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If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please immediately seek emergency care!

  • Drooping on one side of the face
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty speaking and walking
  • Severe headache
  • Noticeable tumor or a change in a skin condition, such as a mole

Again, if you notice any of the above symptoms, please seek emergency medical care immediately!

Always inform both your primary care physician and your chiropractor about all of your various treatments so that they can work with you in providing the best and most effective treatment available.

BACK PAIN

Do you have UPPER back pain?

It could be a thoracic strain.
This is a strain in the upper back.

It could be osteomyelitis (bone infection.)
Osteomyelitis is a bone infection typically caused by bacteria. If you have back pain accompanied with a fever, a bone infection should be considered until proven otherwise. A chiropractor can help diagnose this condition, and work with your primary care physician on the best treatment plan.

It could be ankylosing spondylitis.
Ankylosing Spondylitis is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. It typically includes pain and stiffness from the neck to the lower back. The cause is unknown, but it is typically associated as a genetic condition. To reduce pain and stiffness, patients are advised to practice good posture, to exercise and to take part in therapy. Chiropractors may be able to assist in pain relief for this condition.

It could be a bone spur.
A bone spur is a bony growth formed on a normal bone. Many chiropractors believe that bone spurs don’t typically cause any type of pain, but rather there is another underlying cause for the pain. A chiropractor can help diagnose a potential other problem.

Do you have MID back pain?

It could be a muscle strain.
A chiropractor can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with muscle strain, including pain.

It could be a herniated disc.
A herniated disc is when a disc that helps cushion between the vertebra in your spine is damaged and bulges out or breaks open. You may experience pain, numbness or weakness. A chiropractor can help manipulate the spine in a series of treatments to alleviate the problem.

It could be osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is the thinning of bones. It’s a serious condition that can result in fractures or breakage. People with osteoporosis often experience backaches, a gradual loss of height, a stooped posture and fractures of the spine, wrist or hip. While a chiropractor can’t specifically treat osteoporosis, gentle manipulation and massage might provide relief if applied to areas of the body not directly affected by osteoporosis. Many chiropractors are trained to work with the complications that arise from osteoporosis.

Do you have LOWER back pain?

It could be a lumbar strain.
Lumbar strain is the medical term for lower back pain. If you are experiencing lower back pain, you may have either a back sprain or strain or an instance of nerve-root pressure.

It could be cramps.
Generally, cramps in the lower back are reserved for females during their menstrual cycle. Spinal manipulation quite possibly can help alleviate many of the symptoms of menstrual cramps for women.
Please note that if you are pregnant, cramps can signal either an approaching labor or a miscarriage. If you are pregnant and experience sharp cramps and pain in your lower back, please immediately seek care from your birthing coach. Additionally, severe menstrual cramps that are consistent could be indicative of ovarian cancer.

It could be osteomyelitis (bone infection.)
Osteomyelitis is a bone infection typically caused by bacteria. If you have back pain accompanied with a fever, a bone infection should be considered until proven otherwise. A chiropractor can help diagnose this condition, and work with your primary care physician on the best treatment plan.

It could be a lumbar herniated disc.
A herniated disc occurs when one of the discs that provides padding between vertebra bulges out or ‘slips.’ A chiropractor can assist in alleviate the pain by manipulating the spine.

It could be a lumbar spinal stenosis.
Lumbar spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. As the spinal canal narrows, it can compress and irritate the nerve roots that branch out from the spinal cord, or it can squeeze and irritate the spinal cord itself. Depending on your condition and the severity of the stenosis, a chiropractor may be able to help alleviate your symptoms.

It could be a broken or fractured vertebra.
As chiropractors typically take X-rays to determine the condition of your spine, a chiropractor may be able to diagnose a broken or fractured vertebra; however, chiropractic treatment cannot specifically heal a broken bone. Chiropractic treatment can help alleviate any pain or discomfort felt following the healing of the bone.

It could be a muscle strain.
Certain chiropractors specialize in soft tissue injuries. With chiropractic treatment, you can see significant improvement.

It could be sciatica.
Sciatica nerve pain typically originates in the lower back or in the buttocks, and travels down one or both legs. It is generally caused by sciatic nerve compression. A chiropractor typically utilizes several different treatment options to alleviate the pain and symptoms of sciatica.

NECK PAIN

Do you have NECK pain?
If you are experiencing severe neck pain, it could be a medical emergency. Please seek immediate emergency care.

It could be a muscle strain.
Certain chiropractors specialize in soft tissue injuries. With chiropractic treatment, you can see significant improvement.

It could be tetanus.
Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is a nerve ailment caused by bacteria.
Once tetanus has spread throughout the body, the mortality rate is approximately 30%, even in today’s modern medical facilities.
If you suspect tetanus, please seek medical advice immediately.

It could be rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic condition that affects both sides of the body, which distinguishes it from other types of arthritis that are often asymmetrical.
Symptoms include joint pain, swelling, stiffness and fatigue.
Your chiropractor can help you design a customized treatment plan.

It could be spinal meningitis.
Bacteria, fungi or a viral infection can cause spinal meningitis. If you suspect meningitis, please seek medical care as certain strains can be life-threatening.

It could be Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by a tick bite.
Other than neck pain, lyme disease can cause rashes, blistering, fever, nausea and vomiting.
Chiropractors can provide relief from some of the symptoms of Lyme disease, but it’s also important to seek advice from your primary care physician if Lyme disease is suspected.

It could be West Nile Virus.
West Nile Virus is spread by infected mosquitoes. If you suspect West Nile Virus, it’s important to seek advice from your primary care physician.
West Nile Virus typically causes no symptoms, but some patients might notice a skin rash, fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, muscle weakness and paralysis.

It could be a broken bone.
Through the use of an X-ray, a chiropractor can diagnose a broken bone. While a chiropractor cannot specifically heal a broken bone, he or she may be able to help alleviate any pain or discomfort associated with the condition following the healing of the bone.

WRIST PAIN

Do you have WRIST pain?

It could be a fracture.
Treatment of fractures generally do not fall under chiropractic care. Consult your primary care physician if you suspect a wrist fracture.

It could be a broken bone.
While broken bones aren’t specifically treated by chiropractors, chiropractic treatment is recommended for the area following healing of the broken bone. Chiropractors can aid in preventing any pain associated with a prior broken bone. However, consult your primary care physician if you suspect a broken bone.

It could be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal tunnel syndrome typically causes pain and tingling or numbness in your hand from pressure on the median nerve in your wrist. Gentle manipulation of the affected area has been shown to promote significant improvement of carpal tunnel syndrome.

ANKLE PAIN

Do you have ANKLE pain?

It could be a sprain.
If you experience pain and swelling following twisting your ankle, you may have sprained your ankle.
A chiropractor can gently manipulate your ankle to alleviate the pain and symptoms of a sprained ankle.

It could be bursitis.
If you experience pain in the joint that increases with movement, tenderness, limited movement and swelling and redness.
Chiropractors commonly treat bursitis, though more mild cases can be self-treated at home with plenty of rest.

It could be a stress fracture.
Treatment of fractures generally do not fall under chiropractic care. Consult your primary care physician if you suspect an ankle fracture.

It could be a broken bone.
While broken bones aren’t specifically treated by chiropractors, chiropractic treatment is recommended for the area following healing of the broken bone. Chiropractors can aid in preventing any pain associated with a prior broken bone. However, consult your primary care physician if you suspect a broken bone.

KNEE PAIN

Do you have KNEE pain?

It could be tendinitis.
Tendinitis is typically caused by repetitive, minor impact to the affected area. It is an inflammation or irritation of the tendon, a thick cord that attaches muscle to bone. Chiropractic treatment can help alleviate the symptoms of tendinitis.

It could be bursitis.
Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of the bursa, which is a sac filled with lubricating fluid that is located between tissues such as bone, muscle or tendons. It helps decrease rubbing, friction and irritation. Chiropractors usually treat patients with bursitis, and can help reduce pain and increase range of motion.

It could be a dislocated knee.
Many chiropractors can help reduce the maladjustment of the knee by manipulating it back into place.

It could be a knee meniscus tear.
The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that cushions and stabilizes the joint. If you experience pain, swelling, a ‘popping’ sensation and difficulty bending and straightening the leg, you might have torn the meniscus. A chiropractor might be able to alleviate the symptoms.

It could be indicative of weight gain.
Pressure on the joints can indicate being overweight or obese. If you notice joint pain and have gained a significant amount of weight, you may need to look into a weight loss program. Many chiropractors offer nutrition services, or can refer you to a nutritionist.

It could be arthritis.
A chiropractor can alleviate the symptoms that are often associated with arthritis, including pain and swelling, by gentle manipulation of the affected area.

It could a Baker’s Cyst.
A Baker’s Cyst is a pocket of fluid that forms a lump behind the knee. You might experience tightness/stiffness behind the knee, a swelling behind the knee, or slight pain behind the knee and into the calf. Many cysts clear up on their own, while some require surgery to remove. Chiropractic care can assist in alleviating some of the symptoms associated with Baker’s Cysts.

WIDESPREAD PAIN

Do you have WIDESPREAD pain in your muscles and soft tissues?
Are you FATIGUED or have PROBLEMS SLEEPING?

It could be fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is the second most common arthritis-related illness. It can lead to anxiety or depression.
Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
Abdominal pain
Dry mouth, nose and eyes
Sensitivity to cold or heat
Incontinence
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Numbness, tingling in fingers and feet
Restless Legs Syndrome
Muscle or joint stiffness
Chiropractic treatment can adjust how a patient ‘carries’ his or her body, helping to alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Chiropractic treatment can significantly reduce pain in sufferers of fibromyalgia.