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Common Ailments

Bursitis Symptoms and Treatment

Bursitis

How to know if you are suffering from bursitis.

Bursitis, also known as bursa inflammation, is the inflammation of fluid-filled pads that act as cushions at the joints. Bursitis typically occurs at the knees, shoulders, elbows, and hips, however, you can also have bursitis by your heel and the base of your big toe. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, redness, and stiffness around the joints.

In the early stages of bursitis, it is beneficial to use massage therapy to safely break down scar tissue. Once the bursitis is stabilized, physiotherapy and joint manipulation can then be very effective in loosening up the related soft tissue, restoring flexibility and alleviating pressure and friction of the affected bursa.

Symptoms of a Torn Rotator Cuff

Torn Rotator Cuff

Are you suffering from a torn rotator cuff?

A tear in the rotator cuff is commonly found in people who repeatedly perform the same shoulder motions. Athletes and people in labor intensive careers are most susceptible to an injury to the rotator cuff. Symptoms include pain in the shoulder, muscle loss and weakness, and joints stiffness or tenderness. The pain associated with a torn rotator cuff is typically described as a dull ache in the shoulder, which worsens when you try to sleep on the involved side.

Luckily, physical therapy is an extremely effective measure to treat alleviate pain in a torn rotator cuff. By strengthening the smaller muscles around the shoulder, physical therapy can help compensate for damaged tendons and improve the mechanics of the shoulder joint.

Sciatic Nerve Pain

Sciatic Nerve Pain

Are you living with sciatic nerve pain?

Sciatic nerve pain, or sciatica, is pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs from the lower back. It usually occurs when a herniated disk or bone spur in the spine presses on the nerve. In addition to pain, symptoms of sciatica include tingling or numbness in the lower back often following sitting or standing for long periods of time.

Treatments for sciatic nerve pain typically include a combination of physical therapy and self-care. Physical rehabilitation includes exercised to improve posture, strengthen lower back muscles and improve flexibility.

More information on the causes and treatments for Sciatica.

Treatment of Knee Pain

Knee Pain

What can be done to alleviate knee pain?

Pain in the knee can have various causes such as arthritis, bursitis, weight gain, and recent injury. Some ailments cause swelling and stiffness while others effect the strength and mobility of the knee. Though knee pain is extremely common, there are many treatment options to alleviate pain and improve functionality.

Self-care options such as exercise and stretching are an excellent way to relieve every day knee pain. However, it is important to consult a professional to find the source of your pain and form the best treatment plan for you. Common treatment methods for knee pain include physical therapy and acupuncture.

More information about knee pain causes and treatments.

Neck and Shoulder Pain

Neck and Shoulder Pain

What causes shoulder and neck pain?

Shoulder and neck pain is commonly caused by an injury to the soft tissues, including the muscles, tendons, and ligaments with these structures. This can occur from whiplash, degenerative arthritis, and disc herniation. Injuries to the neck and shoulder often result in pain, weakness, numbness, coolness, and swelling.

Treatment for neck and shoulder pain may require immobilization with a brace, as well as rest. A proper chiropractic regimen paired with physical therapy will also relieve neck and shoulder pain by relaxing and exercising your muscles. A variety a stretches will also help alleviate neck and shoulder pain.

Bulging Disc

Bulging Disc

How to know if you are suffering from a bulging disc.

A bulging disc, also known as a herniated disc, is a condition that occurs when the soft center of a spinal disk pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing. Some herniated discs cause no symptoms, while others can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg. You may also experience muscle weakness and spasms as well as an uncomfortable tingling in the arms legs.

A herniated disc can be treated by chiropractic techniques, stretching and physical therapy. Acupuncture and spinal decompressive therapy are also effective methods in treating a bulging disc.

More information about treating herniated disc problems.

Arthritis Relief

Arthritis Relief

Finding relief for pain caused by arthritis.

Arthritis is known as the inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness that can worsen with age. Symptoms often include pain, swelling, reduced range of motion, and stiffness. People typically experience pain in the joints, ankle, back, fingers, hands, muscles, neck or wrist.

Stretching can improve flexibility and improve physical function for people who suffer from arthritis. Massage therapy as well as acupuncture are also methods that relax tense muscles and relieve pain caused by arthritis.

Pinched Nerve

Pinched Nerve

What causes and symptoms of a pinched nerve?

A pinched nerve occurs when surrounding tissues apply too much pressure to a nerve. The tissue might be a bone or cartilage, such as a herniated spinal disc that compresses the nerve root. The most common symptom of a pinched nerve is tingling or numbness that is also accompanied by a sharp or burning pain.

Treatment for a pinched nerve depends on the location and cause. Self-care measures such as exercise and weight loss may decrease pressure on the nerve root resulting in less pain. Additional treatment for a pinched nerve includes chiropractic care as well as physical therapy.

More information about symptoms and treatment of a pinched nerve.

Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain

Are you experiencing low back pain?

The lumbar spine, or low back, consists of interconnecting bones, joints, nerves, ligaments, and muscles that work together to provide support, strength, and flexibility. Most low back pain is a result of muscle and ligament strains, or a disc injury. The body reacts to these injuries by mobilizing an inflammatory healing response, which can cause severe pain.

A combination of self-care and physical therapy can relieve most low back pain. Physical therapy will restore muscle strength and function through exercise, which will alleviate tension and pressure in the low back. Massage therapy as well as joint manipulation are also proven methods in treating lower back pain.

More information about chiropractic care for low back pain.

Foot Pain Due to Plantar Fasciitis

Foot Pain

How to know if you are suffering from plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that connects the heel to bone to the toes. Those who suffer from plantar fasciitis typically experience a stabbing pain near the heel. Swelling or tenderness are also common symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

Stretching, physical therapy, and massage therapy are methods to alleviate pain caused by plantar fasciitis. A combination of these therapies will relax the tense muscles, restore muscle strength and function and improve flexibility.

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

Degenerative Disc Disease

What is degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc disease, or DDD, is a form of osteoarthritis of the spine, typically in the neck or lower back. It is a condition of the discs between vertebrae with loss of cushioning, fragmentation and herniation. Daily activities and sports are common causes of DDD. Symptoms include loss of flexibility in the spice and bone spurs may pinch a nerve root causing pain or weakness.

A proper chiropractic regimen paired with physical therapy can alleviate pain caused by degenerative disc disease by adjusting the spine and restoring muscle strength. Self-care methods such as proper exercise and nutrition can also help relieve pain.

Tendinitis Symptoms

Tendinitis

How to know if you are suffering from tendinitis.

Tendinitis is a condition in which the tissue connecting muscle to bone becomes inflamed. Though tendinitis can occur in any of your tendons, it is most common around the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and heels. The condition typically stems from repetitive movement over time. Pain associated with tendinitis is often described as a dull ache when moving the affected joint.

Physical therapy is a very beneficial treatment method for tendinitis. It includes strengthening the muscles surrounding the tendon and increasing range of motion to alleviate pain. Tendinitis may take weeks to months to cease, depending on the severity of the injury.

Frozen Shoulder Symptoms

Frozen Shoulder

Are you suffering from frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, also referred to as adhesive, capsulitis, is a conditions that causes stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. It typically develops slowly, and in three stages.

  • Freezing stage- Movement of the shoulder causes pain, range of motion starts to become limited.
  • Frozen stage- Pain may begin to cease, however, the shoulder becomes stiffer, and more difficult to move.
  • Thawing stage- Range of motion in the shoulder begins to improve.

Physical therapy is a common method of treatment for frozen shoulder. Exercises that will help recover mobility and increase range of motion in the shoulder. Acupuncture is also a form of treatment that can help alleviate pain caused by frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulder typically lasts for 12 to 18 months.

Causes of Ankle Pain

Ankle Pain

What are the causes of ankle pain?

Besides common ankle injuries such as breaks and sprains, ankle pain can have a variety of causes such as arthritis, nerve damage, tendinitis, and gout. Though most ankle pain can be alleviated with self-care methods, it is important to see a doctor if you are experiencing persistent swelling and pain.

For severe injuries, the ankle may have to be immobilized to allow proper healing. Other injuries can be treated with physical therapy, which will strengthen the ankle and improve mobility.

Treatments of Upper Back Pain

Upper Back Pain

Are you suffering from upper back pain?

Upper back pain is not as common as low back pain or neck pain, because this part of the back does not flex or move as much as the bones in your lower back. However, there are many causes of upper back pain such as muscle strain, poor posture, herniated disc and osteoarthritis.

Similar to low back pain, most upper back pain can be treated with physical therapy and self-care methods. Physical therapy will restore muscle strength and function through exercise, which will alleviate tension and pressure in the upper back. Massage therapy and acupuncture are also methods that can alleviate upper back pain.


 

Preparing to discuss your symptoms with your health care professional

Your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history and symptoms. Questions that may be asked:

  • Did you injure yourself?
  • What does the pain feel like?
  • When did the groin pain start?
  • Is you pain constant?
  • Is the pain getting worse?

Are you ready for a consultation? Contact one of our offices. We will schedule an appointment and help you ease the pain that you are experiencing.