What  is  Pain?

Pain is a natural response to let you know something is not going right with your body. 
Of course you can take a drug to help cover-up or hide the symptoms.  
Wouldn’t it make more sense to fix the underlying cause?

Many patients with the following conditions have found relief with chiropractic care:

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Headaches 
Low back pain
Neck pain
Arthritis symptoms
Carpel Tunnel
​Ankle Pain

Plantar Faciitis​
Sciatica
Mid back pain
Fibromyalgia
Wrist Pain
  and so much more.
Also:  Auto, Work and Sports injuries

Less than 20%  of your nerves are associated with pain. 
So if you have pain, what percentage of nerve interference do you have?

What damage is it doing to you, your family and your future?

  

Sciatica

What is Sciatica? 
     Sciatica is when a collection of nerves from the low back forming the sciatic nerve are irritated causing severe pain and or numbess down the leg and can travel into the foot. Sciatica is a symptom with a multitude of causes.  Some common causes are a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, piriformis syndrome and  bone spurs.  See your doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment. 
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Pinched Nerve

  
What is a pinched nerve?  
     Simply put it is a nerve that is compressed or pinched.  Surrounding muscle, bone or soft tissue can put pressure on a nerve causing severe problems.  In order for nerves to work properly an action potential must be met and an electrical impulse must travel down the length of the nerve.  If pressure is placed on a nerve, the ability to work properly diminishes.  Pinched nerves can cause a multitude of symptoms including localized pain, muscles becoming weak due to lack of stimulation or pain firing down the entire length of the nerve.   The travel of healthy nutrients up and down a nerve are cut off and the nerve begins to deteriorate and permanent nerve damage can result.  See your doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment.    
  

  

Herniated Disc

 What is a herniated disc?  
     First let us look at the disc.  In between the vertebrae or bones in your spine you have shock absorbers called discs.  Intervertebral discs are composed of many layers just like an onion.  The inner layer is gel-like, called the nucleus pulposus; the outer layers are tough and fibrous collagen, called the annulus fibrosus. 
     The herniated or bulging disc refers to the fracture of the outer layers allowing some of the gel-like material to essentially “squeeze out.”  The terms herniated and bulged discs are similar but vary in the degree of severity.  These are also called “slipped discs” or “ruptured discs.”  Below are some differences.

Bulging disc - The inner gel is pushing outward into the spinal column or nerve openings. The outer fibrous layer of the disc is intact acting like  the surface of a balloon allowing it to “bulge” outward but still confining the disc material.  In a bulging disc no portion of the inner gel has leaked out of the disc.

Herniated disc- There is a tear and the inner gel is not contained by the outer fibrous layers.  When this happens some of the inner gel leaks        into the spinal canal.  A herniated disc is often the result of an untreated bulging disc. 

     Either of the two can live silently without any symptoms or they can cause pressure on a nerve root or the spinal cord.  Once pressure is placed on a nerve root it can cause numbness, tingling, shooting pain, loss of muscle function or many other symptoms.  This can happen in the neck, mid or low back.  The following is a list of some of the symptoms in each area.

Cervical Disc Disorder- Neck pain, stiffness, numbness or tingling in the arms, hands or fingers. Pain radiating down the arms or into the upper back or shoulder.  Nausea, headaches, and loss of control of fine movements.  Many people often notice the severity when they drop their coffee mug or a glass.   

Thoracic Disc Disorder- Mid or upper back pain, pain shooting around to the front of the chest.  Signs can often mimic heart problems or lung    issues.

Lumbar Disc Disorder- Low back pain, pain in the hips, pain shooting down the legs into the feet or numbness and tingling in the legs feet or      toes.  Loss of muscle control and a feeling of being unbalanced or weak.  Also Cauda Equina Syndrome, loss of bowel and or bladder control, can occur; this is an emergency medical condition and you should seek immediate medical care.   The signs and symptoms of a herniated disc can depend on location, severity and any additional issues such as degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis and facet degeneration.  Please see your doctor for correct diagnosis and treatment options for your condition.
  
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