Showing posts with label Pain Management. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pain Management. Show all posts

06 November 2020

What Treatment Works Best For Whiplash Associated Disorders?

By James Schofield

Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) is a term that describes injuries that can occur after a sports collision, motor vehicle accident or slip and fall. There can be a constellation of complaints including neck pain, upper back pain, headaches, dizziness and pain radiating into the arms. Most healthcare practitioners agree that a conservative, nonsurgical approach is the best method of treating WAD. Research studies show that chiropractic care tends to be very favorable for pain relief and function restoration in the treatment of Whiplash Associated Disorders.

It must be said that "whiplash" is more of a layman's term than a medical term. It describes a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back and forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip. Of course, this violent movement during an accident, can cause damage to tissues of the neck, especially soft tissues.

Soft tissues of the neck include muscles, ligaments and fascia. Damage can also occur to the small joints between the neck bones, which are called the cervical vertebrae. These joints, called the facet joints, can become misaligned and moving properly.

There has been much research into Whiplash Associated Disorders. Studies usually address the immediate period following injury which is called the acute phase (less than two weeks), the subacute phase (2-12 weeks) and the chronic phase (three months and longer).

It should be noted that a consensus of research studies showed that exercise, and cervical manipulation and mobilization were recommended for pain relief and restoration of function in every phase of recovery. Perhaps surprisingly, immobilization and lack of movement, as one would have when wearing a soft neck collar was ineffective and may even impede recovery.

Chiropractic care in the treatment of WAD involves manipulation and mobilization. These two forms of treatment focus on restoring normal alignment and proper motion to the facet joints of the cervical spine. This helps patients to gain pain relief and the ability to restore normal function to activities of daily living which occur at home, work, and recreational and social endeavors.

Exercises, which are commonly recommended by doctors of chiropractic, focus on stretching and strengthening soft tissues. These exercises speed healing and pain relief and help, long-term, to improve upper body posture to keep painful conditions from recurring.

It is best if chiropractic care is initiated in the acute and subacute phases. Damage to soft tissues and the facet joints of the cervical spine have the best chance to heal when treatment is initiated in the first three months following an accident to achieve pain relief. Deleterious permanent effects like scar tissue, degeneration and arthritis are more likely to occur if chiropractic treatment is not administered early in the restorative process.

Chiropractic care initiated soon after the onset of a Whiplash Associated Disorder could make the difference between health or disability, comfort or pain.

23 October 2020

Four Common Causes Of Knee Pain

  By Beverleigh H Piepers

Painful knees are by far one of the most aggravating conditions for anyone who is serious about their fitness pursuits. Even if you are just a weekend warrior, getting knocked down by knee pain is never a fun time. But yet, it happens time and time again.

By understanding the common causes of knee pain, you can put your best foot forward in avoiding these issues in the future. Let's take a closer look...

1. Improper Foot Support. The first issue very likely to lead to knee pain for many is improper foot support. Now, this can come from...

  • the footwear not being suitable for the activity, or
  • new shoes, or
  • it can come from the mistake of not getting custom-made orthotics if you need them.

If you are someone who is suffering from knee pain and it has been chronic, and you know you have high arches, it might be time to get some extra support. Having supports custom-made is the best defense against knee pain for you.

2. Tight Muscles Up The Line. Another common cause of knee pain is very tight muscles up the line, meaning tight muscles in the thighs or hamstrings. When these muscles are tight, it is far more likely they will pull on the tendons and ligaments that attach in and around the knee joint. In turn, this causes pain that will not subside until those muscles are loosened up.

One reason why foam rolling is vital after each workout session is because foam rolling helps to keep those muscles looser, which in turn enables you to avoid pain.

3. Overuse Injuries. Overuse injuries are one of the most common injuries amongst active individuals and are a contributing cause of many knee injuries. Whether it is a case of too much too soon or you were not paying enough attention to getting the rest your body needed, overuse injuries will weaken tissues and eventually lead to poor knee health and discomfort.

The best thing to do here is rest - and plan your program better next time so you are getting the rest and recovery you need.

4. Improper Alignment. Finally, the last common cause of knee pain needing to be considered is improper alignment. Consider whether you may not be allowing your knee to track appropriately over your toes. If your toes are moving inward or outward of the knee joint, then this could create sheer force on your knee ligament and could lead to unwanted pain.

There you have four main reasons why your knees may be painful and what you can do to reverse the trouble. There is no question, knee pain is debilitating, but with the right approach, it is likely something you can get past.

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23 September 2020

Simple Ways To Avoid Common Causes Of Back Pain

By Robert Finn

Back pain is one of the world's most common health problems. According to the World Health Organisation, it is also in the top 10 diseases and injuries accounting for disability-adjusted life years (number of years lost due to ill-health). It can affect people of any age, potentially affecting their work life and general well-being.

Fortunately, there are some simple techniques that you can use to avoid the common causes of back pain. This article will identify those techniques and explain how they can also reduce the level of back pain you are currently experiencing.

What are the common causes of back pain?

The human back is a complex system of muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments. These components must work together to support the body and enable movement. The spine also contains cartilage-like pads which are called discs. They provide cushioning between the components of the spine. Problems affecting any of the components of the back can lead to back problems. The most common causes of back problems include:

Physical overexertion 

Incorrectly picking up very heavy items or repeatedly bending over can strain the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the back. Pain from overexertion can occur quickly or take many months to appear.


Back pain is often caused by an injury from an accident. The most common accidents that cause back injuries include car crashes, collisions on the sporting field, and falls. These injuries might include ruptured discs, broken bones, and torn ligaments or tendons.

Medical conditions

A variety of medical conditions can cause back pain, including osteoporosis, cancer of the spine, sleep disorders, kidney problems, arthritis, and sciatica. In some cases, these conditions cannot be cured, so the pain they cause can only be managed.

Ruptured or bulging discs

The discs between each vertebra in the spine can sometimes rupture or change shape. When this happens, more pressure is placed on the nerves in the back, potentially causing back problems.

Poor posture

Having poor posture can eventually contribute to pain in the back and may even cause long term damage.

How to avoid the common causes of back pain

Seek chiropractic help

Obtaining chiropractic treatment is one of the most effective ways to reduce back pain. A chiropractor is a medical professional who is trained to identify and treat musculoskeletal problems of the human body. They can identify the root causes of your pain and suggest treatments that address them.

Some of the ways that a chiropractor can help you avoid causes of pain include:

  • Ensuring your spine is correctly aligned Chiropractic treatment involves alignment of the spine and other joints in the body. Correcting the alignment of your joints will prevent premature wear and can reduce the likelihood of pain occurring.
  • Identifying any issues with your posture Chiropractors can diagnose and correct postural problems that cause back pain.
  • Diagnosing any serious underlying illnesses or injuries causing back painChiropractors can also identify other serious health problems that may potentially contribute to pain like ruptured discs and sciatica. 

Sleep on your back

When you are sitting down, walking, running, and lifting objects all day, your spine can become compressed. Laying down on your back gives your spine a chance to recuperate, reducing the likelihood of back pain.

Exercise more

Exercise that strengthens the core muscles can be very useful for reducing or avoiding back pain. The core muscles are the muscles found in the abdominal region and lower back. If these muscles are well developed, they will take strain off of the ligaments and tendons in the back which can reduce pain levels. Having a strong core also reduces the risk of a back injury occurring.

Get a good pair of shoes

If you are on your feet for long periods, purchase a high quality pair of shoes that fit your feet well. This will ensure that your body has a stable and well-balanced base that supports your legs and back. It will help you avoid back problems associated with ligament, muscle or tendon strains.

Have regular massages

Massages can help to relax the muscles in your back and increase blood flow. This can help you remain flexible, preventing pain relating to sore muscles and ligaments.

Have medical problems diagnosed

If you have unexplained back pain, it is a good idea to see a doctor. They will be able to run tests to check your overall health and identify any health conditions that may be causing your pain. Your doctor may also help you identify health problems before they worsen and cause even more pain.

Practice good ergonomics and improve your posture

Good posture involves standing, sitting, and moving in a way that reduces the amount of strain on your body. When you exhibit good posture, your joints will be well aligned - reducing the risk of injury or wear-and-tear on the joints in the back. This reduces the risk of long term injuries occurring which cause back pain.

Dr Robert Finn D.C. has been a certified chiropractor for over 25 years ago. He is passionate about chiropractic and helping his patients reach their health goals. 

08 July 2020

What Is Spinal Stenosis And What Natural Treatment Helps?

By James Schofield

Many people are diagnosed with a condition called spinal stenosis. This article will discuss what this condition entails and possible natural treatment.

Stenosis is a medical term that simply means there is an abnormal narrowing of an opening of the body. For instance, hardening of the arteries would be a form of stenosis that narrows the opening of the blood vessel. Another example would be a large cyst or polyp causing intestinal tract stenosis. Spinal stenosis simply means that the spinal canal is narrowed which might cause pressure on the spinal cord.

Let's delve into a bit of human anatomy to learn more about this. The human spine is made up of 24 individual bones called vertebrae. These bones have a central canal which we know of as the spinal canal. This canal is in the shape of an oval. It provides a passageway for our spinal cord. We know that our brain is in our skull.

The bottom of the brain narrows down and becomes our spinal cord. The spinal cord descends through the spinal canal. On either side of the spinal vertebrae there are openings which allow spinal nerves to exit between the vertebrae and go to various areas of the body.

Normally there is ample room within the spinal canal for the spinal cord. However, there are situations in which the spinal canal can narrow leading to stenosis. If someone has trauma to their neck from a whiplash accident we're aware that this can lead to a buildup of excess bone growth such as spurs and arthritis. This buildup of the bone can narrow the spinal canal. Another example of a cause of spinal stenosis would be someone who does extreme physical labor such as a construction worker or a nursing home aid. These folks tend to have excessive repetitive stress to their lower back. Over many years this can also lead to excessive bone buildup causing spine stenosis. Many people develop protruding, bulging or herniated discs which also can extend into the spinal canal and impinge upon the spinal cord. All these are common examples of causes of spinal stenosis.

If there is spinal stenosis in the neck, also called the cervical spine, a person might note limited neck motions, soreness and achiness in the neck and possibly numbness and tingling into the upper extremities. Should spinal stenosis occur in the lower back it can cause back pain and leg pain.

Traditional medical care for spinal stenosis includes pain and anti-inflammatory medications, spinal injections and surgery. Each of these are invasive and have known side effects.

Chiropractic care is a gentle, safe, natural method one can investigate for spinal stenosis treatment. Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to analyze the spine. They check for misaligned and improperly moving vertebrae. They can evaluate x-rays, MRIs and CT scans. If there is arthritis, bone spurs and disc abnormalities which is causing spinal stenosis chiropractors will determine where in the spine it is located and to what degree it is causing a patient's pain. By utilizing chiropractic adjustments to realign the spinal bones chiropractors may be able to relieve irritation to the spinal joints and nerves. For many people suffering from spinal stenosis this can give them some pain relief.

It should be said that if degenerative changes such as spurs, arthritis and degenerating discs exist the chiropractor will not be able to reverse those structural abnormalities. But for 125 years chiropractors have been able to give patients varying pain relief for spinal stenosis conditions.

To learn more about relief of pain in the back please call Dr. James Schofield at 412-367-3313. You can also visit here to learn more about neck pain relief.

03 July 2020

What Relief Is There For Pain Radiating Down The Arm?

By James Schofield

Many people suffer from pain traveling or radiating down their arm. This discomfort can range from a mild tingling or ache to an agonizing sharp or throbbing pain. For some the onset is gradual, over time. For others the pain occurs suddenly from an accident or overexertion. This article will discuss pain down the arm, a recent scientific research study describing the condition and what can be done to give relief of pain going down the arm.

There are a number of different types of conditions causing a person to have pain in the arm. A very common category of arm pain is called cervicobrachial radiculopathy (CR). "Cervico" refers to the spinal area of the neck which is called the cervical spine. There are seven spinal bones called vertebrae that make up our cervical spine. "Brachial" is a term that means arm. "Radiculopathy" denotes a pain that radiates or travels. Thus, CR is pain that radiates down the arm with it's origin coming from the neck.

Typically, the cervical vertebrae become misaligned and pinch upon exiting nerves that travel into the arm. At times, a cervical disc, which is a type of specialized cartilage that sits between the vertebrae, can bulge, protrude or herniate against nerves which causes radiating pain.

A research study in the Archives of Medical Sciences, June 2018 describes pain that extends from the neck into the shoulder and arm. The study found that patients treated by a form of treatment performed by doctors of chiropractic called mobilization, for six weeks experienced improvements in both pain and function. The research team concluded, "our findings challenge the role of pharmacologic versus manual therapy as possible treatments that may improve pain intensity and upper limb functionality in subjects with cervical radiculopathy."

Insight we can gain from this research indicates there are treatments from pharmacological drugs and treatment from hands-on manual therapy. Medications typically tend to either reduce inflammation or provide pain killing approaches. Manual therapy tends to look at methods to realign misaligned cervical vertebrae and to reduce cervical disc protrusions.

Chiropractors are considered to be experts in providing manual therapy to give pain relief of pain radiating down the arm. A chiropractor will examine the patient's cervical spine and usually obtain x-rays in the initial evaluation visit. Once the chiropractor determines where the misalignment and/or disc problem is located gentle, safe, hands-on chiropractic care can be given to correct the cause of cervical radiculopathy.

Anyone seeking relief of pain traveling down the arm would certainly benefit from consulting with a chiropractor for this terribly uncomfortable condition.

Visit here to learn more about chiropractic back and neck pain relief. See this site for information about a UPMC chiropractor near me.

28 March 2020

The Alternative Path to Wellness - Chiropractic

By Dr. Gary Gendron

If you have only been to see medical doctors your entire life the idea of visiting a chiropractor may seem very foreign. When you consult with a medical doctor, as they are named, they are trained to match the symptoms to the proper medication in order to allow you to feel better and get symptom relief. This can work, your symptoms may disappear and you will feel as if you are healed.

Depending on the medication (for example antibiotics) you may indeed have fixed the current problem. The majority of prescription medications though do not actually heal the body. They cover and mask the resulting symptoms.

Chiropractic takes a totally different approach. Chiropractic is noninvasive, natural, and drugless. Rather than rely on the medication as a crutch, they figure out how to fix the underlying root cause and allow your body to heal itself.

The methodology - Exploring the differences between standard medical treatment and chiropractic treatment plans.

Diagnostically medical and chiropractic follow many of the same guidelines. The first office visit will involve taking a history, a physical examination, and x-rays and lab tests may be ordered. With chiropractic, it doesn't stop there as they require a more well-rounded picture of the patient and their life and habits. You may be asked about your diet, your exercise habits, your family life, how you take on stress, what you do for work - if it requires excessive sitting or standing, and so on.

All of this information helps the chiropractor gain a full picture of who you are, how you feel, and what may be affecting you. Chiropractic seeks out the reason for ailments in order to correct them on a level that will be permanent. This means the difference between actually relieving pain and taking painkillers to hide the pain on an ongoing basis.

Chiropractic focuses on subluxations in the body (misalignments). When the body experiences a misalignment, it can put pressure on nerves that work organs in our bodies. Over time that cut off of the flow of blood and electrical impulse can result in pain, inflammation, and disease. Subluxations can occur due to physical manipulation (hits, falls, twists, etc.) as well as stress emotionally, mentally, or due to chemical imbalances and exposure.

Once corrected the body is able to function properly and begin to heal. Release the pain and get back to living a full productive healthy life.