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Is Chiropractic Really Considered “Alternative” In Today’s Society?

Many patients who hear the term “alternative medicine” immediately assume the methods being practiced are less legitimate or useful than those used in conventional medicine. However, a lot of people are surprised to find out that chiropractic is considered an alternative practice, despite its ability to potentially develop successful results.

When it comes to musculoskeletal pain, surgery and medication are usually considered the two “conventional” forms of treatment. Outside of these methods are numerous other forms of alternative health care, including massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic. Even today, chiropractic is still referred to as alternative medicine. However, the term might not mean exactly what it appears to mean at the outset.

At Ideal Spine, we embrace the term “alternative medicine” because we believe in a non-invasive, holistic approach to wellness. Where traditional medicine involves surgery, pain medications, and extremely high treatment costs, chiropractic remains gentle and accessible.

What is alternative medicine?

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), two different terms can represent medical practices outside mainstream or conventional medicine: complementary and alternative.

“Complementary medicine” refers to medical practices that are used alongside conventional medical approaches. For example, a patient suffering from lower back pain takes prescribed painkillers from their physician but also visits a chiropractor. The chiropractic treatment is complementary to the painkillers.

“Alternative medicine,” on the other hand, refers to medical practices that are used in place of conventional medicine, not in tandem with it. The NCCIH states that true alternative medicine is actually uncommon, as most patients use a blend of conventional and complementary approaches to ease pain and discomfort.

The confusion between the terms, then, is simply because people have grown to use the two terms interchangeably.

Why is chiropractic considered alternative or complementary?

Whether chiropractic methods are considered “alternative” or “complementary” depends on whether a patient is using chiropractic in tandem with or in place of medication or surgery. The reason chiropractic is not considered conventional is because, like other alternative forms of musculoskeletal treatments including acupuncture, yoga, or homeopathy, it is not taught in medical schools.

Medical Doctors (M.D.) are not licensed to practice chiropractic adjustment. Instead, chiropractors must undergo approximately four years of training in the classroom and working hands-on with patients to receive their Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree.

However, the label of alternative or contemporary does not mean chiropractic adjustment is less effective. In fact, numerous studies have suggested that chiropractic does benefit some people with lower back pain. Chiropractic is actually regarded as one of the most popular forms of alternative treatment among adults.

Will chiropractic work for you?

If you suffer from lower back pain, speak with your physician about chiropractic adjustments and whether they would be a good treatment to add or replace any existing conventional treatments. Many doctors will recommend chiropractic treatment to patients, particularly those who do not want to use strong painkillers to aid their discomfort. Always make sure to discuss any complementary treatments you are using to ease back pain with your doctor.

If you are interested in chiropractic treatment for your pain, consult with an Ideal Spine chiropractor regarding a tailored Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) plan. Do not be deterred because it is not considered conventional medicine! Despite its “alternative” label, chiropractic treatment may help you ease joint pain and improve mobility in your back and neck through spinal readjustments.

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.

Don’t Let Plantar Fasciitis Keep You from Exercising this Spring

In the springtime, people tend to flock outside wit their families, friends and pets to soak up some sunshine and have some fun. The dawn of spring is often a relief for many because it represents a fresh start, particularly when it comes to their exercise routines. So what happens, then, when you lace up your running shoes with the intention of hitting the trail, only to be met with a stabbing pain in your heel?

One of the most likely causes of your pain is plantar fasciitis, a very painful and very common injury due to overuse of the ligaments in your foot. When this pain hits, it can be enough to make people not want to walk around the house, let alone get up and exercise. But you don’t have to let this pain stop you.

At Ideal Spine, we make sure patients know that chiropractic care doesn’t just affect the spine. Through a few regular chiropractic adjustments and exercises, you can feel the difference in your feet and possibly even prevent the issue from happening later.

What causes the foot pain?

A ligament called the plantar fascia runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your toe to your heel. The plantar fascia absorbs shock and helps support your foot as you walk, but tension can build, particularly when you are on your feet for long periods of time. With too much tension, small tears may appear, and the fascia might become inflamed, causing a sharp pain.

Foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis is often experienced while walking or standing for a while, or immediately after waking up. While this condition could happen to anyone, it is more likely to occur and return in people who stand or walk all day. It’s especially common in athletes, such as runners and dancers, or in professionals who work while standing up for long hours each day.

As a side effect of the foot pain, people with plantar fasciitis are more likely to adjust their gait while walking to avoid feeling discomfort, which can stress other parts of the body such as muscles or joints and lead to injury.

How a pain in the foot is connected to a pain in the neck

Of those suffering from plantar fasciitis on a regular basis, it is likely that very few would think chiropractic could have any effect on foot pain whatsoever. In reality, chiropractic is an excellent way to treat plantar fasciitis and can promote whole-body health in the process.

When you visit a chiropractor, they will make adjustments to your feet, ankles and spine to reduce pain and relieve the pressure on the plantar fascia. As soon as the pressure is relieved, the ligament can begin to heal, which may take a few weeks.

By targeting the feet, ankle and the alignment in the spine, chiropractors seek out the root of the problem and avoid merely treating the symptoms. These adjustments can also help prevent injury to the back, joints, and muscles that might have been stretched or over-worked due to an abnormal gait. The result is often a healthier and happier patient who does not return with the same problems over and over.

Ideal Spine uses the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) method of care to help chiropractors serve patients to the fullest extent possible. Visit a CBP trained chiropractor for help with your plantar fasciitis and get back outside this spring.

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.

Detecting the Onset of Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Acting Early

Everyone experiences muscle pain from time to time, whether it’s after a tough workout or from moving in a way you’re not used to. Your muscles need time to heal, and then the pain should go away after a day or two.

However, in some cases, your muscles never stop hurting – they may even begin to hurt more. You may initially think this is normal, especially if you continue to work out or move while the muscles are healing. But this pain is not normal. In fact, it may be a sign that you are experiencing a painful condition called myofascial pain syndrome.

Myofascial pain syndrome can lead to long-term feelings of pain and may pose serious disruptions to your daily routine. Fortunately, there are ways to release tension in your muscles and find relief. At Ideal Spine, we train chiropractors in Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), an advanced chiropractic approach to spine and total-body wellness. Speaking to one of our trained chiropractors may help you determine if you suffer from myofascial pain syndrome and find solutions early on.

What is myofascial pain syndrome?

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disorder characterized by the painful development of sensitive nodules, or trigger points, in the connective tissue of your muscle called the fascia. If pressure is applied to these trigger points, whether directly or through nearby strain or tension, the trigger point will produce deep pain in the muscle. Trigger points can also cause referred pain, or pain in other areas of the body, making them somewhat difficult to diagnose.

The most common reason trigger points occur is because the muscles are being contracted too often. This may happen because of repetitive movements on the job or in a sport, an acute muscular injury, tension caused by stress, or even poor posture. Anything that puts repeated stress on the muscle poses the risk of developing a trigger point.

The symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome are typically felt in the lower back and neck and may include:

  • Deep, aching muscle pain;
  • Muscle pain that persists or worsens rather than eases over time;
  • Tender knots in muscles;
  • Inability to sleep because of pain or discomfort.

If you believe you may be experiencing myofascial pain syndrome, think about if you have recently suffered an acute muscle injury, if you tend to use particular muscles repeatedly for a job or hobby, or if you frequently experience muscle tension due to stress. These risk factors can help you identify the condition early and may help you get ahead of the problem.

Trigger point-related pain may cause you to tense up more, resulting in more trigger points, and so on. Early identification of the condition may help you receive treatment to prevent the development of additional trigger points and to relieve tension in muscles for pain relief.

Pain relief for myofascial pain syndrome

At home, one easy method of myofascial pain relief is heat therapy. A balance between mild exercise and relaxation may also be beneficial to the muscle by strengthening it and letting it heal.

In addition to at-home therapy, chiropractic care may be able to help you manage your pain. Chiropractors use a number of physical therapy techniques to treat myofascial pain syndrome. Among these are massage, which targets the affected muscle with the intention of loosening it to potentially alleviate pain, and stretches, which may assist in elongating and relieving tension in the painful muscle.

If you are experiencing deep muscle pain that doesn’t seem to go away, contact an experience chiropractor trained by Ideal Spine today. By working with a musculoskeletal expert, you may be able to get ahead of the pain or find solutions for long-term pain management.

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.

Chiropractic Adjustment May be the Mood Booster You’ve Been Looking for

Aches and pains are a part of life. Our bodies endure a lot of stress over the years, and eventually, that stress can catch up to us. Living with discomfort or pain day in and day out can wreak havoc not only on your body, but also on your mind.

If you are suffering from the effects of poor physical and mental health, avoid turning to medications or other non-natural treatments. Whether you suffer from a mental illness or have just been feeling down lately, working with an Ideal Spine-trained chiropractor may be able to help give your mood a boost.

Studies have shown that chiropractic has interesting effects on mental health. Many patients going for regular chiropractic care noted an improvement in their mental health and a reduction in their feelings of anxiety and depression.

But why does this work? What relation does the spine have to the brain? There are actually a few explanations for this.

The mind and body are connected

There are many studies that have shown that the state of the body can have effects on the mind, and vice versa. In chiropractic, there is another idea relating the body and mind, which focuses on the spine. As the central hub for all nerves leading to the rest of the body, the spine may play a large role in how the rest of the body functions.

Spinal experts believe that vertebral subluxations, or misalignments in the spinal vertebrae, may affect your mental health. This is because the mind is connected to the body through the nervous system. If one or more nerves are pinched or compressed, connections in the body may be disrupted, potentially causing imbalances within the body and brain.

Through chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor will push on the vertebrae to put them back into alignment. This may create total-body balance and improve the connections between the mind and body, even resulting in an improvement of mental health.

Daily pain can become a nuisance

Living with even minor aches and pains can prevent you from feeling well day-to-day. When discomfort or pain is present for too long, it can begin to crowd your mind. Mental and physical health are closely related in this way – when the body feels good, the brain usually feels better, too.

Chiropractic adjustments may help alleviate seemingly minor problems like muscle tension and slight back pain. With these problems resolved, you may be surprised to see how much happier you feel as a result!

Chiropractic may soothe chronic pain

While chiropractic adjustment has long been considered an effective form of treatment for patients with chronic pain, the mental benefits of chiropractic for these patients is often overlooked. People with chronic pain also often suffer from disorders like anxiety and depression because of their constant feelings of pain and isolation.

Getting help and pain relief through chiropractic does more than help these patients’ physical bodies – it can also help relieve some of the mental stress associated with chronic pain. Patients may feel better both physically and mentally after a chiropractic adjustment because of the pain relief it may provide.

Whether you suffer from chronic pain, minor pains, or perhaps no pain at all, your mental health may be affected. If you’re feeling down, look for an Ideal Spine-trained chiropractor near you. Our spinal experts utilize Chiropractic BioPhysics, a treatment methodology that links the spine and its many elements to total-body wellness.

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.

Sidelined with Plantar Fasciitis? Schedule a Chiropractic Appointment!

As a runner or athlete, you rely on the proper motion of your feet and ankles to get you across the field or trail. But if you wake up one day with a terrible pain in your heel, your athletic activity may come to a sudden halt.

What you are experiencing is likely plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes inflammation in the foot. Plantar fasciitis can make movement (athletic or otherwise) difficult, as pain typically worsens with pressure or impact on the foot.

If your heels begin to sear with pain, you’ll want to take some time away from working out and focus on healing your feet. At Ideal Spine, we encourage athletes to book an appointment with a local chiropractor to potentially alleviate plantar fasciitis and any secondary pain it has caused.

How did my plantar fasciitis occur?

Plantar fasciitis is a common condition in runners and athletes. It causes heel pain through the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting your heel bone and toes.

The plantar fascia’s job is to absorb shocks in your foot. Small tears in the tissue may occur over time because of repeated stress, leading to inflammation and pain. People with plantar fasciitis often experience stabbing pain in the heel that worsens in the morning or after periods of sitting.

Plantar fasciitis commonly occurs as a result of repetitive impact on the feet and/or inadequate arch support from shoes. If you are an athlete, wearing shoes that give proper support is crucial.

The chiropractic solution to heel pain

Pain from plantar fasciitis can usually be treated with ice and rest, but these remedies don’t work to solve the root problem. Visiting a chiropractor may provide you with relief from pain, as well as techniques you can use to potentially speed up the healing process. Here are some ways your chiropractor may be able to help:

  • Ankle alignment: Misalignment in the ankle may contribute to plantar fasciitis because the plantar fascia may have to work harder to move the foot without the help of the ankle. Chiropractic manipulation and realignment of the ankle joint may help improve function in the foot that is inflamed.
  • Massage: Your chiropractor may utilize soft tissue massage and trigger point therapy to release tension in the inflamed plantar fascia.
  • Exercises and stretching: A chiropractor may be able to work you through exercises and stretches designed to relieve inflammation and elongate the tissue. Additionally, exercises can help strengthen the lower leg muscles and stabilize the heel to prevent pain.
  • Posture correction: Your chiropractor may help correct your posture, so you have a normal gait when you walk and run. This may alleviate some of the pressure off of your feet and plantar fascia.
  • Secondary pain treatment: Many people who experience plantar fasciitis try to avoid pain by walking in a different way than the body is used to. This can result in pain in the hips and back because the body gets pulled in peculiar ways. A chiropractor may use manipulations to realign the body and ease these secondary pains.

It may take up to several months to heal your plantar fasciitis. For most athletes, this timeframe can be excruciating, as it usually means you’re unable to play or run for the remainder of the season. However, continuing to put stress on the feet through high-impact sports and activities will only result in more pain and delayed healing.

By working with a chiropractor, you may be able to accelerate your healing more than if you’d only utilize at-home care. Contact one of Ideal Spine’s Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP)-trained chiropractors to learn more about our holistic approach to patient care.

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.

Diagnosing Back Pain Properly: How to Avoid Generalizations

A large portion of a chiropractor’s patients come in because they are experiencing back pain. Back pain, while extremely common, is actually one of the toughest conditions to diagnose, because many of its symptoms are interrelated.

This poses a challenge to chiropractors looking for the root of the problem. Too many practitioners give vague answers and generalizations about back pain. At Ideal Spine, we encourage our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP)-trained experts to diagnose the patient properly through a careful series of steps, including thorough questioning and testing, before administering treatment.

The importance of correct diagnosis

Chiropractors must use specific terms to accurately diagnose and explain musculoskeletal problems to patients. This may seem obvious, but because back pain is so complicated, it can be difficult to not generalize or jump to conclusions. The following are some of the top reasons why it’s so important to pinpoint specific causes of pain:

  • Treatments for one condition will not always be effective for another condition. Misdiagnosis may result in the patient receiving ineffective treatment and living in pain for even longer;
  • Accurate diagnosis will help treat the root of the problem, not just the symptoms;
  • Misdiagnosis can lead to secondary pain or additional health problems.

Reaching proper diagnosis

A chiropractor’s job is to ask thorough questions and gather as much information about the patient as possible before reaching a diagnosis. This is especially important when dealing with back pain, since the symptoms may lean in one direction before a particular piece of information is revealed, and the diagnosis changes. Diagnosis should include the following steps.

  1. Observation of the patient: Age, weight and other physical characteristics can tell a chiropractor a lot about the patient and what conditions they may be suffering from. This alone is not an adequate method for reaching diagnosis, since some people may experience conditions that are uncommon for their age group or sex. However, this can help lead the chiropractor to some potential conclusions for testing.
  2. Medical history: The patient’s medical history can be a great indicator of past bodily trauma and injury that may be manifesting as back pain today. During this step, the chiropractor should identify what type of pain is occurring, where it is being felt and, when the pain began, and other information related to the symptoms.
  3. Physical exam: Next, a chiropractor should examine the patient thoroughly. The patient should undergo a series of physical tests that gives the chiropractor a clear view of the pain, other symptoms, weakness, and more.
  4. Testing: Once the chiropractor believes they know what is wrong with the patient, they will usually need to order one or more diagnostic tests to see what lies beneath the surface and reach a conclusion. X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans can give insight into what the vertebrae, discs, and joints look like and exactly where the issue is located.

When spinal experts provide diagnostic information to the patient, it’s important that they use medical terminology to describe the condition, as well as give an explanation of what is happening inside the body. This is very important because terms for spinal conditions are often used interchangeably by different doctors, so the patient should be able to understand exactly what the term means to avoid confusion.

Treatment must also follow a consistent pattern to understand how the patient is reacting to particular techniques. Follow-ups should be scheduled to track progress. If no progress is being made, it may be necessary to switch treatment plans. If no treatment works, it’s very possible that an inaccurate diagnosis was given, and further testing is necessary. However, some people will experience chronic pain regardless of diagnosis; in these cases, chiropractors should teach patients ways to manage pain levels through therapies, stretches, and lifestyle changes.

Ideal Spine trains chiropractors to diagnose and treat patients in a holistic way through the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach. This method incorporates total-body wellness and spinal alignment for the best possible patient care.

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.

Protect Your Teen’s Spine During Formative Developmental Years

While many adults face spinal pain and related injuries because of work-related incidents or a computer-oriented lifestyle, it’s a somewhat surprising and unfortunate reality that many teenagers also face chronic back pain. It’s a problem Ideal Spine is focused on bringing awareness to.

Remaining sedentary in school for hours on end can contribute to poor spine health. Additionally, school athletic activities may cause students to sustain overuse injuries. Many teenagers also carry an unhealthy number of books in their school backpacks, many of which are district-issued and not designed with ergonomics in mind.

It goes without saying that poor spinal health in adolescents will lead to a long, painful adulthood. That’s why it’s exceptionally important that parents and chiropractic care professionals do everything possible to help students overcome spinal issues and maintain a healthy back for the duration of their childhood. Investing in spinal health now will allow them to lead more enjoyable lives down the road.

Spinal dysfunction in teenagers

There are several common spinal dysfunctions that teenagers, their parents and their healthcare providers should be aware of, including the following:

  • Disc injuries: When teenagers frequently make hard landings on their feet, the pressure is transmitted up the spine. During a teen’s formative years, this can result in permanent, serious disc damage.
  • Scoliosis: Curvature of the spine is a relatively common ailment that affects younger children and teens. It’s important to regularly have a teenager’s spine analyzed for signs of scoliosis.
  • Spondylolysis: This condition is commonly associated with sports injuries. It occurs when teenagers overextend their back. It’s most common in students who belong to gymnastics teams and other similar sports.

Protecting teen spines

There are a number of steps that both parents and healthcare practitioners can take to help teenagers make good decisions about spinal healthcare. Here are just some of the ways that kids can improve their spinal health outcomes:

  • Sit less: From a very young age, children are taught to sit. Whether they’re in school, watching television or working on homework, children and teenagers spend much more time seated than they should. Encourage the teenagers in your life to stand, walk and move as much as possible to protect their spines.
  • Ensure proper posture: If a teen learns how to exercise proper posture at a young age, they’ll be capable of exercising it throughout the rest of their life. It’s important to instill a proper posture in your children and patients from a very young age. And be sure to always lead by example.
  • Insist on sports safety: Playing sports is a healthy part of growing up. Unfortunately, there is a certain amount of risk associated with most teen sports. You should encourage your teenagers to play safely. Additionally, you should educate yourself about sports injuries, so that you know how to address them in case they occur.

At Ideal Spine, we’re committed to helping young adults and adolescents avoid spinal injuries that might otherwise stick with them forever. It’s why we’re continually working to develop our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach.

CBP is a renowned spinal care technique that chiropractors from across the globe can use to provide pediatric patients with the best possible chiropractic care. CBP is also a holistic approach to healthcare that accounts for a wide range of spinal health concerns.

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.

Get to Know the Four Major Segments of Your Spine

The human spine is typically subdivided into three distinctive regions: the cervical spine, the thoracic spine and the lumbar spine. The fourth region, the sacral spine, is usually considered part of the pelvis.

A series of complex nerves, vessels, bones and joints also comprise the spine. Because the spinal column itself is the information highway of your entire body, even the smallest disturbance to these spinal systems can cause pain, discomfort, neurological problems or other adverse health outcomes.

At Ideal Spine, we recognize chiropractic medicine as the treatment of the spine using a number of techniques, including physical manipulation. Because the spinal column is such an integral part of the body, treating it allows chiropractors to implement a holistic approach to healthcare that addresses symptoms at their root.

It’s important to have a thorough understanding of the spine and its distinctive regions in order to seek out the best or provide the best possible chiropractic care.

Breaking down each section of the spine

There are a number of illnesses and dysfunctions that can strike the spine. The region of the spine that’s affected will typically outline how the illness in question manifests itself. For instance, illnesses or dysfunctions affecting the cervical spine are more likely to cause headaches, neck strain, or neurological problems.

Issues in the thoracic spine, meanwhile, will affect vital organs and blood and nerve flow. For instance, compressed nerves in the thoracic spine can cause patients to suffer from a lack of hand motion or degeneration of thumb muscles. Thoracic compressions can also restrict blood flow to the extremities, resulting in discoloration of the hands.

Lumbar dysfunctions are more likely to manifest as radiating lower back pain. Lumbar illness and dysfunction are most commonly associated with work or trauma-related sources.

The sacral spine, meanwhile, can cause leg pain and pelvic pain if it’s affected by herniation or other dysfunctions.

Getting to know vertebrae and discs

The spine is comprised of a complex series of parts that include vertebrae and disc.

The vertebrae are the bones themselves. Depending on their location in your back, the vertebrae are either interlocking or are fused together. Vertebrae consist of a several parts, including the spinal canal – this is what the spinal column travels through.

Discs, meanwhile, consist of a hard, outer exterior called an annulus and a soft, mush inside called the nucleus. When a disc is ruptured because of trauma or repetitive motion, the nucleus pushes itself out through the annulus and becomes squished between vertebrae or discs. This is called herniation and is usually accompanied by extreme pain or a loss of sensation.

Chiropractors put it all together

Chiropractors are capable of treating a range of spinal-related conditions, including disc herniation and more. Through the realignment of the spine and careful consideration of the affiliated nerves and muscles, chiropractors aim to affect positive wellness through targeted solutions, starting with the spine itself.

Ideal Spine is a trusted provider of chiropractic training. We help practitioners improve the way that they treat patients; we are proud to be on the cutting-edge of chiropractic care. Visit our website today to learn more about our training programs, or to find a practitioner near you who is knowledgeable in the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) methodology.

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.

Using the Cobb Angle to Measure Scoliosis Curvature

The Cobb angle is a universal standard used to measure the severity and degree of spinal abnormalities. At Ideal Spine, it’s one of the most critical tools we teach chiropractors, to assist them in evaluating the condition of each patient’s spinal alignment.

First outlined in 1948 by Dr. John Cobb, the Cobb angle is used to measure and track the progression of scoliosis and other spinal dysfunctions. The Cobb Angle is a useful tool that chiropractors and other healthcare professionals can use to determine the severity of a patient’s spinal abnormalities and ascertain the best course of treatment for them.

Measuring the Cobb Angle

To measure the Cobb angle, you’ll first need to x-ray the patient in a standing position. Typically, the x-rays are taken both from the front and the back. Having multiple images in multiple positions can help you more accurately compare and measure the spine’s curvature.

Once the images are ready for review, identify the most affected vertebra in the top of the spine. This vertebra, called the apical vertebra, is the bone with the most rotation. This simply means that the bone is the furthest away from the rest of the spinal column.

Once the top apical vertebra is identified, draw a line on the x-ray from the apical vertebra to the superior vertebral end plate.

Next, repeat this step with the most affected vertebra in the bottom of the spine. From these two parallel lines, draw two intersecting perpendicular lines.

Between the two perpendicular lines sits the Cobb angle. This angle can now be quantified and measured to both analyze existing spinal abnormalities and track the progression of curvature.

Using the Cobb Angle

Now that you know how to identify the Cobb angle on a patient, it’s important to also understand its significance.

An angle of 10 degrees is the bare minimum required to diagnose scoliosis. Curvature between 10 and 15 degrees typically does not require treatment, although sometimes chiropractic care and other non-invasive healthcare methodologies may be considered.

When curvature reaches 20 to 40 degrees, however, practitioners may recommend a back brace. Using a back brace can help correct spinal curvature and also prevent the curvature from becoming worse. Depending on the degree of curvature and the type of braces available, braces may need to be worn for as much as 20 hours a day or only at night.

Curvature of 40 to 50 degrees may require surgical correction. If surgery is necessary, a surgeon will fuse the vertebrae together so as to prevent future curvature from occurring. While surgery is never a desirable outcome, scoliosis operations are largely successful. In fact, teenagers that undergo corrective surgery are usually able to return to normal activity levels within less than six months.

Using the data available

Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a specialized chiropractic technique, emphasizing the importance of spinal health through quantifiable information like the Cobb angle. Top practitioners from across the world can use the techniques and tools developed at Ideal Spine to innovate and improve their patient care with a data-driven approach.

To learn more about Chiropractic BioPhysics or to find out if there’s an upcoming seminar near you, visit our website 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.

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction or Sciatica? Don’t Confuse One for the Other

If your patient is experiencing leg or lower back pain, your first thought may be that they’re experiencing sciatica. They may actually be experiencing dysfunction of the sacroiliac (SI) joint, however.

While pain caused by sciatica and SI joint dysfunction may feel similar or even identical, they require different treatment regimens. It’s important to understand the difference between sciatic and SI joint dysfunction when diagnosing and treating patients.

Comparing and contrasting the conditions

The SI joint connects the hip bones to the sacrum, which is a triangular bone that sits between the coccyx and the lumbar spine. There are a number of factors and activities that can contribute to SI joint dysfunction, which feels very similar to sciatica. Many patients may describe SI joint dysfunction symptoms identically to sciatic symptoms.

Sciatica occurs when a lumbar disc herniates. In the lower back, this often manifests as lumbar pain or as leg pain that radiates downward. While sciatica is a well-known cause of lumbar back and leg pain, it’s currently estimated that as many as 30 percent of cases involving lower back pain are actually caused by SI joint dysfunction.

Regardless of whether your patient is suffering from sciatica or SI joint dysfunction, both problems are relatively serious medical conditions that deserve immediate attention. Failure to treat SI joint dysfunction or sciatica correctly can result in long-term chronic pain and reduced mobility.

Sources of SI joint dysfunction

In cases when sciatica can be ruled out by qualifying symptoms of SI joint dysfunction, it’s important to delve deeper into the cause of the condition specific to the patient. There are two primary causes of SI joint dysfunction, contrasted on the same scale of severity:

  • Insufficient motion: If there’s not enough motion in the SI joint, it can cause the muscles surrounding the pelvis to feel tense and uncomfortable. SI joint dysfunction caused by insufficient motion often manifests as a pain on one side of the lower back or buttocks that radiates downward.
  • Too much motion: Too much motion in the SI joint can cause the pelvis to feel unstable and cause pain. Called hypermobility or instability, this type of paint typically radiates into the groin area and causes substantive discomfort. It also results in a loss of motion.

Treating SI joint dysfunction

Treatment for SI joint dysfunction, depending on the severity of the dysfunction, can vary greatly. It’s important to work with patients to develop a recovery plan that meets their needs and helps them along the path to recovery. A Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach is often warranted.

In some cases, simple rest and pain relief may be enough to address SI joint dysfunction. Other patients, however, may need manual manipulation to stimulate the joint and the muscles and nerves surrounding it.

In cases where the joint is too loose, patients may need to be fitted with a brace designed to restrict the joint’s motion. Some patients may actually need SI joint injections that consist of a localized anesthetic and an anti-inflammatory drug to reduce swelling and pain.

Always personalize the care approach

Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is a leading chiropractic technique that encourages chiropractic practitioners to innovate and improve patient care. To learn more about ways that we can help you improve your treatment and diagnoses of SI joint dysfunction, reach out 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.