Fibromyalgia and Chiropractic

Fibromyalgia is a condition known to cause pain in the joints and muscles. Usually the pain is described as effecting joint symetrically on both sides of the body and the pain is often worse after waking up in the morning. Persons suffering with fibromyalgia often complain of stiffness in the joints but often the range of motion of the joint is normal. Swelling of the joints is usually minimal and the joints are often only mildly tender. Most of the tenderness felt in fibromyalgia is felt over tense muscles. The muscles seldom atrophy (shrink) in fibromyalgia. Usually a person suffering fibromyalgia does not have a fever or experience weight loss. One of the key diagnostic aspects of the condition is that persons with fibromyalgia do not test positive for rheumatic factor. X rays of the joints are usually normal. Many persons suffering from fibromyalgia are emotionally tense.
One of the most effective Chiropractic techniques in dealing with fibromyalgia is myofascial release technique. Myofascial release targeted towards the muscle specifically and seeks to reduce the tenderness felt in the muscles due to fibromyalgia.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience. His Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia and sports injuries. Dr. Etter is an approved Chiropractic provider for Blue Cross, medicare, aetna, cigna, human, and others.

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Injuries of the Hips in Sports and Chiropractic

The most common injury to the buttocks in sports is from a direct blow such as from a knee or elbow. Usually the skin is not injured due to being padded by the muscle and fat below. The gluteal muscles often undergo contusion in a direct blow scenario but this does not usually cause a lack of function of the muscle in a significant way. In most of the buttocks area there is thick muscle that is not prone to being pinched between a bon structure. Often a blow may produce a tender, painful muscle mass that is uncomfortable but not disabling.
The sciatic nerve is able to be contused by blows to the buttocks. In this type of condition the pain may begin in the buttocks and extend down the back of the thigh and into the calf and foot. The type of pain that results from a sciatic contusion is similar to sciatica from such causes as a disc problem to piriformis entrapment. Raising a straightened leg often causes the pain to increase and numbness may be felt in some areas of the leg or foot. Often a contusion of the sciatic nerve needs no additional treatment but the person should be careful to avoid stretching the nerve any further.
Another area of the buttocks that may become contused is the ischial tuberosity. The hamstrings attach onto the ischial tuberosity and it is also the bony area of the pelvis that we sit on. Falling on the butt may cause irritation of the bones and a localized painful area.
Bursitis of the hip is usually felt at the side of the hip and over the greater trochanter of the femur (the bumps at the side of the hip). In some cases hip bursitis may radiate down the leg but usually causes a localized pain at the side of the hip.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience. His Chiropractic practice serves Olathe, Kansas, Lenexa, Kansas and Overland Park, Kansas. Dr. Etter’s practice focus is back pain, neck pain, sports injuries and acpuncture.

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Patterns of sciatica in lower back pain and Chiropractic

Sciatica is the term for pain that radiates down the back of the leg. Sciatic pain is often made worse by coughing or sneezing which increases the pressure inside the abdomen. A severe attack of sciatica often causes the person to walk with the knees bent and a forward bend at the hip. Some persons with sciatica pain, however, do not show any outward signs of altered gait and are able to walk normally. Some sciatica sufferers do not experience back pain or muscle spasm in the back and may have free motion of the back.
The sudden onset of sciatica usually happens when a herniated disc causes pressure on the nerve roots. It is generally though that the distance the pain travels along the course of the nerve is proportional to the amount of impingement on the nerve root (more severe herniations cause a larger distribution of pain).
In some cases severe sciatica may suddenly disappear but the person may be left with numbness and weakness in the leg. The sudden disappearance of sciatic pain does not mean the the disc is no longer impinging on the nerve.
Any pattern of sciatic pain may be initiated by irritation of a sensitive nerve root and does not mean the disc has a herniation. In some cases slight bulging of the disc may be enough to cause sciatica.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience treating back pain, sciatica, neck pain and sports injuries. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice serves Olathe, Kansas, Lenexa, Kansas, and Overland Park, Kansas.

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Numbness in the thigh and weakness. Chiropractic topics

The quadriceps and hip flexors are powerful muscles in the front of the hip and thigh. They are controlled by the femoral nerve which originates from the first to fourth lumbar vertebrae.
Some conditions and injuries are able to cause weakness in the thigh and effect the femoral nerve. One such condition is diabetes. The nerve may also be effected by childbirth or injuries to the front of the hip. In such cases the quadriceps muscles become rapidly weaker and a person may have a hard time rising from a seated position or go up stairs.
Numbness in the front or side of the thigh is also known as meralgia paresthetica. In this condition the sensory nerves of the spine become entraped and the result is numbness in the thigh. Often with this type of condition the skin becomes sensitive to touch but strength and muscle tone is unaffected. Some causes of meralgia paresthetica include obesity and wearing a belt or truss for work purposes. Pregnancy may also cause the condition to occur.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor and graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain and sports injuries.

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The long term process of disc degeneration

Problems with the lumbar discs are often difficult to diagnose and treat. Often many symptoms of the various causes of back pain overlap. Disc problems are frequently linked with events such as lifting, bending and sneezing. While a disc condition may be linked to one event that strains the back the actual process that causes the disc to fail can take years. Highly stressing a lumbar disc through lifting or other causes often may stress a slightly abnormal disc beyond its capability to recover and cause the process of disc herniation to accelerate.
One of the most troublesome effects of a disc problem is nerve impingement. When the disc herniates it may put pressure on the lumbar nerve roots. The actual moment in which the disc material impinges the nerve roots may happen suddenly even though the process was years in the making. Some of the events that may precipitate the nerve impingement are sneezing, lifting or straining at the stool.
Back pain is a common symptoms of a disc that is abnormal. Sciatica is the predominant symptom when the disc contacts the nerve. Sciatica is a key feature that helps a Chiropractors and other clinicians determine if an episode of sciatica is due to a disc condition or other factors. Many back conditions can be associated with leg pain but only nerve root irritation in the lumbar spine can produce pain along the distribution of the sciatic nerve.
Another key feature that is often overlooked with sciatica and nerve root irritation due to the disc is muscle tenderness. With acute attacks of nerve impingement the buttocks, thigh and calf can be very tender.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor and graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. His Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain, whiplash and sciatica.

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