The following conditions, disorders, and injuries have been shown to respond well to chiropractic care:
Arm, Hand, Wrist, & Elbow Pain
Arthritis – If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, your doctor of chiropractic can help you plan an individualized exercise program that will: Help you restore the lost range of motion to your joints, Improve your flexibility and endurance, and Increase your muscle tone and strength. Doctors of chiropractic can also give you nutrition and supplementation advice that can be helpful in controlling and reducing joint inflammation
Asthma – Doctors of chiropractic can give a full-scale consultation to asthma patients; assess their physical and neurological status, their lifestyle, diet, and stressors; and help the patients increase motor coordination, and improve the work of respiratory and gut muscles to increase the quality of life Back, Neck, Rib & Shoulder Pain
Bulging or Herniated Discs
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Chiropractic joint manipulation and mobilization of the wrist and hand, stretching and strengthening exercises, soft-tissue mobilization techniques, and even yoga can be helpful. Scientists are also investigating other therapies, such as acupuncture, that may help prevent and treat this disorder.
Fibromyalgia – Chiropractic care has consistently ranked as one of the therapeutic approaches that offer the most relief for the fibromyalgia patient. Your doctor of chiropractic can also include massage therapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation in the treatment program, which may help relieve stress, pain, and other symptoms.
Headaches – Chiropractic care for headaches can include: spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system; nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins; advice on posture, ergonomics (work postures), exercises and relaxation techniques. This advice should help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back.
Herniated Disc – As the spinal disc becomes less elastic, it can rupture. When the disc ruptures, a portion of the spinal disc pushes outside its normal boundary–this is called a herniated disc.
Joint & Muscle Stiffness
Leg, Hip, Foot & Ankle Pain
Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Spurs – Plantar fasciitis (pronounced PLAN-tar fashee-EYE-tiss) is an inflammation of the fascia on the bottom of the foot. It is often considered the same as, or seen with, heel spur. The pain is usually in the front and bottom of the heel. It can also be over the entire bottom area of the foot. The pain can be mild or debilitating. It can last a few months or a lifetime. It can go away by itself, only to return in a few weeks or months.
Sciatica – For most people, sciatica responds very well to conservative care, including chiropractic. Keeping in mind that sciatica is a symptom and not a stand-alone medical condition, treatment plans will often vary depending on the underlying cause of the problem. The goal of chiropractic care is to restore spinal movement, thereby improving function while decreasing pain and inflammation. Depending on the cause of the sciatica, a chiropractic treatment plan may cover several different treatment methods, including but not limited to spinal adjustments, ice/heat therapy, ultrasound, TENS, and rehabilitative exercises.
Scoliosis – Scoliosis can significantly affect the quality of life by limiting activity, causing pain, reducing lung function, or affecting heart function. Spinal manipulation, therapeutic exercise, and electrical muscle stimulation have also been advocated in the treatment of scoliosis. None of these therapies alone has been shown to consistently reduce scoliosis or to make the curvatures worse. For patients with back pain along with the scoliosis, manipulation and exercise may be of help.
Spinal Stenosis – Spinal Stenosis is created by the narrowing of the spinal canal. This narrowing may be caused by mechanical problems or by abnormalities in the aging spine. It may or may not result in low-back pain, limping, and a lack of feeling in the legs. There are three basic treatment approaches to Spinal Stenosis: the conservative medical approach, which frequently involves bed rest, analgesics, local heat, and muscle relaxants; the conservative chiropractic approach, which includes manipulation, exercise and self-care techniques; and surgery.
Sports Injuries – common sports-related injuries such as stress fractures, shin splints, tendonitis, sprains and strains
TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder – If you have TMD, your doctor may recommend chiropractic manipulation, massage, applying heat/ice and special exercises. In most cases, your doctor’s first goal is to relieve symptoms, particularly pain. If the doctor feels that you need special appliances or splints he will refer you to a dentist or orthodontist.
Whiplash – Whiplash is a generic term applied to injuries of the neck caused when the neck is suddenly and/or violently jolted in one direction and then another, creating a whip-like movement. Whiplash is most commonly seen in people involved in motor vehicle accidents, but it can also occur from falls, sports injuries, work injuries, and other incidents. One of the most important aspects of whiplash management is for the patient to stay active, unless there is some serious injury that requires immobilization. Ice and/or heat are often used to help control pain and reduce the muscle spasm that results from whiplash injuries. Other physical therapy modalities, such as electrical stimulation and/or ultrasound, may provide some short-term relief.