HAPPY FATHERS DAY from the Pittsburgh North Hills chiropractic back pain relief office of Dr James Schofield.
While some academicians and healthcare providers have concerns with respect to chiropractic treatment for lumbar herniated disc pain relief, there is abundant research and scientific evidence that chiropractic care is very safe and effective for this common condition. This article will discuss the nature of a herniated lumbar disc malady and what is involved with safe, gentle pain relief through chiropractic therapy.
Let’s first begin by defining exactly what is involved with a herniated lumbar disc. In the human spine there are bones called vertebrae. The vertebrae of the lower back are the lumbar vertebrae. Between each vertebra are lumbar intervertebral discs which are simply pads or cushions that act as shock absorbers.
The lowest of the two lumbar intervertebral discs are the most susceptible to injury. The rear portion of the disc may bulge or protrude backward onto the spinal cord or a spinal nerve. This may also be termed a herniated disc. When a disc problem occurs, it causes lower back pain and, commonly, causes pain radiating down the leg due to mechanical disc pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Chiropractors are doctors who are trained to diagnose lumbar disc and sciatic nerve problems.
A doctor of chiropractic, is also trained in the skill of spinal manipulation which introduces realignment and restores proper movement to the lumbar vertebrae and reduces the amount of lumbar disc pressure upon the sciatic nerve. This allows for lumbar herniated disc and sciatic pain relief.
Most patients who go to chiropractors find that having a chiropractic spinal adjustment is a safe, pleasant experience as it relieves tightness of muscles that are in spasm. The duration of treatment time a patient will require to attain relief of their disc and sciatic pain will depend on how long they’ve had the condition and its severity.
There are numerous scientific studies that describe traditional chiropractic treatment for herniated lumbar disc pain relief. The research notes that chiropractic care is safe, effective and is non-surgical.
I personally have treated thousands of patients with some form of lumbar disc pathology. The great majority of these result in complete or significant pain relief. Additionally, these patients tend to regain much, if not all of their activities of daily living losses such as inability to work or care for their family, get proper sleep and rest and pursue recreational activities such as exercise and hobbies.
Chiropractors may also utilize other therapeutics such as electrical muscle stimulation, use of cold packs and implementation of certain therapeutic exercises. Counseling about guarding activity and ergonomics is discussed.
At times patients may be co-treated by a medical health care provider for pharmacologic pain relief. Chiropractic care for lumbar herniated disc pain relief is statistically quite safe and effective. This type of care requires training and experience and should performed only by an expert.
We all know that if we cut our skin, we first get a scab which forms a scar and then our normal skin tissue gradually heals and returns. Internally, if we injure our neck or lower back a similar process of healing takes place. This article will describe what happens in the event of a spinal injury and how chiropractic care can enhance spinal neck and back healing.
Most neck and back injuries involve slight tearing of muscles and tendons and ligaments. These are called strains and sprains. As a consequence, our bodies react by creating inflammation and swelling. A swollen area contains fluid. Within the fluid are microscopic fibers. These microscopic fibers lay down a type of scar tissue or a patch within the tear of the muscle, tendon and ligament to begin the repair process.
Problems arise if there is excessive inflammatory fluid and if scar tissue presence is prolonged. If the fluid of inflammation and scar tissue persists too long the healing process is obstructed and may become disrupted. Profuse swelling and scarring of the soft tissues can lead to adhesions, tendinitis and fasciitis. Post traumatic scar tissue is not as flexible nor as strong as normal muscle, tendon or ligament tissue and can lead to chronic pain, loss of range of motion and loss of function.
This can lead to an inability to perform one’s activities of daily living. Many spinal injuries cause an inability to perform everyday activities such as going to work, keeping up one’s house or yard, being unable to take care of family or inability to engage in social activities. We all know of celebrity athletes whose careers were terminated due to serious spinal injury.
To prevent chronic scar tissue from developing scientific literature notes that early, controlled motion of the injured area must be utilized. Chiropractic care is an excellent form of treatment to introduce and provide a variety of motion applications.
Doctors of chiropractic are learned and skilled in caring for patients with neck and back soft tissue spinal injuries. Gentle, safe chiropractic manipulation for a strained and sprained area helps scar tissue to repair and remodel into normal soft tissue. A chiropractor may also utilize cold packs to areas to reduce and enhance removal of inflammatory fluids. Electrical muscle stimulation is another modality a chiropractor may use to assist with the remodeling of scar adhesions into normal tissue.
The number of treatments and visits a patient will require to attain healing of their neck and back spinal injury will depend on severity and that patient’s natural ability to heal. Obviously, a younger person will usually heal more quickly than an older individual. An area that has been damaged previously will take longer to improve than a new injury.
Chiropractic care provides a safe, gentle approach that is preferred by many patients. No medications or surgery is needed when chiropractic care is utilized and most patients who undergo chiropractic care appreciate this natural, holistic form of health care.
HAPPY FLAG DAY from the Pittsburgh North Hills chiropractic back pain relief office of Dr James Schofield.
Pelvic pain (PP) Is a condition frequent among females and males. With the release of the book, A Headache in the Pelvis in 2010, there is a new awareness of pelvic pain. This article will discuss pain of the pelvis, its causes and a natural, safe, gentle form of treatment.
The pelvis is a complex area of the human body. Let’s begin with some anatomy.
There are three bones of the pelvis; the sacrum/coccyx which is the “tailbone” and the iliac bones which are the “wings.” There are two very important joints between both sides of the sacrum and each iliac bone called the sacroiliac joints. The sacroiliac joints are gliding joints and glide back-and-forth when we walk. It should also be noted that the lower spine forms a joint with the top of the sacrum and the thigh bones form a ball and socket joint with both iliac bones.
There are numerous muscles associated with the pelvis. First, there are the muscles of the pelvic floor. These run from the pubic bone in the front to the tailbone in the back. They can be thought of as a sling or a hammock and they form a floor of support to hold the lower abdominal organs like the bowels and bladder.
There are also a number of smaller muscles that attach from the tops of both thighs to various parts of the pelvis. These muscles are stabilizers which mainly protect the joints of the pelvis. They allow appropriate movement of the bones of the pelvis but guard against too much motion.
Larger muscles of the pelvis such as the buttock muscles, the hip flexors and the muscles of the front and back of the thigh control the major movements of our upper legs.
There are ligaments between the iliac bones and the sacrum. There are also ligaments between the lower spine and the sacrum and between the tops of the thighbone and the iliac bone.
Problems occur if there are misalignments or improper motion of the sacroiliac joints. This can irritate nerves which causes muscles to become tight or in spasm and create very uncomfortable pelvic pain.
Sometimes muscles of the pelvic floor can become stretched or weak. This particularly occurs because of pregnancy, creates very uncomfortable PP and can persist well after a woman delivers her baby.
At times, ligaments can become stretched or sprained. This allows too much movement of the joints of the pelvis which results in a painful pelvic area.
The book A Headache in the Pelvis notes that many times patients are embarrassed to discuss this delicate and sensitive area with healthcare providers. Additionally, there are times when PP is misdiagnosed as prostatitis, constipation and urinary tract infection. Treatment of antibiotics, painkillers and anti-inflammatories do not help if pain of the pelvis is of mechanical nature.
Fortunately, there is a physical, natural, nonpharmacologic, surgery free treatment that can help give pelvic pain relief. Chiropractors can perform manipulation of joints of the pelvis to improve alignment and restore proper movement to the joints. Chiropractic care can also utilize forms of soft tissue healing by performing pressure point therapy on muscles that are in spasm and on ligaments that have been sprained to promote tissue healing. A doctor of chiropractic can also counsel patients on what exercises can be performed to strengthen weak muscles and to improve posture.
If you are suffering from pain of the pelvis discuss it with your chiropractor so that you can receive pelvic pain relief.
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