Neck pain affects almost everyone at some point, and it can also be accompanied by headaches. Even the slightest activities that involve movement of the neck can cause pain. This pain can affect everyone differently – some may experience pain in one part of their neck or head, or behind their eyes, while others may experience a pounding sensation. Pain can last from a few minutes to days and can also cause nausea. Neck pain and the headaches that ensue can come from a variety of conditions – and research has indicated that chiropractic adjustments can be very effective for treating this type of pain.
Mid Back Pain
Mid Back Pain is usually caused by overuse, muscle strain, or injury to the muscles, ligaments, or discs that support your spine. This type of pain can range from a variety of levels, from simple discomfort to prohibitive. If the pain or discomfort is enough to prevent you from your regular activities, we can offer a variety of therapies to relieve back muscle pains and strains. If your mid back pain was caused by an accident, seeking care immediately is recommended. Severe pain after a fall or injury can be associated with other major spine damage. Chiropractic care has often proven effective – and includes spinal manipulation, Cox Flexion-Distraction, spinal decompression and soft tissue techniques.
Lower Back Pain
Most people suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives. The lower back region, also called the lumbar region, is defined by the area starting below the rib cage until the end of the spine. It can be triggered or activated by accidents, or by everyday activities like office work and household chores. Lower back pain is a symptom of decreased stability and functionality, and can result in shooting stabbing pain that prevent certain movements. This compromised structure may not be supporting your spine adequately and should be treated. Additionally, a condition called Sciatica affects the lower back. Sciatica is nerve pain resulting from irritation of the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body. Pain is usually felt from the lower back and buttock to behind the thigh. Acute lower back pain can radiate from the thigh to below the knee. There are many reasons as to why the sciatic nerve can become irritated, but most commonly, it is due to a lumbar disk herniation causing direct pressure on the nerve. Other causes of sciatica include irritation of the nerve from spasms, stenosis, and inflammation.
A common frustration, knee pain and knee injury, or Osteoarthritis, can develop from wear and tear, old and new injuries and overuse of your knees. At PATH Medical, we can treat your knee injuries and relieve your pain through physical therapy, braces and orthotics. If your knees are very stiff in the morning, if they hurt when going up or down stairs, if the activities you enjoy cause pain, and if you’re finding that you need to frequently take over the counter pain relievers, we offer non-surgical treatment programs that can treat your discomfort.
Most shoulder pain involves the soft tissue muscles, ligaments and tendons, and falls into three major categories: Tendonitis/Bursitis, injury/instability, and Arthritis. Regardless of the cause, our goal is to help control the pain and inflammation caused by this type of pain. Treatments like electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, as well as heat and ice focus on easing pain and inflammation. Hands-on treatments and various types of exercises are used to improve the range of motion in the shoulder and the nearby joints and muscles. Gentle joint mobilizations and adjustments are performed to help restore normal biomechanics to the shoulder joint. This is where chiropractic manipulation has an advantage over other specialties. It is important to manipulate and stretch capsular joint restrictions during the treatment phase. Additionally, spinal manipulation to the spine can help remove any joint fixations that can inhibit normal healing and proper motion to the shoulder. Advanced release techniques are used to help restore normal length and elasticity to the muscles, ligaments and tendons. It can also help break down scar tissue and adhesions which in and around the joint and associated soft tissues.
Headaches & Migraines
Some common symptoms of headaches and migraines are light sensitivity, nausea, sound sensitivity, and a never-ending pounding. This type of pain can control your life as they are often unpredictable. This is usually the case for those who suffer from chronic migraines or tension headaches. PATH Medical offers treatment solutions for those who suffer from chronic headaches and migraines.
Numbness, Tingling & Shooting Pain
What does numbness and tingling feel like? How do you know if you are experiencing it? How do you know if you need to go to the doctor for it? Numbness and tingling is typically categorized one of two ways: Parasthesia:
A spontaneous abnormal sensation of "pins and needles" or "foot falling asleep" Dysesthesia:
An irritating sensation caused by a stimulus that does not normally produce pain Almost everyone experiences parasthesia from time to time, and it merits seeing the doctor if it is recurring or lasts longer than a few minutes without going away. On the flip side, dyesthesia is a less frequent occurrence. So if you experience numbness, pain, tingling, or irritation after contact with something that does not usually cause you that reaction, then notifying your doctor is always a good idea. However, one of the most Important things to understand about numbness and tingling is that they are not a condition but a symptom that could be caused by any number of different (and unrelated) conditions. The conditions associated with symptoms of numbness and tingling are grouped into three different categories based on their cause:
- Neurologic Event
- Metabolic Disorder
Chiropractic care addresses the cause of the trauma, and not the mere symptoms of numbness, tingling, and shooting pains, which will usually be alleviated once the cause of the trauma is suitably addressed. At PATH Medical, we begin by determining the root of the problem, and if the condition is evaluated as having the potential to respond well to chiropractic care, we will include a variety of physiotherapy to reduce inflammation.