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Arthritis / Degenerative Joint Disease

According to The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention, more than 46 million adults in the US have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. Arthritis is the medical term for what chiropractors call degeneration. Degenerative changes occur within a joint and include roughened joint edges, excess bone growth, bone spurs/osteophytes, narrowing of joint spaces, and destruction of the joint surfaces. People with arthritis may experience pain, stiffness, loss of movement, or swelling in their joints. The proper motion in joints keeps arthritis from progressing, as well as the proper lifestyle. We will ensure that your joints are moving the way they are supposed to and give you the lifestyle advice that you need to keep your arthritis from getting worse. We also have therapies that reduce the pain and swelling around the affected joints. If arthritis goes untreated, the bones will continue to deteriorate, which can lead to severe disability.


Neuropathy

Patients are often diagnosed with neuropathy and left with the bad news of having little or no treatment for it. They are told to just live with burning, numbness, tingling, and sensitivity in their hands or feet. We are here to tell you that there IS an effective natural treatment for neuropathy. We use a brand new technology in our office called the Rebuilder. The Rebuilder treats all types of neuropathy, whether it is peripheral neuropathy caused by a disc problem in the spine, diabetic neuropathy, or chemotherapy induced neuropathy. The patient puts their hands or feet into a water bath. Rubberized electrodes are placed into the water baths that send electrical impulses into the body. The nerves are stimulated to reconnect with the body and they start to fire more rapidly and function more efficiently, essentially “rebuilding” the damaged nerves.


Headaches & Migraines

Some people live their entire lives suffering from headaches. They go to every doctor they can think of, experiment with different medications, oftentimes still ending up with headaches in the end. Most of us at some point in our lives have experienced the pain of an excruciating headache and then pop an over-the-counter pain killer to numb the pain. As Americans, we spend long hours in fixed/sedentary positions, which immobilize joints and increase muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp. At our office, we will find the root cause of the headaches. Headaches respond amazing to chiropractic care, and most times, the headache is alleviated almost immediately. There are many classifications of headaches, and it is important to determine the type the patient has, so that it can be addressed appropriately. The most common types of headaches include muscle tension headaches, migraines, and cervicogenic headaches (from the joints in your neck). We use all natural methods to treat headaches.


Pinched Nerve

Have you been told that the cause of your pain or discomfort may be from a pinched nerve? Nerves come out of your spinal cord through small holes between the bones in your spine called foramina. There are a few different reasons that the hole may be smaller than it’s supposed to be, which will put pressure on the nerve. A pinched nerve in the neck or low back can have a few different causes, which include arthritis (excess bone growth/bone spurs), areas that are misaligned in your spine or spinal stenosis. We have very effective treatments in our office to help get the joints in the neck or back lined up and moving properly, as well as spinal decompression therapy that is a gentle stretching, allowing the hole (foramina) to open up and free the nerve.


Bulging or Herniated Discs

Do you have radiating pain, numbness, tingling, burning, weakness, or cramping in your neck shoulders, arms or hands? Do you have radiating pain, numbness, tingling, burning, weakness, or cramping in your buttocks, hips, thighs, calves, or feet? Or maybe you have been told that you have a disc bulge, disc herniation, or disc protrusion. And maybe you’ve even been told that you need to have spinal surgery. We would recommend trying spinal decompression, which is a non-aggressive, conservative treatment that heals discs naturally without the use of drugs and surgery. Spinal decompression is 85% effective in healing disc injuries.


Stenosis

The spinal cord is, without a doubt, one of the most important structures in the body. Surrounding the cord is the spine, composed of vertebrae that extend from the head down to the tail bone or coccyx. The spine has many purposes, but one of the most important is acting as a bony protector of the spinal cord. Through trauma or degeneration, the space between the spine and the cord can decrease and this is termed “stenosis.” If the stenosis becomes severe there can be impingement of the spine on the nerves coming from the spinal cord or even on the spinal cord itself! At Chiro First, we are able to properly diagnose whether it is neuroforaminal encroachment or spinal canal stenosis and treat effectively and refer out when necessary. To help with foraminal encroachment, it is crucial to maintain motion throughout the spine. We use ProAdjuster technology and spinal decompression to restore the proper motion and take the pressure off of the nerves. It is this motion that is crucial to not only treat, but also prevent degeneration and stenosis from occurring in the first place!


Neck Pain

Neck pain is one of the most common conditions treated by chiropractors. The structure and mobility in the neck plays a big role in a person’s pain. Sometimes, people are scared to have their neck adjusted by chiropractors because of the twisting, popping, or cracking sound. In our office, we have an alternative to “traditional” chiropractic manipulation called ProAdjuster technique. It is a very comfortable, safe and effective way of restoring the function and mobility in your neck. We will also use other therapies to reduce any pain and inflammation and speed up the healing process. An examination will be done to determine if you have a disc injury and would be a candidate for spinal decompression. If so, we’ll do spinal decompression to heal the disc naturally and reduce the radiating pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or hands.


Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the main causes of disability in the United States. Low back pain is one of the most common conditions treated by chiropractors. Our office offers the newest approaches in treating low back pain. Two of the main treatments include ProAdjuster adjustments and spinal decompression. The ProAdjuster is a computerized machine that performs a spinal adjustment without any twisting, popping or cracking. Spinal decompression may be used if the cause of the problem is disc related. First, our goal is to reduce your pain and symptoms, and then we will rehab you so the problem doesn’t come back in the future.


Sports Injuries

When people hear chiropractor, they usually think back pain. Our office treats injuries throughout the entire body, not just in the neck or back. Sports can be vigorous and injuries are likely to happen. Some main causes of sports injuries include overuse syndromes (doing the same motion over and over), lack of proper stretching and electrolyte imbalance (not drinking enough water). Common conditions we see in our office are pulled muscles/strains, ligamentous sprains, tendonitis, and stress fractures. Treatments we have in our office for these conditions include laser therapy, electrical stimulation, gentle adjustments, rehabilitation, and nutritional advice. These treatments will shorten the duration of the injury and get you back in the game sooner!


Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

With as short of a summer as we’re used to in Western New York, many people attempt to squeeze as much golf in as they can during the spring, summer and fall months. Unfortunately, some find that after their rounds comes an acute pain, at the medial (or inside) portion of the patient’s dominant arm, at the elbow. This is a common overuse injury due to repetitive and strong forces through the elbow during the downswing and has appropriately acquired the name “golfer’s elbow.” At our office, we offer laser treatments to the area to control inflammation, as well as specific muscle work to the areas above and below the elbow to release any muscles that may be contributing to the condition.


Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

Tennis elbow is a common overuse injury where the patient experiences sharp pain around the lateral (or outside) portion of the elbow. Men or women who are constantly extending their elbow at a quick rate tend to be the ones most often affected, and since this is the primary motion of a tennis backhand it has garnered the term “tennis elbow.” At Chiro First, we offer specific laser treatments to address the inflammation around the elbow, as well as specific muscle work to the areas above and below the elbow to decrease any spasm or muscle adhesion that may be contributing to the condition.


Ligament Sprains

Ligaments are designed as a support system for every joint in the body and are often injured through trauma, overuse, or long-standing poor posture. Ligament injury can lead to pain and joint instability, especially in the spine. However, proper chiropractic adjustments can help joints throughout the body maintain their normal motion and treat ligamentous injuries. Maintaining proper joint motion will usually prevent sprains or instability to occur in the first place.


Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Pain

The number of direct causes of pain in the shoulder, elbow, and wrist seem to be countless at times. From overuse injuries at work, to trauma during athletics, to arthritis, there is no surprise why complaints of upper extremity pain are so common. At our office, we have methods of treating many of these conditions, from ProAdjuster protocols to maintain motion in arthritic areas, to laser therapy, muscle work, and rehabilitative exercises. Each of these can be used in conjunction with others to offer the patient the best conservative and most comprehensive care in the area.


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