neck and upper back conditions are chiropractic adjustments, Active Release Technique, physical therapy, and postural corrective exercise. Read more on neck pain.
Carpal Tunnel/ Tarsal Tunnel
Neuropathies are defined as disease or dysfunction of one or more peripheral nerves (nerves found in the arms, legs, hands, and feet). This can typically cause numbness, tingling, or weakness in those areas. These conditions are most often the result of repetitive activities which cause overuse injuries and inflamed surrounding tissues (muscles, ligaments, and tendons). The most commonly affected areas include the wrist, elbow, ankles and feet. Read more on Carpal Tunnel.
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the fascia (thick tissue) on the bottom of the foot. This tissue can become shortened and tightened as a result of collapsed arches, long distance running, tight calf muscles, Achilles tendon injuries or wearing high heels. The most common complaint people have is stiffness or a ‘pins and needles’ sensation at the bottom of the heel and under the arch of the foot. This pain may be described as deep, sharp, or achy, or as a burning sensation. Plantar fasciitis is generally worse in the morning when you take your first steps, after sitting or standing for long periods, climbing stairs, or after intense physical activity. It may get better as the day continues. Read more about plantar fasciitis.
Poor posture affects the majority of Americans and is typically the result of us performing the same task day in and day out. Unfortunately, it is the hidden source for a lot of pain and discomfort that we see on a daily basis. Low back pain, headaches, and neck/shoulder pain are just a few symptoms that poor posture can contribute to, or be the cause of. Often times if someone makes efforts at improving their posture, their symptoms will decrease or resolve completely. We strive to address postural issues while providing therapy and education specific to each patient. Treatment consists of specific chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, Active Release Technique, mechanical traction, and personal training.
Shin splints/ Runners Knee/ Jumpers Knee/ Achilles Tendonitis
Many running injuries are caused by overuse or the repetitive use of specific muscle groups in conjunction with weaknesses in the opposite muscle groups. A Functional Movement Screening (FMS) is a great tool used to help accurately diagnose and address these types of injuries. Weak muscles, tight muscles or faulty biomechanics are also common contributors to running injuries and need to be addressed to prevent future injuries.
Sciatica is characterized by pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs and buttocks. Pain and numbness are commonly located in the calf, foot, or back of the thigh. Pain can be dull, aching and may “shoot” down the leg to the toes. It is important to note that the pain may stay primarily in the buttock and thigh. In severe cases it can damage nerves and reflexes or cause the calf muscle to deteriorate. Occasionally, paresthesia (numbness and tingling) and weakened bladder function can accompany sciatica. When the pain stays concentrated in the buttocks and thigh region it is a common sign that a nerve is caught or entrapped within a muscle most commonly the piriformis. With proper assessment and diagnosis this condition responds quickly to a combination of specific manual muscle work such as Active Release Technique (ART) or Fascial Distortion Model (FDM), chiropractic adjustments, and therapeutic exercises to properly stretch the tight muscle and strengthen the weakened muscles. Read more on sciatica.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments — the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connects one bone to another bone in a joint. Sprains occur most commonly in the ankle. A strain is a stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon. A tendon is a fibrous cord of tissue that connects muscles to bones. Strains most commonly occur in the lower back or hamstrings. To help with the healing process, RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate) is the best place to start. A proper exercise, stretching and rehab program is essential to fully recovering from such an injury and to prevent stiffness, improve range of motion, and restore the joint’s normal flexibility and strength.
Frozen Shoulder/ Rotator Cuff Tendonitis/ Impingement/ Bursitis/ Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Shoulder pain can arguably impact more Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) than almost any other condition. What may feel like typical shoulder pain may actually be caused by poor range of motion in your neck or mid-back. It may also be caused by a torn rotator cuff muscle, ligament, tendon, or a labral tear. The key to quick recovery is proper identification, quick treatment of the structure (bone) and soft tissue (muscle, ligaments and tendons), as well as appropriate rehab (exercise). Read more about shoulder pain.
Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) pain is commonly the result from injury, abnormal repetitive motion (chewing gum), and maintaining a fixed position for a length of time such as at the dentist office. A large muscle called the temporalis may get stretched or become too tight. This causes the jaw joint, the TMJ, to become displaced resulting in the common clicking, popping and “thunking” noise. The most effective treatment for this condition is combination of manual muscle work to release the temporalis muscles and then to use gentle pressure to adjust the jaw bone into proper position. Read more about TMJ.
C-Section/ Scars/ Menstrual Cramps/ Fertility/ Pregnancy/ Post-Mastectomy
Scar tissue. Fibrosis. Adhesions. All 3 of these words describe the same concept: a connection of dense, fibrous tissue that may cause pain and limited motion. The 2 most common ways of developing scar tissue is by starving the body of oxygen (hypoxia) and cutting, tearing or injuring soft tissues/muscles. This forces the body to form scar tissue as a means of “gluing” the torn pieces of tissue together in an attempt to heal the injury. Many women’s health issue can be caused by or complicated by scar tissue. Accurate assessment of scar tissue build-up and proper treatment and removal of scar tissue can have very positive and dramatic effect on your quality of life.