Most Effective, Best Chiropractor in Montgomery AL
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Find a 5 star chiropractor to treat any of these unwellnesses
back and lower back pain
joint, hip and knee pain
arthritis and osteoarthritis
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
vehicle accident injuries
carpal tunnel syndrome
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Spinal OsteoarthritisBy Daniel Lieberman, MD Arthritis is a general term that means swelling of a joint. The word arthritis comes from a combination of the Greek "arthros," meaning a joint and "-itis," meaning inflammation. The facets are the only joints in the spine. Spinal arthritis therefore means inflammation of the spinal facet joints. Arthritis is the most common cause of low back pain, especially in people over age 50. The low back contains five sets of facet joints, one on the left and one on the right side of each spinal bone. Like joints in any other part of the body the low back facet joints can be injured, or become inflamed.
Causes of Arthritis in the Lower BackArthritis of the spine usually occurs due to internal damage to the facet joints. The surfaces of the facet joints are lined with smooth cartilage to allow for movement as the two sides of the joint rub against one another. However, the joint can become painful when the cartilage on one side get chipped, torn, or damaged then every time the spine moves the injured cartilage gouges its neighbor, causing further injury. This damage to the joint results in friction, and ultimately inflammation. The swollen facet joints transmit this pain signal through a single nerve (the medial branch) coming from the facet joint. This signal then causes the back muscles to go into spasm. The combination of the muscle spasm and inflammation of the joints causes low back pain. The spinal facet joints in the lower back are prone to developing osteoarthritis. The joints are quite small compared to the amount of body weight they bear. The resulting stress and strain makes them susceptible to damage to the cartilage, and injury. The accumulation of injuries over a lifetime causes the joints to break down, or degenerate. Facet joint breakdown also comes as a result of torn discs. Discs act as shock absorbers for the spine. They have a tough outer part, and a soft inner part. The soft inner part absorbs the shock. But the hard outer part can tear due to degeneration or even injury. The torn discs don’t absorb stress and strain very well, which leads to excessive force being transmitted to the facet joints. The degenerative process is similar to what happens in a car. If the shocks go out and aren’t replaced, the next thing that happens is the springs break. In the lower back, once the torn disc stops absorbing the stresses and strain of everyday life, the facet joints go out next. Once the facet joints are injured they become inflamed, swell, cause muscle spasm, and the back pain cycle begins. Spinal arthritis causes stiffness and low back pain. The stiffness is worst upon waking up in the morning, tends to ease with activity, then worsens toward the end of the day. Presumably, this is because fluid has built up in the joint due to inactivity overnight, which causes more swelling. The low back pain due to facet joint arthritis has a typical pattern: The pain is mostly — more than 80% — in the back, runs into the buttocks, and often really feels like it’s in the hip. As it gets even worse people often report burning on the outer aspect of the thigh, and sometimes pain down the leg. Because the pain runs down the leg people, even doctors sometimes, confuse it with nerve root pain.
Typical Symptoms of Spinal OsteoarthritisThe full range of symptoms that typically occur with spinal arthritis includes some combination of the following: ⦁ The back and/or neck stiffness and pain tend to be worse in the morning (particularly for about 30 minutes after waking up), often called "first movement pain." ⦁ The pain will usually subside to a more tolerable level over the course of the day as the person carries on his or her activities. ⦁ Pain and stiffness tend to get worse again in the evening. ⦁ Pain that disrupts sleep is often an indicator of osteoarthritis. ⦁ Swelling and warmth in one or more joints, particularly during weather changes (which may be related to barometric pressure changes and cooling of the air). ⦁ Localized tenderness when the joint or affected area of the spine is pressed. ⦁ Steady or intermittent pain in a joint, which is often described as an aching type of pain. The pain may be aggravated by motion. ⦁ Loss of flexibility of a joint, such as inability to bend and pick something off the floor. ⦁ A crunching feeling or sound of bone rubbing on bone when the joint is moved (called crepitus), particularly notable in the neck. ⦁ A sensation of pinching, tingling, or numbness in a nerve or the spinal cord, which can occur when bone spurs form at the edge of the joints of the spine and irritate the nerves. Facet joint pain and stiffness can begin to occur after long periods of inactivity, such as while sitting for long journeys or watching a two-hour movie. With advanced osteoarthritis and increased rasping friction between bones, the pain often becomes substantial even at rest or with very little movement. With progressive osteoarthritis, a single joint may at first be affected, but with time and further activities, many joints of the body may be affected – in the base of the neck, or in the knees, hips, hands, and/or feet. Although less common, some patients may experience severe deformities of certain joints over time. Osteoarthritis differs from rheumatoid arthritis and other systemic forms of arthritis because it only affects joints (although it may lead to an entrapment of a nerve at any level in the spine or the spinal cord in the neck) and does not affect organs or soft tissue areas of the body.
Whiplash - What Is It?by Donald Murphy DC Whiplash is a term that describes injury to the neck that occurs as a result of a motor vehicle or car accident. The most common type of car accident is the rear impact, and most typically, the occupant in the vehicle that gets "rear-ended" (hit from behind) is at the greatest risk of whiplash. The impact at rear of vehicle transfers the sudden push to the car seat pushing occupant's body forward, but if there is not a firm head rest above the seat the head is jolted backwards because its inertia tries to keep it where it was. Whiplash, less severe, can also happen in "contact" sports.
What Is Now Known About Whiplash?Until recently, the reason for the extent of whiplash injuries was poorly understood. In addition, due to the legal and insurance issues, the veracity of complaints of neck pain and other symptoms by people who suffer from whiplash is commonly viewed as suspect, there being a large payout depending on the outcome. However, recent research has helped clarify why occupants struck from behind experience more extensive whiplash injuries than those in other types of crashes. This new information is important for the physician treating whiplash pain, as it impacts the physician’s case management strategy. Whiplash injuries can be quite complex and may include a variety of related problems, such as: Joint dysfunction. As a result of the whiplash, one of the joints in the spine or limbs may lose its normal resiliency and shock absorption (referred to as the joint play), possibly leading to restricted range of movement and pain. Disc herniation. A whiplash accident may injure the discs between the vertebrae, lead to small tears and cause the inner core of the disc to extrude through its outer core. If the disc's inner core comes in contact with and irritates a nearby spinal nerve root, a herniated disc occurs, with symptoms possibly including sharp, shooting pain down the arm and even neurological symptoms like numbness, tingling and muscle weakness.
Chiropractic Care - How Does it Work?The main causes of joint dysfunction are mechanical, chemical, and emotional. Mechanical causes are referred to as micro- or macrotrauma. Microtrauma can also be called repetitive stress injury. Sitting with poor posture at a desk and typing all day can cause problems such as carpal tunnel, neck, upper back, or low back pain. Macrotrauma refers to pain due to trauma to the body, such as a fall, a break, or a car crash. Mechanical causes of joint dysfunction can benefit immensely from chiropractic care. Another cause of joint dysfunction is due to the chemical effects on the joint function and the body as a whole. Smoking, heavy drinking, and poor diet can create chemical imbalances in the body. Emotional stress also leads to joint dysfunction due to the overall stress and tension created within the body. Chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time. Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well. For your nervous system to function well it must be free of interference. By restoring spinal function with Chiropractic adjustments, nerve interference by misaligned vertebrae is removed, thus allowing optimal nervous system function and improved health. The customized care you receive from your chiropractor may help to improve your posture, muscle balance and mobility. It can also restore the integrity of your nervous system and get rid of pain quickly, so you can get back to feeling good today!
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