Monday, October 31, 2016

What Causes Knee Pain?

Knee pain can be contributed by numerous of factors, for example biomechanics (built of the body), soft tissue injuries, arthritic changes in the knee, and many other issues. With proper diagnosing of the injury, the correct treatment of that injury can be performed to help with the healing process, as well as keep further injuries from occurring.  

At the beginning, during the first steps of the initial visit, a thorough exam of the knee is performed, as well as x-rays are taking to give proper diagnosis of the injury. Chiropractic adjustments alone is likely not the only needed treatment for allowing the progression of healing of the knee, for physical therapeutic exercises and therapies are needed to help provide maximum potential for healing of the knee injury.  

It's very common to find the patella (kneecap) not being able to move in a smooth bending manor, causing abnormal stresses upon the tendons, cartilage and ligaments. Chiropractors are ideally trained to provide the proper diagnosis and management of this problem through re-establishing proper muscle balance, restoring movement to the patella, and working with a trained physical therapist if needed. Strains and sprains often occur during sports that involve running and jumping, chiropractic care can help in many ways in treating these conditions.

Poor body biomechanics (which can be due to gait function, or traumatic injuries) if not corrected in an early age, can cause early arthritic activities in the joints (which is known as degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis). That's why its so important, to get an early diagnosis of the injury so it can be treated effectively.

How Can Chiropractic Help Knee Pain

Many people do not realize the effectiveness of chiropractic care in helping with knee pain.  If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, there’s still hope for pain relief. While this condition isn’t curable, it is treatable, chiropractic care can help reduce your symptoms and may even be able to slow the progression of osteoarthritis.

A lot of people don't realize that chiropractors  work on other areas of the body besides the neck and back, we are taught how to treat the spine, but any joint in your body can benefit from chiropractic care. If you’re suffering from pain in your knees, even if you’ve been told by your physician that there’s nothing that can be done for you, you may be able to find the relief you are looking for through chiropractic care. Chiropractic care is a natural and safe alternative for treatment of knee pain. Why suffer from knee pain when you don't have to?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

4 Things That Can Cause Sciatica

sciatica diagram leg pain illustration

Understanding what sciatica is and what can cause sciatica, can help tremendously on what would be the most effective way to treat and address the root cause of the underlying problem.

First lets understand what sciatica is. Sciatica is a term used to describe symptoms of leg pain. These symptoms includes, tingling, numbness and/or weakness-that originates from the lower back and travels down the buttocks, down to the sciatic nerve, which is located in the back of the leg.

Sciatica can have one or more of these following symptoms together:
* pain shooting down one or both legs, starting from the buttocks
* pain that occurs when sitting
* pain in the leg that is describe as burning, tingling
* weakness and/or numbness in the leg and/or foot
* sharp shooting pain down the leg that can cause difficulty in standing and walking

Four causes of sciatica are the following:
* Degenerative Disc Disease-disc degeneration is a natural age process, but can also cause nerve root irritation (for example in the low back) which can cause sciatic pain. Degenerative Disc Disease is diagnosed when a weakened disc causes inflammation to the exposed nerve roots, that causes symptoms such as sciatica.

* Piriformis Syndrome- this is where the sciatic nerve becomes irritated as it runs through a tiny muscle located on the buttocks (call the Piriformis). If this muscle is tight or irritated, it can pinch on the nerve root that comprises the sciatic nerve, resulting in sciatic pain.

* Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction- when sacroiliac joint is irritated, it can also irritate the L5 vertebra and this in turn can cause sciatic pain

* Lumbar Bulging Disc/Herniated Disc-A bulging disc or herniated disc is one of the most common causes of sciatic pain. Both are considerate disc disorders.

A bulging disc, is when the gel-like center (nucleus pulposus) remains contain within the anulus fibers of the disc. But, the disc bulges out like a balloon, and can irritate the nerve.

A herniated disc, is when the nucleus pulposus breaks through the anulus fibers, and the gel-like center presses against the nerve, which can also irritate the nerve. Out of the two, the herniated disc is the worst.

Both can cause sciatic pain disorder.

As chiropractors, we diagnose and treat the problem, and find the root cause of the symptoms.  We use several different therapies to help treat sciatic pain, such as ice/heat therapies, ultrasound, TENS units, and most importantly spinal adjustments.

Proper diagnosing is essential to get the corrective care that is needed.

If you're in the Charlotte NC area you can get a sciatica screening now!

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