Conditions

Conditions

Problems Treated

  • Arthritis
    • Arthritis (joint pain or joint disease) involves pain, stiffness, swelling, and often decreased range of motion.  Symptoms may range in severity over time, but often get worse as we age.  Arthritis can often result in chronic pain and permanent joint changes that can make daily activities difficult.  We have several modalities that can help pain from arthritis.

 

  • Back Pain
    • Back pain come​s​ in many forms including ​muscle aches, shooting, stabbing and radiating pain​​, all of which can cause limited range of motion or flexibility. Causes of back pain can ​range ​from bulging or ruptured disks that usually help separate your vertebrae in your spine, ​to​muscle and ​ligament strains, or conditions like arthritis or scoliosis.

 

  • Cervicogenic Headaches
    • Headaches can sometimes be caused by the neck. This type of headache is sometimes misdiagnosed as either migraine headaches or cluster headaches, both of which originate in the head.

 

  • Chronic Neck Pain
    • Statistically, about a third of the population suffer from chronic neck pain due to an increase in use of cell phones, computer work and other devices that cause us to spend much of our day with our necks in a forward position.  Often, chronic neck pain is related to posture.

 

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
    • CRPS is known to be a progressive disease of the Sympathetic Nervous System. The type of pain has been characterized as constant, extremely intense, and out of proportion to the original injury, and is one of the most debilitating forms of chronic pain.

 

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
    • While not actually a disease, degenerative disc disease refers to a condition in which pain is caused from a disc that loses integrity from injury, tears around the edges, or drying out due to age.  Injuries can cause soreness, swelling, or instability while the drying out of a disc tends to keep it from absorbing shocks effectively.

 

  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
    • A common complaint of hip pain is often diagnosed as bursitis, which is inflammation of the bursa. The outside point of the hip, which is called the greater trochanter, has a bursa.  When this bursa becomes inflamed, it is Trochanteric Bursitis.

 

  • Facet Joint Pain
    • The facet joints are the connections between the vertebrae in the spine.  When these joints become inflamed, it can cause neck pain, as well as headaches and difficulty rotating the head. The good news is that treatments available for this type of pain can be dramatic immediately following the procedure.

 

  • Hand Pain
    • Complaints of hand pain often involve inflammation, sprains or fractures.  Other causes can be from repetitive motion injuries, like carpal tunnel, or nerve damage. It is important that other chronic health conditions are ruled out.

 

  • Herniated Disc
    • A herniated disc can develop suddenly from an auto injury or other spinal trauma, or develop slowly with repetitive stress, the natural aging process, or from having an unhealthy body weight causing pressure that can damage the spinal components.  If a fissure develops in a disc’s annulus fibrosus, some of the nucleus pulposus can pass through its compromised boundary that causes pain or other symptoms.

 

  • Inter-vertebral Disc Disease
    • This is a condition where one of more discs that separate the vertebrae break down (or degenerate) and cause pain in the neck, back, arms or legs. Also, small bony outgrowths, called bone spurs, may develop and compress the spinal nerves, which can lead to weakness or numbness in your arms and legs.

 

  • Knee Pain
    • Knee pain is often caused by ligament injuries which are categorized as strains or tears.  Pain in the knees can be accompanied by swelling, limitations in movement, popping sounds, or instability.

 

  • Low Back Pain
    • Back pain can originate from an injury, overuse, or just movement during every day activities, and is often caused by a pulled or torn muscle or ligament.  It be range in intensity and duration, and be accompanied by stiffness, swelling, and decreased range of motion.  Low Back Pain can be caused by damage to discs that cause compression of nerve roots, and result in numbness and tingling in the lower limbs.

 

  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
    • This condition refers to spinal degeneration occurring as we age that leads to the breakdown of the disc and surrounding structures.  Sometimes a trauma can cause it to occur prematurely, however, it can show itself over time as we age. Lumber degenerative disc disease is in the lower back area.

 

  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
    • A lumbar herniated disc may occur when a person lifts something heavy and/or twists the lower back that puts added stress on the discs.  The symptoms can range and vary by location, any can present as pain in the legs, buttocks, thighs, or all the way down to the toes.  Weakness, tingling or a ‘pins and needles’ feeling can also accompany pain when this occurs.

 

  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
    • Radiculopathy is the word used to describe pain, weakness, tingling and numbness caused by nerve root irritation.  With lumbar radiculopathy, radiating downward pain, from the back to the feet, called sciatica, is commonly a symptom.

 

  • Neck Pain
    • Because the neck is flexible and supports the weight of the head, it can be vulnerable to injury and disorders that produce pain and restrict motion.  The most common neck injuries involve the the muscles and ligaments, but can be more severe if the injury involves a fracture, or dislocation.

 

  • Obesity
    • Obesity is a condition that is associated with having an excess amount of body fat and is classified by having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater.  Causes of obesity can vary, but include anything from an over consumption of calories, endocrine issues, genetics, or leading too sedentary of a lifestyle.

 

  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
    • Osteoarthritis of the Spine. One of the most common causes of low back pain is arthritis. This may be the most common cause of low back pain, especially in people over age 50. The low back contains five sets of facet joints, one on the left and one on the right side of each spinal bone.

 

  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
    • Also called Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, this is a condition where someone suffers from persistent pain following surgery on the back.  While evidence suggests a number of reasons that might cause the post-surgical pain, this result can often result in difficulty sleeping, depression or anxiety.

 

  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Radiculopathy is defined as pain and/or neurologic deficit in a specific nerve root distribution, including motor loss, sensory changes, and sometimes depression of reflexes—or pain, numbness and weakness. Origin or cause can be better determined with a complete patient history, physical exam and possible confirmed through diagnostic testing.

 

  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
    • Sciatica refers to pain caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. While many patients suffer from sciatica due to compression in the L4-L5/S1 area, sciatica can originate in other ways. Most often, sciatica is not debilitating, and can resolve through a combination of methods.

 

  • Scoliosis
    • Scoliosis is a condition where there is a curvature of the spine.  Someone with scoliosis may have a back that curves like an “S” or a “C.”  While small curves generally do not cause problems, larger curves can cause pain and discomfort.

 

  • Spinal Stenosis
    • This is a condition, in which your spinal canal starts to narrow.  This narrowing can cause tightness that can pinch the spinal cord or the nerves around it, causing pain, tingling, or numbness in your legs, arms, or torso.

 

  • Spondylitis
    • Spondylitis is inflammation of the vertebral joints, and one of the most common forms of neck and back pain.  There are several forms of this condition, and one of them is arthritis that develops in younger adults. This condition can also cause pain and stiffness, and in some severe cases, the spine can become fused into a stooped position.

 

  • Upper Back Pain
    • This area, the thoracic spine, is composed of 12 vertebrae, labeled T1 through T12, which start at the neck, and go down the back of the torso.  Muscular irritation may occur from lack of strength or overuse injuries, or by a joint dysfunction.  Upper back pain can also spread to the neck area.
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