Symptoms

Back Pain

Research states that more than 80% of Americans will at some time in their life suffer from disabling lower back pain. Back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, and 31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work, and the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has reported that Chiropractic Care is a safe option for low back pain sufferers and is just as effective, if not more, than conventional medicine. Chiropractors should be one of the first specialists consulted when back pain is the primary symptom.

Back pain is very common and the source of pain can vary from person to person. Some of the many causes of back pain include but not limited to: muscle strains, ligament strains, disc herniations, joint injuries, arthritis, scoliosis, posture, organs and stress.

Neck Pain

The neck region contains many delicate, pain sensitive structures commonly exposed to abuse and abnormal stresses. The neck’s susceptibility to injury is due in part to biomechanics. Activities and events that affect the neck include extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, normal aging, and everyday wear and tear. Neck pain can be very bothersome, and it can have a variety of causes. The good news, most individuals suffering from neck problems will find chiropractic care extremely beneficial. One of the most recent reviews of scientific literature found evidence that patients with chronic neck pain enrolled in clinical trials reported significant improvement following chiropractic spinal manipulation. As part of the literature review, published in the March/April 2007 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the researchers reviewed nine previously published trials and found “high-quality evidence” that patients with chronic neck pain showed significant pain-level improvements following spinal manipulation.

Headaches

If you have a headache, you’re not alone. Nine out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea. What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? There is a better alternative.

Research shows that spinal manipulation – one of the primary treatments provided by doctors of chiropractic – may be an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck. A 2014 report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that interventions commonly used in chiropractic care improved outcomes for the treatment of acute and chronic neck pain and increased benefit was shown in several instances where a multimodal approach to neck pain had been used1. Also, a 2011 JMPT study found that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches.

Headaches have many causes, or “triggers”. 95 percent of headaches are termed primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck. Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than in the past, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture (such as sitting in front of a computer). This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.

Sciatica

The term sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain—and possibly tingling, numbness, or weakness—that originate in the lower back and travel through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the back of each leg. Sciatica is often characterized by one or more of the following symptoms: constant pain in only one side of the buttock or leg (rarely in both legs), pain that is worse when sitting, leg pain that is often described as burning, tingling, or searing (versus a dull ache), weakness, numbness, or difficulty moving the leg, foot, and/or toes, a sharp pain that may make it difficult to stand up or walk, pain that radiates down the leg and possibly into the foot and toes (it rarely occurs only in the foot)

Sciatic pain can vary from infrequent and irritating to constant and incapacitating. Symptoms are usually based on the location of the pinched nerve. Sciatica rarely occurs before age 20, and becomes more commonplace in middle age. It is most likely to develop around age 40 or 50. Perhaps because the term sciatica is often used loosely to describe leg pain, estimates of its prevalence vary widely. Some researchers have estimated it will affect up to 43% of the population at some point.

Often, a particular event or injury does not cause sciatica—rather it tends to develop over time.

The underlying causes of sciatica vary from low back disc injuries that might include herniation and/or degeneration, spinal stenosis, an entrapped sciatic nerve in the pelvic region or muscle referral patterns that mimic nerve like symptoms. It is important that a thorough examination is performed to determine the root cause of the sciatic type symptoms. Chiropractic care offers many options of treating the different causes safely and effectively.

Shoulder Pain

The neck region contains many delicate, pain sensitive structures commonly exposed to abuse and abnormal stresses. The neck’s susceptibility to injury is due in part to biomechanics. Activities and events that affect the neck include extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, normal aging, and everyday wear and tear. Neck pain can be very bothersome, and it can have a variety of causes. The good news, most individuals suffering from neck problems will find chiropractic care extremely beneficial. One of the most recent reviews of scientific literature found evidence that patients with chronic neck pain enrolled in clinical trials reported significant improvement following chiropractic spinal manipulation. As part of the literature review, published in the March/April 2007 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the researchers reviewed nine previously published trials and found “high-quality evidence” that patients with chronic neck pain showed significant pain-level improvements following spinal manipulation.

Hip Pain

Hip pain is a common complaint that can be caused by a wide variety of problems. The precise location of your hip pain can provide valuable clues about the underlying cause. Problems within the hip joint itself tend to result in pain on the inside of your hip or your groin. Hip pain on the outside of your hip, upper thigh or outer buttock is usually caused by problems with muscles, ligaments, tendons and other soft tissues that surround your hip joint.

Hip pain can sometimes be caused by conditions in other areas of your body, such as your lower back. This type of pain is called referred pain.

Elbow/Hand
Knee Pain

The neck region contains many delicate, pain sensitive structures commonly exposed to abuse and abnormal stresses. The neck’s susceptibility to injury is due in part to biomechanics. Activities and events that affect the neck include extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, normal aging, and everyday wear and tear. Neck pain can be very bothersome, and it can have a variety of causes. The good news, most individuals suffering from neck problems will find chiropractic care extremely beneficial. One of the most recent reviews of scientific literature found evidence that patients with chronic neck pain enrolled in clinical trials reported significant improvement following chiropractic spinal manipulation. As part of the literature review, published in the March/April 2007 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the researchers reviewed nine previously published trials and found “high-quality evidence” that patients with chronic neck pain showed significant pain-level improvements following spinal manipulation.

Ankle/Foot
Sport Injuries