Chiropractic for Low Back Pain suggested by AMA

Chiropractic for Low Back Pain Suggested by AMA and Others

Chiropractic for low back pain is suggested by the AMA and others. In a recent article published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), it was recommended that patients looking for alternative treatment for low back pain first try chiropractic care before considering surgical procedures. The article states that many individuals can benefit from conservative chiropractic care, and that surgery is often only necessary when other more conservative treatments fail. Previous research has shown that chiropractic care for low back pain is more cost effective than either surgery or drug therapy, and saves patients money. The first phase is often pain relief, and the second phase is to correct the problem. The goal is to help patients maintain a healthy, pain-free back. The information in the JAMA article reinforces the American Chiropractic Association’s (ACA) position, which states, “Conservative care options should serve as a first line of defense against pain.”

According to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.

It is one of the most common reasons for missed work, and the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office. More than $50 billion each year is spent on low back pain, and experts estimate that as many as 80% of us will experience a back problem in the future.

At Mountain View Pain Center, our dynamic team of doctors treats low back pain, mid back pain, neck pain and extremity pain. We combine expert advice, the highest quality of chiropractic care available, advanced soft tissue work, and state-of-the-art rehabilitation programs. […]

Whiplash From An Auto Accident

Do you have a whiplash injury?
During this time of the year motor vehicle accidents are more frequent due to the winter weather conditions. Even from a minor fender bender you may still receive a whiplash injury. Whiplash is a term used to describe the forceful extension and then flexion of the neck. When the neck is initially forced into extension this causes a stretching of the flexor muscles including the SCM and scalenes in the front of the neck, and a jamming of the facet joints at the back of the spine. When the head forcefully moves into flexion it causes a stretching and tearing of the extensors muscles, including the cervical extensors, traps, and sub occipital muscles.

Signs of whiplash injury
It is not uncommon to feel little to no discomfort immediately following an accident as the body will release natural pain killers in the form of endorphins as well as the heightened adrenaline in the body. Once this wears off and the inflammation begins to set in is when the pain and restricted motion begins. In many cases, even minor accidents can cause symptoms of whiplash which can show up as late as 2-6 weeks post injury. The reason this can happen is because even in a minor accident there is still a stretching and tearing of tissue, so the body’s response is to lay calcium or scar tissue down in the area. After weeks of scar tissue deposition, this may lead to further symptoms, such as headaches, jaw pain, trigger points, and restricted range of motion.
Treatment for whiplash
It is important after any type of whiplash injury to seek out your doctor to assess the level of damage, and develop a treatment plan which […]

Core Strength and Low Back Pain

Today’s Discussion: How Core Strength and Low Back Pain Are Related
In the world of Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, and Sports Medicine, there is much debate and discussion revolving around the topic of “core strength.”  The reason this topic has been so highly discussed is usually in regards to the fact that research has shown us that individuals possessing greater core strength and stability often have reduced incidences of things like low back pain, sports injuries, and postural dysfunction.  With this article I would like to discuss exactly what the core is and the role it plays in helping us stay injury and low back pain free.
Core Muscles

The core is made up of a lot of different muscles and tissues all working in synergy to provide a solid foundation for the body to operate upon.  One thing that people often mistake about the core is the actual muscle groups it incorporates.  It is not just the abdomen that needs to be strong in order to have a strong core; in fact it is much more than that.  The core does include the abdominal musculature like the rectus abdominis, and the obliques, but the back or posterior part of your body needs to be equally if not greater in strength and stability.   Having strong back muscles, along the spine as well as having deep “stabilizer” muscles will help your body better react to everyday forces that are applied to it.  Along with having strong back muscles, having strong and flexible leg muscles is also extremely important.  The hamstrings need to be flexible and firing properly, along with the big muscles like the gluteus maximus or your “butt muscles.”  Yes, there should be muscle there, not just a seat […]

Facet Syndrome Treatment and Diagnosis

Our Chiropractors Discuss Treatment and Diagnosis of Facet Syndrome
This week’s discussion deals with facet syndrome. Facet syndrome is one of the most common causes of pain originating from the spine. In order to understand facet syndrome we must first start by defining what facet syndrome is by looking at the anatomy of a typical spinal vertebrae.

The facets are on the posterior section of the vertebral body and are made up of two articulating surfaces the inferior articular process and the superior articular process. The facet joint is formed when the superior portion of a lower vertebral body meets the inferior portion of the vertebral body above it.  The facet joint is further held together a capsule of ligaments forming a joint commonly known as the zygapophyseal joint (z-joint). When these joints are jammed together from either injury, inflammation, or degeneration we get the facet syndrome. Causes of this jamming could lead from trauma, excessive weight, decreased disc height, and an increased lumbar curvature. Degenerative changes and bad posture caused by muscle imbalance is the leading reason why people develop facet syndrome.
 Signs and Symptoms of Facet Syndrome

Common symptoms of facet syndrome is neck pain and low back pain that hurts more during rest, extension, or is relieved with motion. The neck pain will be aggravated by extension, rotation and repetitive movements. Low back pain is aggravated by extension, rotation, prolonged sitting and repetitive movements. Most patients describe facet pain as sharp and in a well-defined area, normally feels superficial and one sided.

People also report that they have diffuse morning stiffness. As we can see the signs and symptoms of facet syndrome is every similar to those of a herniated disc. This is why it’s so […]

Chiropractors Discuss Herniated Cervical Disc

Herniated Cervical Disc

Did you know that one of the most common causes of numbness, weakness, and pain down your arm could be related to a herniated cervical disc?

Other signs and symptoms of a Cervical disc injury in patients are pain/numbness starting in the lower neck which can radiate to the chest, trap, shoulder, and even down through the arm into the hands and fingers.
Definition of a Herniated Cervical Disc
Most commonly defined as a rupture of the annulus fibrosus (commonly known as the rings of the disc that hold the nucleus made up of a jelly like substance in the center). When this rupture occurs the nucleus will herniate/bulge pinching the cervical nerves causing the pain or numbness to occur. This herniation is most commonly one sided and often occurs at C5 or C6.
Causes of Herniated Cervical Disc

There are several reasons why discs herniate. One of the more common causes of a disc herniation/bulge is progressive degeneration. As we continue to age there is increased pressure, and decreased function of the spine which causes a higher risk for injury. Bad posture, trauma, and whiplash injuries are just some of the mechanism of injury that can cause a herniated disc. These factors show how important it is to take care of your spine.  Even a minor sports injury can cause decreased function of the neck, which as we mentioned early puts the disc at risk and increase likelihood of further injury .
Treatment of Herniated Cervical Disc
One of the most critical steps to take in the treatment of your symptoms is locating a facility that provides the type of care you need to get back to living a healthy life. At Mountain View Pain Center or goal […]

Sacroiliac Joint Pain and Dysfunction

Sacroiliac joint pain and dysfunction

One of the most common causes of low back pain is dysfunction of the Sacroiliac joint (also knows as the SI joint). The sacroiliac joint is one of the largest joints in the body, and is an articulation of the sacrum and the iliac bone (a portion of the pelvis). This bone can become restricted in several ways such as acute trauma, repetitive motion, pregnancy, or poor posture.

When this joint becomes restricted it causes inflammation in the joint, which can cause a very sharp pain directly over the area. Due to the muscle attachments in the area, inflammation in the joint may also cause low back pain, hip pain, or even radiating pain in the leg.  Any condition or injury to the leg that causes an altered stride can also affect the joint. For example an ankle injury can cause someone to alter the weight they put on that leg. This can cause more pressure on the opposite SI joint, rotation of the pelvis, or a functionally short leg. If the joint has suffered chronic restriction and inflammation this area can degenerate rapidly causing chronic low back pain that can cause an altered gate pattern or limp.
Treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Pain
At Mountain View Pain Center we can resolve this area quickly combining our chiropractic and physical therapy treatments. Our doctors will determine what has caused this dysfunction and develop a treatment plan that best suits you for quick and effective results. With our state of the art equipment we can remove the inflammation from the joint as well as decrease pain. This will allow the doctor to remove scar tissue and adhesions from the joint as well as restore full range of motion […]

Chiropractors Discuss Hip Pain

Diagnosis and Treatment of Hip Pain

Are you having trouble moving around because of hip pain?  Are you having difficulty walking up or down stairs?  Is it painful to turn your body on the bed?  Hip pain is a common complaint that can arise from a myriad of conditions ranging in levels of severity and complexity.  The hip is also an area where pain can be felt that is generated from distant sources (referred pain).  Hip pain can be very painful and cause a lot of your daily activities to be very challenging.  However, the good news with hip pain is that often times these problems are easily treatable.
Common Causes of Hip Pain

There are many reasons that can be causing your hip pain; one of the most common is referred pain coming from the back.  In older individuals osteoarthritis of the hip joint is a problem that affects 25% of women and 15% of men over the ages of 60.  Osteoarthritis is the most common disease affecting the hip joint.  Other factors that can predispose you to osteoarthritic changes are prior incidents of trauma such as fracture or dislocation, family history of this disease, obesity, or other diseases affecting the joint.  Muscles and ligaments of the hip joint can become sprained or strained and cause sudden intense pain.  The joint itself can become fixated or restricted, which causes a decrease of range of motion and function, which can affect your daily activities and movement patterns.
Treatment of Hip Pain
There are many different avenues to take when it comes to treating hip pain.  Traditionally some patients take medications for pain relief, while others will opt for surgery to address the problem.  Still, more and more patients are turning […]

Chiropractors Discuss Muscle Spasm’s, Sprains and Strains

How to tell the difference between Muscle Spasm, Sprains, and Strains
With the NFL continuing into the playoffs, many of us are sitting by watching the injury reports to see which of our favorite players may or may not be participating in this week’s games. Even what many consider a minor injury such as a spasm, sprain, or strain can keep a player from performing to the best of their abilities, or even being able to participate at all.  Sprains and strains are two of the most common types of soft tissue injuries.

To provide a better understanding of how these injuries can affect the body, let’s have a quick look at the body’s musculoskeletal system. The skeletal system is made up by the bones in your body, which form your skeleton.  The skeletal system provides for your body’s shape and also protects your vital organs such as the heart, lungs, and brain. The muscles that move your body are attached to the bone with tendons. The contraction of the muscle provides the ability for you to move your bones at the joints. The joints are held together with the connections of the muscles and ligaments. The ligaments are made up of a fibrous tissue which attaches a bone to another bone.

Spasms, sprains, and strains have very similar symptoms such as pain, swelling, and decreased range of motion, and they all involve soft tissue, but they are each a very different type of injury.

Spasm – A spasm is an involuntary contraction of muscle. This can occur suddenly, due to trauma, and can eventually lead to a chronic spasm, which will shorten the muscle over time. A muscle which has shortened overtime has decreased range of motion, […]

Sports Physical $25.00

Sports Physical and Concussion Screenings $25

With fall sports just around the corner it’s time to get your student athlete’s sports physical for the year. For a limited time Mountain View Pain Center is offering Denver metro student athletes a $25 sports physical and a FREE concussion screening. 
Sports Physical Includes: Concussion Screening
Current research is pointing to more and more injuries in an athlete’s life that are being traced back to concussions. A concussion is classified as a traumatic brain injury which can lead to a multitude of problems if not properly addressed. To help prevent your student athlete with the side effects of concussions let us perform this FREE base line test with our newest technology called BIODEX. Having a reliable baseline test will allow us to determine the severity of the concussion and gives us an accurate level of recovery to attain before the athlete can safely return to play.
BIODEX
 

“Baseline testing should be conducted on all athletes – an important consideration in a comprehensive athletic program. Preseason baseline testing provides the ability to quantify balance and cognitive function in athletes at their peak performance.”

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of this screening for you student with Mountain View Pain Centers sports physical. We have two offices conveniently located to you in Centennial CO, Littleton CO and Aurora CO. Please feel free to call with any questions you might have.

Centennial CO Chiropractic | Pain Relief

Centennial CO Chiropractic | Pain Relief
Centennial CO Chiropractic office offers pain relief to patients suffering from musculoskeletal injuries. Chiropractic is an effective and most importantly cost friendly way to not only relieve your symptoms of pain, but to also correct the problem so it does not return in the future. The Chiropractors at Mountain View Pain Center combine physical therapy and chiropractic with their state of the art equipment to not only correctly diagnose the issue, but form a treatment plan designed for lasting results. Our Chiropractor’s goals are to teach the patient the correct way to exercise, stretch, and care for themselves so they don’t need to relay on medication or constant temporary treatments in the future. We have been servicing the Denver, Centennial, Aurora, Highlands Ranch, Parker, Littleton, and Lone Tree area for years with great success. Feel free to contact our office and speak with one of the doctors to see if this treatment is right for you.

Our Chiropractors
Our Chiropractors are trained to deal with all sorts of injuries from neck and back pain to plantar fasciitis. All of our chiropractors have a passion for treating sports injuries, being active atheltes themselves they understand the drive our patients have to be able to perfrom at the highest levels and remain pain free. Chiropractic care will focus on mainting the function and stability of each joint. If your doctor is able to maximize your body’s overall function, you will move with more ease and less pain. At Mountain View Pain Center we accept all insurance including Medicare and auto insuracnes.