Arthritis, or joint pain or joint disease, is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children are suffering from some type of arthritis. Common symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to perform normal day-to-day activities, and has the potential to cause permanent joint damage.
To determine whether or not you may be suffering from arthritis or to determine the severity, your medical professional will perform blood tests and conduct an imaging scan (ie: x-ray, CAT scan or MRI). Eating healthy, staying active, and understanding your type of arthritis and treatment options are crucial to decreasing your discomfort and paving the way for an enjoyable, happy life.
The cause of low back pain isn’t always direct. Pain can come from any number of structures in the back. There could be joint misalignments, spinal disc damage, ligament damage, muscle dysfunction, or all of the above. That is to say, minor damage to any of the areas can cause pain in the back. Spinal misalignments are usually the first to create a structural imbalance. They also put pressure on the nervous system, commonly known as a “pinched nerve.” If you do not correct the misalignments, the imbalance gets worse, and damage to the other structures follows. Consequently, spinal misalignment and abnormal spinal motion can contribute to low back pain and accelerated aging.
SYMPTOMS RELATED TO BACK PAIN
- Muscle weakness
- Difficulty walking
- Pain from the waist down
- Sexual dysfunction
- Difficulty getting pregnant or giving birth
- Abdominal cramping
- Bladder problems
- Herniated discs
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
CTS is a problem of the median nerve which runs from the forearm into the hand. When there is excessive pressure in the wrist, it causes swelling of the median nerve. This small area called the carpal tunnel is a narrow tunnel at the wrist made up of bones, soft tissues, nerves, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. When the median nerve which runs through this tunnel gets compressed it causes pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the hand and wrist which radiates into the forearm. The carpal tunnel is the most common area that gets compressed in both the hands and feet.
CTS should be diagnosed and treated early. During your consultation, you will receive a standard physical examination of the hands, arms, shoulders and neck to help determine if your symptoms are related to daily activities or to an underlying disorder. Our highly skilled chiropractor will also utilize other orthopedic tests to try to produce the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Laboratory tests and x-rays can reveal diabetes, arthritis, fractures, and other common causes of wrist and hand pain.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is when natural changes in the discs of your spine cause pain. The discs between vertebrae act as shock absorbers for your spine, and as you age, they begin to lose flexibility. While this is a normal part of aging, it should not cause pain. If you experience pain due to this, it is classified as degenerative disc disease.
Each disc is composed of a sturdy outer wall and a soft, gel-like inner core. When we are born, these discs are primarily composed of water, but as age advances, the discs lose some of this water content and begin to get thinner. As you might imagine, this means each disc doesn’t absorb the shocks of everyday life as well.
Nine out of ten Americans say that they suffer from headaches. Some of these people experience headaches frequently. Some experience constant headaches that are very painful. These can even make a person nauseous. Ninety-five percent of headaches are tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused from a disease, but from something in your body that is not sitting correctly.
In the event you have injured your knee due to trauma, you want to visit an orthopedic doctor to evaluate your situation. However, if you have knee pain without injury per se, a chiropractor can be your best option. Issues with your knees can be a result of misalignments in the spine, hip, knee, and ankle joints. Chiropractors are educated and highly experienced in correcting spinal misalignments but not all chiropractors align extremities. The good news for you is Dr. Swink does.
The cause of neck pain isn’t always direct. Pain can come from any number of structures in the neck. There could be joint misalignments, spinal disc damage, ligament damage, muscle dysfunction, or all of the above. That is to say, minor damage to any of the areas can cause pain. Spinal misalignments are usually the first to cause a structural imbalance. They also put pressure on the nervous system, commonly known as a “pinched nerve.” If you do not correct the misalignments, the imbalance gets worse, and damage to the other structures follows. Consequently, spinal misalignment and abnormal spinal motion can contribute to neck pain and accelerated aging.
A pinched nerve can happen in a variety of places throughout the body with some of the most common being the lower spine, wrists, neck, and legs. A pinched nerve occurs when the muscles or tendons around the nerve are inflamed, putting pressure on the nerve and either causing pain or even numbness throughout the extremities related or attached to this affected nerve.
Your pinched nerve may be caused by different physical conditions such as carpal tunnel or a herniated disc. Though pinched nerves can be painful, the majority of patients find that their pinched nerve(s) goes away on its own.
If the pinched nerve does not resolve itself and you have persistent pain that lasts for more than a few days, you should seek medical attention by scheduling an appointment at Swink Chiropractic with our chiropractor. This is especially true if you’ve tried at-home treatments but feel like your pain is worsening as time progresses. With pinched nerves, it’s important to seek medical attention in order to identify the underlying cause of the pinched nerve to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Sciatica is characterized by pain in the lower back that radiates down one or both legs. The pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, like “pins and needles” or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatic nerve pain varies in intensity from mild to severe, and frequency may range from occasional to constant. The onset is generally gradual and not necessarily associated with a previous event. Sciatica is also known as radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia.
CAN A CHIROPRACTOR HELP RELIEVE SHOULDER PAIN?
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to want shoulder pain relief. We have all experienced pain in the shoulder at some point in our lives. For example, you over participate in overhead activities, you paint the house walls, or you’ve spent all weekend acting as a human jungle gym for your kids. As a result of this, your body lets you know it needs some rest. The next day we wake up with this shoulder pain near the neck and search the internet to find some shoulder pain relief. This reaction is a common occurrence for the majority of the patients I see.
Sports can be very taxing on your body, no matter what you play. Our trusted staff will work with you to get to the root of your problem and help you feel better again. We help treat and also prevent injuries in the neck, back, shoulders, knees, and ankles. We are able to manually adjust your spine, relieving any pain that you are feeling. This will allow your body to function much better after the injury.