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How Do I Know if I Have a Herniated Disc?

How Do I Know if I Have a Herniated Disc?

We often get patients that come in with a lot of preexisting concerns, and self diagnosis, fear and anxiety. Sometimes they are convinced that their condition is far worst that we diagnose it to be. A lot of this is due to the research they perform online. Online information is a great, and very valuable source of information and can help alleviate concerns and provide some support when someone has been suffering from a condition for a long time, like sciatica.

We see a lot of patients suffering from back pain, and are considered experts in the treatment of pain. Herniated or bulging discs do have some common symptoms; the obvious one is, of course, back pain. Radiating pain, which goes down the leg or arm, you may be suffering from sciatica, which can mean that a nerve is being impinged by a bulging spinal disc, and pain from sudden movements like coughing, or sneezing can also mean that a disc may be herniated or bulging. Weakness of the limbs, and loss of sensation like in the foot can also be signs of an underlying disc issue.

Sudden trauma can cause herniated discs, but in most cases this occurs from general wear and tear and long term problems like misalignments. Not everyone who has herniated discs will show symptoms or experience pain. Most people may have herniated discs and it won’t interfere with their live, and cause loss of limb function radiating pain, etc. Be sure to let us examine you and help you pinpoint the cause of your pain. We offer a free spinal exam. Call us today at 256-494-8690 for a free exam.

Elite Sports Treats Sports Injuries

From Dr Mike McClellan at Elite Sports at McClellan family Chiropractic:

Exercising is good for you, but sometimes you can injure yourself when you play sports or exercise. Accidents, poor training practices, or improper gear can cause them. Some people get hurt because they are not in shape. Not warming up or stretching enough can also lead to injuries.
The most common sports injuries are:
Sprains and strainsKnee injuriesSwollen musclesAchilles tendon injuriesPain along the shin boneRotator cuff injuriesFracturesDislocationsIf you get hurt, stop playing. Continuing to play or exercise can cause more harm.

Treatment often begins with the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) method to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and speed healing.

We see lots of sports injuries and they are not just from athletes. Our new Elite Sports clinic can help you. Call us today at 256-494-8690.

Children’s Sports Injuries

Children’s Sports Injuries

From our team at Elite Sports at McClellan Family Chiropractic:

Childhood Health

Children involved in contact sports are often subject to injury – but how serious is it to their future health? Children differ from adults in several ways. They lack complete bone ossification (growth & fusion) until maturity, which predisposes them to potential head and spinal injury. Children also lack development of major muscles and cartilage. This leads to instability of bony segments of the body, especially in the neck. These two conditions in conjunction with their general lack of physical coordination, allows children to place themselves in potentially harmful positions.

Avoid Contact Sports

Due to inherent weakness in the female lower back and pelvis, girls are especially vulnerable during contact sports, putting them at great risk for scoliosis. Even high school boys, who have not yet reached full maturity, stand the chance of causing permanent injury. Repeated micro and macro traumas from full contact sports adversely affect growth centers located in various bones within the growing muscular and skeletal systems. Any vertebral subluxations caused by playing contact sports can interfere with normal growth and repair resulting in sickness and disease. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that children participating in any sport be checked often for vertebral subluxations.

What Is A Subluxation?

A subluxation is a neurological disturbance caused by a nerve that is not functioning properly. The body depends upon the free flow of nerve communication – from the brain, through the spinal column, and to all parts of the human body – in order to govern itself and all of its functions. Chiropractic science has determined that the interruption, blockage, or aberration of this flow of information can lead to serious health complications. Conversely, the removal of such interferences has been shown to have important health benefits.

What Is A Chiropractic Adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustments gradually realign the vertebrae, reducing the pressure that abnormal posture applies to nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons.

As Doctors of Chiropractic, we lay our hands on your back and gently line up the vertebrae into their natural position. This process may take weeks or months depending on the amount of misalignment. As the subluxations are reduced, however, the nerve supply communicates more effectively throughout the body and healing may take place. As your body heals, the symptoms of dysfunction and disease begin to diminish.

Call our office today at 256-494-8690 if we can be of assistance to you or your loved ones. Our team at Elite Sports will do all we can to help you. References

Schwartz, Wm.: Pediatric Primary Care. A Problem-oriented approach. 2

nd edition 1987, Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc.Haldeman, S.: Spinal Manipulative Therapy in Sports Medicine. Clinics in Sports Medicine 5 (1986): p.277

Peet-Brandon, J.: Chiropractic Prenatal and Pediatric Reference Manual. 1992. Published by The Baby Adjuster TM

Sports Injuries

Sports Injuries

When you play sports, you can stretch your body to the max. Jumping, throwing, sliding, and, or falling occur constantly. Any of these actions can injure or strain your joints, tendons, bones, and muscles. This strain goes beyond just competition and into the training regimen used to prepare, resulting in a sports injury. Luckily the Chiropractic Community is trained to alleviate pain caused by a sports injury.

Maybe you’ve decided to start going to the gym so you can get back into shape for the big vacation. Things start out well but you strain a muscle or twist a joint. Most people just assume the pain will go away, and it does for a short period of time until you start training again. Your chiropractor can help you get aligned so you can continue your mission to fit into that bathing suit. He/She will also be able to advise as to the proper exercises to reach your goal.
As I mentioned, there are many kinds of athletes and many kinds of sports injuries that can occur. Runners can suffer leg and low back injuries. Swimming, while being one of the best exercises for you can also cause pain in the back, arms, and legs. Athletes that compete in contact sports usually incur more serious sports injuries due to the “bumping and banging” that is involved as well as falling down. Many injuries can happen at high speeds, skiing or snowboarding down a 5,000 – 10,000 foot slope. Even dancers, though not your conventional sport, can incur injuries from awkward dance steps and spins.
The point is that many chiropractors treat many athletes for their various injuries. A chiropractor is educated to examine all aspects of your life. He/She uses that information to evaluate the condition of your spine and will manually adjust it to remove blockages to afflicted nerve endings. Chiropractic is a drug free science, specializing in management of the nervous system, muscles, and skeleton, that does not use surgery to correct ailments. Your chiropractor will not only alleviate pain, but can be very effective in recommending a daily regimen to ensure continued health. Athletes need to have their bodies in the best physical shape and free from sports injury. Regular consultation with a chiropractor can keep your body prepared for competition. We would be honored to be your chiropractor. Call us today for an appointment.
Phone 256 442 1441.