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Back Brace – Do I Need One?

Previous studies confirmed that a back brace might not help to prevent back problems. But does current data show any utility for the management of back pain? Here’s a quick summary of the latest evidence on four of the most common back braces.

1. Elastic Lumbar Support Belts

back brace for back pain

Non-rigid, elastic-type braces that provide support while allowing movement

“Five of the six randomized controlled trials were of good quality, with all of them showing the use of lumbar support usually reducing discomfort and improving quality of life in individuals with low back pain. The prescription for wearing lumbar support for 6-8 hours per day for at least one month showed positive results.”

2019 Journal of Health & Allied Sciences Systematic Review

How does it help?

  • Elevates intraabdominal pressure
  • Decrease lumbar lordosis
  • Reduces trunk range of motion regionally and segmentally
  • Decreases lumbosacral compressive force and spinal load
  • Decreases intradiscal pressure
  • Protects from soft tissue creep

Benefits:

  • Reduces muscle fatigue
  • Decreases pain intensity and functional limitations
  • Decreases need for medications
  • Over 80% of stenosis patients wearing a lumbar belt report >30% improvement in walking distance
  • Improvement correlates with compliance
  • No negative effect for long-term use (6 months)

Who should wear this belt?

This back brace may be right for you, if you have been diagnosed with any of the following:

  • Acute or sub-acute low back pain
  • Segmental instability
  • Uncomplicated compression fracture
  • Spinal stenosis

2. Rigid Lumbosacral Orthosis (LSO)

back brace for disc herniation

Rigid, non-elastic braces designed to limit trunk movement as a non-surgical alternative for stability.

How does it help?

  • Added trunk stiffness over elastic braces
  • Improved postural control
  • According to BCBS of North Carolina, LSO brace medical necessity includes:
    • “To reduce pain by restricting mobility of the trunk”
    • “To facilitate healing following an injury to the spine or related soft tissues”
    • “To support weak spinal muscles and/or a deformed spine”

What are the benefits?

  • Reduces muscle fatigue
  • Decreases pain intensity and functional impairment

Who should wear this belt?

This back brace may be right for you, if you have been diagnosed with any of the following:

  • Spinal instability
  • Spondylolysis
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis
  • Post-surgical low back pain

3. Pregnancy Support Belt

Back brace for pregnancy

Elastic maternity abdominal support garment.

The study concluded that wearing maternity support garments during pregnancy could have beneficial effects in women such as low back pain and pelvic girdle pain alleviation, improvement of functionality and mobility, and reduction of risk of fall during pregnancy”

2019 Journal of Pregnancy Systematic Review

How does it help?

  • Supports the abdomen and lower back of pregnant women

What are the benefits?

  • (Limited) evidence suggests symptomatic benefit
  • Alleviation of low back pain and pelvic girdle pain
  • Improvement of functionality and mobility with reduction of fall risk

Who should wear this belt?

  • Pregnant women with low back pain

Clinical Considerations

4. Sacroiliac Support Belt

Back brace for SI joint pain

Elastic pelvic compression belt worn slightly above the trochanters to stabilize the sacroiliac joints. Aka trochanteric belt.

“Pelvic belts improve health-related quality of life and are potentially attributed to decreased SIJ-related pain. Pelvic belts may therefore be considered as a cost-effective and low-risk treatment of SIJ pain.”

How does it help?

  • Decreases motion around the SI joint transverse axis
  • Decreases ligamentous strain
  • Decreases rectus femoris activity

What are the benefits?

  • Decreases pain and improves function
  • Improves gait cadence and velocity
  • Improves postural steadiness during locomotion

Who should wear this belt?

This back brace may be right for you, if you have been diagnosed with any of the following:

  • Sacroiliac dysfunction, particularly hypermobility

In conclusion, current literature indicates that back brace are safe with few side effects.  These orthoses are not necessarily protective; however, they may help manage symptoms. And contrary to popular opinion, long term use will not likely cause muscle weakness.

If you think a back brace may benefit you, check with a Chiropractor in Friendswood to find the right belt for your diagnosis.

Pregnancy Back Pain Relief

From swollen ankles to an aching back, being pregnant comes with all kinds of discomfort. In any trimester, you may benefit from chiropractic care. Getting pregnancy back pain relief is one of the services we offer our patients. Let’s start off with a visual example.

This is what it looks like to get adjusted by a chiropractor when you’re pregnant. The video shows a patient who was 34 weeks along in her pregnancy. You can see her experience and an immediate relief from neck and back pain. Click here for a direct link to that video and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more chiropractic examples and an idea of what we do for our patients every day!

That video illustrates how valuable chiropractic care can be during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and in pain in Friendswood, TX, we are here to help you! Let’s dive deeper into the hows and whys of visiting the chiropractor during pregnancy.

Chiropractic Care When Pregnant

There are a few different reasons you experience back pain while pregnant. While it may seem obvious to a pregnant woman, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists delineates the following reasons for pregnancy back pain:

  • The weight of your uterus (which causes you to bend forward and your back muscles to compensate)
  • Weakened abdominal muscles
  • Loosened joints around the pelvis (this can lead to hypermobility and various kinds of pain)

Long-term studies have been conducted on women who receive chiropractic care when pregnant. These studies report a decrease in pain for women who receive manual chiropractic therapy, like the kind we offer at Select Spine & Sports Medicine. 

There are numerous kinds of pain that can be offset by chiropractic care during pregnancy. According to the American Chiropractic Association, there are five basic kinds of pain common to pregnant women that can be helped with chiropractic care. These include:

  1. Lower back pain: this is due to stress on the lumbar, or lower spine, as well as shifted gravity. Tight muscles and changes in your gait can make this pain more severe. Frequently, this pain continues even after the baby is born. Click here to read more about chiropractic care for lower back pain.
  2. Sciatic pain: tension in the glutes and hips can contribute to this kind of pain. As pressure on the uterus increases, so can lower back pain that extends down into the legs.
  3. Sacroiliac pain: in preparation for childbirth, your ligaments loosen. This can destabilize weight distribution in your body and cause pressure on your joints. You may interpret this as pain in your hips.
  4. Ligament pain: round ligaments around the uterus stretch out as your baby grows. This can cause sharp pains on either side of your stomach and into your pelvis.
  5. Pubic pain: pubic symphysis is a pain that happens as the ligaments around your pubic region relax. When you’re pregnant, this can cause a decrease in mobility and throbbing pain in your pubic area.

Many pregnant women seek relief from these conditions. Chiropractic care can help.

Hire a Chiropractor During Pregnancy

Women expect that pregnancy will be uncomfortable. Some women suffer more than they have to. The general pain and fatigue of pregnancy can be offset by regular, chiropractic care. Women have a lot of questions about chiropractic care for pregnancy back pain relief, let’s address those basic questions.

Pregnancy back pain relief

1. Is it safe? 

Answer: Yes. Medical journals report that chiropractic treatment during pregnancy is safe and can be effective.

2. Does it work? 

Answer: Yes. Both anecdotal and medical evidence point to chiropractic care as being a helpful, side-effect free method of managing back pain during pregnancy. Additionally, some women report that it helps with nausea and reduces labor time.

3. Do I need it?

Answer: it could be very helpful to you. It can help with posture, changes in your pelvis, alignment, and overall comfort. Regular adjustments may be required as your body is constantly changing during pregnancy.

4. How do I schedule it?

Answer: Our professional chiropractors are experienced and equipped to perform adjustments during pregnancy. As you saw in the video, we work with many pregnant patients. Pregnancy back pain can be addressed through regular care. You can get in touch with us in many ways:

  • Go here to schedule your appointment online.
  • Go here for hours, address, phone number, and contact us for more information.

We would love to contribute to your healthy pregnancy!

Neck & Upper Back Pain Relief

The Doctors

Dr. Joe Denke and Dr. Jay Won discuss how you can achieve neck and upper back pain relief at home!

Dr. Joe Denke is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner in Friendswood, TX. Dr. Jay Won is a Physical Therapist in San Francisco, CA.

Both Dr. Denke and Dr. Won see patients who often struggle with neck and upper back pain in their practices. If you are seeking neck and upper back pain relief this video is a must see!

What You Will Learn

Some key points discussed by both doctors are:
– Causes of upper back and neck pain
– Home remedies for quick relief
– Stretches and strengthening exercises for the neck
– Stretches and strengthening exercises for the upper back

Connect With Us

You can also connect with the doctors on Instagram at:
Dr. Denke: @selectbodydoc
Dr. Jay: @flexwithdoctorjay


Chiropractic: What Should I Expect From A Good Chiropractor?

Far too often in today’s healthcare system, patients are being let down by their healthcare providers and Chiropractic is no different. As the patient, you deserve to be guided back to health appropriately and efficiently. Too many injured and ailing people are not being thoroughly evaluated, therefore not receiving appropriate conservative care, nor are they given a game plan to prevent the pain or injury from returning in the future.  There are many types of ailments and illnesses, but for the purpose of this article we will be discussing musculo-skeletal pain and injuries.

There are 3 fundamental aspects of care you deserve as the patient:

  1. Comprehensive Evaluation and Assessment
  2. Conservative Treatment Options
  3. Prevention Training
Chiropractic Treatment Options

Comprehensive Evaluation and Assessment

Too often we hear of patients who received chiropractic care and did not receive any form of consultation to discuss their pain, nor an exam to determine a diagnosis. They were simply ushered into a room, asked where it hurts and treated. Another scenario is a patient presents to their primary care physician or specialist and they are given a proper history and consultation, but a very low-level musculoskeletal exam. Many times, the doctor doesn’t assess the muscle tissue, joint function and/or the movement of the patient. There may be a few orthopedic tests, a referral diagnostic imaging, a suggestion of rest and finally prescribe you some medication to help “manage” your condition.

As a patient it is important to understand what you should expect from a comprehensive evaluation and assessment. Your evaluation and assessment should provide you with a working diagnosis and the potential indirect causes of the pain or injury. The diagnosis should be specific and clearly communicated.

In order to determine an appropriate working diagnosis a comprehensive evaluation should include, but is not limited to:

  • A thorough History & Consultation
  • Functional Assessment: Assessing weakness, tightness, faulty movement patterns.
  • Orthopedic Exams, Range Of Motion, Neurological testing as needed.
  • Muscle and Joint Palpation/Testing.
  • Gait Analysis (if necessary)

When a thorough evaluation and assessment is performed it provides the doctor with the information required to determine the appropriate course of care. This allows for an informed decision regarding which conservative treatment options would be best suited for your individual case.

Conservative Treatment Options

Everyone deserves to have a comprehensive, hands-on approach to their pain or injury. Most patients respond best to a specific combination of therapies. This may include muscle therapy, joint manipulation, rehab exercises, and advice on how to train and prevent further injury. You may not need both muscle therapy and chiropractic joint manipulation for all pain or injuries, but many will optimally benefit from all four approaches above.

Conservative treatment should not be a “one size fits all” approach. With multiple therapies available, each targeting a different tissue, it is important that your care plan is individualized based on the findings from your comprehensive assessment.

Prevention Training

There is nothing more frustrating than the return of the pain or injury. There are many potential factors that can contribute to re-aggravation of your injury or symptoms. These include; over-use strain from work, life or sport, not following the prescribed exercises, or the lack of injury prevention training from your healthcare provider. As an informed patient, these are a sample of some prevention options you should expect instructions on.

  • Activities of Daily Living Advice: Many activities we do in our daily life cause physical strain when performed improperly.  
  • Return to Work/Sport Advice: Proper time frame for return and potential modifications.  
  • Body Awareness and Preparation: Proper lifting, bending, posture, etc.
  • Corrective Exercises: Core or joint stability exercises.
  • Desk Ergonomics Tips: Helping position your work area for success.  
  • Proper Equipment recommendations: Proper running shoes for a runner.
  • Skills/Technique Training: Golf swing technique from a teaching professional.

To summarize, there are many potential shortcomings when seeking chiropractic care for musculoskeletal pain or injury. The first step is being an informed patient, and understanding what quality care entails. I have outlined some key points that you, as an informed patient, should come to expect from your provider when seeking treatment for a musculoskeletal condition.

  • A comprehensive assessment including but not limited to a thorough history, a functional movement assessment, palpation (assessing by hand) of the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • An exam that assesses the body as a whole in order to determine the cause, and does not only focus on the point of pain. For example, many times a patient with low back pain has hip range-of-motion and mid-back mobility issues that have led to the low back being over-worked.
  • A specific working diagnosis based off of the comprehensive exam.
  • All conservative treatment options should be explained and discussed, offering you a chance to ask any questions you might have and provide clarity regarding your plan.
  • You should expect to receive advice regarding preventative care for your injury, so once you are out of pain, you can avoid re-injury or aggravations.  

If you are looking for chiropractic care in the Friendswood, TX area, one of our doctors would be happy to give you a full consultation and exam, explain your diagnosis, discuss your treatment options and begin the healing process with you.

If you are read, give us a call at 281-993-2122 or schedule online today!

Can a Chiropractor fix a bulging disc?

Are you at your wit’s end dealing with pain from a bulging disc? The effects of a bulging disc can take a toll on the body and mind. Many questions come up as you try to find the safest and most effective treatment: Can a chiropractor fix a bulging disc? What is the recovery time for a bulging disc? Read on to learn all about how to treat your injury and discover the best way to treat a bulging disc in the back.

What is a bulging disc?

If you believe you are suffering from a bulging disc, don’t worry! You’re not alone. Bulging discs are considered a normal part of aging. A bulging disc is a common spinal column injury that occurs in the intervertebral disc. However, it differs from a herniated disc, though the two are often confused.

Bulging Disc vs. Herniated Disc: What’s the difference?

Types of disc degeneration, Can a Chiropractor fix a bulging disc?

When the intervertebral disc is weakened to the point that it protrudes into the spinal canal, causing a bulging disc. The disc bulges out of the space but does not crack. A herniated disc occurs when the disc becomes cracked.

When the bulge pinches nerve roots along the spinal cord, it causes additional pressure to be placed on the surrounding nerve tissue. A bulging disc affects more areas of the disc than a herniated disc, and the associated pain may increase over time.

A herniated disc occurs when the outer layer of the disc, the annulus, cracks. A small part of the disc is affected and the soft material of nucleus pulposus protrudes. This is more painful than in the case of a bulging disc, where the nucleus pulposus material does not protrude.

What causes a bulging disc?

There are many things that could cause a bulging disc. Sports injuries or high physical activity at work can lead to spinal misalignment. Sometimes it is caused by neck or back trauma. While it’s a typical age-related injury, tobacco use can also cause the spinal disc to deteriorate and weaken, leading to a bulging disc.

Symptoms of a Bulging Disc

While symptoms may vary depending on age and activity level, the following symptoms are commonly associated with a bulging disc:

  • Tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness in one or both legs
  • Back and pain spasms
  • Changes in bowel or bladder function
  • Hyper reflexivity in one or both legs
  • Paralysis below the waist
  • Deep pain over the shoulder blade or in the shoulder area
  • Pain when moving the neck
  • Radiating pain in the fingers, forearm, and upper arm

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you may have a bulging disc that requires treatment and your chiropractor may recommend that you consult your physician. Read on to discover how to treat a bulging disc in the back.

Best Treatment for a Bulging Disc in the Back

So, now to answer the pressing question: can a chiropractor fix a bulging disc?

Yes! Chiropractic care is the preferred treatment method for many patients suffering from a bulging disc. It is non-invasive and does not require drugs or injections of any kind. Chiropractic can help provide you with improved mobility, decreased pain, and overall better quality of life.

Patients suffering from a bulging disc should begin with the most conservative treatment first. Going to a chiropractor is a great place to start! If you are suffering from a bulging disc, chiropractic is a great non-surgical alternative to many treatments. Contact Select Spine & Sports Medicine today and make a consultation appointment to help you get back to feeling like your best self!

Patient Spotlight: Can a chiropractor fix a bulging disc?

Select Spine & Sports Medicine Patient, Mr Brooking with Dr Joe Denke discussing his treatment options for a bulging disc and sciatica.

Mr. Brooking suffered from severe back pain before coming to Select Spine Sports & Medicine. He was suffering from a bulging disc and sciatica and his symptoms included a sharp, shooting pain in the back that traveled down to the knees.

Mr. Brooking had confidence in his Friendswood, Texas chiropractor. He began with conservative care with rehab and chiropractic, but it wasn’t as effective as he had hoped. The MRI showed a bulging disc, so Dr. Denke referred him to a pain specialist in order to co-manage his ailments. In the meantime, he continued to receive treatment at Select Spine & Sports Medicine.

Despite seeing a pain specialist for an initial exam, after continuing with chiropractic sessions, Mr. Brooking wasn’t in enough pain to go back. He continued his treatment at Select Spine & Sports Medicine and eventually tapered off. Mr. Brooking now feels “great, with no pain at all!” He is back to cycling, walking, and even dancing with his wife.

Treatment at your Chiropractor Friendswood

At Select Spine & Sports Medicine, we take a whole-body approach to wellness that treats the entire spine, not just the pained area. Our highly trained and specialized staff provides self-care direction, exercise, and nutritional recommendations to keep you feeling your best even after your session.

We utilize Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy to decrease pressure on the affected disc and nerves. A chiropractor uses low-force techniques to help relieve the painful symptoms of a bulging disc.

How long does it take to recover from a bulging disc?

The recovery time for a bulging disc can take approximately 6 weeks to 3 months.4 However, recovery time may vary depending on the individual patient.

It’s very important not to rush recovery. While your back pain may lessen early on in your treatment, you must allow time for the disc time to fully recover before resuming your regular activities.

We Can Help Fix a Bulging Disc

Seeking treatment with a chiropractor can be a great fix for a bulging disc. If you are suffering from a bulging disc, look no further! Select Spine & Sports Medicine is here to help you heal.

Chiropractic treatment is safe for a bulging disc, herniated disc, or sciatica. Patients in the Friendswood, TX area can find safe and high-quality care at Select Spine & Sports Medicine.

Make an appointment to help safely treat your bulging disc today!

Chiropractor Near Me

Chiropractor – Friendswood, TX

Welcome to Select Spine & Sports Medicine, your home for evidence-based chiropractic care in Friendswood, Texas.

Our number one goal is to provide personalized care, to get you out of pain fast, and teach you how to keep it from coming back again.

At your first appointment one of our doctors will meet with you, discuss your complaints, and perform a thorough exam to determine the cause of your symptoms. The doctor will explain your diagnosis and educate you on how we can help you reach your goals, as well as how you can help yourself at home between treatments so you can get relief as quickly as possible.

If any specialized imaging like x-rays, MRIs, or CT scans are indicated during the exam, our doctors can order those tests and will review those results with you on your next appointment.

Next, your custom-tailored treatment will begin, and each appointment thereafter will build on the previous one, bringing you one step closer to having your life back.

Treatment Options

We offer a wide range of conservative treatment options including, but not limited to: electrical muscle stimulation therapy, heat and ice, rapid recovery compression boots, physical medicine and rehabilitation, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, medical massage, deep tissue therapies with the doctors, kinesiology taping, spinal manipulation and extremity manipulation.

Insurance

Our doctors are in network with most major health insurance plans, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, Medicare, and many more.

What we treat

Our doctors specialize in one-to-one care for a variety of conditions including headaches, neck pain, back pain, herniated discs, sciatica, pinched nerves, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle injuries, sports injuries, and whiplash.

Are you ready?

Are you ready to get out of pain? Are you ready for a chiropractor who cares? Are you ready for treatment that is tailored to you and your diagnosis? Then call now and we would be honored to help you.

281-993-2122

Why Gait Analysis Is Important With Chiropractic Care

The way a person walks, their gait, can be very telling. It can reveal problems in the feet, ankles, knees, and hips – even in spinal alignment. A problem with gait can indicate pain in a patient as well as serious conditions like diabetes and arthritis. It is a diagnostic tool for many conditions, injuries, and syndromes including autism. When it comes to chiropractic care, a patient’s gait can offer very important clues regarding the root of their complaints, allowing for a more well-rounded, whole body approach to treatment. If you think that the way you walk or moves doesn’t really matter, think again. It most certainly does matter.

What is Gait Analysis?

Gait analysis is a set of tests that are designed to provide a comprehensive evaluation of a person’s gait. It is a systematic study of human motion that involves observation as well as the use of instruments that measure body movements, muscle activity, and body mechanics.

It is intended to be used as an assessment tool and provide insight into devising a treatment plan for people who have conditions or injuries that affect their ability to walk. It is often used in sports biomechanics to aid athletes in more efficient movement and to identify problems with movement or posture, particularly those with injuries.

During the analysis, the patient may walk in a prescribed pattern or on a treadmill, that is often connected to a computer, while the chiropractor observes them from various angles. Often cameras are used, places at various points in order to capture different views including the anterior, posterior, and sides.

The patient may have markers applied to certain points on the body such as the knee, ankle, pelvis, and other areas. As they move, the computer captures specific data of the movement, providing a three-dimensional calculation of each marker. It them applies a model to assess the movement of the skeletal structure, resulting in a detailed analysis of each joint’s movement.

Factors that Affect Gait Analysis

There are certain factors that affect a person’s gait and that information must be included in order for the gait analysis to be accurate. The gender, age, height, and weight of the person is vital because men and women move differently and as a person ages their structure changes.

Excess weight or they physique can affect a person’s posture and their gait. The individual’s shoes (or lack of shoes) is important, as is their clothing, the terrain they are walking on, and anything they may normally carry, such as a purse. Other factors include:

  • Physiological factors such as body proportion
  • Psychological factors such as their state of mind, emotions, stress level, and personality type
  • Pathological factors such as neurological diseases, psychiatric disorders, trauma, and musculoskeletal anomalies

It will also measure and factor into the analysis data that includes the patient’s:

  • Length of stride
  • Cadence
  • Hip angle
  • Foot angle
  • Step length
  • Walking or movement speed
  • Other areas as needed

Advantages of a Gait Analysis

Getting a gait analysis can be very advantageous because it can provide invaluable insight into how your body is aligned and how it moves. It is a great diagnostic tool for identifying health issues related to the gait, spine, and feet and can also help provide early detection of health issues prior to the onset of symptoms.

If your Friendswood Chiropractor recommends that you get a gait analysis it could be that he or she suspects that something is going on, or it could simply mean that they want to more thoroughly examine you to provide optimal care. If you have any concerns, you should sit down with your chiropractor and ask them any questions that you have prior to undergoing the analysis. Stress and anxiety can put tension on the muscles and body, affecting the results.

What Is Cervicalgia & Can Chiropractic Help?

CervicalgiaHave you ever had a pain in the neck? And your kids or significant other don’t count. If you’ve ever had a stiff, sore neck then you’ve more than likely experienced cervicalgia. You’re not alone. The American Osteopathic Association estimates that more than 25% of Americans have experienced or chronically experience neck pain. In fact, neck pain is one of the primary causes of chronic pain, ranking number three behind knee pain (number two) and back pain (number one). Chronic pain affects around 65% of people in the United States, ranging in age from 18 to 34. They either have experienced it firsthand or care for someone who has recently experienced it. That number increases as the population ages.

It is also worth noting that most doctors prescribe pain medications but more than 33% of patients with chronic pain won’t take them because they are afraid of becoming addicted.

What is Cervicalgia?

Cervicalgia is a blanket term used to describe neck pain. It can range from a simple “crick in the neck” to severe pain that prevents you from turning your head.

Knowing the term for the pain, though, does not help when it comes to treatment because treatment lies in the cause of the pain. It can become quite complex because there are so many causes for the pain. Sometimes the cause itself must be eliminated before the treatments for the pain can be effective.

What are the Causes of Cervicalgia?

The causes of cervicalgia are vast and varied. A patient who sits at their desk for too long or sleeps in a poor position can develop neck pain.

Injuries such as sports injuries and whiplash fall at the more severe end of the spectrum. Even simple gravity can be a culprit.

The human head can weigh as much as 10 pounds, sometimes even more and the neck is tasked with keeping it upright. Just the action of fighting gravity and keeping the head erect for long periods of time (like all day) can cause the neck muscles to become strained and fatigued. This can also cause neck injuries to heal slower because the neck is almost constantly in use and under consistent stress.

How is Cervicalgia Treated?

Treatment for cervicalgia depends on both the symptoms and the cause. If you have been injured, you should seek medical attention immediately to assess the severity of the injury.

You can apply ice to help reduce inflammation and swelling, but do not delay a medical evaluation. Some neck injuries can be serious, causing very serious conditions including paralysis.

After assessment, your doctor may prescribe medication such as anti-inflammatories and stronger painkillers. A cervical collar may also be recommended since it allows the neck to rest which will promote healing.

If the pain is caused by other reasons such as stress, poor posture, or sleeping on the wrong pillow (in other words, you have a crick in your neck), you can use an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication and using a heating pad will help. Massage is also effective.

However, prevention is the best cure. When you know what is causing your cervicalgia, you can take steps to prevent it. Chiropractic can help both in prevent cervicalgia and in treating it.

Chiropractic for Cervicalgia

Chiropractic treatment can help relieve the pain from cervicalgia for many of the causes, including injury, stress, and misalignment. Depending on the cause, the chiropractor will use specific techniques to treat the root of the problem.

They will bring the body back into alignment which also helps to prevent the pain of cervicalgia. The most attractive aspect is that it allows for pain management without the use of any medications.

When you get regular chiropractic care, you can actually reduce your chances of experiencing pain in your neck and back. That is why so many people are choosing chiropractic care for their neck and back pain instead of turning to traditional medicine – because it works.

Why Lower Back Pain Sufferers Prefer Chiropractic Care

lower back painThrobbing, dull and achy, sharp and excruciating. All of these words can be used to describe lower back pain.

Unfortunately, lower back pain is a common occurrence in adults. According to the American Chiropractic Association, low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, with millions of reported cases every year.

What treatment should you seek if you experience pain in your lower back? The good news is that it often heals on its own. A few days of over-the-counter pain meds, ice, and taking it easy, and you could be back to normal.

However, those who continue to deal with the pain after a few weeks’ time may choose to look for other solutions. This is also true for people who experience repeated flare ups, or chronic low back pain.

One of the best and most popular options is chiropractic care.

Why? 

First of all, chiropractic care doesn’t focus solely on the pain, but helps the body heal itself. Chiropractors understand the bones, muscles, discs, and nerves in the back, and are able to figure out the reason for the pain.

From there, they can create a customized treatment plan from compresses to spinal manipulation to exercises that helps heal the area and reduces the pain.

Second, it’s a drug-free solution.

Because of its healing, restorative approach, chiropractic treatment tends to the source of the pain, instead of simply dulling it. Spine Universe estimates 6 to 12 treatments are typically needed to treat low back pain, but each individual person’s requirement may vary.

Over the course of these treatments, spinal alignment begins to balance the other parts of a person’s back and helps correct the issue causing the pain. In addition, spinal manipulation helps improve mobility and function in many cases, whereas drugs alone do not.

Finally, chiropractic care for low back pain also help minimize relapses.

Patients who experience low back pain obviously never want to deal with it again, but it can flare up periodically. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, roughly 20% of those who suffer from low back pain will eventually deal with it chronically. This can cause frustration, especially when it affects mobility.

Before you run screaming in horror to the medicine cabinet, one of the best reasons to participate in chiropractic treatment is that it helps reduce the chance of a recurrence. By working on the total body and getting it in the best shape possible, the patient is stronger and more balanced to handle their workload and other strenuous activities. Chiropractors also impart advice on how to minimize the chances of re-aggravating the lower back.

Millions of people suffer with back pain each year, and some never visit a chiropractor. Those who do choose chiropractic treatment are privy to treatment that reduces their pain, increases healing, shortens their downtime, and lessens their chances of a recurrence. If over the counter medication and ice packs haven’t worked within a few days, it’s time to make an appointment for a consultation with a licensed chiropractor. You will be happy you did!

Trigger Points & Other Myofascial Pain Relief With Chiropractic

Trigger PointsMany people think of joints, bones, and the skeletal system when they think of chiropractic, but in fact, the muscles also play an integral part in supporting the body. The muscles are layers and interwoven work to move and stabilize the spine, facilitate the movement of the body’s joints, and aid in respiration. When there is pain within this system, chiropractic can be a very effective treatment. More patients are turning to chiropractic care to treat a variety of painful conditions because it does not use addictive pharmaceuticals with unpleasant side effects; it is completely natural. Chiropractic can also keep patients from requiring surgery in many cases. So when it comes to myofascial pain and trigger points, this form of treatment is often considered optimal.

What is Myofascial Pain?

In simple terms, myofascial pain is simply pain in the muscles. When you break down the word, “myo” means muscle and “fascia” refers to the connective tissue that are interwoven throughout the body.

The pain originates in specific trigger points that are located in the muscles and fascia at various areas of the body. The pain can range in intensity from mild and annoying to severe and debilitating.

What are Trigger Points?

Trigger points are tightened, hypersensitive spots that can be located in any muscle. Different people may have different trigger points. It isn’t like specific lower back pain or neck pain which occur in specific areas of the body. Trigger points can vary from person to person.

When trigger points form, they become nodules or spots that exist in one of the muscle’s taut bands. The patient may experience a variety of symptoms including pain, weakness, burning, tingling, and other symptoms.

What often makes trigger points difficult to locate is that they cause what is known as referred pain. In other words, the person may experience the pain at the exact location of the trigger point, or the pain can be referred to other areas in the body. Referred pain usually has fairly consistent pain patterns so it can be traced to the origin – eventually.

Around 85% of the pain that individuals experience is attributed to myofascial pain. The trigger points determine whether the pain is chronic or acute. It is a condition that is very common.

How do Trigger Points Form?

Trigger points form when the muscle undergoes trauma of some type. The trauma can come from disease, accidents, work related conditions (from persistent, repetitive motion), and sports injuries.

Activities or habits that place a repetitive, long term strain on the muscles can also cause trigger points. Poor posture, improper ergonomics, and repetitive movements are the most common of these types of activities. Emotional and physical stress are often identified as causes of irritating trigger points.

Benefits of Chiropractic for Myofascial Pain and Trigger Points

Chiropractic care is often a preferred treatment for myofascial pain due to its effectiveness and drug free approach. Patients who undergo treatment will usually experience a dramatic decrease in their pain level or it will be eliminated altogether.

They also enjoy increased strength, flexibility, and range of motion. With continued chiropractic care, they will find that they have more endurance for work and recreational activities and even sleep better. It should be noted that sleep disruptions are a common complaint associated with myofascial pain.

Overall, chiropractic can give patients with myofascial pain a better quality of life with decreased incidence of injury. They are often able to lower their pain medication or eliminate it altogether.

Because chiropractic is a whole-body approach, patients learn healthy habits including diet, exercise, and mental wellness. Most of all, they can live with less pain or no pain at all.