Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  What are some of the conditions you treat at your office?

Answer:  Neck pain, back pain, headaches, sciatica, facet syndrome, disc (bulging) herniation, sports injuries, sprains and strains.  We also treat TMJ conditions and many difficult to treat conditions such as, tennis elbow, patellar tendonitis, achilles tendonitis, hip pain and dysfunction, and carpal tunnel problems.  Ankle sprains and shoulder pain/rotator cuff injuries are also treated.

Question:  Is chiropractic safe/beneficial during pregnancy?

Answer:  Patients can generally receive and benefit from chiropractic treatment throughout the duration of their pregnancy.   Patients report reduced lower back pain, headaches, neck pain, sciatica and improved sleep.

 Question:  Do you treat children and the elderly?

Answer:  Chiropractic treatments are beneficial to patients of all ages.  We have treated newborns, as well as, the elderly and all ages in between.  Children can benefit from treatment for “growing pains” and sports injuries.

 Question:  What does electrical muscle stimulation do?

Answer:  Electrical muscle stimulation helps control muscle spasm and decreases muscle tension.  Muscle spasm often accompanies spinal conditions involving neck pain and back pain.  Electrical muscle stimulation reduces spasm allowing for more successful treatment outcomes.

Question:  What does ultrasound therapy do?

Answer:  Ultrasound therapy is a concentrated anti-inflammatory treatment.  It has been utilized worldwide by physical therapists, occupational therapists, and rehabilitative physicians for 60+ years.  It provides a calming pain relieving effect.  It is also used to reduce and soften soft tissue and ligamentous adhesions.

 Question:  Does weakness cause back pain?

Answer:  In many cases, it is a strong contributing factor.  There are, however, many factors to be considered.  Disc herniation, degenerative arthritis, stenosis, misalignment, myofascial syndromes, and nerve compressions and entrapments must all be considered as co-conspirators.  Any of the above conditions must be addressed first by the doctor and then a core exercise program can be used to stabilize and put finishing touches on a treatment regimen.

 Question:  What is the difference between traction and spinal decompression therapy?

Answer:  Traction therapies have been utilized for many years, maybe hundreds of years.  When treating conditions that involve degenerative and/or herniated discs it is helpful to unload or decompress.  Gravity compresses and decreases the space between vertebral segments.  Traction increases this space which allows less nerve impingement.  This reduces back pain and sciatica, as well as, neck pain and arm pain.

Spinal decompression is the latest medical/technological advance in traction type therapies.  Decompression equipment utilizes a computer based system that allows for more efficiently directed forces and thus a more comfortable patient experience.  Successful outcomes with decompression therapy are in the 80-90% range for most disc conditions.  In many cases, spinal surgeries have been avoided since the advent of spinal decompression therapy.

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