When chiropractic care comes to mind, people often think of spine and skeletal problems, and rightly so. Some common conditions are:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Muscle spasms
- Disc injury or rupture
Some more advanced conditions treated by doctors of chiropractic include:
- Raynaud’s syndrome
- Athletic syndromes
- Meniere’s syndrome
At Brusveen Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Chris is trained not only in many skeletal correction techniques, but he is also trained in ways to use supports and advanced applications such as decompression for disc bulges/symptoms to help speed your recovery and reduce your pain.
You can find pinched nerves all over the neck, low back, elbow, ankle, jaw, shoulder, wrist, and sometimes the knee.
There is almost always joint misalignment or malfunction. When this is analyzed and reduced, most nerve function improves. We have found very little improvement with physical therapy, heat, and exercise. It has been our experience that exercise does not correct joint misalignment. Many times, it makes it worse.
Once again, we have a very high percentage of improvement with chiropractic adjustment, usually with minimal visits in a few weeks.
Your hands or lower arms are going numb, they are achy, and they have tendonitis/spasm.
For some patients, this problem is in their wrist alignment; for others, it originates in their elbow; and many others, their neck.
Remember, nerves stimulate blood flow and healing. Also, many people have had an incidence of whiplash in their lifetime, whether from an auto accident, a sports injury, or other source of trauma.
Get a chiropractic evaluation. We may spot the missed evidence of what causes your symptoms.
This is one of our favorite symptoms to treat! It is a complex syndrome, and yet we get great results! It is partially skeletal/spinal in origin and yet chemical in origin in many ways. Prior to coming to Dr. Chris, many times fibromyalgia patients are treated with anti-depressants.
Q: Are they depressed?
A: Yes, many are, since they do not see any real answer or hope to heal from their pain.
Q: Is this normal?
A: Yes, I think so. Long term pain with no hope naturally could make one feel depressed.
Q: What do you do?
A: We look for the real cause, starting with subtle spinal/skeletal problems in the patient.
We review their eating, exercise, and rest habits. Once we have this information, we find ways to improve this function of their body and see how it heals.
As a side note, I have found most fibromyalgia patients have a pelvic imbalance that, for many women, started in pregnancy or childbirth. We feel we can help many patients, at least to some extent, with this complex syndrome.
Early in my practice, it seemed we saw most auto accidents in winter. Now we see more in tourist season!
Whiplash can also occur during a boating accident or riding in rough water, skateboard stunts, sports (especially football and soccer), winter skiing, and one of our favorites, amusement park rides ( you actually pay admission to get injured!) I have seen whiplash occur in a 100 m.p.h. auto accident, and also in an elderly patient where the speed involved was a mere 5 m.p.h. It is very unpredictable, but we know several things make it better or worse. Things that need to be considered include:
- Did you see the other auto coming?
- Did your auto accident happen without you knowing?
- Was it a front-end, rear, or side collision?
- How big was the auto in which you were riding?
- How big was the auto that impacted yours?
- How old are you?
- Did you have your headrest in the right area?
- And very significantly, were the roads slick from ice or oily rain?
Volumes of medical research have related whiplash to:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Back and neck pain
- Disc problems
- Jaw problems
- Many other symptoms of the base of the skull nerves from misalignment in the upper neck.
Oh, so many types and kinds of headaches and their effects abound! From the stress headache, those from working on your computer, to ocular migraines left over from your car accident years ago, headaches are common.
However, they are not normal.
The simplest to treat are cervicogenic (originating in the neck) from irritated discs. These could be degenerative discs, bulging discs, or torn or herniated discs.
What can you expect?
We at Brusveen Chiropractic Clinic & Therapy find about 80% of our patients recover well from their chronic headaches. Misalignment in the neck and skull base can cause headaches. Two nerves on each side of the skull travel up over the ear and temple, respectively, causing pain in the eyes, temples, back of the head, or even sinuses. Then there are headaches from other spinal areas, such as the mid-back/between the shoulder blades. These are the throbbing, nauseating headaches people call migraines. Or maybe your headaches are low back head ones that you seem to wake up with, but get better as you drink liquids. These dull headaches tend to make you tired. Other more significant headaches are related to internal organ stress from diet, chemical imbalance, or even pathology. So, if you suffer from headaches and you have had all the ‘tests’, your health care providers have named the type of headaches you have. But knowing its name does not treat its cause. Maybe now it is time to look at the cause, the original trigger of the headaches.
The three most common disc problems are:
- degenerative discs
- bulging discs
- torn or herniated discs
Most patients respond well to our conservative clinical approach. We examine each patient, take standing x-rays, evaluate and correlate your symptoms to your spine, legs, knees, and feet.
Then we determine what and how to do the following:
- Give you pain relief
- Get you back to work or school
- Care for your needs as healing is occurring
This process could take from 3 weeks to about 3 months.
Multiple types of care are used to help potentiate your recovery. Spinal decompression, spinal manual traction, spinal hands-on adjustments or instrument adjusting, exercise, and possible supportive devices are part of our effective approach.