The cervical spine is a marvelous and complex structure. It is capable of supporting a head weighing 15 or more pounds while moving in several directions. No other region of the spine has such freedom of movement. However, this complexity of mobility, makes the neck susceptible to pain and injury. A common side effect of chronic neck pain is headaches.

Causes of Neck Pain

Poor Posture brought on by weak core muscles causing us to slouch.  Poor ergonomics while sitting and standing, computer screens not placed properly, poor seating, extended periods of cell phone use, all of which can disrupt the spine’s natural curves often causing compensation in the neck.

Poor Sleeping Habits contribute to neck pain without realizing it. Patients often ask me for advice on their sleeping habits. A good rule of thumb is:

  • There’s no good way to sleep on your stomach without hurting your neck!
  • If you’re a back sleeper use one pillow.
  • When sleeping on your side you need two-three pillows, one or two under your neck depending on the thickness of the pillow and one to support the top arm.

Whiplash a common injury sustained during an auto accident. This is typically termed a hyper-extension/flexion injury because the head is forced to move backward and forward rapidly beyond the neck’s normal range of motion. Whiplash can cause neck pain for years to come, especially, if gone untreated. Research has shown the benefits of early chiropractic and therapy treatment for this sometimes devastating injury.

Degeneration/osteoarthritis is a common joint disorder causing progressive deterioration of the discs between the joints. The body can react to this by fusing joints together forming osteophytes (bone spurs) that impact joint motion. This process can bring more serious symptoms associated with neck pain such as: nerve compression, spinal stenosis as well as numbness and tingling in the arms and hands.

Obtaining a proper diagnosis is paramount to determine the best course of treatment for your neck pain. You have to know what spinal condition is causing your neck pain before you can know how to treat it.

Of course, your chiropractor should always be consulted when it comes to neck or back pain. He/she can help determine the root cause of the problem and help fix it. Chiropractic care helps promote proper mobility of the spine and decreases the chances of developing further complications.

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Sciatic Pain Treated by Marine City Chiropractor

Sciatic pain can range anywhere between a mild, dull ache to a debilitating unbearable pain requiring an immediate appointment

Pain originates in the spine and radiates down the back of the leg, buttocks, hip, or lower extremities. Sciatic pain typically affects only one side of the body.

The pain associated with it can be mild, severe, radiating or sharp. In severe cases it may cause leg numbness or pins and needles. Also common is a burning sensation, foot numbness, limping or muscle weakness. Other more serious signs and symptoms can accompany sciatic pain. That’s why it is important to seek the advice of your Doctor/Chiropractor as soon as possible.

Causes of Sciatic Pain

Sciatic pain is a symptom of a problem and not the problem itself. As such, it has many potential causes. Treatment for sciatic largely depends on what is causing the pain.

Common causes of sciatic pain include the following:

Spinal Disc Decompression Therapy

Spinal Disc Decompression can be effective in relieving the pain associated with bulging or herniated discs, degenerative discs, sciatica, spinal stenosis and even failed back surgery syndrome.

Home Remedies

Stretching: Not just any stretch!  The Single Knee Pull is a very safe stretch to do without running the risk of further aggravating the condition.

Ice: The application of ice for 20 minutes at a time several times a day, preferably after doing the Single Knee Pull. The ice should be placed in the lowest part of the back even if the majority of pain might be in the buttock and/or leg.

Prevention

In general, regular exercise and building a strong core will help in maintaining good posture while sitting and standing which may help prevent any future flare up.

Regular chiropractic care to maintain and influence joint mobility along with the home remedies are very effective.

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Words to the wise…

Chiropractic first, drugs second, surgery last!

Lower back pain can be caused by a variety of problems, spinal muscles, nerves, joints, discs or tendons in the lumbar spine. The most common causes of low back pain include:

Disruption to any of these structures can cause lower back pain and/or pain that radiates or is referred to other parts of the body. Many lower back problems will have or cause one or more of these problems at one time.

While lower back pain is extremely common, the symptoms and the severity of lower back pain vary greatly.

At The Gilbert Clinic we will examine the function and mobility of the lumbar and thoracic vertebrae and the sacroiliac joints. If there is misalignment or lack of normal motion (subluxation), the chiropractic adjustment can restore proper alignment and improve joint motion to help alleviate the cause. In some cases of disc bulging or herniation we will order an MRI to confirm and a treatment program of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression may be recommended.

Additional supportive care can be sought in the form of soft tissue work (massage therapy) and supplements that promote the anti-inflammatory process. Stretching and proper posture is imperative to healing and reduction of symptoms. Core strength exercise for long term management and prevention is also an important factor.

There’s no need to suffer from uncomfortable symptoms that ultimately are standing in the way of your health and wellness. Don’t ignore your low back pain, we won’t either!

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Remember, Chiropractic first, Drugs second, Surgery last!

There are two common types of  headaches with or without neck pain that accounts for over 90% of all headaches. These headaches are not attributed to any underlying disease process that may pose a serious threat to a patient’s health. These headaches include:

Treatment at The Gilbert Clinic can be very effective for this condition and does not include medicine, shots, or surgery and will allow for natural relief of symptoms.

Tension/Cervicogenic (originating from the neck)

These types of headaches occur when joints and/or muscles are dysfunctional in the neck. This can cause pain in the head from a variety of sources: direct compression of nerves in the neck, referred pain into the head from tight muscles, referred pain into the head from joints in the neck that are not moving properly. A physical examination can determined if this is the cause of your headache. Once diagnosed, comprehensive treatment to eliminate the cause of the pain can yield highly successful outcomes.

Migraine

A migraine usually is a throbbing headache that occurs on one or both sides of the head. The headache typically is accompanied by nausea, vomiting or loss of appetite. Activity, bright light or loud noises can make the headache worse, so someone having a migraine often seeks out a cool, dark, quiet place. Migraines can be triggered by certain activities, foods, smells or emotions. Some people are more likely to experience migraines when they are under stress, while others develop migraines when stress is relieved.

Subluxations at the base of the skull and the neck have been known to contribute to, the formation of migraine headaches. Subluxations are dysfunctional areas of the spine that involve both the joint and the muscles adjoining the small bones of the upper spinal column. Many times on an x-ray, the bones appear to be in the correct place and many professionals often miss the tension in the muscles, while a chiropractor is well trained to detect these abnormalities.

Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive way to reduce these subluxations and relieve migraine symptoms without the use of medication. This approach may be particularly useful for patients who cannot use prescription medication due to other risk factors.

Our comprehensive treatment is very effective for controlling symptoms of migraines and reducing their frequency.

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Upper Back or Arm Pain | The Gilbert Clinic

Because your neck is responsible for constantly supporting and moving your head (which can be about 14-16 pounds), it often can get injured.

The spinal nerves in the neck (brachial plexus) send nerve impulses to areas of the upper body. These large bundle of nerves run down your arms and upper back. In some cases, if your arm is hurting, it could be directly correlated to a problem in the neck.

Some common symptoms in the arms are numbness, tingling, coldness, and pain. Most common neck and upper back pain is caused by poor posture, stress, disc problems, and pinched nerves.

Chiropractic care, massage therapy, ultrasound therapy, ice therapy and specific manipulation can relieve the symptoms associated with this condition.

The Brachial Plexus and Brachial Plexopathy

Shoulder, arm and hand pain and problems are common, and many issues with these areas can be linked to a group of nerves, called the brachial plexus. These nerves run from the lower neck through the upper shoulder area, and allow the shoulder, arm and hand to move and feel.

Any nerve damage to the brachial plexus can cause pain, loss of mobility and loss of sensation to these areas, this is known as brachial plexopathy. This damage can be a result of a direct injury, stretching injury, birth trauma or other issues such as inflammatory conditions.

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Ostearthritis | The Gilbert Clinic

Arthritis cant make life horribly painful and difficult and is one of the most common reasons for joint pains.

The best defense against the development of osteoarthritis is to better take good care of joints not only in old age but throughout the life which is necessary to keep the joints lasting longer. Be active, exercise properly, stay in alignment and provide the body proper nutrition and supplemention to ward off this painful problem in old age.

Chiropractic care including: stretching, massage, ultrasound healing, and gentle manipulation of painful joints can help decrease your chance of developing osteoarthritis and relieve symptoms of pain in affected joints.

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Plantar Fasciitis | The Gilbert Clinic

 

What Is It?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.

Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.

Symptoms

Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. The pain is usually worst with the first few steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or getting up from a seated position.

plantarfasciitis-spurCauses

Under normal circumstances, your plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch in your foot. If tension on that bowstring becomes too great, it can create small tears in the fascia. Repetitive stretching and tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed.

Who’s at Risk? 

Factors that may increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis include:

Complications

Ignoring plantar fasciitis may result in chronic heel pain that hinders your regular activities. If you change the way you walk to minimize plantar fasciitis pain, you might also develop foot, knee, hip or back problems.

Tests

During the physical exam, your doctor checks for points of tenderness in your foot. The location of your pain can help determine its cause.

Treatment

Most people who have plantar fasciitis recover with conservative treatments in just a few months.

Stretching and strengthening exercises or use of specialized therapies may provide symptom relief. These include:

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Osgood Schlatter Disease | The Gilbert Clinic

 

What Is It?

Osgood-Schlatter disease can cause a painful lump below the kneecap in children and adolescents experiencing growth spurts during puberty.

Osgood-Schlatter disease occurs most often in children who participate in sports that involve running, jumping and swift changes of direction — such as soccer, basketball, figure skating and ballet.

While Osgood-Schlatter disease is more common in boys, the gender gap is narrowing as more girls become involved with sports.

Age ranges differ by sex because girls experience puberty earlier than do boys. Osgood-Schlatter disease typically occurs in boys ages 13 to 14 and girls ages 11 to 12. The condition usually resolves on its own, once the child’s bones stop growing.

Illustration of Osgood Schlatter DiseaseSymptoms

The pain associated with Osgood-Schlatter disease varies from person to person. Some have only mild pain while performing certain activities, especially running and jumping. For others, the pain is nearly constant and debilitating.

Osgood-Schlatter disease usually occurs in just one knee, but sometimes it develops in both knees. The discomfort can last from weeks to months and may recur until your child has stopped growing.

 

Causes

During activities that involve a lot of running, jumping and bending — such as soccer, basketball, volleyball and ballet — your child’s thigh muscles (quadriceps) pull on the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shinbone.

This repeated stress can cause the tendon to pull away from the shinbone a bit, resulting in the pain and swelling associated with Osgood-Schlatter disease. In some cases, your child’s body may try to close that gap with new bone growth, which can result in a bony lump at that spot.

Who’s at Risk?

The main risk factors for Osgood-Schlatter disease are:

Complications

Complications of Osgood-Schlatter disease are uncommon. They may include chronic pain or localized swelling. Even after symptoms have resolved, a bony lump may remain on the shinbone in the area of the swelling. This lump may persist to some degree throughout your child’s life, but it doesn’t usually interfere with knee function.

Tests

During the physical exam, your doctor will check your child’s knee for tenderness, swelling, pain and redness. X-rays may be taken to look at the bones of the knee and leg and to more closely examine the area where the kneecap tendon attaches to the shinbone.

Treatment

Osgood-Schlatter disease usually gets better without formal treatment. Symptoms typically disappear after your child’s bones stop growing.

Exercises to stretch the thigh’s quadriceps and hamstring muscles, which may help reduce the tension on the spot where the kneecap’s tendon attaches to the shinbone. Strengthening exercises for the quadriceps can help stabilize the knee joint.

Tips to help with the symptoms:

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Shoulder Pain Treatment | At The Gilbert Clinic

Common Conditions

Shoulder Sprains, Rotator Cuff Strains, Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis. Athletes who complain of pain should be functionally tested for contributing problems as well.

Treatments

Dr. Gilbert is highly trained not only in spinal adjustments but extremity manipulations and mobilizations as well. Manipulation to an extremity utilizes a quick but gentle maneuver similar to that applied to the spine. These adjustments along with soft tissue techniques and manipulation (Massage Therapy) increase joint mobility and range of motion, thereby decreasing pain and increasing overall performance of that specific joint. Ultrasound can also be beneficial in both acute and chronic conditions.

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Wrist/Hand Pain Treatment | At The Gilbert Clinic

Common Conditions

Wrist Pain, Hand Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendinitis, Trigger Finger, DeQuarvain’s Syndrome. Athletes who complain of pain should be functionally tested for contributing problems as well.

Treatments

Dr. Gilbert is highly trained not only in spinal adjustments but extremity manipulations and mobilizations as well. Manipulation to an extremity utilizes a quick but gentle maneuver similar to that applied to the spine. These adjustments along with soft tissue techniques and manipulation (Massage Therapy) increase joint mobility and range of motion, thereby decreasing pain and increasing overall performance of that specific joint. Ultrasound can also be beneficial in both acute and chronic conditions.

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