Vicksburg AL Most Effective Best Chiropractor

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chiropractic treatment for back pain

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
herniated disc
vehicle accident injuries
carpal tunnel syndrome
general unwellness

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chiropractic treatment for osteoarthritis

Herniated Disc, Pinched Nerve, Bulging Disc - What Are They?

by Peter F. Ullrich, Jr., MD, Orthopedic Surgeon (retired) As a spinal disc degenerates, the soft inner gel in the disc can leak back into the spinal canal. This is known as disc herniation, or herniated disc. Once inside the spinal canal, the herniated disc material then puts pressure on the nerve, causing pain to radiate down the nerve leading to sciatica or leg pain (from a lumbar herniated disc) or arm pain (from a cervical herniated disc). There are many terms used to describe spinal disc pathology and associated pain, such as "herniated disc," "pinched nerve," and "bulging disc," and all are used differently and, at times, interchangeably. Unfortunately, healthcare professionals do not agree on a precise definition of any of these terms, and patients may be frustrated when they hear their diagnosis referred to in different terms. The unusually wide range of terms used to describe spinal disc problems (such as ruptured disc, torn disc, slipped disc, collapsed disc, disc protrusion, disc disease, and black disc) can add to the confusion. Rather than caring about which term is used to describe the disc, it is more useful for patients to gain a clear understanding of the precise medical diagnosis. The medical diagnosis identifies the actual cause of the patient’s back pain, leg pain and other symptoms. Medical professionals determine the cause of the patient’s pain through a combination of the following three steps: ⦁ Review of the patient's medical history ⦁ A complete physical exam ⦁ One or more diagnostic tests (if needed) In identifying the cause of the patient’s pain, there are two general types of spinal disc problems used by physicians: Pinched nerve. When a patient has a symptomatic herniated disc, the disc itself is not painful, but rather the material that is leaking out of the inside of the disc is pinching or irritating a nearby nerve. This type of pathology produces pain called radicular pain (e.g., nerve root pain) leading to pain that may radiate to other parts of the body, such as from the low back down the leg or from the neck down the arm. Leg pain from a pinched nerve is usually described as sciatica. This nerve root pain is called a herniated disc. (Other common causes of a pinched nerve may include spinal stenosis and bone spurs from spinal arthritis). Disc pain. When a patient has a symptomatic degenerated disc (one that causes low back pain and/or leg pain), it is the disc space itself that is painful and the source of pain. This type of pain is typically called axial pain. Either of the above two conditions can occur in the cervical (neck), thoracic (upper) or lumbar (lower) spine. They tend to be most common in the lower back because the lower back bears the most torque and force on a day to day basis. It should be kept in mind that all the terms—herniated disc, pinched nerve, bulging disc, slipped disc, ruptured disc, etc.—refer to radiographic findings seen on a CT scan or MRI scan. While these test results are important, they are not as meaningful in determining the cause of the pain as the patient's specific symptoms and the doctor's physical exam results. chiropractic treatment for lower back pain

How does acupuncture work? Acupuncture needles

Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of yin and yang of the life force known as gi or chi. Qi is said to flow through meridians (pathways) in the human body. Through 350 acupuncture points in the body, these meridians and energy flows may be accessed. Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces. If needles are inserted into these points with appropriate combinations it is said that the energy flow can be brought back into proper balance. In Western societies and several other parts of the world, acupuncture is explained including concepts of neuroscience. Acupuncture points are seen by Western practitioners as places where nerves, muscles and connective tissue can be stimulated. Acupuncture practitioners say that the stimulation increases blood flow while at the same time triggering the activity of our own body's natural painkillers.

How did acupuncture become popular in the USA?

James Reston, who worked for the New York Times had his appendix removed (appendectomy) during a visit to China in 1971. After surgery he experienced some discomfort and was treated for this with acupuncture. He was surprised to find that the acupuncture treatment helped his discomfort tremendously. He subsequently wrote an article that year titled "Now, About My Operation in Peking". Many believe this article triggered intense interest in acupuncture in the USA. Reston wrote that the acupuncturist "inserted three long, thin needles into the outer part of my right elbow and below my knees and manipulated them...That sent ripples of pain racing through my limbs and, at least, had the effect of diverting my attention from the distress in my stomach. Meanwhile, Doctor Li lit two pieces of an herb called ai, which looked like the burning stumps of a broken cheap cigar, and held them close to my abdomen while occasionally twirling the needles into action. All of this took about 20 minutes, during which I remembered thinking that it was rather a complicated way to get rid of gas... but there was a noticeable relaxation of the pressure and distension within an hour and no recurrence of the problem thereafter." However, a search in The New York Times shows that acupuncture was first reported in 1854, and about once yearly until 1971. chiropractic treatment for osteoarthritis

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

By Peter F. Ullrich, Jr., MD, Orthopedic Surgeon (retired) The carpal tunnel is created by the wrist bones on the bottom and a ligament over the top. The median nerve runs through the tunnel along with the flexor tendons to the wrist. Pressure within the tunnel can compromise the nerve and lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The hallmark of carpal tunnel syndrome is numbness in the thumb, index and middle finger. Additional symptoms can include:
  1. Numbness that is worse at night
  2. Weakness in the thumb muscles of the hand (in severe cases).
The condition is more common in pregnant women, middle age women, and people with jobs that include daily repetitive hand motions.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The condition is diagnosed by a nerve conduction study, an electrical study that measures the length of time that it takes for a signal to cross the carpal tunnel. A delay is indicative of carpal tunnel syndrome. Initial treatment usually consists of NSAIDs and wrist splints (especially for use at night). If the symptoms persist, cortisone injections can be tried. If conservative (nonoperative) measures fail, or there is evidence of nerve damage (such as weak thumb muscles or profound numbness), then the carpal tunnel can be released by surgically incising the ligament to give the nerve root more room. This procedure is a commonly performed surgery and is considered very reliable.




Vicksburg AL Most Effective Best Chiropractor

Vicksburg AL Most Effective Best Chiropractor