What We Treat
Our doctors are fully experienced and can provide assistance with:
- Migraine Headaches
- Tension Headaches
- TMJ Disorder
- Low Back pain
- Hip and Leg Pain
- Arthritis and other Joint Problems
- Neck pain
- Arm and hand pain and numbness
- Shoulder Pain and
- Repetitive Strain (RSI) injuries including:
- tennis elbow
-knee and ankle pain
-rotator cuff injuries and more.
The term "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek words "cheiro" and "praktikos" meaning "done by hand." The Chiropractic model of health is centered on the philosophy that the human body, being knit together in a wonderful way, will heal itself given the right opportunity and circumstances. Doctors of Chiropractic essentially promote the healing process by minimizing nerve interference. Call us today for more details.
Auto Accident Injuries
So, you were involved in a car accident. Be grateful that you are alive, and even though your car may not have been so lucky, you should not let that be your top priority. Your health is far more important than anything else, and a car accident can cause serious injuries, even though you may feel fine. Even the slightest pain that you are experiencing due to your car accident needs to be looked at by your doctors.
If you are experiencing dizziness, nausea, headaches, or even just the slightest pain anywhere, especially your neck and/or back, you need to contact us right away. Take any of your symptoms seriously and find out what the problem is. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't bother going to a chiropractor after a car accident because their symptoms seem so minimal, or non-existent. Just because you may feel fine, does not mean there isn't something wrong. It is Common for some people that feel fine after being involved in a auto accident with symptoms such pain and numbness showing up at months or even years later. It is best to catch the problem before it starts or turns into something severe.
Neck pain can be caused by a variety of factors, such as an accident, injury, overuse, or vertebral misalignment. The efficacy of chiropractic for neck pain has been well documented in countless studies conducted worldwide.
In a joint U.S./Canadian study published in 1996, researchers from UCLA, the West LA Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and two chiropractic colleges found that for some patients with sub-acute or chronic neck pain, spinal adjustment proved to be a more effective treatment than mobilization or physical therapy.
In a study conducted by the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 1997, researchers found spinal adjustments to improve neck mobility and decrease neck pain. An additional Canadian investigation published in 1997 by the University of Calgary found spinal adjustments to improve neck mobility and decrease neck pain in patients having back and/or neck complaints.
General practitioners in private practice at the Welsh National School of Medicine conducted a study of the efficacy of spinal adjustment in alleviating neck and shoulder pain. The results, published in 1983, indicated that pain and discomfort improved significantly after adjustment, as well as range of motion and flexibility of the affected areas.
A 1992 Netherlands study conducted by doctors of medicine and other professionals investigated different methods of treatment for patients with chronic back and neck pain. After 12 weeks of care, manual therapy (which consisted of adjustment and mobilization of the spine) had showed a "faster and larger improvement in physical functioning" relative to the other types of treatment such as massage, exercises, and physical therapy.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include numbness, tingling and/or pain in he hand and wrist. With a large percentage of the population using keyboards either at work or at home, CTS is becoming increasingly common. Often CTS is misdiagnosed, with the symptoms being caused by postural alterations or vertebral misalignments. Our doctors are trained to diagnose and correct the true cause of your ailment. In addition, Our doctors are equipped with the latest technology, namely FDA approved for CTS, low level laser therapy(LLLT).
How effective is Therapy/Chriopractic for CTS? One study, published in 1998 and conducted by researchers from the Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minnesota, compared chiropractic treatment of CTS to conservative medical treatment. The chiropractic treatment included manipulation, ultrasound treatment, and wrist supports, while the medical group received an anti-inflammatory drug (ibuprofen) and wore wrist supports. They found that both methods of treatment proved to be equally effective and recommended that patients with CTS who are sensitive to medical side effects pursue chiropractic for treatment.
Before you reach for your pain-reliever of choice the next time a headache or migraine sneaks up on you, consider the following information on the efficacy of chiropractic care for head pain.
In a 1995 study conducted in Minnesota, the effectiveness of spinal adjustment relative to the administration of an antidepressant drug (amitriptyline) for patients with chronic tension-type headaches was investigated. The researchers included doctors of chiropractic, a doctor of medicine, and another professionals from Northwestern College of Chiropractic and the Pain Assessment and Rehabilitation Center, Ltd. They determined that, after four weeks of treatment, patients receiving spinal adjustment therapy experienced a continued lack of symptoms, whereas patients taking the medication returned to original, baseline conditions.
Another study, published in 1997 by doctors of medicine and doctors of chiropractic at the University of Odense and the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics in Denmark, compared spinal adjustment and soft tissue therapy such as massage, for the treatment of benign, chronic headaches. They found that both methods of therapy allowed for significant improvement, and there were no side effects or signs of worsening associated with either method.
In this study compared the relative effectiveness of treating migraines by with chiropractic care alone, with the antidepressant/antianxiety drug amitriptyline (best known under the brand name Elavil); and with a combination of both the drug therapy and chiropractic care. Patients who received only chiropractic showed significant improvement, on a par with those given the powerful prescription drug (though without the side effects). The headache index, from a diary kept by each patient, showed chiropractic to have reduced the severity and frequency of headaches as well or better than the combined therapy or amitriptyline alone at each stage of the study. Nelson CF, Bronfort G, Evans R, et al. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1998 (Oct); 21 (8): 511-519
The effect of spinal manipulation in the treatment of headache Results: The use of analgesics decreased by 36% in the manipulation group, but was unchanged in the soft-tissue group; this difference was statistically significant. The number of headache hours per day decreased by 69% in the manipulation group compared with 37% in the soft-tissue group; this was significant. Finally, the headache intensity per episode decreased by 36% in the manipulation group, compared with 17% in the soft-tissue group; this was significant. Nilsson N, Christensen HW, Hartvigsen J. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1997 (Jun); 20 (5): 326-330
Chronic tension-type headaches Six weeks of drug therapy were compared to six weeks of chiropractic adjustments. The drug therapy was considered slightly more effective than chiropractic however 82% of the patients had side effects which included drowsiness, weight gain and dry mouth. Cardiac problems and glaucoma were also associated with amitriptyline use. Chiropractic patients had no side effects (apart from slight neck stiffness in the first two weeks of the study that 5% of the patients reported). After four weeks, chiropractic and drug therapy was halted in both groups. The patients who used drugs began having headaches again while the chiropractic group continued to express headache relief, as well as higher levels of energy and vitality than the drug therapy group. Boline PD, Kasaak K, Bronfort G, Nelson C, Anderson AV. Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1995 (Mar-Apr); 18 (3): 148-154
Lower Back Pain
If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. Nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States. Only headache is more common.
Acute or short-term low back pain generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Most acute back pain is the result of trauma to the lower back. Pain from trauma may be caused by a sports injury, work around the house or in the garden, or a sudden jolt such as a car accident or other stress on spinal bones and tissues.
Chronic Back Pain
Treatment for chronic back pain falls into two basic categories: the kind that requires surgery and the kind that does not. Fortunately, the overwhelming majority of cases of back pain do not require surgery. In fact, according to most back surgeons, surgery for low back pain should be reserved for only medical emergencies such as cauda equina. The majority of back pain is caused by a mechanical problem or a problem with the way your spine is aligned.
Our doctors are experts in diagnosing the causes of these types pain. They will be able to offer you the proper course of treatment to help alleviate your pain and to ensure that you are not causing furthur damage to your back. Although you may want to try acetaminophen, aspirin, or other "pain killers" to help ease the pain, realize this is only a temporary solution and in fact could cause additional problems such as intestinal bleeding. What starts out as acute back pain could lead to chronic back pain if the pain last more than three months. You should address your pain as soon as possible to try to prevent a life long problem of your back.
Can Chiropractic Help Chronic Low Back Pain? Scientific studies and millions of people say yes!
In 1997, the Dutch Health Insurance Board funded an investigation that summarized the results of 48 separate studies on the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for chronic lower-back pain. The investigation determined that spinal adjustment is more effective than treatments suggested by general practitioners (bed rest, analgesics, and massage).
Two similar studies conducted in Canada in 1985 (University Hospital in Saskatoon) and 1991 (University of Calgary), plus a third study conducted in Poland in 1986 (Silesian Medical School), produced results similar to the Dutch investigation.
A report published in 1994 by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research on acute low-back pain concluded that spinal adjustment is one of the most effective treatments for this condition. In another study published in 1994 by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Jefferson County (Missouri) Rehabilitation Center, it was concluded that greater and more rapid improvement occurred when treated using exercises and spinal adjustment for acute low-back pain.
A study conducted by the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and the University of Vermont was published in 1992. These researchers reported that spinal adjustment, when compared to other methods of treatment for acute lower-back pain (massage, corset, and TMS), proved to be a superior, more effective treatment after three weeks of care.
Fibromyalgia is a common cause of widespread pain, characterized by physical findings of local tenderness in many specific but widely dispersed sites. Most patients with fibromyalgia remain symptomatic for several years, with no known cure yet identified. Studies indicate that chiropractic care combined with massage therapy could effectively manage this frustrating condition.
In a study done in 2000, results showed a statistically significant reduction in pain intensity, and corresponding improvement in quality of sleep and fatigue levels. These improvements were maintained after one month without treatment.
Conclusions: conservative care combining ischemic compression and spinal manipulation may help fibromyalgia sufferers.