Common Injuries seen at our Maitland Chiropractic Clinic
We have seen great results treating patients in our Maitland chiropractic clinic with back pain.
Many times lower back pain is a result of joints in the spine that are fixated, misaligned and not moving properly. It can also be related to tight muscles or injuries to the discs of the spine. Therefore, getting the spine adjusted and making sure it is moving properly, utilizing electric muscle stimulation for the tight muscles, and specialized decompression for the discs has greatly reduced our patients’ pain. In addition we do myofascial release to release tight muscles that may be contributing to your lower back pain. We also offer stretches and exercises to strengthen your core muscles and make sure your lower back is functioning properly.
The treatment we offer for patients with neck pain depends on what is causing the neck pain.
Just as with back pain if the neck spinal bones are fixated or misaligned it can lead to neck pain. Also, if the neck muscles are tight or there are injuries to the intervertebral discs in the neck this can also be the cause of the pain and discomfort. We also utilize chiropractic adjustments, electric muscle stimulation, stretches, and specialized decompression to help patients with their neck pain.
Our treatment for patients with headaches depends on what type of headaches they are having and what is causing the headache.
The three broad categories of headaches are tension headaches, migraines, and cervicogenic headaches. Many times fixations or misalignments in the spinal bones can cause headaches. Also, tight muscles in the upper neck and at the base of your head can contribute to headaches. For these reasons we see great results with treating headaches with chiropractic adjustments, electric muscle stimulation, and stretches.
The most common disc injuries that we see in our Maitland chiropractic clinic are bulging discs, disc protrusions, and disc herniations.
The intervertebral disc is made of cartilage and contains an outer thicker cartilage and an inner area that contains more fluid (much like the inside of a jelly doughnut). The discs absorb shock and sit in between the spinal bones. Disc injuries can happen with a significant trauma like a car accident or sports injury or even lifting something the wrong way. It can also be injured as the result of arthritis in the spine.
- A bulging disc is when the disc shifts back bringing it closer to the spinal cord and nerve roots.
- A herniated or disc protrusion is when the inside fluid filled material leaks out and can press on the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots.
The pain from these injuries is typically sharp and many times can have pain that shoots down the arms or legs with accompanying numbness and tingling. Our main treatment for these injuries is called cox flexion distraction and it’s a specialized decompression designed to rehydrate and reposition the disc. This treatment involves distracting the spine and moving it in certain ways to pump nutrients back into the disc.
The main type of arthritis we see is called osteoarthritis and we can help.
Sometimes people refer to this as degenerative joint disease or degenerative disc disease. The first thing that happens to the spine with arthritis is a loss of the water content in the disc (this is part of the reason why we get shorter as we age!). Following the water loss the spine can develop bone spurs. This can cause a lot of achy pain that is sharp at times and is typically accompanied with loss of the normal range of motion. Many times patients say “I have to turn my whole body when trying to look over my shoulder to back out of the drive way” or “it’s hard for me to bend down to pick things up.” Chiropractic adjustments can help to improve the range of motion of the spine and decrease the associated pain. Our specialized decompression techniques can help to rehydrate the intervertebral discs.
Sciatica is characterized by pain and/or numbness or tingling that travels down the back of the leg.
The most common cause of sciatica is disc injuries in the lumbar spine that put pressure on the nerve roots that form the sciatic nerve that goes down the leg. For this reason, we typically get great results in our Maitland chiropractic clinic with our specialized decompression treatment with patients that have sciatica. Also, this same phenomenon can happen in the neck with pain shooting down the arm.