Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), also known as Osteoarthritis, is a condition in which the protective cartilage that surrounds the bone begins to break down. DJD can affect any joint in the body but commonly affects weight bearing joints such as your knees, hips, and spine. Symptoms include local and/or radiating pain, stiffness, lack of flexibility, swelling, and more. You are at risk of suffering from DJD if you suffered a trauma to the area, are diagnosed with a metabolic condition, are overweight, a smoker, or have a family history of Osteoarthritis.

Unfortunately, DJD is a condition that can gradually worsen over time if not treated. Fortunately, DJD is a common condition helped by chiropractic. The reasoning behind this is due to the fact that chiropractors induce motion and restore the joints back to their normal positioning to help relieve excess stress that was being placed onto the joints. Removal of excess stress helps the joints function at their optimum.

How does a chiropractor know what is the best course of treatment? To begin care, it is important to take a thorough history of the person’s previous health history to see what may be the cause of their problem and help navigate the best course of action. Next, a thorough examination is done that includes neurological, orthopedic and physical examinations to find the root cause of the problem. An important part of the examination, if deemed clinically necessary, would be to take X-rays of the spine or affected joints. This is important in helping find the root cause because DJD will show up on an x-ray with decreased joint space and jagged edges around the bones called bone spurs. Having the information given from the x-ray would be crucial in helping determine the best plan of care for you. Lastly, using all of the information gained, the doctor can provide a specific plan of care to help relieve the stress placed on the joints and help prevent further damage.

If left untreated, the condition will continue to worsen, creating additional problems such as ligamentous instability, an increase in pain and stiffness, radiating pain, and decreased flexibility. In severe cases, surgery may be the most appropriate course of action. More than 54 million people in the United States suffer from DJD, but you don’t have to be one of them! Our goal is to help you live your best life free from pain and suffering!

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Reference:

https://www.pinnaclehealth.org/wellness-library/blog-and-healthwise/blog-home/post/your-back-pain-may-be-osteoarthritis

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoarthritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351925

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, CTS, is a compression of the median nerve that runs under the transverse carpal ligament in the wrist. CTS is characterized by pain, numbness, and tingling that occur in the wrist, thumb and index fingers. Individuals may also experience weakness in the hand and difficulty gripping objects. There are many causes of CTS such as pregnancy, diabetes, and RA, but the most common cause is due to prolonged flexion or extension of the wrist. This commonly affects people whose work requires highly repetitive or forceful work.

There are many ways to help relieve pain caused by CTS. The most common being myofascial release, using wrist supports, B6 supplementation, surgery, and chiropractic care. Chiropractors can help by adjusting the bones in the wrist located near the Carpal Tunnel. By realigning the bones, it creates more room in the Carpal Tunnel for the median nerve to run through, relieving the pressure on the nerve.

In order for a chiropractor to best treat you, a thorough case history must be performed to evaluate your previous health history. The doctor must also perform a thorough examination that includes physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations to find the root cause of your problem. Lastly, a treatment plan would be made specifically for you if a problem is found that we can help you with.

Give our office a call at

1 (864) 631-1420

to schedule a FREE consultation

or visit our website at

Greenvillespine.com

Reference:

Souza

Chiropractic Care Can Help Relieve Anxiety

Chiropractic Care Can Help Relieve Anxiety

The world has been turned upside down in a matter of months due to COVID-19. Between that, a natural disaster seeming to occur every other day, and the upcoming election, the conversations we have with each other seem to stick to those subjects for almost every single conversation. Unfortunately, a conversation that has been overlooked is how hard many individual’s mental health has taken a hit during these trying times. No longer are we able to hug and kiss our loved ones as freely as we did before, or go out and enjoy a relaxing time out on the town. Many people are truly suffering from being isolated in their own homes away from their loved ones and away from the freedoms they once enjoyed. The rate of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression has skyrocketed to do the CDC guidelines of social distancing and self-isolation to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. But how do you know if you have anxiety? Common symptoms of anxiety can include muscle tension, increased heart rate, the inability to relax or concentrate, insomnia, indigestion and much more. My heart goes out to those suffering during these trying times and I am here to say you are not alone. We are here for you at Greenville Spine Institute. You may think to yourself, “How can a chiropractor help me with my anxiety?” Well, I am glad you asked! Let me explain.

Research shows that there are many ways in which chiropractic care can help with anxiety relief. First, chiropractic helps relieve the pressure that misaligned bones cause on nerves in your body, creating an even flow between one’s brain and body to communicate freely. Second, chiropractic adjustments have been shown to help anxiety relief by releasing your body’s happy hormones like oxytocin and helps decrease cortisol levels which increase the stress in one’s body. Decreased cortisol levels also help one get a better night’s sleep! Chiropractic care has also been shown to lower blood pressure and relieve muscle tension. So what can I do specifically for you?

Well, that depends on a few factors. First, we would need to discuss your previous health history during a one on one consultation Next, we would perform a thorough 36-point examination which includes orthopedic, neurologic, and physical examination to determine the root of what may be causing your problem. And lastly, we would sit down and create a care plan personalized specifically for you to help you live your best life free of anxiety.

Call us today at 1 (864) 631-1420 to schedule a free consultation or visit us at Greenvillespine.com.

References:

https://aica.com/does-chiropractic-care-help-with-anxiety-and-depression/#:~:text=Chiropractic%20care%20has%20been%20shown,care%20to%20manage%20their%20symptoms.

https://journal.parker.edu/index.php/jcc/article/view/95?fbclid=IwAR2Kb1WdQQX1nFDoMGoj0iQjebBJxdhYT9_PCneudyYxwFl69EtxbP_nKMU

https://europepmc.org/article/med/3075649/reload=0

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Natural Ways to Find Relief for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the wrist and hands. It can cause pain and numbness which makes work difficult. You probably know someone who has undergone surgery to “correct” carpal tunnel, only to see the pain return shortly after. What you probably don’t know is that up to 75% of people who have surgery for the carpal tunnel will have the pain return within two years! Surgery focuses on releasing the pressure on the median nerve, but what about all of those years of repetitive motion and stress on your elbow, shoulder, and neck? The long-term stress on all of these structures needs to be addressed as well to find lasting relief from carpal tunnel syndrome.

Why it Matters:

Many people with carpal tunnel syndrome spend hours performing a repetitive motion with their arms and hands. This also places a tremendous amount of stress on the muscles and tissues of your neck. New research has shown an extremely high correlation between wrist pain and restricted range of motion in the neck. Interestingly, more significant pain in the wrist led to a more substantial restriction in the neck. By establishing an improved range of motion in your neck, you can make a huge impact on pain in your wrist and hand!

– Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs due to compression of the median nerve in the wrist.

– Surgery is not very effective at providing long-term relief.

– Your neck, shoulder, and elbow all can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Next Steps:

While many doctors focus on treating the median nerve, our practice will address the entire spectrum of issues which can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. By establishing a better range of motion in your wrist, elbow, shoulder, and neck, you will be free to move through your day with less pain. Reducing the inflammation in your soft tissues and strengthening your postural muscles will also help you find long-term relief. If you work in an office, let us know! We would love to present a complimentary workshop in your office to help both you and your teammates find relief (or avoid!) carpal tunnel syndrome. Additionally, you can schedule an appointment by clicking here.

Science Source:

Revision Surgery for Persistent and Rcarpal Tunnel Syndrome and for Failed Carpal Tunnel Release. Plast Reconstr Sure. 2012 Chiropractic Manipulation in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. JMPT 1994

Spinal Injuries and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries are on the Rise

Spinal Injuries and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries are on the Rise

Although the number of fatalities from motor vehicle collisions (MVC) has reached an all-time low in recent years, innovations such as laminated windshields, collapsible steering wheels, more effective restraint systems, and an increasingly more crashworthy overall structure have greatly improved the survivability of these crashes. But the low fatality statistics only tell half of the story. Figures that are less often reported are the millions of non-fatal crashes that result in spinal injuries and raise the annual estimated comprehensive price tag of MVC to more than $346 billion. The majority of these occur at speed changes of under 15 mph according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Three million of these crashes result in whiplash-type injuries, according to the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, contributing about $43 billion (12%) to this huge comprehensive cost. This is one motivation behind the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (www.iihs.org) practice of evaluating and ranking the relative safety of cars with regard to whiplash protection. Without a decent rating in this category, the car, SUV, or truck will not earn the Institute’s Top Safety Pick award.

So why this high cost for whiplash injuries? Because nearly half of the victims require prolonged treatment and suffer long-term symptoms. Many suffer mild traumatic brain injuries as well. About 10% of the victims become disabled. And most physicians simply do not have the specialized training to provide the most effective treatment. Dr. Kevin P. Lewis has been certified by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego as an expert in this very specialized area of science, which requires insight into the physics of the actual crash mechanics and the occupant kinematics—or motions resulting from the crash—as well as all of the latest diagnostic methods and treatments approaches. For the past 15 years, the institute has been conferring this highest level of certification to only 100 physicians each year.

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Kevin P. Lewis, please call Emily Rees at 864-631-1420 or email her at erees@greenvillespine.com.

Feel and Function Better with Chiropractic Care

Feel and Function Better with Chiropractic Care

Better Chiropractic Care

Bottom Line: The first thought many people have when suffering from back or neck pain is “Better go the Chiropractor,” because, as research shows, Chiropractic adjustments are one of the best ways to relieve that pain. However, research has also shown us that those same adjustments may be able to do much more – namely, positively impact your immune system and help it function at a higher level.

Why it Matters: Relaxation of neck tension after an adjustment is common, which leads many to feel less stressed overall. That matters because when your stress response is lowered, your immune system can better fight off sickness. Here’s why…

Inflammation, the normal response of a compromised immune system, can increase sympathetic nerve activity.

Your sympathetic nervous system is responsible for your stress (fight or flight) response.

When your sympathetic nervous system is activated, it inhibits your immune system, meaning you aren’t able to rest and recover very well.

Next Steps: Less pain, less stress, and better overall function. So many of our patients tell us that since the start of their care, they get sick less often. If you know of someone who seems to get sick quite often, please share this information with them. It may be their first step towards a healthier immune system! Or better yet, bring them to our upcoming wellness workshop where they can have all of their questions answered and go home confident and with a plan. Visit our Facebook page to learn more or give us a call today.

Science Source:

Enhanced phagocytic cell respiratory burst induced by spinal manipulation: potential role of substance P. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. September 1991 | Spinal Manipulative Therapy Reduces Inflammatory Cytokines but Not Substance P Production in Normal Subjects. January 2006 | Interleukin 2-regulated in vitro antibody production following a single spinal manipulative treatment in normal subjects. Chiropractic & Osteopathy. September 2010 | Glucose Metabolic Changes in the Brain and Muscles of Patients with Nonspecific Neck Pain Treated by Spinal Manipulation Therapy. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2017