Guidelines for a Healthy Spine

Tampa Bay ChiropractorA healthy spine is important to a happy and healthy you. There’s so much information out there about how to improve and maintain the health of your spine, however, that it can be overwhelming. Allow us to condense that information down into what’s most important when it comes to your spinal health.

 

Drink Up 

You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again: Drink more water! Drinking water is that important. Hydration is essential for healthy functioning. Your spinal discs, which cushion your vertebrae, are made up of mostly water. Dehydration can lead to shrunken, less effective spinal discs and decreased spinal health. In fact, your spine’s unencumbered range of comfortable motion depends largely on how healthy your spinal discs are. Drink up!

 

Stretch and Strengthen 

Your core muscles support and stabilize your spine, and are, therefore, essential to your spine’s health. Your core muscles are comprised of your internal abdominal muscles, your deep spinal muscles, and your pelvic floor muscles. If your day is relatively sedentary, you may experience weakened core muscles. There are a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises, such as those performed in yoga and Pilates, however, that can improve your core strength – no matter what your current fitness level is.

 

Building more stretching into your day naturally can also help improve your core strength. When you wake up in the morning, make it your habit to do a short series of stretches that get you going. At work, take mini breaks throughout the day by standing and stretching. Because they emanate from your core, most big stretches serve to strengthen your core.

 

Check in with an Experienced Chiropractor

Skilled chiropractors make spinal adjustments that help improve and maintain spinal health, which is literally the backbone of your physical health. If your spine’s range of motion is thwarted, your health suffers. If you experience spinal stiffening or spinal discomfort, consult with an experienced chiropractor who will help you achieve fluid spinal-movement on your path to a healthy spine and a healthy lifestyle.

 

Support Your Spine by Contacting a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today 

Your healthy spine is crucial to your overall physical health and wellbeing. If you experience spinal discomfort or decreased range of spinal motion, do not hesitate to contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. As pain specialists, our multidisciplinary team provides truly integrated physical medicine, and we will work with you to effectively address your spinal health issues. Chiropractic care is an effective tool for maintaining your healthy spine. At Tampa Bay Spine & Injury, we have two conveniently located offices in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please give us a call if you are ready to improve your spinal health.

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Elbow Out Your Elbow Pain

Tampa Bay ChiropractorMany sports enthusiasts – and those whose work involves prolonged repetitive motion – experience persistent elbow pain. Elbow pain may sound like a relatively minor problem, but it can be both painful and detrimental to your active lifestyle – or to your work if it necessitates continued repetitive motion. An experienced chiropractor can help you move past your elbow pain.

 

Epicondylitis 

The diagnostic term for inflammation in the tendons that attach to your elbow joint is Epicondylitis, but you’re probably more familiar with good old tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. Your elbow joint has tendons on both sides – when the tendons on the same side as your thumb (lateral) are inflamed, it’s often referred to as tennis elbow; when the tendons on the same side as your pinky (medial) are inflamed, it’s often referred to as golfer’s elbow.

 

Cause and Effect

Epicondylitis is attributed to the inflammation of the tendons attached to your elbow joint, and it’s often caused by overuse of the muscles in your forearm. If you suffer from tennis elbow, you most likely experience pain that radiates from the outside of your elbow toward your forearm and wrist. The aching sensation can be constant or intermittent, flaring up when you reach, grab, lift, or move something. Golfer’s elbow, on the other hand, often presents as pain that occurs on the inside of your elbow when you make a fist or lift or twist your wrist, hand, and/or forearm.

 

Noninvasive Treatment 

The work of an experienced chiropractor is adjusting and manipulating the joints of your extremities, such as your elbow joint. When your elbow joint (or any joint) isn’t moving as it should, it can be an indication that your elbow’s tendons and/or ligaments are under excess force and tension. This undue force may be causing your epicondylitis or may be exacerbating your painful symptoms. Your chiropractor will work with you to find your path to an improved range of elbow motion and to decreased discomfort.

 

If Tennis Elbow Is Holding You Back, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today  

If you are experiencing discomfort from tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, don’t suffer through and allow it to disrupt your active lifestyle. Instead, contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. Our multidisciplinary team provides truly integrated physical medicine, and we will work with you to help you overcome your nagging tennis elbow. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please give us a call – or contact us online  – to beat tennis elbow.

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Finding Relief for Sciatica

Tampa Bay ChiropractorYour sciatic nerves are nerves that start in your lower back, travel into your hips and buttocks, and move down your legs into your toes. Though often used to describe all lower back and leg pain, sciatica is a diagnostic term for the inflammation, irritation, or compression of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica often leads to pain that radiates from your lower back through your buttock and into your leg (Sciatica usually only affects one side of your body).

Sciatica and Symptoms

Sciatica can vary from mild discomfort to extreme pain in your lower back and buttock – pain that can radiate down the back of your thigh, through your knee and calf, and even into your feet and toes. The discomfort can be steady and consistent or shooting and intermittent. Many people who experience sciatica also experience varied symptoms of tingling, numbness, hot and cold sensations, and muscle soreness. People experience sciatica in different ways and to different degrees; many people find that their sciatica intensifies with movement.

The Root of Sciatica

Your sciatic nerve can become compressed, inflamed, or irritated anywhere along its length. All nerves are rooted in the spine, and your sciatic nerve is rooted in the region of your lower back. Sciatica can occur when your vertebrae in this region are restricted or improperly positioned. Sciatica can also be caused by the excess pressure that tight muscles put on your vertebrae.

Treating Your Sciatica

Most cases of sciatica can be effectively treated over the course of several weeks with non-invasive chiropractic care. An experienced chiropractor will adjust your lumbar and sacral spine to increase the flexibility and motion of your restricted lower vertebrae and to decrease muscle compression. Your chiropractor will also provide you with a personalized plan to continue your therapeutic improvement at home, including hot and cold treatments and gentle stretches and exercises (when appropriate).

If You Suffer from Sciatica, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today

Sciatica is not uncommon, and it can really slow you down. Tampa Bay Spine & Injury is here to help. Chiropractic care not only provides effective noninvasive treatment for sciatica but also arms you with a plan to proactively address your sciatica at home.  As pain specialists, our multidisciplinary team provides truly integrated physical medicine, and we will work with you to effectively treat your sciatica. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call us today and allow us to help you shake your sciatica.

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Shoulder Pain and Chiropractic Care

Tampa Bay ChiropractorShoulder pain is certainly not uncommon. Since more and more office workers spend more and more time performing repetitive tasks at a computer, it’s really no surprise. All of that repetitive hand and arm movement can lead inexorably to shoulder pain that’s caused by a cumulative trauma disorder. Shoulder pain is usually associated with one of three primary causes.

The Three Major Causes of Shoulder Pain

  • Acute shoulder pain is usually caused by a traumatic shoulder event or a shoulder injury.
  • Cumulative trauma disorder (as above) is pain that’s caused by repetitive movements in the shoulder area and/or in the upper extremities and that builds up over time.
  • Chronic shoulder pain is that shoulder pain that lasts for longer than three months. Chronic shoulder pain is usually caused by either acute shoulder pain or a cumulative trauma disorder.

Shoulder Pain Treatment

Most people simply try to live with shoulder pain. Sometimes their shoulder pain will subside, and that works fine. Other people pop pain meds that help to mask the pain but are rarely therapeutic and often come with their own set of complications. When the pain becomes too intrusive, many people will ultimately visit their doctor. Even the traditional medical model, however, is beginning to look toward an initial conservative treatment approach for musculoskeletal pain like shoulder pain. Chiropractic care is a great example of such a conservative approach.

An experienced chiropractor will consult with you about your shoulder pain, its duration, and its possible cause(s). Your chiropractor will examine you, will apply an appropriate chiropractic adjustment tailored for your condition, and will physically work with your body to help you heal and to help you alleviate your shoulder pain. Further, your chiropractor will offer some helpful exercises for you to practice at home – and maybe some healthy lifestyle tweaks to aid in your recovery. The goal of chiropractic care is to help you on the path toward pain-free shoulders without invasive treatments or strong medications.

If You Have Shoulder Pain, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today

If you have lingering shoulder pain that hasn’t simply gone away naturally, an experienced chiropractor can help you find natural pain relief and an improved range of shoulder motion. At Tampa Bay Spine & Injury, we provide truly integrated physical medicine and will work closely with you to alleviate your shoulder pain. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please give us a call for more information about how we can help you find lasting relief for your shoulder pain.

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The Best Herniated Disc Treatment for You

Tampa Bay ChiropractorA herniated disc is a common ailment. Herniated discs are usually a matter of degree. In fact, many people have them without even realizing it. If your herniated disc causes you pain, however, it’s a different story. If yours is so painful that you’ve obtained a diagnosis, your herniated disc is more serious; but it certainly doesn’t mean that you’re destined to undergo surgery anytime soon. Sometimes, a painful herniated disc will even heal on its own. Your herniated disc is unique to you, and your healing process will likely depend on the severity of your herniated disc and on your overall health.

Your Herniated Disc

Your discs are the rubbery cushions that fit between the individual bones or vertebrae that stack together and form your spine. When herniated, a disc leaks out some of its jelly-like interior through a tear or rupture in its tough exterior. This herniation can irritate that area of your spine and can lead to pain.

Caring for Your Herniated Disc

Conservative treatment is becoming the favored method of treatment for many musculoskeletal issues like herniated discs. An experienced chiropractor will examine you and discuss the severity of your herniated disc with you. Additionally, your chiropractor will make chiropractic adjustments and will physically work with your body to help you heal and find comfort more quickly. Finally, your chiropractor will discuss your lifestyle and overall health profile with you and may offer you a therapeutic exercise regime, nutritional suggestions, and lifestyle tweaks to help you move past your herniated disc and its attendant pain.

Your chiropractor will continue to see you regularly until your herniated disc heals and the pain subsides, which can be a fairly speedy process. Most important, your chiropractor will ensure that, whenever possible, you benefit from conservative care rather than invasive treatments and harsh medications.

If You Have a Herniated Disc, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today

If you’ve been diagnosed with a herniated disc, there’s no need to panic. An experienced Tampa Bay chiropractor will help you on the path to natural recovery. At Tampa Bay Spine & Injury, we provide truly integrated physical medicine and will work closely with you to treat your herniated disc and to alleviate the pain associated with it. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call us for more information about how we can help you find lasting relief for your painful herniated disc.

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The Chiropractic Approach

Tampa Bay ChiropractorChiropractic care has garnered a lot of attention lately for being the best first option for musculoskeletal pain and for being the preferred first step in the growing trend toward conservative care. Chiropractic care has a lot to offer, but the chiropractic approach to health care can still be confusing. That’s okay; we’re here to clear that up.

What Chiropractors Treat

Chiropractic focuses on your musculoskeletal pain, which means the pain that emanates from your joints, muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments and that often presents in your knees, back, hip, neck, and shoulders (among other areas). Although chiropractic focuses on your musculoskeletal system, it can be useful in treating a variety of conditions, including tension headaches and migraines. If you’re experiencing musculoskeletal pain, chiropractic care is a great place to start on your path to natural pain relief and recovery.

Chiropractic Treatment

An experienced chiropractor employs a series of hands-on spinal and bodily manipulations to work your body back into alignment and to allow it to heal without the need for medications or invasive treatments or surgeries. It doesn’t stop there, though. Your chiropractor will also work with you to provide a series of therapeutic stretches and exercises that you can employ to work past whatever brought you in. Further, chiropractic care will address your lifestyle and nutritional needs by helping you explore ways to tweak your health naturally.

Chiropractic Care and Beyond

Not every condition can be effectively treated with chiropractic care, but chiropractors often work in conjunction with other healthcare providers to offer you an entire suite of musculoskeletal care and pain relief. By augmenting your health care with chiropractic care, you can take advantage of a more holistic and personalized approach to health care as you traverse the traditional medical model. Chiropractic care also allows you a greater degree of control over your musculoskeletal pain management.  

Chiropractic care has a lot to offer by way of relieving pain and fostering a healthy lifestyle that wards off pain in the first place. Whether you’re new to chiropractic care or are in need of a fresh shot of what we have to offer, contact an experienced chiropractor today.

To Explore the Benefits of Chiropractic Care, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today

Chiropractic care is here to reduce your musculoskeletal pain and to naturally guide you toward a healthier lifestyle. If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. Our skilled chiropractic team is here to guide you on your path to musculoskeletal health; give us a call at one of our two conveniently located offices in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852) – or email us through our online contact form.

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Chiropractic Care and Hip Pain

Tampa Bay ChiropractorHip pain is a common musculoskeletal complaint that chiropractic care is highly effective at treating. Hip pain can be caused by a variety of issues that manifest in distinct ways. Don’t let hip pain drag you down; an experienced chiropractor can help you bypass surgery and alleviate your hip pain naturally – the best way.

Hip Inflammation

This is Inflammation that’s within your hip joints or ligaments and that can become painful as the joints fill with blood or fluid. Painful inflammation can also be caused by bursitis in the bursa that surrounds the hip.

Hip Trauma

If you’ve been involved in a hip-injuring accident like a slip and fall or a car accident, the trauma can cause a hip fracture, dislocation, strain, sprain, and/or bruising. Any of these can lead to a significant amount of hip pain.

Hip Overuse

If you routinely engage in activities that overstress your hip joints, you can inflame your hips’ surrounding tendons, muscles, and ligaments. This hip pain from overuse often develops slowly over time.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the most prevalent causes of adult hip pain. This is a progressive disease that causes degeneration of the hip joints and cartilage.

Don’t ignore your hip pain; it’s probably not going to go away on its own. There’s also no reason to panic. Hip pain does not mean that you’ll necessarily have to undergo invasive treatments or surgery. Chiropractic care is recognized as an effective treatment for most hip pain, and a skilled chiropractor will work with you to get to the root of your pain and to get you back on the road to recovery.

If You Suffer from Hip Pain, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today 

If you experience hip pain, that pain is trying to tell you something that you should not ignore. Hip pain has a cause that can be treated, and chiropractic care is a great place to start. If you are ready to tackle your hip pain, contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. Our multidisciplinary team provides truly integrated physical medicine, and we will work with you to provide the least invasive and most beneficial hip pain treatment and therapy. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please give us a call – or email us through our online contact form – to discuss your hip treatment options with a skilled chiropractic professional.

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Getting Back to a Healthy Back

Tampa Bay ChiropractorIf you experience recurring back pain, you probably regularly ponder what you’re doing to cause that pain. Your back pain is not necessarily injury based; it is more likely a result of your cumulative lifestyle choices and habits. This makes the specific culprit behind your back pain difficult to pinpoint. Never fear, an experienced chiropractor will help you get to the bottom of this musculoskeletal pain and will teach you improved methods for facing your back pain head on.

Your Life May Be a Pain in Your Back

Life is the number one culprit when it comes to back pain. This sounds silly and obvious, but it is also very true. Your life is made up a series of opportunities to take better or worse care of your back, and sometimes you probably quietly choose less-than-ideal options, including poor posture, sudden increases in activity, and unchecked repetitive motion. Your back pain probably stems from a collection of factors – rather than any single incident or physical tendency. For example, you may have upped your exercise regime a bit, given in to slouching in an office chair that needs replacing, given up on getting enough sleep each night, and started dashing up the stairs rather than waiting for the next elevator. All of these seemingly minor factors can add up to a “My Aching Back!” Situation.

Back-Strain Prevention

Life always intervenes, but there are ways to build back-strain prevention into your daily lineup:

  • Lift with your legs every single time (you’ve heard it before, but this one bears repeating over and over again);
  • Strengthen your core with core-specific exercises (an experienced chiropractor is a great resource);
  • Strike a posture-perfect pose (healthy posture is an essential ingredient for a healthy back);
  • Embrace stress-reduction techniques, including meditation, yoga, and chiropractic care (stress can manifest in your back muscles); and
  • Be your healthiest you (a healthy lifestyle bolsters back health).

Back pain can creep in at unexpected times, and there is no reason that you should try to power through it alone. An experienced chiropractor knows how to alleviate your pain and how to guide you toward a back-pain-banishing lifestyle.

Get Back to a Healthy Back by Contacting a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today

Give your back the attention it deserves, and kick your pesky back pain to the curb. If you suffer from recurring back pain, do not hesitate to contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. We are here to help, so give us a call at one of our two conveniently located offices in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852).

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The SAID Principle

Tampa Bay ChiropractorBoth healthy physical activity and physical rehabilitation are often considered through the lens of the SAID principle, which refers to a Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand. In other words, you face certain physical-stress limitations that are unique to you and that, if crossed, will result in injury. This is just as true for your musculoskeletal system, which is comprised of your bones, muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments, as it is for your cardiovascular system, which is comprised of your heart, lungs, and blood vessels).

Striking a Balance

When you start a new exercise program or ramp up your existing exercise program, you place healthy stress on both of these bodily systems. If you push too hard, you’re susceptible to injury; if you don’t push hard enough; you see few healthy results. The amazingly simple answer to this seeming conundrum is to strike a healthy balance with your physical exertion over time – build up slowly and honor your limits.

Your Body’s Unique Physical Adaptation Mechanism

When you consistently exert yourself to your personal stress point, you allow your body to adapt to that limitation over time and to gradually improve your ability to accommodate increased physical stress. You can break free from your body’s injury cycle by paying careful attention to your body’s unique physical limitations and by slowly and consistently working past them. If you do suffer an injury, it’s a strong indicator that whatever activity level you were engaging in at the time of injury went beyond your current limitations. Pay careful attention to these limitations, and consult with an experienced chiropractor to learn mechanisms for working beyond them.

To Break Your Injury Cycle, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today

If you find yourself in an injury cycle, do not hesitate to contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. Our multidisciplinary team provides truly integrated physical medicine, and we’ll help you break through your injury cycle and get back to the business of challenging your physical stamina.  True wellness is achieved through a holistic approach to medical care, and chiropractic care is integral to this approach. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call us for help with busting out of your injury cycle.

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Chiropractic Care Provides Excellent Relief for Musculoskeletal Pain

Tampa Bay ChiropractorResearch consistently demonstrates that chiropractic care can be the most effective approach in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, such as back pain, sciatica, and neck pain. A recent study out of Switzerland further clarifies the efficacy of chiropractic care. This research compares chiropractic care to traditional medical care in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain. This study concludes that chiropractic care is the most effective initial choice for any such pain.

Musculoskeletal Pain

Musculoskeletal pain is usually caused by an injury to your joints, muscles, bones, tendons, nerves or ligaments. These injuries can be caused in any number of ways, including falls, accidents, a direct blow to the affected area, or even by turning or twisting awkwardly. Even the wear and tear of daily living can lead to musculoskeletal pain. It’s not an uncommon condition, and many people resort to popping over-the-counter medications before eventually seeking traditional medical care.

Swiss Study

In this Swiss study, the researchers followed nearly 1,000 people who presented with spinal, hip, or shoulder pain. About half sought relief from a medical doctor, the rest received chiropractic care. After four months of prescribed treatment, all the subjects filled out a recovery survey. The compiled results are significant:

  • Those who initially consulted with MDs didn’t experience as significant a decrease in their numeric pain-rating score.
  • Those who initially consulted with MDs were considerably less satisfied with the quality and outcome of their care.
  • Those who initially consulted with MDs paid significantly more for the health care they received.

Ultimately, this study determines that the best course of action is to seek initial chiropractic care for musculoskeletal pain. Additionally, accurately directing such issues toward initial chiropractic intervention allows medical providers to focus on more complex medical issues. If a complex case does seek initial chiropractic care, chiropractors are well positioned to refer the case on to a traditional doctor or to co-manage the client’s care with the primary medical provider for optimal overall care.

If You Suffer from Musculoskeletal Pain, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today

If you experience musculoskeletal aches and pains, do not hesitate to contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. Research confirms that chiropractic care is the best initial treatment response for such pain. As pain specialists, our multidisciplinary team provides truly integrated physical medicine, and we will work with you to effectively address your musculoskeletal pain.  True wellness is achieved through a holistic approach to medical care, and chiropractic care is integral to that approach. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call us for help addressing your musculoskeletal pain.

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