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.
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
One of the most common causes of recurrent lower back pain and stiffness as well as sciatica is an anatomical short leg. The patient will talk about having lower back pain and stiffness almost always on the same side of the body every time. They have no history of trauma but have been suffering from the same complaint ever since high school. The condition seems to get more significant as they age complaining the exacerbation last longer and intensifies in severity per occurrence as they age. Many times they will have been to a Chiropractor, who on examination, will mention a short leg. The patient may have wear on the bottom or their jean pant leg on the short leg side or wear on the outside heal of the short leg side. They may have been told that they have a scoliosis. If they are a runner they will have recurrent Ilio-tibial band discomfort on the long leg side or recurrent bursitis. They may have even started developing medial knee pain or bunions as a result of the foot compensation and resulting pronation.
On X-ray exam you will see un-leveling of the pelvis and femur heads. The spine will either lean into the curve causing scoliosis formation on large deficiencies or compensatory leaning away from the short side both of which will cause disk wedging and premature wear of the lower lumbar disk and arthritic changes as a result. The patient presents with neck and upper back symptoms as well due the leaning tower of Pisa affect. IF the base of the spine is not level there will be stresses all up above which can cause recurrent neck and upper back pain as a result.
The answer can be as easy as leveling the pelvis with a shoe insert and/or an orthotic as well as restoring the function to the spine caused by the imbalance. Here at Frostwood Chiropractic we take films of the spine prior to treatment to know the condition of the spine we are treating. We measure the pelvic, and femur heights using the films so we know the height or the lift for the shoe. The arches of the feet are also evaluated due to un-leveling that can occur if one arch has fallen as a result of the imbalance. If you keep going to your Chiropractor and the same problem on the same side recurs maybe ask about this type of evaluation. Chronic pain can lead to expensive steroid injections or even surgery if not treated appropriately.
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.