Fertility and Pregnancy Chiropractic Care

Fertility and Pregnancy Chiropractic Care

While many women don’t think of chiropractic care until perhaps they need to turn a breech baby close to their due date (chiropractic care can certainly help with this), both studies and anecdotes are plentiful that support the use of chiropractic treatment even before pregnancy. Seeing a chiropractor can help properly align the body for optimal fertility, assist during pregnancy to keep the pelvis, back, and spine where they need to be for a healthy delivery, and aid in a faster recovery postpartum. Reproductive health can be vastly improved with the help of chiropractic care.

Getting Pregnant & Your Greenville Chiropractor

Starting a family is thrilling and exciting and truth be told, can be scary. The vast majority of couples – about 85% – will achieve pregnancy within a year of actively trying. But for those couples who don’t get pregnant within a year of trying, or six months if they are in their 30s, it can be excruciating. Often they are asking themselves and their doctors what could be wrong, why aren’t they able to conceive, what can be done.

As easy as it may seem to achieve pregnancy for some people, there is a lot that needs to happen within the bodies of the woman and man to make a baby. Timing is crucial, as are healthy eggs and sperm, properly balanced hormones, and correct positioning of reproductive organs. The endocrine system controls hormones, which could be interrupted by problems within the central nervous system. The uterus may not be in an ideal position due to a misalignment in the pelvis, which could also affect the position of the ovaries and fallopian tubes. The body is incredibly designed with each part having a specific job – yet all parts need the others to work correctly or else it affects their own job. And perhaps the most crucial aspect of the body working together is the communication system from the brain through the spine to other parts of the body. So if there is a subluxation (inflammation and misalignment) in the spine, the messages the brain needs to send to say, the ovaries or uterus, won’t make it there. This is a simple way to explain complex systems but the overall message is that it is of utmost importance that the body is in proper alignment so all systems work the best they possibly can.

Chiropractic care can often help couples who have experienced infertility. Several years ago, the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research published research on the benefits of chiropractic care and fertility. They looked at more than a dozen studies and research articles and found that chiropractic care helped women to achieve pregnancy no matter their medical history and age.One of the studies was about a 32-year-old woman who had not menstruated for 12 years and was trying to get pregnant. It’s essential for women to have a regular cycle to become pregnant so it was not surprising she could achieve pregnancy. The research article said: “The woman had undergone a number of medical infertility treatments, but still could not conceive. After two months of chiropractic care, with attention on adjustments in the lumbar region, her menses started and after regular cycles for four months, she became pregnant.”Dr. Madeline Behrendt compiled this research for the Journal and said that the many women who received chiropractic care to address infertility had a wide variety of stress related to their inability to conceive such as car accidents, blocked fallopian tubes, scoliosis, and work stress. Once their subluxations were detected and corrected, they were able to conceive. While chiropractic care is not a miracle cure, it is vastly less expensive than in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other medical procedures. There are no drugs and adjustments are painless. If couples are experiencing infertility and have tried seemingly everything else, it may be beneficial to seek chiropractic care to achieve a pregnancy.

Benefits during pregnancy of Greenville Chiropractic care

Once a woman achieves pregnancy, her body immediately starts changing and adjusting to grow and support the baby and prepare for delivery. About 80% of women report some kind of pelvic pain during pregnancy. This can include things like pressure in the lower back, pressure on the pubic bone, pain that shoots down the legs, and cramping. When a woman is pregnant, there is significant increased pressure on her lumbar spine, which can cause pain throughout the lower body, a shift in gait, and stress on the hips. There are several studies that suggest spinal correction can alleviate much of this pain during (and after) pregnancy.

I see a number of pregnant women at the Greenville Spine Institute who present themselves with many of these same issues. After an extensive screening progress and with regular appointments for spinal adjustments, which we meticulously track throughout the pregnancy, my patients report minimal, if any, pain and significant relief of symptoms. The distribution of weight changes throughout pregnancy as the baby develops, which puts pressure on the musculoskeletal symptom in the body, affects the expansion of the hips, and changes the tilt of the uterus. By working together throughout the pregnancy, I’m able to see when these changes happen and alter treatment to adjust the areas most affected by the bodily changes, easing her pain and making her pregnancy more enjoyable.

Labor and Delivery are aided by chiropractic care

When it comes to labor and delivery, the benefits of chiropractic care continue. Several studies that date back many years have found:

  • That first time pregnant women who receive chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy report a 25% less labor time than those who don’t;
  • That multiparous mothers who receive chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy report a 31% less time in labor than those moms who don’t;
  • A direct relationship between pregnant mothers who receive chiropractic care to a lesser chance of having a C-section, of preterm delivery, of the use of forceps, and of meconium-stained amniotic fluid.
  • Additionally, using chiropractic care during pregnancy can also aid the baby in getting into the optimal position for birth. If the body is aligned and the systems are communicating properly, the baby has a higher chance of following the natural path towards birth. A study from the early 2000s showed that 92% of pregnant moms with a breech baby who saw a chiropractor had their babies repositioned for optimal birth.

Postpartum benefits of chiropractic

After birth, a woman’s body continues to change and adjust. These changes can be overt or subtle and can occur in the lower back when picking up her infant or the car seat, or in the pelvic region which causes discomfort walking and sleeping, or in the thoracic region as moms are nursing, bottle feeding, or rocking the baby. Studies indicate that about 77% of postpartum mothers face pain following delivery, which makes complete sense given that she has grown and birthed a new human being.

All of these new changes can cause subluxations in the spine and neck, which can lead to pain, discomfort, trouble sleeping, nursing, or walking, and even a decrease in emotional well-being. Research has shown that postpartum patients receiving chiropractic care, including tailored adjustments made for each patients, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises, show significant improvement in physiological and neurologic areas.

Babies need chiropractic care, too

Sometimes babies have a hard time during delivery, which can affect their spinal alignment. Or they may have challenges with breastfeeding or are colicky. Any of these issues can make for a difficult first few weeks (or longer) for parents and their baby.

I have six children of my own and it was issues they faced as newborns that caused me to focus my practice on this particular area of interest. I saw how small and gentle manipulations made immense positive differences in those early weeks of life to help correct things that needed to be realigned after birth.
Chiropractic care is focused on eliminating subluxations and aligning the body correctly to make sure all the systems are communicating correctly. Like in adults, if these systems are not properly aligned, communication within the body will be challenging and parts will not work as intended. For babies, that means digestion problems, gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), constantly being uncomfortable (and not able to tell anyone), constipation, and sleep issues. The nervous system and digestive system are often affected in infants and with proper (and gentle) spinal manipulation, chiropractic treatment can work effectively for babies.
One study highlights a little nine-day-old girl who was not gaining weight post-birth. Her mother was having an extraordinarily difficult time with breastfeeding the baby and lactation consultants were not solving the problems so she sought the help of a chiropractor. The baby was adjusted several times on her spine and neck within a two-week period and ended up gaining weight because she was able to successfully nurse.
Manipulations done on babies are very gentle. It’s wonderful to see how well babies will do even after two or three appointments. The relief on mom’s face is palpable. And the benefits of chiropractic care for infants goes even beyond initial issues they face. It can help boost their immune system and aid in keeping dreaded ear infections at bay. When the spinal cord is properly aligned and the bodily systems all communicate correctly, studies suggest this can help keep harmful pathogens from gaining hold in the body. And giving an infant that initial immunity boost can be quite helpful so early in life.

If you or a loved one is experiencing infertility, pregnant or post-partum, schedule a FREE consultation online or by phone at 1 (864) 631-1420

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Kids in Sports

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Kids in Sports

If you’ve ever sat on the sidelines watching your child play soccer, baseball, gymnastics, basketball or any number of other sports, and winced if they grabbed their knee or shoulder or ankle in pain, you’re not alone. The Aspen Institute reports that pre-COVID, nearly a third of kids ages 6-18 played their primary sport three days a week and all kids playing sports dedicated about 13.6 hours weekly to their chosen sport. That’s a lot of time running, jumping, throwing, sliding, tackling, swinging, stretching, and kicking – and lots of opportunities for injuries.

While youth sports injuries are common, this knowledge doesn’t make it easier to handle when your child is sidelined. The American Academy of Family Physicians notes that the most common types of sports injuries are Achilles tendon injuries, broken bones, dislocations, knee injuries, Little League elbow, which affects the growth plates in kids, runner’s knee, and sprains.

The good news is that most of these injuries can be prevented if imbalances in the body are caught soon enough and properly adjusted. And if your star athlete is already facing an injury, excellent Greenville chiropractic care can help lead him or her on a faster and more efficient road to recovery.

Why see a chiropractor if your kid doesn’t have any injuries?

The best time for Greenville chiropractic care is before an injury happens. The body is designed so all its parts work in harmony with one another, communicating quickly and efficiently through the nervous and skeletal systems. If something isn’t where it’s supposed to be, then that system is going to be hindered.

For example, what if your child walks with their toes pointed inwards? That means their hips are not in alignment and their knees are not where they are designed to be. This puts pressure on their lower legs and ankles where pressure should not be. If your child starts playing soccer in this scenario, their muscles and ligaments try to make up for that misalignment in their hips, which affects movement in their lower body. Muscles that should be directed to keeping knees and ankles strong aren’t doing so because they aren’t in the right place due to the imbalance of the hips. All it will take is one game where your child tears their meniscus in one of their knees and is out for the season. Physical therapy may help in recovery or your orthopedic may recommend surgery, but the unsung hero is often your Greenville chiropractor. You see, portions of the meniscus receive low blood flow and therefore take additional time to heal. Surgical repairs often cause more damage to the meniscus, potentially even to the portion receiving low blood flow, causing the patient to have almost the exact same healing journey without surgery.

That’s a nightmare scenario that many parents face in one form or another. Yet, it very well could have been prevented with chiropractic care. If your child would have been brought in for an exam, Greenville Spine Institute would have been able to see that your child’s feet were turned in and develop a treatment plan to fix it, giving your child a better chance at playing their chosen sport injury-free.

This holds true for so many different kinds of injuries. As kids grow and develop, their bones shift, as do their growth plates. Greenville chiropractic care can greatly benefit kids as they move through this development and become stronger, better athletes. And it’s all non-invasive, with no drugs.

Preventative chiropractic care is important

Taking steps to ensure your student athlete’s body is aligned and functioning correctly and efficiently to avoid injuries is crucial for success. But it’s not only about preventing injuries in an athlete – the benefits to continuous chiropractic care for athletes are numerous and include better performance, quicker recovery, reduced pain, greater range of motion, and whole body wellness.

Kids are starting sports young, like ages four or five, and sometimes will choose their favorite and pursue it competitively by middle school. By that time, their bodies have already taken a beating all while continuing to grow and develop. There are a lot of opportunities for mishaps. The American Journal of Sports Medicine found that teenagers who specialized (played it more often and at higher intensity levels) in a sport had a greater risk of injury, up to 50% more than their peers who competed at lower levels. Most common injuries were those to the ankles, knees, upper legs, and ligament strains, which line up to the most common sports injuries presented by the American Academy of Family Physicians mentioned above.

About 25% of Major League Baseball pitchers have had the Tommy John surgery to repair ligaments in their throwing arm. “The Arm”, a book about injuries to baseball players, found that 56.8% of the Tommy John surgeries between 2007-2011 took place on teenagers. The author surmised that this was because travel teams and competitive baseball are pushing kids way too hard at young ages. While chiropractic care won’t solve all injuries and problems of kids playing sports competitively at younger ages, it can help to avoid some of these more problematic injuries for athletes.

During my time with the Carolina Panthers, I saw a host of injuries to players, many of which were caused by not addressing the root issues of previous injuries. If a child begins treatment with a chiropractor when they start playing sports, there is a greater chance the chiropractor will pick up on changes to the body sooner and make the proper adjustments to ensure peak performance and continued wellness for the athlete, especially if they go on to specialize in one or more sports.

For athletes who have not had an injury, I’ll often recommend specialized strengthening exercises for those muscular and skeletal systems that will be under the most pressure. It’s one of the many ways we use preventative treatment, without drugs or invasive procedures, for our athletes.

If injury strikes

If injury does strike a child who is already seeing a chiropractor, treatment will help aid in a quicker recovery. At the Greenville Spine Institute, we do a thorough physical, orthopedic, and neurologic intake exam with motion x-rays and movement tests to assess the current condition of the body and if there are issues that need to be addressed. If an injury occurs, we can use these same methods and tests to quickly assess the injury and begin treatment to heal the patient.

We have a therapy bay on site with equipment needed for stretching and icing, which all help aid the body in a quicker recovery, no matter their age.

Of course, we prefer to see patients before an injury happens but if that is not possible, chiropractic care can still be extraordinarily effective in helping athletes heal quicker and get back on the field, court, or whatever arena their chosen sport is played.

Want to see what we can offer your star athlete? Come on in for a consultation and we’ll do an assessment, talk about your – and your kid’s goals, and figure out a plan to help your athlete the best they can be in their favorite sport.


Is it Vertigo? Possible Causes of Dizziness Explained

Is it Vertigo? Possible Causes of Dizziness Explained

What is Vertigo?

Have you ever felt like the world was spinning, but you were not moving at all? Have you felt periods of sudden intense dizziness or disorientation where you had to stop and grasp onto something to feel stabilized? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you may be experiencing vertigo. Vertigo is a symptom characterized by dizziness or a sensation of spinning that is commonly caused by sudden head movements. One can also experience nausea, difficulty concentrating, ringing in the ears, and sweating in addition to one’s vertigo. But where is this dizziness coming from?

Causes of Dizziness

Most commonly, vertigo is caused by an issue found in the inner ear due to its function in maintaining one’s balance. Conditions that affect the inner ear and cause vertigo include Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), inner-ear infections, and Meniere’s Disease. Other conditions that have the ability to cause vertigo include migraines, blood pressure conditions, misalignments of spinal segments, Multiple Sclerosis, low blood sugar, trauma to the head, and more. Conditions affecting the cerebellum (which is located at the center of the brain and maintains balance) may also cause dizziness. Due to the multiple conditions that can cause one to experience vertigo, it is important to find the root cause.

Diagnosis With a Greenville Chiropractor

A physical examination performed by a trained physician will help determine where the vertigo is coming from. General Physicians, Physical Therapists, and Chiropractors are a few types of physicians that can analyze vertigo. Chiropractors are highly trained to specifically analyze the spine for areas of dysfunction so that they may return segments to their normal positioning. This helps the brain have free communication with the rest of the body and gives proprioceptors the ability to function at their optimum. In addition, Chiropractors are trained to perform physical examinations to determine what is causing your vertigo. The first test they can perform is blood pressure. Alterations in blood pressure can cause dizziness including both high and low blood pressure. If it is found that you have abnormal blood pressure, a Chiropractor will send you to a General Physician for further evaluation.

Chiropractor Diagnosing Dizziness

Epley’s Maneuver

If blood pressure is ruled out, they can then perform Epley’s Maneuver. Epley’s Maneuver tests the semicircular canals located in the inner ear. These canals detect motion and send those signals to the brain. Inside the canals are crystals that help detect movement. In certain cases, crystals can detach from the canal and become free floating, which can disturb the signals that go to your brain–resulting in a feeling of dizziness. Epley’s Maneuver repositions the crystals to help relieve vertigo.

If Epley’s does not resolve the vertigo, your doctor will then look at your spine for areas called subluxations. Subluxations occur when segments within the spine misalign, putting pressure on the spinal nerves and distorting proprioceptors and mechanoreceptors–all of which can lead to feelings of dizziness or imbalance. At Greenville Spine Institute, we perform thorough inspections consisting of orthopedic, neurological, and physical examinations. If necessary, X-rays will be taken to further assess the condition of your spine. Depending on its condition, a care plan may be developed to help return your spine and Central Nervous System to its optimum function.

Epley's Maneuver to treat vertigo

Chiropractic Care of Vertigo

Chiropractic focuses on maintaining communication between the brain and body through the Central Nervous System (CNS). The CNS consists of your brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves. When functioning properly, the brain sends signals down the spinal cord and out through the spinal nerves to control everything in the body. In fact, the nervous system is so crucial to the body that it is entirely protected by the spine. However, forces sometimes enter into the spine that misalign segments and place pressure on spinal nerves, cutting off communication between the brain and body.

Receptors in the spine called proprioceptors enable you to judge limb movements, position, and force. Combined with other senses, they help you locate external objects relative to your body and contribute to body image. Proprioception is closely tied to the control of movement. Misalignments of spinal segments create dysfunction to proprioceptors that may, in turn, cause dizziness and disorientation.

How Chiropractic Adjustment Helps Vertigo

A Chiropractor focuses on carefully analyzing the spine to look for areas of misalignment. They first analyze the spine for subluxations by motioning the separate segments of the spine to look for fixation or lack of motion. Next, they feel for swelling and edema. When spinal nerves compress, the area will begin to swell and bring heat to the area, causing pooling edema. When the doctor locates the areas of dysfunction in the spine, they will make gentle adjustments to help you regain normal motion and alignment. Specific adjustments will be made according to the condition of each individual’s spine. If spinal segments become stuck and are left untreated, the spinal segments will begin to decay during a process called Spinal Decay. Spinal Decay can be present without any symptoms due to the fact that only 10% of our spinal nerve functions communicate pain, so it is crucial to have your spine analyzed to prevent this from happening.

Can Vertigo Resolve on Its Own?

It is hard to determine whether your vertigo will resolve on its own without proper examination by a doctor. If the cause of your dizziness is due to an underlying condition, then it is best to resolve that condition immediately before it worsens. Leaving underlying conditions untreated can lead to dire consequences such as permanent physical damage or even death. When physicians diagnose your condition at the first sign of vertigo, they can determine the level of treatment to be completed. If you experience signs of vertigo, please contact a physician immediately.

Vertigo can affect your life on a daily basis. It can affect you when you least expect it–when you are driving, giving an important presentation, or taking care of a family member–and can be especially frightening during these times.

 If you or a loved one suffers from dizziness, schedule a FREE consultation online or by phone at 1 (864) 631-1420 today.

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What are the Common Causes for Shoulder Pain?

What are the Common Causes for Shoulder Pain?

Basics of Shoulder Anatomy

The shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the human body consisting of four different joints that are surrounded by complex muscles, bursas, joint capsules, and nerve endings. Due to its complex nature, there are many reasons why one may feel many forms of shoulder pain such as discomfort, numbness, weakness, or decreased range of motion in their shoulder.

Causes of Shoulder Pain

Some of the most common causes of shoulder pain could be a result of certain conditions such as dyskinesia of the shoulder, osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tear or tendonitis, subacromial bursitis, frozen shoulder, bicipital tendonitis, rheumatoid Arthritis, shoulder impingement, shoulder dislocation, labral tears, and many more. Depending on your age, sex, occupation, social, or family history, you may be more at risk for suffering from one of the aforementioned shoulder conditions. In fact, approximately 18 million Americans suffer from shoulder pain each year. If you or someone you know is suffering from shoulder pain, the best course of action to find a resolution to one’s problem would be to get it thoroughly assessed by a professional.

Getting Diagnosed

What many people don’t know is that one of those professionals they can seek care from is a Chiropractor. A Chiropractor is highly skilled in the anatomy and physiology of the soft tissue surrounding the joint such as muscles, joints, ligaments, and also the nerves which control the shoulder. But what would a Chiropractor be looking for when assessing a shoulder?

Shoulder Pain Being Diagnosed by Doctor

Collecting Patient History

Due to the complexity of the shoulder girdle and the multitude of conditions that can occur in the shoulder, a thorough assessment is crucial in diagnosing what is causing one’s shoulder pain. However, first, a history must be taken to determine what has caused the shoulder pain whether it was caused by a previous trauma, overuse, or an insidious onset. If a trauma has occurred, such as a fall on an outstretched hand, or blow to the back of the shoulder, a rotator cuff tear, ligamentous instability, or fracture may be suspected. In order to diagnose a rotator cuff tear or instability, a physical examination and orthopedic testing would be done to the shoulder to determine if an MRI is necessary to further diagnose the severity of the condition.

Your Greenville Chiropractor would also refer a patient to a trusted orthopedic specialist and physical therapy for rehabilitation of the shoulder. The medical team would work in partnership for the patient’s best outcome. If a fracture is suspected, additional orthopedic tests can be performed along with an X-ray to finalize whether a fracture is present. Similar to a rotator cuff tear, the patient would be referred to an orthopedic specialist to further assess the patient’s complaint.

XRAY of Shoulder to Help Diagnose Shoulder Pain

Identifying the Source of Joint Pain

Once a tear, instability, or fracture is ruled out, further orthopedic testing can be done to determine whether the pain is coming from an osseous misalignment or soft tissue. Soft tissue problems that can commonly occur are conditions such as adhesive capsulitis (aka frozen shoulder) which presents as pain and severely decreased range of motion, bicipital tendonitis which would cause pain in the anterior portion of the shoulder, subacromial bursitis which would cause pin-point pain at the superior aspect of the shoulder, or impingement whose pain varies in location depending on the type of impingement occurring. For each soft tissue condition, conservative care is recommended for the treatment which can be done in the office and at home after a proper examination is performed and a specific care plan is made for you.

Correcting Misalignment is Critical to Avoiding Soft Tissue Damage

If it is found during the physical and orthopedic examination that a person’s shoulder pain is a result of an osseous misalignment of the shoulder girdle that could be treated by chiropractic care, then a specific care plan would be created for the patient to return the bones to their normal alignment and stabilize the area of concern. There are multiple ways that the shoulder could misalign because there are four different joints that make up the shoulder girdle, with the scapula, humerus, and clavicle making up those joints. Misalignment of the shoulder can occur from falls, poor posture, overuse, etc. It is important to have normal alignment of the shoulder because the shoulder is solely held together by soft tissue such as muscle and ligaments, therefore, when the shoulder misaligns, the muscles and ligaments will become distorted which will lead to them being more prone to injury and tearing. Therefore, it is imperative to make sure that the shoulder girdle is aligned to prevent future avoidable injury.

Where Pain is Felt vs Where it Originates May Be Different

In addition to having the shoulder girdle thoroughly assessed, it is important to also assess the cervical spine for injury or degeneration due to the fact that the nerves that exit from the cervical spine directly innervate the shoulder. If a nerve is compressed upon, a person can experience pain that radiates from the neck into the shoulder and down the arm. If the nerve pressure is not addressed, the nerve will, unfortunately, begin to degenerate which will lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of sensation in the area. It is crucial to have your spine checked for nerve pressure as soon as symptoms arise to prevent the nerve from degenerating.

The most efficient way to get rid of your shoulder pain is to get a thorough examination done to locate the root cause of your problem. A Chiropractor is highly trained in assessing both the shoulder girdle and cervical spine to help find the root cause of your problem so that you can return to living your life free of pain and restriction. In our office, an in-depth case history will be taken to assess when the issue began, any injuries or overuse that may have damaged the area, and how it is affecting your life. A 36-point examination will then be performed which includes physical, neurological, and orthopedic tests to determine what may be causing your problem. Lastly, if deemed necessary, an X-ray will be taken to further assess the area. If it is found that you may need further care that we cannot render in our office, we ensure that we will send you to the facility that can care for you.

Our goal is to help you feel liberated from pain and restriction so that you can live your life in the best way possible. Don’t let shoulder pain steal another second of joy from your life! Schedule a FREE consultation online or by phone at 1 (864) 631-1420.

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What You Need to Know About Your Lower Back Pain

What You Need to Know About Your Lower Back Pain

Freedom From Lower Back Pain is Possible

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints among adults in the US with 80% of individuals experiencing lower back pain at some point in their lives. However, most of those people who suffer from back pain will continue to live their lives merely dealing with their pain instead of finding a solution. Contrary to popular belief, lower back pain is not a normal part of aging and you do not have to live your life in pain. It is possible to live a pain-free life!

The secret to living a pain-free life is finding the root cause of your pain. A few common causes of lower back pain include vertebral subluxations, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, postural syndrome, and disc lesions. These conditions can be either localized or radiating pain, discomfort, stiffness, numbness, or paresthesia. In rare cases, the cause of one’s back pain may be caused by a more sinister condition such as infection or cancer. Even though those problems may sound frightening, if you determine the root cause of your lower back pain and act to resolve your problem, you don’t have anything to worry about.

But where does one start to find the root cause?

Chiropractors Can Find the Root Cause of Your Pain

Chiropractors are highly trained to find the root cause of what could be causing your lower back pain. Chiropractors undergo over 5,000 hours of schooling to be well versed in diagnosis and treatment recommendations. The first thing a chiropractor will do is perform a thorough consultation to investigate what is occurring. Next, the chiropractor will then perform an examination that includes physical, neurological, and orthopedic testing to further evaluate the root cause of your problem. If necessary, the doctor will perform X-rays of the spine to continue their assessment. The doctor will then evaluate the results and will either construct a customized care plan catered to your specific condition or refer you to a general physician or specialist if additional testing is required.

The Most Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Two common issues seen in chiropractic offices are vertebral subluxations and degenerative joint disease (DJD), also known as Osteoarthritis. Vertebral subluxations occur when forces enter your spine and misalign your vertebra in which they become stuck. When they become stuck, they lose their proper movement and begin to degenerate leading to degenerative joint disease. DJD is a condition in which the protective cartilage that surrounds the bone and the disc begins to break down. Symptoms of DJD include local or radiating pain, stiffness, lack of flexibility, swelling, and more.

Chiropractic care is great for treating both conditions due to the fact that the chiropractor’s job is to return normal motion to the spine. Chiropractors meticulously analyze the spine to find areas of dysfunction and lack of motion and apply gentle and safe adjustments to the area to return to normal function. When the normal function is restored, the damage process to the cartilage and disc is stopped and healing begins. However, the healing does not stop at the adjustments alone, there is supplemental work that you have to do as an individual to protect your body from future damage.

Other Ways to Relieve Lower Back Pain

In addition to getting your problem assessed and fixed, it is important to do supplemental work at home to prevent further injury. If you are having an acute episode of low back pain, icing the area for 20-minute intervals will help pull swelling and edema from the area to reduce your pain and stop the damage process. Heat should never be used on an acute injury.

Additionally, walking helps keep your spine moving and also pumps swelling and edema out of your spine. Practicing proper posture while driving and sitting is crucial to protecting your spine. Sitting and standing in the upright position and avoiding slouching will help prevent stress on your spine by keeping it in its normal positioning. You can help prevent slouching while sitting by placing a pillow or rolled towel on your lower back to help your spine remain in its normal positioning. Though this work will help prevent further injury, it is important to get your low back pain assessed to ensure that you are resolving the root cause of your pain.

Low back pain, though it is common, it is not normal. It is crucial to find the root cause of your low back pain so that you can live your best life free of pain. Consult your nearest chiropractor to find the key to your new pain-free life!

Give our office a call at 1 (864) 631-1420 to schedule a FREE consultation or visit our website at Greenvillespine.com

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