Bone Spurs Are a Sure Sign of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH)

Chiropractic professionals often use a thorough examination of the spine and surrounding tissues to identify the root of a patient’s symptoms. In many cases, X-rays are the solution. They allow chiropractors a full view of the condition of the spine.

One commonly identified problem in patients who complain of stiffness and limited mobility is bone spurs. Although bone spurs may form as a result of numerous conditions, one of the most common is diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH).

When presented with spinal bone spurs, chiropractors must be cautious of DISH before moving forward with treatment. Proper diagnosis of this condition may allow you to avoid potentially harmful treatment and ensure your patient gets the best care possible. Ideal Spine’s advanced Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) technique aim to treat patients mobility problems without damaging their spine.

What is DISH?

DISH is a common form of arthritis, affecting the tendons and ligaments surrounding the spine – particularly those in the neck and upper back. Over time, these tissues can calcify. This often results in the formation of bone spurs where the tissues connect to the spine. The spine is not the only area of bone formation affected; however, it is the most common.

DISH is a progressive disease that often becomes more serious over time. This can result in pain and stiffness that worsens as the bones harden and bone spurs continue to form. Spinal fractures in the spine are also somewhat common as a result of DISH.

Bone spurs around the spine are particularly dangerous. They can begin to press on surrounding tissues and nerves. In the event of nerve compression, patients may experience difficulty swallowing and numbness or tingling in the arms and legs.

However, many people experience no symptoms, which means the condition can go undetected for quite a while. Many patients are not diagnosed until an imaging test reveals the presence of bone spurs.

Experts are unsure of what exactly causes DISH, but the condition tends to be more common in men over the age of 50. Unfortunately, there is no cure for DISH. A comprehensive treatment plan is usually necessary to manage any symptoms the patient experiences.

Chiropractic treatments for spinal bone spurs

Once bone spurs are identified and DISH is diagnosed, a treatment plan must be created to help the patient manage their symptoms. Chiropractic treatment may be useful in improving the patient’s range of motion in the spine and decreasing pain or stiffness.

Chiropractors must handle areas of the spine that have the potential for fracture carefully. Through gentle manipulation techniques, patients may respond well to chiropractic with little need for other forms of treatment. In addition to in-office procedures, chiropractors should inform patients of the potential benefits of heat and at-home exercises. These may help improve mobility and manage pain on a daily basis.

Chiropractic training through Ideal Spine helps chiropractors identify the best solutions to their patients’ spinal problems. Let us teach you the value of a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach in diagnosing sensitive conditions like DISH. Contact us to learn more today!

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

The Many Roles of Pain Management for Chronic Back Pain

Thousands of people live each day with chronic pain. This pain cannot always be explained or even cured, often leading to a cycle of failed treatments and frustration. Chronic pain has become so prevalent that the practice of pain management, or pain medicine, has become much more important.

Chiropractic care is one of the many potential facets of pain management. Given its gentle, non-invasive nature, Ideal Spine encourages patients to use chiropractic as a “pillar” of their chronic pain management program.

Pain management is often considered a response to a diagnosis, but it is much more than that. The practice of pain management serves many roles in the realm of chronic back pain; its techniques are not solely for injury recovery. As chiropractors, we must understand these roles to best serve our patients’ needs through treatment methods, as well as referrals to other pain specialists.

It’s important to remind patients that pain management programs may be useful at many stages of their recovery process. Chiropractic pain management may help chronic back pain patients in the following ways:

  • Identify the source of back pain: Pain treatments like chiropractic may help in the identification of the root cause of pain. Although this generally requires a process of testing abilities and may not produce immediate results, chiropractors may eventually be able to identify where the patient’s pain is coming from. Then, they can create a more appropriate course of pain management.
  • Provide an alternative to surgery: Chiropractic care may be part of a pain management program to help a patient reduce their pain without surgery. Many people prefer to pursue non-invasive pain management methods initially, treating surgery as a last resort. Gentle chiropractic manipulations – as well as other methods like physical therapy exercises and massage – may provide the relief the patient needs without severe measures like surgical intervention.
  • Rehabilitate the patient after surgery: Some patients with chronic back pain might require surgery to stabilize the spine or repair musculoskeletal damage. After surgery, many patients experience heightened pain and seek to manage it as the body recovers. Alternative forms of pain management like chiropractic may be useful to help rehabilitate the patient and allow the body to heal properly. These treatment methods may also be useful in the long term if the patient continues to experience pain even after surgery and healing.
  • Teach patients how to manage their pain: Pain management is not a static process. It encompasses both professional treatment and patient action. To that end, pain management professionals should use their expertise to teach patients how to effectively manage their pain on their own at home. All kinds of patients – including those who have undergone surgery and who are using alternative methods in place of surgery – may benefit from a greater understanding of their agency in relation to their chronic pain.

No two patients will experience chronic pain in exactly the same way. The differing physical, neurological, and psychological aspects of pain require a unique perspective and treatment program.

At Ideal Spine, we teach chiropractors how to leverage our understanding of the body to potentially treat or alleviate pain in patients, regardless of the presence of an identifiable source. Chiropractors must remember and inform others of the many roles pain medicine has when it comes to chronic pain, to help make patients’ lives easier.

If you are a patient experiencing chronic back pain, seek a chiropractor trained in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to learn how their pain management programs may help you along every step of your healing journey.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Breaking Down Scar Tissue Using Proven Chiropractic Techniques

Scar tissue is a big problem if left unmanaged. Patients overcoming traumatic injury often have to cope with issues presented by scar tissue – things like restricted mobility and range of motion, or lack of flexibility. While scar tissue is part of the healing process, in some cases it’s the start of yet another recovery phase.

Ideal Spine urges chiropractors to consider the presence of scar tissue when adjusting patients. Especially for patients recovering from traumatic injury, accounting for scar tissue is important. It could affect the progress of a patient, the mode of treatment, or the capability of the patient to comply with treatment. Most importantly, it could affect how you plan and execute a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) recovery strategy.

Breaking up scar tissue

The good thing about scar tissue is that it can be broken up. Moreover, breaking up scar tissue isn’t detrimental to patients – in some cases it’s actually necessary to restore full movement or range of motion. And while some degree of scar tissue will always exist to mark a wound, the pliability and softness of that tissue can be treated. Chiropractors have access to several techniques for breaking down scar tissue.

  • Graston technique. Using instrumentation, chiropractors target areas of thicker scar tissue and scrape it to gently break it down. Graston technique is useful for addressing scarring in prevalent soft-tissue areas, such as the legs, neck, and lower back.
  • Instrument adjustment. Using an ArthroStim or other pulsating instrument, chiropractors can target specific areas of scar tissue buildup. The instrument rapidly massages these areas to improve pliability and reduce stress in the tissue.
  • Affected manipulation. This technique relies on soothing the area of scar buildup before manually palpating it. Chiropractors may use light liniment oil for heat, TENS to loosen tension, or gentle numbing cream to soften sensitivity.
  • Trigger point therapy. Trigger point therapy is useful in concentrating focus on heavily scarred areas of tissue, where buildup is substantial. Chiropractors focus on breaking down scar tissue while continually testing range of motion.
  • Therapeutic massage. Many chiropractors will perform (or refer) therapeutic massage for patients with widespread scar tissue. This can be helpful in improving blood flow to affected areas and gently stimulating scar tissue to improve pliability.

Application of these techniques depends on the patient and the scarring. Graston technique may be best applied to the Achilles after surgery, while trigger point therapy and therapeutic massage may be best suited for soft tissue scarring after whiplash, for example.

Pay mind to scar tissue during adjustments

Scar tissue from recent injuries can often be felt during palpation, and radiological imaging will show old scar tissue. Chiropractors should take note of these areas when formulating a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) adjustment schedule. Often, scar tissue will need its own focus, which may extend the CBP plan. It may also require a more thorough adjustment plan, to better acclimate the body.

Ideal Spine encourages chiropractors to consult with their patients and perform proper investigations before adjustments. Scar tissue may be something we all live with, but it has broad ramifications in treating other physiological conditions and spinal misalignments.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.