Carolina Health Innovations offers a full range of chiropractic services to help alleviate a variety of physical problems and ailments, which may be causing you both pain and mental stress. These problems may be as simple as a pulled muscle or as serious as a back or neck injury sustained in a serious accident. At CHI we believe that offering flexible chiropractic treatment options tailored to each patient’s needs is the proper way to treat your injuries.
Some of the most common problems we encounter and treat are listed below with a brief description. For a more thorough explanation, see the links to a more thorough description of a particular problem or injury.
Auto Accident and Personal Injuries:
While you can become injured in many different ways, an automobile accident can often result in damage to several parts of your body simultaneously. Any number of structural or soft-tissue problems could ensue. Back pain, neck pain, headaches, and pain in the extremities (arms, legs, hands, and feet) are the most common. Whiplash is a non-medical term used to describe the injury that results when an abnormal force is applied to the neck, such as in a serious fall or auto accident. This injury is a result of the neck being forced into a movement that is beyond its normal range of motion. The common factor between these different injuries is the spine—therefore, proper chiropractic care is necessary for the best recovery from an accident. Generally the sooner you seek the proper chiropractic treatment the better, since often some issues may not show up until days or even weeks after an accident.
Since spinal discs have a very poor blood supply, they depend upon the circulation of joint fluids to bring in nutrients and expel waste. If a spinal joint loses its normal motion and this pumping action is impaired, the health of the disc deteriorates. Like a wet sponge, a healthy disc is flexible. A dry sponge is hard, stiff, and can crack easily. This is how many disc problems begin. Discs can bulge, herniate or rupture, resulting in other problems.
Some of the most common disc problems are:
- Bulging Disc
- Herniated Disc
- Prolapsed Disc
- Dessicated Disc
- The Intervertebral Disc
Lower Back Problems:
Many people have to deal with lower back problems during their lifetimes. Low back pain results in millions of dollars of lost work and untold suffering every day. Many factors can be responsible for low back pain. Improper sitting or lifting, overexertion, trauma, or inherited spinal abnormalities may contribute to the cause.
Chiropractors often consult with neurologists, radiologists, and orthopedic specialists when designing care programs for patients with disc involvement. The chiropractic approach is to help restore a more normal motion and position of affected spinal bones with specific chiropractic adjustments. The simplicity and success of this approach has been documented in numerous research projects and has helped many patients avoid risky surgery.
When bones of the spine lose their normal position or motion, sensitive nerves and blood vessels to the head can be affected. When spinal nerves and related tissues are stretched or irritated they can produce throbbing headaches. Aspirin and medications may cover up these warning signs, but do not correct the underlying cause.
Chiropractic care is as safe for children as it is for adults. After birth, children are constantly at risk of subluxation when learning to crawl, walk, jump, or play. This interference in the nervous system can cause major health problems down the road, but can be easily addressed during a chiropractic visit. Chiropractic adjustments on newborns, babies, and children are different from those given to adults. These adjustments are very gentle, quick, and effective. As seen in the paragraph above, as children become older and even more active, they are very susceptible to even more serious injuries that may benefit from chiropractic care.
An expectant mother has to worry about hormonal fluctuations, weight changes, foods to eat and avoid, and many other issues that she may have never thought of before. She has nearly a year of change and preparation before she helps bring a new life into this world, and what a journey it is! As her baby is growing, a mother’s body changes as her posture and bio-mechanics are altered.
These surrounding nerves, muscles, ligaments, and tendons all gather information about the body and report it to the brain. A spinal misalignment (subluxation) can cause an interruption in this communication pathway. If the brain and nervous system can not properly send messages down to the body or can not gather proper information in return, any unwanted process can take place including pain, disease, and difficult labor. If your body is free of subluxations, your brain can freely communicate with your body, your immune system, and your baby.
The sciatic nerves are the largest and longest nerves of the body, reaching about the size of your thumb in diameter and running down the back of each leg. When these nerves are irritated or affected by the inflammation of nearby soft tissues, doctors refer to this as sciatica.
In the past, treatment has involved pain medications, muscle relaxers, physical therapy, and even surgery, which is only about 60% successful. The chiropractic approach is to use carefully directed and controlled pressure to remove the interference from spinal structures. These chiropractic “adjustments” are very effective in reducing nerve irritation and its associated pain.
Sciatica, like other health problems that can be traced to the spine, often responds dramatically to the restoration of normal spinal function through chiropractic care.
Sports injuries are some of the most common injuries that many people, including children, deal with on a daily basis. It’s reported that more than 3.5 million American children under 15 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year, and children account for 40% of all hospital emergency procedures related to sports injuries. Sport injuries can cause damage to any part of the body and can be as simple as a twisted ankle received while playing golf to obviously more complex injuries received while involved in any number of different sporting activities.
Subluxation, or more precisely, the Vertebral Subluxation Complex, describes what happens when spinal bones lose their normal motion or position from stress, trauma or chemical imbalances. Automobile collisions, improper lifting, drugs, alcohol, emotional stress, chemical imbalances, and long periods of sitting can all cause the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Instead of just treating your symptoms, as your chiropractor we are primarily interested in detecting, reducing, and correcting the vertebral subluxation.