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Chiropractors provide natural, drugless, non-surgical health treatments and rely on the body’s inherent recuperative abilities. As Chiropractic Physicians, we typically diagnose and treat patients whose health problems are associated with the body’s muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems. In your treatment protocol, we incorporate the use of physiologic therapies like ultrasound, electrical nerve stimulation and traction. We may also recommend changes in your lifestyle, incorporation of exercise, nutrition and postural programs.
Like other health practitioners, chiropractors follow a standard routine to secure the information we need for diagnosis and treatment. On your first visit, we’ll take your medical history, conduct physical, neurological, and orthopedic examinations, and may order laboratory tests. We have found that X-rays and other diagnostics are important tools because of our emphasis on the spine and its proper function.
We also conduct a postural and spinal analysis because vertebral dysfunction may alter many important body functions by affecting the nervous system and causing a skeletal imbalance, which can cause pain or lower resistance to disease.
The Chiropractic Doctors of Back 2 Health Physical Medicine are experts at locating and analyzing improper placement of the vertebrae and correcting subluxations, enabling the body to return to its proper alignment. This is key in correcting the “vertebral subluxation complex,” which can interfere with your body’s normal functioning and long-term health.
The spine and the nerves that connect to it are part of an incredibly complex systems that require years of study to understand. While all doctors receive basic training on the health and care of the musculoskeletal system, they simply aren’t educated on all of the conditions that afflict it and their proper treatments. Surgery or long term use of narcotic pain medications are usually the only two options offered to patients with disorders like sciatica, compressed discs, or chronic pain with no apparent cause. Doctors of chiropractic care specifically focus on the health of the spine and nerves alone. If you’ve sought help from other doctors and received sparse testing or a general lack of interest in your care, visiting our clinic in Goose Creek could change your life.
What Is A Chiropractic Adjustment?
The practice of chiropractic care is based around the concept that a healthy spine follows a normal alignment. When the spine becomes misaligned, discs and the nerves around them are easily compressed. Restoring natural alignment often relieves the pain and other symptoms that resisted more conventional treatments. The chiropractor applies a small amount of focused pressure to move vertebrae and to loosen joints that have become frozen in an incorrect position. Once the spine is aligned, it’s easier to access damaged nerves or relieve muscle tension that are also contributing to your discomfort.
What Is A Chiropractic Adjustment?
Many people worry that the popping noises and feelings of adjustment are causing damage to the spine. However, your skeleton creaks and pops anytime you stretch, even if you can’t hear it or feel it. If you visit a trained and licensed professional, there is nearly no risk. Chiropractic adjustment has a far, far lower rate of associated risk than any other basic medical procedure. Taking an over the counter pain killer is 20 times more likely to harm you than a simple chiropractic adjustment.
What Can Chiropractic Adjustment Do For Me?
If you are struggling with chronic pain, neuropathy symptoms like numbness, or low back pain, the issue may lie with your 24 vertebrae. A series of adjustments at Back 2 Health Physical Medicine could restore proper alignment, improve your posture, relieve any number of related symptoms, and restore greater flexibility and range of motion. Many issues that affect the limbs originate in the spine, and therefore respond well to adjustment.
What Is Cervical Spine Decompression?
The cervical spine consists of the seven vertebrae that make up the neck column. When injury or poor posture causes compression of these vertebrae, the resulting pressure causes herniated discs that are extremely painful. This pain can radiate down the back or even cause limb pain and numbness without any symptoms actually affecting the neck. While surgical decompression is available, it often only works for a few years at a time or causes the problem to worsen. We offer a non-surgical cervical spine decompression option at Back 2 Health Physical Medicine that uses traction and gentle stretching to correct this problem. This may release pressure on the discs and could even reverse herniated discs if completed as soon as possible.
Is Spinal Decompression Painful?
While even the lightest stretch can cause a little discomfort, this option is far less painful than surgery or even some types of massage therapy. The traction device features a padded harness to keep you comfortable as a computer carefully stretches the neck to release tension. Many patients start feeling better as soon as the process begins, while others require a few visits to notice a difference.
What Are The Symptoms Of Cervical Spine Compression?
Bulging and herniated discs noted on imaging tests
Unusual wear to the spinal joints
Nerve root damage that causes fatigue, chronic pain, and tingling
Lack of flexibility and stiffness in the neck
What Is Vibration Traction Therapy?
While it may not sound very powerful, a little vibration can have big effects for your spine and joints. A few minutes on a vibration platform can relieve chronic pain, allow tensed muscles to relax, and calm nerves that are irritated due to compression. The powerful vibrations work on tendons, ligaments, muscles, and discs all at the same time.
Can Vibration Therapy Really Help?
Many patients are skeptical of vibration traction because it’s been shown that long-term truck drivers suffer from serious back pain due to exposure from constant vibration. However, the seated position of a truck driver is what leads to compression and pain rather than relaxation. Our patients usually sit or lie on the platform, which allows their muscles and spine to relax.
What Conditions Are Usually Treated With Vibration Traction?
The relaxing effect of vibration treatment is indispensable when dealing with scoliosis and other misalignment of the spine. It’s very difficult and painful to try and restore alignment when the muscles of the back are tensed due to the pain of nerve compression. Relaxing the muscles gives the Back 2 Health Physical Medicine team better access to your spine. It can also work to support better disc alignment, especially when combined with other treatments.
Don’t worry – you don’t have to decide which chiropractic treatments are right for you. Come in for an evaluation at our Goose Creek office and we will discuss all of your options and make recommendations based on your lifestyle and needs.
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Tailored For You
While diseases affecting the organs and bones are quite well studied, conditions involving the muscles and nerves are still overlooked by many doctors unfamiliar with physical therapy & rehabilitation. Visiting the wrong office could leave you misdiagnosed and on a treatment plan that does little to help you. If you are experiencing inflammation and pain from conditions such as sciatica, myofascial tension, and migraines, call our Goose Creek team to find the cause and treat it as quickly as possible. At Back 2 Health Physical Medicine, our physical therapy and rehabilitation experts will check your entire body for potential causes rather than writing it off as a mystery.
Who Needs Rehabilitation And Physical Therapy?
The practice of physical therapy deals primarily with impairments to the musculature of the body, but it also includes hands-on treatments for nerve issues and even psychological issues. The careful manipulation of the spine and the muscles of the back can help you heal from a surprising range of injuries and illnesses. Most people first learn about rehabilitation after a car accident or other traumatic event. When a muscle is torn or a major bone is broken, patients usually need to undergo careful stretching and training as it heals for optimal results. However, trying to handle your own rehabilitation can be risky. Our team uses multiple diagnostic tools to monitor your injuries as you heal to ensure your treatment is helping and not hurting.
Both teen and adult athletes seek out our physical therapy services, especially if they are in a competitive sport like football or soccer. Immediate care can help a minor sprain keep from becoming a more serious problem, especially if we can find a weakness or misalignment that led to the sprain in the first place. When an injury leaves you out of the game, seeking physical therapy and rehabilitation can get you back out there as quickly as possible without putting yourself at risk for further damage.
Back 2 Health Physical Medicine also offers physical therapy services to help patients struggling with:
Pain and other sensations due to amputations
Traumatic brain injuries that affect nerve and muscle response
Spinal cord injuries and degenerative diseases affecting the area
Stroke or seizures
Low back pain with a defined cause or without one
Neuropathy symptoms like numbness & tingling
What Treatments Are Used For Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation?
When a patient comes in with pain from an old injury or an unknown source, we have a number of tools we can use to reduce the irritation. These treatments are also useful in restoring flexibility and range of motion. Simple stretching is used for nearly every issues, but further care can include vibration exercise, spinal adjustments, other chiropractic care, heat and cold therapy to reach deep tissue, and massage to relieve tight muscles. Sarapin injections can also be used for spot treatment of severe pain. Even if the problem lies within damaged nerve bundles, regular visits can limit the amount of chronic pain and fatigue you feel on a daily basis.
In our clinic, physical therapy and rehabilitation involve:
We also teach our patients exercises they can do at home to aid in their improvement.