If you're suffering from a painful or uncomfortable joint condition, an introduction to the right chiropractor may be just what you need. There are a number of different disorders that can benefit from treatment by a chiropractor, as well as some ways to know if it's time to see one. Here are five to look out for in your own daily life.
1. Back sprains and strains
Back sprain and strain refer to the compression of any ligament or tendon in the back, which can lead to a "pulled" shoulder or a pinched nerve. A chiropractor can be of great help when one of these happens as a result of an accident or heavy lifting, sports injury, or prolonged sitting. A chiropractic adjustment is often all a back sprain and strain needs to heal completely with no additional treatment required.
2. Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
Commonly known as "slipped discs," DDD is a gradual deterioration of one or more disks in the spine. This usually happens when a disc is injured and then is not able to heal properly. DDD can lead to neck pain, back pain, tightness in the neck or upper back, and pain in the arms or hands. It also leaves people more susceptible to common injuries and accidents.
3. Piriformis syndrome
Piriformis syndrome is a condition where the piriformis muscle, located deep in the hip, tightens up and pulls on a nerve running to the gluteus maximus (the largest of the three buttocks muscles). The resulting pain can be felt in the buttocks or back of the thigh if it is severe enough.
Sciatica is a nerve irritation that causes pain or numbness that usually affects the buttock, hip, and leg. The reason for this condition is still not completely understood, but when it occurs after lumbar manipulation, it may be due to a pinched nerve. However, this condition can affect other areas of the body as well, ranging from the shoulders to the toes. Usually, sciatica results from an accident or trauma to one or more parts of the spine.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread muscle pain in the musculoskeletal system. The pain is often felt in the neck, back, shoulders, arms/hands, hips, and legs. It also causes fatigue, sleep difficulties, and headaches. It's no surprise that a chiropractor can help treat fibromyalgia because most of its symptoms are connected to an imbalanced spine or low energy levels from dysfunctions in the body.