Spine and disc injuries are more common in individuals who lie in the 40 to 60 age bracket. While young individuals who engage in different strenuous work activities (which involve the lifting of heavy loads and operating on machinery for long hours) experience spine, neck and disc injuries which cause great pain. These injuries cause hindrance in the movement of the back and the neck, and are aggravated by continuous involvement in different laborious activities. Spinal disc herniation is a medical condition experienced by individuals because of over-exertion on the back and neck parts of the body. Chiropractors offer different treatment methods to relieve the pain and facilitate movement of the affected individual.
What Is Spinal Disc Herniation?
Spinal disc herniation is a medical condition in which a tear appears on the outer fibrous layer of the vertebra disc, which causes the inner soft nucleus material to bulge and squeeze out from the torn area of the disc.
The tear in the disc is usually attributed to old age in individuals, but may also be caused because of any trauma, straining and lifting injuries, experienced by a young individual, because of different work related and other everyday activities. The nature of the tear in the disc might cause inflammation in the surrounding area, which might put pressure on the nerves, resulting in pain for the individual. The bulging out of the inner pulpous material from the ruptured or torn disc results in a pressure on the spine and disc which causes extreme pain.
Spinal disc herniation is also called a slipped disc condition, though the disc is securely intact in between the vertebra. Individuals suffering from a minor case of spinal disc herniation are able to recover within a few weeks, with suitable rest. But, in cases of extreme damage to the spinal disc, the patient sometimes requires surgical treatment, which does not always provide good results.
Patients with acute spinal disc herniation in the upper, central or lower part of their spinal cord require physical therapy and medications for quick recovery.
Chiropractic Therapy for Spinal Disc Injuries
Chiropractors provide treatment and therapy for the effective recovery of individuals suffering from different forms of spine and disc injuries. They mobilize and manipulate the muscles of the spine and the neck, adjusting the different joints and muscles, to relieve the individual of the excruciating pain experienced because of the different musculoskeletal disorders.
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Neck disc injuries are contracted by individuals mostly because of the different body postures, during work. The long hours spent in front of the computer start to take their toll, and individuals experience tingling pain and sometimes a numb feeling in their arms and fingers, which are signs of a neck disc injury. Chiropractic is very effective in the treatment of individuals suffering from different neck disc injuries, like cervical disc prolapse.
What Is Cervical Disc Prolapse?
Cervical Disc Prolapse is a medical term for a slipped disc in the neck of a patient. A slipped disc condition is more common in the back than in the neck, and individuals in the 30 to 50 age bracket are more prone to this medical condition.
The 7 vertebra, the bones which constitute the spinal cord, have discs in between each bone. The 7 vertebra are termed from C1 to C7, and a slipped disc in the neck is more common between the C5 to C6 and the C6 to C7 vertebra.
In cervical disc prolapse, the discs have a tough outer covering which tends to degenerate because of the constant exertion and movement experienced by an individual, especially when engaged in different work related activities like operating a machine or a computer for a long number of hours. In extreme cases, where there is acute degeneration of the outer fibrous layer of the disc, the soft nerves become exposed, and bulge out of the disc. This results in extreme pain for the individual as the disc exerts pressure on the nerves, causing inflammation.
In some cases, the disc might slip towards the back and the side, which causes extensive pain in the shoulder and arm of the individual. A slipped disc in the neck, or cervical disc prolapse, might also exhibit symptoms like a numb feeling or pins and needles in the whole arm, and pain in case of any neck or shoulder movement.
Chiropractic Treatment for Disc Injuries
Chiropractic is a non-invasive form of treatment, which focuses on the treatment and prevention of different musculoskeletal disorders, muscle strains and disc injuries. Chiropractors provide different treatment methods which include massages, joint adjustment procedures for pain and strains in the back and neck areas of the body. Spinal manipulation is a forte of chiropractic, in which it focuses on relieving the pain of the patient and improving muscular disorders, to facilitate movement. It is gaining popularity as a highly effective treatment method for neck and spinal pains and strains.
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Parents often accept acute otitis media (ear infections) as a normal part of a young child’s life. But although common, it is not “normal.”
Clinical data shows that children may get ear infections as a result of improper drainage of the deep neck lymphatics. This causes fluid to back up, the ear drum to appear inflamed, and a welcome environment for bacteria.
The preferred medical treatment is oral antibiotics. But there are significant problems with this route of treatment. An important study for parents whose children are taking antibiotics for ear infections to see is one published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. It concluded that children who took amoxicillin for chronic ear infections were two-to-six times more likely to have a recurrence of their ear problem than those who received a sugar pill. Lead author Erdem Cantekin Ph.D. (professor of otolaryngology) said, “Children are being abused by the antibiotic treatment in this country.”
Drug-resistant strains of childhood ear infections are increasing rapidly. Health officials say the trend is closely tied to the doctors’ misuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics, and patients’ mistaken belief that antibiotics are a “magic bullet” for all that ails them.
Up to half of the 110 million antibiotic prescriptions written annually may be “inappropriate” for the illness being treated, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Dr. Alfred Berg, co-chair of the federal panel of experts, said that in most cases the condition disappears within three-six months without treatment. Berg said antibiotics frequently used in the past, are of very limited value in treating the condition.
Berg also said that antibiotics could cause side effects and lead to the development of drug-resistant bacteria that can cause more serious disease. Antibiotics are not the preferred option in the early stages of the condition.
Dr. Michael Poole, a professor of otolaryngology and pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical branch in Houston, emphasized that most infants and young children with otitis media don’t need antibiotic at all.
“Ongoing studies at the University of Pittsburgh suggest that only about one out of seven children with otitis media should receive a prescription for an antibiotic,” he stated. “The disease usually gets well on its own.”
A concern of mine is that many pediatricians may not be up-to-date on the current health trends and latest research. While the antibiotics may give temporary relief, they may inhibit the child from building natural immunity to prevent further episodes. Instead of a treatment whose objective is to kill the bacteria or virus, a more natural approach would be to restore nervous system function resulting in normal drainage of the ears and lymphatics.
Doctors of Chiropractic are able to work with children, restoring normal function to the spine and nervous system, which may reduce or eliminate the tense neck musculature responsible for preventing the normal fluid drainage.
Once this interference is removed, the excess fluid in the ear drains, the appealing environment for bacteria and viruses to grow is removed, and the infection can heal. After normal drainage has been restored, the recurrence of ear infection is greatly reduced, or nonexistent.
Damage to the upper neck of an infant can easily occur during the birthing process. If undetected, or uncorrected, improper function and health problems may arise.
Have your children checked today, so they can get a strong start to a happy, healthy life!
Dr. Paula Weihler runs a family Chiropractic practice in Yorkville, IL. Consultations are offered at no charge to determine your specific health needs. To schedule an appointment, have questions answered, or to have a free health information packet sent to you, call 630.553.7737 today.
We have been treating hand pain in San Francisco for over 7 years.
Every week, many people come to our clinic with hand pain that has no apparent cause. Some say they woke up with it…others say it just came on while they were performing normal work or household duties. For some, the hand pain comes and goes and may be getting progressively worse.
The obvious place to look is the hands themselves. Are they being overworked? This day and age most of us spend a good amount of time sitting at a desk in front of a computer doing repetitive motions with the arms and hands. This alone without adequate breaks or proper ergonomics and posture can lead to hand pain, numbness, tingling, burning and weakness.
There is a not so obvious place to look as well that could well be the primary contributor to your arm or hand pain. The neck or cervical spine. This is where all the nerves that innervate or control the arm and hands (upper extremities) originate and they are very vulnerable to pressure or interference as they exit the spine.
Some of the conditions in the neck that can pinch the nerves and cause hand pain and related disorders are as follows:
- Herniated or bulging discs in the neck
- Facet Syndrome
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Vertebral Subluxation
- Bone spurs
- Spinal Stenosis
Here are some of the potential symptoms from these conditions:
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Arm pain
- Elbow Pain
- Hand Pain
- Numbness and Tingling
- Weakness of Grip
- Night Pain
These are also the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). In fact, many patients are misdiagnosed with CTS when the problem is actually in the neck. It’s easy to do since the symptoms are the same. This is why it’s so important to See a doctor who spends the majority of their day managing cases of hand pain and related disorders and knows how to treat them naturally. There are many chiropractors that specialize in this like we do.
The last thing you ant is unnecessary drugs or surgeries.
Patients come to our Yorkville Chiropractic and medical center because they know we are hand pain and carpal tunnel experts. We have medical doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists, that routinely treat hand pain, naturally.
So…if you are suffering with hand pain, numbness, tingling, burning, aching, neck or shoulder pain or night pain, you may want to give us a call.
To schedule an appointment with a hand pain doctor in Yorkville please 630-553-7737
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