Back pain can be caused by many different things such as a type accident, injury due to improper lifting, sleeping improperly, and many others. A lot of times the pain is in one place but the cause of the issue is somewhere else entirely. You could have pain in the lower back, but the cause could be a vertebrae that is out somewhere else such as the neck. Spinal pain can be excruciating to the point of passing out, and can make it virtually impossible to find a position that is comfortable enough that the pain is bearable. This can cause issues in other parts of the body because it will start to compensate for the pain by making you sit, walk and lay differently than you normally would. Chiropractic adjustments ensure that your entire spine is in alignment and then the body can heal to naturally alleviate the pain.
A headache is a general term for a dull throbbing, sharp pain or ache in one or multiple regions of the head, and they can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days and can vary in frequency. Headaches typically do not form without a cause, and while these causes are not always a cause for medical concern, establishing the triggers can help treat your pain at the source and can help provide an effective long-term solution. Headaches are typically classified into a few different groups:
- Cluster: Considered to be one of the most painful types of headache, which occur in cycles or patterns.
- Migraine: These cause intense throbbing or pain and can also present nausea, sensitivity to light, and other symptoms. Many patients experience migraines so severe that they can't get out of bed until it subsides.
Tension: Tend to be the most common and feel as though there is a tight band around your head or sometimes radiating from the base of the skull and moving up the back of the head.
Knowing the type of headache that you are suffering from can help provide lasting relief from your symptoms and help determine the best course of treatment to keep you active and pain-free.
There are many different types of treatments that a chiropractor can do for your back and neck pain. Each person is different and may require a treatment unique to their injury. However, there are some common types of treatment that chiropractors use.
A very common treatment that Dr. Jordan uses is spinal manipulation. To do this, you will need to lie down on a special table with your legs and arms strategically placed. Then he will apply pressure to make your bones and joints return to their proper locations. Most of Dr. Jordan's patients feel much better following the procedure a lot of times the relief is immediate. However, it’s not uncommon to be a little sore a few days afterwards. Setting your body straight is no simple task!
Another form of treatment that chiropractors use is called mobilization. This is a low-velocity manipulation that uses stretching and movement of the muscles and joints. The goal is to improve mobility and range of motion. It’s great for people with stiff muscles from an accident or fall or injury due to improper lifting..
Sciatica is a term used to refer to a specific set of symptoms usually isolated to one side of the lower body. Though it is not a disease or condition itself, it is typically the direct cause of an injury in the back that places pressure on the sciatic nerve. In the vast majority of people, sciatica is caused by a slipped disc. However, it can also be caused by the narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis), a slipped vertebrae (spondylolisthesis), or a tight piriformis muscle (piriformis syndrome).
The symptoms of sciatica usually include pain that radiates down the leg. The pain often worsens when sitting or standing, or when coughing. Many people with sciatica also experience numbness or tingling in the legs and sometimes into the toes. These symptoms can significantly impact a person’s quality of life and ability to perform day-to-day tasks, such as driving, cooking, working, and cleaning.
Anyone with symptoms of sciatica should seek chiropractic evaluation as soon as possible. Often, people with sciatica live with pain and other symptoms unnecessarily, when chiropractic treatment may be able to alleviate the condition.
WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain. Research suggests that fibromyalgia originates from amplified pain sensations that change the way the brain processes pain signals. This chronic condition often has multiple symptoms, including:
- Widespread pain in the form of a constant, dull ache that can last for months at a time.
- Fatigue even after sleeping for long periods of time. As sleep can be disrupted by pain, many patients with fibromyalgia are still tired when they wake up. This can cause the body to be susceptible to many other illnesses due to extreme exhaustion and a resulting weak immune system.
- Cognitive difficulties in focusing, paying attention, and concentrating on mental tasks.
- Additional symptoms such as headaches and cramping can also accompany fibromyalgia
The presence of these symptoms may not indicate fibromyalgia, and through advanced diagnostic testing at our Aiken office, we can help you determine if you are experiencing this condition and how to proceed with an effective long-term treatment.
Knee pain can stem from a traumatic fall or accident, twisting it, or playing sports. Knee pain is also notorious for happening when another injury is present. For example, someone who is suffering from untreated back pain may also put themselves at risk for knee and leg pain as well. This is not only because there are communicating nerves throughout these parts of the body, but because people have a natural tendency to compensate for pain by moving around in an unnatural way, thereby creating stress on the part of the body that is put under unusual stress. This almost always results in injuries to knees, legs and hips.