Covid-19 has impacted everyone in so many ways. There is a possible connection between Covid-19 and a rare spinal disorder known as transverse myelitis. There have been three known cases of acute transverse myelitis brought on from covid-19. Although these case reports are not enough to prove that covid is the cause for transverse myelitis, researchers are delving into the possibility of a connection between the virus and this spinal condition.
Transverse myelitis causes inflammation of the spinal cord. It can be caused by
Myelin is the layer that forms around nerve cell axons or the wiring of the nervous system and insulates them. It consists of protein, fatty substances, and acts as a defensive sheath that allows electrical impulses to transmit properly. The insulation properties are essential for:
Proper motor function
Without the insulation, the electrical impulses traveling through the spinal cord dissipate or weaken. The messages don’t reach the nerves and can lead to:
The most common disorder that destroys the myelin known as demyelination is multiple sclerosis. Transverse myelitis can affect individuals of:
There are treatments, but there is no cure. Treatments consist of corticosteroids and other therapies to suppress the immune system. However, their focus is on preventing and minimizing permanent neurological damage.
Recognizing and Identifying
Symptoms of transverse myelitis can include:
Pain that usually starts in the lower back and causes shooting pain/sensations down the legs, arm, and torso
Leg/s and arm/s weakness
Sensory changes in the legs, torso, and genital area
Bladder and Bowel dysfunction
Loss of appetite
Depending on the segment of the spine where the damage is occurring will determine which parts of the body are affected. Diagnosis begins with a thorough medical evaluation. A doctor will utilize various methods. A thorough neurological exam will be performed to rule out any issues that require emergency intervention. If a doctor suspects transverse myelitis they will order diagnostic tests like:
Magnetic resonance imaging or an MRI
As previously stated, there is no cure for transverse myelitis, and treatment focuses on managing complications. Treatments can include:
The hard facts are that while most people with transverse myelitis have at least a partial recovery, for some, however, recovery can continue for up to two years and longer. A combination of medications, chiropractic, and physical therapy can help improve physical symptoms.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is working to understand the process, as to how the immune system destroys or attacks myelin. Hopefully, this will lead to answers, improved treatment, and prevention. It is well-documented that Multiple sclerosis, bacterial infections, and other viruses can cause transverse myelitis, research must continue to see if there is a connection to covid-19.
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Chakraborty, Uddalak et al. �COVID-19-associated acute transverse myelitis: a rare entity.��BMJ case reports�vol. 13,8 e238668. 25 Aug. 2020, doi:10.1136/bcr-2020-238668
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 neuritiscan 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.
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:
Information will be collected on an individual’s:
Recent illnesses or injuries
How and when symptoms began
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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
Recognizing and understanding common and not so common�neck and low back�spinal Stenosis symptoms can help in getting an early diagnosis and beginning a preventative treatment plan. Symptoms develop when the spinal canal begins to narrow. The nerve roots become compressed/pinched causing:
The low back and neck are commonly affected by this age-related and progressivedisorder. Symptoms can inhibit the ability to move without discomfort, pain, and neurological issues like tingling sensations and numbness that spreads out or radiates into other parts of the body.
Low Back Spinal Stenosis Symptoms
The most common symptom of spinal Stenosis is�pain in the:
Back of the thigh that gets worse when standing and walking
These symptoms are called neurogenic claudication. Some individuals with low back spinal stenosis experience symptoms only when standing or moving/walking around. Discomfort usually eases up when bent forward and goes away when the individual sits down. Example: Grocery shopping feels a lot better when leaning forward on the handle of the cart, with pain reduced. This is common for people with spinal stenosis in the low back. Pain that goes away and reduces when bending forward, sitting down, or lying down is common of low back spinal Stenosis.
Understanding that claudication is not neurogenic or pseudo claudication is important. The symptoms of claudication are similar to pseudo claudication, however, the cause is different. Claudication is caused by the blood not circulating properly in the leg muscles. Other symptoms are low back pain and low back spreading pain or radiculopathy.
Better known as sciatica, lumbar radiculopathy involves:
Tingling/numbing sensations that travel down from the low back into the buttock/s and leg/s.
Some individuals experience pain in both legs, with one leg having worse pain than the other.
There can be severe cases of lumbar spinal Stenosis where the nerves that control the bladder or bowel can get compressed, leading to partial or complete incontinence. If there are problems controlling the bladder or bowel seek immediate medical attention.
Neck Spinal Stenosis Symptoms
Spinal Stenosis symptomsin the neck can cause cervical radiculopathy. This can include pain along with:
These symptoms may radiate downward from your neck into one or both shoulders, arms, and/or hands. The pain caused by cervical spinal Stenosis has been described as:
The intensity can go from mild to severe along with other symptoms that include:
Balance issues with a higher risk of falling
Fine Motor skills like writing, buttoning up a shirt/blouse, computer keyboarding skills can become affected
With severe cervical spinal stenosis, symptoms can be associated with cervical myelopathy. Cervical myelopathy happens when the spinal canal narrows so much that it compresses the spinal cord in the neck. Pinched nerves in the neck can affect the shoulders, arms, and hands. Myelopathy can affect both the arms and legs.
Symptoms of cervical myelopathy can include:
Bowel and Bladder problems
Symptoms Don’t Always Present
Imaging studies like MRI and CT scans can detect a spinal disorder from an individual that has no symptoms. This is why imaging tests are performed to confirm a diagnosis. This is supported by results from the physical/ neurological exams, medical history, and symptoms.
Those who have undergone an x-ray or other imaging test for a non-spinal related issue could have discovered they have spondylosis, osteophytes, and a herniated disc. However, they never knew it because they showed no symptoms. Spinal Stenosis of the spine is usually an age-related and gradual process of physical change. It can take time for symptoms to show themselves. If you have neck or low back pain symptoms that are becoming worse, speak with your doctor.
Burning, numbness, tingling, and pain can be felt in the back, lower back,� legs, and into the feet. A lot of times these symptoms spread out/radiate from one part of the body into another area.�Sciatica is an example of pain that radiates into an extremity, in this case, the back of the leg. Nerves originate from the spine and are divided/separated into sensory and motor nerves. The sensory nerve/s give the sensation to the skin known as dermatomes. Dermatomal patterns act as a map on the body.
Example: Dermatomes on the torso of the body react to the thoracic spinal nerve roots, the arms react to the cervical spine nerve roots, and the legs react to the lumbar spinal nerve roots.
Dermatome Location – Corresponding Spine Level
Shoulders – C4, C5
Inner/Outer Forearms – C6, and T1
Thumbs and Little Fingers – C6, C7, C8
Front of Thighs – L2
Middle, Sides of Both Calves – L4, L5
Little Toes – S1
A physician might use a piece of cotton, a swab, pin, or paperclip to test the symmetrical feelings in the arms and legs. Abnormal responses could be a sign of a nerve root problem.
Most individuals have experienced a physician tapping the knees with a rubber hammer. The normal response is a kick. This is a reflex, which is an involuntary muscular response generated by the hammer tapping the tendon. When the reflex responses do not present, this could mean that the spinal cord, nerve root, peripheral nerve, or muscle has been injured/damaged in some way. Absent reflexes are also clues to other conditions/injuries. An abnormal reflex response could also be caused by a disruption of the sensory (feeling) or motor (movement) nerves and sometimes both. Determining where the neural problem might be, a physician will test reflexes in various parts of the body.
Muscle strength and tone measurements are another way to diagnose nerve deficits. Depending on the symptoms/condition/injury/s there are different ways to evaluate muscle strength:
Stepping on a stool
Standing on the heels
Standing on the toes
Hopping in place
Performing knee bends
Gripping an item in each hand
Muscle strength is graded and recorded in the patient�s chart.
A physician will test the body’s muscle tone by passively flexing and extending the arms and legs. Normal muscle tone will respond with a slight resistance to passive motion. Other movements test for proximal (trunk/torso) and distal (distant) weakness. Muscle symmetry is also taken into account.
If necessary a spine specialist might order neurological studies like a Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) or Electromyogram (EMG), to measure nerve performance.
MRI and/or CT scans of the spine can be ordered to help the spine specialist/chiropractor make a correct diagnosis, as well as help in creating a plan of treatment.
A neurological exam, along with a mechanical examination consisting of movement of the arms, legs, and torso, can significantly help doctors in making the correct diagnosis. Examination results are then correlated with the patient�s history, illness, and diagnostic studies. Once the diagnosis is made an appropriate treatment plan is discussed. This will begin with non-surgical strategies but if those fail, then surgical intervention could be considered.
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.
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.
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
Pain from moving
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Approximately 8 out of 10 people will experience sciatica or a sharp electrical surge that painfully runs through the back down to the foot. It can then lead to having numbness in different areas of the back, leg, and foot. Here are two such cases that describe their back pain and their inability to engage in activities. �
Truide discusses how her pregnancy caused her back pain.
These patients utilized chiropractic care with Dr. Alex Jimenez, DC and are now back on their feet, pain-free and ready to get on with their lives. The El Paso Back Clinic is the place to go for sciatica back pain relief.
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After pulling out a tree root Muntathar experienced excruciating pain which forced him into a extreme hunched position. If he tried to stand up he would get terrible pain and numbness all down his leg. Despite being to emergency 9 times, he had found no help in the medical world. So as a last resort he decided to travel from America to Australia to see Dr. Ian. Watch as after 2 weeks of specific Gonstead Chiropractic care, Mun stands straight and tall once more and gets his life back. We hope you enjoy this very special case.
The video�(see at bottom of post) was posted on Reddit by user Duggerdean with the comment: �I used to be a skeptic about chiropractic care until I started watching this channel. His latest video is so amazing.�
The video they refer to is that of Dr Ian Watch, who practices at Gonstead Chiropractic in Victoria, Australia � and his teenage patient�Muntathar Altaii from the US.
Despite going to A&E nine times, he says no one was able to help him.
Dr Ian X-rays Mun�s back and sees one of the joints isn�t functioning properly. The measurements are also quite a long way out which suggests the sacrum (the large triangular bone at the base of the spine) has rotated.
Mun Also Has No Feeling In His Right Leg
Dr Ian makes what he calls �a very small correction� at the first appointment. After just 10 minutes, he�s already got a small amount of feeling back in his leg.
Mun then confesses he hopes to be better by his graduation � on June 17. No pressure.
Mun Reports He�s Slept Well For The First Time In Three Months
Dr Ian identifies a huge amount of upper cervical nerve pressure in his neck. His head sits higher on one side than the other. So, Dr Ian makes another �adjustment�.
Mun has a lot more movement. He can move his leg easily, whereas before he would have to pick it up even to walk.
After further manipulation of Mun�s spine (with assistance to keep it stable), Mun tells Dr Ian how desperate he�d become after his injury. �At first I didn�t want to even live anymore,� he says, �because I couldn�t walk anywhere.�
‘Now he just walks like he�s been playing too much X-Box� jokes Dr Ian.
For The First Time, Mun�s Taller Than The Doctor
Transformation In Just 10 Days Is Pretty Incredible
Photo Mun Sent Back To His Family That Night
Before & After
Mun�s High School Graduation Picture � He Got His Wish Last Week
Now Mun Wants To Be A Chiropractor When He�s Older, Of Course!
Numbness in any portion of the hand or in specific fingers, followed by a tingling sensation and sharp pain traveling through the hands can occur as a result of various underlying conditions. Many people report symptoms suggesting the development of carpal tunnel syndrome but, although diagnosis might indicate the cause for the condition, sometimes a diagnosis could point to the incorrect root of the problem.
The median nerve and various other tendons travel from the forearm to the hand through a small indentation in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel. The role of the median nerve is to provide movement and feeling in the thumb and first three fingers, excluding the smallest finger in the hand. When an individual begins experiencing the associated symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, such as tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the fingers or hand, these could be the result to an impingement of the median nerve at the carpal tunnel, generally caused by irritation on the nerves of the wrist.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Although many people could experience numbness in their fingers, the compression could be occurring at another region within the body. Regardless of the cause of your symptoms, if you�re experienced numbness in the hands and fingers, you should consider seeking chiropractic care.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by an impingement of the median nerve found at the wrist, usually causing symptoms of hand and finger numbness, tingling sensations, weakness, and pain. But, occasionally, the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by complications to the spine, generally the cervical spine. For more information on the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.
Women often seek out chiropractic care during their pregnancies. One of the main reasons for this is that if they are having musculoskeletal pain, their Obstetrician or Midwife generally has very limited options for conventional medical treatment. They are less likely to prescribe medication, which presents an amazing opportunity for us as chiropractors. What initially began as a strange combination of a sports certification and a prenatal/pediatric certification has created a successful and in-demand niche for us. For the most part, I cannot imagine treating prenatal patients without having the sports background. First, most women at some point in their lives have been or currently are an athlete. And second, one of the most common complaints women have during pregnancy is myofascial pain, and who better to treat that than a sports chiropractor? Here are 5 common and easy-to-treat complaints during pregnancy:
One: Pubic Bone Pain
This pain is very common during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. Women will often describe it as exquisitely tender, worse with rolling over in bed at night, walking or climbing stairs. Conventional medical opinion is that the ligaments during pregnancy are much more relaxed (due to the hormone, relaxin) causing separation of the pubic symphysis and thus inflammation and pain. Sports chiropractors are uniquely qualified to assess this joint, and the common causes of pain can include:
1. Adductor hypertonicity easily addressed with myofascial release or techniques such as Graston, which can be done over leggings or on skin.
2. SI Joint fixation or Pubic Symphysis fixation. While I am generally a diversified adjuster, an activator adjustment to the superior or more-tender pubic rami will go a long way in terms of providing relief. I strongly discourage any audible manipulation of the pubic symphysis.
3.�Kinesiology taping�of a �RockTape Baby Belt� or modified version of this can provide significant relief and is much more comfortable than a pelvic support belt.
4. Using an ice pack for 15 minutes prior to going to bed at night will decrease pain and inflammation while sleeping.
Two: Rib Pain
Rib pain, especially in the lower and floating ribs, is common as the weight of the abdomen is pulling on the oblique abdominal muscles and their attachments at the ribs. Adjusting the ribs at the thoracic spine and incorporating myofascial release or Graston Technique will work quickly (often in just 1 treatment). Finish up with a few strips of kinesiology tape and your patient will feel significantly better.
Three: Upper Abdominal Numbness
Upper abdominal numbness is a common symptom during the later stage of pregnancy. It often presents as numbness but can also be painful and worse with sitting. One of the easiest ways to provide relief is with one simple strip of kinesiology tape over the top of the abdomen directly under the rib cage.
Four: Swelling in the arms and legs
Swelling in the arms and legs is very common and can lead to numbness, tingling or pain. Before beginning treatment, be sure to assess if the swelling in the feet is significant and test for pitting edema which can be a warning sign of preeclampsia. This can be corroborated with a high blood pressure reading and is very dangerous. Two very effective sports techniques for use with lower extremity swelling include 1.�NormaTec PULSE Recovery System�which is not contraindicated in pregnancy. Patients can do a few 20-30 minutes sessions per week to promote circulation and decrease swelling. 2. Kinesiology taping for edema on the ankles.
Five: Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain in pregnancy is very common. Evaluating a pregnant patient prone is very easy if you have pregnancy cushion that sits on top of your table. If you do not, you can evaluate the lower back in the seated or side lying position. Lower back pain can generally be addressed with diversified adjustments (without any rotation as to not stress the abdomen). In addition, the Webster Technique for pregnancy is a valuable tool for assessing and treating lower back pain during all stages of pregnancy. There are also valuable kinesiology tape applications for lower back pain,�RockTape features a pregnancy taping pdf online. In addition, there are no contraindications to using the Graston Technique to address myofascial pain in the lower back.�
Most of the taping techniques discussed above can be done by patients themselves after a one-time demonstration. Have an assistant or patient�s family member take a video of the application for reference at home. Many sports chiropractic techniques can be used very effectively on prenatal patients.
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