Chiropractic Care for Spine and Neck Disorders - Olathe Chiropractic

Chiropractic Care for Spine and Neck Disorders

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A man that is holding his back and his neck that is in pain.

Do you have back and/or neck pain on a regular basis? The problem could lie with a misalignment of your spine. Your spine, back and neck are all connected. A problem with one could cause many problems with the others. In many cases, the delicate nerves along your spine are compressed or injured, causing you chronic pain, neuropathy issues and more. However, chiropractic care can help you with your spine or neck disorder, injury or even disease. Find out how a few simple adjustments can have you feeling like new again!

 

Why Is Alignment Important?

The body should follow a straight line. Your skeleton is designed in a way that all the bones should fit together smoothly in a straight line. You have 33 vertebrae bones in your body. These are the jagged-looking bones that make up your spinal column. They are very thick in order to protect your central nervous system, which is the spinal cord and brain. Those vertebrae are able to move and pivot because of the joints and cartilage between them.

 

Over time with physical activity, wear and tear from age, and injuries, those vertebrae can go out of alignment. Sometimes the problem lies with the vertebrae themselves, or a nerve or disc pokes out of its usual alignment. This can create intense pressure and pain in patients. The body was meant to align in a specific way to make movement possible and pain-free. Pain, swelling, inflammation, an inability to move, muscle atrophy and more can happen when the spine and back go out of alignment.

 

We can provide patients with proper alignment to their bodies through manipulating the back and spine through gentle movements. Chiropractic physicians diagnose and treat patients that have health problems associated with the body’s muscular, nervous and skeletal systems. Many of those problems stem from the body’s misalignment. Nerve problems may simply be caused by a vertebrae putting too much pressure on a nerve. That can be fixed through spinal re-adjustments.

 

Man that is hunched over with back pain that is in a chiropractic office.

Spine and Neck Disorders

There are countless spine and neck disorders that happen to patients because of misalignment and injury. Here are a few of the most common ones:

  • Spinal Stenosis: Between the vertebrae are openings and gaps that accommodate the spinal cord and nerves. If injury or chronic conditions cause those openings to shrink, it puts major pressure on the nerves and affects movement.
  • Scoliosis: This is when the spine curves sideways or to the left or right. Many children and adults have this problem, which can run in families. This is a major spinal misalignment that chiropractic care can help over time.
  • Whiplash: Getting in an accident can leave people with spine and neck injuries. This is because that neck can be jolted violently even with a small fender bender. Spine and neck disorders from whiplash can set in overnight or over weeks or months of time.
  • Pinched Nerve: This is when a peripheral nerve in the body is compressed. This means that something has popped out of alignment and is putting too much pressure on a nerve, causing you pain, nerve damage, loss of feeling, numbness, tingling and more. Nerves that are not helped can suffer permanent neuropathy, or nerve damage.
  • Neck Pain: This is generally caused by muscle or ligament strain, dislocated shoulders, entrapped nerves, muscle looseness or instability, traumatic injuries or fractures to the arm or collarbone. These conditions can lead to permanent damage and disorder if left untreated.
  • Back Pain: Over 31 million Americans suffer from chronic back pain on a daily basis, which is centralized in the lower, lumbar spine. Studies suggest that up to 80% of people will have back pain sometime during their life. This is especially true during pregnancy. However, about 70% of women find relief from back pain during pregnancy with chiropractic adjustments.

 

Woman that is having a neck adjustment in a chiropractic rehabilitation center.

Your Chiropractic Care Options

These spine and neck disorders can be completely debilitating to many patients. However, they can be treated with proper chiropractic care through professionals trained in chiropractic medicine. Many chiropractic centers offer the hands-on method of chiropractic care, which can be very effective for correcting spine and neck disorders. However, some patients don’t like the cracking or popping noises that can happen with spinal readjustment. That is why our center offers other options such as:

  • Sigma Ultralign G2: This is a computerized adjusting instrument that does chiropractic adjustments without twisting, popping, cracking or crunching. Patients sit in an adjusting chair, their vertebrae alignment will be analyzed by the computer and then the chair will gently adjust the patient’s back.
  • Advanced Activator Technology: This is a small hand-held instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebrae or joint.
  • ArthroStim: This instrument produces a succession of rapidly repeating, high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts that ripple through the joint to surrounding fringe tissues. This releases secondary trigger points and sites of muscular spasm, providing relief and correction.

 

Try Gentle Care Options

Many people think surgery is the only way to fix back or spine and neck disorders. However, chiropractic care is incredibly effective for resolving spine and neck disorders without anything invasive. Patients often feel much better with their first adjustment. If you don’t believe it, try it for yourself! We recommend that patients always opt for non-invasive treatments for spine and neck disorders before they resort to very expensive surgeries. To schedule your chiropractic adjustment or to have a chiropractic care consultation for free, call Olathe Chiropractic today at (913) 732-0087!

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