Find out if pain, numbness or tingling could be the result of a herniated disc.
Between each vertebrae of the spine there are little cushions known as discs. When the disc is herniated this means that it has slipped out of place, which is why some people refer to a herniated disc as a slipped or prolapsed disc. While this may cause little to no symptoms in some people, it can be painful for others. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of a herniated disc and what our Potomac, MD, chiropractors can do to help.
How do I know that I have a herniated disc?
Pinpointing where the pain is originating may help you determine whether the pain may be from a herniated disc. While a herniated disc can truly occur anywhere in the spine it’s most common in the lower back (the lumbar region) above the hips. This means that you may experience back pain that radiates to the thighs, buttocks and even the calves.
If you have a herniated disc, the pain will often lessen with rest but get worse with movement. You may notice pain when sneezing or coughing because of the pressure being placed on the nerves.
Of course, while these can all be telltale signs that your back pain is due to a herniated disc the only way to find out is to visit a chiropractor in Potomac, MD. A physical examination alone may be all you need to confirm a herniated disc; however, sometimes imaging tests may be recommended to rule out other possible causes.
How is a herniated disc treated?
The goal of any chiropractor is to provide you with effective treatment options that prevent the need for surgery unless it’s absolutely necessary. Many people can manage back pain and other symptoms with simple nonsurgical treatment options including:
- Spinal manipulation and chiropractic adjustments
- Manual therapies
- Therapeutic exercises
- Ice or heat therapy
- Physical therapy
- Oral steroids
- Epidural injections
These therapies may be performed regularly for up to six weeks to ease back pain. Some patients may also choose to use pain relievers to temporarily alleviate discomfort. Only those patients who don’t experience relief from their symptoms or are dealing with loss of function may require surgery to repair the herniated disc.
No matter whether you’ve already been diagnosed with a herniated disc or you are noticing symptoms that may indicate that you have herniated disc, it’s important that you seek proper medical care. With offices in Gaithersburg, Potomac, Urbana, and Clarksburg, MD, King Chiropractic makes it easy for patients to get the treatment they need to handle a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints.
Struggling with arthritis? Our offices in Gaithersburg, Potomac, Urbana, and Clarksburg, MD, can help!
A chiropractor can help with many issues, including back pain, herniated discs, and arthritis, just to name a few. On the subjects of arthritis and managing arthritis pain, read on to learn more about how your chiropractor in Gaithersburg, Potomac, Urbana, and Clarksburg, can help!
As one of the leading causes of disability in this country, arthritis affects people of different ages, sexes, and races, but is most common amongst women and the elderly, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Types of Arthritis
- Fibromyalgia, which has a slew of symptoms including chronic pain, fatigue, memory problems, and mood change
- Gout, an inflammatory arthritis affecting people who have a high concentration of uric acid
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which is when the nerve that travels from your forearm to the palm is squeezed at the wrist
- Lyme Disease, an infection caused by bacteria found in deer ticks
- Lupus, an autoimmune disease that impacts several organs, such as joints, kidneys, skin, or brain
- Osteoarthritis, the breakdown of the cartilage between joints
- Osteoporosis, it's when bone tissue is broken down faster than it's replaced
- Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks joints
A Chiropractor Can Help Manage Your Arthritis Pain
A chiropractor helps patients relieve their pain through safe and non-invasive treatments, the most notable of which is the spinal adjustment.
Adjustments help do the following:
- Reduce joint restrictions
- Reduce misaligned spine and other joints
- Reduce inflammation
- Increase joint mobility
- Improve your nervous system
Below are a few other health benefits a chiropractor can provide to make life easier:
- Reduced pain and discomfort
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved range of motion
- Improved flexibility
- Increased activity and lifestyle
Arthritis is a difficult condition to deal with, especially if you're suffering from excruciating pain. If you need treatment, call King Chiropractic today in Gaithersburg, Potomac, Urbana, and Clarksburg, MD. Dial (301) 926-5200 for Gaithersburg, (240) 403-7103 for Potomac, (301) 874-9002 for Urbana, and (240) 745-2151 for Clarksburg.
Do you have an occasional headache, or has headache pain become a way of life? At King Chiropractic, our team of four chiropractors use a variety of treatment modalities to pinpoint the source of your discomfort and to relieve it. Your cervical spine impacts your overall health and well-being more than you may realize. Your chiropractors at King Chiropractic in Potomac, Gaithersburg, Clarksburg and Urbana help you live a life free of headache pain.
Types and causes of headaches in Potomac
In general, headaches stem from several sources, such as stress, bright lights, certain foods and more. They also can be related to hard and soft tissues--that is, your vertebral bones, nerves. muscles and connective tissues--and the joints in the spinal column. These kinds of headaches, says the Canadian Chiropractic Association, are called cervicogenic headaches, because they originate in the cervical, or neck, portion of the spinal column.
Other headaches are the familiar migraines. Plaguing more women than men, migraines are intense and even debilitating. Running in families, migraines seem triggered by certain foods, flickering lights, the menstrual cycle and loud, repetitive noise. They can last for days as blood vessels in the head constrict and then release, causing a characteristic throbbing sensation.
More common in men are cluster headaches. They happen in groups, or clusters, of three or four, and last several days. Typically, they are confined to one side of the head.
How your chiropractor can help
Your chiropractors at King Chiropractic in Potomac, Gaithersburg, Clarksburg and Urbana take a team approach to helping patients who suffer with headaches. He will consult with the primary care physician as needed and also perform his own chiropractic examination and digital imaging to track down the sources of headache pain. An accurate report of your symptoms and your medical, surgical and prescription history is important, too.
Often, subluxations, or misalignments of the cervical spine, precipitate acute or chronic headaches. Your chiropractor knows how to make effective spinal adjustments to take pressure off nerves and muscles, allowing for better function and blood flow. He also understands other kinds of treatments, such as soft tissue massage, nutritional therapies, biofeedback, physical therapies, and exercise regimens which relieve the stress and pressure on spinal nerves and muscles, reducing or eliminating the physical causes of headache pain.
Don't suffer with the daily pain and lifestyle impact headaches can have. Please call King Chiropractic Institute for a consultation today. We have four offices: in Potomac, Gaithersburg, Urbana, and Clarksburg, MD. Contact us and start getting your life back!
Find out whether your back pain could be sciatica and how to best treat it.
While most people hear the word sciatica and assume that it's a condition, it’s actually a symptom. Sciatica is pain that travels along the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down to the hips and buttocks, and all the way to the legs. In most cases, sciatica only appears on one side. So, what causes sciatica and what can our Clarksburg, Gaithersburg, Urbana, and Potomac, MD, chiropractors do about it? Let’s find out!
What causes sciatica?
Since sciatica is a symptom and not a condition, it’s important for our Potomac, MD, chiropractor to first determine what is causing your sciatica. The most common causes of sciatica include,
- Muscle strain
- Scar tissue
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spondylolisthesis (a small fracture)
- Herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Piriformis syndrome
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
What are the telltale symptoms?
As we mentioned above, sciatica typically only affects one side of the body. The pain may start at the lower back but it’s also felt under the buttocks and down the thigh. The pain is usually characterized as sharp and can sometimes cause numbness or tingling in the leg, as well.
Sciatica pain may get worse during sudden movements. You may notice that pain eases up when you lie down or move around while sitting or standing may make the pain worse. Symptoms will also vary depending on the sciatica's cause; for example, patients with spinal stenosis may experience sciatic pain whenever they bend backward or walk for longer distances.
How can a chiropractor treat my sciatica?
Before we create a treatment plan, we will need to thoroughly examine you to determine what is causing your sciatica. In some cases, diagnostic testing such as an x-ray will be necessary to help us check for fractures, compressed nerves, and herniated discs.
Here in Potomac, MD, our goal as your chiropractic specialists is to provide you with the treatment that you need to reduce your symptoms and improve how your body functions and feels. Chiropractic care can help your body heal faster and more efficiently. Plus, this is a safe, non-invasive, non-surgical, and drug-free option for treating your symptoms. Common chiropractic treatments for sciatica include,
- Cold therapy: to reduce pain and inflammation
- Ultrasound: to reduce inflammation, pain and muscle spasms
- TENS unit: to reduce pain and muscle spasms
- Spinal adjustments: to reduce inflammation, stiffness, pain and muscle spasms. It also can free trapped or compressed nerves.
Don’t let sciatica affect how you live your life. Back pain is one of the most common issues we see here at King Chiropractic, and we conveniently have offices in Potomac, Gaithersburg, Urbana, and Clarksburg, MD, to provide you with the comprehensive chiropractic care you need to feel and function better. Call us today to find out how we can help!
Your headaches--they are persistent and throbbing. What could be causing them? At King Chiropractic Institute in Clarksburg, Gaithersburg, Urbana, and Potomac, MD, Dr. L. Neil King and his associate chiropractors see and treat many people who suffer the pain and reduced well-being which accompany frequent headaches. Fortunately, their patients find relief. Learn more here about headache causes and how modern chiropractic treatment helps.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) reports that most headaches are primary headaches, and they happen due to muscular tension, stress, allergies or triggers in the environment such as:
- Loud noise
- Bright lights
- Food choices
- Sleep deprivation
Headaches can result from muscular tension in the spine, particularly in the neck. Bending over cell phones, working at computers for many hours and even sleeping in awkward positions can overstretch muscles and lead to subluxations, or misalignments, of the cervical (neck) spine.
What you can do
Here are some practical suggestions to lessen the frequency and severity of primary headaches:
- Take breaks when working at a computer (every 30 minutes, get up and stretch)
- Stay hydrated (drink several glasses of water a day, and limit alcohol and caffeine)
- Engage in regular exercise (brisk walking three times of week is fine)
- Relax, and be aware of any muscular tension in your body
- Establish a regular sleep pattern
- Avoid noisy environments with bright, flashing lights
Additionally, when you come to King Chiropractic, your doctor will perform a complete chiropractic examination and take X-rays as needed. He will work to correct any misalignments up and down your spine, concentrating on the cervical spine.
As part of a complete treatment plan, your back doctor may advise:
- Exercises to strengthen muscles and improve your balance and posture
- Massage therapy
- Heat/cold application
When correctly aligned, your spine is well-balanced. The nerves, chemical neurotransmitters, vertebrae, blood vessels and soft tissues (intervertebral discs) work in harmony, eliminating pain and improving function.
A headache-free life
Achieve this important goal, and contact King Chiropractic for a helpful consultation. We have offices in Clarksburg, Gaithersburg, Urbana, and Potomac, MD to serve you.
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