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Bursitis is inflammation or irritation to the bursa (small sacs between bone and other moving parts, such as skin, muscles and tendons).
Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of the tendon (thick fibrous cords that connects muscles to bone).
Symptoms of bursitis and tendonitis are similar and include inflamed soft tissues that replicate symptoms of joint pain. With these conditions, pain and stiffness often intensifies with movement. Neither condition will cause deformity but can limit range of motion.
Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when tissues in the wrist squeeze or compress the median nerve, this nerve starts in your cervical spine (neck) and travels all the way down your arm and through a narrow passageway in your wrist, known as the carpal tunnel. The syndrome causes pain, numbness and tingling in your hard or hand and are usually worse on the thumb side of the hand. Sometimes carpal tunnel syndrome causes shock-like sensations to your thumb, index, middle and sometimes ring fingers. Weakness associated with carpal tunnel can make it difficult to grasp objects or perform fine movements
HEADACHES & MIGRAINES
Most people have or will experience a headache at some point in their lives. Headaches can range from a mild, dull ache to severe, throbbing pain accompanied by nausea. The location and type of pain you're feeling are a good indication of the type of headache you are experiencing. Recurring headaches are a sign that something is wrong and should not be ignored. Chiropractic adjustments can improve acute and chronic neck pain which can in turn reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches.
Types of Headaches
Contrary to popular belief, disc problems only contribute to a small portion of the causes of back pain and rarely require surgery for relief. Spinal discs are jelly-like substances that are located between two vertebrae and act like shock absorption, protect the spinal cord and ensure flexibility of the spine. A disc bulge results from slight tears in the outermost fibers of the annulus fibrosus. These small tears can be painful but do not typically last long. A disc protrusion/extrusion, or "herniation", is a more significant injury. It results from a complete or significant tear of the fibers of the annulus, when some of the nucleus leaks through. A herniation is usually painful and can also cause nerve compression. In the most severe cases, spinal cord compression can occur.
LOWER BACK PAIN
A common cause of low back pain can be problems with the disc, the fibrous cushion between each vertebra. A bulging or ruptured disc can irritate nerves that travel from the spinal cord which may lead to leg pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the legs. Low back problems are more common in people who are in poor physical condition and those with jobs that include heavy lifting, long periods of sitting, standing or lots of bending. A chiropractic approach to treating low back pain is to find the source of the back pain and correct it, not just treat the symptom; this ensures that the body can heal naturally. Low back pain often responds dramatically to the correction of vertebrae positioning and the restoration of normal motion.
Injuries and imbalances can cause cervical vertebrae to move out of their correct position. Tendons, ligaments and muscles can become inflamed and worn out, the discs separating the cervical vertebrae can herniate or rupture and the nerves can be damaged or irritated from the misalignment. Arthritic changes in the spinal bones such as abnormal bony growth, disc degeneration, and muscle or ligament deterioration may change the normal healthy curve of the neck and result in irritation of the nerves in the spine. Problems of the neck if left untreated can lead to pain symptoms experienced in the face, shoulder arm, wrist and hand as well as decreased motion.
Inflammation or irritation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the arch of each foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move, the pain normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or when standing up after sitting
During pregnancy, a woman's center of gravity shifts to the front of her pelvis, resulting in added stress and discomfort in the lower back and various joints of the pelvis. At the peak of pregnancy, the curve in the lower back can increase to the point of causing serious impact on the vertebral joints, the sacrum and hip joints. Prenatal chiropractic care helps moms body to adapt to the constant changes while also relieving low back pain, sciatica, round ligament syndrome, headaches, pub symphysis dysfunction and more. When the pelvis is aligned, and tension is released, the baby is given more space to freely move through the birthing canal allowing a smoother birthing process.
Sciatica is an umbrella term used to describe the irritation of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve travels from your lower back, past your hips and down each leg. Sciatica pain can be found anywhere along this path and is usually described as numbness, tingling or a sharp pain that radiates from the lower back down the lower extremity. If left untreated, some cases can lead to permanent damage to your sciatic nerve which may result in the loss of feeling in the affected leg or loss of control of the bowel and bladder.
When the neck is whipped from back to front, or side to side during a car accident, while playing contact sports or other physical trauma, a number of things can happen to the spine and the surrounding musculature. Even if the impact seems mild, it is important to have your spine checked by a Chiropractor as soon as possible so as to assess and prevent any long term injuries. Chiropractors are trained to correctly detect and diagnose injuries to the spine that are not easily detected on x-ray.
Pain when turning head
Inability to turn head fully
Pain in upper or mid back
Numbness or tingling in arms, hands or fingers
Ringing in the ears