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Pediatric Chiropractic Specialist

There is a reason Dr. David Adler named his practice Adler Family Chiropractic when he opened the doors to his Roswell practice 25 years ago: He sees the unique role a chiropractor can play in the lives of our children.

“If it were up to me, every patient of mine would have to bring their kids in with them to have their spines checked,” says Dr. David Adler.  And when you walk into his office, you’ll see that a lot of them do.

“As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.”

Almost every day, in some context, Dr. Adler is able to work his favorite quote into a discussion with a patient, and that metaphor rings true with our kids. Every pediatric patient faces a unique set of challenges – challenges Dr. Adler has been seeing and treating with chiropractic adjustments for his entire career. In fact, it was almost 20 years ago that Dr. Adler delivered the most important adjustment of his life: That very first one to his newborn son, Joshua, and then a few years later to his daughter, Amanda – both of whom who have been under care their entire lives. When you make that first appointment for your own children at Adler Family Chiropractic, know that you are getting the same care and attention that Dr. Adler gives to his own children; and it isn’t just his personal beliefs. Research has proven that spinal manipulations by a chiropractor are not only safe for children, but beneficial to their current health and future development.  Dr. Adler's experience treating all ages of adolescence from infancy to the teen age years makes him an excellent choice for your chiropractor for children. Adler Family Chiropractic is currently accepting new pediatric patients from the Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Cumming areas in North Fulton County, GA.  Booking online is quick and easy. Click here to read more about why Chiropractic Care is suggested for children.

Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic Care for Pediatric Patients

Before we can answer any questions, there are some terms you need to know. Dr. Adler specializes in the detection and correction of the “Vertebral Subluxation Complex.” Vertebral subluxation is a condition where spinal vertebrae are not in the correct alignment and create changes in the ability of the nervous system to communicate with the rest of the body clearly both from the brain to the body and the body back to the brain. This causes a less than optimal function and adaptability of the body.

So why does my child need to see a chiropractor?

Bumps, bruises, falls … It’s all a part of growing up. But it’s also contributes to minor injuries often disregarded in children. These minor injuries can – and do – cause mis-alignments in the spine. Things that are not even considered at your Pediatrician’s check ups. These mis-alignments in the spine – what we call subluxations – can lead to back pain, neck pain, headaches, and all sorts of other symptoms that will only get worse over time. Dr. Adler can quickly determine if your child needs to be adjusted. He has been working with children for over 28 years, and getting them in proper alignment will put them back on track for ideal development.

Is it safe?

If you’ve been to the chiropractor before, you might think you know what an adjustment is. But the adjustments performed on children are a lot different. The younger and smaller the child, the lighter and more delicate the adjustment is. As Dr. Adler himself says, “The adjustments I perform on children are often done with nothing more than a fingertip.” He’s treated children as young as 2 days old, with great results.

Why would you need to adjust newborns?

The answer is simple: The birthing process, especially when assisted by the obstetrician, can be very traumatic to the newborn’s head and neck. Research has shown that conditions like SIDS, asthma, colic and ear infections are highly associated with this region of the spine. “From birth, the spine can be out of position, and that child’s ability to grow with balance and symmetry is immediately thrown off. We see children with head tilt to the left or with rotation to the right, and it’s typical, but that doesn’t mean it’s normal. At every stage of development, from birth to crawling to walking, there are falls and tumbles that most people disregard because after some tears, you console them and everything seems ok. But it’s not. They can cause issues. There’s so much that chiropractic care can do for our children.” - Dr. David N. Adler

How long will they need care?

Our children are ever-changing, both physically and socially. Children rarely sit still, so the periodic re-exam and visit would help us keep track of any new and potentially harmful issues that may have arisen since their last visit. Another thing harming our children these days is the early introduction of cell phones and iPads, which is being shown to cause all sorts of issues with posture and neck pain. Click the link below to find out more about “Text Neck.” The best approach to take with your child is to seek a comprehensive chiropractic examination as soon as possible. Click here for more details and click here to make an appointment.

Scoliosis Care

Chiropractic care is all about active care, not a "wait and see approach"

When it comes to your spine, there are curves we want, and curves we don’t. You may be familiar with some of the terminology already. The neck and low back, for example, have a forward curve called a “lordosis.” The mid back and tail bone go the opposite way, and that is called a “kyphosis.” They’re vital to maintaining proper posture, and are examples of good curves that we should see from the side. We provide scoliosis care custom tailored for your conditions. A scoliosis, however, is not a good curve to have. When you think of strong, weight-bearing structures, what comes to mind? The tall, straight marble columns of the ancient Romans that still stand today. The massive and iconic sky-scrapers seen on the Atlanta skyline from miles away. Your spine is no different when we view it from behind. And as soon as Dr. Adler sees something causing that abnormal curvature, we address it. “As crazy as it may seem, the standard for non-chiropractic scoliosis care is a ‘wait and see’ approach! At Adler Family Chiropractic, we take a thorough exam and immediately begin with a hands-on approach,” Dr. Adler said. Research has proven that early and active intervention is vital in the treatment and reversal of scoliosis. Waiting and seeing can lead to worsening of those abnormal, sideways curves, which can lead to issues with not only your posture and pain, but also – in severe cases – complications to the heart and lungs. Adler Family Chiropractic is currently accepting new scoliosis patients from Roswell, Marietta, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Cumming and all of North Fulton County, GA.  Click here to schedule your appointment today.

Questions & Answers about Scoliosis

by David N. Adler, DC Before we can answer any questions, there are some terms you need to know. Dr. Adler specializes in the detection and correction of the “Vertebral Subluxation Complex.” Vertebral subluxation is a condition where spinal vertebrae are not in the correct alignment and create changes in the ability of the nervous system to communicate with the rest of the body clearly both from the brain to the body and the body back to the brain. This causes a less than optimal function and adaptability of the body.

What is a scoliosis?

Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal lateral or sideways development / adaptation of the spine. These side way movements can be a just a few degrees (less than 20) to significant (more than 20 degrees). Some scoliosis cases are hereditary, and are more often seen in girls. Other causes can include trauma and are compensatory. These are usually found following accidents, birth trauma, etc.but can only be caused simply by poor posture, or daily, repetitive motions.

How can a chiropractor help?

The chiropractic approach to scoliosis is a hands-on one. Examining and analyzing the spine, chiropractors will adjust the subluxations of the spine, and also assign corrective exercises. Of course, this will include monitoring of the spine but the most important distinction is that care is active and ongoing. The conventional, non-chiropractic approach includes a base line x-ray evaluation followed by a “wait and see how bad it gets” attitude that can allow the condition to worsen, create more imbalance and pain, and could end in surgery.

My child was screened at school and told they may have a scoliosis. Do you treat children?

“The scoliosis screening at our local schools can be a great first step, but if the person doing the screening isn’t a medical doctor or a chiropractor – and they rarely are – then you could have gotten an incorrect diagnosis, or a missed finding. There is too much uncertainty and waiting when it comes to scoliosis treatments outside the chiropractic office. Why wait and see? Come in and be seen!”,  Dr. Adler says. The screening for a scoliosis is straight-forward, and even something you can do at home. Look at your child from the back. Are the shoulders even? Does one scapula (wing bone) stick out more than the other? Do the spinous processes (the bony dots on the back of the spine) go straight, or do they shift from the center? To further assess: Have your child stand straight up, and look at their spine. See if you can identify any of the findings discussed in the previous paragraph. Then, have your child bend forward and try to touch their toes, and see if anything shifts or humps in the lower back or upper back. You can also look to see if the fingertips are even when they bend over fully. If any of these signs are present or if you are unsure then a call to our office would be the best first step.

Scoliosis is defined as an abnormal lateral or sideways development / adaptation of the spine.

These sideway movements can be a just a few degrees (mild – less than 20) to significant (more than 20 degrees). Some scoliosis cases are hereditary and more often seen in girls and other from trauma or compensatory due to; accidents, birth trauma, etc. Conventional treatment includes a base line x-ray evaluation followed by a “wait and see how bad it gets” approach. The chiropractic approach is hands-on. Examining and analyzing the spine, chiropractors will adjust the subluxations of the spine but will also assign corrective exercises. Of course, this will include monitoring of the spine but the most important distinction is that care is active and ongoing and not “wait and see”. The screening for a scoliosis is quite straightforward. Look at your child from the back. Are the shoulders even? Does one scapula (wing bone) stick out more than the other? Do the spinous processes (bony dots on the back of the spine) go straight or do they shift from the center? The standard tests done a school scoliosis screening is also easily done at home. Have your child stand straight up and look at the spine. See if you see any of the findings discussed in the previous paragraph. Then the next step is to have your child bend forward and check their spines for any shifting or humps in the lower back or upper back. You can also look to see if the fingertips are even when they bend over fully. If any of these signs are present or if you are unsure then a call to our officewould be the best first step.

Lower Back Pain & Sciatica Specialist

Throughout the course of your day, you put more unnecessary burdens on your low back than any other part of your body – so it should come as no surprise that about 80% of the world’s population reports lower back pain at some point in their life. 80%! And the reasons are as simple as a cheap desk chair at work, a “George Costanza wallet” in your back pocket, or your form at the gym; in other words, everyday things we disregard.

 “Your low back and pelvis are the foundation of the spine. They are the biggest and strongest bones in your spine, and that’s not by accident. Gravity, your body weight, your posture,” says Dr. David Adler. “All those things just crash down onto your low back, leading to that lower back pain and discomfort.” The answer shouldn’t be pain-relieving pills that make you forget the pain for a few hours. In fact, you may have seen in the news the recent opioid epidemic the United States is facing. The medical community and federal government are seeking answers on how to treat their patients without these drugs. The answer they seek is chiropractic care, and correcting the mis-alignments and subluxations causing that lower back pain. Occasional lower back pain might seem like a nuisance rather than a serious problem, but this pain can become much more severe without treatment. Over time, you might have trouble sitting, standing, and lying down without considerable lower back pain. Before that happens, make your appointment at Adler Family Chiropractic. Dr. Adler is currently accepting low back pain patients from Roswell, Cumming, Johns Creek, Norcross, Sandy Springs, Marietta, Alpharetta, and North Fulton County, Georgia.

Lower Back Pain & Sciatica: Questions and Answers

by Dr. David N. Adler, DC Before we can answer any questions, there are some terms you need to know. Dr. Adler specializes in the detection and correction of the “Vertebral Subluxation Complex.” Vertebral subluxation is a condition where spinal vertebrae are not in the correct alignment and create changes in the ability of the nervous system to communicate with the rest of the body clearly both from the brain to the body and the body back to the brain. This causes a less than optimal function and adaptability of the body.

Someone told me I have Sciatica. What’s that?

Sciatica is a very misused term. Low back pain is not sciatica. It refers to pain that develops when the sciatic nerve is irritated. It is the biggest and longest nerve in the body, and since it runs through your lower back, flank, hip, thigh, and lower leg, you might have pain in one, two or even all of these areas. You may also have pain in none! Sciatic pain might occur as radiating pain that comes from your lower back and travels down your leg, but it can also jump down into your feet with no pain anywhere else. At Adler Family Chiropractic, Dr. Adler does treat sciatica, but he’ll also perform a thorough examination to determine if what “Dr. Google” told you about sciatica is true in your case.

I’m healthy; why do I have lower back pain?

There are a variety of sources for low back pain. It’s important to find the underlying cause. Dr. Adler will examine you to determine the source, which could be:
  • A facet problem
  • A herniated disc
  • Sprains and/or strains muscles and/or ligaments
  • Trauma and repetitive stress injuries (RSI)
  • Degeneration
  • And a lot more …
You can also develop low back pain from an imbalance in your lower extremities, such as your hip or knee. Dr. Adler is a highly trained and experienced extremity adjuster and will work that into your care plan if needed.

How does Dr. Adler treat lower back pain?

Dr. Adler develops a treatment plan for you that will specifically address your needs, depending on the source of your pain and its severity. Your treatment plan will likely include a combination of exercises and chiropractic adjustment to remove subluxations and optimize alignment and function. If you have a herniated disc or facet problem, Dr. Adler makes adjustments to correct these issues. These adjustments often result in pain relief and a lower chance of having that low back pain come back.  Dr. Adler uses a special technique called Cox Flexion and Distraction, which is the industry standard for low back pain, and is backed by a tremendous amount of research. In addition, Dr. Adler will spend time re-educating you on simple activities of daily life, like proper technique at the gym, or the best way to pick up heavy boxes and squat down to the ground. If you need treatment for low back pain, sciatica, disc herniations or anything else, please contact Adler Family Chiropractic to make an appointment with Dr. Adler.

Sport Injuries

Playing sports helps you stay fit while enjoying some healthy competition, but you do run the risk of getting injured. Some sports injuries can put you on the sidelines and prevent you from returning if they’re left untreated. In fact, you might experience chronic pain and stiffness from those injuries. At Adler Family Chiropractic, Dr. David Adler provides chiropractic care for sports injuries for patients in Roswell, Georgia who have sports injuries or overuse injuries that affect their extremities.

Sports Injury and Extremity Q & A

by David N. Adler, DC

What causes sports injuries?

Sports injuries can occur from sudden trauma if you collide with another player or get hit with equipment, which tends to happen more often in contact sports. You can also develop damage from repetitive stress injuries if you overuse certain joints, such as swinging your arm frequently while playing tennis. Sudden pivots and turns, such as the kinds you do in basketball, can also cause sports injuries. What are some common types of repetitive stress injuries? Overuse injuries can affect different joints, including your knee, elbow, and shoulder joints. These injuries can occur from playing sports, but other activities, such as typing on a computer, can also cause them. Some common types of injuries from overuse include the following:
  • Shoulder impingement or rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Shin splints
  • Bursitis caused by inflammation
  • Tendinitis in the Achilles heel
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
Other such injuries include:

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a common sports injury, although you can get it from doing any activity that involves overusing your arm, such as painting. You might have pain that affects the outer part of your elbow and moves down your arm and wrist.

Lower Back Strain

Lower back strain can occur when you put too much pressure on your lower back muscles and other soft tissue while playing sports. This pressure can cause tears to form in these muscles, leading to pain and stiffness.

Runner’s Knee

Runner’s knee refers to pain that you feel in the front part of your knee from overuse or imbalances in your hip and knee muscles. This can cause a dull pain when you try to bend your knee.

How does chiropractic care help sports injuries and repetitive stress injuries?

Chiropractic care ensures that your joints are in the right alignment, which helps relieve your symptoms while also giving your body a chance to heal properly. The adjustments that Dr. Adler make ease pressure on affected nerves and allow your body to function as it should, so you can enjoy relief from pain and other symptoms. The exact care you’ll get from Dr. Adler depends on the kind of injury you have, how long it’s been bothering you, and what caused it. After giving you a full evaluation, he’ll create a personalized treatment plan. If you need treatment for a sports injury or repetitive stress injury, please contact Adler Family Chiropractic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Adler.

100 Year Lifestyle Lectures and Special Events

As The 100 Year Lifestyle Licensed Affiliate, our office provides ongoing educational workshops in our office that are open to the community, on a variety of topics, to help you maximize your health. We also provide health and safety programs to companies, organizations and school systems to help improve the health and well-being of everyone in our community.