Chiropractic care is all about active care, not a "wait and see approach"
Questions & Answers about Scoliosis
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: Questions and Answers
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)
- And a lot more …
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.
Sports Injury and Extremity Q & A
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
Tennis ElbowTennis 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 StrainLower 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 KneeRunner’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.
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