Thumb tendonitis and Chiropractic

Tendonitis of the tendons of the thumb is a common complaint in people who work with their hands or who play sports that use a racket.
Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons and causes the tendons to swell and a thickening of the tendon sheath. The condition of trigger finger is essentially tendonitis of the tendons of the fingers. Thickening of the tendons causes the tendons to catch and may cause them to click as the fingers or thumb are extended.
In tendonitis of the thumb, use of the wrist usually becomes increasingly painful and there may be swelling over the area of the thumb tendons. It may also be possible to press on tender areas of the thumb tendons. The condition may get worse until the thumb is not able to be moved.
In Chiropractic management of thumb tendonitis and trigger finger the most effective technique is myofascial release. Myofascial release techniques target the inflammed, thickened tendons and help to reduce thickening and pain in the tendons. Additionally, ice and wrapping the wrist help to alleviate the condition. Rest from the aggrevating activity also help to speed healing time.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years Chiropractic experience. His practice focus is back pain, neck pain, whiplash and sports injuries including tendonitis of the thumb.

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Bursitis of the Shoulder, Chiropractic approaches

Often all pain in the shoulder is referred to as bursitis which is usually a gross oversimplification of the conditions. Bursitis of the shoulder on its own is not a common condition. True bursitis of the shoulder is usually the result of a direct blow to the shoulder such as in football.
Some of the most common conditions of the shoulder that are able to cause pain and altered movement of the shoulder are: 1. Calcific deposits in the joint capsule of the shoulder 2. Biceps tendinitis 3. AC joint injury and 4. Adhesive Capsulitis of the shoulder.
Usually altered motion of the shoulder joint are a common cause of problems. A standard set of exercises that is targeted to training the rotator cuff are usually effective in correcting the altered motion at the rotator cuff. Myofascial release techniques are also highly effective in treating the rotator cuff and bicpes tendon.

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Shoulder Pain, The Biceps and Chiropractic

Shoulder pain is one of the most common complaints seen in the Chiropractic office. Often working overhead and throwing motions are activities that contribute to shoulder pain. Often shoulder impingement is called bursitis. The condition is caused by thickening and irritation of the tendons of the rotator cuff. Biceps tendinitis is another very common cause of shoulder pain that is often difficult to differentiate from conditions involving the rotator cuff. Usually the pain of biceps tendonitis is felt more at the front of the shoulder and the pain of rotator cuff bursistis is felt more at the top of the shoulder.
The are several motions of the shoulder that tend to aggrevate biceps tendinitis. One is the throwing motion. Another is raising the arm to the front or pushing motions such as while using a vacuum cleaner. Another motion that tends to aggrevate the biceps tendon is turning the arm outward while raising the arm. Irritations to the rotator cuff usually do not become painful while turning the arm outward while raising the arm. For this reason biceps tendonitis is more common in persons who do throwing sports or paddling.
If left untreated biceps tendonitis may result into complete adherence of the tendon. The result is a greatly reduced range of motion of the shoulder which may result in rupture of the biceps tendon.
The most helpful Chiropractic technique in dealing with biceps tendonitis is myofascial release. Most cases seem to require 4-7 treatments over several weeks to gain some kind of relief. Ice and rest from the aggrevating activity are often helpful as well.
Dr. Etter has over ten years of Chiropractic practice experience in Olathe, Kansas and Lenexa, Kansas. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain, whiplash and injuries of the shoulder. Injuries to the shoulder including both injuries caused by chronic overuse and sports injuries.

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Shoulder pain and Chiropractic

Shoulder pain is one of the most common complaints that does not involve the spine in todays Chiropractic offices. Several different structures of the shoulder may be the cause of pain and may be injured in certain types of athletic or occupational activities.
Tears of the glenoid labrum are possible. The glenoid labrum is a small lip of cartilage that acts to stabilize the shoulder. Often tears of the glenoid labrum cause the shoulder to get stuck in a certain position and have to be clicked or moved back into place. Injuries to the glenoid labrum are usually traumatic and not associated with overuse.
Injury to the glenoid labrum may also cause a sense of weakness in the shoulder or a feeling of instability.
The joint of the clavicle or collar bone and the scapula or shoulder blade is an often injured joint as well. The joint is commonly known as the AC joint. The AC joint is often injured by falling on the point of the shoulder. Often in football when a player is tackled with the arms to the side and falls on the point of the shoulder, the AC joint is injured. More serious separations of the AC joint result in elevation of the outside end of the collar bone.
Often shoulder pain may radiate from the neck. The joints of the neck may refer pain into both the shoulder and face. Chiropractic manipulation is often highly effective in treatment of this type of pain. Disc problems in the neck are also able to radiate pain into the shoulder. It is said that true cervical disc herniations are rare after age 40. Degenerative changes to the joints of the neck are also one common cause of pain that is referred into the shoulder.
Repetitive activities of the shoulder are another common cause of shoulder pain seen by Chiropractors. Often overhead work such as carpentry is a common cause. Swimming is another sport that may cause shoulder impingement. Shoulder impingement is caused by thickening and irritation of the tendons of the rotator cuff. The thickened, inflammed tendons may also rub on various structures of the shoulder including the collar bone which produces pain and further inflammation. Myofascial release techniques are effective treatment in cases of shoulder impingement.
In more rare cases the gallbladder or heart may refer pain into the shoulder.
Dr. Tom Etter is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has over ten years of Chiropractic practice experience in Olathe, Kansas and Lenexa, Kansas. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain and sports injuries involving the shoulder.

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The Shoulder and Chiropractic

Shoulder pain is a common complaint in both athletes and less active people. Even though shoulder pain is a common condition most people don’t think of Chiropractic treatment as a primary treatment for shoulder pain. Chiropractic adjustments to the shoulder as well as myofascial release treatments are often highly effective in relieving shoulder pain and lack of function.
The shoulder is a joint primarily designed for mobility. The mobility comes at a price, however, and lack of stability is the price paid for higher mobility. The extremes of motion at the shoulder cause excessive demands of the supporting structures of the shoulder including the muscles, ligaments and shoulder capsule. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that attach to the joint capsule of the shoulder. The purpose of the rotator cuff is to center the upper arm bone (humerus) over the shoulder blade (scapula).
Shoulder complaints are common in such sports as weight lifting, swimming, and throwing sports. Occupations requiring overhead work are also common causes of shoulder pain. The condition known as swimmers shoulder or shoulder impingement is commonly associated with overhead motions and often involves the rotator cuff (specifically the supraspinatus muscle).
Pain in the shoulder may also fe referred from other parts of the body. The neck or thoracic spine are able to refer pain into the shoulder. The internal organs are also able to refer pain into the shoulder including the gall bladder or heart. Compressed nerves in the neck may also radiate pain into the shoulder.
Shoulder impingement is one of the most common causes of pain in the shoulder. Shoulder impingement may also be known as bursitis. Tendinitis of the biceps tendon is another common cause of shoulder pain and commonly effects the front part of the shoulder. In some less active people the pain may be felt at the front of the shoulder. Biceps tendinitis is commonly associated with throwing type motions. Pain in the AC or acromio clavicular joint is also common and may be associated with past injury or separation of the AC joint. Usually the AC joint is injured by falling on the point of the shoulder with the arm at the side.
Dr. Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of experience in Olathe and Lenexa, Kansas. He is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice focus is back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, whiplash, and running injuries.

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