3 Things you didn’t know a chiropractor can treat
When most people envision a chiropractic appointment they picture a person with back pain hobbling into the office and a chiropractor cracking their back to help them feel better. While it is true that about 60 percent of the conditions we treat are related to back pain, and the chiropractic adjustment is our primary form of treatment, there are other conditions that are regularly treated in chiropractic offices.
1. Shoulder pain. Outside of back and neck related conditions shoulder pain is the next most common thing we treat in our office. Some of the common conditions we see are frozen shoulder, shoulder strains, bursitis, and tendinitis. You may be thinking how is cracking someone’s back going to fix their shoulder tendinitis? Well, studies have shown that upper back adjustments can help to correct poor alignment and posture that contributes to bad shoulder mechanics. Also, in our office we use a combination of soft tissue techniques specifically addressing the muscles and tendons that connect the shoulder together to relieve tension, pain, and create muscle balance around the shoulder.
2. Tennis elbow. Tendinitis of the outer forearm and elbow is commonly referred to as tennis elbow. The tendon pain can affect the ability to grip and do simple movements with the elbow, wrist, and hand. The chiropractic techniques that can be utilized for tennis elbow include chiropractic extremity manipulations, myofascial release, cupping, dry needling, and ultrasound therapy. There are certain extreme cases that do not respond to these conservative treatments and further orthopedic care is needed, but those cases are rare.
3. Plantar fasciitis. You wake up in the morning and can hardly put your foot on the floor. You sit for a half an hour and don’t want to stand back up because you know shooting pain on the bottom of the foot is about to happen. These are common scenarios for people suffering with plantar fasciitis. The chiropractic treatment we utilize for this pain includes ultrasound therapy, kinesiotaping, myofascial release, and home stretches and exercises. Many times the pain subsides within weeks with proper treatment, but can last months or years if nothing is done for it.
Chiropractic care can be beneficial for most musculoskeletal conditions (issues related to the muscles, joints, and tendons) throughout the body. Many people think of chiropractic care for back pain only, and while back pain is the most common ailment we see in our office, many other conditions respond well to our care. We always strive to avoid invasive procedures, surgeries, and long term medications, and treat people with natural, safe and effective techniques. If you are interested in scheduling and appointment with your Loveland Ohio chiropractor, call us at 513-444-4529.