- Auto Injuries
- Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chiropractic Treatment and Pregnancy
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Headaches/ Migraines
- Knee Pain
- Neck Pain
- Pediatrics and Chiropractic
- Personal Injury
- Pinched Nerve
- Shoulder Pain
- Sports Injury
- Wellness Care
- Work Injuries
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.
If you have been in a car accident, or any other type of accident, make sure you are seeing a chiropractor! Trauma from auto accidents if not treated properly can lead to serious symptoms later. Chiropractic adjustments are the best treatment for Whiplash, which is the most common symptom associated with auto accidents.
Since back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, it is vital to know how to prevent the cause of back pain. By maintaining a healthy diet and weight, remaining active and avoiding prolonged inactivity or bed rest are all important ways to avoid back pain. Before doing exercises or any physical activity, it is recommended to warm up and/or stretch.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel patients see great results by having adjustments to their wrists and hands, and possibly even adding in massage to your care plan. Carpal tunnel usually results from repetitive stress syndrome of the muscles of the forearm and hand. Carpal tunnel occurs when the tunnel of the wrist weakens, it flattens out, which then leads to an impingement of the median nerve resulting in numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in the wrist and hand. This tunnel of the hand can be strengthened and improved through adjustments. I would urge you to consider Chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel before opting for surgery.
Chiropractic Treatment and Pregnancy
It is important to get adjusted during pregnancy due to the many changes and stressed added to a woman’s body when she becomes pregnant. Regular Chiropractic treatments can help maintain proper structure and decrease symptoms commonly seen with pregnancy. Some of the most common conditions seen during pregnancy are, sciatic pain, low back pain, heartburn, and rib pain. All of these conditions benefit from adjustments. Adjustments during pregnancy are safe for both the patient and the baby. I have the proper tables and equipment to make treatments comfortable and safe for my pregnant patients. Chiropractic adjustments have also been clinically shown to reduce pain during pregnancy as well as decrease delivery time and decrease pain levels post delivery.
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.
Headaches are one of the most common conditions that brings a patient into my office. The most common types of headaches are tension headaches or migraine headaches. Tension headaches, also called stress headaches, usually start with pain or tightness in the back of the head and will send pain to over the forehead or eyes. Both types are treated successfully with adjustments. If you suffer from headaches you will be given a thorough exam to determine what is causing the symptoms. Treatments include adjustments but also stretches, exercises, posture tips, as well as work station advice to help prevent such symptoms.
Knee pain is increasingly becoming a more common problem in society. It is a complaint we see frequently. The most common complaint associated with knee pain is considered the normal “wear and tear.” Another ailment that affects the knee is osteoarthritis. The symptoms and progression of osteoarthritis and knee pain can be reduced through our individualized approach to chiropractic care.
The neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. The cervical spine supports the full weight of your head which is on average about 12 pounds. While the cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury.
Neuropathy is a medical condition caused by damaged nerve cells and often associated with autoimmune diseases, infections, diabetes, tumors, or hereditary conditions. Peripheral neuropathy currently affects over 20 million people in the United States with symptoms ranging from tingling or burning pain and nausea to muscle spasms, difficulty moving your arms or legs, or atrophy.
Pain is what brings most patients into my office. Pain is a symptom of something going on with your body. It could be from an accident, a sports injury, a headache, etc. It doesn’t really matter. The key to pain management is finding out through the examination what is causing your pain. Pain can be a good thing. It is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. I will treat you to get you out of pain, but the real treatment comes in correcting what is causing the pain, and then giving you the treatments to prevent it from happening again.
Pediatrics and Chiropractic
Kids are an important part of my practice. Chiropractic adjustments are safe and effective for children of any age. Children develop very rapidly and adjustments ensure that when our kids grow, they are provided with a good foundation for both their skeletal and muscular system. Some of the most common conditions treated are ear infections, colic, constipation. Make sure you are having your child checked routinely to allow for proper development.
Our goal is to help you receive the proper care after a personal injury, auto accident or fall. Our staff is devoted to helping you obtain the most comprehensive treatments and the care you deserve, so you may maintain your quality of life after an injury and can begin to feel like yourself again.
Too often, individuals involved in an auto injury or wreck have minimal or no symptoms until several weeks after the auto accident. That is where the professionals at Performance Chiropractic come in, and can assist you with all aspects of auto accident personal injury recovery.
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 Performance 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.
Shoulder pain is a very common condition and affects almost half of the U.S. Most patients feel some sort of pain, limited range of motion, an inability to engage in activities of daily living (ADL) or something more serious as a permanent disability.
At my office sports injuries are treated on a daily basis. I think that adjustments are the best way to treat sports injuries. Just about any injury can be treated with adjustments. In addition to adjustments, physiotherapy such as heat, electrical muscle stimulation, and cold laser are used when necessary. In addition to treating sports injuries, prevention strategies are also gone over to prevent the injury from occurring again.
TMJ is an abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint which connects the mandibular, or your lower jaw, to the temporal bones of the skull. The TMJ is one of the more unique joints within your body as it allows you to move your jaw forward, backward, and side to side so that you can chew, talk, sing, yawn, and more. This joint can be found just in front of your ears on both sides of your head.
Any problem with the muscles, ligaments, discs, bones, or the joint itself are known as temporomandibular disorders or TMD and refers to the actual disorder, where the jaw joint is misaligned and causing problems such as pain, inflammation, and inability to move or operate the jaw. However, these problems or conditions are often incorrectly called by the joint name of TMJ instead.
Vertigo is the feeling that you are moving when you’re not. This sensation can be triggered by movements such as turning your head too quickly or looking down from a great distance, but it is ultimately caused by problems in the inner ear, brain, or brainstem. There are two different forms of vertigo with each stemming from various medical issues: peripheral vertigo and central vertigo.
Peripheral vertigo results in a problem with your inner ear and thus your balance, while central vertigo occurs when your brain or brainstem are suffering from a disease originating from your central nervous system (CNS). Peripheral vertigo is typically more severe, and central vertigo is more gradual in its onset. Regardless of the type of dizziness you are experiencing, more than likely, your quality of life is suffering because of it.
Wellness care is the most important phase of Chiropractic care, yet one of the most neglected. This is the part of treatment where patients get adjusted even though they may not be experiencing symptoms. Chiropractic care works great for pain management, but its strongest effect is the maintaining of symptom free life. Patients soon realize how they feel when they are adjusted routinely. Rather than managing pain they are functioning better. Patients report feeling better, having less fatigue, more energy, an ability to work out with less pain or restrictions, and sleeping better – just to name a few. There are 3 phases of care: Pain management which means getting a patient out of pain as much as possible. The second phase is the strengthening phase. This is the phase where the body heals itself. The 3rd phase is the maintenance phase. My role in wellness care is to allow you to perform your daily life at the highest level that you are able to, whatever that may be.
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According to the American Chiropractic Association, one of the most common causes of neck pain is whiplash resulting from a car accident. A sudden forced movement of the head or neck in any direction and the resulting “rebound” in the opposite direction is known as whiplash. The sudden “whipping” motion injures the surrounding and supporting tissues of the neck and head. Muscles react by tightening and contracting, creating muscle fatigue, which can result in pain and stiffness. Severe whiplash can also be associated with injury to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerve roots.
Workplace injuries don’t only occur during traumatic slips and falls at work but are more often than not, the result of repetitive movements, and caused by doing the physical demands required of your job over an extended period of time. These types of workplace injuries are all too common in today’s workforce and are best identified by their symptoms.
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Carpal tunnel and hand pain
- Disc injuries
- Sciatica (pain caused by the sciatic nerve in your lower back and legs)
- Joint pain
Being examined by a chiropractor is often the first step in identifying and treating a workplace injury through non-invasive care which is why Performance Chiropractic conducts thorough examinations during his first session with new patients in order to better assess their injury. Since workplace injuries usually develop over time, it’s important to share all the symptoms you may be experiencing so we can identify the root cause.