X rays are used primarily for imagining of the bones. For back pain that appears related to the joints or the disc, x rays generally aren’t needed for the first 3-4 weeks of Chiropractic care. For people who have had an injury that may be serious enough to cause suspicion of fracture x rays are a good idea. For people who have no response to Chiropractic care for lower back pain in the first 3-4 weeks of care an MRI is often the next step.
Some of the conditions that are cause for extra concern in lower back pain are numbness in the seat area (saddle numbness), fever, weight loss, and muscle weakness in the legs.
Most persons suffering from lower back pain can recover within a month with a combination of Chiropractic care, ice, exercises and over the counter analgesics.
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Most ankle sprains are of the inversion type. An inversion sprain is when the foot forcefully turns inwards. Subsequent sprains tend to become more severe due to injury and laxity of the ligaments.
Ankle sprains typically cause an inability to bear weight on the injured ankle and swelling and pain on the outside of the ankle.
The standard treatment for ankle sprains is ice, elevation, and compression. Weight bearing should be protected and the person should engage in weight bearing as soon as possible. Strengthening of the muscles including the tibialis anterior and peroneals is also an effective treatment. The tibialis anterior is the muscle at the front of the lower leg that lifts the toe upward. The peroneals are the muscles at the side of the leg that turn the foot outwards. It has been estimated that ankle sprains account for up to 25% of the time lost in athletics.
Foot pain is one of the most common conditions in people who stand for work or are recreational runners. Many people are not aware Chiropractic care is often a very effective treatment for foot pain and problems.
One of the most common conditions seen in runner is plantar fasciitis. It is estimated that 10% of runners are prone to plantar fasciitis. Often a heel spur is seen with the conditions. The heel spur is a bony projection from the heel bone or calcaneus. Heel spurs are seen in about half of persons with plantar fasciitis and in about 10-27% of the general population. A heel spur is an indication of long term irritation of the plantar ligament and not directly the cause of the problem. The heel spur itself is not located on the weight bearing part of the heel and does not directly cause pain. Plantar fasciitis is generally considered episodic in nature and more people can recover with rest, orthotics and conservative care (including Chiropractic care).
Plantar fasciitis is most often seen as a sharp heel pain on the botton and inside of the foot. The pain is often the worst first thing in the morning or after a period of extended sitting. The condition may be seen in people with either high or flat arches.
Orthotics are often very beneficial for persons with plantar fasciitis. Taping of the arch may be effective as well but is fairly time and labor intensive. Myofascial release treatments to the plantar fascia are often effective. Chiropractic adjustments to the foot are often helpful as well. It has been estimated that 95% of persons can respond to conservative care (including Chiropractic) for plantar fasciitis. Icing of the heel is often an effective conservative measure for treating plantar fasciitis.
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Foot pain is a very common condition in athletes as well as those who stand for work or recreation. Many people are not aware that Chiropractic has many effective treatments for foot pain and problems with the joints of the foot.
One of the most common conditions causing pain in the ball of the foot is known as metatarsalgia. Metatarsalgia refers to pain in ball of the foot caused by the dropping of one of the metatarsal heads. The metatarsal heads form the arch in the ball of the foot. Untreated metatarsalgia may result in a stress fracture of the neck of the metatarsal. Standing on the feet for long periods in high heeled shoes may result in metatarsalgia. Other factors are excessive walking or jogging, being overweight or excessively flat or arched feet. The cause of the problem is most often subluxated metatarsal heads. Chiropractic adjustments to the heads of the metatarsals is often quite effective in relieving pressure and the arch and restoring the normal position of the metatarsal heads. Often the person with a dropped metatarsal head will have an extra callous on the ball of the foot. The callous is caused by the metatarsal head being below the level of the arch of the foot. The treatment consists of Chiropractic adjustments to the fallen metatarsal head as well as rest and changing of footwear.
Problems with the foot and ankle are common in athletes. Less active people also may suffer from problems with the feet and ankles. Many people are unaware that Chiropractic care is able to provide relief from many conditions of the foot and ankle. In the same way Chiropractic adjustments free restrictions of the joints of the spine, adjustments may also normalize the motions of the joints of the foot and ankle.
The foot and ankle is the main shock absorber of the body while walking or running. Dysfunction of the foot may cause problems throughout the body. Lower back pain may also be aggrevated by problems with the foot. Most foot complaints are due to improper footwear or lack of support. Shoes that fit too tight may cause compression of the joints of the ball of the foot (metatarsals). If the foot is too mobile problems such as plantar fasciitis may result. Ankle sprains are common. The most common type of ankle sprain is the inversion sprain (where the foot is turned forcefully inward). The most severe complications of a bad sprain are fracture of the bones or rupture of the ligaments