Do you have a nagging dull low back pain? Do you get back pain when sitting or standing? Does your low back feel tight? Do you have buttocks and leg pain?
Low back pain is an extremely common and significant health problem. Statistics show that 85% of Americans will suffer incapacitating low back pain in their lifetime.
The actual pain can come from a variety of sources , structures , and conditions in the back, and other places. Fixing it requires finding out which ones are the culprit, and picking a treatment that is specific to that underlying cause.
Muscle Spasms - Spasms can be a result of old or new injuries, physical nerve or spinal cord irritation, mechanical imbalances, nutritional imbalances or metabolic diseases and vary in degree of severity.
Strains and Sprains - Strains and sprains are injuries from sudden trauma, overuse, or repetitive motion. They may also involve injuries to a joint with possible tearing of ligaments or tendons. This usually results in abnormal function of the spinal (or other) joint and associated muscles. In this case physical damage, inflammation, and abnormal mechanical function are the causes of pain.
Disc Injuries – “Slipped”, ruptured, or degenerated discs are caused from years of forceful movements of the spine, often following falls or auto accidents. Disc injuries do not always require surgery and can be treated with proper care and maintenance.
Sciatica - One of the most common causes of low back pain and sciatica (leg pain) is the loss of normal function of vertebrae in the low back and /or sacroiliac joint. These vertebrae become jammed or twisted causing abnormal disc wear, muscle function, inflammation, and pressure on the sciatic nerve, resulting in local hip/ buttock area pain, and phantom pain down the leg..
Our approach to low back pain and sciatica is to locate which of the potential underlying causes is at its core. And focus our treatment efforts on those issures, rather than randomly chasing a wild goose. This of course begins with a complete consultation, x-rays if necessary, and a thorough Chiropractic, orthopedic, physical and neurological examination from a qualified expert.
Home Care During initial acute phase of Treatment
During initial treatment for a low back injury, we suggest several precautions that will help promote faster healing and help prevent a recurrence of the injury.
Do absolutely no lifting until your Chiropractor says it's OK.
Lie down as much as possible, Legs up, getting up only in the manner instructed by the Doctor.
When lying down, assume any position that will afford relief of pain. As you improve, your Chiropractor will instruct you as to the proper position for your particular back problem.
Take a mild natural laxative, if needed, so that you will not need to strain when having a bowel movement. (especially important with disc injuries)
As you begin to improve, you may stand and walk for short periods of time, as directed.
Avoid sitting. Sitting is the worst, and puts the most strain on the low back, even if it doesn't seem like it at the time.
Stay out of soft squishy chairs and couches. Use a straight-backed chair and sit as erect as possible. Do not sit for prolonged periods until your physician has given you permission to do so.
Avoid walking up or down stairs, and do not walk on rough ground.
To get out of bed, turn to the good side, draw the knees up, push yourself into a sitting position using the arms, place the feet on the floor, place your hands on the thighs, and stand up, allowing the back to assume its most comfortable position.
Do not use heat on your back unless your doctor has prescribed it. He or she will tell you how to use it if heat is needed at all.( I will often prescribe alternating ice and heat, but not always.)
Do not bend forward to put on trousers, socks, shoes, etc. When stooping down, do so with the knees bent. Do not bend from the waist. Especially do not bend AND TWIST.
Back pain can be serious. Before you get to the point of regular pain, spinal degeneration or worse, schedule a consultation with Dr. Crill at 916-789-0222.
Minor neck aches, pain, and stiffness are something we all suffer from time to time. They are usually brought on by overwork or holding the head in an awkward position, such as sleeping or incorrect posture. And sometimes are just minor situations that may clear up after a day of rest or a good night's sleep. But they can also be indications of much more serious underlying problems that have been developing silently for years.
The Biomechanics Of Neck Pain
There are seven cervical vertebrae in the neck which have highly mobile joints, allowing you to bend your head forward, backward and rotate as necessary. Because of this extreme flexibility, the neck is easily susceptible to injury, and pain.
The spinal canal in your neck is the vital passageway for the spinal cord that allows your brain to communicate to the rest of your body, allowing it to coordinate almost all body functions. Even minor injuries can easily cause damage not only to the supporting muscles, tendons, ligaments and vertebrae of the neck, but also to the nerves and spinal cord. This, if left untreated, can cause major disruption to even the most basic of body functions. So even a seemingly simple injury, when left untreated, can eventually become a lot more than just a simple pain in the neck.
Neck pain can be serious. Before you get to the point of regular neck pain, spinal degeneration or worse, schedule a consultation with Dr. Crill at (916) 789-0222.
5 Easy ways to prevent simple common transient neck pains:
Don't sleep on your stomach. This can cause harmful compressing of the vertebral facets, and stretching and twisting of the neck muscles.
Don't stack several pillows while sleeping. This forces the head and neck into abnormal positions that stress the upper back and neck.
Don't watch television or read while lying down. This can contort the neck. Always sit upright.
Take breaks to do stretching exercises, and change positions frequently when doing work that requires you to bend your neck downward or face the same direction for a long period.
Don't use heavy purses or bags with a shoulder strap. The weight can pull on the neck and disturb the nerves that support the shoulders, arms and hands. Instead, tie a knot in the shoulder strap and carry the purse or bag in your hand. (or switch sides often)
Recurring Neck Pain
Recurring aches, pains and stiffness in the neck can often be a symptom of a more serious problem. In fact, repeated episodes of stiff neck often indicate the early stages of joint or disc degeneration.
If these underlying problems are left untreated, they can lead to permanent damage to the neck and a life of constant pain.
Is My Neck Pain Serious?
Often symptoms can tell a lot about the underlying causes of neck pain. For instance:
A neck that is relatively pain-free in the morning and worsens as the day goes on frequently indicated strain, fatigue or muscular weakness.
A neck that is stiff and painful in the morning and feels better as the day goes on may indicate underlying disease such as arthritis..
Neck pain that is aggravated by coughing or sneezing may indicate serious disc involvement.
Dizziness, light-headedness, or pain that develops when the head is in certain positions is strong evidence of a more serious neck problem.
The Following is a test to help measure the severity of neck pain. Check any of the following symptoms that you have experienced or are currently experiencing:
- Recurring stiff neck
- Constant pain in the neck, face, ears or scalp
- Frequent headaches
- Recurring pain in the shoulder or arm
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or fingers
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pains
If you checked any of the above, you may have the symptoms of a serious neck problem. Call Dr. Crill now for a free no risk preliminary consultation at (916) 789-0222.
Normal blood pressure varies from person to person. Variations are common because of differences in height, weight, age, sex, temperament, body build, occupation, and even health history.
Because blood pressure varies in individuals, even under different circumstances, it is difficult to speak in terms of a normal blood pressure. In fact, blood pressure depends on several factors, such as the strength of the heart, resistance and elasticity of the blood vessel walls, and the amount and viscosity of the blood itself, and the stress of the immediate environment at that moment.
Every person has a blood pressure range that is normal for him or her. Slight deviations may be expected and should not be considered a sign of any dangerous internal development. However, severe deviations up and down and between systolic and diastolic ratios, persistently found, are frequently a sign of an abnormality that should be investigated and promptly treated. For this reason it is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly by a professional.
When your doctor measures your blood pressure, two readings will be taken. One measurement is called a systolic reading, and the other a diastolic reading. The systolic reading indicates maximum pressure within an artery during a pulse, and the diastolic indicates the sustained pressure within the artery when the blood vessel is relaxed between heartbeats.
High Blood Pressure
A serious deviation from one's normal blood pressure may be due to a specific cause. In some cases, this may be caused by emotional stress, such as anxiety, frustration, and worry. Sometimes, it is related to being overweight or eating too much, or too much of the wrong foods. Sometimes, it is caused or aggravated by hereditary factors, infections, tumors, nerves, inactivity of certain glands, or impaired function of the kidneys. Whatever the cause, it should be diagnosed and treated.
High blood pressure may be a symptom of arteriosclerosis, commonly called hardening of the arteries. Abnormal changes take place in the blood vessel tissues, and fatty materials and chemical salts are deposited, resulting in arteries becoming less elastic and smaller in internal diameter.
Symptoms of chest pain, headache, hot flashes, nervousness, insomnia, and visual disturbances may or may not be associated with high blood pressure. When they are present, they should be reported to your Doctor of Chiropractic immediately.
Low Blood Pressure
It is the total circulation and not blood pressure per se that determines the amount of nutrition supplied to the various parts of the body. Low blood pressure is usually not considered dangerous unless the pressure indicates that circulation is being impaired.
Although some individuals seem to have a lower blood pressure than that considered average, this does not seem to be an important factor unless it appears as a sudden drop from a person's normal blood pressure. Anemia, autointoxication, heart weakening, shock, and hemorrhage are a few common causes.
Common symptoms of low blood pressure include fatigue under slight exertion, dizziness, apprehension, inability to concentrate on anything except oneself, ringing in the ears, and tingling in the fingers and toes. Such symptoms should be reported immediately.
Because so many different functions, systems and structures can be involved in the cause or aggravation of either high or low blood pressure, it is important that the overall health of the individual be considered. Often, the nervous system is involved either directly of indirectly.
If you have any concerns please contact us today and we will perform the necessary diagnostics to determine the cause and prescribe or refer you for appropriate treatments.
If you suffer with Headaches, do not let anyone tell you they are "normal". Headaches are far from normal, and are sometimes symptoms of severe underlying problems.
Headaches can result from many conditions. But research has revealed many headaches can be traced to the area of cervical vertebrae (spinal bones of the neck), or the muscles of the Neck, Skull, or TMJ.
Because the neck is extremely mobile, there is constant danger of displacement of one or more of these vertebrae, which may compress and irritate the cervical nerves or even the spinal cord or brainstem.
Some other more remote causes of headache include : allergies/sensitivities; digestive, eliminative, kidney and heart problems; eye problems (chiefly eye strain); infected tonsils; nerve pressure from spinal conditions involving cervical and other areas of the structural system. And sometimes, though very rare, brain problems. In women, disorders of the reproductive/hormonal system are often the cause of headaches.
Although popping a pill may seem to be an easy short term answer to headache pain, it is not. It merely masks the symptom( pain). The underlying problem is still there, probably getting worse…. As you develop a tolerance to the pain drug, you will require higher doses, which eventually will no longer stop the pain.
If you are a headache sufferer, the best thing you can do is seek professional help from someone trained to look for, and treat, A WIDE VARIETY of underlying causes.. There is absolutely no reason for you to suffer for even one more day. Even if you have suffered for years, and visited many types of health specialists without relief. Dr Crill can offer the solution that you have been looking for. Our Doctor has examined and successfully treated numerous types of headaches including serious, resistant migraines for many years.
Common Types Of Headaches
Tension Headaches - The most common type of headache. They are caused by muscle strain, or contraction. The pain is usually located on the forehead or the back of the head and neck. The pain is usually described as a dull ache, or a bandlike sensation surrounding your head as if you were wearing a tight bathing cap.
Usually, these headaches begin gradually and then last from a few hours to several weeks. Factors that may trigger them include stress, diet, fatigue, and poor posture.
Migraine Headaches - Migraine is a general term and there are several subtypes (IE; "common", "cluster", "classic", etc). The headache pain occurs when the blood vessels of the head dilate (expand) and press on sensitive nerve endings. Conditions that may trigger migraine headaches include Stress, certain Foods, Fatigue and the Menstrual cycle. These headaches are often preceded by an "aura" (unusual visual sensations, such as blotches or sparkles), or by sensations of weakness, numbness, or tingling. The victim may also experience nausea, vomiting, cold hands and feet, and a feeling of soreness or exhaustion afterward. Though these headaches are just as severe as the common migraine, they generally do not last as long (24 hours or less).
Cluster Headaches - Cluster headaches are sometimes classified as migraines because the pain is caused by dilation of the blood vessels. The name "cluster" describes the way the headaches come in distinct clustered episodes. In other words, you may have a bout of headaches for a week or two and then not experience them again for some time. Attacks usually last 15 to 30 minutes and occur in violent, punishing repetition. More men than women suffer from these headaches, and most sufferers are over 40 years old. Alcohol is a common trigger.
Other Types Of Headaches - To list and describe all the many types of headaches would fill an entire book. Some other types of headaches include those due to Cervical or Neck issues, Muscle spasms, TMJ, Dental problems, Eye disorders, Allergies, and Sinuses.
Two very serious, though much less common, causes of headaches are brain tumors and inflammation of the membranes covering the brain. This is why it is very important to have a thorough examination to accurately determine the type and source of headache pain.
A headache can be serious. Before you get to the point of regular pain or worse, schedule a consultation with Dr. Crill for further evaluation. Call (916) 789-0222. or 530-878-5150