Chiropractic in History

The practice of Chiropractic in the United States is just a little over 100 years old. Even though Chiropractic in the US is a fairly young science and art, healing arts similar to Chiropractic have been in practice for centuries. Take for instance this quote from nearly 2000 years ago.

“During the same times the Art of Medicine was divided into three parts:one being that which cures through diet, another through medicaments, and the third by the hand. The Greeks termed the first dietetics, the second pharmaceutics and the third chirurgics.”
Dr. Tom Etter is graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has over ten years of Chiropractic practice experience in Olathe, Kansas and Lenexa, Kansas. The focus of Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice is neck pain, back pain, sports injuries, knee pain and shoulder pain.

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Neck Arthritis, Whiplash and Chiropractic

One of the most common conditions in the Chiropractic practice is degenerative changes of the joints of the neck. Arthritis or osteoarthritis is a condition in which the joints become enlarged and roughened. Osteoarthritis of the joints of the neck may be similar to the roughening and enlargement of the joints of the hand seen in some people with osteoarthritis of the hand. Osteoarthritis of the joints of the neck may cause pain in the arm and neck. Neck and arm pain are some of the most common conditions that cause people to seek the care of a Chiropractor. It has been estimated that osteoarthritis is the most common cause of pain in the arm. Osteoarthritis may cause spurring of the joints of the neck and narrowing of joint spaces. Enlargement of the joints may impinge on the nerves as well by closing down the small holes in which the nerves depart the spinal column (neural foramen). People suffering a whiplash injury who have some degree of osteoarthritis of the neck often have much worse problems with a whiplash than those with relatively normal joints.
One important note about arthritis changes of the spine is that there is very little correlation with degenerative changes of the neck (arthritis) and complaints of pain. In other words someone may have advanced arthritis of the neck and have little pain and someone may have a normal level of arthritis and have lots of problems from a whiplash or headaches.
Chiropractors provide most of the care to persons suffering from whiplash. Injury to the joints often causes a lack of motion in the joints which may lead to later arthritis. Chiropractic adjustments restore the normal motion to joints and theoretically prevent joint degeneration.
Athritis causing spur formation usually occurs in the joints of the lower cervical spine. Spurring of the joints of the lower spine may cause pain in the arm.
Degenerating discs in the neck are a common condition in men. The degeneration of discs often occurs first in the neck and later in the lumbar spine. Usually the discs of the lower part of the neck are effected first. The lower part of the neck is usually the part of the neck effected most in a whiplash.
Dr. Tom Etter is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic. He has over ten years of Chiropractic experience treating back pain, neck pain, whiplash and sports injury. Dr. Etter’s practice serves the area of Olathe, Kansas, Lenexa, Kansas and Overland Park, Kansas.

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Face Pain and Chiropractic

Pain in the face is a somewhat common complaint in Chiropractic patients. Often the pain can be referred from the joints or muscles of the neck. The condition known as trigeminal neuralgia causes pain in the face and is a largely unexplained condition. It is unknown as well if whiplash injury is a direct cause trigeminal neuralgia. In some cases light touch to the face causes extreme pain. Trigeminal neuralgia is generally described as a sudden, electric like pain that effects one side of the face. The pain occurs in bouts and spontaneously. The pain may also be an unbearable aching.
Acupuncture is one possible treatment for trigeminal neuralgia. Pain radiated to the face by the joints and muscles of the neck is generally of different character than trigeminal neuralgia and is usually responsive to Chiropractic methods.
Dr. Tom Etter practices Chiropractic and acupuncture in Olathe and Lenexa, Kansas. He has over ten years practice experience in treating back pain, neck pain, whiplash and sports injuries.

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Shoulder Pain, Neck Pain and Whiplash: Chiropractic Topics

Neck pain and headaches are the most common complaints of persons seeking Chiropractic care for whiplash. Shoulder pain is another common complaint that is often associated with neck pain. Shoulder pain may be from direct injury to the shoulder or referred pain from the neck. Rotator cuff problems, tendinitis and impingement may occur secondary to whiplash. Whiplash can also aggrevate muscular imbalances between the pectoral muscles and muscles of the back (especially the rhomboids). Often the trapezius muscle which is the muscle at the top of the shoulder is a source of pain which is often referred to as shoulder pain. Injury or irritation to the trapezius from a whiplash can cause pain the radiates into the neck and the area between the shoulder blades. Myofascial release techniques are the most beneficial Chiropractic technique to deal with injured muscles from whiplash. Acupuncture treatment combined with electrical stimulation is often very effective treatment for upper back pain and trigger points in the trapezius are well. If the muscles of the neck are strained by whiplash the pain may be aggravated by stretching or forcefully contracting the muscle. Muscle tears or strains are generally described as burning pain that is easy to locate.
Numbness and pain in the arms is common after a whiplash and is often the result of muscle spasms in the scalene muscles. The scalene muscles are the muscles in the side of the neck. The scalenes attach to the neck and to the upper ribs. Myofascial stretches of the scalenes are often very effective in treating this type of neck and arm pain.
Dr. Tom Etter has over ten years of Chiropractic practice experience and serves patients in the Olathe, Lenexa and Johnson county areas. Dr. Etter’s practice focus is neck pain, back pain, sports injury and whiplash injury treatment.

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Whiplash and Headaches-Chiropractic topics

Chiropractors provide the majority of care for people suffering from whiplash. The term whiplash is somewhat of a catch-all term for a variety of syptoms arising from the injury of a car accident. Headaches are the second most commonly reported condition resulting from whiplash that causes people to seek Chiropractic care. Trauma to the neck itself is the most common cause of whiplash associated headaches. Some studies have shown up to 90% of persons with neck trauma report headaches. The headaches from whiplash may vary and be constant or intermittent, and may vary in location. The front and back (occipital) of the head are the most common locations for headaches in post whiplash. The most common type of headache seen in the Chiropractic office is the muscle contraction headache or tension headache. The tension headache is associated with pain in the front and or back of the head and may be felt behind the eyes. Damage to the neck muscles or trigger points in the neck muscles can refer pain to the head or face and is a common cause of contiued neck pain. Headache is considered to be the most common presenting syptom of degenertion of the joints of the neck or arthritis of the neck. Other headache theories propose that headache may be related to spasm,injury or inflammation of the muscles of the neck. Poor posture including forward head position is another causative factor in headaches. Forward bending of the head increase the demands on the joints and especially the muscles of the neck and may exacerbate headaches. Studies have shown that person with the most forward head posture had a greater likelyhood of having headaches and had more pain with headaches. Neck extension exercises as well as rowing type lifting motions combined with Chiropractic treatments and myofascial release treatment to the muscles of the back of the neck are often very effective in treating this type of headaches.
Dr. Tom Etter has over ten years of Chiropractic practice experience in Olathe, Kansas and Lenexa, Kansas. His practice specialty is back pain, neck pain, whiplash treatment, shoulder pain and running injuries.

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