Are you feeling a burning sensation, numbness or pain in your lower back, buttocks, hips, or legs? You might be suffering from sciatica.
If you live near Attleboro, Dorchester, West Roxbury, Brockton, Taunton, Weymouth, Somerset, MA, you should consider contacting David Smith, DC, at Milton Chiropractic to find out more about what sciatica is and how you can treat it.
Sciatica is a condition that refers to pain that originates and radiates along the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from your lower back and branches through your buttocks, hips and both legs. Sciatica occurs when something compresses part of the nerve. This can cause inflammation, pain, and some numbness. Depending on the situation, the discomfort can be moderate to severe, varying from a mild ache to a sharp pain, burning sensation, or excruciating pain. Sneezing, coughing, or prolonged sitting can aggravate the symptoms, and usually only one side of the body is affected.
There are many causes of sciatica. This includes ruptured or herniated disc, bone spurs on the spine, narrowing of the spine, Piriformis, which is cramping or spasms of the piriformis muscle, or similar lower back injuries. Pregnancy and childbirth can cause sciatica, as can non-spinal problems such as diabetes. Even sitting for lengths of time with your wallet in your back pocket can cause sciatica.
Your chiropracor Dr. Smith will probably suggest any of a number of treatment options to consider for relief from your sciatica. These could include but are not limited to:
- ·Ice/cold therapy, which reduces inflammation and can help control and alleviate pain.
- ·Ultrasound, which generates gentle heat through use of sound waves.
- ·Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) which uses controlled levels of electric current to stimulate muscles.
- ·Spinal manipulation/adjustments, in which the doctor adjusts the spine to help free restricted movement and restore misaligned vertebra. This is the core treatment option of chiropractic medicine.
If you are suffering from sciatic pain, consider contacting Milton Chiropractic serving Attleboro, Dorchester, West Roxbury, Brockton, Taunton, Weymouth, Somerset. For more information call (617)471-4491.
Find out what could be to blame for your neck pain and how chiropractic care in Attleboro, Dorchester, West Roxbury, Brockton, Taunton, Weymouth and Somerset, MA can help.
Neck pain is one of the most common ailments, but it doesn’t make it any less troublesome when the issue arises. Neck pain may only last for a fleeting amount of time while other people deal with chronic bouts of neck pain without finding the proper relief. If you are in need of a way to combat your neck pain, it’s time you saw one of our Attleboro, Dorchester, West Roxbury, Brockton, Taunton, Weymouth and Somerset, MA chiropractors.
Causes of Neck Pain
Here are the most common issues that could be causing your neck pain:
Bad posture: Do you hunch or slouch at your desk all day long? If so, then neck pain seems like a very likely possibility for you.
Your computer: Do you spend hours staring at a computer? While this certainly can’t be good for your well-being, it’s also bad for your neck, especially if the screen sits too high or too low.
Sleep habits: While it might not always seem like we get to spend as much time in bed as we would like, how we sleep certainly affects how our body feels. Any time you fall asleep in an awkward position for your body, you risk issues such as neck, shoulder or back pain.
“Text Neck”: How many hours would you say you spend playing on your phone or tablet? Probably a lot more than you want to admit. But if you are spending hours each day with your head down and your neck crunched staring at this little device, you better believe your neck is going to revolt at some point.
Strained Movement: Ever quickly turn or jerk you neck the wrong way? Twisting and stretching can strain, sprain and even tear the muscles.
So, what can your chiropractor in Attleboro, Dorchester, West Roxbury, Brockton, Taunton, Weymouth and Somerset, MA do to alleviate your neck pain?
Through chiropractic adjustment, also referred to as spinal manipulation (or in this case cervical spinal manipulation), we can manipulate through gentle, controlled thrusts, certain areas of the spine that are out of alignment and could be causing this pain and discomfort. The goal of spinal manipulation is to reduce pain and improve both function and range of motion. Other therapies to consider include massage, therapeutic heat/cold application and certain stretching/strengthening exercises.
If you aren’t sure how to eliminate your neck pain, turn to Milton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Inc. in Attleboro, Dorchester, West Roxbury, Brockton, Taunton, Weymouth and Somerset, MA today.
Sudden or ongoing back pain can be quite the unfortunate situation. Affecting your ability to walk, stand, sit or lay correctly or comfortably, back pain can cause your quality of life to decrease in a short period of time. Luckily, your Attleboro, Dorchester, West Roxbury, Brockton, Taunton, Weymouth and Somerset, MA chiropractors at Milton Chiropractic can help you reduce back pain and get back on your feet.
What causes back pain?
- muscle strain
- ligament strain
- ruptured disks
- skeletal abnormalities
Lack of exercise, obesity, lifting heavy objects improperly, smoking tobacco and, most commonly, aging put a person at risk for back pain. You should see your doctor if your back pain is severe and does not improve after resting. Additionally, if the pain spreads, particularly down the legs, or causes weakness or numbness, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
How can my chiropractor help my back pain?
Your chiropractor specializes in diagnosing and treating the musculoskeletal and nervous system, specifically in the spine. They may use manual spinal manipulation to align the bones and muscles in your back to their correct positions. Your chiropractor also uses stretches and movement of the muscles and joints to treat the area around the spine. This increases your range of motion and strengthens your back. Your chiropractor can also determine when physical therapy is beneficial to your diagnoses.
What can I expect at my appointment?
At your appointment, your chiropractor will first gather your medical history, and ask you questions to assess the severity and frequency of your back pain. It is helpful to keep a pain journal with a detailed log of when and where the pain occurs, the frequency with which it occurs and what makes it better or worse. X-rays may aid your doctor in finding the exact cause of your pain. Once your doctor has a diagnoses, they can begin treatment.
If you suffer from untreated or undiagnosed back pain, Milton Chiropractic in Attleboro, Dorchester, West Roxbury, Brockton, Taunton, Weymouth and Somerset, MA can help. Please call to schedule your appointment for a chiropractic consultation today!
Chiropractors have know for years that sleeping on your back or side is best for your health.Now research in the Journal of Neuroscience has shown that your sleeping position doesn’t just impact how comfortable your rest is, it can also have impacts on your health. And this goes beyond just heartburn and snoring – it could help you avoid neurological diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. According to the research, sleeping on your side, as opposed to sleeping on your back or stomach, may be a better position for your brain to clear out its waste while you sleep.
What's your favorite sport? Is it running, weight-lifting, golf, swimming or something else? An active lifestyle, including routine exercise, invigorates, relieves stress and adds years to your life.
Unfortunately, most any physical activity or sport risks injury. Runners, for example, suffer stress fractures of the shin bone. Lower back, or lumbar, spinal injuries, misalignments and disc herniations plague the everyday jogger and marathon runner alike.
How to Treat Sports Injuries
Of course, when you suspect an injury, get to your primary care physician for correct diagnosis. X-rays, physical examination, ultrasound and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) are tools of the medical doctor's trade. Additionally, prescription medications control pain and inflammation.
Often, a physician recommends chiropractic treatment of sports injuries in the Quincy area. David Smith DC of Milton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, Inc. has extensive chiropractic experience and possesses many sports- and exercise-related certifications. He helps athletes, both professional and amateur, with injuries related to:
A Comprehensive Approach
Dr. Smith, and his associates at Milton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, Inc. in Quincy, will not treat sports injuries in isolation. While Dr. Smith employs modern chiropractic treatments to support medical interventions for sprains, fractures and other injuries, he also evaluates the whole person to ensure neuro-muscular wellness. The American Chiropractic Association affirms this approach as the true aim of chiropractic care.
Dr. Smith takes information from the primary physician and performs his own chiropractic examination. He investigates the patient's spinal alignment and posture to understand the extent of the injury. Depending on patient need, he may utilize various treatments to optimize function, reduce swelling, correct spinal misalignments and decrease pain.
Treatments may include:
- paraffin wax treatments
- massage therapy
- muscle therapy
- spinal decompression or motorized traction
In addition, Dr. Smith uses his kinesiology expertise to instruct patients in corrective and preventive exercises to support and strengthen healing and avoid re-injury. Dr. Smith counsels all his patients on:
- healthy lifestyle changes
- nutrition and supplements
- ways to encourage proper function of the spine and nerves
Arrange an Appointment
Are you concerned about a sport-related injury or wish to prevent one? Call one of the 8 locations of Milton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, Inc. To see Dr. David Smith at the Quincy office, phone (617) 471-4491.
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