Our clinic is dedicated to the health of our patients. We strive to provide the best healthcare to our patients and their families. Our staff is Bi-lingual so that we may be able to serve English, Russian and Spanish speaking patients. CHIROPRACTIC is the Science, Art and Philosophy that concerns itself with the restoration of good health by restoring and maintaining a properly functioning nervous system, without the use of drugs or surgery.
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body. Doctors of Chiropractic call this the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. The Chiropractic adjustment has been proven to increase motion, increase circulation, reduce swelling and pain, and remove nervous irritation. Once this nervous irritation is removed, your body is able to do what it is designed to do – heal itself.Read More
The practice of using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body. It is performed for a variety of reasons, including treating painful ailments, decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, and rehabilitating sports injuries.
There are so many benefits of having a regular massage. Not only can you alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion but it improve circulation, spasms and cramping. To read more about the full benefits of massage Click here
Did you know that one of the most stressful aspects of living in modern life is dealing with the problems that arise after an unexpected work accident? Were you also aware that most work accident injuries are seldom detected for months or even years? Workers’ Compensation Insurance covers chiropractic care. Research studies have repeatedly found that chiropractic care gets people back to work much sooner and at far lower cost than medical care for the same type of on-the-job back injuries.Read More
If you have been involved in a car accident, whiplash injuries need to be taken very seriously. Because symptoms of a whiplash injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that you are not as injured as you really are. Too often people don’t seek treatment following a car accident because they don’t feel hurt. By far, the most common injury to the neck is a whiplash injury.Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the head, either backward, forward, or sideways, that results in the damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back.Read More
SPORTS INJURIES: Many musculoskeletal complaints arise from injuries sustained in sports. Each year we see athletic performance draw closer to the limits of human potential. Understanding the biomechanical principles involved helps us to prevent injury and restore functional integrity and stability through rehabilitation. Many amateur and professional athletes are sidelined with injuries that could be avoided. Others sit it out on the bench because their injury does not respond to ordinary treatment. Still others are playing, but at less than peak efficiency, simply because their structural system is not balance. Progressive coaches, athletes, and doctors are realizing that pain killing drugs are not the answer. They merely cover up the symptoms, deceiving the athlete into actions which could make the injury more serious. Probably more than any other health profession, Chiropractic’s approach to health closely relates to the needs of the sports participant. Most sports involve body contact, fast starts and stops, and positioning that places an unusual amount of strain on the back and structural system.Read More
HEADACHES: Headaches affect just about everyone at some point and they can present themselves in many different ways. Some people only experience pain in one part of their head or behind their eyes, some people experience a pounding sensation inside their whole head, and some people even experience nausea, while others do not. The pain itself may be dull or sharp and may last for anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. Fortunately, very few headaches have serious underlying causes, but those that do require urgent medical attention.
Although headaches can be due to a wide variety of causes, such as drug reactions, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), tightness in the neck muscles, low blood sugar, high blood pressure, stress and fatigue, the majority of recurrent headaches are of two types: tension headaches (also called cervicogenic headaches) and migraine headaches. There is a third, less common, type of headaches called a cluster headache that is a cousin to the migraine. Let’s start out by taking a look at each of these three types of headaches.Read More
Eighty percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. In fact, it is estimated that low back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10% of all people experience frequent bouts of low back pain. The susceptibility of the low back to injury and pain is due to the fact that the low back, like the neck, is a very unstable part of the spine. Unlike the thoracic spine, which is supported and stabilized by the rib cage. This instability allows us to have a great deal of mobility to touch our toes, tie our shoes or pick something up from the ground, but at the cost of increased risk of injury.Read More
Of all the biomechanical (structural) ailments of the spine, a disc condition can be one of the hardest to treat. It requires the longest amount of healing time, approximately twelve weeks. In contrast, a muscle strain will usually heal in two to four weeks and a ligament strain in four to six weeks.
The lack of a direct source of blood supply is the main reason the disc takes so long to heal. A disc only receives nutrients when the motion of the bones above and below the disc causes some blood within that bone to be pumped into the disc. However, this pumping action actually becomes hindered due to the attendant back muscle spasms, which develop to protect the back from further injury.
Disc problems require special attention. A proper examination and diagnosis is essential to determine the best treatment guidelines. Chiropractors have special training in the care of the spine and intervertebral disc. Your Doctor of Chiropractic can help you determine if you have a spinal disc condition. If so, a treatment plan that is right for you can then be established to help you recover.
The intervertebral disc is made up of two components, an outer ligamentous wound covering, called the annulus and an inner jelly-like substance called the nucleus pulposus. The nucleus provides the main cushioning effect while the annulus acts as the container that holds the disc between the vertebrae and keeps the jelly-like nucleus in place.
The design of intervertebral disc is such that it can withstand a tremendous amount of compressive pressure. In fact, under heavy lifting with the spine straight, you would fracture the vertebra before you would ever rupture a normal disc. However, the high load capacity of our discs do not do well when we subject them to shearing (twisting) force.
Bending while lifting and twisting is the most difficult stress for the disc to handle. When a person bends forward, the pressure in the discs of the lower back is nearly doubled. When an object is lifted, especially far away from the body, this stress is multiplied even more. If the person begins to turn as the object is lifted, shearing force is transferred into the disc and the fibers that make up the outer covering of the disc may begin to tear.
Tearing of the annular fibers (outer covering) of the disc can happen slowly and gradually or abruptly in a traumatic situation. Small tears may or may not exhibit pain. This is because the nerves that reach the disc are very small and do not cover a lot of the area. Sometimes when minor tearing occurs, the pain will be described as a twinge. On the other hand, severe tearing almost always results in sudden, prolonged, and worsening pain, which is accompanied by muscle spasm and possibly referred pain into an extremity (arm or leg, depending on where the disc damaged occurs.)
When tearing becomes extensive enough that the nucleus pulposus can no longer be contained within the center of the disc, the jelly-like substance that makes up the nucleus begins to migrate out. This shifting of the nuclear material causes the joint to function poorly. This in turn places the joint under added stress with during movement and makes the disc even more susceptible to repeated stress injuries.
If annular tearing continues slowly, a condition called a degenerative disc disease may result. This is a disc condition where the disc slowly looses its elasticity through a repeated process of wear and tear. The result is a thin disc that functions poorly as part of the joint complex and also functions poorly as a shock absorber for the spine.
If annular tearing occurs quickly, or if a weakened disc receives enough stress to tear through an already compromised area, the result will be a shift of the nucleus from the center towards the outside of the disc. This condition is referred to as a disc bulge or herniated disc (slipped disc.) A small migration of nuclear material, 3mm outside the disc or less, may be called a disc bulge or protrusion. A disc herniation is generally larger. If disc material actually escapes and separates from the outer edge of the disc a prolapsed disc is the correct diagnosis.
Acute injuries can happen from any sudden tearing of the disc fibers. Common activities and situations that injure discs are bending, lifting, or twisting the spine, falls, or automobile accidents. The symptoms will vary due to level, location, and size of the disc injury. A herniation can happen in any part of the spine cervical (neck) thoracic (middle back) or lumbar (low back) region. Of these, herniations in the thoracic region are very uncommon. Disc injuries to the lower back are more common from lifting and cervical disc injuries are an all too common in severe whiplash injuries. A little known fact is that lifting a heavy can actually cause a cervical disc herniation if the disc was already weakened.
Chronic disc conditions can be the result of a poorly healed injury or from excessive and repetitive stress. As more wear occurs, the disc becomes dehydrated (dries out) and becomes thin. Calcium salts may try to invade the disc and the surrounding tissue. This is the way the body tries to stabilize the weakening disc. The result over time is joint spurs (arthritis) and a poorly functioning back joint. Stiffness and dull aching pain are usually reported in these classic cases of chronic disc disease.
Discs that are bulging, herniated, or prolapsed often create sharp pain, which may radiate into the extremities. A cervical disc herniation may cause pain down and arm. Likewise, a lower back herniation may send pain down a leg. The area the pain travels to is an important clue as to the level of the disc injury. For instance, if the last lumbar disc is herniated, pain may travel down the back of the right leg and into the little toe. If the middle of the lumbar spine is damaged at the third lumbar disc level, the pain will travel more towards the front of the leg.
In the lower back, the position of the herniation also determines the symptoms. For instance, if the disc herniation is near the center of the spine, the pain may only be experienced in the back. The pain with this type of herniation gets a bit better when you lean into the side of pain and worsens when you lean away from the side of pain. A disc herniation on the lateral side (away from the center of the spine.) may only cause leg pain. The pain from this type of herniation decreases when you lean away from the side of pain and worsens when you lean into the side of pain.
Our chiropractors are specially trained in the treatment of the spine and through careful history, examination, and imaging (x-ray and MRI) they can diagnose and treat most disc disorders. Your chiropractor can also discuss with you any need for surgical intervention, should your diagnosis warrant a more radical surgical solution.
Conservative chiropractic care for disc conditions may involve the use of ice and or ultrasound to reduce any initial swelling and inflammation during the acute phase. Guarded stretching of certain muscles groups may also be started. Also, manipulation may be used to restore lost joint integrity, and traction to the disc can be done to help reduce (suck back in) some of the migrating nucleus material.
Our doctors may also recommend and fit you with a special back brace to prevent re-injury and reduce pain. Nutritional recommendations should also be followed to aid in the healing process.. For instance, a substance called glucose-amino chondroitin sulfate is lost from injured discs and may be replaced to a degree with supplements. Remember that disc injuries take approximately twelve weeks to heal. Patience is required to cope with the expected ups and downs; however, with successful treatment and time, the results can be a welcome alternative to the use of drugs or back surgery.
Our doctors frequently treat degenerative disc conditions. With manipulation and other supportive measures such as applications of moist heat, stretching, massage therapy, and proper exercise, the pain and discomfort of degenerative joint disease can be greatly eased. With proper continued care, the arthritic process can be slowed or halted. Remember that if you have suffered from a previous disc condition in the past, it would be wise to take good care of your spine and see your chiropractor as recommended. A disc can never heal as good as new but with good care, strengthening and support to the surrounding tissue, your back may be spared the early onset of joint arthritis, which so commonly follows a disc injury.