Monday, June 19th, 2017
The classic allopathic approach initially is a course of steroids or non steroidal anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and pain. After these have failed to reduce the symptoms for a significant bulging or herniated disks (greater than 3-4 mm) a referral for an epidural steroid injection from a pain management specialist may be the next step. Finally their last option in many cases a discectomy with a laminectomy to open up the neural canal and take the pressure off the nerve. The problem with this option is now we have removed a chunk of the cartilage which weakens the structural system and like trimming the bubble off your car tire, the tire will go flat over time.
Another option is a form of specialized traction called Decompression therapy. The patient is placed on a comfortable table while an intermittent tractional force is applied via a computerized head at a specific angle, depending on the level of the disk and the appropriate weight designed to create a negative pressure within the disk to suck it in away from the neural structures. We have been treating with this device here at Frostwood Chiropractic for over 10 years with excellent success. The intermittent nature of the force allows for a pumping effect, to bring healing blood flow from the vertebral body, while allowing for comfortable muscular stresses. What does this mean? It means its super comfortable?
We have had great success with radiating arm pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the arm or hand caused by disks bulging or herniated in the cervical spine. We have treated hundreds of patients with sciatic pain radiating down the posterior and lateral leg extending as far as the foot as well as pain and/or numbness radiating down the front of the thigh, or along the femoral nerve. Back pain conditions that use to respond to Chiropractic manipulation but no longer does many times will adjust once the compressional affect has been neutralized. Nerve pain is not to be played with and should be considered a very serious condition. The longer it remains the more difficult it is to correct and the more threat to the nerve it involves. This is a tremendous, very conservative, non-invasive and much less expensive approach to significant disk problems.
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Most patients come into a doctor’s office with some sort of abnormal symptom that have been going on a long time. We all expect a state of dis-ease to heal itself and many times, over a period of days, you will start feeling better. The innate nature of the human body is to attain a state of homeostasis. A lot of patients are looking for a quick fix which is possible if the condition has been there for a short amount of time. But if you keep putting off taking care of that check engine light on your car, sometimes you end up with a bigger problem than it should have been. Of course, what keeps people from coming into see the doctor? Many times it is the fear of finding out its something bad, or fear of having to have to do something to help themselves like watching their diet or exercise. Its much easier to take a pill to get rid of the symptoms than to actually get to the root of the underlying condition. But covering up a symptom for example with non steroidal anti-inflammatories rarely get rid of a condition that has become chronic (more than one month) and may cause a whole other problem in the process. In fact it is like putting a piece of duct tape over the engine light.
Here at Frostwood Chiropractic our primary goal is to first get rid of your fear! We take a lot of time to find out what is causing your symptoms and give you a game plan. We take your body back to a state of at-ease and teach you how to stay healthy once we get you there. Fear and health are like oxymorons. They can’t occupy the same space within your body. We will do a diagnostic test to explain your condition. We send out for X-rays on almost every patient. MRIs are second level exams that may show injury to the disk, or damage to the rotator cuff, that can’t be visualized by the X-ray. The most important thing is we don’t guess at your health or condition and you and myself the doctor, knows exactly the nature of the problem. If you’ve had a condition for several weeks, months or even years there is likely something significant there to be addressed.
The next step is to develop an approach or game plan for correcting the problem. In the spine, the shoulder, and most joints, there is usually some dysfunction that is preventing motion. The joint is injured and the muscles around the joint, whether the spine or shoulder go into lock down mode to limit any damaging motions. The process of fixing the problem is always reducing the inflammation, restoring the joint and musculature to its normal range of motion, and allowing for some healing time. Next step is strengthening the area sufficiently to get a nice balance to the joint structure. When certain muscles compensate for weak muscles it makes them more prone to injury. Yes we will ask you to do some stretching and strengthening at home to encourage a speedier and more thorough condition but also to teach you how to take care of yourself for the long run. We can live 90-100+ years if you are so blessed but accruing health problems can make the golden years not so golden. We do run into conditions that have progressed beyond our ability to help you heal. In 26 years of practice I have met some of the best doctors in Houston. We will do our best to get you the appropriate care. When you look back on your worse fears, they are never as bad as you anticipated.
They were False Expectations Appearing Real!
Monday, July 2nd, 2012
When it comes to finding a chiropractor in Memorial, Texas you have many choices. There are sections of the city where you could throw a rock from one chiropractor’s door in any direction and be at another once you picked it up. New chiropractors continue to move into the area every year.
How do you choose which chiropractor to go to? (more…)
Monday, June 25th, 2012
I can save you the time and hassle of reading this article for your answer by telling you right now. ICE. No longer than 20 minutes at a time, and repeat as often as every hour.
Okay, since that is out of the way now we can discuss a little more why. Most likely if you are reading this looking for relief, you are in pain significant enough to cause you to read it. This means there is likely a reasonable amount of inflammation occurring within your body. The inflammation occurring is the key. Ice is great for slowing down the progression of inflammation. Heat is great for increasing circulation, but in turn will increase any inflammation present. This means more pain after you take the heat off. (more…)
Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
Sciatica, the word and diagnosis every patient seems to know. Sciatica simply refers to the symptoms of pain, weakness or tingling in the legs as a result of compression or injury to the sciatic nerve. In two previous posts “Sciatica – Surgery Not Included” and “Sciatica – Part II” I discussed in more detail the diagnosis of sciatica. Today, I want to discuss the results of a study that compares head-to-head chiropractic manipulation and surgical microdiskectomy for the treatment of sciatica.