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Injury Care

Back Clinic Injury Care Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Team. There are two approaches to injury care. They are active and passive treatment. While both can help get patients on the road toward recovery, only active treatment has a long-term impact and keeps patients moving.

We focus on treating injuries sustained in auto accidents, personal injuries, work injuries, and sports injuries and provide complete interventional pain management services and therapeutic programs. Everything from bumps and bruises to torn ligaments and back pain.

Passive Injury Care

A doctor or a physical therapist usually gives passive injury care. It includes:

  • Acupuncture
  • Applying heat/ice to sore muscles
  • Pain medication

It’s a good starting point to help reduce pain, but passive injury care isn’t the most effective treatment. While it helps an injured person feel better in the moment, the relief doesn’t last. A patient won’t fully recover from injury unless they actively work to return to their normal life.

Active Injury Care

Active treatment also provided by a physician or physical therapist relies on the injured person’s commitment to work. When patients take ownership of their health, the active injury care process becomes more meaningful and productive. A modified activity plan will help an injured person transition to full function and improve their overall physical and emotional wellness.

  • Spine, neck, and back
  • Headaches
  • Knees, shoulders, and wrists
  • Torn ligaments
  • Soft tissue injuries (muscle strains and sprains)

What does active injury care involve?

An active treatment plan keeps the body as strong and flexible as possible through a personalized work/transitional plan, which limits long-term impact and helps injured patients work toward a faster recovery. For example, in injury Medical & Chiropractic clinic’s injury care, a clinician will work with the patient to understand the cause of injury, then create a rehabilitation plan that keeps the patient active and brings them back to proper health in no time.

For answers to any questions, you may have, please call Dr. Jimenez at 915-850-0900


Don’t Give Up On Physical Therapy For Back Pain

Don’t Give Up On Physical Therapy For Back Pain

When individuals stop working on their back pain therapy, the pain can come back. Don’t give up on the process and trust the therapists/providers. Many people experience their first episode of low back pain between the ages of 20 and 40. Often they are not sure what caused their back problems. There are a variety of factors that could be contributors like:
  • Old running shoes
  • A heavy box that was inappropriately lifted and carried
  • Exercise strain
  • Too much sitting
  • Poor posture
  • Work injury
  • Personal injury
  • Sports injury
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Don't Give Up On Physical Therapy For Back Pain
After some time with the pain, a visit to the doctor is in order, hoping for clear answers and strong medicine. A diagnosis of non-specific back pain and a prescription for physical therapy is given. This is because doctors are now required to prescribe non-medication, non-invasive therapeutic approaches for any type of pain first. After three to four weeks of physical therapy, and there is still no improvement or signs of improvement will a doctor recommend medication/s and/or surgery.

Physical Therapy

Nonspecific back pain describes back pain that is not associated with a clear cause like:
  • Osteoporosis
  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Tumor
  • Fracture
  • Infection
  • Structural deformity
Non-specific back pain is very common and often acute, meaning the symptoms usually go away on their own within a month. Physical therapy also known as PT can help expedite the healing process. Physical therapy can improve a variety of back-related problems, including those caused by disease and structural abnormalities. A study found that physical therapy works as well as surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis or the narrowing of the spinal canal in the low back.

Don’t Give Up On The Program

Unfortunately, many individuals do not follow through with the full course of physical therapy. Reasons include:
  • Time
  • Cost
  • Inconvenience
  • Low level of physical activity before treatment
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Poor social support
  • Increased pain during exercise
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Don't Give Up On Physical Therapy For Back Pain
The problem with stopping physical therapy is that individuals can end up right where they began. Not following a treatment plan can have negative effects on outcomes and healthcare costs. Progress depends on how much follow-through an individual does on their own. Don’t give up on the program and maintain rehabilitative progress.

Scientifically Backed Benefits

Scientific proof means measuring results objectively to determine if a treatment works. Physical therapy has consistently proven to be highly effective. Researchers found that physical therapy led to positive health benefits when treating back pain. Specifically, individuals that followed a physical therapy program to the end had:
  • Less physical therapy visits
  • Their length of care was shorter
  • Prescription medications were used far less
  • Fewer visits to the doctor
  • Advanced imaging is used less
  • Cost savings
For example, spine stabilization exercises during an episode of low back pain can decrease pain, disability, and the risk of another episode.
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Don't Give Up On Physical Therapy For Back Pain

The Right Physical Therapy Clinic

Do research to find the best therapeutic clinic or professional. It is perfectly understandable to be picky about physical therapy. Several studies have shown that a healthy relationship between patients and physical therapists improves outcomes. When choosing a clinic, individuals should be aware that there are different models. The differences can influence the experience.
  • Some therapists treat more than one person at a time. This means the exercises will be shown how to do them properly, then the individual will be expected to continue on their own with the therapist returning to see the progress and start the next exercise.
  • Some therapists see the patient once, then an assistant takes over. Assistants will help with the exercise programs.
  • There are some clinics that could be out of network or do not accept insurance. Individuals can pay more, but the benefit is more one-on-one time/care with a physical therapist.
  • If an individual does not like the experience with one model, try another.
  • Remember that individuals need to advocate for their own health, treatment, and progress.
  • If an individual is not improving, then they need to have a discussion with the physical therapist.
  • The therapist can then problem solve and try a new treatment or refer the patient for additional care like imaging, medications, or a different intervention altogether. Don’t give up, relief from back pain is possible.

Don’t Give Up On Body Health

 

 

Body composition analysis an effective tool during physical therapy

Body composition is essential for understanding physiological makeup and to help guide a treatment plan to target specific areas in physical therapy programs. InBody analysis is non-invasive and convenient, making it ideal when used in conjunction with physical therapy rehabilitation programs. The InBody test provides results that can be used to educate and engage individuals to help track improvements throughout the physical therapy course. In less than 60 seconds, the test results are easy-to-understand, accurate, and objective. This helps to evaluate and monitor progress during rehabilitation. With the test a physical therapist can:
  • Assess muscle distribution
  • Focus on areas weakened by injury or surgery
  • Identify fluid imbalances related to inflammation
  • Monitor changes to determine the efficacy of the therapy program
  • Guide recommendations for long-term success
  • Don’t give up!

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
PLOS One.�(Jun 2016) �The Influence of Physical Therapy Guideline Adherence on Healthcare Utilization and Costs among Patients with Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review of the Literature.��https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27285608/ Pain and Therapy.�(Jan 2020) �Rehabilitation for Low Back Pain: A Narrative Review for Managing Pain and Improving Function in Acute and Chronic Conditions.��https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40122-020-00149-5 Spine.�(Apr 2012) �Management Patterns in Acute Low Back Pain: the Role of Physical Therapy.��https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3062937/
Spinal Decompression Surgery: Laminotomy and Laminectomy

Spinal Decompression Surgery: Laminotomy and Laminectomy

Spinal decompression surgery could be a treatment option discussion with a doctor to relieve nerve pain brought on by a spinal condition or disorder. Everything to know about the procedures straight from the experts.  
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Spinal Decompression Surgery: Laminotomy and Laminectomy
 

Spinal Decompression Surgery Types: Laminectomy or Laminotomy

Both procedures involve the vertebrae�s lamina, which is an arch of bone that protects the spinal canal.
  • In a laminectomy, the lamina is removed almost entirely.
  • In a laminotomy, it is a partial removal.
Despite the removal, the large muscles of the back provide sustained protection for the nerves below. Therefore, the spinal nerves are still safe and secure following the procedures. Which one is right depends on the situation.  
 
  • A laminectomy is usually performed to treat an arthritic condition of the spinal canal like spinal stenosis.
  • Laminotomy is used almost exclusively to remove a herniated disc.
  • A laminectomy removes more bone and sometimes the inner edge of the facet joint.
  • Ultimately, a surgeon will determine which of the two procedures is best for the individual’s needs and condition.

Decompression Surgery

Spinal stenosis or the narrowing of the spinal canal is usually caused by arthritis and overgrowth of the discs and joints. Similar compression issues respond well to non-surgical treatment. But sometimes surgery is necessary to treat uncommon but potentially severe cases. These include patients with:
  • Bowel or bladder problems caused by the pressure on the spinal nerves
  • Leg weakness that gets worse
  • Inability to walk or move for long periods and distance
The objective of spinal decompression surgery is to create space around the spinal cord and surrounding nerves by removing the compressing structure/s. When the cord and/or nerve/s are compressed, physical and neurological symptoms are experienced down the nerve�s pathway. This includes:
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Electric shock sensations
  • Radiating/spreading pain
  • Weakness
Once the compressed nerves have space to relax and move around symptoms subside.  
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Laminectomy process

  • Lumbar laminectomy is the most common procedure to treat spinal stenosis in the low back.
  • It also helps treat herniated discs by allowing the surgeon to easily access the discs to repair any damage.
  • The surgeon removes the lamina and ligaments that have thickened and are causing problems to create more space in the canal.
  • The surgery enlarges the spinal canal so that pressure is relieved.
  • By removing the source of the pressure, the pain caused by the compressed nerves is alleviated.
  • An open laminectomy creates an incision of a couple of inches and exposes the spine.
  • The muscles of the spine and back are cut through to expose the bone.
  • Another technique that surgeons utilize is operating through a tube.
  • They’ve adapted these techniques to be able to decompress both the right and the left sides although they are only operating on one side.
  • Both procedures, minimal and traditional accomplish the same goals.
  • The difference is the minimally invasive approach involves one or more tiny incisions also known as skin punctures and small instruments designed to separate muscles and soft tissues instead of cutting through them.
  • The traditional approach requires a larger incision and instruments that retract, separate and cut tissues.
 

Laminectomy surgery

  • Laminectomies are performed under general anesthesia using a posterior approach/lying face down during the procedure.
  • It can be open or minimally invasive sometimes called a microlaminectomy.
  • In an open laminectomy, the surgeon makes an incision near the affected spinal area.
  • Once the incision is made, a retractor will move the skin, fat, and muscles to the side so the surgeon can access the spine.
  • Next, they remove or trim the lamina and thickened ligaments to enlarge the space surrounding the compressed nerves.
  • Once done, the retractor is removed and the incision is closed with sutures.
  • Minimally invasive surgery or MIS is performed using special instruments like endoscopes and tubular retractors.
  • These instruments allow for smaller incisions and less cutting.
  • They will also use special eyewear to have a detailed view of the surgical field.
  • Sometimes, the surgeon uses an endoscope or a microscope focused down the tube to perform the surgery.
  • The portion of the lamina is removed, along with any bone overgrowths/osteophytes and ligament tissue.
  • The tubular retractors are taken out so the soft tissue moves back into place, and the incision is closed with dissolving sutures.

Other spinal procedures performed alongside

Laminectomies and laminotomies are typically not performed together. However, a surgeon could perform both if the surgery affects multiple levels of the spine. They can also be combined with other spinal surgeries, that include:

Foraminotomy

  • A foraminotomy is also a decompression procedure. But instead of removing part or all the lamina, the surgeon accesses the nerves through the spine�s foramen or the passageway that nerves pass through on both sides.

Discectomy

  • This decompression surgery involves the removal of all or part of the damaged intervertebral disc and is utilized for herniated discs.

Spinal fusion

  • Fusion is often performed after spinal decompression surgery, as the space that was created by removing spinal structure/s can cause instability to the spine.

Candidates for spinal decompression surgery

Both are common procedures performed by neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons. Laminectomies are considered one of the most effective treatments for spinal stenosis and spinal canal issues like:
  • Tumors
  • Certain types of infections and abscesses
  • Spinal issues involving bowel/bladder dysfunction
  • The primary reason for laminectomy is spinal stenosis, most common in individuals over the age of 60.
Other considerations and conditions include:
  • Non-invasive treatments that don’t improve the condition that includes medication, massage, and physical therapy
  • Fusion surgery failure
  • Injection treatment failure
  • The presence of tumors in or around the spine
  • An infection like an epidural abscess
  • Neurologic issues
  • Bowel or bladder dysfunction
  • Cauda equina syndrome
Ask questions about the procedure to ensure you are comfortable with the operation. Here are some questions:
  • What are the risks associated?
  • Will the surgery relieve all symptoms?
  • Not having the surgery risks?
  • What is recovery like?
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Recovery

  • Open or micro, recovery does take time. Following the doctor�s instructions carefully are essential to make a full, healthy recovery.
  • Individuals should be careful for about a month following the surgery. But does not mean laying down or being sedentary. Movement is crucial to recovery.
  • The patient should not stay in bed or lie on the sofa.
  • Wait a week or two before beginning physical therapy if necessary.
  • Most will have a weak core, poor posture, and poor body mechanics, the goal is to help develop and strengthen these areas.
Things to help with recovery include:
  • Ice/cold packs will help reduce swelling and pain.
  • Try not to sit for too long, as sitting is the least comfortable position after back surgery.
  • Body mechanic awareness means avoiding too much bending or lifting and using the right body mechanics when bending or lifting.
  • Post-operative body movement after surgery is vital and helps prevent post-surgery issues.
Things to do before surgery:

Quitting smoking

  • Especially before surgery. Quitting entirely or at least for at least six weeks before surgery will make recovery easier and healthier.

Losing weight

  • Speak with a doctor about weight. Just 5 pounds can make a significant difference during recovery.

Blood sugar

  • For individuals with diabetes, having an A1C under eight before surgery is ideal.
Every patient�s recovery is different. Recovery time depends on:
  • The complexity of the surgery
  • Personal medical history
  • Health issues
Recovery typically takes about two to four weeks after the surgery. However, it depends on the reason/s for the surgery.

Questions

Post-laminectomy syndrome

  • Post-laminectomy syndrome PLS also known as failed back surgery syndrome is a condition where an individual continues to have pain after surgery. Individuals still having symptoms after should speak with their doctor to determine the next phase of treatment.

How long before exercise?

  • Returning to the gym or getting into an exercise routine will take some time. It is important to follow the doctor�s recommendations and complete the full course of physical therapy before regular exercise activity can resume. Discuss workout plans with the doctor to determine the best timeline for the spine.

Full recovery?

  • Returning to some activity is possible around four weeks after surgery. Full recovery takes longer as each patient�s recovery is unique. Depending on the complexity of the surgery, most return to all activities within 6 to 9 months.

Body Composition Spotlight


 

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
American Association of Neurological Surgeons. �Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.� (n.d.)�https://www.aans.org/en/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Minimally-Invasive-Spine-Surgery Foraminotomy. MedlinePlus. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007390.htm. Reviewed November 27, 2016. Page last updated December 21, 2017. Accessed January 18, 2018. Laminectomy. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/007389.htm. MedlinePlus. Reviewed November 27, 2016. Page last updated December 21, 2017. Accessed January 18, 2018. Mayo Clinic. �Laminectomy.� (n.d.)�https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/laminectomy/about/pac-20394533 Mayo Clinic. �Laminotomy.� (n.d)�https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-stenosis/multimedia/img-20149227
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.
 
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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.
 
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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

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
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
Cauda Equina Syndrome Nerve Compression

Cauda Equina Syndrome Nerve Compression

Cauda equina syndrome is an emergency that needs to be treated as soon as possible. It is a form of spinal nerve compression, but if left untreated, it can lead to permanent paralysis of one or both legs and permanent loss of bowel/bladder control. Lower back pain after sitting for too long or improperly lifting something heavy happens to most if not all of us.
However, sometimes pain in the lower back can be an indicator of something more serious. Especially, for individuals that are dealing with or managing back pain. One condition is cauda equina syndrome. It�s not like sciatica or arthritis, but it does have specific symptoms that individuals should be aware of.

Cauda Equina Syndrome

The term comes from Latin that means horse�s tail. The cauda equina forms the group of nerves that run through the lumbar spinal canal. Generally, the condition means two things:
  • There is nerve compression of most of the lumbar spinal canal
  • Compression symptoms like numbness or weakness in the leg/s
How cauda equina syndrome differs from typical compression of the lumbar spinal canal is that it can be caused by different issues, from fractures, tumors, and infections. More commonly, it is disc herniations that cause the problems. The key difference is the degree of nerve compression, and the number of nerves compressed. For example, compression of a single nerve will not cause loss of bladder function. But compression of multiple nerves, especially the sacral nerves can cause loss of function. Nerve compression that leads to pain or numbness can be treated differently. Surgery is reserved for severe cases and for individuals that are not improving with non-invasive treatment.
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Cauda Equina Syndrome Nerve Compression Chiropractic Diagnosis

Sneaky Presentation

One of the major factors is long-term compression that individuals do not realize they have. Individuals are more likely to be aware of symptoms from another spinal condition before cauda equina syndrome presents. However, the condition presents quickly but often other overlapping back problems mask cauda equina syndrome.

Causes

The syndrome can be brought on from anything that compresses the nerves. Most commonly, it is a root compression from degenerative processes, specifically lumbar disc herniations. Other causes include:
  • Bleeding like an epidural hematoma
  • Trauma like fractures or penetrating trauma
  • Tumors growing in the canal or the collapse of a tumor-affected bone
  • Disc herniations can progressively grow in size, which leads to a slowly-evolving cauda equina syndrome.
  • An enlarging disc herniation or synovial cyst can further compromise the already compressed nerves.
  • Overgrowth of arthritic joints or bone spurs into the spinal canal can lead to long-term compression.

Symptoms

The symptoms vary based on the degree that the spinal canal has been affected:
  • Back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Sciatica
  • Saddle numbness that extends into other areas of the legs
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction. This can range from difficulty starting to urinate or limited and/or non-voluntary control urinating.
  • Bowel dysfunction
  • Sexual dysfunction

Diagnosis

A doctor will examine any significant changes in bladder, bowel, or leg function that are considered red flags prompting an early and complete assessment. A physician will ask for a complete/detailed history of the onset and progression of symptoms. The second is a close physical examination which includes testing sensation and strength along with a rectal exam to assess voluntary contraction. Also checking the body’s reflexes, assess walking gait and alignment. If most or all of the symptoms are presenting this will set in motion spinal imaging or an MRI. If the symptoms, exam, and imaging match, it will lead to an emergency admission to the hospital.
11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Cauda Equina Syndrome Nerve Compression Chiropractic Diagnosis

Body Composition Spotlight


 

Obesity and Osteoarthritis Connection

A variety of factors contribute to the development of osteoarthritis, including genetic factors and lifestyle choices. Research supports obesity is a significant risk factor in the development of osteoarthritis. It is pretty straightforward as body weight increases this equals increased load on the spine, and joints, especially the weight-bearing ones like the hips and knees. Increased pressure leads to early wearing, tearing, and eventual development of osteoarthritis. Added weight affects the body’s biomechanics and gait patterns. However, obesity has also been shown to be a risk factor even on the non-weight-bearing joints. This is based on adipose tissue, which is more than just insulation. Adipose tissue is metabolically active and is involved in the secreting adipokines and cytokines which promote an inflammatory response. Pro-inflammatory adipokines and cytokines can have detrimental effects on joint tissue including damage to cartilage, synovial joints, and subchondral bone. The effect of inflammation on the joints in the body can contribute to the development of osteoarthritis.

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
Causes of Cauda Equina:�Neurosurgical Focus.�(June 2004) �Spinal epidural hematoma causing acute cauda equina syndrome��https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15202871/ Arriving at a Diagnosis:�British Journal of Neurosurgery. (August 2010) �Reliability of clinical assessment in diagnosing cauda equina syndrome��https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/02688697.2010.505987
Chiropractic Injury Prevention for Work, Personal, and Sports Activities

Chiropractic Injury Prevention for Work, Personal, and Sports Activities

Injury prevention should be on everyone’s mind. All jobs, sports, and activities have the potential to cause some form of injury/s. Sustaining an injury, no matter how big or small can take a toll on the body. It can force an individual to take a lengthy break from work, school, sports, etc, or stop completely.  
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Some form of rest is usually necessary to expedite the healing process but there are other ways to help with injury prevention. The most common type of injury that can be prevented is overuse/repetitive motion/s injuries. Many individuals realize that an underlying issue for injuries is spinal/body misalignment.  

Injury prevention

A few ways that injury prevention can be optimized for various activities:
  • Full body stretching regularly will keep the body flexible
  • A nutrient-rich diet
  • A regular strength training regimen
  • Avoiding getting into a sedentary lifestyle
  • Stress management methods/techniques
  • Developing the body’s ability to learn healthy movement/s
  • Regular chiropractic, physical therapy
  • Health coaching
 

Misalignment and injury

When the spine is out of alignment the entire body goes out of balance and begins to function improperly and eventually breaks down. The nerve, blood circulation energy is affected. This compromises:
  • Tissue health
  • The body�s natural healing abilities
  • Normal body coordination and movement
This increases the risk of injury/s. Proper posture and body mechanics have a primary role in injury prevention. Proper spinal alignment allows the body�s ability to coordinate effective, pain/injury-free movement. Better coordination promotes optimal performance with less effort and corrects/improves muscle strain, tissue damage, and enhances bone health.  
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Proper spinal alignment

Chiropractic is a specialized expert approach that focuses on addressing core issues related to spinal alignment. Chiropractic treatment will locate and address spinal misalignments that individuals did not even know were there. The chiropractic approach will help establish a solid foundation for regular daily activities without injury. When the spine/body is properly-aligned nerve flow is restored and the body can move with reduced risk of injury or complication/s. Contact a chiropractic specialist and see what they can offer.

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Too Much Sitting Health Consequences

When the body is in a seated position, the gluteal muscles, abdominal muscles, and legs remain static. When sitting for a long time day after day with no exercise/movement the muscles begin to degenerate/weaken and go into a pseudo form of atrophy from the lack of engaged movement/exercise. Metabolism is linked with body composition meaning that more muscle increases metabolism and helps burn more calories. Muscle loss, especially from the lower body which is the largest muscle group, can lead to continued fat gain if exercise is not implemented and an unhealthy diet is not changed. Gradual muscle loss from the lower body can hurt functional strength and with age increases the risk of falls.  

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
McClure, Roderick J. �What is this thing called injury prevention?.��Injury prevention: journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention vol. 24,3 (2018): 177. doi:10.1136/injury prev-2018-042838
Chronic Inflammatory Response Balance Restored with Chiropractic

Chronic Inflammatory Response Balance Restored with Chiropractic

The body’s inflammatory response is a chemical one. It happens when the body’s tissues are damaged/injured from:
  • Bacteria
  • Trauma
  • Toxins
  • Heat
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The damaged cells release different chemicals that include:
 
These chemicals cause the blood vessels to leak out into the tissues and cause swelling. Redness, swelling, and warmth/heat connected to an inflammatory response are secondary symptoms brought on from an increased blood flow that mobilizes the cells to the specific area to engage the healing process from illness or injury. This process is vital in maintaining the body’s optimal health. The inflammatory response can become debilitating when it becomes chronic and leads to the onset or aggravation of a condition or disease. Chiropractic treatment will restore the body’s balance and reduce inflammation.  

Inflammatory Response Causes

There are different causes for the body activating a full inflammatory response. When inflammation is caused by an acute injury, virus, or bacterial infection, inflammation is necessary to help restore the body�s homeostasis. Conversely, chronic inflammation leaves the body in a state of stress and imbalance. This depletes energy reserves making it impossible for the body to properly rejuvenate. Common causes of chronic inflammatory response include:
  • Chronic stress/anxiety
  • Poor sleep
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Being overweight
  • Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes
  • Sensitivity to chemicals, environmental triggers, foods
  • Autoimmune diseases
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Inflammation Reduction

While inflammation is necessary for proper body health, knowing how to manage symptoms can help reduce unnecessary pain. Inflammation can be reduced by:
  • A nutrient-rich diet that focuses on fruits and vegetables
  • Reducing processed foods specifically sugars
  • Avoiding common food allergens like gluten and dairy products
  • Weight loss
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Regular physical activity
  • Stress management
  • Body balance

Spinal Alignment

The nervous system plays a significant role in inflammatory response management. The system coordinates proper cellular processes and signals. It also helps with body regulation and restoration when inflammation is no longer needed. A spinal misalignment can throw the entire process into chaos and be an underlying cause that contributes to chronic inflammation. Spinal misalignments block vital nerve energy that helps the body self-regulate. With chiropractic nerve circulation is restored allowing the body to properly and optimally coordinate necessary functions.  
 

Chiropractic Balance

Chiropractic is a science-oriented branch of medical care that focuses on optimizing spinal alignment. Addressing the root issue of spinal alignment will help restore the balance and energy needed to regulate the inflammatory response. Contact a chiropractic practitioner today and see what they can do for you and your health.

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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
Medzhitov, Ruslan. �Origin and physiological roles of inflammation.��Nature�vol. 454,7203 (2008): 428-35. doi:10.1038/nature07201
Multiple Traumas and Chiropractic Injury Rehabilitation

Multiple Traumas and Chiropractic Injury Rehabilitation

With an intense automobile, work, sporting/fitness accidents, and natural disasters, individuals can experience multiple traumas, also known as polytrauma. Recovery and rehabilitation can be challenging journeys. Multiple traumas are serious medical emergencies only given to individuals going through difficult situations. Polytrauma references multiple severe traumas that occurred at the same time. An individual can experience a:

 

Physical therapy and chiropractic rehabilitation could be part of a treatment program. This is to restore the body’s mobility, function and promote the body’s natural healing abilities. The importance of creating the proper rehabilitation program can make all the difference, and restoring the integrity of the spine is critical.

Spinal Stabilization

Any trauma, despite its severity, can have the potential to interfere/disrupt spinal functions.

  • Suffering a concussive hit to the head could cause damage to the cervical spine.
  • Falling off a ladder could shift the vertebral discs.
  • Hitting the knee on an object can cause a spinal misalignment from shifting the weight to the other leg for a day or two.
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Spinal misalignments and/or dysfunction are common in multiple trauma cases. Dealing with broken bones and substantial wounds often means the spine could need to be realigned even if there are no localized injuries to the back or neck. Spinal misalignment, translation/rotation, herniated discs, or other conditions can hinder the overall recovery process and present new health issues.  

Nerve Damage

Often, a lasting issue from multiple traumas is nerve damage. The severity can destroy nerve endings, making it impossible to regain feeling or movement in certain areas of the body. The nerve damage can be regenerated if the impediment is rooted in the spine and is addressed in time.

Correcting spinal discs that have shifted along with subluxations that can compress the nerves and interfere with signal communication can help restore the areas directly affected. Example: Broken arms or legs can lose sensations that can be regained by spinal realignment. Some arteries follow the spinal pathway. Proper circulation/blood flow is achieved when the spinal integrity is restored, which is essential in natural recovery.  

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Trauma Beyond the Injury

Developing the correct rehabilitation treatment plan could mean the difference in a speedy and healthy recovery. Chiropractic can be an integral part of the recovery process, especially for a body that has sustained severe musculoskeletal injuries. The spine is an extension of the central nervous system. This means that bringing relief to the spine can affect positive healing in the injured areas. The critical role of the spine in an individual’s rehabilitation and whole well-being is why no matter the extent of the trauma, we deliver relief.


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References

Kroupa, J. K definici polytraumatu a polytraumatismu [Definition of “polytrauma” and “polytraumatism”].Acta chirurgiae orthopaedicae et traumatologiae Cechoslovaca vol. 57,4 (1990): 347-60.

Falling Accidents and Injuries Ways To Reduce The Risk

Falling Accidents and Injuries Ways To Reduce The Risk

As individuals advance in age, the risk of falling starts to become a regular concern. An average of one in four adults over 65 suffers from a fall every year. Around twenty percent of falling accidents result in serious injury. However, experiencing one fall increases the risk of future falls significantly. The most common injuries sustained include:
  • Hip fracture
  • Head injury
These injuries usually necessitate hospitalization. Therefore minimizing the risks is important for increasing/enhancing an individual’s quality of life and help minimize the financial burdens that can come with these types of accidents.  
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Risk Factors for Falling

Various factors can determine an increased risk of falling. If there are two or more at the same time, the risk goes up significantly. These factors include:
  • Poor or improper walking gait mechanics
  • Poor balance
  • Vision impairment
  • Low endurance
  • Weakened muscle strength
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Blood pressure issues like hypotension
  • Dizziness from certain movements like lying down to sitting/standing
  • Medication side effects that cause brain fog, dizziness, sleepiness, etc
  • Poor health/underlying conditions
  • Anxiety and/or fear of falling
 

Reducing The Risk/s

There are simple ways to reduce risk while optimizing the body’s health and vitality. These include:
  • Discussing health concerns with a doctor and/or chiropractor
  • Review medications with doctor or pharmacist, specifically those that cause sleepiness or dizziness
  • Exercise regimen
  • Balance exercises
  • Core strengthening exercises
  • A physical therapist or chiropractor can assess the home for safety and possible tripping hazards
  • Regular vision check-ups at least every two years
 

Spinal Health

Restoring balance to the body will make the biggest difference in increasing overall health. However, pain, stiffness, and poor health can make getting started a difficult challenge. With the right chiropractic and physical therapy team, getting started does not have to be as challenging, with the transition being made as easily and as smooth as possible. An essential building block for overall optimal health begins with spinal alignment. When the spine is misaligned it can lead to poor nerve circulation/energy. This slows down and interferes with the body’s functions. This is often manifested with poor balance, weakness, and pain. Chiropractic spinal alignment addresses whole-body health. A chiropractic practitioner is specialized in non-invasively and systematically restoring not only the alignment of the spine but the entire body.  
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Chiropractic Health

Find a chiropractor and talk to them about any health concerns, including falls. A customized chiropractic adjustment treatment plan will be developed along with a fitness and stretching regimen, and dietary adjustments will significantly optimize health and help prevent falls.

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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
Hawk, Cheryl et al. �Pilot study of the effect of a limited and extended course of chiropractic care on balance, chronic pain, and dizziness in older adults.��Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics�vol. 32,6 (2009): 438-47. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2009.06.008
Tips to Help Reduce Back Pain While Driving

Tips to Help Reduce Back Pain While Driving

Driving with back pain can make trips a nightmare. Here are some driving tips to save your back when on the move. There is nothing like the freedom of hitting the open road. Family, friends, or solo, the destination along with new sights breezing by, refreshes the mind. With the COVID pandemic, many have turned to trucks, cars, SUVs, and RVs for a comfortable, safe mode of transportation.
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Back pain from driving can become a serious issue. Studies have shown how low back pain, and spending a significant amount of time driving are interconnected. And other studies have also shown living a sedentary lifestyle like sitting for a long time will lead to some form of back pain that can become exacerbated by elongated driving. Road trips and regular commuting can both impact an individual’s spine. It depends on the length of time drivers are behind the wheel as well as any present spinal conditions. Long commutes and road trips can take a toll on the body that can continue to increase in its severity. Individuals live most of their lives in a flexed/flexing posture. Meaning that there is the ability to shift positions and move around. This could be like Sleeping curled up, then on the back, sitting at a desk/workstation, then standing, stretching out, twisting, and bending. Driving creates a whole different type of spinal stress because of the physical mechanics involved. Automobiles generate different types of forces on the back. Factors such as accelerating, decelerating, swaying side to side, and vibrations all can contribute to back pain. To elaborate the feet and legs control the vehicle, and so are not able to help stabilize the spine, and vibration from uneven/loose gravel roads can cause issues with the spinal discs. Discomfort and pain can occur for the driver and passenger/s. Individuals with diagnosed back condition/s can experience a worsening of symptoms and an increase in pain. This could be a postural imbalance, sciatica, or arthritis. Here are some driving tips to show how to prevent back pain before, during, and after the trip.

Before Driving

Prevention is the best way to decrease back pain when driving. The following precautions are recommended:
  • Think about getting helpful sitting aids/lumbar support cushions, like memory foam and air-filled seat cushions.
  • If specifically dealing with tailbone pain, a support with a tailbone cutout is recommended.
  • Optimize the seat by placing the back a little beyond fully upright. From 100 to 105-110 degrees, so the individual maintains proper posture. Inclining more can lead to a forward-head posture that can cause neck pain.
  • Driving ergonomics need to be incorporated.
  • The seat should be close enough to the steering wheel to provide a relaxed upper body posture. However, make sure that the legs are not too close to the steering wheel and there is room to maneuver. The seat should be level around 5 degrees upward to provide support to the legs.
  • If unable to provide lumbar support rolling up a towel/thick sweater etc can be placed in the small of the back providing a quick fix.

The Drive

Eyes on the road and hands at 10 and 2 but don�t take the focus off the spine.
  • If driving for more than 20 minutes, it is recommended to make adjustments/changes in the seated position. Just a slight tweak can reduce the driving forces on the spine.
  • Driving for longer than an hour then short breaks are necessary. Pit stops are spine savers. Just like work breaks that involve standing, walking around, and stretching out, bending forward and leaning backward will keep the spine flexible, uncompressed with optimal blood flow.
  • Heated seats can help soothe tight back muscles. It acts as a heating pad.
  • Remove items from pockets, especially wallets or similar objects in the back pocket. This can lead to an asymmetrical position that leads to shifting weight/stress loads to one side creating an added strain on the spine and awkward postures.
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Stopping

After driving for an extended period, resting is vital to spine health. Utilize time out of the vehicle to continue prevention.
  • Sitting right after driving is not recommended.
  • Right after driving the body needs to move after being in the static driving/passenger position for some time.
  • Standing, walking, and doing some gentle stretches are recommended. Back extensions and side bending are examples.
  • Core exercises can help and should also be incorporated into a regular physical exercise regimen.
  • However, exercises after long or strenuous drives when the body is fatigued are not recommended, as intense exercise can lead to injury or worsening of back pain.

Pain Continues After

If there was a small/low amount of pain or if it was a pain-free experience then perhaps the driving tips helped. If the pain continues and there was no help with these driving tips, it might be time to see a doctor or chiropractor. Minor aches and pains can be expected, but if there is pain lasting longer than a few days or limits function, then seeking out medical advice is recommended.

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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*
The Shoulder: Pain Symptoms, Causes, and Chiropractic

The Shoulder: Pain Symptoms, Causes, and Chiropractic

The shoulder/s are the joints where the upper-arm bones known as the humerus, the shoulder blades or scapula, and the collarbone/clavicle come together. The upper-arm bone fits into the scapula socket and is held in place by muscles and tendons. This is the rotator cuff. It covers and protects the upper-arm and allows for raising and movement of the arm. Pain in the shoulder can have a variety of causes.  
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Injuries can occur in a slip and fall or automobile accident. A task like painting the house could cause a repetitive/overuse injury. The�soft tissues in the shoulder, muscles, tendons, and ligaments�can get injured from excessive strain, falls, and improper motion. Shoulder pain can come from certain conditions like arthritis. And it can present from problems or issues in other parts of the body. This is known as referred pain. The shoulder takes on more than we realize. It is made up of an intricate network of ligaments and muscles, with the rotator cuff taking most of the load when moving. It is the most flexible joint in the human body, and one of the most unstable. It is�unstable because of its unique construction. Other joints like the ankle or elbow are limited in their range of motion. Shoulder injuries�are common, as the shoulder sustains more injuries than almost any other part of the body.

Injury Symptoms

Here are some questions to help figure out if there is a shoulder injury:
  • Does the arm move normally?
  • Is there extreme stiffness?
  • Is there pain and what type – throbbing, stinging, shooting
  • Does it feel like it could pop out of the socket?
  • Is it strong enough for normal activities?
Certain shoulder injuries can be treated at home for a few days with rest and ice. The shoulder can be bandaged with Kinesio tape to hold it in place if necessary. But serious injuries require professional medical help. Symptoms/signs that a medical professional is needed:
  • The shoulder joint looks deformed
  • The shoulder cannot be used at all
  • The pain is extreme and intense
  • The shoulder is swelling rapidly
  • The arm and/or hand is weak and/or numb
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Common injuries

Dislocation

When the shoulder gets pulled back hard or rotated too far, the top of the arm can get popped out of the socket. This can cause pain, weakness, swelling, numbness, and bruising.

Separation

This is an injury affecting the joint where the collarbone and shoulder blade come together. It is the acromioclavicular or AC joint. An accident, fall, or traumatic impact can tear the ligaments holding it together. If the collarbone gets shifted out of place, a bump on top of the shoulder will appear.

Fracture

After a fall or a hard hit, the bones can break or become cracked. The most common breaks are to the collarbone and the arm bone that is the closest to the shoulder. Pain presents along with bruising can occur. If the collarbone is broken, the shoulder may sag and there will be no ability to lift the arm.

Cartilage tear

The cartilage or rubbery padding that runs around the rim of the shoulder joint can suffer injury and/or get torn. Repetitive motions and overuse can lead to a tear. It can also be injured in a fall, or anytime it absorbs the brunt of the force. Pain can be felt when reaching over the head, or the shoulder feels/seems to be weak. Sensations like catching, locking, or grinding may also be felt.

Rotator cuff tear

The rotator cuff belongs to a group of muscles and tendons that hold the arm in place and allow for lifting the arm up and overhead. It can suffer damage through overuse or in an accident. The rotator cuff begins to show wear and tear with age. It can hurt at night and when trying to lift objects. Individuals have also reported a crackling sound when moving.

Frozen shoulder

This is a condition that limits how much the joint moves. Bands of tissue or adhesions build up in the joint and keep the shoulder from moving freely. This is where the freeze happens. It comes from the pain, causing the individual to not use it, this allows the adhesions to build.

Impingement

This is when the tendons of the rotator cuff become pinched within the bones of the shoulder. It can cause swelling and pain. It is often set off when lifting the arms over the head repetitively.

Bursitis

This is when the fluid-filled sacs or bursa that cushion the joints get swollen and irritated. Usually, the onset occurs from repetitive motions. However, it can also be caused by a fall or other injury. The pain occurs most when moving the shoulder.

Other causes

Osteoarthritis

Also known as degenerative joint disease. It is the most common form of arthritis. It can affect any joint, including the shoulders. The cartilage between the bones breaks down and allowing them to rub against each other causing pain and stiffness.

Rheumatoid arthritis

This is a disease that causes the immune system to attack the protective lining in the joints. It causes pain and stiffness in the shoulders.

Referred pain

There could be nothing wrong, yet pain or discomfort presents. This could be a sign of a condition involving the lungs, gallbladder, liver, nerves, etc.

Heart attack

Shoulder pain could be brought on from the tightness in the chest and trouble breathing. Get emergency medical help immediately.

Tendinitis

The tendons that make up the rotator cuff become inflamed. It can happen progressively over time or quickly from an accident, fall, or a direct hit to the shoulder.

Bone spurs

These are small, smooth pieces of bone that begin to rub up against the rotator cuff keeping the shoulder from proper movement. They can lead to tendonitis or a tear.  
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Diagnosis

A doctor or chiropractor will begin with a physical exam to check for structural problems to rule out anything involving the spine or neck. Next, is the range of motion exam to see how strong and flexible the shoulder is. This involves moving the arms in different ways, like:
  • Above the head
  • Across the body
  • Behind
  • Rotate 90 or 180 degrees
The doctor could recommend imaging tests to get a closer look:

X-rays

These can help find bone spurs, arthritis, and other bone-related causes of shoulder pain. The doctor could recommend an arthrogram. This involves using a dye to enhance the details allowing them to render more clearly.

MRI scan

Radio waves and a powerful magnet generate detailed images of the shoulder.

CT scan

This is a series of X-rays taken from various angles. When placed together, they allow for optimal views to be seen.

EMG

This measures electrical activity in the muscles to see if there are any problems with the nerves.

Arthroscopy

A surgical procedure that utilizes a tiny fiber-optic camera, allowing the doctor to see high-definition images. With certain cases, the doctor could be able to treat the problem during the procedure.  
 

Treatment

Dislocations, separations, and fractures require medical attention. Getting the shoulder back to the right position followed by a sling to hold it in place while healing and in recovery. For less serious issues, the doctor could recommend rest, heat/ice, and medicine like ibuprofen or aspirin to help with the pain and swelling. Chiropractic treatment for shoulder injury/s and pain. A Chiropractor can:
  • Relieve pain
  • Improve range of motion
  • Increase flexibility
  • Restore function to the joint
If the shoulder does not show improvement after the first steps, the doctor could recommend injecting an anti-inflammatory medication straight into the joint for the swelling and pain relief. There are times when cartilage tears, rotator cuff tears, and a frozen shoulder does not improve with rest, physical therapy, or medication. As a last resort, the doctor could recommend surgery. Any problem with the shoulder means that the treatment plan will probably include stretches and exercises to help strengthen the joint and improve the range of motion.

Prevention

Consider how often the shoulders are used at work and play. Then find ways to protect it:
  • If working at a desk, make sure the chair has proper back support and promotes proper posture.
  • Take several short breaks to move around at least once an hour.
  • If work requires heavy lifting, proper technique is essential.
  1. First face the object being lifted
  2. Keep the back straight
  3. Bend the knees using the legs for power
  • When reaching for a heavy object overhead, use a step-ladder to get a better position.
  • Ask the doctor or chiropractor about a strength and conditioning regimen for the muscles around the shoulders, to keep them strong and flexible.

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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*
Swimming Non-Impact Exercise for Back Pain, Injury, and Rehabilitation

Swimming Non-Impact Exercise for Back Pain, Injury, and Rehabilitation

Studies reveal that swimming and aquatic exercises can help in relieving back pain. Done properly it is a highly recognized form of cardio exercise as well as injury recovery and rehabilitation, especially when dealing with back pain. Other types of cardiovascular exercise/s are great and are recommended for individuals with back pain that is already being managed. This could be light walking and mild aerobics. However, those in severe pain and more than likely not in the best shape, cardio can be hard on the body. Swimming is great for all body types, those with weight issues that contribute to their back pain, those that have trouble moving, the young, elderly plus it burns calories, builds muscle, and is very refreshing.
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Swimming has been utilized as a non-impact form of exercise and is recommended for individuals in injury recovery, surgery, and for those where performing high-impact exercise/s like running would be painful and dangerous. The buoyancy or upthrust of the water counters gravity decreasing the compression on the spine. Aqua or hydrotherapy allows cardio activity without increasing or worsening pain, which is very therapeutic. Regular cardiovascular exercises/activities are beneficial for pain reduction. Figuring out and determining the right exercise/stroke for the patient’s specific ailment and length of time those exercises should be done without causing fatigue or increased pain is the objective. Strengthening the paraspinal muscles is essential to help with spinal support and reducing back pain. Utilizing the up-thrust of the water, enables patients to exercise these muscle groups more efficiently and effectively.  
 

Preparation

Wherever the swimming therapy will take place, it is vital that the individual feels comfortable at the location, in the water, knows how to swim as this puts an individual at ease, not worrying about their surroundings and able to focus completely on their therapy/rehab. If an individual is not a confident swimmer, the therapy can be done in shallow water or a rehabilitation pool and if cleared with a doctor taking swimming lessons with back pain in mind could be part of a therapy program. Once confident in the water warm-up in the shallow end or do some walking/cycling before actual swimming.

Therapeutic Strokes

Strokes for the therapeutic workout will be determined by the doctor, specialist, chiropractor, therapist, etc. These strokes are recommended to protect the spine while keeping pain at bay. Although individual cases are completely unique, and a doctor/therapist could recommend other strokes, the safest strokes found for back pain are the freestyle and the backstroke. Strokes like the butterfly or breaststroke cause a natural extension/arch in the low back, which can be quite painful. So a patient does not have to lift their heads, which could cause them to arch their backs as well, could benefit using a center snorkel.  

Regimen Frequency, Length

Like all forms of exercise, especially when dealing with back pain moderation is the way to go avoiding repetitive/overuse injuries. Soreness after the workout that goes away within a few hours is normal. But if the soreness lasts to the next day, this could the body warning the patient they are doing too much. For swimming, therapists usually recommend three days a week 20 to 30-minute workout. With activity response being used as a guide to progress or decrease the intensity or volume of the exercise. A gradual increase in activity until the patient reaches a workout regimen that fits:
  • Age
  • Condition level
  • Physical ability

Considerations

When swimming or performing any exercise/s the benefits are completely dependent on the individual and back condition. It is difficult to determine how well therapeutic swimming will work, as every individual and the condition/s they are dealing with are different. Individuals with arthritis or spinal stenosis have been shown to do well using hydrotherapy because of decreased spinal compression. Each patient might have to make certain adjustments based on their condition and the doctor’s, chiropractor, specialist’s treatment plan. For example, someone with cervical spine arthritis or stenosis could have a difficult time lifting their head to breathe. In this case, they could be instructed to swim using only the backstroke or using a customized stroke so they don’t have to lift the head. Every patient needs to try and see what works for their specific condition. What works for one patient, may not work for another. Find out if swimming could be a treatment option for your back condition. With this in mind, finding a form of aqua/swimming exercise that suits you can be achieved.  
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Treatment Options for Spinal Compression Fractures

Treatment Options for Spinal Compression Fractures

Minimally invasive surgical procedures can be used to treat spinal compression fractures. These procedures are utilized to reduce severe pain, stabilize the fracture itself, and restore lost height or shape of the broken vertebral body. These procedures are known as:
  • Balloon kyphoplasty
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Vertebral body augmentation
A vertebral compression fracture is a type of spinal fracture that can be caused by osteoporosis. This is a metabolic disease that weakens bone density and increases the risk of fracture/s in the spine, wrist, and hip. Osteopenia and osteoporosis affect millions, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. If left untreated, it can progress without an individual knowing and painlessly until the bone/s fracture. A vertebral compression fracture is more frequent than hip fractures and can lead to extended disability.  
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Vertebroplasty

Vertebroplasty is a minimally invasive treatment done through the skin for painful vertebral compression fractures. It also helps with strengthening the surrounding vertebral bodies also at risk of fracturing. Orthopedic bone cement is injected into the fractured vertebral body.

How is it performed?

Under general anesthesia, a specialized needle for bone is slowly inserted through the soft tissues of the back towards the vertebral compression fracture. The surgeon sees the position of the needle at all times through a real-time x-ray. Once reached a small amount of orthopedic bone cement, called polymethylmethacrylate, is injected into the vertebral body. Polymethylmethacrylate is a medical-grade bone cement that’ss been used for years for various orthopedic procedures. The cement can sometimes be combined with an antibiotic to reduce the risk of infection along with a powder that has barium or tantalum. This allows it to be seen on the x-ray. The cement is a thick paste that hardens quickly. The fractured body is injected on the right and left sides, the midline of the back. After a few hours, the patient is up and moving. Most go home on the same day.  
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Balloon kyphoplasty

Balloon Kyphoplasty is another newer minimally invasive surgery for vertebral compression fractures that can be associated with osteoporosis. Kyphoplasty utilizes a balloon that expands the compressed bone to help restore lost vertebral height while creating a space where bone cement is injected. Kyphoplasty stabilizes fractures, restores lost vertebral height, and reduces deformities.

How it is performed?

Balloon kyphoplasty is performed under local or general anesthesia. Using real-time x-ray two small incisions are made, and a probe is inserted into the vertebral body space. The bone is drilled and balloon/s, called a bone tamp is a pump that is inserted on each side.  
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These balloons are inflated with contrast medium so the surgeon can see on the real-time x-ray until each balloon expands to the correct height, and then are taken out. The balloon is used to create a space for the bone cement and helps expand the compressed vertebral body bone. The cement binds and stabilizes the fracture. The cement provides:
  • Strength
  • Stability
  • Hardens rapidly
  • Restores height
  • Relieves pain

Vertebral augmentation implant

A vertebral augmentation implant is different from vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. This minimally invasive procedure for middle and lower back spinal compression fractures utilizes a flexible loop spring style spinal implant. It is performed under local or general anesthesia. A real-time x-ray is used to visualize the spinal anatomy and guide the placement of the device. The implant is delivered through a small incision. Once the implant is in place, the bone cement is injected, and the implant is removed.  
 

Potential benefits include:

  • Reduction of new fractures above or below the existing fracture
  • Improves the spine’s angle
  • Reduced spinal deformity
  • Reduces bone cement leakage
  • Reduces the amount of bone cement

Benefits of all

Vertebral compression fractures and the limited abilities of traditional surgical options led to the refinement of these surgical systems. Each procedure provides options, as to how the treatment helps relieve pain, reduce and stabilize fractures, reduce spinal deformity, and stop the progressive worsening of untreated osteoporosis.

Added benefits:

  • Surgical time is minimal
  • Local or general anesthesia is all that is needed
  • Hospital stay is a day or only a few hours
  • Patients can quickly return to normal activities
  • No bracing required
A spine surgeon will explain the purpose and aims of the recommended procedure, including the benefits and risks to help make an informed decision.

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Benefits of Kinesio Taping For Everyone

Benefits of Kinesio Taping For Everyone

Kinesio taping is common for injuries, but can also be effective for non-sports related injuries/ailments. Kinesio taping is a rehabilitative therapeutic taping method that facilitates the body�s ability to heal naturally. The tape provides support, and stability for muscles, and joints without restricting motion. Plus there is added soft tissue support prolonging the tape’s effectiveness. The technique can have added benefits when combined with chiropractic. This technique is the norm among athletes nowadays but can benefit everybody. As a chiropractic physician, I use the technique for:
  • Sports injuries
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Injury Prevention
  • Pregnancy
The taping involves applying the tape over and around muscles stimulating them to send neuromuscular signals that optimize performance and helps injuries heal naturally. This is a versatile treatment that can benefit everyone.  
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Pain Relief

We all get strained, overused muscles that can cause tension and soreness. Millions suffer from neck, upper, mid, and low back pain from poor posture or sitting all day. It reduces pain by relieving the pressure on the strained or injured area. According to a study, stroke patients with shoulder pain experienced relief and reduction in shoulder pain after three weeks of Kinesio Taping intervention. Another study published in the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation had similar results for reduced pain in patients with tennis elbow. Kinesio tape therapy can improve pain symptoms while continuing to heal the specific muscle/s.

Reduce Inflammation

It also reduces pressure on the lymphatic system, which removes fluid from the tissues. Reduced pressure allows the body to drain fluids like lactic acid that can build up in an injured area. This benefit goes beyond just healing injuries. It helps reduce inflammation and swelling after surgery and with inflammatory conditions like lymphedema. Kinesio could be beneficial for individuals with chronic inflammatory conditions.  
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Overused Muscle Recovery

Taping improves blood flow, the delivery of oxygen, and nutrients to the affected area, which helps overused muscles heal quickly. This added benefit is one of the reasons taping is now used in everyday practice to treat:
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Rotator cuff impingement
  • Bursitis
  • Low back pain
  • Shin splints
  • Posture
  • Knee pain

Function

Taping helps improve overall function. This is a key factor for optimal healing. A study found elderly patients with degenerative knee arthritis tried the therapy and experienced reduced pain, stiffness, improved knee joint function, and increased overall motion. For improved function Kinesio is commonly used on the:
  • Ankles
  • Back
  • Feet
  • Knees
  • Shoulders
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Overall Benefits

  • One of the most important benefits, it comes without side effects from prescription meds.
  • It provides support without restricting the muscle�s range of motion
  • Individuals can continue to be active and not worry about overstretching the injured muscle/s, as the tape will let them know.
  • The tape can be worn 24-hours a day for several days per application.
This Kinesio taping technique is currently used by thousands of:
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Medical doctors
  • Certified athletic trainers
  • Massage therapists

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Tendon Inflammation and Chiropractic El Paso

Tendon Inflammation and Chiropractic El Paso

Tendonitis can be a painful condition that occurs when tendon/s that connect bone/s to muscle/s become damaged/injured. This can be from overuse of the particular tendon/s or using them in an improper fashion. Whatever the case, the result is inflammation, pain, and swelling. With injury/s where the tendon is stressed/strained to the point of injury, the soft tissue around the area can also be affected. More than 4 million�peoplea year in the U.S. seek some form of medical treatment for�tendonitis symptoms.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Tendon Inflammation and Chiropractic Care El Paso

Common types include:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Runner�s knee
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Pitcher�s shoulder
  • Swimmers shoulder
  • Tennis elbow

Other tendons in the body can also experience symptoms. Symptoms usually occur at the point where the tendon attaches to the bone and include:

  • Pain as a dull ache, especially when moving the limb or joint
  • Tenderness
  • Moderate swelling

Thewrist,�fingers, Achilles tendon, and ankle can all become inflamed from the condition. Primary care physicians are the ones to usually diagnose the injury. Once there is a definitive diagnosis, a non-surgical non-invasive treatment plan is the first recommended option. If these do not work then surgical procedures could be discussed. Chiropractic care is a first-line option that many physicians recommend.

 

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Proper Rehabilitation Makes a Difference

This is usually from improper or incomplete healing.�Many individuals resume normal activities/chores as soon as the pain goes away. This is a mistake, as this is the time when continued care for the injury needs to be observed to heal completely. For this reason, tendonitis tends to recur. This inflames the area of the original injury which can then become aggravated, causing more pain. But more importantly, this aggravation can lead to a re-injury in the same area, which can be more severe the second time around. Chiropractic can help the tendon heal completely and help prevent re-injury to the area.

Chiropractic

Tendonitis symptoms can resemble other conditions, therefore the first step is confirmation. A doctor may use X-rays, MRIs, or CAT scans to make a positive diagnosis. A chiropractor will work with the patient in developing a treatment plan that is effective, and customized to the patient�s needs. The core of the treatment is focused on the root cause of the problem, and not just alleviating the symptoms.

With severe inflammation, a chiropractor will utilize inflammation reducing techniques like bracing, rest, ice, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, low-level laser therapy, massage, and physical therapy. The focus is to loosen the tendon/s to reduce inflammation so that the treatment can continue to the next phase. Once the inflammation is under control, a chiropractor might start:

  • Massage
  • Physical therapy
  • Joint manipulation
  • Strength exercises

If the individual has limited joint mobility then joint manipulation and adjustments could be the best option.

 

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Treatment Plan

Initial pain often subsides or even disappears after the first two to three weeks. This does not mean that the injury is fully healed. Many patients mistakenly believe that once the pain is gone the condition is gone. This is not true. Inflammation could decrease over the first three weeks, however, complete healing takes around six weeks and longer.� Scar tissue forms during this time which is how the body repairs the injury.

Once the injury is repaired the scar tissue has to be broken down so the area can regain mobility and flexibility. A chiropractor will use specialized techniques to break down the scar tissue. This could alsoinclude massage and ultrasound to help in the process.Mild stretching exercises could also be incorporated into the plan. As the tissues heal fully then a therapeutic exercise regiment can continue in the aid in breaking down the scar tissue further. These exercises will work the muscles but do not involve the tendons.

Better Health

Tendon inflammation can be healed completely and chiropractic care can help in achieving this. Chiropractic medicine takes the entire body approach, which means that everything is connected in some way. So if there is a form of pain in one place, it does not mean that that spot is where the source of the pain is coming from. It could be somewhere completely different, and so the chiropractor is going to work both areas and possibly others to alleviate the cause and not just alleviate the symptoms. Chiropractic medicine also includes diet, supplemental help, and lifestyle choices that can help the healing process and overall health. Once treatment is complete the individual can typically return to normal activities without the risk of re-injury and re-inflammation.


 

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Kinesio Taping and Chiropractic El Paso, Texas

Kinesio Taping and Chiropractic El Paso, Texas

Kinesio taping method is a therapeutic technique that offers an approach of supporting the individual and rehabilitating the condition or affected area. Kinesio tape can stimulate or relax muscles, depending on the technique and type of tension that is put on the body. It raises the skin in microscopic increments that aid in lymphatic drainage.

It decreases inflammation and swelling reducing pressure in the area, allowing the blood and lymphatic fluid to flow naturally and more effectively in and out of the affected area.

Kinesio Tape:

This helps the body return to homeostasis. It can be applied in a variety of different configurations, but usually, applications are single:

  • I
  • Y
  • X

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Kinesio Taping

There are unique taping shapes specialized to address certain areas of the body and conditions.�Providing stability and support for the body�s joints and muscles, it does not restrict the body’s range of motion. The techniques are designed to address soft tissue injury/s by manipulating the area and promoting natural healing, alleviating pain, reducing swelling, and providing all-around relief.

 

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Kinesio Taping can Treat

A variety of conditions benefit from Kinesio taping. Chiropractors and physical therapists use it for:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Back strain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Herniated disc
  • Lower back strain
  • Patella tracking
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Pregnancy
  • Pre-surgery edema
  • Post-surgery edema
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Tennis elbow
  • Whiplash

Athletes use it for additional support and injury prevention.

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Taping and Chiropractic

The tape uses the body�s own natural healing process with many individuals finding it, as the preferred treatment for many conditions. When combined with chiropractic care, Kinesio Taping is highly effective. A chiropractor may use a variety of techniques, depending on the condition or injury.

They can use spinal manipulation, physical therapy, massage, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, heat, and ice, combining them with recommendations for lifestyle and diet modifications. As aforementioned it encourages the body to heal itself, thus eliminating the need for medication/s� their undesired and invasive surgery. Kinesio Taping is safe, natural, and a perfect complement to chiropractic treatment.


 

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