Panama City Chiropractor Offers Non Surgical Options For Low Back Pain

Looking for non-surgical options for back and neck pain in the Panama City area can be difficult. The Bay County area often does not have available services that you may find in larger cities. This article will break down several options you may wish to consider which can be found in this area. Each may be used separately but are used sometimes used together to give the patient all possible options before resorting to surgical approaches.

Chiropractic adjustments refers to a chiropractor applying a specific force to the vertebrae of the spine that may have abnormal movement or are out of position relative to the adjacent segments. This force must be directed specifically to correct the misalignment or it is just a random manipulation or the so called “popping a joint”. I often demonstrate the difference by saying it is similar to the thermostat in your house. To correct the temperature when you are warm you should specifically place the thermostat to the new temperature that you want not just push the bar all the way to the left. Chiropractic adjustments are one of the most common treatments for low back, neck, leg or arm pain. Proper chiropractic treatments themselves are done specifically to each patient to reduce the misaligned or abnormally functioning vertebra, which results in an increased range of motion, reduced nerve irritability and pain and improved function. Many times a patient will receive the same adjustment each time they are in an office until the correction is accomplished but rarely do two different patients get exactly the same adjustment.

Decompression Therapy is another form of non surgical treatment for herniated and bulging discs and assists doctors in treating low (lumbar) back pain as well as neck pain. The DRX9000C is one example of a decompression table providing spinal decompression. Many tables offering decompression are not true decompression tables so make sure you choose wisely here. Decompression table treatment provides a unique non surgical treatment for the management of pain and disability for patients suffering with bulging and herniated discs and low back pain and sciatica. A well designed system will apply spinal decompressive forces to areas of the spine that are compressed or degenerative. The area of decompression must be specific to the area treated to be effective. The system must also be able to “fool” the muscles that are guarding the area in order to get a negative pressure internally. Decompression treatment should definitely be considered if you are suffering with a confirmed disc problem and if you are facing surgery for any of the following conditions, herniated discs, bulging or protruding intervertebral discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome, and sciatica.

Pain Management focuses on using interventional techniques such as facet joint injections and nerve root blocks to provide immediate relief of pain so physical therapy and life style changes can be used for long term relief. Pain management must be performed by a Board Certified Pain Management doctor. These procedures may be done in office or on occasion can be performed at local surgical centers when necessary. In Panama City look for a office that provides a full service suite for these procedures so that you can schedule your appointments quickly should you require fast pain relief for an insult or injury. Reducing pain through injections can make the patients results come faster due to decreased spasm and inflammation in some cases. Injections can be used with decompression to provide immediate relief of pain followed by an appropriate cure of the underlying issue.

Physical Therapy can be either passive or active and is designed to each patients needs at the time of the clinical workup. Passive therapies include interferential therapy, ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation as well as others. Cold Lasers can be used for pain relief and to assist with healing of traumatized tissues.
In office supervised exercises. Many times the overlooked area of spinal care is the core muscles around the spine. If these muscles that control our movement and balance are left out of the clinical picture then the problem will reoccur at a later date. Utilizing swiss balls and balance boards can help many patients continue to experience relief long after treatment and prevent reoccurrence. Various cardiovascular, stretching and strengthening exercises may be prescribed by doctors to decrease back pain, increase strength and to help restore range of motion. Doctors may prescribe exercises that strengthen under-active muscles and/or weaken over-active muscles with the goal of attaining muscle balance and a balanced structure. Doctors may also have patients do exercises that strengthen the weak, underactive muscles of the trunk and pelvis, and exercises that stretch the tight, overactive muscles.

Massage therapy can be used separately as well as in combination with other treatment modalities to assist with stretching of tissues and reduce spasm as well as to promote relaxation and decrease scar tissue formation and fibrous after injury.

Acupuncture in some case may be of benefit but there are few resources here in Panama City currently where the practitioner is a full time acupuncturist. But this service can be of great clinical value in some cases.

These ares some of the non invasive and minimally invasive techniques that you can find right here in Panama City, FL and if you are looking for services elsewhere try to remember these options.

Popular Chiropractic Adjustments

For most people, chiropractic adjustments are mainly limited to spinal manipulations (which can be scary to some due to their fear of pain and unwanted complications) but in reality, chiropractors perform a lot of procedures to achieve spinal adjustments, depending upon the nature of illness and indications of therapy. The primary aim of all chiropractic procedures is to enhance and restore normal connectivity and alignment of spinal vertebrae in order to promote the neuronal, hormonal and immunological synchrony in the patients.

It is important to discuss with your healthcare provider or chiropractic practitioner regarding different chiropractic adjustments and maneuvers that may help in your case.

A variety of instruments are used by chiropractic practitioners in situations where the normal physical activities are difficult due to the severity and intensity of pain or the risk or duration of suffering can increase with manual techniques. With instrument assisted adjusting, patients can achieve core stability, spinal biomechanics and strength with minimal pain. The aim of using different devices and instruments is to use momentum of the body to promote optimal alignment across the joints. The most popular adjustment tools utilized by chiropractors are Neuromechanical Impulse Adjusting Instrument and Harrison Handheld Adjusting Instrument. Both of these devices produce great dynamic frequency and linear peak forces as compared to Activator Adjustment devices (discussed below).

Most chiropractors also use special devices and tables that have adjustable setting to allow the operator to lift or drop different segments of the spine by one or more inches from the resting space or basal body surface. The use of adjustable drop table allow chiropractic practitioner to apply force to make realignment of spine much easier. Even without any further therapy, drop table helps in relieving the symptoms of sciatica, lower back pain, pelvic pain, disorders of lumbar plexus and disorders of spinal disc like herniation or prolapse involving cervical or lumbar vertebrae. In addition, patient who suffers from acute spinal injury or trauma, advanced age, long standing osteoporosis and similar complicative illness can also get benefitted from drop table therapy.

The Activator Method is also utilized by chiropractic practitioners on patients who have insufficient bone mass density (in condition like osteoporosis, osteopenia and other bone disorders that are not likely candidates for mobilization or manual adjustments). This chiropractic adjustment requires an Activator Adjusting Instrument that applies gentle traction for realignment of vertebral joints. The pego stick like or jack hammer like activity of Activator instrument allow chiropractors to perform procedures to realign the displaced bones or joints.

The biggest limitation of this therapy is the slow pace of improvement that may take weeks to produce significant results; thereby prolonging the duration of total therapy and period of pain. The biggest advantage is the pain-free nature of therapy that does not produce post-therapy discomfort or soreness. A research report published in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association suggests that chiropractic techniques like Upper Cervical treatments, Alaxander and Activator are among the preferred treatment methods at chiropractic clinics. Currently there are over 22 successful research reports and case studies suggesting the efficacy of Activator therapy in management of symptoms.

The Diversified Technique is a combination of different techniques or chiropractic procedures that are designed to improve the overall stability and alignment of spine. It may also produce the characteristic popping sound that marks the liberation of vacuum or air bubble from the joint spaces. It is ideally recommended for subluxated spinal joints, joints of extremities and sports related injuries. The use of the right amount of amplitude and high velocity techniques allow chiropractors to use biomechanical force that helps in joint stabilization or adjustment without using any instrumentation. It is indeed one of the aggressive manipulations and patients with impaired bone mineral densities are not ideal candidates for the procedure.

The key concept of Sacral-Occipital Technique (SOT) was investigated, developed and explained by Dr. M. B. DeJarnette who deeply studied the concept of basic human anatomy, physiology and patho-physiology and divided the basic neurological unit in three basic categories (1, 2, 3). He suggested that optimal functioning of the human body is dependent on the optimal connectivity of occipit (skull base) and sacrum (between coccyx and L5 or spinal base). This technique utilizes the weight and gravitational pressure of wedge shaped blocks for the proper realignment of spinal vertebrae. The use of block combinations is dependent upon the primary symptoms, strength and stability of muscles and results or recommendations of neurological and radiological tests. It is especially helpful in the optimal restoration of nerve functioning. Jerry I. Hochman reports research findings in 5 patients with well-established lumbar instability and sacroiliac distortion. However, with periodic SOT therapy, 21%-57% improvement was observed in the lumbar motion in all planes.