Arthritis is defined as inflammation of the joint, most commonly the knees, hips, hands, and neck. The degeneration or wearing down, of cartilage between the joints leads to pain and stiffness. The stiffening of the joint results in overcompensation of movement and puts strain on the surrounding muscles.
It is crucial to receive treatment after an auto injury because failure to do so could result in long-term health issues. It is estimated that about 1/3 of people who suffer from automobile accidents continue to have symptoms up to three years after their accidents. Failure to treat auto injuries soon after they occur can result in long-term damage to the neurological systems that control balance and how your eyes move. Making an appointment with a chiropractor is one of the first steps to recovery after an automobile accident injury, such as whiplash, as physical therapy repairs and strengthens damaged tissue and avoids excessive scar growth. Many injuries after auto accidents are not recognizable and people may not feel any symptoms of pain for days, or even weeks, after the accident. Chiropractors can identify injuries in these situations too using x-rays.
There are many types of headaches: sinus headache, tension headache, migraine headaches, etc. But most headaches are cervicogenic, meaning they originate from the neck. Tension placed on the neck cause the muscles in the neck to contract leading to misalignment of the vertebrae. Misalignment causes the spinal nerves to be “pinched” and this is what causes headache pain. People with headaches can see an improvement with a lifestyle change. Changing your diet, having better posture, relaxing, and maintaining proper alignment can help maintain a life with fewer or less severe headaches.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, about 3.1 million Americans suffer with lower back pain. Misalignment of the spinal vertebrae (subluxations) is the primary cause of low back pain. The back is comprised of vertebrae, ligaments, joints, nerves and muscles. Subluxations put pressure on the spinal nerves resulting in pain. Extra pressure from contracting muscles cause increased inflammation in the joints of the back, only creating more pain. Pain medicine, stretching, and massaging temporarily get rid of the pain, but correcting the subluxations with a chiropractic adjustment is a better alternative to achieving lasting pain treatment.
The neck consists of small bones called your cervical vertebrae, which are very flexible and allow your head to turn essentially in any direction. The neck is also very prone to pain and injury. Trauma is not required to cause pain in your neck. Stress, daily wear and tear, repetitive motion, and aging are all causes of pain in your neck that are just a result of going about your everyday life. Cervical adjustments aim to maintain the proper function of the cervical vertebrae and surrounding muscles, decreasing pain and stiffness in the neck.
Sciatica is a condition describing pain which radiates from the sciatic nerve located in the lower back and branches out along the back of the leg. Sciatica most commonly results from misalignment of the spine causing inflammation in the joint and compressing the nerve. Numbness and pain can be felt in the lower back or in the affected leg, as sciatica normally affects just one side of the body. Chiropractic adjustments can be effective in relieving the pressure placed on the sciatic nerve and decreasing the pain of the affected regions.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition summarized by the compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist. Most commonly, CTS causes pain and numbness that radiates from the hand/wrist into the forearm. Millions of Americans are affected by CTS as a result of repetitive movements performed on their jobs. Chiropractic care can assist in creating an unobstructed route for the nerve to function properly, resulting in less pain.