Here are some common symptoms.


What Is Whiplash?

When a sudden accident or injury hurls your head backward and forward, your neck gets thrown out of balance. The force can damage parts of your neck and reverse its natural curve. This may even cause pain in your shoulders, arms, hands, and low back. Sometimes symptoms aren't felt until days, weeks, or months after whiplash has occurred.

Can Chiropractic Care Help Me?
Your chiropractor looks at your overall health - focusing not only on your neck, but also on your lifestyle. This integrated approach helps determine the best treatment for your whiplash.

History
To help identify the cause of your problem, you and your chiropractor will discuss the details of your accident or injury, your symptoms, any previous injuries, and your lifestyle, including recreational and work-related physical activities.

Physical Exam
Physical, orthopedic, and neurological tests can reveal the condition of your neck and the rest of your spine. Static and motion palpation tests check for pain, stiffness, restricted range of motion, and swelling.

X-rays
As "blueprints" of your spine, x-rays can reveal problems such as misaligned bones that cause a reversed curve. Other tests will be done, if necessary.

Diagnosis
Based on the examination and findings, your chiropractor may recommend an individualized treatment program to improve the alignment and mobility of your neck and reduce your pain. If needed, your chiropractor will also consult with other medical specialists about your condition.


 

What Causes Headaches?

Headaches often begin in your spine. Poor posture or injury can force your spinal vertebrae out of alignment, pressuring nerves and blood vessels. When nerves send painful signals to surrounding neck muscles, those muscles tighten up and a headache may begin. Other headache triggers include stress, caffeine, smoking, allergies, alcohol, some diseases, and nutritional deficiencies.

Can Chiropractic Care Help Me?
Your chiropractor looks at your overall health - focusing not only on your spine, but also on your lifestyle. This integrated approach helps determine the best treatment for your headaches.

History
To help identify the cause of your problem you and your chiropractor will discuss your symptoms, your family health history, and your lifestyle, such as diet and physical activities.

Physical Exam
Physical, orthopedic, and neurological tests can reveal the condition of your spine. Static and motion palpation tests check for factors related to headaches, such as stiffness, pain, swelling, and restricted range of motion.

X-rays
As "blueprints" of your neck and back, x-rays can pinpoint misaligned bones or reveal other problems such as fractures or arthritis. Additional tests will be done, if necessary.

Diagnosis
Based on the examination and findings, your chiropractor may recommend an individualized treatment program for your neck or spine to help reduce the frequency and intensity of your headaches. If needed, your chiropractor will also consult with other medical specialists about your condition.


 

What Causes Neck and Back Pain?

Your neck protects your spinal cord and spinal nerves, while supporting and balancing the weight of your head. Poor posture, wear and tear, injury, stress, and tension can strain or damage vital parts of your neck.

Can Chiropractic Care Help Me?
Your chiropractor looks at your overall health - focusing not only on your spine, but also on your lifestyle. This integrated approach helps determine the best treatment for your headaches.

History
To help identify the cause of your problem you and your chiropractor will discuss your symptoms, and previous injuries, your family health history, and your lifestyle, including recreational and work-related physical activities.

Physical Exam
Physical, orthopedic, and neurological tests can reveal the condition of your beck and the rest of your spine. Static and motion palpation tests check for stiffness, pain, muscle spasm, and restricted range of motion.

X-rays
As "blueprints" of your neck and back, x-rays can pinpoint misaligned bones or reveal other problems such as fractures or arthritis. Additional tests will be done, if necessary.

Diagnosis
Based on the examination and findings, your doctor of chiropractic may recommend an individualized treatment program to realign your neck and reduce your pain. If needed, your chiropractor will also consult with other medical specialists about your condition.


 

What Causes Lower Back Pain?

Your low back is a vulnerable area, constantly under the strain of supporting your upper body. Poor posture, injuries, wear and tear, hereditary weakness, or excess weight gain can cause a variety of painful low back problems.

Your low back is one of the three natural curves of your spine. It that area lacks strength or flexibility, your entire back loses support. This can put pressure on joints, nerves, and disks.

Can Chiropractic Care Help Me?
Your doctor of chiropractic looks at your overall health - focusing not only on your low back, but also on your lifestyle. This integrated approach helps determine the best treatment for your problem.

History
To help identify the cause of your problem, you and your chiropractor will discuss your symptoms and previous injuries, your family's health history, and your lifestyle, including recreational and work-related physical activities.

Physical Exam
Physical, orthopedic, and neurological tests can reveal the condition of your low back and the rest of your spine. Static and motion palpation tests check for tenderness, muscle spasms, and your back's range of motion. This gives your chiropractor clues to the cause and extent of your low back problem.

X-rays
As "blueprints" of your spine, x-rays can reveal misalignments, fractures, arthritis, hereditary malformations, or other problems. Additional tests will be done, if necessary.

Diagnosis
Based on the examination and findings, your doctor of chiropractic may recommend an individual treatment program to realign your low back, relieve muscle spasms, restore motion, and reduce pain. If needed, your chiropractor will also consult with other medical specialist about your condition.


 

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful nerve problem that interferes with the use of your hand. It occurs when tissue or bone puts pressure on the nerve that runs from your neck through your wrist to your fingers. At first, you may have numbness, tingling or burning sensations in your hand. Shooting pain in the wrist or forearm may follow and your grip may become weak. The carpal tunnel is an opening in the wrist formed by bones and ligaments where tendons and nerves pass through; sliding back and forth. Repetitive hand movements such as working on an assembly line, at a computer, or with power tools can cause tendons to become inflamed and press the nerve against the walls of the carpal tunnel. An injury to the wrist or arthritis in the wrist joint can cause a bone to press on the tunnel putting pressure on the nerve. Fluid retention can also cause the tissue to swell in the tunnel and press on the median nerve of the wrist.

Two easy tests to find out if you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome: With your hand flat on a desk with your palm up tap the middle portion of your wrist. If you feel tingling, pain and numbness in the first four fingers of the hand, suspect carpal tunnel syndrome.

Flex your hand and keep it in that position with the other hand for about a minute. If your symptoms are reproduced, then suspect carpal tunnel syndrome.


 

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a severe pain in the leg caused from compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve.

The sciatic nerves are the largest nerves of the body, reaching about the size of your thumb in diameter, and running down the back of each leg. When these nerves are irritated or affected by the inflammation of nearby soft tissues, doctors refer to this as sciatica.

One of the most common causes of sciatic leg pain is the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. It can be accompanied by the bulging or herniation of the soft, pulpy discs which separate each spinal bone. This can irritate or put pressure on the sciatic nerve roots as they leave the spinal cord. The result can be an intense pain shooting down either or both legs.

In the past, treatment has involved pain medications, muscle relaxants, physical therapy, and even surgery. The chiropractic approach is to use carefully directed and controlled pressure to remove the interference from spinal structures. These chiropractic "adjustments" can be quite effective in reducing nerve irritation and its associated pain.

Sciatica, like other health problems that can be traced to the spine, often respond dramatically to the restoration of normal spinal function through chiropractic care.