Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Back Pain Treatment

Back Pain Treatment
Three out of four adults will have issues with back pain at some point in their lifetime. That’s why finding the right back pain treatment is so important. Our chiropractors at Chiropractic By Thriveology in Denver want to help you find relief from your back pain so that you can keep enjoying the activities you love.

According to our professionals and a recent Spine Universe article, it’s important to first get a thorough and proper diagnosis, as well as a personal back pain treatment plan that works for your specific issues. A doctor will look at what your symptoms might be and whether your pain is acute or chronic.

·         Acute back pain lasts only a short time but is very severe.

·         Chronic back pain happens frequently, if not daily. It can be severe or mild, deep, achy, burning, or feel sort of electric. Sometimes the pain will travel to another part of the body like the leg.

As if dealing with back pain isn’t enough, a lot of times there are other symptoms like numbness and tingling sensations, stiffness, aches, and weakness. And just about any activity, including sitting, walking, standing, bending over, and twisting at the waist can exacerbate pain.

The Back is Complicated
Between the upper back and tailbone, there are 17 vertebral bodies, numerous joints, the sacrum, and the tailbone. There are also intervertebral discs, the spinal cord and nerve roots, fibrous and muscular supporting structures, and blood vessels. With so many delicate and intricate parts, it’s no wonder that if you injure your back, even in a small way like lifting something too heavy or twisting the wrong way, you can be in a lot of pain that can stop you from doing ordinary activities.

Beyond injury, some back pain is caused by congenital problems, which may be degenerative, related to your age, caused by disease, or linked to bad posture, obesity, or an unhealthy lifestyle like smoking. If you know of issues in your family, it’s important to discuss hereditary factors with your doctor if you go in for back pain treatment.

When to Seek Medical Care
According to a WebMDarticle, you should seek back pain treatment if you have:

·         Difficulty standing upright
·         Fever along with the pain
·         Loss of bladder or bowel function/control
·         Leg pain or weakness
·         Pain that doesn’t go away or worsens

If you feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your groin, arms or legs, it could be a sign that your spinal cord is damaged. If the back pain extends into your leg it may be sciatica. A herniated disc could be the problem if your back pain is worse when you cough or bend forward. If you have back pain and a fever, a burning sensation when you urinate and frequent or urgent urination, it could be an infection.

Back pain can be a serious concern is you have a history of cancer, unintentional weight loss, medication or steroids that have weakened your immune system, trauma, increasing pain, pain lasting over a month, pain at night, or a history of IV drug use.
                               
Medical Diagnosis
By going to a doctor, they can provide a complete diagnosis, pinpoint the problem, and then develop an effective back pain treatment plan. Let’s talk about what to expect. Your doctor will:

·         Look at your medical history. Do any other members of your family have back problems? Back problems like osteoporosis and scoliosis often run in families.

·         Ask you about your back pain. When did it start? What were you doing when the pain began? How severe is your pain? What does it feel like? Has your pain changed since it started? The answers to these and other questions will help him figure out the best way to treat you.

·         Give you a physical exam, looking at your vital signs like blood pressure (which is often high when you have pain) and examining your spine, looking for anything that seems wrong and trying to find the areas of your pain.

·         Give you a neurological exam, which will assess your sensation and function. Sometimes the doctor uses the pin prick test to see if your feeling is the same on both sides of your body like your legs.

·         Have you walk, bend over and perform other movements to test your flexibility, function, and range of motion. Your reflexes will be tested too.

The doctor may ask you to get an x-ray, CT scan or MRI to help confirm an initial analysis. You may also be asked to do some lab tests. After all of this, the doctor will diagnose what may be causing your pain.

Back Pain Treatment
There are many options for addressing your pain and improving mobility. Here are just a few, though you should discuss each with your doctor and stick to the plan that they recommend.

·         Believe it or not, exercise can help your back pain. So stay active. Sometimes lying down or sitting for too long is worse for your back pain. Get up if you can and walk. Try swinging your arms when you walk.

·         You may want to try heat or ice for your back pain. Use whichever works best.

·         Pain medicine may be able to help with your back pain. Make sure you know about any side effects. Take it as soon as you can when the pain starts and then take it on a regular schedule. Take the right amount and don’t take more than one kind of pain medicine at the same time.

If you use a prescribed opiate for severe pain or a muscle relaxer, follow your doctor’s instructions. Some people consider epidural steroid shots.

·         Many people find relief from chiropractic back pain treatment methods. Once your doctor has ruled out any medical conditions, such as a hernia or kidney stones, chiropractic care can focus on realigning your spine to alleviate your back pain.

If you are suffering from back pain, acute or chronic, it’s important to seek a diagnosis and back pain treatment. Our chiropractic team at Chiropractic By Thriveology in Denver can work with your doctor to incorporate chiropractic care into your back pain treatment plan. Our goal is to help relieve your pain and get you back to an active life. For more information, call or contact our offices today.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Chiropractic Care For Herniated Discs

Chiropractic Care For Herniated DiscsIf you’ve experienced the intense pain of a herniated disc, you know that it can be incredibly disruptive to everyday life. Just sitting at your desk at the office can be excruciating. That’s why many people look into chiropractic care for herniated discs. And at Chiropractic By Thriveology in Denver, we’ve helped many patients find relief from the pain of herniated discs.

Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
If you have back pain, leg pain, or weakness of the lower extremity muscles, you may have a herniated disc. This happens when the cushion that sits between the spinal vertebra is pushed outside its normal position. It usually affects people between the ages of 30 and 40.

Herniated discs are painful because the spinal nerves are very close to the edge of the cushioning discs. The pain often starts in the area of the disc and radiates across your hips and buttocks. Sometimes you might feel numbness or pain radiating down your leg to your ankle or foot.

If you have a large herniation you may notice weakness when you extend your big toe or you may have difficulty in walking on your toes or heels. Sometimes you even have changes in your bowel or bladder function, and difficulty with sexual function. A herniated disc can be very painful.

Your discs are comprised of the annulus fibrosus (the tough outer layer) and the nucleus pulposus (which is a soft, gelatin-like center). If your disc has a crack in the outer layer, the material inside of the disc can begin to push out.

What Causes a Herniated Disc?
There are many reasons why a disc may herniate. There could be too much stress on the disc from poor posture or because of being overweight.

You increase your risk of disc herniation by smoking, not exercising, and poor eating habits. In addition, poor posture, daily wear and tear, injury or trauma, and lifting or twisting in the wrong way can further stress your disc. And if your disc is already weakened, it could herniate with a simple movement or strain like coughing, a golf swing, or reaching for something out of the cupboard.

You might sneeze and feel a sharp pain in your back. That pain may extend into your leg and your sciatic nerve. If that happens, you could have unknowingly had an underlying herniated disc and the sneeze just made it worse.

Chiropractic Care for Herniated Discs
If you have a herniated disc, chiropractic care may help relieve your pain. An article on the Spine Universe website can also give you insight into the chiropractic care process and common techniques used for a herniated disc.

Your chiropractor will first look at your neck and the entire spine to examine your posture. They may also require an X-ray or MRI. The chiropractor will be looking for answers to several questions:

·         Are your reflexes intact ( your nerves sending messages correctly)? 
·         Do you feel you have lost muscle strength or is there signs of muscle wasting?
·         Have you found you have loss of sensation along the path of a nerve?

A chiropractor can then determine if you have an intervertebral disc injury. Depending on what type of injury you have, the chiropractor will work to develop a plan of recovery that deals with all of the issues that could be contributing to your pain.

At Chiropractic By Thriveology in Denver, we’re a Holistic Wellness Center. We believe that the body is designed to be healthy and that it has an innate ability to heal itself. During your first appointment for chiropractic care for herniated discs, we’ll talk to you about your medical history, complete a physical exam, and possibly perform both orthopedic and neurological tests.

With a better understanding of your unique injury, our individualized treatment plan will be based on its severity as well as your level of pain, how active you are, and your overall health and medical history.

Your treatment plan may include several proven chiropractic techniques used for herniated discs such as spinal manipulations, which are better known as adjustments. We’ll also offer various other chiropractic techniques like therapeutic exercises to help ease the pain of your herniated disc. We’ll explain all parts of the plan, why they are being recommended and the expected results.

Flexion-Distraction Technique for Herniated Discs
The flexion-distraction technique is used in chiropractic care for herniated discs. This involves a specialized table that gently distracts or stretches the spine. This helps isolate the affected area while slightly flexing the spine using a sort of pumping rhythm.

Flexion-distraction is a painless technique that helps the center of the intervertebral disc (the nucleus pulposus) resume its central position in the disc and it may also improve disc height. It moves the disc away from the nerve, which helps reduce the inflammation of the nerve root, and any associated pain and inflammation into the leg.

If the chiropractor recommends flexion-distraction, you will be scheduled for a series of treatments along with other therapy options such as adjunctive ultrasound, muscle stimulation, physiotherapy, supplementation, and additional at-home treatments.

Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA)
Another technique that may also be used for your herniated disc is manipulation under anesthesia or MUA. MUA is done at an ambulatory care center or hospital. You will receive a type of anesthesia called twilight sleep, where the duration of sedation is limited to about six minutes. While you are sedated and relaxed, your chiropractor will stretch and manipulate the treatment area. You will probably be scheduled for one to three sessions about two to four weeks apart.

Pelvic Blocking Techniques for Herniated Discs
Pelvic blocking is another way to treat herniated disc symptoms. It uses cushioned wedges placed under each side of the pelvis. The goal is to draw your disc away from the nerve it may be pressing on.

Our chiropractic team of specialists at Chiropractic By Thriveology in Denver offers you knowledgeable and professional chiropractic care for herniated discs. Let us help you find relief from the painful symptoms of your herniated disc and live a fuller life. Call today to make an appointment and let’s get you on the path to wellness.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What is Adult Scoliosis?

What is Adult Scoliosis?
Usually diagnosed in childhood, scoliosis is a spinal disorder that causes a severe deformity. The patient can have a sideways curvature of the spine like an "S" shape, an abnormal position of the ribs, as well as hip and shoulder deformities. So, what is adult scoliosis? It’s also an abnormal curvature of the spine, which can be related to adolescent scoliosis or a new diagnosis. It can be very painful, which is why our therapists at Chiropractic By Thriveology in Denver work with a number of patients for treatment.

No matter when it develops or is diagnosed, scoliosis can be agonizing and can also affect the nearby organs, cause neurological problems and arthritis; and sometimes even create lung and heart problems.

As mentioned, adult scoliosis is often the continuation of the patient’s adolescent scoliosis, which is commonly diagnosed around the teenage years and known as Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis (IAP). For those that develop scoliosis as adults, they may experience a number of symptoms leading up to an official diagnosis, including:

·         Ongoing stiffness and lower back pain
·         Pinched nerves causing numbness, cramping and shooting leg pain
·         Lower back and leg strain that leads to unusual fatigue

Causes of Scoliosis
Adult scoliosis can sometimes be categorized into different types, although the vast majority are idiopathic – they have no known cause. Let’s look at the other types:

·         Congenital Curve: This is a rare type of scoliosis with a spinal abnormality that existed at birth.

·         Paralytic Curve: Non-working muscles around the spine, often due to a spinal cord injury, lead to spinal curvature.

·         Myopathic Deformity: The term myopathic the means muscles do not function correctly, which leads to a curve that’s the result of muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or polio.

·         Secondary: This is often referred to as “secondary” scoliosis and is caused by other spinal issues that affect the vertebrae. Osteoporosis, osteomalacia, and degeneration can all be triggers.

Degenerative Adult Scoliosis
Sometimes referred to as Adult De Novo, degenerative scoliosis occurs due to age and deterioration of the spine and facet joints, which begin to shift and develop an atypical or scoliotic curve in the spine. In a number of female scoliosis patients, osteoporosis can be another contributing element.

Being diagnosed with adult degenerative scoliosis often starts with a patient suffering from severe pain in their lower back. Perhaps, it has escalated to include weakness, numbness and pain in other areas like their hip, knee, legs and ankles. They may even be having issues with mobility and coordination.

Since these patients were not diagnosed with scoliosis as an adolescent, they are often referred to an orthopedist, chiropractor or spine specialist to see what’s going on with their back pain and to address any other issues. Finally, through a full examination and even an MRI or X-ray, they will be diagnosed with degenerative scoliosis.

If you’ve received a diagnosis, your doctor can help you better understand what is adult scoliosis. And our experienced therapists at Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver can provide added support, working with you and your doctor to help reduce pain, stiffness, fatigue and other symptoms of scoliosis. For more information, please call us for a complimentary, 15-minute consultation.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What Causes Shoulder, Arm, or Hand Pain?

What Causes Shoulder, Arm, or Hand Pain?
Even if minor, it’s important to find out what causes shoulder, arm, or hand pain. At Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver, we often find that when you have pain, movement impairment, or decreased sensation in your arm, shoulders or hand it could indicate a nerve problem. But you won’t know if you don’t get medical attention for the pain, and if you wait, it may reduce the success of the eventual therapies.

According to the Mayo Clinic website, the brachial plexus, a bundle of nerves in the neck area, helps send signals from your spine to your shoulder, arm, and hand. An injury to the brachial plexus happens when the nerves are stretched, compressed, or sometimes even ripped apart or torn away from the spinal cord. Brachial plexus injuries cause shoulder, arm, or hand pain and can affect anyone.

Brachial plexus injuries are often caused by:

1. Trauma from birth. Newborns can get brachial plexus injuries during birth if there the baby is born breach or there is prolonged labor. If a baby's shoulders get wedged in the birth canal, there is an increased chance of a brachial plexus palsy. Most frequently, the upper nerves are injured, a condition called Erb's palsy. Total brachial plexus birth palsy occurs when both the upper and lower nerves are damaged.

2. Inflammation. Inflammation may cause damage to the brachial plexus and sometimes result in arm muscle paralysis. A rare condition known as Parsonage-Turner syndrome (brachial neuritis) causes brachial plexus inflammation with no trauma and results in paralysis of some muscles of the arm.

3. Stretch injuries.

4. Direct traumas. This can happen in automobile or motorcycle accidents, bullet wounds, or falls. If your shoulder is pulled one way and your neck the other way, like whiplash, you might begin to suffer from hand, shoulder and arm pain.

5. Tumors. Tumors can put pressure on the brachial plexus. Both noncancerous (benign) and cancerous tumors can grow in the brachial plexus, put pressure on the brachial plexus, or spread to the nerves, causing damage.

6. Contact sports. Contact sports like football or wrestling can cause the brachial plexus nerves to be stretched or compressed. Sometimes these are called stingers or burners, and can create a feeling similar to an electric shock or a burning sensation shooting down your arm, and numbness and weakness in your arm. Many football players have this injury when the nerves in the brachial plexus get stretched after direct contact with other football players.

7. Radiation treatment. Radiation treatment can cause damage to the brachial plexus.

Diagnosing an injury to your brachial plexus may require an MRI of the neck and shoulders, ultrasound, blood tests or an electromyogram (EMG). In addition, pain meds, physical therapy, or braces or splints may be used as treatment. Surgery is sometimes required.


Chiropracticby Thriveology in Denver helps many patients who have subluxations or misalignments of the spine that cause compression of the nerves. Many of them seek our chiropractic care to help with pain without the side effects of medications. Our chiropractic adjustments can often provide relief from what causes shoulder, arm or hand pain, or numbness. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, get in touch with us to make an appointment. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

5 Tips to Manage Your Stress

5 Tips to Manage Your Stress
Life can be crazy, so you need to know the 5 tips to manage your stress. Our experts at Chiropractic by Triveology in Denver suggest breathing, moving, getting away, relaxing, and enjoying life. If you follow these tips, the stress from your crazy life can be reduced.

Did you know that every year, one in three Americans dies from heart disease or stroke? Stress plays a part in these deadly health problems. Many of these deaths could be prevented with changes in lifestyle, which includes things like improving diet, exercising, getting rid of tobacco and managing stress. When you have to deal with a stressful situation, hormones that speed up your heart rate and raise your blood pressure are released, which can damage your artery walls.

We all know people who try to manage their stress by overeating, smoking, drinking alcohol and being sedentary. These responses to stress can increase your chance of serious heart disease or stroke. Stress often causes discomfort and anxiety, which can prevent a good night's sleep. Lack of sleep is a contributor to heart disease, along with being overweight, having diabetes, having high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats.

We can't really avoid all stress, but you can learn to better manage it and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by successfully using these 5 tips to manage your stress.

1. Remember to stop and breathe deeply. When you have to face a stressful situation, don’t react right away. Just take a few minutes to breathe, focusing on releasing the stress from your body. Counting to ten, taking a breath on each count can help relax your body and reduce your stress.

2. Get your body moving. Find time to exercise, which releases endorphins, that can help your mood. It can also help reduce your stress. Exercising releases muscle tension and reduces the aches and pains of stress. 

3. Walk away from stressful situations. If you can, remove yourself from any stressful situations. Taking a few minutes away can give you the time to refocus and react appropriately to the situation.

4. Take some time to relax and unwind. Do something that can help settle your mind and your mood. Whether it’s reading, meditation, or yoga, find some time and do it.

5. Do something you enjoy. Stress can come from being overworked, over-scheduled or overwhelmed with job or family responsibilities. Make time to spend with people you enjoy and things that make you happy. Sometimes a little bit of fun goes a long way.

You may not be able to avoid stress in your crazy life, but you can use the 5 tips to manage your stress, including breathing, moving, getting away, relaxing, and enjoying life. By doing so, you’ll hopefully reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

In addition, Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver offers chiropractic care that can help reduce stress on the body like muscle tension and contraction, which can lead to spine misalignments. One of our chiropractors can adjust these misalignments and relieve the aches and pains often caused by stress.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Denver Chiropractors

We believe that the body is designed to be healthy and that it has an innate ability to heal itself. Our Denver Chiropractors can help you become a healthier you.

Chiropractic By Thriveology is a Holistic Wellness Center. We are Denver Chiropractors serving patients from all over Denver metro area. Our goal is to offer you superior treatment, education, and satisfaction with a whole body approach to their chiropractic issues.

Our Denver Chiropractors treat a complete list of chiropractic issues for our patients including, pinched nerve, scoliosis or spine curvature, disc herniation and disc bulge, sciatica, numbness, PTSD, trauma, depression, headaches, migraines, tingling in arms or legs, lower back pain, neck pain, arthritis of the spine, degenerative disc disease, degenerative joint disease, stress, anxiety, and even infertility issues.

Our Denver Chiropractors develop a plan for your recovery that deals with all of the issues that could be contributing to your pain.

Chiropractic By Thriveology is ready to help you whenever you need. It's our goal to find all of the causes, and balance our approach to your therapy.

For more information about Chiropractic By Thriveology visit our website at www.chiropracticbythriveology.com.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Denver Chiropractic Clinic

If you are having pain or recovering from an injury, you may need a chiropractor.

Chiropractic By Thriveology is a Denver Chiropractic Clinic serving patients from all over Denver metro area. Our goal is to offer our patients superior treatment, education, and satisfaction with a whole body approach to your chiropractic issues.

Our Denver Chiropractic Clinic treats a complete list of chiropractic issues for our patients including, pinched nerve, scoliosis or spine curvature, disc herniation and disc bulge, sciatica, numbness, tingling in arms or legs, lower back pain, neck pain, arthritis of the spine, degenerative disc disease, degenerative joint disease, stress, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, depression, headaches, migraines, and even infertility issues.

Denver Chiropractic Clinic and Holistic Wellness Center believes that the body is designed to be healthy and that it has an innate ability to heal itself.

Our staff at our Denver Chiropractic Clinic develops a plan for recovery that deals with all of the issues that could be contributing to your pain. We seek to identify all of the causes, and balance our approach to your therapy for pain relief.

For more information about Chiropractic By Thriveology visit our website at www.chiropracticbythriveology.com.