Understanding Radicular Pain

Help for neck pain Chiropractor Windsor onRadicular pain is caused the compression, inflammation and/or injury to a spinal nerve root. The condition may be a result of an injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, bulging or herniated discs.

While symptoms vary greatly, this pressure on the spinal nerves may result in sensations such as:

  • Pain radiating from the back down through the legs
  • Pain radiation from the neck through the shoulders and upper back
  • Tingling or numbness in the related extremities
  • Leg or arm pain
  • Pain or stiffness in the neck, shoulder and/or back
  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatic pain
  • Unexpected muscle weakness
  • Diminished reflexes

As with all types of pain, a proper diagnosis is paramount and is best treated by addressing the source of the problem rather than masking the symptoms with drugs.

Studies have shown that chiropractic manipulations can help alleviate the pressure and reduce the irritation on the problematic nerve root. Your chiropractor may also recommend spinal decompression, heat and/or cold therapy, massage therapy and lifestyle changes to help avoid a future reoccurrence.

If you’re looking a natural pain relief, chiropractic may help you. Please reach out to us for more information or to schedule your visit: 519-258-8544

Why Does Your Back Hurt?

Unknown Cause of Back Pain is Very Common It may be surprising to note that 85-95% of Canadians cannot identify the cause of their back pain.

When a specific origin of back pain is undetermined, it’s believed that many factors may contribute, such as:

  • Lack of muscle tone in the back and abdomen
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Poor posture
  • Improper lifting techniques
  • Work or lifestyle ergonomics
  • Psychological factors (depression, chronic stress)

Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasion and all-natural treatment option to help correct the source of the pain, and address lifestyle improvement options for all around better health. Please reach out to us if you’re living with back pain. 519-258-8544

What is Chronic Pain?

Chronic Pain Help treatment Windsor On What is chronic pain? Chronic pain is pain that lasts 3 months or persists longer. Chronic pain may:

  • Range from mild discomfort to severe and debilitating
  • Be specific in area or generalized
  • Occur as a result of an injury, illness, infection, lifestyle or unknown cause
  • Be present in all areas of the body
  • Manifest as continual or regularly re-occurring pain

Implications of chronic pain

Often chronic pain is accompanied by other problems such as depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances and relationship challenges; thereby affecting all areas of a person’s life.

Common chronic pain conditions include:

  • Arthritis/rheumatism
  • Back problems (non-arthritic)
  • Chronic bronchitis/emphysema
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stomach/intestinal ulcers
  • Migraine

It’s estimated that 17% of the population aged 15 and over currently experience chronic pain. [1]

Chronic pain costs more than cancer, heart disease and HIV combined.

Estimates place direct health care costs for Canada to be more than $6 billion per year.

Productivity costs related to job loss and sick days equate to $37 billion per year.

Chronic pain is associated with the worst quality of life as compared with other chronic diseases such as chronic lung or heart disease.[2]

Help for Chronic Pain

Treatment is focused on alleviating the causes of the pain which may involve surgery or less invasive techniques such as muscle strengthening, and avoiding activities which provoke the pain.

Prescription opioids are commonly prescribed to patients with chronic pain, which may lead to adverse side effects, dependency and abuse – a growing problem in health care today.

Natural treatments to help correct the cause of chronic pain, manage painful symptoms and reduce opioid use may include:

  • Deep tissue massage with stimulation of trigger points
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Heat therapy, ice therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Physical therapy (exercises, stretching)
  • Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation
  • Herbal supplements

Be sure to consult with your primary chronic pain physician before trying any new treatment options. If we can help you naturally help with your chronic pain condition, please reach out to us for a consultation: 519-258-8544

Looking for support for your chronic pain? Visit this online resource.

[1] http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/1995004/article/2819-eng.pdf

[2] (Phillips and Schopflocher 2008; Schopflocher, Jovey et al. 2010)

Holidays Can be a Real Pain

Tips to Avoid Holiday Pain With the busyness of the holiday season and some downtime, we often find ourselves outside of our normal routine. Here are some simple ideas to help you not only make the most of the holiday season, but to do so with good health in mind.

Enjoy!

Sleep well. The extra time off can be a great opportunity to rest and recharge your mind and body!

Drink lots of water. We may be consuming more alcohol and calorie-rich foods; beyond our daily norm. Keeping well hydrated will help your metabolic function stay on track.

Wash your hands (more). Out and about shopping, gatherings with family and friends, handshakes and holiday kisses can increase your risk of illness. Wash your hands a little more frequently than usual to help prevent the spread of sickness.

Relax, but not too much! Your body is meant to be in motion! While it’s okay to stream Netflix all day, be sure to get up, stretch and move every hour to help prevent muscle and joint stiffness and improve circulation.

Traveling? Pack a few light bags as opposed to one large, heavy one. Your back will thank you!

Moving heavy parcels or even food? Be sure to bend and lift with your knees, not your back. Take your time and be sure of your footing.

Heading out into the winter weather? Wear footwear appropriate for ice and snow to help prevent slip and fall injuries.

Feeling stressed? Here are two articles that may help, please click here to learn more.

We wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday! Please click here to find our holiday office hours. 

Why Does My Back Hurt?

Woman waiting for a train looking downYou may be experiencing back pain for several reasons:

  • Every day wear and tear
  • Our work habits (ex: sitting at a desk all day)
  • Lifestyle choices (ex: poor quality mattress)
  • Trauma (ex: a fall, strain or sprain)

Any of the above can cause your spine to misalign.  These misalignments can affect the nerves which are located in and radiating out of your spinal column.

Damage to the ligaments and muscles in your back, neck and shoulders can also result inflammation which also inhibits proper nerve functioning.

Misaligned joins, also called subluxations, can increase pressure on discs which may bulge, herniate and cause further irritation to the nerves; which may eventually cause joint degeneration and more permanent impairment.

As chiropractors, we strive to treat the problem which caused the back pain.

Other medical treatments such as pain relievers and muscle relaxers mask the symptoms which may cause further damage and adverse side effects.

If you’re experiencing acute or chronic back pain, please call to schedule your consultation. 519-258-8544

Migraines and Chiropractic Care

Man suffering with a migraineWhat are migraines?

A migraine is an extremely painful, often re-occurring headache that may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as visual disturbances, nausea, weakness, fatigue and increased intensity related to movement.

While researches don’t know all the exact causes of a migraine, it is known that migraine headaches are related to blood flow to and/or chemical changes in the brain. There seems to be a genetic predisposition to migraines, but migraines can be brought on by triggers, such as:

  • Alcohol
  • Consuming certain foods, in particular fermented or pickled foods and those with MSG or nitrates
  • Stress
  • Changes in sleep, eating habits and weather
  • Odors and exposure to smoke
  • Hormonal changes
  • Neck pain and/or tension
  • Stimuli such as loud noises or bright lights

It’s important for migraine suffers to seek advice of their MD to look for other potential headache causes or abnormalities. Your MD may choose to recommend a CT Scan, and MRI or a spinal tap to help rule out other headache sources.

How may chiropractic care help migraine sufferers?

Spinal manipulations can help remove the interference and stress in the cervical area of the spine which might be acting as a migraine trigger. In general, chiropractic adjustments also help improve blood flow and nervous system functioning; both which might be related to the cause of migraines.

Several clinical trials indicate that spinal manipulation therapy may help treat migraine headaches. In one study of people with migraines, 22% of those who received chiropractic manipulation reported more than a 90% reduction of attacks. Also, 49% reported a significant reduction of the intensity of each migraine. 1

If you suffer from migraines, it’s recommended to note from the previous 24 hours before the migraine your actions, feelings, food and drink consumption, sleep, location and duration of your migraine so that lifestyle changes can be made to avoid certain triggers – And if you’re experiencing unbearable pain as the result of a migraine, seek medical help immediately.

If you experience migraines and are looking for an all natural treatment option; consider chiropractic care. Please reach out to us to schedule your consultation and chiropractic appointment. 519-258-8544

1. http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/migraine-headache