The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 100 million work days are lost due to low back pain (LBP).
Carrying your kids on your shoulders, cleaning the floors, lifting, sitting all day at work, or a little extra up front (that’s the pendulous abdominal syndrome), it’s no wonder that 80 percent of Americans suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.
Whether it’s from a sports injury, a previous auto accident, or daily activities; when you have pain in your back, it means that your back structure (the muscles, joints, discs, and vertebrae) has lost its normal functioning, and therefore cannot provide the necessary support to your spine.
In our Overland Park Chiropractic office, I’ve treated thousands of patients suffering from low back pain, I realize that suffering from low back pain can be relentless and tiring. You may have already tried other remedies that didn’t work or not enough.
Many people accept arthritis as an inevitable part of getting older. And with the U.S. Census estimating that there are currently 72 million “Baby Boomers” living in the U.S., chances are you or one of your family members are feeling the aches, pains, loss of movement, stiffness and limitations that come along with living with arthritis.
The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion estimates that more than 46 million adults in the United States reported being told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.
This means that one in every five adult Americans have been diagnosed with arthritis. In fact, arthritis is currently the leading cause of disability in the United States.
You don’t have to live every day in discomfort and pain. You have a choice.
You can choose to depend on over-the-counter drugs to help you mask these annoying, often debilitating pains associated with arthritis. Or, you can see how chiropractic may help you.
In fact, more than 1 million days of school and 160 million days of work are lost per year due to headaches. The costs are astronomical. Recent research has uncovered that headaches result in an estimated $30 billion in medical expenses each year.
Other alarming studies from the National Pain Foundation report 76 percent of women and 57 percent of men report at least one significant headache per month.
You don’t have to live with headache pain. You have a choice. You can choose to depend on over the counter drugs which are often addicting and have severe side affects, or you can treat your headaches effectively and naturally.
Chiropractic care is a safe, effective, noninvasive form of care that can be beneficial for some patients who experience tension headaches.
Soreness, tightness, spasms, intense pain- you feel it when you wake up, or perhaps during your workday- rubbing your neck doesn’t seem to help, and you try to cover up the problem with medication hoping that it will eventually go away. Seem familiar?
Know that your neck is incredibly engineered. It was created with its own built-in shock absorber called a curve or lordosis. The curve was designed to act like a spring and absorbs the shock of your head resting on your neck. It’s a significant amount of pressure (to hold the head up) over time and the importance of keeping this curve is imperative to the transmission of “information” from your brain to your nervous system.
When your neck loses this curve ligaments supporting your neck become stretched and lose their ability to maintain a natural curve. This can happen due to a motor vehicle accident, chronic poor posture, or uncorrected vertebral misalignment.
Once your neck has lost its normal curve, your neck and shoulders attempt to hold your head in the proper position.
Unfortunately, they were not created to do this and they tire easily. This is when your neck becomes overworked and you begin to feel the tightness and muscle fatigue in the neck and shoulder area.
Back pain is a common condition that affects millions and millions of people around the world on a daily basis. Pain can range from slight and mild to severe that can cause a person to essentially be confined to a bed.
Causes of back pain can be from one or more of the following:
The 3 causes of pain:
- Tissue or Joint Fixation
- Nerve Interference
- Extreme Stress on the Body
- Inherited Condition
- Athletic Injury of present or past
- Whiplash – car accident, slip and falls, etc.
Many people suffer from knee pain, which can be caused by athletic injuries, overuse, accidents, falls and even general overuse.
Most cases of knee pain can come and go and have little to no effect on a person’s everyday life. However, if there is some type of structural damage, the pain can become worse and lead to further pain and discomfort down the line.
Seeking help for your knee pain is a must. This allows the problem to be properly diagnosed and allow for the proper treatment of your knee discomfort. Treatments can vary depending on the severity of the condition and the exact cause of the problem.
Do you suffer from pain in your shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, ankle or foot? Chiropractic adjustments targeting these extremities may be able to help. While most people think of chiropractic care as spine-centric, in reality, skilled chiropractors can treat more than just spinal misalignments.
Chiropractic care is also beneficial for the body’s extremities. When the extremity joints are misaligned or functioning improperly, the surrounding tissue can become inflamed and damaged. This increases the risk for chronic pain and injuries. Extremity adjustments realign the joints, safely managing chronic pain and supporting whole body health.
Small misalignments in the extremities can have a major impact on the body’s overall health. This includes extremity misalignments in the jaw, shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, ankle and foot. In the wrist for example, a misalignment increases the risk for compression of the median nerve, causing carpal tunnel pain. Identifying and treating the affected joints relieves pain and helps patients avoid surgery.
High arches, fallen arches, or uneven arches are three of the most common causes for foot pain. In fact, a misalignment in the arch can trigger negative, reverberating effects throughout the body. Our office frequently treat patients who complain about hip pain, lower back pain, and knee pain. In many cases a misalignment in the ankle or foot- including an arch problem is a contributing factor for the patient’s pain.
The ankle is the most frequently injured joint in the body. Weak arches cause the bones of the feet to drop to an unstable position, increasing foot stress, tenderness and the risk for injury. Failure to treat foot and ankle pain can ultimately destabilize your entire musculoskeletal system. Adjusting the malfunctioning joints of the feet can relieve a host of pain problems, including hip and knee pain.