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Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Blog, Featured Articles, Maternity Care, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is it Sciatica?

Is it Sciatica?

We have had a quite a few patients lately come to our office telling us they need help with their ‘sciatic pain.’ Many of them mention that their OB/GYNs referred them for sciatic treatment.  After performing a thorough history and examination we find almost universally that the pain they are experiencing is NOT sciatic nerve related or ‘sciatica’, but Sacroiliac joint pain referral. What’s the difference? Listen up… Sciatic pain is named for the sciatic nerve which includes multiple levels of nerve roots that exit through the lumbar spine. When irritated this nerve in responsible for pain that will go past the knee and often into the lower leg, foot, toes, and may even include pain in the genital region. “Sciatic” is such a common term that people who are experiencing any pain in the buttock and upper leg region are frequently told or conclude that they have “Sciatic Pain.” ‘This is actually quite rare during pregnancy. When pregnancy is involved the conclusion is that the baby is ‘sitting on the sciatic...

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Adjustments, Chiropractic, Services, Soft Tissue, Uncategorized, Wellness | 0 comments

If I’m not dying then what’s causing this pain?

Over the years I have had patients present to my office for a variety of reasons including chest pain.  Sometimes the reason for the visit is to identify what is causing their pain. Sometimes they are in my office for a completely separate issue when they decide to share with me their ‘near-death’ experience. These stories/complaints usually include some type of medical intervention or trip to the ER. The most common thread between them is- “I thought I might be have a heart attack!’  Thankfully, I have yet to run into anyone who is actually having a heart attack in our office. (By the way- if you do think you are having a heart attack seek IMMEDIATE medical attention!) After the expensive tests have been run, all life-threatening concerns have been resolved, and the patient has been cleared sometimes the pain is still there. We have may the answers for you. There are many conditions that can cause chest pain or tightness, left arm or shoulder pain, or even numbness and...

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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Adjustments, Maternity Care | 0 comments

Pregnancy pain- Below the belt!

Pregnancy pain- Below the belt!

One of the most common pains during pregnancy is usually not complained about.  Most, if not all, pregnant women experience pain or stretching just below the belt line and a few inches to either side. It will act like a catching or stretching pain in the morning while trying to roll over or sit up.  This is Round Ligament pain. The round ligament is attached from the uterus to the anterior (or front) abdominal wall.  It starts out relatively small, but grows dramatically and will be much larger and longer by the end of pregnancy.  It grows to be able to keep up with the growing size of the uterus. While the uterus grows the round ligaments can become very taut (or stretched) and cause a catching sensation when trying to move. Most women excuse this a ‘normal pregnany pain’ and just accept that it will go away after they deliver. They are correct in that it is normal, but there is help to reduce that pain or discomfort as well as avoiding...

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Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in Adjustments, Blog, Home Care, Maternity Care | 0 comments

Posture During Pregnancy

Posture During Pregnancy

There is little information published that can help pregnant women to understand more fully what proper posture is during pregnancy.  Is it best to remain seated?  Should comfort be the ultimate goal? Do I have to endure low back or midback pain?  Am I going to have to endure poor sleep throughout pregnancy?  We have answers  and hope for all these questions. Seated, standing, and lying down each have recommended postures or positioning that can help decrease pain and allow the body to function optimally.  Seated: avoid maintaining a semi-sit position (leaning back or slouching) in a chair or soft seat.  For some, if this position is frequented it may actually be the cause of low back pain or even a complicating factor with improper fetal position (breech).  When sitting this way the sacrum – the portion of the pelvis in the posterior- is pressed or jammed and results in increased stress on the SI joint.  This joint is the common offender for pregnancy back pain.  Instead find a chair or...

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Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in Adjustments, Auto Accident Victims, Blog, Chiropractic, Services, Soft Tissue, Youth Athletics | 0 comments

Severe Upper Back Pain

Severe Upper Back Pain

Sever upper back pain is very limiting.  Most patients who report this type of problem usually are unable to work and frequently have difficulty driving to our office.  The term “paralyzing” has even been used to describe this type of pain.   The good new?  It is commonly not a serious injury or condition and many patients report significant reduction is pain with one visit to our office.  Occasionally upper back pain can be related to more serious conditions, but it usually is a simple rib joint dysfunction.  For our purposes we are going to address the most common source of upper back pain. This type of  severe upper back pain begins almost spontaneously with stabbing pain located just to the side of the spine and in between the shoulder blades.   This occurs when a rib joint is dysfunctional- meaning that where it attaches to other bones (vertebra in the back, sternum in the front) the joint can not move or function the way it is supposed to.  Common reasons for this dysfunction are muscle imbalance, poor posture, certain...

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Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 in Auto Accident Victims, Blog, Chiropractic, Services, Soft Tissue, Youth Athletics | 0 comments

Natural Relief For Joint Pain- Cold Laser

Natural Relief For Joint Pain- Cold Laser

Are you looking for natural relief for joint pain? Do you endure pain just to be able to function at a minimal level?  Do you avoid activities that you love because the pain just is too excruciating?  Have you tried to find relief but haven’t found anything that is worth the side effects?  We have good news for you- There may be a new treatment for you to try.  Cold laser therapy is a fantastic way to find joint pain relief.  It is based upon adding light or energy to each individual cell helping it to function at a healthier state.  This therapy enjoys a wide range of benefits. First, it has no significant side effects when properly  applied.  “Cold” laser means that it does not create heat inside the tissues it is targeting. This prevents it from incurring inflammation.  Additionally, it doesn’t simply hide the pain, but helps the area to heal faster by providing it with energy.  In our opinion, this therapy is vastly superior to any synthetic drug or surgery due...

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