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Scar Tissue Break Down with Chiropractic, Mobility and Flexibility Restored

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Scar Tissue Break Down with Chiropractic, Mobility and Flexibility Restored
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Scar tissue if left untreated/unmanaged could lead to mobility and chronic pain issues. Individuals that are recovering from a traumatic injury often have issues brought on from scar tissue. Scar tissue build-up is part of the healing process but in some cases, the tissue build-up can create another set of health issues. Restricted mobility and range of motion and lack of flexibility can worsen over time.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Scar Tissue Break Down with Chiropractic, Mobility and Flexibility Restored

Chiropractors are taught to consider the presence of scar tissue when performing adjustments. This is especially true for patients recovering from a traumatic injury. If left untreated it could affect:

  • Recovery progress
  • Treatment approaches
  • The capability of the individual to handle the treatment
  • The planning and execution for a chiropractic recovery strategy

Scar Tissue Breakdown

Scar tissue can be broken up, managed, and kept loose/relaxed through various chiropractic/physical therapy techniques, stretches, exercises, and diet adjustments. Breaking up scar tissue and keeping it relaxed is necessary to restore full movement and range of motion. A certain degree of scar tissue will remain to mark the wound, but the pliability and softness of these tissues can be treated. Chiropractors can implement several techniques to break down scar tissue.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Scar Tissue Break Down with Chiropractic, Mobility and Flexibility Restored

Graston Technique

The Graston technique uses instrumentation for addressing scarring in soft-tissue areas like the legs, neck, and lower back. A chiropractor targets the thicker scar tissue areas gently breaking them down.

Instrument Adjustment

Using a pulsating instrument, chiropractors can target specific areas of scar tissue buildup. The instrument massages the areas to improve flexibility and reduce stress in the tissue.

Assisted Manipulation

The assisted manipulation technique soothes the area before performing manual adjustments. A chiropractor could use light oil for heat, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to loosen tension, or numbing gel/cream to soften any sensitivity.

Trigger point therapy

This therapy focuses on heavily scarred tissue areas, where there is substantial buildup. A chiropractor breaks down the scar tissue while continually testing the motion.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Scar Tissue Break Down with Chiropractic, Mobility and Flexibility Restored

Therapeutic massage

Therapeutic massage is necessary with widespread scar tissue. It improves blood flow and gently stimulates scar tissue to improve movement and alleviate pain. These techniques and how they are applied depends on the individual and the amount of tissue build-up. For example, certain techniques work better for different situations like:

  • The Graston technique could help after surgery
  • Trigger point therapy can help when muscle spasms, and knots present
  • Therapeutic massage could be best suited for soft tissue scarring, like whiplash or muscle strains

Adjustment Attention

Recent injuries that produce scar tissue can usually be felt while a chiropractor palpates the area, while radiological imaging shows scar tissue from past injuries. A chiropractor will take note of these areas when developing a treatment plan. Severe scar tissue will need special focus, which could mean a longer recovery. This is because the body could take longer to adjust to the adjustments being made. A thorough consultation and investigation will be performed/examined before any adjustments begin.

Whiplash Chiropractic Massage

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References

Shin, Thuzar M, and Jeremy S Bordeaux. “The role of massage in scar management: a literature review.” Dermatologic surgery: official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.] vol. 38,3 (2012): 414-23. doi:10.1111/j.1524-4725.2011.02201.x

Overuse/Repetitive Motion Injuries and Chiropractic Treatment

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Overuse/Repetitive Motion Injuries and Chiropractic Treatment
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Overuse/repetitive body movements occur in jobs, chores, video gaming, texting, and other forms of physical work. This means doing something over and over, with the hands and other muscles and bones of the body. Repeating bodily motions are common for individuals in their daily lives. However, doing these movements regularly and for too long can lead to muscle, ligament, tendon pain, and injuries. Performing the same motion over and over generates significant stress/pressure with a highly increased risk of injury/s.

The shoulders, elbows, knees, or wrists could present with stiffness and pain, even though there is no recall injuring any of these areas. These injuries are very common but are treatable with rest, physical activity modification, and chiropractic injury treatment. Once diagnosed a chiropractor/physical therapy team can begin developing a customized overuse/repetitive injury treatment plan.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Overuse/Repetitive Motion Injuries and Chiropractic Treatment

Identification of overuse/repetitive motion injuries

Overuse/repetitive motion injuries are also known as repetitive stress injuries. They are caused by gradual progressive damage to the:

  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons

Individuals that perform the same movement many times a day, every day. Much like a machine with various moving parts that over time wear down and need to be replaced. With the human body, these moving muscles/tendons/ligaments are pulled and stretched to such an extent that small tears form in the tissue. These tears can worsen over time. If the activity movements continue with no treatment, the tears can happen faster than the body can repair them, causing inflammation and pain. The symptoms of overuse/repetitive motion injuries usually include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Swelling
  • Redness in the affected body area

Pain may only present when performing the repetitive motion, but over time pain can begin to present when doing other tasks and begin to linger nonstop.

Causes of overuse injury

An overuse/repetitive injury can be any type of muscle or joint injury/s. Examples include tendonitis or a stress fracture caused by repetitive trauma. Overuse/repetitive injury/s usually happen from:

  • Performance errors when an individual takes on too much physical activity too soon, causing overstrain on the muscles, tendons, etc, as they are not used to the activity.
  • Exercising too long can strain the body
  • Rushing through a task, chore, job
  • Technique errors can take a toll on the body. Using poor form during work, exercise, playtime can overload muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones.
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Overuse/Repetitive Motion Injuries and Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic

These injuries can be temporary or become permanent conditions that depend on the severity of the injury and the damage done. Reach out to a professional as soon as possible to ensure the proper treatment path. Activity modification will be necessary, specifically when beginning treatment, as the injury needs time to recover from all the stretching, pulling, and tearing. Depending on the injury’s severity, there may be a need to stop the motion/activity entirely until the muscles, tendons, ligaments are recovered to a treatable degree and can be retrained. Part of the treatment will include:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Heat
  • Stretching
  • Diet adjustments to reduce inflammation

Chiropractic offers multiple benefits, including pain relief and improved mobility. A chiropractor will determine the appropriate techniques based on the individual’s injury and severity.

  • Tissue massages will loosen the tight muscles and relieve cramping.
  • Specific stretches will be incorporated to work on the range of motion and prevent stiffness.
  • Physical therapy will increase muscle strength and stability.
  • Spinal adjustments will be utilized for starting up the body’s natural healing ability and proper blood circulation

If dealing with an overuse/repetitive motion injury, contact a chiropractor. Our team targets the problem at the source promoting optimal healing and pain relief.

Chronic Hand Pain Treatment

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Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

References

Yang, Guang et al. “Tendon and ligament regeneration and repair: clinical relevance and developmental paradigm.” Birth defects research. Part C, Embryo today : reviews vol. 99,3 (2013): 203-222. doi:10.1002/bdrc.21041

Bohm, J. “Occupational repetitive motion injury: clinical overview and chiropractic implication.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics vol. 13,5 (1990): 267-72.

Strengthening The Immune System With Chiropractic Support

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Strengthening The Immune System With Chiropractic Support
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The immune system is made up of a network of cells and proteins that defend the body against infection/s. It is made up of specialized organs, and chemicals that fight microorganisms, specifically that are bacterial and can cause infection/disease. The system keeps a record of every germ so it can recognize and destroy any microbes if they enter the body again.
Immune system abnormalities can lead to:

The Immune System

Protection from viruses and bacterias requires a long term solution/s for building and strengthening immunity. Chiropractic adjustments along with health coaching can help. The main organs of the immune system are:

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Strengthening The Immune System With Chiropractic Support

The Microbiome

The health and variety of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract have been shown to have significant effects on overall health, including immunity. When gut health is optimized, it helps the body’s natural processes for detecting and fighting microorganisms. Simple ways to strengthen gut health include:

Diet

A healthy diet rich in a variety of whole foods and vegetables will promote diversity in the gut.

Supplements

Probiotics can significantly help strengthen gastrointestinal health.

Get Out In the Sun

Being outside provides the microbiome vitamin D which helps fight inflammation and strengthens the sense of well-being.

Nerve Signal Optimization

The central nervous system has a primary role in gastrointestinal motility and overall balance. Proper spinal alignment will help blood and nerve synapse circulation.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Strengthening The Immune System With Chiropractic Support

Maintaining Body Balance

A strengthened immune system is about maintaining whole-body balance. The body is a complicated system that operates/functions in top form when tuned up and in proper alignment.

Spinal Alignment

Chiropractic can provide expert treatment to restore spinal misalignment/s. This keeps the body functioning at an optimal level.

Exercise

A moving body is a healthy body. Regular exercise will benefit the immune system and keep it strong.

Stress Management

A high level of stress can compromise the immune system’s health. Regular physical activity/exercise, chiropractic, being aware of any health issues can help manage stress. Chiropractic immune system management will help promote a healthy gastrointestinal tract, help manage stress, get in more physical activity, and stay pain-free. Chiropractic can help kick in the body’s natural immune response and keep the flow going. Call today to see how we can help build a healthy immune system.

Lower Back Pain Treatment

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Reference

Colombi, Andrea, and Marco Testa. “The Effects Induced by Spinal Manipulative Therapy on the Immune and Endocrine Systems.” Medicina (Kaunas, Lithuania) vol. 55,8 448. 7 Aug. 2019, doi:10.3390/medicina55080448

Activity Modification and Chiropractic To Help With Chronic Pain

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Activity Modification and Chiropractic To Help With Chronic Pain
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Chronic pain and a healthy spine can require activity modification. This is so an individual can participate in activities in a way to help prevent pain from presenting. This could include:

  • Avoiding staying in static positions for too long
  • Continuous stretches throughout the day
  • Planning ahead when participating in physical activities that cause pain
  • Dietary adjustments to reduce inflammation and gain strength/flexibility
  • Customized exercise program
  • Health coaching guide
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Activity Modification and Chiropractic To Help With Chronic Pain

Activity Modification

Chiropractic treatment not only involves correcting spinal alignment but also continuing an individual’s health education. The objective is to treat the source, not the symptoms. The goal with activity modification is to change the habit into a positive technique. Rigorous spinal adjustments will only help to a point if the habit continues. Whether there are any underlying conditions or it is an individual’s lifestyle, variables like:

These are the primary factors when it comes to spinal health. With recurring spinal problem/s, a chiropractor needs to trace back any kinetic behavior that could have contributed to inflammation causing pain symptoms. Recognizing poor kinetic habits and teaching activity modification are core objectives of chiropractic medicine.

Identification

Poor habits need to be identified. Two common are forward head posture and anterior pelvic tilt. These are signs of bad habits that affect spine health. Misaligned biomechanics can be a first clue in understanding why the individual continues to experience pain.

Consistent shifting of the body to not stay in one position for too long is recommended, but when there is recurring pain this is where a chiropractor can show an individual better methods and techniques of shifting to avoid the pain. Poor posture could be traced to sitting at a disproportionate desk with no ergonomic support. And a constant forward head position on the cervical spine, nerves, shoulders, can generate enormous strain.

Modification

Precision adjustments will alleviate the effects of spinal misalignment. But modifications need to become second nature. Chiropractic modification approaches will correct poor posture and body mechanics. A chiropractor will educate an individual to be mindful of certain movements and reinforce proper positioning.

Once an individual is familiar with a healthy way of moving/shifting to restore optimal mechanics, then the individual can learn to engage in other activities with the newfound activity modification tools. This will help break the cycle of chronic spinal misalignments.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Activity Modification and Chiropractic To Help With Chronic Pain

Positive Change

Corrective relief and teaching proactive wellness is the primary role of chiropractic medicine. Activity modification can be an individual’s first line of defense for changing poor habits responsible for chronic pain and recurring musculoskeletal problems. Educating individuals on how to preserve spinal adjustments and adopting long-term, healthy habits will promote overall wellness.

Chiropractic Care CrossFit Rehabilitation

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.*

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

References

Geneen, Louise J et al. “Physical activity and exercise for chronic pain in adults: an overview of Cochrane Reviews.” The Cochrane database of systematic reviews vol. 4,4 CD011279. 24 Apr. 2017, doi:10.1002/14651858.CD011279.pub3

Gastric Distress, Spinal Nerve Compression, and Chiropractic Release

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Gastric Distress, Spinal Nerve Compression, and Chiropractic Release
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Stomach ache, acid reflux, gas, and other symptoms of gastric distress can be linked to spinal issues and misalignment. The spinal cord sends nerve signals to all parts of the body, specifically those affecting digestion functions. The lumbar spine/lower back includes the sacrum which is vital in terms of nerve function.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Gastric Distress, Spinal Nerve Compression, and Chiropractic Release

Various spinal cord issues could cause problems with the rest of the body. These include:

  • Disc compression
  • Herniated discs
  • Strained ligaments

Misalignments/problems in the lower back can result in gastric symptoms like:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Bladder malfunction

This is because this area of the spine includes sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves that are connected to the digestive system. Any problem with these systems can result in miscommunicated signals to the rest of the body. The wide-range effects that compressed nerves can have on the body, as well as, how the spine is affected by the obstruction of these nerves can be detrimental.

Chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate and release the gastric distress are able to correlate their spine’s role in gut health. This along with an education on the central nervous system. A chiropractic approach can help as a long-term solution to gastric distress.

The Nerves

Every organ in the body functions by sending and receiving electrical impulses, transmitted through the nerves. These impulses direct the function of organs. If blocked or the signals are improperly/partially sent/received, various health issues can begin to present. For the gut, proper nerve signal transmission at full capacity is crucial. The stomach needs to be able to properly digest food while absorbing nutrients and preparing for waste removal. This is where gastric distress conditions begin like:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome – IBS
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease – GERD
  • Abdominal pain syndrome – APS

Nerve conditions worsen with time if the health and function of the affected nerves are not restored. This could mean severe chronic symptoms and the possibility of permanent nerve damage.

Nerve Blockage

Messed up nerve signals are usually pinched, blocked, or displaced. Most nerve bundles exit through the spine and are usually where a chiropractic exam will start. Through palpitation of the spine along with diagnostic imaging, a chiropractor can track down exactly where the nerve blockage/s are taking place.

The lower back and upper back are common areas to examine. This is because a majority of abdominal organ nerves branch out from these spinal segments. If spinal subluxations are present, more than likely they are affecting the function of these organs. Chiropractic will adjust the spine and reset/realign the spine to its proper form, allowing for proper blood circulation. Compressed nerves can also cause inflammation that could require more complex treatment.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Gastric Distress, Spinal Nerve Compression, and Chiropractic Release

Listening to the Body

If the gut is presenting with aches, and bloating after every meal, it could be indicating that something is wrong or off. Individuals cannot feel blocked nerve signals, but the gut can. Listen to it when it is alerting an issue or problem. We want to educate our patients on gut and spinal health. Chronic gastric distress can be corrected with chiropractic.

Chiropractic Pain Relief

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Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

References

Spiegel, Brennan M R et al. “Understanding gastrointestinal distress: a framework for clinical practice.” The American journal of gastroenterology vol. 106,3 (2011): 380-5. doi:10.1038/ajg.2010.383

Kehl, Amy S et al. “Relationship between the gut and the spine: a pilot study of first-degree relatives of patients with ankylosing spondylitis.” RMD open vol. 3,2 e000437. 16 Aug. 2017, doi:10.1136/rmdopen-2017-000437

Spinal Misalignment Signs and Symptoms

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Spinal Misalignment Signs and Symptoms
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Most individuals go about their lives without thinking about poor posture and spinal misalignment, not to mention the spinal health problems/conditions that are associated with misaligned vertebrae. Most spinal misalignments come on as a result of:

  • Poor posture habits
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Destructive lifestyle choices
  • Sudden misalignments caused by accident/s or injury/s

Sudden misalignments can be associated with a direct cause that an individual can recognize increased symptoms and injury. It’s the long-term spinal misalignment that can become dangerous if left untreated and out of alignment. This is when it is time to see a chiropractor for an immediate spinal realignment.

Body Posture Mechanics

Poor posture along with poor body mechanics contributes to spinal misalignment. This creates unnecessary and consistent pressure on the:

  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Joints
  • Discs
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Spinal Misalignment Signs and Symptoms

The pressure also causes a stretching of the nerves in the neck and low back. These nerves are responsible for transmitting, muscle expansion/contraction signals, vital information, and energy to the body’s organs. Any nerve interference will diminish the energy/blood flow to the limbs and organs. This can lead to disease and other major health complications like:

  • Chronic pain
  • Decreased mobility
  • Joint stiffness
  • Slouched posture
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Discomfort when sitting, standing, and lying down
  • Permanent joint/bone deformity/s
  • Broken bones, specifically in the spine
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Spinal Misalignment Signs and Symptoms

Most individuals do not recognize the gradual or long-term health problems linked to the spinal misalignment. Often the signs and symptoms are very subtle, so do not raise a cause for concern. The most direct symptoms of poor posture and spinal misalignment include:

  • Sore/stiff neck or back
  • Low energy
  • Tiredness/fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Back muscle spasms
  • Joint pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Altered sensations

In addition to the symptoms, individuals should realize that underlying health conditions could also be linked to poor posture and spinal misalignment. If any of these symptoms are presenting see a chiropractor for an examination and proper diagnosis. These symptoms can be masked with pain killers, mattresses, or caffeinated drinks. However, these will not realign the spine to its proper form.

Chiropractic Lower Back Treatment

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.*

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

References

Veintemillas Aráiz, M T et al. “Changes in spinal alignment.” “Alteraciones de la alineación vertebral.” Radiologia vol. 58 Suppl 1 (2016): 115-27. doi:10.1016/j.rx.2016.01.007

Disc Pain and Nerve Root Pain Understanding Spinal Disc Problems

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Disc Pain and Nerve Root Pain Understanding Spinal Disc Problems
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Back or disc pain is becoming increasingly common for individuals of all ages. The spinal discs are prone to injury because of the extreme amount of pressure/stress placed on the lower back and neck. Fortunately, most cases of back pain heal on their own, while others can cause long-term chronic pain that can be difficult to manage, without proper treatment.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Disc Pain and Nerve Root Pain Understanding Spinal Disc Problems

Different types of pain can be caused by problems with the spinal discs. The spinal discs are elastic sections of the spine that sit between the vertebrae. They are made up of materials called annulus fibrosus on the outside and a gel-like material called nucleus pulposus on the inside.

These discs are flexible, which allows for a range of motion to the spine and body shock absorption to increase comfort when in motion. When an individual visits a chiropractor, the practitioner will not know the exact cause of the pain, but only that it hurts around a certain area. Our spinal experts will help individuals understand the different types of ailments or conditions that could be affecting the spine. Then a customized treatment plan can be developed.

Disc problems

Spinal disc pain has two major sources of pain related to spinal discs: They are disc degeneration and nerve root pain. They are most common in the neck and the lower back. Individuals need to be informed of the difference to understand what is happening with the spine and potential treatment options to alleviate the pain and heal the problem.

Degenerative disc disease

Degenerative disc disease is when the spinal discs begin to dry out and deteriorate. The discs start to shrink and can tear, which leaves that segment with little or no cushioning. This can cause pain, as well as inflammation of the surrounding muscles and joints. Disc degeneration usually presents with low levels of consistent pain and occasional severe flare-ups.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Disc Pain and Nerve Root Pain Understanding Spinal Disc Problems

A chiropractor can utilize spinal manipulation to restore alignment, function, and mobility of the affected joint. Massages stretches and exercises will help alleviate the tension in the surrounding muscles along with strengthening them for better support.

Nerve root pain

Nerve root pain does not take place within the disc but is usually caused by a bulging or herniated disc. This condition can be called a slipped disc or pinched nerve, affect the nerves that are in close proximity to the neck and lower vertebrae.

The pain can lead to numbness, tingling, and weakness along the path of the nerve, and radiate out to the arms and legs. A bulging disc is when the spinal disc progressively protrudes through a narrow opening.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Disc Pain and Nerve Root Pain Understanding Spinal Disc Problems

This can irritate any nearby nerve roots causing inflammation and pain. If the disc herniates or breaks through then the outer protective material tears, letting the cushion/gel leak out and come in contact with the nerve root/s, which could also cause pinching and inflammation. Treatment for a bulging or herniated disc includes:

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Corrective exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage
  • Diet adjustments

These treatments can help realign the disc/s, moving them away from any nerves, and minimizing inflammation.

Proper Identification and Diagnosis

Spinal disc problems can be similar in their pain and symptoms. For example, degenerative disc disease can weaken the spinal discs to such a degree that nerve root pain follows creating a dual combination of pain. The conditions require various approaches and treatment methods often done in combination. However, they require a proper diagnosis to create a proper and custom treatment program for every individual. This will ensure the root cause of the disc pain is properly identified and handled. Call us to learn more.

Skateboarding Injury Treatment

Dr. Alex Jimenez’s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.*

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

References

Browning, J E. “Chiropractic distractive decompression in the treatment of pelvic pain and organic dysfunction in patients with evidence of lower sacral nerve root compression.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics vol. 11,5 (1988): 426-32.

Brachial Neuritis: Shoulder, Arm, Hand Pain, and Chiropractic Intervention

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Brachial Neuritis: Shoulder, Arm, Hand Pain, and Chiropractic Intervention
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Shoulder and arm pain can be debilitating, especially when there is no obvious cause or injury that needs to be treated. A rare condition known as brachial neuritis can cause spasms along with pain down the arm, followed by numbness, tingling, and weakness. If not diagnosed and treated early, the symptoms can worsen with time. The pain experienced can be described as sharp, searing, and shooting. Brachial neuritis can be intense and disabling when it presents for hours and even days.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Brachial Neuritis: Shoulder, Arm, Hand Pain, and Chiropractic Intervention

Utilizing a chiropractic approach, shoulder and spinal adjustments can provide relief and a faster healing/recovery from the inflammatory condition. Individuals experiencing shoulder, arm, and possible hand pain should consult with a chiropractor about a potential home and clinic treatment plan to improve their condition.

Medical History and Examination

The process of diagnosing brachial neuritis involves an individual’s medical history and physical exam. Cases that are more complicated could require imaging studies and electrodiagnostic tests. The first steps in diagnosing the cause of shoulder and/or arm pain include:

Medical history

Information will be collected on an individual’s:

  • Medical history
  • Family history
  • Underlying conditions
  • Recent illnesses or injuries
  • Lifestyle habits
  • How and when symptoms began
  • Current symptoms

Physical examination

A chiropractor will palpate or inspect by feeling the neck, shoulder, and arm for irregularities. Then they will examine the range of motion, strength, and reflexes. If the individual’s history and physical exam suggest that the cause could be brachial neuritis or other condition that involves the nerves, then imaging studies, and diagnostic tests could be required to evaluate further.

Symptoms of Brachial Neuritis

The condition is also known as Parsonage-Turner Syndrome. It affects the brachial plexus, which is a set of nerves that run from the neck and upper back to the shoulders. The condition usually affects only one side of the body and presents randomly.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Brachial Neuritis: Shoulder, Arm, Hand Pain, and Chiropractic Intervention

What happens is the nerves become inflamed.

  • Inflammation can be triggered through an autoimmune response. This is often the result of an infection, surgical procedure, or other internal stressors. The inflammation can lead to severe debilitating shoulder pain over a few days.
  • This also leads to long-term numbness, weakness in the shoulder, and arm.
  • The pain becomes worse with movement.
  • Typically, the pain goes away on its own within a few days.
  • Numbness, weakness, or tingling in the shoulder or arm continues.
  • Over time the symptoms begin to worsen and if left untreated could lead to muscular atrophy of the arm.
  • The pain and weakness can make it difficult to move the arm at all, which leads to decreased strength.
  • Symptoms can last up to a year or more.

This is why individuals have to find ways to strengthen their shoulder/arm in spite of the condition.

Chiropractic Relief

Treatment requires a pain management program until the pain subsides. Once the pain is manageable chiropractic, physical therapy, exercises, and stretches could be utilized to improve mobility and strength. Chiropractic can provide relief and tools necessary to prevent the worsening of symptoms. Chiropractic helps to:

  • Reduces pain
  • Improves mobility
  • Restores strength

Chiropractic manipulation will ensure that the nerves near the brachial plexus do not become compressed, but if they are then chiropractic can be utilized to decompress/release them. Trigger point release and massage can help alleviate the tension in the surrounding tissues of the arm and shoulder.

A chiropractor will educate the individuals on effective pain management techniques for home, which will include ice/heat therapy and stretching exercises. These techniques will help restore the proper alignment and flow of the spinal vertebrae, nerves, and muscle tissues, allowing the body to heal quickly, naturally, and more effectively.

Chiropractic Shoulder Pain Treatment

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References

Feinberg, Joseph H, and Jeffrey Radecki. “Parsonage-turner syndrome.” HSS journal: the musculoskeletal journal of Hospital for Special Surgery vol. 6,2 (2010): 199-205. doi:10.1007/s11420-010-9176-x

Anterior/Posterior Pelvic Tilt Prevention with Chiropractic Foot Orthotics

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Anterior/Posterior Pelvic Tilt Prevention with Chiropractic Foot Orthotics
Osteopath performing a pelvis alignment assessment on a young female patient on a couch in his surgery or clinic in a healthcare and medical concept

Few individuals realize they have problems with their feet. Flat feet can cause anterior or posterior pelvic tilt. This is a condition where the pelvis tilts too far forward or too far backward. Individuals can go through their entire life without realizing they have some type of foot issue. This can cause poor support in the lumbar spine generating back problems and chronic illness. The problem with foot issues is that it can set-up a chain of physiological deficiencies. This can include:

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Anterior/Posterior Pelvic Tilt Prevention with Chiropractic Foot Orthotics

Many accept these health issues as part of their normal physiology. However, flat-feet and other related musculoskeletal issues can be identified and corrected with proper support. Custom Foot Orthotics for the foot issue/s and chiropractic alignment for the whole-body. Based on the assessment of the spinal curvature and posture of the individual, a chiropractor will be able to determine to what degree the pelvic tilt and foot problem/s need to be corrected.

Foot Orthotic Support

How orthotics function to promote proper posture and alleviate back pain works like this.

  • First, immediate support to the feet that are weakened, unbalanced, and lack physiological strength is provided. This generates proper posture and balance all the way up the spine.
  • Second, the feet are able to remodel themselves over time as they become accustomed to the new support.
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Anterior/Posterior Pelvic Tilt Prevention with Chiropractic Foot Orthotics

Pelvic Tilt Identification

Chiropractors utilize orthotics when correcting anterior or posterior pelvic tilt. This is because the conditions are the direct result of a poor/weakened foundation. When there is little or no natural arch of the foot there is no support for the:

The lower body needs this support from these various muscle groups with many in the lower back. This causes strain on these muscles and causes pelvic and potential spinal misalignment. Depending on the progress of the tilt/misalignment and posture, will aid a chiropractor to determine the best treatment approach.

Rebuilding

Chiropractic adjustments will be able to restore the lumbar support that was weakened or lost from foot issues. A chiropractor will go to the source or root of the problem. Foot orthotics can be a primary tool for re-training the feet for proper support. These orthotics are custom modeled to an individual’s feet.

This promotes spinal and pelvic wellness combined with the right amount of support required for each foot. Over time, and as the feet remodel themselves the custom orthotics can also be remodeled allowing for continuous improvement. With time it’s possible for many to accomplish the restoration of the body’s musculoskeletal health. These include:

  • Strengthened foot arches
  • Stress and muscle tension alleviation
  • A re-trained proper lower back support
  • Restoration of proper spinal curvature
  • Correct and retrain anterior/posterior pelvic tilting habits

Custom Foot Orthotics

Foot orthotics require no effort. An individual just puts them in their footwear and done. The orthotics do the work for the individual when standing, walking, or running. If diagnosed with a pelvic tilt condition or are unsure if there is a tilt, contact a chiropractor about the benefits of foot orthotics.

Benefits of Functional Foot Orthotics

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References

Betsch, Marcel, et al. “Influence of foot positions on the spine and pelvis.” Arthritis care & research vol. 63,12 (2011): 1758-65. doi:10.1002/acr.20601

Young Adult Degenerative Disc Disorder and Optimal Spine Health

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Young Adult Degenerative Disc Disorder and Optimal Spine Health
Physiotherapist giving back massage to a patient in the clinic

Young adults don’t think about disc deterioration/degeneration until it’s time for the golden years. The disorder is known as Scheuermann’s diseaseScheuermann’s Kyphosis, and juvenile disc disorder. It affects young adults usually in the late teens to early thirties. Spinal injuries can be the cause but many doctors believe genetics that leads to disc degeneration is a major factor. And still, others believe it is the wear and tear on the spine as the main cause.

The disorder is characterized by disc degeneration throughout the spine. The discs are weakened and cannot withstand the pressure of everyday spinal support. Then the spine is open to all kinds of spinal health issues. These include:

If left untreated, the condition shifts into full-blown degenerative disc disease combined with various health problems like numbness, muscle weakness, and nerve damage. Juvenile disc disorder is rare but is a condition that requires immediate ongoing medical attention to make sure young adults and juveniles protect long-term spinal health. Adolescents with consistent back pain need to be thoroughly examined by a chiropractor. The value of an accurate diagnosis when it comes to developing and administering advanced treatment could be vital.

Cause For Concern

The disorder occurs when parts of the vertebrae known as endplates become too weak to withstand the spinal pressure inside the disc. The endplates are the top and bottom areas of the vertebrae that attach to the cartilage disc between each vertebra.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Young Adult Degenerative Disc Disorder and Optimal Spine Health

When the endplates become weak, segments of the tough cartilage can protrude into the endplate, and into the vertebra. These protrusions are called Schmorl’s nodes and can contribute to the pain.

Age-related wear and tear spinal conditions should not be present in kids and young adults. If there are persistent spinal issues and back pain there could be undiagnosed problem/s. Potential symptoms can include:

  • Continued pain throughout the spine/back
  • Sitting, standing, or laying down causes an aching back
  • Transitioning from walking to running or vice versa causes pain
  • Bending, lifting non-heavy objects causes aching and pain
  • Stretching the arms over the head causes aches and pain
  • Posture problems to compensate for the back discomfort and pain
  • Sleep problems

Disc Disorder Management

Because the disorder primarily affects the vertebral discs, chiropractic pain management is focused on reducing the pressure and strain on the discs. However, it does not mean that activity is to be restricted. Managing the condition focuses on improving strength and flexibility.

Foundation strengthening/support is where a chiropractor could begin. This strengthens the hips, thighs, and hamstrings promoting stabilization of the posterior chain. This leads to body core stability and less spinal concussion during activity/s. Stretching exercises help maintain flexibility for dynamic movements like twisting and bending.

Aerobic activity is also recommended to keep the condition in check. The heart-pumping circulates more blood throughout the body ensuring that the inflamed or injured areas get plenty of oxygenated blood, specifically the spine. Body mechanics also play a role as a proper heel striking when walking or running.

Proper body mechanics lessens the impact of the aerobics on the spine and promotes overall wellness. Chiropractic spinal adjustments and realignment could also be part of a management treatment plan. High-velocity low amplitude adjustments help to reset the vertebrae and takes the stress off of discs.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Young Adult Degenerative Disc Disorder and Optimal Spine Health

Prevention

Addressing any disc disorder early is the first step to prevent a lifetime of back pain problems. Seeking a chiropractic assessment as soon as possible will help identify any spinal misalignments or underlying conditions that mimick back pain symptoms/conditions. A chiropractor will develop a customized treatment/management plan to fit an individual’s needs.

Lower Back Pain Chiropractic Care

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References

Heithoff, K B et al. “Juvenile discogenic disease.” Spine vol. 19,3 (1994): 335-40. doi:10.1097/00007632-199402000-00014

The Lumbosacral Joint and Possible Cause For Sciatic Nerve Pain

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 The Lumbosacral Joint and Possible Cause For Sciatic Nerve Pain
senior woman suffering from strong back pain at home

The lumbosacral joint is the first place chiropractors start their investigation with individuals presenting with low back pain and possible sciatica. Because of the importance of the sciatic nerve, almost any lumbar condition has the potential to disturb the nerve that can lead to chronic nerve pain. For many low back conditions, the best way to start is from the bottom and work up.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 The Lumbosacral Joint and Possible Cause For Sciatic Nerve Pain

Starting at the lumbosacral joint L5-S1, the chiropractor will palpate and massage the area. This is because the lumbosacral joint is a central nerve center with all kinds of possible sciatic nerve interference because of the proximity to the various nerve bundles and vertebral discs.

When sciatic nerve issues begin to develop, often the problem will be in this region of the spine. Beginning at the lumbosacral joint can generate vast insight into the root cause of radiating pain in the lower back and legs.

The Lumbosacral Joint

This pain typically presents when the nerve is inflamed, compressed, or irritated. Numbness or chronic weakness can also happen in the lower extremities and can cause unbearable discomfort. Some of the reasons that make the joint a prime suspect for sciatic pain include:

  • The L5 vertebrae are vulnerable to slipping forward over the connecting S1 vertebrae. The sciatic nerve goes through this area, leaving it open to compression.
  • A disc herniation and/or inflammation can also stress the sciatic nerves.
  • Deterioration of the lumbosacral facet joints is common with older individuals. This can lead to nerve compression and sciatic nerve irritation.
  • Piriformis syndrome can affect the area around the lumbosacral joint, causing nerve compression and inflammation.

The lumbosacral joint is frequently used making it a consistently stressed joint. Overuse, poor posture, and improper body mechanics affect this region of the lumbar spine. And, because of the closeness to the sciatic nerve, it is commonly affected.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 The Lumbosacral Joint and Possible Cause For Sciatic Nerve Pain

Other Spinal Conditions

The lumbosacral joint also experiences problems that stem from chronic conditions, which can involve some form of sciatic pain as a symptom. They include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar stenosis
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Spondylolisthesis

Sciatica is a condition that represents a series of symptoms. But it is often a symptom of other condition/s that affect the sciatic nerve. If spinal conditions progress, it can bring undue stress and strain to the lumbosacral joint and the sciatic nerve.

Knowing Where To Begin

The key to a proper and successful treatment plan is an accurate diagnosis. Knowing and understanding the symptoms, spinal conditions, and having an idea of the origin of these types of pain promotes a rapid diagnosis. Our chiropractic and physical therapy team thoroughly investigate the pain source using imaging, palpation, observation, and other diagnostic tools to help get individuals back on track and healthy.

Facet Syndrome Chiropractic Treatment

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References

Grgić, Vjekoslav. “Lumbosakralni fasetni sindrom: funkcijski i organski poremećaji lumbosakralnih fasetnih zglobova” [Lumbosacral facet syndrome: functional and organic disorders of lumbosacral facet joints]. Lijecnicki vjesnik vol. 133,9-10 (2011): 330-6.

Tight/Sore Hamstrings Benefit With Chiropractic Manipulation

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Tight/Sore Hamstrings Benefit With Chiropractic Manipulation
Osteopath doing a myofascial hamstring tendon manipulation bending the leg of a young woman on a consultation couch in an alternative medicine and healthcare concept
Tight and sore hamstrings commonly occur during workout and exercise, but can just as easily result from a fall or other accident. Individuals usually experience pain located at the back of the thigh with associated weakness along with the feeling of the muscles becoming tighter and a consistent soreness. Consistent tightness in the back of the legs is not only uncomfortable but can also make movement difficult.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Tight/Sore Hamstrings Benefit With Chiropractic Manipulation
 
Many individuals stretch every day, do yoga, etc trying to relieve hamstring tension, with short-term relief only to have the tightness return. This is frustrating but more importantly, indicates that the problem might not have to do with the muscle’s length. There could be an underlying issue that needs to be identified and addressed. A chiropractic approach will diagnose and treat the root of the pain, not just the symptoms.

Hamstring/s Tightness

The hamstring is not a single string. It is a set of three muscles that run along the back of the thigh. The muscles allow for the bending of the leg at the knee. With a hamstring strain, one or more of these muscles can become overloaded and can start to tear. Strains often happen during activities that involve running, jumping, and/or sudden stopping and starting. This is where stretching doesn’t help, however, a chiropractic adjustment can help.  
 

Weak Muscle Compensation

One possible cause for the tightness has to do with various related muscles and not the hamstrings themselves. Muscles that typically stabilize and facilitate movement could be too weak or are not functioning properly. What usually happens is that the muscles that are active have to work harder to compensate for the others that are not working/functioning properly. The tension in the hamstrings can be alleviated through chiropractic exercises/stretches that activate the stabilizing muscles and get the circulation moving to promote strength and take the pressure off the hamstrings. These muscle weaknesses can be caused by spinal misalignments that pull the body in an awkward fashion, throwing the body’s balance off. Each condition feeds the other as the hamstrings have to work harder, the body leans to the side that doesn’t cause pain, causing the spine to shift out of alignment and so begins the awkward body shifting to avoid the pain cycle. A chiropractic adjustment will restore balance and stability to the entire body.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Tight/Sore Hamstrings Benefit With Chiropractic Manipulation
 

A Pelvic Tilt

Pelvic tilt could be a contributing factor for tightness and soreness. This comes from:
  • Poor posture
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Weight gain
These factors can cause the pelvis to shift forward ever so slightly. But just that slight tilting could be pulling on the hamstrings. In order to rectify the tilt, exercise is recommended, and chiropractic manipulation to realign any spinal shifting.  
 

Sciatic Irritation

Another issue is sciatic nerve irritation that could mimic tightness in the muscles. The sciatic nerve runs down the back of the leg and the irritation could make the hamstring appear to be tight. This is where stretching the hamstrings can worsen the condition by irritating the sciatic nerve, causing inflammation. The sciatic nerve could also be experiencing irritation from spinal misalignment. A vertebral disc could be bulging or herniated. This could inflame the nerve root. A bone spur or inflamed joint could be impinging/compressing on the nerve root exits. A chiropractic treatment plan will relieve the tension being placed on the nerve and allow for proper blood circulation and transmission of signals without interruptions. Talk to a chiropractor about an examination to identify the exact root causing the discomfort.

Advanced Chiropractic Treatment

 

 

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Hoskins, Wayne, and Henry Pollard. “Hamstring injury management–Part 2: Treatment.” Manual therapy vol. 10,3 (2005): 180-90. doi:10.1016/j.math.2005.05.001

Multiple Traumas and Chiropractic Injury Rehabilitation

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Multiple Traumas and Chiropractic Injury Rehabilitation
A woman is exercising in gym. She has a rehabilitation. A therapist is helping the woman to do the exercises.
With intense automobile, work, and sporting/fitness accidents, and natural disasters, individuals can experience multiple traumas also known as polytrauma. Recovery and rehabilitation can be a difficult and challenging journey. Multiple traumas are serious medical emergencies only given to individuals going through a severe situation. Polytrauma references multiple severe traumas that occurred at the same time. An individual can experience a:
 
Physical therapy and chiropractic rehabilitation could be part of a treatment program. This is to restore the body’s mobility, function, and promote the body’s natural healing abilities. The importance of creating the proper rehabilitation program can make all the difference and restoring the integrity of the spine is critical.

Spinal Stabilization

Any type of trauma despite its severity can have the potential to interfere/disrupt spinal functions.
  • Suffering a concussive hit to the head could cause damage to the cervical spine.
  • Falling off a ladder could shift the vertebral discs.
  • Hitting the knee on an object can cause a spinal misalignment from shifting the weight to the other leg for a day or two.
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Multiple Traumas and Chiropractic Injury Rehabilitation
 
Spinal misalignments and/or dysfunction are common in multiple trauma cases. Dealing with broken bones and substantial wounds often means the spine could need to be realigned. Even if there are no localized injuries to the back or neck. Spinal misalignment, translation/rotation, herniated discs, or other conditions can hinder the overall recovery process and present new health issues.  

Nerve Damage

Often, a lasting issue from multiple traumas is nerve damage. The severity can completely destroy nerve endings making it impossible to regain feeling or movement in certain areas of the body. The nerve damage can be regenerated if the impediment is rooted in the spine and is addressed in time. Correcting spinal discs that have shifted along with subluxations that can compress the nerves and interfere with signal communication can help restore the areas directly affected. Example: Broken arms or legs can lose sensations that can be regained by spinal realignment. There are arteries that follow the spinal pathway. When the spinal integrity is restored proper circulation/blood flow is achieved, which is essential in natural recovery.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Multiple Traumas and Chiropractic Injury Rehabilitation
 

Trauma Beyond the Injury

Developing the correct rehabilitation treatment plan could mean the difference in a speedy and healthy recovery. Chiropractic can be an integral part of the recovery process, especially for a body that has sustained severe musculoskeletal injuries. The spine is an extension of the central nervous system. This means that bringing relief to the spine can affect positive healing in the injured areas. The critical role of the spine in an individual’s rehabilitation and whole well-being is why no matter the extent of the trauma, we deliver relief.

Auto Accident Injury Treatment


 

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References
Kroupa, J. “K definici polytraumatu a polytraumatismu” [Definition of “polytrauma” and “polytraumatism”]. Acta chirurgiae orthopaedicae et traumatologiae Cechoslovaca vol. 57,4 (1990): 347-60.

Falling Accidents and Injuries Ways To Reduce The Risk

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Falling Accidents and Injuries Ways To Reduce The Risk
Senior woman in activewear watching online courses on laptop while exercising at home.
As individuals advance in age, the risk of falling starts to become a regular concern. An average of one in four adults over 65 suffers from a fall every year. Around twenty percent of falling accidents result in serious injury. However, experiencing one fall increases the risk of future falls significantly. The most common injuries sustained include:
  • Hip fracture
  • Head injury
These injuries usually necessitate hospitalization. Therefore minimizing the risks is important for increasing/enhancing an individual’s quality of life and help minimize the financial burdens that can come with these types of accidents.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Falling Accidents and Injuries Ways To Reduce The Risk
 

Risk Factors for Falling

Various factors can determine an increased risk of falling. If there are two or more at the same time, the risk goes up significantly. These factors include:
  • Poor or improper walking gait mechanics
  • Poor balance
  • Vision impairment
  • Low endurance
  • Weakened muscle strength
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Blood pressure issues like hypotension
  • Dizziness from certain movements like lying down to sitting/standing
  • Medication side effects that cause brain fog, dizziness, sleepiness, etc
  • Poor health/underlying conditions
  • Anxiety and/or fear of falling
 

Reducing The Risk/s

There are simple ways to reduce risk while optimizing the body’s health and vitality. These include:
  • Discussing health concerns with a doctor and/or chiropractor
  • Review medications with doctor or pharmacist, specifically those that cause sleepiness or dizziness
  • Exercise regimen
  • Balance exercises
  • Core strengthening exercises
  • A physical therapist or chiropractor can assess the home for safety and possible tripping hazards
  • Regular vision check-ups at least every two years
 

Spinal Health

Restoring balance to the body will make the biggest difference in increasing overall health. However, pain, stiffness, and poor health can make getting started a difficult challenge. With the right chiropractic and physical therapy team, getting started does not have to be as challenging, with the transition being made as easily and as smooth as possible. An essential building block for overall optimal health begins with spinal alignment. When the spine is misaligned it can lead to poor nerve circulation/energy. This slows down and interferes with the body’s functions. This is often manifested with poor balance, weakness, and pain. Chiropractic spinal alignment addresses whole-body health. A chiropractic practitioner is specialized in non-invasively and systematically restoring not only the alignment of the spine but the entire body.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Falling Accidents and Injuries Ways To Reduce The Risk
 

Chiropractic Health

Find a chiropractor and talk to them about any health concerns, including falls. A customized chiropractic adjustment treatment plan will be developed along with a fitness and stretching regimen, and dietary adjustments will significantly optimize health and help prevent falls.

Sports Injuries Chiropractic Treatment

 
 

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Hawk, Cheryl et al. “Pilot study of the effect of a limited and extended course of chiropractic care on balance, chronic pain, and dizziness in older adults.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics vol. 32,6 (2009): 438-47. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2009.06.008

Spinal Issues or Kidney Problems and An Accurate Diagnosis

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Spinal Issues or Kidney Problems and An Accurate Diagnosis
Handsome young man is moving, having pain in his back while packing, standing among cardboard boxes
Trying to understand what is causing back pain that comes out of nowhere, whether a spinal issue or a kidney issue can be quite challenging. Doing a self-examination, retracing steps, and constantly thinking about it is exhausting. The right healthcare professional that has experience in spinal issues, as well as, understanding various health conditions that can contribute to spine pain, and making the correct diagnosis can help in developing the proper treatment plan or refer the individual to the proper specialist.  
 

The Kidneys

The organs are located below the ribs, close to the middle/thoracic back. Healthy kidneys support and help with:
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Spinal Issues or Kidney Problems and An Accurate Diagnosis
 
Individuals with a kidney condition can sometimes experience back pain caused by the disease or condition. Kidney problems like: These can easily be mistaken for mid and upper back pain. However, if there is persistent soreness or irritation it could mean a more significant health issue associated with the kidneys could be present.

Spine Problem or Stone/s

If there is a feeling of kidney pain it is possible to come from one of two places and/or both. This could be distension/ballooning of the capsule called the ureter that surrounds the kidneys. The ureters are the tubes that are attached to each kidney and transport urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Urine contains salts and minerals. These minerals can clump together creating a kidney stone and block the ureters. The ureter contracts from the stone that is creating the blockage.  
When there is a blockage from a stone, the urine can back up and cause the capsule to expand causing pain. The pain location is usually on one side and is categorized as a dull ache – meaning the pain is constantly present and causing discomfort. Chronic back pain caused by nerve compression is typically on one side like sciatica. The pain from a stone can be only slight unless the stone is trying to move. Then the pain can be severe and last for several minutes before it passes. However, if the pain is excruciating and a kidney stone is suspected, go to the hospital and get an examination. Collecting the stone is crucial when it passes in order to be analyzed. A stone analysis will help in figuring the proper treatment to prevent another kidney stone/s from developing.

Spine Problem or Infection

A kidney infection could be another cause of back pain. Kidney infection/s are typically caused by bacteria. A dull throbbing could be sensed in the middle and/or upper back.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms associated with infection often include back, side, and groin pain as well as a combination of symptoms like:
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Constant sensation of needing to use the bathroom
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
 

Causes

Causes that can increase the chances of developing an infection.
  • Kidney stone/s
  • Nerve damage that affects the bladder
  • Spinal damage that does not allow the bladder to be emptied
  • Urinary tract infection
Older individuals can develop kidney infections without any underlying conditions. There are rare genetic diseases like polycystic kidney disease and Fabry disease that can cause kidney pain and be mistaken for back pain.  
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Telling the Difference

There is no quick and easy way to figure out if it is back or kidney pain. Especially, if a constant aching is present. Seeing an experienced doctor or chiropractor is the recommended option for getting a formal and accurate diagnosis. A physical exam, family, and personal medical history will be collected along with various tests. Tests can include:
  • Urine analysis
  • Culture
  • Abdominal X-ray
  • CT scan
  • MRI
Pain medications and specific fluids are usually prescribed along with time to pass the stone. Antibiotics can be prescribed for kidney infections, chiropractic treatment can be suggested for spinal alignment/myofascial tense muscle release, and home remedies can help treat any discomfort. These can include:
  • Using ice/heat on the area where there is discomfort
  • Self-massage
  • Staying properly hydrated
  • Diet adjustment/s
  • Taking over the counter pain meds when necessary

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References
Tozzi, P et al. “Low back pain and kidney mobility: local osteopathic fascial manipulation decreases pain perception and improves renal mobility.” Journal of bodywork and movement therapies vol. 16,3 (2012): 381-391. doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2012.02.001
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