All pain conditions originate from a dysfunctional central nervous system involving compression, inflammation and/or irritation of sensitive nerve endings. With extensive knowledge of the CNS and the musculoskeletal system, chiropractors are much more proficient than family care physicians to diagnose and treat back pain, neck pain and body soreness caused by sports injuries or a serious work injury.
Employing mostly holistic techniques to restore healthy functioning of your central nervous system, your chiropractor in South Florida provides rapid pain relief without prescribing medications or recommending surgery. Call Back to Mind today to learn more about the natural effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, hydrotherapy, spinal decompression, and ultrasound therapy.
Successfully treating back pain starts with a correct diagnosis of what is causing the pain. Common reasons for back pain include:
Older adults with back pain are often diagnosed with spondylolisthesis involving destabilization of spinal structures. In addition, slippage of vertebrae increases pressure on discs responsible for preventing vertebrae from scraping against each other. Athletes are also vulnerable to spondylolisthesis due to the amount of stress they put on the lower back.
Decompression therapy is recommended for relieving pressure on vertebrae discs and nerve endings. The gentle relaxation and stretching of vertebrae produced during decompression causes imbibition, a process that benefits spinal discs by providing them with nutritious blood flow previously restricted by inflammation of back muscles and ligaments.
Cervical acceleration-deceleration disorder (whiplash or CAD) is a severe injury to the neck and upper back usually caused by an auto accident in which you are hit forcefully from behind. Symptoms of whiplash include:
Whiplash involves extreme stretching of a spinal ligament called the anterior longitudinal. When your head is vigorously whipped forward and immediately backward at the moment of impact, this ligament immediately suffers damage and inflammation resulting in a variety of painful and often debilitating symptoms. Even if you feel fine after being involved in a car crash, chiropractors recommend scheduling an examination to ensure your CNS and the musculoskeletal system has not suffered an injury.
Injuries from falling on the job or lifting heavy items are the two most common work injuries treated by your south Florida chiropractor. Worsening back pain, neck pain, persistent shoulder discomfort and hip pain following an accident on the job should always be examined as soon as possible to avoid more serious complications.
Neck Pain can be a perplexing condition because the pain in the neck may not originate in the neck. To correctly diagnose and treat neck pain, your chiropractor will perform a complete physical evaluation and gather information about your medical history, work activities and current lifestyle. Common causes of chronic neck pain include:
Compressed nerves in the upper spine (first four vertebrae)
In addition, certain infections may also cause neck pain such as throat infections and swelling of the lymph nodes. Neck pain accompanied by back pain may be ankylosing spondylitis, or inflammation extending from the spine into the neck region.
Treating most neck pain involves a cervical manipulation (neck adjustment) performed by chiropractors to upper vertebrae for removing pressure off nerve endings. By restoring proper positioning of vertebrae, people with neck pain will be able to move their head freely without experiencing pain. Therapeutic massage and ultrasound therapy accompanied by cervical manipulation may also be indicated in cases of chronic neck pain not caused by infections or diseases.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and patellofemoral syndrome are two of the most common sports injuries suffered by athletes. Signs of knee ligament injuries like these include:
Sudden, intense pain upon twisting or landing hard on the knee
Popping or snapping noises heard at the time of injury
Visible swelling, tenderness, and redness
Foot and Ankle Pain
Back to mind sees many common ankle injuries suffered by athletes include Achilles tendonitis, sprains, hairline fractures, and broken bones. Your Achilles tendon is the strongest and largest tendon in the body, vital to the normal functioning of your feet and ankles. In some cases, Achilles tendonitis symptoms resolve on their own with rest and application of ice. However, neglecting to have Achilles tendonitis treated with chiropractic care could lead to peritonitis with tendinosis, or rupturing of the tendon.
Runners, basketball/football/soccer players are prone to foot pain arising from plantar fasciitis or tearing and inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament located in the bottom of the feet. Sports chiropractors recommend rehabilitation exercises and athletic taping to provide support for a torn plantar fascia and to promote healing.
Early Onset of Arthritis
Arthritis pain arises from the gradual narrowing of joint spaces due to degeneration of connective tissues. Athletes and weight trainers are commonly diagnosed with post-traumatic arthritis later in life when knees have sustained moderate to severe injuries in the past (meniscus tears or fractures, for example). Chiropractic treatment for arthritic knees includes lifestyle modifications, rehabilitative exercises and wearing orthotic footwear.
Here at Back To Mind, we provide weight loss options. During our time treating patients, we have found that weight plays a significant role in pain. We want to provide weight loss options to our patients as a way to eliminate pain from their life, increase their happiness, and also give them an overall better life.
The weight loss options provided at Back to Mind will not only lower your weight but also help you live in a life with less pain. Talk to us today if you have been considering a life with less pain and less weight.
Don’t spend another minute suffering pain and stiffness from sports injuries, a car crash, a work injury or nerve compression and inflammation. Call Back to Mind today to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor for immediate treatment and relief from chronic pain.