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Chiropractic Mechanical and Manual Cervical Traction for Injuries

  In cases of cervical disc nerve compression, traction treatment is a recommended approach to proper spinal adjustment and pain relief . Traction treatment enables a chiropractor to relieve the stress/pressure that can lead to spinal disc problems like: Disc herniation Disc Rupture Displacement Traction concepts differ with chiropractors. They could utilize static positioning and inversion therapy but each has there own treatment application. Manual and mechanical cervical traction The methodologies/techniques are different, but the results are the same. Which is used depends on an individual case basis and the chiropractic treatment plan. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic utilize both mechanical and manual traction approaches. Choosing the right traction treatment is based on an understanding of each technique's strengths, depending on each individual's case. Traction approach The difference between mechanical and manual traction is simple . Mechani

Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

  Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, also known as D.I.S.H is a misunderstood and often misdiagnosed source of back pain . Dr. Jimenez gives some insight into this condition and prevention. There are many health conditions that have back pain as a symptom . This is why it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. Usually, this is not a problem because most cases of back pain resolve on their own in a matter of days or weeks. Spinal conditions like muscle strains and herniated discs are the usual suspects when back pain presents. But when the common conditions are not the cause healthcare providers need to delve deeper. One spinal condition that is rarely discussed or known by medical professionals is diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis. Along with D.I.S.H, it is also known as Forestier disease . Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis involves the tendons that connect muscles to bones and ligaments that connect the bones to each other , around the spine, begin

Motorcycle Accident Causes, Injuries, and Chiropractic Treatment

Motorcycle accidents are a lot different from automobile accidents . Specifically is how much the riders are exposed and unprotected during the collision impact compared to individuals in a motor vehicle. A recommendation that comes from attorneys, doctors, and chiropractors is for all motorcyclists to learn about common causes of accidents to help prevent and reduce the level of risk. When on a motorcycle, there is nothing between the individual and the impact to protect the body from injury. If something hits the motorcycle, the individual is going to get hit or hit something. The strength and stamina that it takes to ride a motorcycle, takes a definite toll on the body . It’s very common for the spine to get out of alignment and sustain soft tissue damage from regular riding. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic can help bring pain relief and rehabilitate the body's musculoskeletal system from regular riding or after a motorcycle accident . Head-On Collis

Why Tendonitis Should Not Be Left Untreated A Chiropractic Perspective

  Tendonitis can happen in any area of the body where a tendon is being overused. If left untreated it can lead to serious/chronic issues. Most individuals experience this injury near joints around the shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist, foot, and can be a painful problem. The muscles' have a regular blood supply of healing nutrients and fresh oxygen. But the tendons along with other connective tissues do not, which causes the tendons to become inflamed and unable to quickly heal. Most individuals don't realize they are developing tendonitis until the pain starts to present. Chiropractic can help to prevent tendonitis from becoming a chronic problem. Length of time for tendonitis to heal Healing time depends on the overall health, age, and how serious the tendonitis is. A mild case for a person under 40 could heal in two to four weeks A moderate case in 4 to 6 weeks An extreme case can take months It is important to not ignore tendonitis, especially if it comes back after having tr

Chiropractic Sports Massage for Injuries, Sprains, and Strains

  A chiropractic sports massage will reduce the risk of injury, improve flexibility, and the circulatory system. A chiropractic sports massage is a focused treatment that is designed for biomechanical needs and physical demands of individuals that regularly engage in sports/physical athletic activities like: Running Gym workouts CrossFit Football Basketball Raquetball Skating Cycling Soccer Yoga Individuals that stress their body's to the limits through physical activities can benefit from a chiropractic sports massage. A chiropractic sports massage is not like a spa massage A chiropractic sports massage is not like a spa massage. There are spa massages for helping individuals unwind and relax. And then there is a massage for healing sore muscles, tendons, ligaments after an intense game, workout, etc . This type of massage helps loosen the muscles/connecting tissues and allows the body to heal a lot quicker. This is done by increasing the blood and nerve circulation around the

Neck Pain and Feeling Dizzy: Cervicogenic/Cervical Vertigo

  When neck pain and becoming dizzy present it is called cervical vertigo or cervicogenic dizziness. It can present from different causes. It could be a recent or previous automobile accident , or from slouching too much while looking down at the phone , or it could be an arthritic condition acting up. Whatever the reason/s the spinning, neck pain, and headaches, need to stop. Cervical vertigo, also known as cervicogenic dizziness, is a feeling of disorientation or unsteadiness caused by a neck injury or health condition that affects the neck region of the spine. There is almost always neck pain when the dizziness starts up. The range of motion is affected and can present with a headache. A cervical vertigo episode can go on for hours, and the condition can last for years. Diagnosing cervical vertigo can be a challenge because some of the symptoms are similar or overlap with other medical issues. This can be inner ear infections/issues to stroke and traumatic brain injury/s like a co

Benefits of Chiropractic After Auto Injury

  After being involved in an auto accident, it could be weeks before the full effects of the trauma present. Visiting a chiropractor after an auto injury can help the body heal quicker and helps to prevent further injury . Benefits include: Inflammation is reduced It is non-Invasive It is highly effective for pain treatment Helps to lessen and avoid pain medications Treats whiplash effectively Reduces stress Promotes quicker healing and recovery time Reduces and prevents scar tissue Especially for those that believe they are okay after an accident, it is highly recommended to get checked by a doctor of chiropractic just in case. This can help prevent more serious issues from developing. Injury From An Accident There could be a wide range of injuries that an individual can suffer after an accident. These include: Soft and Hard Tissue Injuries Minor scrapes Bruising/ Contusions Whiplash Neck/Back injuries Concussions Post-traumatic stress disorder Fractures Broken bones Internal Bleedi

Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy and Chiropractic Protection

  Age is the primary contributor to many spinal conditions. This is because of the strain that comes after decades of wear and tear. The most damaging age-related spinal condition is spondylosis/arthritis of the vertebrae. This can lead to everything from herniated discs, to vertebral fractures. Spondylosis increases the risk for cervical spondylotic myelopathy . This condition involves the compression of the spinal cord, placing increased strain on the nerves, discs, and supporting soft tissue/s. A chiropractor will work with senior patients on all levels. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic will offer recommendations and educate the individuals on the effects of the condition and how to prevent and safeguard. Signs and Symptoms cervical spondylotic myelopathy The slow compression of the spine brought on by spondylosis generates the onset of numerous symptoms. Seniors should have a general understanding of these symptoms and be able to recognize them if they pre
  The shoulder joint consists of different muscles that are for moving, protection, and provide a wide range of motion. When one or more of these muscles is pulled or strained it can affect the smallest movements. A pulled shoulder muscle can make simple activities difficult, painful, and impossible. Minor shoulder injuries can heal on their own with home remedies. A serious shoulder muscle injury should be addressed by a medical professional. The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. Pulling a muscle in the shoulder can be caused by: Injury Overuse General wear and tear Pulled Shoulder Muscle Causes Pulling a shoulder muscle can happen quickly like falling on the shoulder or from a car accident. It can also develop from months or years of working a job where individuals perform repetitive motions with the shoulders and overuse the muscles to the point of strain. No matter the cause, rehabilitation, and recovery depend on the type and severity of the injury. Common Shoulder Muscle Injur

Control Carpal Tunnel Pain While Driving

  One area to consider is driving.  When it comes to carpal tunnel syndrome pain most individuals think about keyboard typing, as the source of arm, wrist, and hand pain . This is true, but carpal tunnel can develop from : Any repetitive motion Gripping Bending at the wrist Vibrations going through the wrist Long-distance truckers, those who drive for business or regular long pleasure trips on winding mountain roads can take a toll on the muscles, tendons, ligaments of the arms and hands. Combining a regular job, stacking, scanning, lifting, and typing away most of the day, then long commutes, and weekends driving around, an individual can begin to present with arm, hand, and finger pain. Signs and Symptoms Carpal tunnel can sneak up when least expected. Most individuals begin to feel a burning, tingling, or numbness in the thumb and first two fingers, and for some, the palm, as well. Discomfort or pain usually presents at night and in the morning. If the condition becomes worse, i

Chiropractic Examination Fibromyalgia Diagnosis

  A fibromyalgia diagnosis involves the process of eliminating other disorders and conditions with similar symptoms. It can be difficult to diagnose fibromyalgia. There is no common exam or test that a doctor can use to definitively diagnose fibromyalgia. The elimination process is utilized because of several other conditions with similar symptoms. These include: Rheumatoid arthritis Chronic fatigue syndrome Lupus It can take some time when an individual first notices symptoms and actually being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which can be frustrating . Doctors have to become detectives, working hard to find the right cause of pain and other symptoms. Developing the right diagnosis is necessary to create an optimal treatment plan. Fibromyalgia Diagnosis Criteria Pain and symptoms based on the total number of painful areas Fatigue Poor sleep Thinking problems Memory problems In 2010, a study was published that updated the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia. The new criteria remove the

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The information herein is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, licensed physician, and is not medical advice. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based on your research and partnership with a qualified health care professional. Our information scope is limited to chiropractic, musculoskeletal, physical medicines, wellness, sensitive health issues, functional medicine articles, topics, and discussions. We provide and present clinical collaboration with specialists from a wide array of disciplines. Each specialist is governed by their professional scope of practice and their jurisdiction of licensure. We use functional health & wellness protocols to treat and support care for the injuries or disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our videos, posts, topics, subjects, and insights cover clinical matters, issues, and topics that relate to and support, directly or indirectly, our clinical scope of practice.* Our office has made a reasonable attempt to provide supportive citations and has identified the relevant research study or studies supporting our posts. We provide copies of supporting research studies available to regulatory boards and the public upon request. We understand that we cover matters that require an additional explanation of how it may assist in a particular care plan or treatment protocol; therefore, to further discuss the subject matter above, please feel free to contact us. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, ATN* email: coach@elpasofunctionalmedicine.com phone: 915-850-0900 Licensed in: Texas & New Mexico*