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Our Chiropractic Services

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Common Conditions Treated:

• Auto Accidents/ Whiplash Injuries
• neck and back pain or stiffness
• headaches
• leg/arm pain, weakness or tingling
• sprains/strains, Spine and extremities
• osteoarthritis
• sciatica
• sports injuries
• rotator cuff issues
• tennis and golfer’s elbow
• plantar fasciitis
• dizziness/vertigo
• dysmenorrhea (painful period)
• asthma
• infantile colic
• otitis media (ear infection)

DISC PAIN

Discs are the stabilizers, connectors, and shock absorbers for the spine. They're constructed of soft, fibrous tissue with a jelly-like center. Disc problems can vary from a mild bulge or tear of the disc material to a severe rupture that will require surgery. The onset of pain is often sudden and severe, or you may just notice increased pain with prolonged sitting. Most frequently disc problems exist in the lower back or lumbar spine. They can also present in the neck area. Severe cases are associated with arm or leg pain. Sometimes patients are practically carried into our office, as the pain and muscle spasm prevents them from standing erect.

SCIATICA

Sciatica is an extreme pain shooting down one or both of your legs. The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in your body. It begins in the lower back and courses through the buttocks, down the thigh and leg to the foot. Pressure to the nerve from any source creates pain down the nerve generally known as sciatica. The pain might be intense and burning in the entire leg. Some instances are less intense with achiness into the buttocks. Common causes of sciatica include joint inflammation, disc bulge, muscle spasm, and arthritis. Fortunately, most cases of sciatica respond favorably to natural chiropractic care. The more severe and extended the sciatica, the more time it typically takes to treat.

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Pregnancy

Roughly 50-72% of pregnant women develop low back pain (LBP) and/or pelvic pain at some time during their pregnancy, often worse at late stages due to the baby's head pressing down on a woman's back, legs, and buttocks, irritating her sciatic nerve. For those who already suffer from lower-back pain, the problem can become even worse with pregnancy.
 

Pregnancy-related low back pain (PLBP) can be a highly debilitating syndrome that accounts for the most common cause of sick leave for pregnant women. Statistics show one out of ten women will experience daily DISABLING LBP for at least two years following delivery.

Because of the limited number of treatment options available for the pregnant woman due to mother and fetus safety, and given the high propensity of potentially disabling PLBP that can significantly limit function and quality of life, chiropractic care is often the safest and fastest way for relief. Chiropractic offers a non-invasive approach to managing lumbopelvic pain that uses many different approaches.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help with:

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy

  • Controlling symptoms of nausea

  • Increasing the likelihood of full-term delivery

  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery

  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain

A 2009 research paper of 78 participated studied disability, pain intensity, and percent improvement after receiving chiropractic care to treat pregnancy-related PLBP. Here, 73% reported their improvement as either “excellent” or “good.” For disability and pain, 51% and 67% (respectively) experienced clinically significant improvement! Researchers followed up with them eleven months later and found 85.5% reported their improvement as either “excellent” or “good!” For disability and pain, 73% and 82% (respectively) experienced clinically significant improvement!

Because of the biomechanical changes that occur in the low back and pelvis over a relatively short amount of time during pregnancy, the center of gravity shifting forward to the front of her pelvis. The displaced weight increases stress on all of her joints. As the baby grows, the woman's weight is projected even farther forward which increases her low back curve and therefore placing extra stress on her spinal disks. LBP also is often worse during the later stages of pregnancy due to the hormone Relaxin preparing the pelvis for delivery by widening the pelvic girdle, but is not limited to just the Pelvis and SI joints.

 

Treatment options include:

spinal manipulation

lumbopelvic exercises

 massage, soft tissue mobilization

SI belt – of trochanteric belt.

and more.

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Whiplash

Whiplash is one of the most common and well known injuries from a car accident. This occurs when the force of the accident ‘whips’ the head violently from one direction to another beyond normal limits, resulting in overstretching of muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the spine. The soft, cushioning discs that occupy the space between the spinal bones can herniate or rupture.  Symptoms may take hours, days or weeks to appear.

 

Common symptoms include:

  • Sore or stiff neck

  • Pain, numbness, or tingling

  • Reduced ability to move the head

  • Ringing in the ears or blurred vision

  • Jaw Pain

Whiplash may not be a minor injury, even though damage to your car may be minimal, whiplash may have caused spinal damage. Frequently, lifelong health problems begin as a whiplash injury that was dismissed as minor at the time.  Any trauma to the spine can disturb the normal position and motion of the vertebrae, affecting nearby muscles, ligaments and discs. The vertebrae protect the spinal cord so even a small disturbance can have an adverse affect on the delicate nerve tissue.

Treatment will vary depending to the severity of your condition. A series of adjustments will most likely be performed. An adjustment is a precisely applied force to an area to help restore balance to the spine and relieve pain and stiffness. Other therapies may be recommended to help relax or strengthen the muscles or to reduce swelling. Ice and heat therapies, massage, traction or trigger point therapies may be utilized. Lifestyle modifications such as the reduction of stress or dietary changes may be suggested. 

 

Call Firestone Chiropractic today if you have suffered an injury related to a motor vehicle collision.