Abrupt, severe, unilateral headaches characterized by one to three short-lived attacks of preorbital pain per day over a 4-8-week period. This is followed by a painless period that may last 3 to 18 months. Increased incidence among middle-aged men. No family history of headaches or evidence of organic disease.
Is characterized by a suboccipital and a temporal dull ache. Frequently characterized by a band or viselike, compressing around the scalp. Is often produced by sustained contraction of the muscles of the head and neck or segmental dysfunction of the neck articulations.
A pulsating suboccipital headache often occurring in the early mornings and subsiding during the day. Associated with hypertension, obesity, stress, lack of exercise, a high salt diet, drug sensitivity and renal or cardiovascular disease.
A unilateral or bilateral recurring headache. Often the patient can predict the occurrences before they begin. Usually characterized by an aura, with or without associated visual and gastrointestinal disturbances. Any ages may be affected, there is an increased incidence among females aged 10 to 30 years. Migraine headaches are now being classified as a chronic illness.
Headache characterized by swollen sinuses, pain and pressure over the cheeks, with possible radiation to the oral cavity. The vast majority (90%) of the time, sinus headaches are misdiagnosed as migraine headaches.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
A compression of the neurovascular bundle associated with spasm or hypertrophy of the scaleni anterior and medium muscles. A thoracic outlet syndrome.
A rudimentary rib at the C7 vertebral level associated with a number of brachial plexus-subclavian artery compression syndromes. A thoracic outlet syndrome.
A neurovascular compression of the shoulder girdle characterized by pain, numbness and paresthesia of the upper extremities. There is an increased incidence in 35 to 55 years old women. Classified as a thoracic outlet syndrome.
Also known as hyperabduction syndrome, a compression of the brachial plexus and/or axillary artery about the coracoid process. The pectoralis minor muscle lies beneath the pectoralis major muscle. It lowers the scapula and depresses the shoulder girdle. A thoracic outlet syndrome.
Facial and Neck Pain Syndromes
A dysfunction of the joint between the temporal bone and the mandible characterized by pain, popping or clicking of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and/or an inability to fully open the mouth.
of the Cervical Spine
A hyperflexion/hyperextension injury (or vice versa) to the cervical spine involving a train-sprain of the oft tissue structures of the cervical spine. Whiplash injuries may be complicated by fractures or dislocations.
An acute or chronic neuromusculoskeletal disorder caused by degeneration of the posterior cervical joints and discopathy in which the nerves roots are impinged.
An acute spasm of the muscles of the cervical spine, resulting in a painful neck locked in a classic position of rotation with lateral flexion. Generally, affects levels C2-C7 and most commonly C2-C3.
A chronic disorder characterized by osteoarthritic changes of the facet joints, intervertebral disk space narrowing and osteophyte formation with or without neurological symptoms.
A rupture of the annulus fibrosus, which may allow the nucleus to impinge on a cervical nerve root, causing pain and paresthesia. Usually unilateral but may be central and involve both nerve roots. Most often the C5 or C6 nerve root is involved.
Shoulder Joints Injuries
A traumatic separation or compression of the acromioclavicular joint causing the capsule, fibers and ligaments to be stretched beyond the plastic barrier.
An acute or chronic inflammatory disorder of the tendon or bursa of the shoulder often with deposition of calcium salts along the tendons or bursa. The glenohumeral joint has increased range of motion but decreased stability. This, coupled with a poor blood supply, makes it susceptible to injury and inflammation.
A common injury of the shoulder joint involving a tear or multiple tears of the rotator cuff muscles, or SITS: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis.
A rupture, tear, or inflammatory process that injuries the biceps tendon and the transverse ligament that holds it into the bicipital groove of the humerus.
A chronic shoulder condition characterized by limited ranged of motion (ROM) in all planes and inflammation of the articular synoviae, tendons, joint capsules and bursa.
Elbow Joint Injuries
Wrist Joint Injuries
Lateral and Medial
They are inflammatory reactions of the lateral and medial epicondyles to a tear of the common flexor tendon insertion in medial epicondylitis and a tear in the extensor insertion in lateral epicondylitis.
An inflammation of the bursa beneath the olecranon process of the elbow; also called miner’s elbow.
A neurological disorder of the wrist and hand, characterized by pain and loss of sensation along the course of the median nerve. True carpal tunnel syndrome is nerve entrapment at or distal to the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common entrapment syndrome.
Low Back Pain
The lumbar spine may be susceptible to injuries caused by chronic trauma, microtrauma, excessive weight bearing resulting from obesity, decreased disk weight and increased lumbosacral lordosis. Degenerative and faulty posture are other contributing factors.
A rotational and compression injury of the richly innervated articulating facets of the lumbar spine, characterized by local and/or referred pain arising from the zygapophyseal joints. Also referred to as posterior joint syndrome or acute locked back.
A condition of disk protrusion into and beyond the annulus fibrosus, which may cause nerve root compression and neurological signs. Nuclear protrusion is a localized protrusion of the nuclear material into the spinal canal resulting from thinned but not ruptured annulus fibers. Nuclear herniation occurs when material has torn through the annulus fibrosus and is a free fragment.
A combination stretch, rupture, or separation injury of the muscles and supporting ligaments of the lumbosacral spine. A stretching and tearing of spinal muscles and their attachments because of uncontrolled movements or direct trauma. Minor muscle strains may result from overuse or repetitive tasks.
A low back pain condition characterized by pain radiating down the posterolateral leg, unilaterally or bilaterally along the distribution of the sciatic nerve.
A low back pain condition described as a compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve by a contracted or stretched piriformis muscle. The syndrome is six times more common in females than in males.
An anterior displacement of a vertebral body in relation to the segment immediately below. The displacement is the result of loss in continuity or elongation of the pars interarticularis. A loss in continuity without slippage is called spondylolysis.
A narrowing of the spinal canal resulting in pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots, generally affecting those in the fifth or sixth decade of life.
A genetic or acquired condition of the spine, characterized by exaggerated lateral deviation of the spine. May or may not be painful. Scoliosis is seven times more common in females.
A progressive, noninflammatory disease characterized by decreasing chondroitin sulfate with age that creates unsupported collagen fibrils followed by degeneration of the cartilage and its related structures. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease.
Is a chronic progressive inflammatory disease characterized by pain, inflammation and progressive stiffening of the spine and bilateral sacroiliitis.
Is a connective tissue disorder that targets synovial joints, especially of the hands, feet, larger joints and the cervical spine. Women are more commonly affected than men and a peak age of onset of 30 to 50 years.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain and tenderness to palpation at several anatomically defined soft tissue body sites. Other symptoms associated are sleep disturbance, fatigue, exercise intolerance, headache and irritable bowel syndrome. The female to male radio is at least 5:1.
Lower Extremity Injuries
A degenerative process of the hip joint, involving the articulation between the femur and the innominate bone (a ball and socket joint) formed when the femur head fits into the acetabulum. Degenerative joint disease of the hip is the most disabling form of osteoarthritis.
The knee joint is the largest joint of the body. It is a very complicated joint in that it bears all the body weight yet allows a high degree of freedom of movement.
A condition of painful patella that can occur with or without the presence of pathologic changes to the patella. With cartilage degeneration, the diagnosis would be chondromalacia patella.
Also termed tibial tendinitis or tendinoperiositis, this is a loosely defined condition of pain, tightness and inflammation of the anterior or posterior muscle groups and fascia of the foreleg. It is a general term of pain below the knee joint.
A tearing or rupture of the tendons and ligaments of the ankle mortise. It has 3 grades. Grade 1 is mild or moderate sprain without tearing of ligaments but some swelling. Grade 2 is moderated sprain, partial rupture of ligaments, swelling and ecchymosis. Grade 3 is a complete ligamentous tearing, swelling, hemorrhage and instability.
An inflammation of the anterior Achilles bursa and tendon. Tendinitis may precede the development of bursitis.
A strain or tear of the plantar fascia characterized by pain primarily at the plantar medial calcaneal area or the origin of the plantar fascia. An overuse syndrome causing microtears of the plantar fascia. Also known as heel spur syndrome, although a heel spur is not always present.
An entrapment neuropathy involving the posterior tibial nerve in the tarsal tunnel beneath the flexor retinaculum on the medial side of the ankle.
Benefits of chiropractic care for pregnancy and babies
The choice of chiropractic care during pregnancy is a value to BOTH the mom and the unborn child. Realignment of the spine and pelvis can be achieved through chiropractic care, including the Webster Technique. The Webster Technique is a safe and effective specific chiropractic adjustment for pregnant mothers, designed to relieve the cause of intrauterine constraint, optimizing the opportunity for cephalic fetal presentation prior to delivery.
Benefits of chiropractic care for the unborn child include:
• Removes interference to the mother’s nerve system allowing for unobstructed development of the baby.
• Removes intrauterine constraint, allowing the baby the room to develop without restrictions to its forming cranium, spine and other skeletal structures.
• Offers the baby the room to move into the best possible position for birth.
• With proper fetal positioning, there is a significant decrease in dystocia (difficult labor) and the resulting potential birth trauma caused by emergency intervention.
Chiropractic for kids
Children under the age of 3 fall on average 2500 times. These falls can start the process of moving spinal joints out of alignment. Also, traumatic births; Learning to walk; Slips; Falls. The list is endless. Yet, because children have such an adaptive capacity, these problems are often brushed off as “growing pains” or just a “phase they’re going through.”
Chiropractic care is helpful for colic, ear infections, erratic sleeping habits, bedwetting, scoliosis, “growing pains” and many other common childhood health conditions.
Many parents believe that chiropractic adjustments will be too forceful. They mistakenly think that their child will receive adjustments like ones they receive. Not only are adjusting techniques modified for each person’s size and spinal problem. This makes a child’s chiropractic adjustments gentle, comfortable and effective. A gentle device known as an activator can deliver gentle adjustments for babies of one day old up and for the elderly of 100 years old.
Auto Accidents Injuries
Accidents happen. Even after years of safe, defensive driving, it’s possible that one day you may be the victim of an auto accident. If you are an auto injury victim, it is essential to seek immediate care from your chiropractor. Even accidents at speeds as low as five miles per hour can cause profound trauma to the musculoskeletal system. Car accidents can at times not seem that serious at first but can later become a major issue for your health and well-being. Here at Genk Chiropractic Center, our highly trained doctor is committed to providing natural pain relief through patient proven, non-invasive treatments.
Injuries suffered from an auto accident can take some time to become apparent, weeks or even months. Many symptoms are caused by the strain and sudden force put on and into the body by the impact of the crash, but they are initially masked by other injuries or general pain and inflammation. These symptoms can include:
• Jaw Pain
• Neck Pain
• Shoulder and Mid Back Pain
• Low Back and Hip Pain
• Disc Bulge or Disc Herniation
• Arm, Shoulder, Wrist, Elbow, Knee, Ankle, and/or Leg Pain
• Numbness and Tingling
• And More!