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At El Paso’s Chiropractic Rehabilitation Clinic & Integrated Medicine Center, we are focused on treating patients after debilitating injuries and chronic pain syndromes. We focus on improving your ability through flexibility, mobility, and agility programs tailored for all age groups and disabilities.

If Dr. Alex Jimenez feels you need other treatment, then you will be referred to a clinic or Physician that is best suited for you. Dr. Jimenez has teamed with the top surgeons, clinical specialists, medical researchers, and premiere rehabilitation providers to bring El Paso the top clinical treatments to our community. Providing the top non-invasive protocols is our priority. Clinical insight is what our patients demand in order to give them the appropriate care required. For answers to any questions you may have please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900


Vitamin B12 and Shoulder Injuries

Vitamin B12 and Shoulder Injuries

Vitamin B12 and Shoulder Injuries. Most shoulder injuries involve the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Individuals that perform repetitive arm motions/movements, constantly lift objects as part of their job, and athletes that use their arms repetitively have an increase in developing/experiencing shoulder injuries and problems. Shoulder injuries are commonly caused by physical activities that involve:

  • Excessive motions
  • Repetitive motions
  • Overhead motions
  • Sports like swimming, tennis, pitching, and weightlifting involve these repetitive arm/shoulder motions that contribute to shoulder injuries.
  • Injuries can also be brought on from everyday activities like washing/painting walls, hanging curtains/plants, and gardening.

Vitamin B12 and Shoulder Injuries

 

Shoulder Injury Symptoms

If there is discomfort and/or pain in and around the shoulder here are a few ways to analyze the situation.

  1. Is there stiffness in or around the shoulder?
  2. Can you rotate the arm through the normal range of active movement?
  3. Does the shoulder feel like it could pop out or slide out of its socket?
  4. Is there a lack of strength in the shoulder for normal daily activities?

If yes was an answer to any of these questions, individuals should consult an orthopedic surgeon and/or chiropractor for assistance in determining the problem and its severity.

Injury Categories

Individuals often underestimate the extent of an injury and usually just push/play through the discomfort and pain. This is how powerful the brain is as it ignores steady pain, weakness, or limitation of joint motion. Shoulder injuries and problems are grouped in the following categories.

Instability

This is when a shoulder joint moves/shifts or is forced out of its normal position. This is called instability and can result in dislocation of the joints in the shoulder. Individuals will experience pain when raising their arms. It can feel as if the shoulder is slipping out.

Impingement

Impingement is caused by excessive rubbing/friction of the muscles against the top part of the shoulder blade, known as the acromion. Impingement can happen during physical activities that require excessive overhead arm motion. Medical examination and care are recommended for inflammation, as it could eventually lead to a more serious injury.

Injuries

Bursitis

The bursa is the fluid-filled sacs that cushions the joints. These can become swollen and irritated from repetitive motions, falls, or other injuries. Individuals will notice the pain most when moving/rotating the shoulder.

Cartilage tear

The cartilage – the rubbery padding that goes around the rim of the shoulder joint can get damaged from repetitive motions, overextending, falls, or from intense force to the shoulder. With this type of injury individuals feel pain when reaching overhead, weakness, and/or catching, locking, and grinding feelings.

Rotator cuff tear

The rotator cuff consists of a group of muscles and tendons that hold the arm in place and allow for lifting the arm up and overhead. It can get damaged through overuse, falls, and regular wear and tear with age. Pain often presents at night, when lifting objects, and there could be a cracking sound when trying to move or rotate.

Frozen shoulder

This condition limits the joint’s movement. What happens is abnormal bands of tissue called adhesions build up in the joint and restrict movement. The shoulder can freeze up from not using it. This could be because pain or surgery causes an individual to use it less. This is when adhesions begin to build up.

Separation

This injury affects the joint where the collarbone and shoulder blade join. It is known as the acromioclavicular or AC joint. A fall or hard impact can tear the ligaments that hold it together. If the collarbone gets pushed out of place a bump forms/develops on top of the shoulder.

Fracture

A bone can break or crack from a vehicle accident, fall, or takes a hard hit. The most common fractures are to the clavicle – collarbone and the humerus – arm bone closest to the shoulder. This type of injury causes a great deal of pain and bruising. If the collarbone is broken, the shoulder can sag with the inability to lift the arm.

Vitamin B12

Rotator cuff injuries involve dysfunctional and/or damaged connective tissue. This could be from impaired collagen synthesis Vitamin B12 helps combat inflammation and plays a significant role in collagen formation. Low vitamin B12 status can be directly linked to pro-inflammatory cytokines. This means that a lack of vitamin B12 increases inflammation.

Researchers followed a group of individuals to determine if their individual vitamin B12 levels correlated with an increased risk of a rotator cuff tear. To begin the study, levels of vitamin B12 were measured along with other nutrients that included:

  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Folate

Homocysteine and blood sugar biomarkers, which are both associated with B12 metabolism were also measured. Homocysteine is a metabolite that builds up in the blood when specific nutrients, like B12, folate, or B6 become deficient. Elevated levels of homocysteine can be harmful and cause damage to blood vessels and brain tissue when not detoxified properly. In the study, the homocysteine levels did not differ between the groups, but vitamin B12 levels were significantly different.

  • The patients that were included were a healthy group that did not have any rotator cuff injury during the study.
  • The second group all experienced a rotator cuff tear that required surgery during the study.
  • With the various nutrients measured, only vitamin B12 and vitamin D showed differences. With the B12 and D being lower in the group that had the shoulder injury.
  • Specifically, the B12 levels in the healthy group were 627 pg/mL compared to 528 pg/mL in the injured group. This was a 16% decrease.

These subclinical deficiencies are usually missed with traditional serum testing which is why functional nutritional testing is clinically recommended.


Body Compositional Testing


Disclaimer

The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the musculoskeletal system’s injuries or disorders. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.

Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, CTG*
email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com
phone: 915-850-0900
Licensed in Texas & New Mexico

References

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: Shoulder Pain.

American Academy of Family Physicians: Shoulder Pain.

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, April 2021

Cleveland Clinic: Rotator Cuff Tendonitis Shoulder Tendinitis.

Monica, James et al. Acute Shoulder Injuries in Adults. American family physician vol. 94,2 (2016): 119-27.

OrthoInfo: Shoulder Pain and Common Shoulder Problems, Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Conditioning Program.

Improper Posture Can Cause All Types Of Body Pain

Improper Posture Can Cause All Types Of Body Pain

Improper posture affects the whole body and can lead to various pain issues throughout the body. Correcting posture is recommended before trying to correct it when pain begins to present. If pain is presenting, chiropractic treatment will bring relief, stabilize the spine, realign/balance the body, and educate the individual on maintaining proper posture through stretches, exercises, physical therapy, and lifestyle adjustments.  

Improper posture symptoms

Neck Pain

Discomfort, stiffness, tightness, and pain are common when sitting at a workstation. This comes from a forward head/head jutting position. The head pushes forward and is not aligned with the shoulders. This means that the neck takes on a compromised position. The head forward position places significant strain on the neck muscles. Because of this neck discomfort and pain often occur later in the afternoon and evening. If not sure whether head jutting is taking place, try placing the chin to the chest. If not able or if there is discomfort/pain in the upper back, there is some forward head jutting.

Shoulder Discomfort and Pain

When we sit for extended periods, the body relaxes muscles that would normally be used if standing. One set of muscles is in the upper back. This causes slouching with a rounded upper back/shoulders. The more time the body stays in any one position, the more it begins to conform to the unhealthy position. This also causes pain in the upper, front part of the shoulders. The pain is noticeable when trying to bring the arm/s overhead or when trying to perform exercises like pushups or pullups.

Regular Headaches

Regular headaches are another symptom of improper posture. Forward head posture is usually a contributor combined with the long hours sitting or standing. However, headaches can be caused by a variety of causes that include:

  • Stress
  • Tension
  • Dehydration

Low Back, Tailbone Discomfort, and Pain

Lower back pain is a very common symptom of improper posture. For individuals under 40, pain and discomfort present because of improper posture while sitting or standing and a lack of stretching and exercise. Sitting for a long time causes the muscles that bring the thighs towards the chest, known as the hip flexors to be consistently flexed, with no relief. This causes the hip flexors to shorten and tighten. This pulls the pelvis out towards the front of the body, creating an exaggerated spinal curve.

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Improper Posture Can Cause All Types Of Body Pain

Buttocks or Stomach Pushes Outward

Take a look at the body’s profile, does the butt and/or stomach stick out? If so this could be hyperlordosis also known as Donald duck posture. This can come from wearing high heels too much, the body having to carry extra weight in the stomach area, and sometimes this comes from pregnancy. Sometimes, this happens when individuals stand with their knees locked. This causes the rear end and/or belly to push out.

Correcting Improper Posture

The main problem with correcting posture is the ability to maintain proper posture. Many individuals go back to the unhealthy positioning without recognizing that they are doing it. There are devices to help correct poor posture habits. This could be a brace or harness that detects when the body is slouching and vibrates to let the individual return to a proper position.

Chiropractic Care and Physical Therapy

The most effective and thorough way to correct years of improper posture is to see a professional chiropractor. A complete diagnosis, inspection, and analysis of an individual’s posture when sitting, standing, walking, and running will be done. They will educate the individual on correct posture, how to achieve and maintain it. If pain is presenting, the chiropractor will take steps to correct any subluxations, misalignments, and develop a personalized treatment plan, to heal the body first. Treatment modalities can include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage
  • Heat therapy
  • Infrared
  • Ultrasound
  • TENS device
  • Health coaching
  • Nutritional advice

Once the body has healed and is moving freely, the doctor will recommend exercises and stretching programs to do at home. This will improve and help maintain proper posture. An experienced musculoskeletal professional will keep the body balanced and prevent further injuries.


Body Composition


Hydrating the body with water or a sports drink

Many individuals prefer drinking sports drinks during and after physical activities, sports, and exercise. Many are opposed to water because of the lack of taste, while sports drinks have taste and added electrolytes. But many sports drinks have added ingredients and sugars. This makes them not the best choice for individuals trying to lose calories. Take a look at some of the additional ingredients:

Electrolytes

Minerals, like potassium, sodium, and magnesium, have an electric charge that helps maintain the body’s ionic balance. The body loses electrolytes when sweating. A sports drink can help replace the lost electrolytes.

Carbohydrates

Most of the carbohydrates come from sugars. Carbohydrates are one of the body’s energy sources and sports drinks are designed to refuel the body after hard physical activity.

Amino acids

These are protein building blocks. Drinking a sports drink after an intense workout can help the body recover quicker. Therefore, some of the additional ingredients in sports drinks offer hydration extras that water on its own cannot. However, water should always be the first drink of choice. But there are certain times when a sports drink is what the body needs.

  • When participating in high-intensity physical activities, workouts, sports that last longer than 45 minutes to an hour. Here a sports drinks can help replenish the body’s electrolytes better than water.
  • Individuals that sweat high levels of sodium (look for sweat stains/rings on skin or clothing) can benefit from re-hydrating with a sports drink.
  • Endurance athletes, triathletes, marathon runners, long-distance athletes, etc can also benefit from a sports drink, from the increased fluid loss.
  • In these activities, athletes should make sure the sports drink they are consuming contains carbohydrates and electrolytes.

Disclaimer

The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the musculoskeletal system’s injuries or disorders. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900.

Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, CTG*
email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com
phone: 915-850-0900
Licensed in Texas & New Mexico

References

Hao, Ning et al. “Enhancing creativity: Proper body posture meets proper emotion.” Acta Psychologica vol. 173 (2017): 32-40. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2016.12.005

Jaromi, Melinda et al. “Treatment and ergonomics training of work-related lower back pain and body posture problems for nurses.” Journal of clinical nursing vol. 21,11-12 (2012): 1776-84. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2012.04089.x

O’Connor B. Sitting Disease: The New Health Epidemic. The Chopra Center Web site. http://www.chopra.com/articles/sitting-disease-the-new-health-epidemic. Accessed January 7, 2017.

 

Temporomandibular Joint, Jaw Pain, Chiropractic Lasting Relief

Temporomandibular Joint, Jaw Pain, Chiropractic Lasting Relief

Jaw pain can make chewing, yawning, and talking a painful experience. This is a syndrome known as Temporomandibular Joint syndrome or disorder or TMJ and TMD. What happens is the temporomandibular joint that connects the jaw to the skull becomes inflamed. It is part of the musculoskeletal system, which means that chiropractors can treat the syndrome with various chiropractic techniques that include soft tissue work and temporomandibular joint adjustments. Chiropractic can bring lasting relief from Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome/Disorder.
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Temporomandibular Joint, Jaw Pain, Chiropractic Lasting Relief

How to Tell if TMJ Is Present

Jaw pain is the most common symptom but there are other factors that can cause pain. To help determine if it is TMJ, here is a list of additional symptoms:
  • Difficulty or pain moving the mouth such as when chewing
  • Popping sensation sound when opening/closing the jaw
  • Cracking sensation sound when opening or closing the jaw
  • Headaches that radiate to the facial muscles
  • Tooth pain
  • Pain in the neck and shoulders
  • Tightness in the jaw
  • Facial muscles become fatigued
  • Dizziness or ringing in the ears

Chiropractic and Dental

If it is TMJ should an individual see a dentist or a chiropractor? This depends on the situation and individual.
  • If TMJ is caused by teeth grinding while sleeping, or there is pain/problems with the teeth then seeing a dentist is recommended.
  • If TMJ pain is accompanied by joint or muscle pain, or there is neck and/or back pain, then chiropractic is recommended.
  • Certain cases could require dental treatment and a chiropractor for the joint issues.

Chiropractic TMJ Treatment

Jaw Adjustment

One way chiropractic treats TMJ is through jaw adjustment/s. This varies from patient to patient. An example assessment and adjustment for TMJ.
  • The chiropractor will utilize the most beneficial technique/s for each individual.
  • The chiropractor will have the individual open and close their jaw while feeling each side.
  • They will determine which side opens first and widest, and which opens last and not as wide.
  • Then they will perform a jaw adjustment through gentle pressure applied to both sides of the jaw.

Soft Tissue Treatment

A contributor to jaw pain can be attributed to the muscles that are used to open and close. In this case, the chiropractor will perform soft tissue manipulation to loosen them up. This releases the jaw so it evens out. This also helps with headaches associated with TMJ. The focus is on three muscles:
  • Masseter
  • Pterygoid
  • Temporalis
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Temporomandibular Joint, Jaw Pain, Chiropractic Lasting Relief
A chiropractor will mobilize these muscles applying pressure repeatedly as the individual opens and closes their mouth.

Jaw Exercise Therapy

The chiropractor will recommend exercises to help quicken the healing process and strengthen the muscles. These are simple exercises that can be done at home or work to help relieve any discomfort or pain and for prevention.

Mouth Opening

  • Place one thumb under the chin
  • Open the mouth and gently push against it with the thumb
  • Hold for 5 to 8 seconds then close mouth
  • Repeat a few times every day

Mouth Closing

  • Open the mouth holding the chin with the index finger and thumb from both hands
  • Close jaw with gentle resistance with the fingers
  • Hold for 5 to 8 seconds
  • Repeat a few times every day
A chiropractor may collaborate with a dentist to provide the best treatment plan.

Body Composition


 

Body Dehydration

Dehydration happens when the body loses more water than it can replace. This can come from frequent:
  • Diarrhea episodes
  • Vomiting episodes
  • Too much alcohol the night before
  • Excessive sweating
  • Excessive urination
When dehydration sets in a wide range of symptoms can present. Early signs/symptoms include:
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Cool skin
If dehydration is not addressed in the early stages, it can lead to not having the urge/need to urinate. There is potential for long-term health issues like high blood pressure. High blood pressure is common for individuals that are chronically dehydrated. When the body’s cells lack water, the brain sends a signal to secrete vasopressin, which is a chemical that constricts the blood vessels. This causes blood pressure to rise. This could eventually lead to heart failure. If the blood vessels continue to progressively narrow, oxygen, and blood circulation to the brain decreases. This results in migraine headaches and decreased ability to concentrate.  

Disclaimer

The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the musculoskeletal system’s injuries or disorders. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP, CIFM, CTG* email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com phone: 915-850-0900 Licensed in Texas & New Mexico
References
Ibi, Miho. “Inflammation and Temporomandibular Joint Derangement.” Biological & pharmaceutical bulletin vol. 42,4 (2019): 538-542. doi:10.1248/bpb.b18-00442 Blum, Charles L. “Chiropractic and dentistry in the 21st Century.” Cranio: the journal of craniomandibular practice vol. 22,1 (2004): 1-3. doi:10.1179/crn.2004.001 Brantingham, James W et al. “Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review.” Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics vol. 36,3 (2013): 143-201. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.04.001 https://www.nidcr.nih.gov/health-info/tmj
Trapezius Muscle Spasms: Chiropractic Treatment and Relief

Trapezius Muscle Spasms: Chiropractic Treatment and Relief

The body’s muscles function to produce force and motion. The trapezius muscle is one of the largest, which makes it highly susceptible to injury/s and spasms. A trapezius muscle spasm is when the muscle starts to contract. This muscle group is based around the neck and shoulders and is used to move the scapula shoulder bone.  
 

Causes of Trapezius Muscle Spasms

A few causes for this muscle to become inflamed/irritated include:
  • Poor posture
  • Injury
  • Stress
  • Tension
  • Improper lifting

Symptoms

The effects feel similar to a pulled shoulder muscle. Common symptoms include:
  • Upper body stiffness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Arm numbness/tingling
  • Lack of shoulder flexibility

Spasm and Pinched Nerve Difference

A muscle spasm and pinched nerve might seem or feel similar, but they are different. A muscle spasm makes the area tight and can cause muscle twitching. They vary in intensity with some spasms being mild and others excruciating. In some cases, a spasm can cause a nerve to get pinched if the knot contorts tightly around a nerve and if it is big enough. Conversely, a pinched nerve can also cause twitching, but it typically results in severe pain. Pinched nerves can also cause tingling sensations and numbness depending on the severity it could cause muscle spasms.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Trapezius Muscle Spasms: Chiropractic Treatment and Relief
 

Treating The Spasms

There are a few ways to treat this naturally.

Heat and Ice Therapy

One way to calm a muscle spasm is using heat and ice. The heat will increase nerve and blood circulation keeping the muscles flexible, and the warmth will soothe the injury. This helps prevent the muscles from spazzing and generating pain. Ice therapy also increases blood circulation but the focus is on reducing inflammation. The nerves become slightly frozen which stops the tingling, significantly reducing the pain. If pain presents around the trapezius, immediately put an ice pack on. It should be applied every few hours in 15-minute sessions. Once the pain subsides, heat therapy can be applied. A heating pad placed around the area, a warm/hot bath, or standing in the shower if possible with a massage setting letting the warm/hot water hit the muscle. But it must be consistent, doing it for about 20-minute sessions three times a day.

Stretches and Exercises

Stretches and exercises can help keep the muscle flexible and prevent any tightening.

Upper Trapezius Stretch

This stretch will move the upper trapezius area, promoting flexibility and preventing the muscle from becoming stiff.
  • Sit in a chair with proper posture
  • Holding onto the chair with the left hand, wrap the right arm over the top of the head so that the hand touches the left ear.
  • Gently pull the head toward the right and hold.
  • Slowly move the head back and repeat with the other hand.

Shoulder Shrugs

  • Moving the shoulders up and down throughout the day stretches the trapezius.
  • It releases tension and strengthens the muscle to protect it.
  • This exercise should be done every few hours for about a minute or two.
  • Also occasionally rolling the shoulders will help stretch the smaller components of the trapezius.

Cobra Pose

This yoga pose is for relieving tension.
  • It can be very helpful for those suffering from severe spasms or from a pinched nerve.
  • The first thing is to lie face-down on the floor.
  • Keeping the feet straight behind, use the hands to gently push the upper body up so that the spine slightly curves.
  • Make sure that the hands are situated in front of the body and firm on the ground.
  • Hold for a few seconds and then release.
  • Repeat the process three more times.
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Therapeutic Massage

  • The soothing motions from a massage will calm irritated areas and encourage them to heal quicker.
  • At first, because of the tenderness around the area, a massage could present with pain.
  • The massage therapist needs to press on the area to increase blood circulation so that toxins get flushed out.
  • While it might hurt the individual soon notices that the swelling and pain are reducing.
Some massage techniques include:

Chiropractor

Chiropractors specialize in the musculoskeletal system and understand how the muscles, bones, and joints all work together. For muscle spasms, they investigate the problem and look at other areas of the body that could be contributing to or worsening the condition. For some, muscle spasms could be brought on by a misplaced joint pressing on the area. A chiropractor will palpate the areas to ensure this is not the case. And if there is a problem, they will perform a joint manipulation. This realigns the joint back in place and reduces muscle spasm symptoms. Over time the muscles become healthier because chiropractic releases toxins and improves the range of motion.

Body Composition


 

Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Often, muscle spasms are the result of inflammation. When a muscle swells, it can place pressure on surrounding nerves. The more intense the inflammation the more pressure/stress on the nerves. This can make moving and functioning very difficult because of the pain. To naturally reduce inflammation consider an anti-inflammatory diet. This type of diet is filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that will work to reduce swelling. Although it might not completely repair the muscle injury, it can reduce symptoms and stop oxidative stress. Foods to eat more of are:
  • Cherries
  • Tomatoes
  • Almonds
  • Blueberries
  • Oranges
  • Salmon
  • Kale
  • Turmeric

Dr. Alex Jimenez�s Blog Post Disclaimer

The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*  
References
Finley JE. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for Myofascial Pain.�Medscape. https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/313007-overview#showall. Updated May 21, 2017. Accessed July 16, 2018. Rodante JA, Al Hassan QA, Almeer ZS. Myofascial Pain Syndrome: Uncovering the Root Causes.�Practical Pain Manag. https://www.practicalpainmanagement.com/pain/myofascial/myofascial-pain-syndrome-uncovering-root-causes. 2012;6. Last updated on October 5, 2012. Accessed July 16, 2018. http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.656.582&rep=rep1&type=pdf
Chiropractic Physical Therapy For Knee Pain

Chiropractic Physical Therapy For Knee Pain

Chiropractors don’t only work on the spine. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to treat the entire musculoskeletal system. They could be called joint specialists. Chiropractic physical therapy can help with knee pain. They can help bring knee pain relief in several ways by treating the root cause/s. A chiropractor will perform:

  • Knee adjustments
  • Hip adjustments
  • Posture analysis
  • Gait analysis
  • Weight distribution analysis

There are also a number of chiropractic physical therapy modalities to help with pain, swelling, and arthritis. Knee pain causes can vary. A chiropractor can determine the underlying cause, relieve the pain, and help prevent future injury.

Chiropractic and The Body’s Musculoskeletal System

Many think that treating knee pain comes down to surgery or painkillers. Surgery can be the best option for some, but it is always best to exhaust conservative treatments, which chiropractic physical therapy is one of the most effective. Pain medication can be appropriate but with the addictive potential about they are best avoided unless absolutely necessary. Chiropractic offers an alternative to pain medications and even surgery for certain cases.

Causes For Common Knee Pain Issues

Here are some of the most common causes of knee pain along with the ways a chiropractor can help to relieve the pain and treat the underlying issue. Treatment plans vary depending on the specific circumstances/conditions. �

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Knee Bursitis

Bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sac located in the joints between bones, tendons, and muscles. The sacs are called bursae and are essential in proper joint function. They help reduce friction during the course of regular joint movement/function. Knee bursitis is commonly caused by overuse and misalignment. It can be caused while:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Kneeling
  • Stretching the knee
  • It can also cause swelling around the front of the kneecap

Chiropractic Treatment

The reduction of pain and swelling are the first steps of chiropractic physical therapy. This is achieved with:

  • Therapeutic massage
  • Ultrasound
  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Cold laser therapy

Once the pain and swelling are addressed then the cause of the inflamed bursa can be determined. This is done through adjustments of the knee, hips, or spine to help correct the issue and promote proper recovery and prevention.

Patellar Tendonitis

Tendonitis means there is damage or irritation to a tendon. Patellar tendonitis occurs in the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shin. This is common for individuals who run and jump regularly like athletes. Overweight individuals have an increased risk for patellar tendonitis because of the extra stress placed on the knees. This is often a result of repeated overuse and happens gradually. It can be the result of trauma to the knee as well. The pain happens just below the kneecap and increases with physical activity. �

Chiropractic Treatment

Most often rest is the first option. Chiropractic physical therapy can recommend wearing a knee brace during the treatment. They will also teach the patient proper stretching and warm-up exercises to prevent tendonitis.

Osteoarthritis

Chiropractic is effective at reducing arthritis pain and inflammation throughout the body. Osteoarthritis can make everyday activities like walking and kneeling difficult or impossible. Chiropractic is designed to help reduce pain increase blood/nerve circulation that will promote healthy joint function and movement. �

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Physical Therapy For Knee Pain

Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic will help osteoarthritis through:

  • Massage
  • Ultrasound
  • Laser therapy
  • All can help reduce pain and inflammation in the knees joints
  • Hands-on stretching
  • Adjustments can also help to improve the range of motion and joint function

This is important because knee pain can lead to increased pressure on the joints in the lower back, causing discomfort/pain as well.

Knee Valgus

Knee valgus also known as knock knee, is an inward tilt of the knees. It is easy to see when squatting or kneeling, but it can also happen when walking or standing. Young children tend to develop knee valgus but grow out of it by the time they are 10 years of age. However, if the knees remain bowed into the teenage years and beyond, it can cause issues in the hips, glutes, and back. Knee valgus can also be the result of:

  • Weak muscles in the legs, hips, or glutes
  • Tight muscles in the legs, hips, or glutes
  • Determining the exact cause is essential to address it and develop a treatment plan to correct the issue.

Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic specializes in the musculoskeletal system and a doctor of chiropractic knows what to look for. A chiropractor can address the issue through adjustments of the spine, hips, and knees. Hands-on clinic exercises and at-home exercises will be incorporated to correct the issues. These exercises combined with chiropractic will address structural and postural issues. �

Other Knee Pain Causes

Chiropractic can also address and recommend treatments for other knee conditions. These include:

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Physical Therapy For Knee Pain

Chiropractic Adjustments for Pain Relief, Function, and Prevention

Problems with the hips and spine can contribute to knee pain, as well as issues with the foot, ankle, or pelvis. Chiropractors perform a thorough examination of all the joints, tendons, and muscles that could be contributing to the pain. They will look at a full medical history and other details like:

  • Overall health
  • Diet
  • Lifestyle habits
  • Job
  • Exercise and/or sports activities
  • Injuries
  • Posture
  • Walking gait

With this information, the chiropractor will develop a customized plan unique to the individual’s needs and situation. Waiting for the pain to go away is not the best option. Chiropractic is safe, non-invasive, and offers a thorough approach to treating knee pain.


Body Composition Testimonial


 

Difficulty Moving

Lack of adequate muscle can cause difficulty moving like taking the elevator becoming a necessity, getting tired more easily, and getting in and out of a car can become a challenge. These are all possible experiences that can come as a result of losing muscle. Around 19% of women and 10% of men aged 65 years or older are unable to kneel. With no balance to kneel and pick something up means trouble. What to do to prevent massive muscle loss.

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Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

References

Hott, Alexandra et al. �Effectiveness of Isolated Hip Exercise, Knee Exercise, or Free Physical Activity for Patellofemoral Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial.��The American journal of sports medicine�vol. 47,6 (2019): 1312-1322. doi:10.1177/0363546519830644

Bhagat, Madhura et al. �Immediate effects of Mulligan’s techniques on pain and functional mobility in individuals with knee osteoarthritis: A randomized control trial.��Physiotherapy research international: the journal for researchers and clinicians in physical therapy�vol. 25,1 (2020): e1812. doi:10.1002/pri.1812

Chiropractic Shoulder Impingement Mobility Treatment

Chiropractic Shoulder Impingement Mobility Treatment

The shoulder is subject to different irritations, injuries, and conditions. Shoulder impingement is a common ailment but is often confused with other shoulder problems. Properly treating impingement syndrome needs proper diagnosis first. Most shoulder impingement cases do not require surgery. Conservative treatment like chiropractic focuses on pain reduction while increasing the range of motion. This is achieved with manual manipulation, soft tissue therapy, cold laser therapy, and spinal adjustments for shoulder posture realignment.  
 

Shoulder Impingement Symptoms

Shoulder impingement often gets confused with a pinched nerve or a rotator cuff tear. The symptoms can be similar, but the treatment options differ. This is why it�s important to know the specific shoulder issue presenting. This can be done by recognizing the symptoms and performing a shoulder impingement self-exam. Symptoms include:
  • Pain when lifting the arm straight out.
  • Pain when lifting the arm overhead.
  • Pain along the outside of the shoulder, the front, back, or side.
  • Dull throbbing pain.
  • Trouble sleeping specifically individuals that sleep with their arm over their head.
 
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Shoulder Impingement Mobility Treatment
 

Shoulder Impingement Self Exams

There are self-exams at home to help determine if it is in fact shoulder impingement. These exams are just to get a better idea, but a professional chiropractic diagnosis is recommended.  

Exam 1

  • Take the hand of the affected arm and place it on the opposite shoulder, creating a V shape at the elbow.
  • Keeping the hand on the opposite shoulder, raise the elbow straight out in front bringing it up toward the face.
  • If pain presents in the shoulder while moving the elbow up, then shoulder impingement could be a possibility.

Exam 2

  • Stand up with hands down at the sides.
  • Turn the hand of the affected shoulder inward, so the thumb faces back instead of forward.
  • Keep the thumb pointing backward, raise the arm straight up in front and over the head.
  • Note if there is any discomfort or pain.
  • Bring the hand back down to the side.
  • Next, turn the hand so that the palm is facing forward.
  • Again, raise the arm in an arc, ending above the head.
  • If pain presents while raising the arm with the thumb back, but feel relief with the palm facing forward, it is likely a shoulder impingement.
 
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Chiropractic Shoulder Impingement Mobility Treatment
 

Chiropractic Relief

If there is some sort of impingement different treatment options exist. Many doctors treat shoulder impingement with injections and pain management. Studies show that conservative treatment, like chiropractic, have shown positive results for shoulder impingement cases. Chiropractic improves joint function and mobility while treating the underlying root cause. A chiropractor will use a multi-approach depending on the cause. A combination of adjustments, anti-inflammatory protocols, and active release techniques can be used.  

Chiropractic Adjustment

One of the first things chiropractors look at is the spine. This is because poor posture, and slumping shoulders, can be a major contributor to impingement. Chiropractors perform a posture assessment and, if necessary a spinal adjustment to achieve proper alignment is the beginning to get the body back in balance.  

Anti-Inflammation Protocols

Next, is the shoulder itself. Deep tissue massage and anti-inflammation techniques like cold laser therapy or ultrasound can relieve pain, and reduce inflammation. Once the pain has decreased, the chiropractor will move on to active release techniques.  

Active Release Technique

Usually the result of the muscles or tendons becoming inflamed and irritated, the active release technique is used to separate any scar tissue from the soft tissue. The active release technique is performed with a combination of movement and manipulation. This increases healing through proper blood flow and circulation.  
 

Healing Naturally

Here is an example of a potential treatment plan. All treatment plans are different depending on:
  • Individual health
  • Activity level
  • Medical history
  • Age
  • Injury

Rest and Pain Reduction

  • The first step in healing is rest. Individuals will be recommended to cease any overhead arm activity and any activity that causes inflammation of the shoulder.
  • Pain reduction treatment. This could be:
  1. Ultrasound
  2. Laser therapy
  3. Massage
  4. Other forms of pain relief and inflammation reduction

Adjustments/Alignment

  • Chiropractic adjustments performed on the upper cervical spine, upper back, and shoulder area will address the overall cause.
  • Posture assessments will determine if the spine needs adjusting and if it is a cause of the impingement.

Stretching Exercises

 
 

Rehab Protocol

The stretches and exercises are an essential part of the healing process. The specific exercises will depend on the individual’s specific treatment plan but are made to be gentle on the body without any special equipment. If you have any questions call our chiropractic and physical therapy clinic to talk to a trained professional.

Body Composition


 

Strength Training

Strength training is defined as a technique/method of improving the body’s muscular strength. This is achieved by gradually increasing the resistance force through the use of free weights, machines, or body weight. This means the body gets stronger and more capable of performing regular, work, and sports activities without experiencing weakness, fatigue, discomfort, and pain. Examples could include:
  • Carrying groceries or children
  • Moving furniture, household objects, etc.
  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Other physical activities
Strength training has numerous benefits, including:
  • Increased physical performance
  • Improved blood pressure
  • Improved metabolism
  • Reduced fat mass
  • Increased bone strength/density
  • Improved cognitive ability
  • Prevention and management of type 2 diabetes
  • Improved cholesterol levels
  • Reduction of pain associated with chronic conditions

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*
References
Garving, Christina et al. �Impingement Syndrome of the Shoulder.��Deutsches Arzteblatt international�vol. 114,45 (2017): 765-776. doi:10.3238/arztebl.2017.0765 https://www.healthline.com/health/active-release-technique#benefits
Brachial Neuritis: Shoulder, Arm, Hand Pain, and Chiropractic Intervention

Brachial Neuritis: Shoulder, Arm, Hand Pain, and Chiropractic Intervention

Shoulder and arm pain can be debilitating, especially when there is no obvious cause or injury that needs to be treated. A rare condition known as brachial neuritis can cause spasms along with pain down the arm, followed by numbness, tingling, and weakness. If not diagnosed and treated early, the symptoms can worsen with time. The pain experienced can be described as sharp, searing, and shooting. Brachial neuritis can be intense and disabling when it presents for hours and even days.  

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Brachial Neuritis: Shoulder, Arm, Hand Pain, and Chiropractic Intervention
 

Utilizing a chiropractic approach, shoulder and spinal adjustments can provide relief and a faster healing/recovery from the inflammatory condition. Individuals experiencing shoulder, arm, and possible hand pain should consult with a chiropractor about a potential home and clinic treatment plan to improve their condition.  

Medical History and Examination

The process of diagnosing brachial neuritis involves an individual’s medical history and physical exam. More complicated cases could require imaging studies and electrodiagnostic tests. The first steps in diagnosing the cause of shoulder and/or arm pain include:  

 

Medical history

Information will be collected on an individual’s:

  • Medical history
  • Family history
  • Underlying conditions
  • Recent illnesses or injuries
  • Lifestyle habits
  • How and when symptoms began
  • Current symptoms

 

Physical examination

A chiropractor will palpate or inspect by feeling the neck, shoulder, and arm for irregularities. Then they will examine the range of motion, strength, and reflexes. If the individual’s history and physical exam suggest that the cause could be brachial neuritis or other condition involving the nerves, imaging studies, and diagnostic tests could be required to evaluate further.  

Symptoms of Brachial Neuritis

The condition is also known as Parsonage-Turner Syndrome. It affects the brachial plexus, a set of nerves that run from the neck and upper back to the shoulders. The condition usually affects only one side of the body and presents randomly.  

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Brachial Neuritis: Shoulder, Arm, Hand Pain, and Chiropractic Intervention
 

What happens is the nerves become inflamed.

  • Inflammation can be triggered through an autoimmune response. This is often the result of an infection, surgical procedure, or other internal stressors. The inflammation can lead to severe debilitating shoulder pain over a few days.
  • This also leads to long-term numbness, weakness in the shoulder and arm.
  • The pain becomes worse with movement.
  • Typically, the pain goes away on its own within a few days.
  • Numbness, weakness, or tingling in the shoulder or arm continues.
  • Over time the symptoms begin to worsen and, if left untreated, could lead to muscular atrophy of the arm.
  • The pain and weakness can make it difficult to move the arm, leading to decreased strength.
  • Symptoms can last up to a year or more.
 

This is why individuals have to find ways to strengthen their shoulder/arm despite the condition.

 

Chiropractic Relief

Treatment requires a pain management program until the pain subsides. Once the pain is manageable, chiropractic, physical therapy, exercises, and stretches could improve mobility and strength. Chiropractic can provide relief and tools necessary to prevent the worsening of symptoms. Chiropractic helps to:

  • Reduces pain
  • Improves mobility
  • Restores strength

Chiropractic manipulation will ensure that the nerves near the brachial plexus do not become compressed, but if they are, then chiropractic can be utilized to decompress/release them. In addition, trigger point release and massage can help alleviate the tension in the surrounding tissues of the arm and shoulder.  

 

A chiropractor will educate the individuals on effective pain management techniques for home, including ice/heat therapy and stretching exercises. These techniques will help restore the proper alignment and flow of the spinal vertebrae, nerves, and muscle tissues, allowing the body to heal quickly, naturally, and more effectively.


Chiropractic Shoulder Pain Treatment

 

 

 

 

References

Feinberg, Joseph H, and Jeffrey Radecki. Parsonage-turner syndrome. HSS journal: the musculoskeletal journal of Hospital for Special Surgery vol. 6,2 (2010): 199-205. doi:10.1007/s11420-010-9176-x

Osteoporosis Prevention Plan

Osteoporosis Prevention Plan

Osteoporosis prevention can be accomplished, even with an osteoporosis diagnosis. There are steps along with your doctor’s treatment plan and recommendations to help control the disease from progressing. An osteoporosis prevention plan can be generated to improve general health and reduce the chances of a fracture in the spine or other bones. �

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Osteoporosis Prevention Plan

Doctor Discussion

Make an appointment with a specialist to talk about osteoporosis risk factors. If you are 40 years of age or older, take some time to review the list of potential risk factors to discuss. An individual’s response can help prepare for this healthcare discussion.

Risk Factors

  • The individual has had a bone fracture as an adult – wrist, hip, spine, etc.
  • History of osteoporosis in family – mother, sister, father.
  • Body Type – small, medium, large frame.
  • Body Shape – Thin, frail, overweight, obese.
  • No regular exercise.
  • Tobacco use – smoke, vaping, chewing, etc.
  • Alcohol consumption – Drinks 3 or more times a week, sometimes binge drinks.
  • Diet does not include calcium – milk, yogurt, or vitamin D – cheese, eggs.
  • Occasional crash diet.
  • Eating disorders – anorexia, purging, bulimia.
  • Corticosteroid/s use and/or anti-convulsant medication/s use.
  • Less stability on feet.
  • Experiences occasional falls.
  • Women – 45 or younger, beginning of menopause, 50 or older, post-menopause.
  • Men – Diagnosed with low testosterone levels.

Learn Your T-score

A bone mineral density test is the most dependable way to predict and detect osteoporosis. It is a painless test and can take around ten to thirty minutes to complete. The T-score is a number that lets an individual know where their bone density it and if it is good or not so good.

Build Bone Mass

Bone mass can be built up by including weight-bearing and resistance exercise into a regular workout. The difference between weight-bearing and resistance exercises is that weight-bearing uses the bone/s and muscle/s to work against gravity.

Walking, jogging, and dancing, are examples of weight-bearing exercises. Weight lifting or free weights are examples of resistance exercise. Here the body’s muscular strength is being utilized. This helps build bone mass and strengthen muscles.

Calcium/Vitamin D Rich Diet

Taking the time to nourish the body properly will help with osteoporosis prevention and achieve optimal health. Calcium and vitamin D won’t completely prevent or cure osteoporosis, but it is essential to include these minerals and vitamins in your diet daily. If an individual is lactose intolerant, there are fortified food products like orange juice and cereal/s to help meet daily mineral/vitamin requirements.

Check out the best and worst foods for bones. Supplements are another option to help boost calcium and vitamin D. Your doctor will know how much calcium and vitamin D you need. Taking too much is not being health-wise. Taking too much of a supplement can make an individual sick. Registered Dietitians and Health coaches can educate on making wise food and supplement choices. A doctor can aid in finding either in your area. �

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Osteoporosis Prevention Plan

Stop Smoking

Smoking increases the risk of osteoporosis. Smoking affects pretty much every organ in the body. Smoking interferes with the body’s ability to absorb calcium and lowers the hormones the body needs to build and keep the bone mass. Quitting will decrease the risk of cancer, heart, lung disease, and osteoporosis.

Reduce Alcohol

Too much alcohol consumption causes poor nutrition. Poor nutrition causes bone density to decline, which leads to osteoporosis. And alcohol increases the risk of falling. Falls are one of the leading causes of spinal/other bone fractures. So contact your doctor or chiropractor and discuss an osteoporosis prevention plan.


Personal Injury and Chiropractic

 


 

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Times When Surgery for Sciatica Could Be Necessary

Times When Surgery for Sciatica Could Be Necessary

Surgery for sciatica is sometimes necessary if medications, chiropractic, and physical therapy are not working to relieve sciatica symptoms, but don�t worry. Individuals sometimes have sciatica that just does not respond to conservative treatment can find relief through surgical procedures.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Times When Surgery for Sciatica Could Be Necessary

Questions begin to pop up, as to which procedure makes the most sense, what will the experience be like, and how long will it be until you can get back to a normal, pain-free life?

Sciatica

Sciatica is pain that runs down the longest nerve in the body, known as the sciatic nerve. Pain starts in the lower back and spreads down one leg, into the calf and possibly the foot. It is rare but sciatica can occur in both legs. The pain is mild to severe and feels worse when sneezing, coughing, bending, and standing/sitting in certain positions. The pain is often accompanied by numbness, tingling, or weakness in affected legs.

Sciatica a set of symptoms caused by other medical problems like an injury, tumor, or the most common cause around 90% of the time is a herniated disc in the lower back. The soft-gel center of the disc pushes through the tough exterior, where it can pinch or press on the sciatic nerve causing pain.

Research shows that sciatica affects 1% to 5% of the population, and around 40% will experience sciatica at some point in their life. Men between the ages of 30 and 50 have a higher risk along with smokers, individuals that sit for a long time, and those that perform physically strenuous work. Doctors and chiropractors can diagnose cases of sciatica with a medical history and physical exam. Diagnostic imaging can also be used in some cases.

When it’s Time to Consider Surgery for Sciatica

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Times When Surgery for Sciatica Could Be Necessary

Most individuals with sciatica respond positively with non-surgical treatments like chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, medication, spinal injection/s, etc. This makes spine surgery a rarely needed treatment for low back and leg pain caused by sciatic nerve compression. But there are situations when surgery for sciatica could be beneficial.

  • With bowel or bladder dysfunction, this is also rare, but it can happen with spinal cord compression and cauda equina syndrome.
  • Spinal stenosis, where the doctor believes that surgery is the best approach.
  • There are neurologic dysfunctions like severe leg weakness
  • Symptoms become severe and non-surgical treatment is no longer effective

There are different types of surgical procedures for spine surgery. A spine surgeon will recommend the best approach for each patient’s sciatica. Which procedure they recommend will be based on the disorder causing sciatica with the entire procedure clearly explained so that you understand completely. Ask any questions to better understand the surgeon’s recommendation. Remember, the final decision is always up to you. A second opinion is recommended before deciding.

Sciatica usually goes away on its own with the majority of cases managed with conservative treatment. Depending on the cause, this could be heat or ice packs, chiropractic, therapeutic massage, pain medication, stretching exercises, physical therapy, or injections. �

Sciatica for Surgery Options

Surgery for sciatica is performed to relieve the added compression/pressure on the nerves and relieve the pain. Options include a microdiscectomy and laminectomy. Each has its similarities and differences when it comes to the preparation, process, and recovery for the operation. �

Microdiscectomy

During a microdiscectomy, part or all of the herniated disc is removed. Research has shown the effectiveness of relieving pain to be around 80 to 95 percent of patients. The operation is done in a hospital or surgery center and requires about one hour to complete. General anesthesia is administered during this procedure.

  • A surgeon will make an incision over the affected disc.
  • Skin and tissue covering the disc will be opened and moved for better access. Some of the bone could be taken out as part of the procedure called a laminotomy.
  • The surgeon will use various tools to remove all or part of the herniated disc.
  • Once the removal is done, the surgeon will close the incision and send you to a recovery room.
  • To quicken the healing process patients are encouraged to start walking within hours of the procedure.
  • Most go home the same day. Some patients will have to stay at the hospital for observation. This could be from other conditions present.
  • You will not be allowed to operate a vehicle the same day. Therefore a designated driver will be necessary.

Laminectomy

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Preparation for a laminectomy is similar to a microdiscectomy. The lamina is the back part of the vertebrae, which protects the spinal canal. This procedure relieves pain by creating space for the nerves to move around.

  • The procedure takes about one to three hours from start to finish.
  • Both sides of the laminae are removed, along with the spinous process in the middle.
  • The patient lies face-down as the surgeon makes an incision near the affected vertebrae.
  • Skin and muscles are moved around and various tools/instruments are used to remove all or part of the lamina. Overgrowth of bone or spinal disc could also be removed.
  • The incision is stitched or stapled, bandaged, and sent to a recovery room.
  • Just like a microdiscectomy the individual will be encouraged to begin walking the same day.
  • Most individuals leave the hospital after surgery, however, a one to possible three-night could be required for others.
  • A driver does need to be designated for the ride home.

A microdiscectomy is recommended for stenosis caused by a herniated disc. However, if the stenosis is caused by another health issue/condition like bone spurs developed from arthritis, then a laminectomy could be the best approach. Laminectomies are usually performed on individuals in their 50s or 60s. While micro discectomies vary when it comes to age but are usually performed on younger individuals.

Recovery

 

At home, post-op rules need to be followed no matter what surgery for sciatica was performed. The incision area needs to stay clean and no lifting of heavy objects, bending and sitting for extended times. Surgery for sciatica is considered safe with complications being uncommon. All operations come with risks. These include nerve damage, blood clots, and infection.

The provider needs to know about unusual symptoms after the procedure. This could be fever, excess drainage, or pain around the incision area. Pain meds could be prescribed to ease the post-surgery pain, and chiropractic along with physical therapy could be implemented to speed recovery. Individuals are typically cleared to return to work two to four weeks after the procedure. It could be six to eight weeks if their job/occupation is physically demanding and strenuous.

Depending on how complex the spine surgery is an individual could be sitting upright the same day and walking within 24 hours. A course of pain meds could be prescribed to help manage postoperative pain. Instructions will be given on how to sit, rise, get out of bed, and stand in a careful manner. The body needs time to heal, so a doctor could recommend activity restriction. This could be anything that moves the spine too much. For sure contact sports, twisting, or heavy lifting during recovery are to be avoided. Report any problem/s like fever, increased pain, infection right away.

Spine Surgery Relief

Many individuals benefit from sciatica surgery, but it doesn�t work for everyone. A small percentage of individuals continue to feel discomfort in the weeks/months after. And sciatica can return in the future and in a different location. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if surgery for sciatica is the right choice for you.


Treating Severe & Complex Sciatica Syndromes

 


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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.*

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We also make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

Auto Accidents Caused by Sciatica Delayed Braking Time Part 2

Auto Accidents Caused by Sciatica Delayed Braking Time Part 2

Part 2 delayed braking reaction time caused by sciatica, we continue with the spinal cord, nerves, and how they communicate with the brain. A herniated disc can cause sciatica, which is a compressing of the nerve/s in and around the spinal cord. This compression causes a pinching of the nerve/s like bending a water hose cuts off the flow and damages the hose, is what happens to the spinal nerve/s cutting proper blood flow, and proper synapse/signal flow.

This occurs from the damage to the nerve/s and could delay braking signals for a split second. But that is all that is needed for an auto accident to happen. A delay in braking time has been found in individuals with herniated/bulging/ruptured/slipped discs. Fortunately, through chiropractic and physical therapy, the nerves can be re-stimulated and brought back to optimal function.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Auto Accidents Caused by Sciatica Delayed Braking Time Part 2

Communication

The spinal cord is about one inch across at its widest and around eighteen inches long. The spinal cord is a type of tube that is filled with nerves and cerebrospinal fluid. This protects and nourishes the cord. Spinal cord added protection includes:

There are three types of membranes surrounding the spinal cord referred to as meninges. The outer membrane is known as the dura mater, the middle membrane is the arachnoid mater and the innermost membrane is the pia mater. �

� These membranes can become inflamed and damaged by disease or trauma. Arachnoiditis is caused by inflammation of the arachnoid lining that results in intense stinging and burning pain. This can happen post-surgery and can cause the scarring of nerve/s.

The nerves exit the spinal column and branch out to the rest of the body. All parts of the body are controlled by specific spinal nerves. The nerves are placed in and around the area they control. Like the nerves in the neck area branch out into the arms. This is why a neck ache/pain issue can lead to pain spreading into the arms and hands.

  • Thoracic spine controls the middle of the body,
  • The lumbar spine extends into the outer legs controlling that area
  • Sacral nerves control the middle of the legs and organ functions of the pelvis
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Auto Accidents Caused by Sciatica Delayed Braking Time Part 2

The brain

Two major types of nerves: sensory and motor. Sensory nerves send information like:

  • Touch
  • Temperature
  • Pain

These get sent to the brain via the spinal cord. Motor nerves relay signals from the brain back to the muscles making them contract voluntarily or reflexively. Peripheral nervous system – the PNS has nerves that extend down the spinal canal and branch out at openings in the vertebrae called foramina. �

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Signals/messages get sent to and from the brain aka the central nervous system. It sends all types of signals including pain and initiates movement. For example, the nerves reflexively make the spine twist and turn when driving to keep balance when turning and braking. The peripheral nervous system is a collection of millions of nerves throughout the torso and limbs. This system conveys messages to the central nervous system.

Referred pain

When a health problem/issue/condition takes place in one part of the body with pain being felt in another or several areas, pain specialists call it referred pain.

Nerves

Nerves exiting the spinal cord is done in pairs with one being a sensory nerve, and the other a motor nerve. Motor nerves initiate movement and bodily function. Damage to a motor nerve could cause a weakness in a muscle or loss of function. For example, a prick in the foot that is not felt could mean there is some sensational loss, indicating a problem with the sensory nerves and or possible nerve damage. These are the nerves that control pain, temperature, etc. Sensory nerve issues can feel like shooting electrical pain Continuing with activities could exacerbate the nerve damage.

Cauda Equina

� The spinal cord ends at the lumbar low back, where the nerves extend in a bundle of strands called cauda equina, called this because it looks like a horsetail. These nerves provide motor and sensory function to the:

  • Legs
  • Intestines
  • Genitals
  • Bladder

Therefore, based on this knowledge there is adequate information displaying how sciatica could cause a delayed braking reaction time based on the nerves’ dysfunctional signal firing. Chiropractic treatment could be an option to help an individual realign their spine, work out tight muscles, nerves, ligaments preventing any further damage, and getting the individual back in top form.


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Auto Accidents Caused by Sciatica Delayed Braking Time Part 1

Auto Accidents Caused by Sciatica Delayed Braking Time Part 1

Research has found that individuals with disc herniation/s can have a delayed braking time when driving. After undergoing surgery these individuals showed significant improvement in braking time.

Based on this information Dr. Jimenez looks at how individuals with functional sciatica, (often caused by a herniated disc) meaning they can move and operate a vehicle to a certain point without generating pain, however they often put themselves in extreme/awkward positions just to operate, could also have a delay in brake reaction time. �

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Sciatic Nerve

The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that travels from the lower back down both of the legs and into the feet.�Sciatica begins in the low back. The nerve roots in the lower spine come together and turn into the sciatic nerve. Sciatica happens when these nerves get pinched/compressed. This usually occurs from a herniated disc or when the spinal canal narrows called stenosis.

Symptoms

Typically, sciatica causes:

  • Pain in the leg/s
  • Shooting pain that goes down from the low back, through the leg, calf and sometimes into the foot
  • Electrical pain running/shooting down the leg
  • Burning pain
  • Pain from slight movement
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
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A car accident can cause sciatica, but now it seems that sciatica can cause an automobile accident because of delayed braking reaction time. People with sciatica that is present without pain often say there is a constant non-painful tingling, numbness, or numbing sensation along the leg that lets them know the sciatica is still there.

This could be insufficient blood flow from wherever the impingement is happening. Keep in mind that there could be multiple areas of impingement. Just like the slow blood flow, they may find when they drive the impingement slows the motor-sensory signal and braking time to depress the brake pedal fast enough to avoid a collision.

Nerve Treatment

Sciatica can be treated non-surgically with:

  • Chiropractic
  • Physical therapy
  • 24 to 48 hours of rest
  • Over the counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Muscle spasms can be treated with heat or ice
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� Patients with sciatica feel better with time, usually a few weeks. However, if pain continues, other forms of treatment can be discussed.A doctor or chiropractor may advise�light exercise and therapeutic stretching. As recovery progresses they may give you exercises to strengthen the back and core.

With new automobiles implementing automatic braking systems has helped significantly reduce accidents, however, there are still bugs to sort out. This is normal with these computerized systems. Reliance upon these systems, especially those with sciatica, herniated, or bulging disc/s, could be a dangerous combination, specifically when it comes to braking reaction time.


 

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The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, and sensitive health issues and/or functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate and support directly or indirectly our clinical scope of practice.*

Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We make copies of supporting research studies available to the board and or the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require added explanation as to how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to ask Dr. Alex Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900. The provider(s) Licensed in Texas& New Mexico*

Sciatica Chiropractic Solution Pain Relief El Paso, Texas

Sciatica Chiropractic Solution Pain Relief El Paso, Texas

The sciatic nerve can be compressed, pinched, twisted, moved out of position by a variety of things, including injury/s and spinal conditions, diseases, and the most common a herniated disc. This could be time to try the chiropractic solution that can treat sciatica symptoms and bring relief quickly. If you are experiencing a shooting, electrical, tingling, numb pain down one of your legs could be a presenting of sciatica symptoms.

 

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Sciatica

Sciatica is really a symptom itself caused by lumbar radiculopathy. Lumbar radiculopathy is a medical term referring to a low back condition/injury/disorder that is affecting the nerves in this area. The sciatic nerve travels from the lower back down both of the legs and into the feet. Added pressure placed on the nerve from a herniated disc can lead to common symptoms.

 

Symptoms

Sciatica symptoms include:

  • Pain in the leg/s
  • Shooting pain that goes down from the low back, through the leg, calf and sometimes into the foot
  • A feeling of electricity down one leg
  • Burning pain
  • Pain from moving
  • Numbness
  • Weakness

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Causes

Causes of sciatica include:

Vertebrae Out of Alignment

Misaligned vertebrae, referred to as subluxations can put pressure on nerves in the spine � including the sciatic nerve.

Disc Herniation

The discs that cushion the vertebrae are made up of a tough outer layer and a softer inner layer. When the outer layer is damaged and the inner layer comes out into the spine, it is referred to as disc herniation.

A herniated disc means that the inner layer of the disc is putting pressure on nerves in the spine. A herniated disc impacts the sciatic nerve and can lead to sciatica.

 

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Car Accidents

A car accident can easily damage the spine and soft tissues. An accident can cause a misalignment of the spine, a herniated disc, or other injuries that cause symptoms of sciatica.

Sports Injury/s

Even the fittest athletes are susceptible to back injuries, which in turn can cause sciatica. The spine and discs can be damaged due to a large impact, repetitive motion injuries, or even twisting the wrong way.

 

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Work Injuries

Many sufferers of sciatica do not realize that their workplace activities � including repetitive motions and sitting or standing in one position for long periods of time � can lead to sciatica.

How Chiropractic Solution Helps

Prevention found that sixty percent of individuals with sciatica failed to find relief from other treatments found their symptoms improved after chiropractic treatment.

The chiropractic solution works because it gets to the source of the problem and relieves pressure on the sciatic nerve. Chiropractic treatments include:

Realignment

Spinal misalignments are often the cause of sciatica can be corrected through careful chiropractic adjustments. The chiropractor analyzes the misalignment, then applies pressure to the area to correct the misalignment. The pressure is removed from the sciatic nerve, and this is done on and off to get the correct position and massaging the inflamed tissues until symptoms improve.

Spine Decompression

For those whose sciatica is caused by a herniated disc, spinal decompression can bring real relief. Using a specially designed table, the chiropractor can gently stretch the spine � creating space for the disc to heal and pull back from the sciatic nerve.

Find Relief

Please contact our chiropractic team today to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica. We are ready to help you feel better and get back on your feet again. We focus on improving your ability through flexibility, mobility and agility programs tailored for all age groups and disabilities.�We do this so that we may reach as many El Pasoans who need us, no matter the affordability issues.


 

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Patients with sciatica feel better with time, usually a few weeks. If pain continues, other treatment modalities can be discussed.�Muscle spasms can accompany sciatica symptoms and can be treated with heat or ice therapy. A doctor may advise�light exercise like short walks�and once recovery is established they may give you exercises to strengthen your back and core.

 

Unusual Causes of Sciatica El Paso, Texas

Unusual Causes of Sciatica El Paso, Texas

Sciatica is not only caused by a spinal injury, although this is the primary cause, sciatica can also surprisingly be caused by your clothes and shoes. Sciatica is defined as symptoms that include back, leg, and foot pain caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve. Other symptoms can include shooting electrical rays of pain, weakness, and numbness from your low back all the way down your legs into your feet.

Because of the intensity, many assume it has to be something serious like a work/car accident, sports injury or severe trauma. All of this can lead to sciatica, but there are also everyday things that we do daily that can also cause it. Here are some lesser-known ways of developing sciatica.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 126 Unusual Causes of Sciatica El Paso, Texas

 

Items in Your Back Pocket

Many of us put our phones or wallets into our back pockets. When we carry these items in our pocket and then sit down on them, this can become a gradual trigger to sciatica. When we sit with these items begin to irritate the piriformis muscle. The sciatic nerve is right underneath this muscle and can get compressed. This cause has not been defined by the medical community, but a few names floating around include (back-pocket sciatica and cell-phone sciatica).

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 126 Unusual Causes of Sciatica El Paso, Texas

 

Wearing High Heels

High heels push your weight forward and so your body wanting to remain upright responds by flexing the hips to keep you straight. The risk of sciatica happens when this flexing at the hips stretches the hamstrings that can irritate the sciatic nerve running alongside the hamstrings. And besides sciatica high heels can cause a bevy of other spinal problems.

 

 

Wearing Tight Jeans and Underwear

Overly tight-fitting pants and underwear might look and feel great, however, they can also contribute to sciatic nerve pain. Wearing tight clothing is not bad but realize that wearing this type of clothing every day will start to compress the muscles, ligaments, and nerves. Mix it up with clothing that allows you to move freely. If your clothing cuts off circulation absolutely do not wear it. And when it comes to tight pants, change postures and don’t stay in the same position for too long, especially sitting.

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Excess Weight

Research has found an association between being overweight and having sciatica.�Excess body weight puts stress on your spine. This added pressure combined with sedentarism can cause spinal disorders that include sciatica. Being able to maintain a healthy weight will greatly reduce your risk of developing sciatica symptoms.

 

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The Impact of Sciatica

Even if just gradual weakness develops down your leg or a sudden burst of pain comes and goes, do not ignore it and make an appointment with your doctor or chiropractor to understand the issue and underlying cause/s and set up a preventative treatment plan before it gets out of hand. There are many sciatica treatments/therapies to reduce or eliminate low back and leg pain. Your doctor/chiropractor will work with you to develop a custom sciatic preventive exercise treatment plan.


 

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A study cited by the health magazine�Prevention found that sixty percent of sciatica sufferers who failed to get relief from other treatments found their symptoms improved after chiropractic care. Please contact our chiropractic team today to schedule an appointment if you are experiencing symptoms of sciatica. We are ready to help you feel better and get back on your feet again.

 

Inversion Therapy for Back Pain El Paso, Texas

Inversion Therapy for Back Pain El Paso, Texas

Inversion tables and inversion treatment/therapy could help with low back/leg pain and sciatica. It�s non-surgical and an option your doctor, or chiropractor could recommend to you before looking into more invasive options. Individuals with low back pain, sciatica or both found inversion therapy with an inversion table provided relief from symptoms, and continued use has kept them and their spines healthy.

With an inversion table, you don�t have to use gravity boots or completely hanging upside down. There are inversion boots and hanging racks that also offer inversion therapy, this type is not for beginners. With experience, you can move on to this type but for now, leave it to individuals in top health and athletic condition. This type of inversion table therapy is an alternative that doesn’t require being completely upside down.

 

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An Ancient Therapy Brought Back

Inversion therapy is nothing new. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, saw what inversion therapy could do and the benefits around 400 BC. The goal is to use gravity to release compression in the spine. The downward force pulls everything toward the earth’s center.

How It Works

Inversion therapy works in a way like spinal traction.

For example, when we stand and sit gravity pulls the spine downward and this is what compresses the discs, vertebral bodies, nerves, and other spinal structures. The physical dynamics along with gravity helps relieve spinal compression. As the spine is stretched out the pressure on your back is reduced.

 

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The theory behind inversion therapy sounds like a fantastic non-surgical option to back pain. However, the research going into inversion therapy is a bit more mixed. One study found that almost 77% of patients that were candidates for surgery no longer needed the surgery after using inversion therapy. For patients that didn�t use inversion therapy, only 23% avoided surgery.

But like all back pain/sciatica treatment plans, it’s what works for you. Ask your doctor/chiropractor about the pros and cons of this type of treatment as it relates to your condition to make an informed decision.

Other Benefits

Many patients report that inversion therapy is a great way to:

  • Stretch the muscles and ligaments
  • Reduce muscle spasms
  • Improve circulation

Stretching stimulates the lymph glands which increases the flow of lymphatic fluids, that are part of the body’s waste disposal. Cellular health depends on healthy blood circulation to be delivered, to nourish and remove waste.

The therapy also helped to relieve motion sickness and stress. This is because the body is more aware of its spatial orientation along with balance as the inner ear gets stimulated while inverted. As stated earlier it is not necessary to be positioned completely upside down to benefit from this therapy. Inversion tables are adjustable and offer the flexibility to find the best angle.

 

 

Discuss Inversion Therapy with A Doctor

Before you start using an inversion table�talk to your doctor. Certain medications and health conditions could make using an inversion table unsafe.

It could be recommended against inversion table therapy if you have:

  • Detached retina
  • Eye infection
  • Glaucoma
  • Fracture
  • Heart condition
  • Hernia
  • Implanted device
  • Middle ear infection
  • Obese
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pregnant
  • Spine injury

There could be other medical conditions that are not listed but could interfere with inversion therapy, so make sure your doctor knows all your medical history/conditions and current health state before beginning.

 

Starting Inversion Therapy

How to start an inversion therapy program? Take it very slow, easy, taking your time and have someone there to help and assist until you are comfortable doing it on your own.The tables can be set at different angles and it is recommended you start at the first and work your way to the last. At the 15-degree angle, your body will feel a stretch along with the benefits of increased blood circulation.

Most people don’t have to go beyond 60-degrees, as the spine decompresses at this angle. But you might want to completely invert yourself as you work through the different degrees and go for the full inversion. But don’t overdo it and listen to what your body tells you.

 

 

The tables come in a variety of styles, so be sure to research the different brands. Some tables can include a sliding backrest and foot lock that lets you work in gentle stretching exercises during inversion. This could include head movements from side-to-side, stretching the arms overhead, and doing abdominal sit-ups or crunches.

But first, find out from your doctor how often you should invert and the kinds of movements that will help with your condition and enhance your inversion program. Inversion therapy is another option for a back, sciatic pain treatment plan. For the different forms of spine pain, a doctor will try several non-surgical treatment options before discussing surgery. Inversion therapy could be part of a conservative treatment plan and could help prevent the need for spine surgery.


 

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The spine is the primary support for the body. When it breaks down, the body suffers. Regular chiropractic treatment ensures that the spinal column remains in proper alignment which, in turn, keeps the body in proper alignment. It helps with joint health as well as the health of the related muscles and ligaments.

Your chiropractor can also recommend stretching and strength-building exercises to help keep your spine healthy and supple. Chiropractic helps to keep the back flexible which aids in preventing injury. A healthy spine is also less likely to become misaligned or experience pain. It can significantly improve your quality of life as you are more flexible and mobile.

 

Sciatica and Chiropractic Nonsurgical Care El Paso, TX.

Sciatica and Chiropractic Nonsurgical Care El Paso, TX.

Sciatica is pain that can be accompanied by numbness, tingling and occasionally weakness along the course of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the thickest in the body and is formed from nerve roots exiting the spine, and extend into the buttocks and down the back of the legs to the toes. Common causes of sciatica along with non-surgical treatment options are presented by a chiropractor and a physical therapist.

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Causes of Sciatica and Non-Surgical Care

 

Compressed Lumbar Disc also called lumbar radiculopathy

Probably one of the most common causes of sciatica that I treat. About 90% of patients have a positive response to alternative/conservative treatment. I use x-rays as a guide to follow where the nerve is compressed and where the best manipulation areas are for me to adjust. Spinal manipulation is a very safe procedure and most cases will heal without surgery.

Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C. and a practicing physical therapist� �Combined with chiropractic treatment and massage, we may use a topical steroid combined with electric stimulation or ultrasound to adjust/release the area where the nerve is compressed.”

Lumbar traction is also used to reduce the size of the disc herniation and combine this with exercises, which are customized to the patient. Extending back and flexing exercises are also incorporated into the treatment plan and each is made specific to the patient. Patients may experience muscle spasms or joint stiffness, which is also relieved by massage therapy and joint mobilizations. Patients could also be trained on Kinesio tape application to relieve pressure and relax muscles.

 

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Remember that strengthening the core is the key to reduce the risk of worsening the injury and getting new ones.

 

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

This is a condition that can be difficult to treat because of the mechanical nature of the compression on the nerves. The cause is often a combination of osteoarthritis, disc bulging and spinal holes that have narrowed�called neuroforamen. Physical therapy consists of traction, stretching, exercises, and chiropractic to lessen pain and inflammation.

 

 

Spondylolisthesis

This condition can be caused by trauma or degeneration of the spine. Conservative care is highly beneficial.

Extending the spine can worsen symptoms, therefore flexion-based exercises are what we recommend. Therapeutic exercises are utilized for abdominal strengthening and core stabilization. We get the patient to increase hip extension to reduce stress on the lumbar spine.� Manual therapies can also be used to control inflammation and alleviate muscle tightness or spasms.

 

Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis syndrome also responds positively to conservative treatment. We look for the main cause when we see piriformis syndrome. This type of injury happens when a patient has a job or play a sport where they shorten and overuse the muscle.

We create a custom treatment/exercise program based on what is found structurally. Most of the time the piriformis muscle gets over-used because the hips are weak, so strengthening the hips and the core is key. Sciatic nerve mobilization can also help increase�sciatic nerve mobility. This can be achieved with instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization/Graston technique along with deep tissue massage will get optimal results.

 

 

Pregnancy

Sciatic symptoms often do present in pregnant women, which can make the pregnancy miserable. Our goal is to reduce symptoms and restore normal function with gentle exercise, massage, and hot/cold therapy.

The pelvic girdle is what we focus on, along with core stabilization, and Kinesio tape application to stabilize the girdle because of ligamentous laxity or loosening of the hips.

 

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Trauma

Any kind of trauma that hits the gluteal area can become inflamed and spasm and bind around the sciatic nerve. We focus on relieving the pain and inflammation with manual therapies, and gentle exercises. These are based on what is found from the examination and how intense/extensive the trauma was.

Light spinal mobilization and massage have been proven to activate the body’s natural painkillers to alleviate and release the tight muscles. More rigorous exercises are brought in to the treatment plan as the patient gets stronger. These will strengthen their core and get them back to regular activities, job, and their sport.

 

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You may be suffering from�sciatica if you have ever experienced a shooting, nerve-like pain down one of your legs. The sciatic nerve can be impacted by a number of different things, including injury and degenerative diseases, that can lead to sciatica. Fortunately, chiropractic can be an effective non-surgical treatment for sciatica.

A car accident can easily damage the spine and soft tissues. An auto accident may cause a misalignment of the spine, a herniated disc, or other injuries that cause symptoms of sciatica.