The neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. The cervical spine supports the full weight of your head which is on average about 12 pounds. While the cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury.
Even a "minor" crash can result in serious injuries like ligament sprains. This can lead to chronic pain and disability if not treated properly. In fact, research shows that early treatment is the best way to prevent long-term symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments are effective because they help restore the healthy, normal function of your nervous system without the use of drugs or surgery.
Sciatica is characterized by pain in the lower back that radiates down one or both legs. The pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, like “pins and needles” or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatic nerve pain varies in intensity from mild to severe, and frequency may range from occasional to constant. The onset is generally gradual and not necessarily associated with a previous event. Sciatica is also known as radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia.
Workplace injuries don’t only occur during traumatic slips and falls at work but are more often than not, the result of repetitive movements, and caused by doing the physical demands required of your job over an extended period of time. These types of workplace injuries are all too common in today’s workforce and are best identified by their symptoms.
- Lower back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Carpal tunnel and hand pain
- Disc injuries
- Sciatica (pain caused by the sciatic nerve in your lower back and legs)
- Joint pain
Being examined by a chiropractor is often the first step in identifying and treating a workplace injury through non-invasive care which is why Dr. Tiffany T. Butler conducts thorough examinations during his first session with new patients in order to better assess their injury. Since workplace injuries usually develop over time, it’s important to share all the symptoms you may be experiencing so we can identify the root cause.
Once we have identified the source of your pain, your personalized treatment plan will be tailored to alleviate that discomfort and heal your injury. Our treatment plans are centered on providing one-on-one care that’s tailored to meet each patient’s needs. As a part of your treatment plan, we will also work with your place of employment and insurance company to ensure the proper measures are in place to allow for your full healing and recovery.
Despite doing everything right — stretching beforehand, wearing the proper equipment, or engaging in the appropriate training — sports-related injuries happen to the best of us. Whether you were playing in a championship tournament or weekend pickup game, the most important thing to know when playing sports on any level is that if you get hurt, stop playing immediately as continuing to play can cause more harm than good.
- Knee injuries
- Fractures and dislocations
- Shin splints
- Strains and sprains
- Swollen muscles
- Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
- Joint injuries
- Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries
The first step in treating your injury is receiving a medical diagnosis from an experienced professional like our chiropractor. The treatment and prognosis of your sports injury vary on the severity of your pain and the extent of the injury itself, and usually starts with rest, ice, compression and elevation of the affected area. Other treatments that may be recommended by our chiropractor at Dr. Tiffany T. Butler include chiropractic care, pain relievers or other medications, physical therapy and rehabilitation, or even surgery.
Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
In our office, we are proud to provide relief to expectant mothers with high-quality chiropractic care.
How can chiropractic care help during pregnancy?
Studies show that 75% of women experience lower-back pain, pelvic pain, and leg pain during pregnancy. As mentioned above, the body undergoes several significant changes in preparation for your baby’s arrival. An enlarged abdomen, increased back curve, pelvic changes, and changes in posture can all place stress on your body, especially the spine, and lead to misaligned joints or vertebrae.
Back pain is a common complaint for many pregnant women. As your baby grows, there is a shift in your center of gravity that can make standing, sitting, or sleeping uncomfortable. You may sleep in an unhealthy position for the sake of comfort, which can lead to damaged joints or a misaligned spine that can linger long after your baby’s delivery.
In some instances, your baby’s movement and growth may put pressure on your sciatic nerve which can extend the pain from your lower back to your legs.
The stress, hormonal changes, and growth of your baby can cause you to shift around frequently to find comfort. Sometimes the positions you may find, though comfortable, may not be ideal for the body. Fortunately, chiropractic care focuses on realigning your body for optimal health and bodily function.
If the pelvis is out of alignment, this can limit your baby’s space and may make it difficult for the baby to move into the best position for labor. With regular chiropractic treatments, we can align the lower back for pain relief so that the delivery can be a smooth experience for mother and child.
Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?
We understand that many have concerns about whether chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy. First and foremost, it is always best to ask your doctor and OB-GYN or health professional if chiropractor care is right for you. He or she may have specific reasons for you refraining from chiropractic care or have a list of chiropractors in your area they recommend.
With chiropractic care, no medication or surgery is involved, instead, physical manipulation is used to restore proper alignment within the body and relieve pain and tension within the body. By restoring proper alignment, your body’s systems can function optimally and help to promote health throughout your body.
Will I be comfortable during treatment?
As pregnant women have enlarged bellies, chiropractors use adjustable tables to allow for better patient comfort and refrain from using techniques that may place additional pressure on the abdomen to keep you and your baby safe. We can also recommend a variety of exercises and stretches that are safe and beneficial during pregnancy.
If you are interested in finding out how chiropractic care can help you during pregnancy or to schedule a consultation, contact our office at (240) 264-6372.