Chiropractic and Disc

Chiropractic Care and Back Pain: Non-invasive Treatment for Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs

Discs give the spine motion; we are constantly using our discs. Move your back from side to side, you can visualize the give and take of the discs between the vertebrae. Without these discs, your spine couldn’t function and move. Intervertebral discs don’t really "slip", although the phrase "slipped disc" has come into popular usage to refer to bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs. Your discs are made up of the annulus fibrosus (the tough outer layer) and the nucleus pulposus (which contains a soft, gelatin-like center. When cracks occur in the outer layer of the disc, the material inside of the disc can begin to push out. Numerous factors can cause a disc to herniate. For example, there may be too much stress on the disc due to poor posture, repetitive motions, too much sitting, or an injury. In fact, a herniated disc can be caused by a combination of factors or a physical injury. For many people with back pain caused by a herniated disc the problem starts off small and then gradually builds until you start to feel symptoms, such as back pain.

Chiropractic Care and Herniated Disc

Chiropractor care can help address back pain and other herniated disc symptoms. At your appointment, we will go through your medical history, do a physical exam, and perform orthopedic and neurological tests. In addition, if we find that you have advanced loss of strength, sensation, reflexes, and other unusual neurological findings, then you will be referred to a spine surgeon. However, most intervertebral disc injuries are related to a herniated disc, and can be treated effectively with chiropractic care.

Treatment for a herniated disc may include spinal manipulation, and other chiropractic techniques to help ease your herniated disc symptoms. This will be an individualized treatment plan, but it may include manual therapy and therapeutic exercises.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Did You Know…

Did You Know…

The human head is one-quarter of our total length at birth but only one-eighth of our total length by the

time we reach adulthood.

Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.

In a lifetime, the average person produces about 25,000 quarts of saliva.

The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Surgery

"Reduced odds of surgery were observed for…those whose first provider was a chiropractor. 42.7% of workers [with back injuries] who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw a chiropractor."


Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Headaches

How Does Chiropractic Work For Headaches?

Headaches are one of the most common complaints that we see at our office. Although there are many causes of headaches we have found that many different types of headaches originate from mechanical problems in the neck. Some headaches such as migraine and cluster headaches are related to vascular problems. These often include nausea and/or vomiting and can be quite disabling and require rest in a dark, quiet place sometimes for a half or a whole day. Other headaches can be categorized as "tension" headaches. These usually result from tightness in the muscles in the neck and upper back caused from stress, work, lack of sleep, sinusitis, trauma such as whiplash, and others. Pain can be felt in the upper neck or the back of the head as well as in the frontal, sinus region, top or sides of the head. It can vary from a throbbing pain to an ache to just a constant pain.

What most people don’t realize is that mechanical dysfunction of the vertebrae of the neck will cause increased muscle tension as well as irritate the delicate nerves that control blood flow into the head. Improving the movement or alignment of the bones in the neck can relieve the pressure and irritation that results in headaches. How do we get misalignments or dysfunction in the joints of the neck? This can be due to trauma such as falls or car accidents. Repetitive stress such as hours of work on a computer, poor posture or stress can also take a toll over time. In many patients it is a combination of activities that took place often years before which has led to chronic and recurring headaches. The examination evaluates these issues as well as attempts to rule out other more serious causes, which can occur but are more rare.

A thorough evaluation will be performed so headache patients can be properly managed. Treatment approaches include: adjustments, soft tissue therapy (trigger point stimulation, myofascial work), posture correction exercises and other exercises, education about job modifications, co-management with other health care providers, if medication or injection therapy is needed.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Halloween

Halloween Reminders

MASKS can interfere with vision and breathing,

Use makeup or face paint instead.

COSTUMES should be highly visible at night,

Pick white or bright colors of flame retardant material and mark

with reflective tape.

TREATS should be checked thoroughly before they are eaten.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Sciatica

Sciatica

Sciatica is an inflammation of the sciatic nerve, the longest nerve in the body. It runs from the lower spine, through the buttocks, and down the leg into the foot. When the sciatic nerve is inflamed it can cause numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in your lower back and/or leg. Generally sciatica is caused by:

Inflamed Joint: If a bone (vertebra) in your lower back is not moving properly or is out of position, the joint can become inflamed and irritate

the sciatic nerve.

Bulging Disc: If one of the cushions (discs) between your vertebrae is

bulging, it can irritate the nerve and cause pain and discomfort.

Muscle Spasm: If a muscle in your lower back or buttocks is tightened or spasmed, it can irritate or put pressure on the sciatic nerve.

All three of these conditions are effectively treated in our office with a combination of manipulation, therapy and functional restoration exercises.

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724

Did You Know …

Did You Know ….

Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system.

The benefits of exercise are more than just for weight management. Exercise also

combats stress, promotes better sleep and activates the immune system.

Touch stimulates the release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers). There are

approximately 5 million touch receptors in our skin—3,000 in each finger tip.

Research has shown that when people exercise by walking, they walk 30% longer if they walk to music

Fairport Chiropractic1157 Fairport Road
Fairport, NY 14450
585-381-7724