Conditions Treated by Chiropractic
Chiropractic care is effective for a wide variety of conditions. The following is a partial list of some of the most common. If you do not see your specific condition listed, we encourage you to give us a call at 404-325-0080 so we can personally address your particular concerns.
Allergies are often treated with chiropractic care. Many allergic and asthmatic reactions are caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system and/or respiratory system. Researchers have found that the immune and respiratory systems depend on normal communication from the brain and spinal cord to control and coordinate their functions. Come in and visit our office and we can perform an examination and determine if your allergic reactions could be helped by chiropractic care.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
CTS has become one of the most widespread occupational health problems we face today. It affects millions of people a year, and with our growing reliance on computers there seems to be no end in sight. There are a number of different ways to treat this condition. In most cases, a chiropractic adjustment to the affected area is an extremely effective solution. In some cases, a misalignment in either the back or neck can cause this condition, and chiropractic manipulation of the neck and/or spine can also serve as an effective treatment option.
Discs are the cartilage pads that separate and cushion and help connect the vertebrae that make up your spinal column. They serve as shock absorbers between each of the vertebrae and are constantly subjected to the pull of gravity and the torque from everyday movement. Disc problems can be the result of genetics, the normal “wear and tear” of aging, and injury.
Disc function is greatly affected by the alignment of the spine. A structural imbalance can force a disc to bulge, protrude, or herniate, which then can result in contact with the nerves and cause pain.
This is a very common back problem which we can effectively treat by realigning the vertebrae and returning the spine to its normal range of motion. We incorporate physical therapy as well as strengthening exercises for the abdominal and back muscles because core stabilization is essential for prevention of subsequent disc problems.
Headaches are common in our fast-paced, pressure-filled lives. There are many causes of headaches, including physical trauma, emotional stress, nutritional deficiencies, or chemical toxins. During your initial consultation, we can determine if chiropractic health care is the best alternative for treating your chronic headaches. A combination of chiropractic adjustments and nutritional and lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches.
Joint dysfunction is the most often treated condition in chiropractic offices and we are specially trained to treat joint disorders. Joint or articular problems are caused by osteoarthitis (degenerative joint disease), sprains, intervertebral disc problems and other causes. Joints that are aligned improperly or are impaired will begin to degenerate rapidly if not attended to promptly and properly. Chiropractic care is highly effective in treating joint dysfunction.
Neurological conditions such as headaches, inflammation of any part of a nerve and inflammation of a nerve root are the most commonly treated neurological cases in the chiropractic profession. Loss of equilibrium/vertigo is also a condition sometimes treated by our office. Because neurological problems can be extremely serious and even life-threatening, these situations often call for a referral or co-management with other health-care professionals.
Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of the cartilage and bones of joints caused by “wear-and-tear” processes. It is often associated with degenerative changes in the disc and results in friction between adjacent vertebrae. The friction causes a strain as well as a loss of motion in the facets (gliding joints) of the spine. If these joints are exposed to continued trauma such as strenuous exercise, weakened muscles, and the inevitable factors of aging and heredity, the results can be severe low-back and/or leg pain. If you’re suffering from osteoarthritis, your spine is usually less flexible; therefore it becomes more vulnerable to injury.
Whiplash is the common name given to the injury where there is a hyperextention (increased backward motion) and hyperflexion (increased forward motion) of the neck. More simply put, the head is dramatically thrust forward and backward. Car accidents and falls can cause whiplash injuries.
Symptoms of whiplash include headaches, visual disturbance, stiffness of the neck, restriction of movement and shoulder, neck or arm pain. These symptoms may or may not be felt immediately. It is estimated that most whiplash injuries are not felt for several hours, days and in some cases even months following the accident.
We can assist in your recovery by correctly adjusting your neck and/or spine so it has the chance to heal properly. In addition, we can recommend physical therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises to put you back on the road to good health.