Spinal Stenosis Can Be Managed

Spinal Stenosis Can Be Managed

If you’re suffering from spinal stenosis, there are a number of relief options your primary care doctor will likely suggest that you pursue. Some of the most commonly-prescribed medications for spinal stenosis include standard NSAIDs and opioids for generalized pain, muscle relaxants to reduce spasms, anti-seizure drugs for nerve damage pain, and even antidepressants for chronic pain.

Common alternatives to oral medication include the injection of corticosteroids into the area around the stenosis to reduce inflammation (thereby relieving pressure and pain) as well as regular physical therapy. If your spinal stenosis is particularly severe and the previously-mentioned treatments have not been successful, your doctor may suggest surgical intervention. Three main surgical options—laminectomy, laminotomy and laminoplasty—may be suggested to correct spinal canal stenosis.

For some patients, however, relying on prescription pills and undergoing major surgery are not ideal choices. If you are seeking a less-invasive form of management for your spinal stenosis, chiropractic care may be the answer.

A professional chiropractor will first perform a full examination to diagnose your spinal stenosis and evaluate its severity. Then, he will work with you to develop an appropriate management plan that forgoes expensive, invasive methods in favor of gentle spinal manipulations. By focusing on the overall movement of the spine (and the subluxation—or lack of movement—of the offending vertebrae), a chiropractor can help to improve your range of motion through regular adjustments and exercises that use flexion to loosen the general area and relieve pressure on the spinal cord.

To learn more or to make an appointment, contact Dean Chiropractic.

Relief from Arthritis

Relief from Arthritis

Arthritis is an often painful and debilitating inflammation of joint tissue that affects as many as 1 in 5 adults worldwide. The pain can range from dull to sharp, exhibit with a sense of pressure or burning, and even be long-lasting and chronic (persisting for three to six months or longer). Those who suffer from chronic arthritis pain and stiffness find themselves seeking relief on a regular basis.

Many arthritis sufferers find relief in existing medications like over-the-counter NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.) and specialized prescriptions (like Celebrex). Others require more intense treatment like steroid injections, hyaluronic acid injections, trigger-point anesthesia injections, peripheral nerve stimulation (via implantation of an electrode), and/or pain pumps (via implantation of a pain medication-administering device).

Patients who prefer not to take oral medications or injections have found success with other treatments like topical pain-numbing creams (often containing lidocaine or prilocaine), warm baths, electrical nerve stimulation, and others. What patients often overlook, however, is the possibility of managing arthritis with regular chiropractic care.

What many suffering from acute or chronic arthritis pain don’t realize is that chiropractic care aims to treat more than just the spinal column. By determining how your spinal issues may be related to your overall nervous system and organs, a professional chiropractor can make small adjustments to help reduce your pain symptoms. A chiropractor can also work with you to develop an arthritis management plan for the long term, involving methods such as an anti-inflammatory diet and regular flexion-based exercise.

Contact Dean Chiropractic to make an appointment and learn more.

What Is Whiplash and How Can Chiropractic Medicine Help

What Is Whiplash and How Can Chiropractic Medicine Help

Whiplash is a condition that occurs when the neck is injured by a sudden and severe jarring movement, often in the case of a car accident. As the name implies, the impact of the crash causes the skull and vertebrae to move in a whip-like motion, creating undue strain on the joints and discs of the upper spine. Rear-end collisions are some of the most common sources of whiplash injuries.

As a result of whiplash, a person may experience generalized pain and/or serious conditions like joint dysfunction (leading to a narrower range of motion) and disc herniation, in which the discs between vertebrae tear and protrude, sometimes affecting spinal nerves and causing shooting pains, numbness and/or muscle weakness.

Through a combination of treatments such as muscle relaxation/stimulation, exercise, spinal manipulation and implementation of ergonomic solutions, a licensed chiropractor can offer significant relief from the symptoms of whiplash.  Spinal manipulation is commonly used for those experiencing joint dysfunction.  Gentle stretches and trigger-point pressure may be applied by the chiropractor to relieve muscle tension and/or contractions.

If you’re experiencing whiplash pain, consider talking to a chiropractic professional about your options for pain relief. A licensed chiropractor will help you address immediate pain as well as suggest any lifestyle or ergonomic changes that can help promote good spinal health going forward. Contact Dean Chiropractic to learn more or tomake an appointment.

Treating Sports Injuries with Chiropractic

Treating Sports Injuries with Chiropractic

Participating in competitive sports often results in injuries such as sprains, strains, muscle tears, and even fractures. Many of these injuries have extended recovery times and symptoms that can be painful and debilitating.

A chiropractor can help with treating and prevention of a wide range of injuries related to sports, by focusing on manual adjustment of the spine and other parts of the body so that the skeletal system is properly aligned. This can result in the relief of symptoms related to the injury and aid the healing process.

Although chiropractors are known to treat sports related injuries related to the neck and spine, chiropractic adjustments and treatments can have a beneficial effect on the other joints and muscles in the body.

At Dean Chiropractic, we also offer the Active Release Technique which can be used to treat a wider range of muscle, ligament and tendon problems throughout the body.

Active Release Technique has become a popular treatment for athletes throughout the world because of its effectiveness. It is a soft tissue treatment that is used to reduce problems related to the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Active Release deals with the negative effects of scar tissue related to sports trauma and can offer significant improvement in pain symptoms while restoring smooth movement and range of motion.

If you have suffered from a sports related injury, you may benefit from chiropractic treatment. Make an appointment to receive a full evaluation and speak with one of our experienced chiropractors about your injury. At Dean Chiropractic, we can treat a wide range of sports related injuries related to the neck and spine as well as arthritis and repetitive stress injuries.

For more information about Active Release Technique and our other sports injury treatments, or for an appointment, contact Dean Chiropractic.

Take Care of Your Bones

Take Care of Your Bones

As Halloween is in the air, this is a perfect time to talk about your bone health to help prevent osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a common cause of disability and medical problems as adults’ age. Osteoporosis causes the bones to become brittle and weakened to the point that a mild fall can lead to a fracture. Fractures related to osteoporosis commonly occur in the spine, wrist or hip, and they can lead to significant disability and long recovery times.

Osteoporosis develops slowly over a long period of time and there are few, if any, symptoms for many, many years. By implementing lifelong preventative measures, you can reduce the chance of developing osteoporosis and ensure that you remain healthy as you age.

Eventual symptoms of osteoporosis can include a loss of height over time, back pain as a result of fractured or collapsed vertebrae, bone fractures that occur easily, and stooped posture.

Below are some tips to help you prevent osteoporosis:

  • Reduce or eliminate your alcohol consumption. Excessive alcohol consumption of more than two drinks per day is associated with a higher risk of osteoporosis.
  • Although the association with tobacco use and osteoporosis is not exactly clear, it has been shown that chronic tobacco use may result in weakened bones.
  • Avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Those who spend long amounts of time sitting will have a higher risk of developing osteoporosis compared to those who are physically active.
  • Be sure that you are getting a sufficient amount of calcium and vitamin D in your diet. Sunlight exposure helps your body produce vitamin D. Calcium can be found in a wide range of foods including dairy products, sardines, soy products, calcium fortified drinks, and supplements.

The sooner that you implement these lifestyle changes the better, as osteoporosis starts to develop years before any symptoms occur.

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