Cervical Disc Herniation – a Byproduct of Modern Life

Tampa Bay ChiropractorThe many technological conveniences associated with life in 2017 leave you at greater risk for cervical disc herniation. Often referred to as “text neck”, the condition brought on by near constant peering at a screen can end up being a literal pain in your neck. When you maintain strained neck positioning for too long, it can result in cervical disc herniation. Improving your posture can help, and an experienced chiropractor can help you find that postural happy place that silences your herniated disc pain.

 

Your Neck and Cervical Disc Herniation 

The part of your spine that reaches your neck – your cervical vertebrae – should naturally curve forward into a slight C shape. This curve in your spine is there to act as a shock-absorbing spring to protect your brain against sudden movement and possible shock. Between your vertebrae lie intervertebral discs, which help keep your spine flexible and fluid. Consistently engaging in poor posture can cause these discs to herniate or bulge and, thus, to move away from their proper spine-protective positioning.  

 

When you keep your neck cast down (as when you interface with your phone) or cast forward (as when you interface with your computer) for extended periods, your spine can lose its natural healthy-curve. When you repeatedly engage in such activities, your posture probably suffers. Additionally, you may find that you experience more and more neck and shoulder fatigue and pain. Chiropractic care can help your find your way back to your healthy posture and will provide you with lifestyle tweaks that allow you to ditch your text neck.  

 

Handy Hints 

There are things that you can do to care for and alleviate the pain associated with cervical disc herniation: 

  • Recognize that the symptoms can include muscle weakness, loss of neck mobility, and/or acute neck pain (you may also experience numbness, tingling, or sharp pain that can radiate down your neck and into your shoulder, arm, and hand);
  • Apply ice to your neck as soon as you experience neck pain;
  • Alternate your ice therapy with moist heat therapy (try using a warm, wet towel);
  • Take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as Ibuprofen, to reduce the swelling (do not exceed 2,400 mg per day);
  • Give your neck a rest by limiting movement and taking a few daily catnaps; and
  • Visit an experienced chiropractor.

 

If You’re Suffering from Cervical Disc Herniation, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today

If technology’s wonders have caused a pain in your neck, 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 herniated disc. Chiropractic care is an effective tool for maintaining a healthy, pain-free spine. 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’re ready to take on that pain in your neck.

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Chiropractic Care for Chronic Pain

Tampa Bay ChiropractorThe opioid epidemic that’s sweeping our nation speaks to the number of Americans who suffer from chronic pain. In a September 2014 report, the National Institute of Health (NIH) examines the importance of integrating alternative medical care, such as chiropractic, in our approach to pain reduction. This report stresses the import of including a range of progressive treatments in the way we address chronic pain – rather than consistently reaching for a one-size-fits-all drug-treatment regime.

 

Chiropractic Care: The Natural Alternative 

Chiropractic care for chronic pain not only offers heightened patient safety but also helps to decrease the need for prescription pain medications, which come with significant negative side effects – including nausea, severe constipation, extreme drowsiness, and confusion (among other more serious complications with high dosages). The NIH panel was comprised of experts from a variety of medical specialties, and the panel concluded that effectively managing chronic pain necessitates an approach that integrates complementary medicine like chiropractic. Although the field of traditional medicine has been loath to embrace complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as chiropractic, the federal government has recently begun to support CAM coursework for medical and nursing curriculums with the motivation of expanding CAM conversations with patients.  

 

Your Spine: Your Health

Your spine protects your central nervous system, which is your body’s control panel for coordinating your cells, tissues, and organs. Spinal dysfunctions can lead to any number of musculoskeletal issues that include neck, back, and hip pain (among many other pain-inducing conditions).

 

Chiropractic Care Is Spinal Care 

Chiropractic care begins with the source – your spine. A skilled chiropractor will focus on your spine to improve the movement of your joints and your nerve functioning, which can go a long way toward alleviating your pain. By aiding your mobility and addressing your pain, chiropractic care promotes a happier, healthier, and more active you.

 

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

Chiropractic care is highly effective at treating pain that emanates from your spine, a common cause of chronic pain. If you are interested in what chiropractic care can do for you, do not hesitate to contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. Our skilled chiropractic team is here to guide you on the path to improved health and decreased chronic pain. Give us a call at one of our two conveniently located offices in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852) – or contact us online.

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Your Spine: 5 Fun Facts

Tampa Bay ChiropractorOur spines are marvels of evolution; they allow us to walk upright, after all. And though you may have bandied about the phrase “spineless wonder” a time or two, we all come equipped with a spine that’s ours to care for. Most of us don’t give our spines a lot of thought – until they give us a reason to. With this in mind, Tampa Bay Spine & Injury has five fun spine facts to share with you:

  1. Your spine has a lot of moving parts The modern human spine is comprised of 220 ligaments, 120 muscles, and 100 joints. This probably adequately explains why back pain is one of the most common reasons for doctor and chiropractor visits.
  2. Your neck is created just like every other mammal’s neck, including the giraffe’s – All mammal necks are comprised of seven different cervical vertebrae, which provide the awe-inspiring flexibility for giraffes to go both very low and very high and for you to shoot a meaningful look over your shoulder at your children as you leave the room.
  3. Space travel makes you taller – When outside gravity’s powerful influence, astronauts stand taller than they do back on planet Earth. In space, their cartilage expands, which lengthens their spines. Astronauts often return home an inch or two taller. As you age, on the other hand, the pull of gravity causes your cartilage to shrink and your spine to shorten, which leads to shortened stature.
  4. You had more vertebrae as a baby than you do now –You were born with 33 vertebrae, and you now have 26. Those vertebrae didn’t do a disappearing act; instead, four of them fused to create your tailbone and the others fused to create the back of your pelvis.
  5. Though most back pain requires no medical treatment, spinal surgeries are more prevalent than ever –Back pain is the most common musculoskeletal cause for doctor visits, and spinal surgeries are on the rise. The fact is, however, that most back pain will go away on its own over time. The problem with back and spinal pain, however, is that it’s a byproduct of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and it can creep up on you. Nevertheless, there’s plenty that you can do to keep your spine and back in healthy shape, and chiropractic care is a great place to start.

To Improve Your Spinal Health, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today

Chiropractic care can help you improve your spinal health and reduce your back pain – all while guiding you toward a naturally healthier lifestyle. The skilled chiropractic team at Tampa Bay Spine & Injury is here to guide you on the path to spinal 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 contact us through our online contact form.

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Osteoporosis and Chiropractic Care

Your bones are your body’s infrastructure, and these 206 bones are obviously very important to your health and wellbeing. In fact, your bones are made of living tissue and you can help to improve and maintain their health. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that’s caused by a decrease in the density of your bones. Many people with osteoporosis are concerned about whether they’re appropriate candidates for chiropractic care, but a skilled chiropractor can help you to better support the health and strength of your bones.

 

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that causes your bones to lose density. If you suffer from osteoporosis, some of your bones have lost their natural strength. As your bones lose density, they also lose strength and are more easily fractured. If you suffer from advanced osteoporosis, even a small misstep can lead to a broken bone.

 

Effects of Osteoporosis

The most common bone disease that humans endure is osteoporosis, and it most often affects a person’s hips, wrists, spine, pelvis, and femur bones. While osteoporosis affects both men and women, postmenopausal women – because of their decreased estrogen levels – are especially vulnerable to its effects. Genetics and hormone levels play a role in the onset of osteoporosis, but certain lifestyle choices can also play a role:

 

  • Not participating in adequate physical exercise (especially weight bearing exercise);
  • Not eating a healthy diet that includes animal proteins and adequate Vitamin D;
  • Smoking; and
  • Not limiting your alcohol consumption.

 

Bone Health and Chiropractic Care

Just like other living tissue, your bones are constantly in the process of breaking down and replacing themselves. When your bones break down faster than they replace themselves, you experience decreased bone density and strength. When you receive a chiropractic adjustment, that adjustment stimulates the cells (osteoblasts) in your bones that regenerate bone growth. Chiropractic care, in other words, not only helps to improve your joint movement but also boosts your bone health and strength. If you have active osteoporosis, your chiropractor will avoid or modify certain adjustments that are contraindicated; but both you and your bones can benefit from chiropractic care.

 

If You Have Osteoporosis, a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Can Help 

If you suffer from reduced bone density from osteoporosis, do not hesitate to discuss your condition with one of our experienced chiropractors at  Tampa Bay Spine & Injury. Chiropractic care can help. Our multidisciplinary team provides truly integrated physical medicine, and we will work with you to effectively address your osteoporosis. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call for an appointment today.

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Getting Behind SI Joint Health

Your SI joints are your sacroiliac joints, which play an important role in your ability to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Your sacroiliac joints are on both sides of your sacrum (the lowest part of your spine), and they link your sacrum to the ilium on each side of your pelvis. Healthy SI joints allow you to comfortably transfer weight from your upper body to your legs and they are meant to move in a smooth shearing or sliding motion.

 

SI Joint Pain 

SI joint dysfunction occurs when the joint can’t move the way it’s meant to, and such dysfunction usually causes discomfort and/or a decreased range of motion in the hips. Your SI joints serve to smoothly transfer your body weight, and they’re comprised of strong supporting ligaments and tendons that allow only minimal movement. Your SI joints can be adversely affected by several common factors:  

 

  • Exercising too little;
  • Sitting too much; and
  • Carrying too much body weight.

 

All of these factors can contribute to decreased SI joint health and range of motion. Conversely, pregnant women can encounter too much SI joint movement due to the stretching and loosening effect that pregnancy has on ligaments.

 

Symptomatology and Care 

People experience SI joint dysfunctions in different ways, but it’s not uncommon for such dysfunction to present as pain in the low back or buttocks. This pain can radiate down your leg or your front thigh but usually won’t go beyond your knee. Joint pain that emanates from your SI joints commonly mimics other kinds of low back pain, such as sciatica. In order to effectively treat your condition, an experienced chiropractor will carefully examine you and discuss your symptoms with you. A skilled chiropractor will make the appropriate adjustments to help restore your SI joint health.

 

For Improved SI Joint Health, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today

The health of your SI joints is crucial to your active and healthy lifestyle. If you’re experiencing discomfort or decreased range of motion in your SI joints, an experienced Tampa Bay chiropractor will guide 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 address your SI joint pain. 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 improving your SI joint 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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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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