A lot of different musculoskeletal issues are treated by chiropractic doctors. Most individuals do not understand the depth of these conditions, here are ten of them.
1) Headaches – There are numerous different types of headaches including Cluster headaches, Tension headaches, Migraines, and those headaches that are caused by referred pain from a neck issue. For instance, a problem with facet arthritis or whiplash may be causing neck pain and/or instability. But in addition the patient may be experiencing headacheas that are persistent. Treatment would focus on alleviating the neck pain, which in turn may reduce the pain from headaches too. Cluster and tension headaches may experience substantial relief with chiropractic treatment.
2) Neck Pain – One of the most common reasons patients seek chiropractic treatment is for neck pain. This may be due to a chronic arthritis issue, after a motor vehicle accident, or a weekend warrior injury. Treatment with a chiropractor for the neck problem may consist of spinal manipulations, stretching, strengthening, spinal decompression therapy, acupuncture, electrotherapy, or massage.
3) Low Back Pain – Over ninety percent of Americans have low back pain at some point. It is exceptionally common, and chiropractors offer great treatments to help individuals get back to work faster, play with their kids, and increase activity.
4) Mid Back Pain – First need is for a chiropractor to establish that the pain is musculoskeletal in origin. Sometimes mid back pain emanates from an organ problem. A thoracic herniated disc, arthritis, or a disc or rib problem can receive significant relief from chiropractic treatment. A gallbladder or vascular problem needs to be ruled out as treatment would be completely different.
5) Shoulder Pain – Impingement syndrome affects millions of Americans yearly, and over 90% of those can avoid surgery with appropriate treatment. Chiropractic treatment may include manipulations, PT/Rehab, electrotherapy including a TENS unit, massage, laser, ice, or heat.
6) Fibromyalgia – It’s very difficult to manage this condition, as the presentation is so variable what works for one patient may not be effective for others. Some fibro patients tolerate spinal decompression, manipulations, or massage, while others cannot tolerate being touched much at all. So treatment needs to be individualized.
7) Failed back surgery syndrome – Back surgeries don’t always have great outcomes, or they may only get rid of half the desired pain. So what’s next? Well if another surgery is deemed not to be in the patient’s best interest, chiropractic treatment may assist tremendously with additional pain relief after a failed back surgery.
8) Knee pain – Prior to undergoing a knee operation, patients should try Rehab/PT and some chiropractic treatments, and maybe a pain injection.
9) Hip Pain -This pain may not be emanating from the hip at all, it could simply be from a spine problem such as spinal stenosis. A chiropractic doctor may be able to diagnosie the problem along with an interventional pain management doctor and give successful treatment once the appropriate diagnosis is accomplished.
10) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – another very common diagnosis which doesn’t always require surgery. Treatment with a chiropractor trained in carpal tunnel therapies may obviate the need for surgery.