Common Conditions Treated at Mt. Lookout Chiropractic & Sports Injury Center
Posture related neck pain (aka Upper Crossed Syndrome)
This syndrome typically occurs with prolonged sitting, causing continued postural stress. Some common activities that cause postural stress are sitting at your computer, speaking on your cell phone, texting, or riding in your car. This postural stress causes a weakness in your back which results in compensation in your neck/cervical spine. This results in dysfunction or overworked neck muscles that are weak and often tight, which causes pain and stiffness and, in some cases, headaches.
Headaches and neck pain
Headaches are a common result of dysfunction in your neck or cervical spine. There are many different types and causes of headaches. Two of the most common are tension and migraine headaches. The dysfunction in your neck can cause tightness in the neck and upper back muscles and joints; this is called a cervicogenic headache, and chiropractic care is effective in these cases.
Some other common causes of headaches include allergies, stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, hormonal imbalances, chronic poor posture, food sensitivities, caffeine sensitivity, dehydration, and poor sleep patterns. Our thorough case history, orthopedic and neurological examination will help uncover the cause and the best treatment for your headaches.
Neck strains and sprains
Neck strains and sprains are two terms that often interchanged. Strains refer to an injury or stress to your muscles and tendons. A sprain refers to an injury or stress to your ligaments. Often, they occur simultaneously. Some common causes of a strain/sprain injury in the neck are sports injuries, auto accidents, work trauma or repetitive work, and prolonged postural stress.
After a thorough history and examination, our treatment options include gentle joint adjustments, myofascial release, traction or other therapeutic modalities, rehab exercises, and nutritional advice.
Disc Herniation/Radiculopathy/Pinched Nerves
A disc herniation, radiculopathy, or a pinched nerve often causes significant, severe pain. This pain is caused by inflammation of the nerve root from a bulging or herniated disc.
Your discs are pads between the vertebrae/bones of your spinal column. These discs can bulge or herniate and lead to an inflamed/pinched nerve, causing referred pain around the shoulder blade or down your arm; sometimes with pain, weakness, or paresthesia /tingling /numbness. Treatment is designed to reduce your pain/inflammation/pinching with gentle adjustments, myofascial release, cervical traction, and other pain-reducing therapies such as electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, anti-inflammatory nutrition, and eventually strengthening rehab exercises.
We work to minimize the need for medications or injections and to avoid surgery whenever possible.
Degenerative Joint Disease/Arthritis
Degenerative Joint Disease is another name for arthritis. Almost everyone develops arthritis as we age, however, there are things that can speed up the development of arthritis, making us more vulnerable to joint pain.
Some factors that accelerate degeneration/arthritis are trauma, overuse injuries, sports injuries, lack of exercise, chronic inflammation, genetic predisposition, poor diet, excess weight, and prolonged postural stress.
Degenerative arthritic joints have less padding than normal joints, so these joints tend to be more pain-sensitive. Underuse, or overuse, can cause the joint to wear out more quickly, causing abnormal biomechanics or abnormal joint movement. This accelerates the development of arthritis and pain.
The Doctors at Mt. Lookout Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center will evaluate the cause of your joint degeneration. We have many treatments to slow down the progression of the degeneration, reduce pain, and improve function.