Neck Pain – Neck pain can be caused by many reasons. Some common ones are sprain/strain of the neck, which can be caused by trauma like whiplash from a car accident and subluxation, which occurs when the bones of the cervical spine are misaligned. Neck pain can also be caused by disc herniation that can lead to nerve compression. Some other causes of neck pain can be easy to treat like muscle spasm to more complicated like cervical disc degeneration. There can be more symptoms to these conditions than just pain in the neck. Pain can radiate down to the shoulders, arms, and hands or up the head and cause headaches for the patient. Treatment plans can last from several visits to several months depending on how serious the condition is.
Back Pain – Back pain can occur anywhere from the upper back down to the middle and lower back. Pain can radiate down to buttocks, legs, and/or feet. Several common causes of back pain include lumbar sprain/strain, lumbar facet syndrome, spondylolisthesis, disc herniation, scoliosis, postural syndrome and piriformis syndrome. Some of these conditions present with very similar symptoms, therefore, a thorough examination should be performed to differentiate and correctly diagnosis the right condition for optimal treatment.
Shoulder Pain – Shoulder pain can be caused by sprain/strain of muscles, tendons, and ligaments, tendinitis, and bursitis. The shoulder has many muscles that protect and aid in range of motion including the rotator cuff muscles. The rotator cuff consists of the Teres Minor, Infraspinatus, Supraspinatus, and Subscapularis muscles. These muscles help the shoulder flex forward, extend backwards, abduct, adduct, internally rotate, and externally rotate. Any of these muscles can be torn causing major pain and limited range of motion to the patient. One of the main conditions that involves the rotator cuff muscles is adhesive capsulitis. Adhesive capsulitis is also known as frozen shoulder syndrome due to the nature of the restricted motions that occurs. It mostly occurs on the nondominant arm but can occur on either side. Therapy would include techniques that help strengthen the muscles along with decreasing tightness and inflammation.
Knee Pain – Most conditions of the knee include trauma-related injuries, arthritis, or degeneration. Trauma-related injuries can cause the menisci or ligaments that protect the knee to tear. When ligament or meniscus is completely torn or knee joints are greatly diminished, most patients will need to be referred to an orthopedic doctor for a consultation. When ligaments are minimally torn or arthritis and degeneration are just beginning, therapy can still be performed to successfully treat the patient. However, not all knee pain comes from serious causes. At times, the symptoms stem from only muscle tightness; therefore, stretching and muscle work is all that is necessary to treat the patient. The cause will be determined after a thorough examination is performed.
Wrist Pain – Several common conditions involving the wrist include sprain/strain, fracture, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Wrist pain is usually caused by trauma like breaking a fall, repetitive use, which might be related to work, or autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. One of the most common disorders caused by repetitive use and poor ergonomics is carpal tunnel syndrome. Through these causes, pressure builds up inside the carpal tunnel (located on the palmar side of the wrist between the skin and carpal bones) therefore obstructing the median nerve and artery inside the tunnel. Carpal tunnel syndrome can usually be treated conservatively but severe cases might warrant a surgical procedure called "Carpal Tunnel Release" where the pressure of the carpal tunnel is relieved.
Elbow Pain – Some common causes of elbow pain are sprain/strain of the surrounding muscles and ligaments, tendinitis, and bursitis. Many patients who present to Active ChiroCare have pain caused by lateral epicondylitis (also known as Tennis Elbow) or medial epicondylitis (also known as Golfer's Elbow). With these conditions, the tendons that connect the wrist flexors and extensors are inflamed and tender. This causes the patient to have discomfort when performing ranges of motion including grasping something heavy, picking up a bag, flexing and extending the wrist and twisting the forearm.
Ankle/Foot Pain – Ankle sprain/strain is the most common injury of the ankle. An ankle sprain can be an inversion sprain, where the foot turns inward, or an eversion sprain, which is when the foot turns outward. Inversion sprains are more common due to the flexibility of the outer portion of the ankle. If the ligaments are not completely torn at the time of injury, ankle sprains can heal in a couple of weeks to a little over one month. Ankle pain can also be caused by Achilles tendinitis, a condition where the Achilles tendon is inflamed and painful due to overuse, mostly with runners. Stretching and several therapies will help with inflammation, tightness, and pain. For the foot, there is one main condition that occurs called plantar fasciitis. Along the bottom (plantar surface) of the foot is a tendon that runs lengthwise from the heel to the toes that gets strained or torn and inflamed with activity or caused by the different shapes of the foot. Even though it is also called "heel spur syndrome" a bone spur does not always form at the bottom of the calcaneus bone. Most people with plantar fasciitis feel the most pain when they take their first steps after waking up in the morning. After walking a little and the plantar fascia has warmed up, the pain on the sole of the foot will subside.
Hip Pain – Hip pain can be caused by sprain/strain, arthritis, and dislocation. The hip joint is similar to the shoulder joint but has stronger ligaments and lays in a deeper socket therefore is more stable than the shoulder. It is not common to injure the hip joint but patients with weak hips or osteoporosis can injure themselves more easily by spraining or straining the muscles and ligaments. Older people with osteoporosis should be careful when getting in and out of the shower or walking on slippery floors because a fall can cause the femoral head to fracture and can be fatal for the patients
Auto Accidents – When an automobile accident occurs, the body's natural reaction is to tighten up all the muscles and protect everything that's inside. The downside to this is that the quick snapping motion that the body moves through can cause injuries to the same muscles and ligaments that tried to protect us. Depending on the severity of the impact, injuries can range from minor to severe, warranting a trip to the emergency room. Some of the most common injuries caused by a car accident are whiplash and back pain. Whiplash occurs mostly when the vehicle gets hit from the rear causing the neck to go through hyperflexion and hyperextension. This can cause major injuries to the ligaments that protect the cervical spine. Back pain occurs because of the positioning of the feet at the pedals and just the natural tensing of the back when impact occurs. Other than sprain/strain injuries, the discs of the spine can herniated after an accident occurs. When this happens, longer treatment periods are necessary. For more information on what to do after an accident, please contact our office at 713-777-8898.
The following are services we provide in our office. Every patient that walks into our clinic will have a chiropractic examination performed by a doctor of chiropractic. Everything else will be based on what the doctor deems is medically necessary after the examination.
The following are a list of conditions and areas of the body that are treated by the doctors at Vu's Chiropratic. For more detailed descriptions of each condition, please scroll further down the page.
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