Help for Tendonitis

Help for Tendonitis Windsor Ontario Huron Church Chiropractic Tendonitis is a fairly common musculoskeletal problem which is the result of excess strain to the soft tissue, in particular, the tendons.

A tendon is a connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone.

When the tendon is inflamed, it may be painful, swollen, warm to the touch and possibly associated with a grinding sensation.

Tendonitis is a common problem as the result of repetitive movements, such as working in a factory, on a computer or while playing sports. It can be acute pain or a chronic problem and more common as we age.

Help for tendonitis

It’s important to identify the likely cause of the stress to the tendon and remove or at least reduce it. If there’s damage or irritation to the tissue, it may be beneficial to try other approaches such as:

  • Ultrasound
  • Cold LASER Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Stretching techniques
  • Braces to help support the area and reduce stress on the tissue

If you’re suffering from tendonitis, please give us a call to schedule a consultation. We offer services that can help you. 519-258-8544

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain Chiropractor Windsor On Your shoulder is the most flexible joint in your body, and when it hurts, it can affect every area of your life, from work to leisure to getting a good nights sleep.

Shoulder pain can vary in intensity from mildly annoying to painfully debilitating. Whether your pain is acute due to an injury or has developed slowly over time, it’s important to determine and treat the cause of the pain and not just mask the symptoms.

Typically, shoulder pain is the result of 5 issues:

  • Tendon inflammation (bursitis or tendonitis) or tear
  • Instability (separation or dislocation)
  • Referral neck or back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Fracture

It’s important to get a proper diagnosis, with an understanding of your medical history including any injuries or daily activities that may have caused the pain. You also may be required to have imaging done; such as x-rays, ultrasound or an MRI.

Approximately 90% of people with shoulder pain do not require surgery.[1] The most common treatments may include:

  • Resting the shoulder area
  • Ice or compression to help reduce inflammation
  • Ultrasound
  • Cold LASER therapy
  • Stretching and muscle building exercises
  • A chiropractic adjustment of the shoulder area and spine may be helpful to ensure that your body is in proper alignment. When you experience pain or discomfort, your body naturally reacts by overcompensating in another, and your shoulder pain might be causing other symptoms elsewhere in your body.

Be wary of masking the pain with anti-inflammatory medicine, as this may cause a false feeling of relief and further injury may occur.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, please reach out to us, we’re here to help: 519-258-8544

[1] http://health.uconn.edu/msi/clinical-services/orthopaedic-surgery/shoulder-injuries-and-conditions/shoulder-pain/

Help for Plantar Fasciitis

 

Help for Plantar Fasciitis Windsor Ontario Dr. Scott ColasantiDoes it feel like stepping on glass when you put weight on your foot? 

This condition could be a common condition called plantar fasciitis.

What is plantar fasciitis? 

The plantar fascia is the thick band of connective tissue that spans the bottom of the foot, from the forefoot to the heel and plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of this tissue.

How does plantar fasciitis happen?

During normal gait, our heel strikes the ground first, and as we shift our weight forward we transfer our weight to our mid and forefoot. As this shift from the rear to the forefoot happens, the plantar fascia stretches and helps propel us forward. When we put excessive strain on the foot such as with poor footwear, prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces, or weight gain to name a few, the plantar fascia becomes irritated and inflamed.

If this condition becomes prolonged, it can lead to heel spurs. This happens as bone has a tendency to deform along the lines of stress that it is subjected to. Therefore the excessive stress and the pulling force on the heel where the plantar fascia attaches can become a bone spur.

As with any health condition, when possible, it is best to get to the root of the problem. Discussing the patient’s history will often reveal things like poor footwear, recent weight gain, or excessive stress on the feet (like running on pavement for example).  An examination will reveal biomechanical problems with feet, ankle, knees, hips, or back.

What can be done about plantar fasciitis?

  • Avoid the activities that caused the problem (ex: running on pavement or wearing poor footwear)
  • Stretching the plantar fascia, icing, and foot exercises
  • Wearing proper footwear, and avoiding walking in bare feet
  • Custom foot orthotics are often necessary and very helpful.
  • Ultrasound, electric stimulation, and LASER therapy can help promote healing and reduce inflammation
  • Soft-tissue manipulation techniques help improve the healing and reduce the stress.
  • A plantar fascitiis night splint may also be necessary. This helps keep the plantar fascia in a stretched position at night during sleep, which also promotes healing.

Plantar fasciitis can be quite painful and debilitating so it is important to get it checked out as soon as possible. If you’re experiencing this type of pain, please don’t hesitate to contact us for an appointment 519-258-8544.

Help for Repetitive Stress or Strain Injuries

Help for Repetitive Stress or Strain Injuries Windsor OntarioThe pain and inflammation of muscle, tendons, and ligaments from Repetitive Stress or Strain Injuries occur as a result of repetitious movements in our work or our lifestyle and leisure activities. These injuries can affect adults of all ages as well as children.

With a significant portion of the workforce area engaged in repetitive work as well as all the great activities available in the region, Repetitive Stress or Strain Injuries (RSI) are quite common in Windsor – Essex County.

Types of Repetitive Stress or Strain Injuries include:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
  • Ligament Strains or Tears
  • Bursitis
  • Bone Spurs

Symptoms of RSI can include pain, tenderness or pulsating feelings in the affected area as well as loss of sensation, ‘pins and needles’ and/or a loss of strength.

Although analgesics can help temporarily ‘mask’ the symptoms of pain and inflammation of RSI; at Huron Church Chiropractic and Family Wellness Centre, we prefer to take a healing approach with Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT).

How does LLLT help with RSI?

LLLT penetrates up to 4 inches into affected tissues and encourages cellular regeneration and simulates the body’s natural healing abilities.

LLLT causes vasodilatation which relaxes and widens the smooth muscle cells in blood vessels which improves blood flow to the affected area. LLLT also activates the lymphatic system which helps drain the swollen and painful areas. Because blood flow improves and inflammation decreases, pain is thereby lessened.

Theralase Cold Laser Windsor OntarioLLLT combined with other natural therapies can help provide relief and encourage the healing process. Consider:

  • Taking regular, short breaks if possible from the activity that causes RSI
  • Stretching and strengthening of the affected area
  • Heat or cold therapy
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic adjustments

Remember to talk to your employer if you believe your RSI is work related.

If you’re suffering from Repetitive Stress or Strain Injuries, we can help – and the therapies are likely to be covered by your employee health insurance benefits. Please call our office to make an appointment or for more information – 519-258-8544.

Reduce Pain Faster with Cold LASER Therapy

In a recent post, we discussed the therapeutic effects of cold LASER therapy.

Reduce Pain Faster with Cold Laser Therapy Windsor OntarioHere is a little more about cold LASER therapy:

  • Safe and effective
  • Non-invasive
  • Non-toxic
  • Alternative to analgesics, NSAID’s and other medications
  • Approved by Health Canada & the FDA

Conditions treatable by cold LASER therapy include:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Arthritis
  • Heel pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Knee pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Repetitive sprains and strains
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Hip pain
  • Pain and inflammation from injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Wound healing
  • Acupuncture
  • Smoking cessation/addictions
  • Weight loss
  • Allergic Rhinitis/Sinusitis

For more information on cold LASER therapy or to see if cold LASER treatment could benefit you, please contact our office to book an appointment – 519-258-8544

Are You Playing Too Much Tennis or Golf?

Most of us have heard of the conditions tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow as they are fairly common musculoskeletal problems. Unfortunately often occur from other activity besides playing too much tennis or golfing too much.

I mean if you’re going to get injured it would at least be nice if it happens while having fun!

These conditions are actually sister conditions of the same type of problem, that being pain and inflammation of the elbow, as a result of excess strain to the soft tissues, in particular, the tendons. They are also forms of tendonitis simply translated means ‘inflammation of tendons’.

Elbow pain Windsor OntarioA tendon is a connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone. For example, if you hold your arm out and flex your wrist down, you would be using the flexor muscles of the forearm. The tendons that attach those muscles to the bones around the elbow joint can become irritated and inflamed as a result of strain, hence tendonitis. The same applies to the extensor muscles of the forearm, i.e. those that extend your wrist back.  So basically the difference between golfers and tennis elbow are that golfers elbow occurs on the inside of the elbow and tennis elbow on the outside of the elbow.

More commonly these problems result from occupations that require a lot of computer work or those with high repetition such as factory workers for example.

So what can be done to help with tennis or golfer’s elbow?

The first thing is to identify the cause and remove or at least reduce the stress on the tissue.  However, this may not be enough once the tissue is irritated or damaged so other approaches like therapy might be necessary. Things like therapeutic ultrasound, electrical stimulation, cold LASER therapy, acupuncture, and massage can all be very helpful.

It may not be entirely possible to reduce the stress from certain jobs so it is often helpful to use an elbow brace to reduce the amount of strain while working.

If you’re suffering from pain in your elbow, either work related or fun related. Please give us a call. We offer services that can help. 519-258-8544