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Patient Shares Experience:
Dr. Zraik helped me recover to revive my MMA career

 “Before walking into Chiro-Med, I didn’t fully understand that I had a severely strained hamstring that was affecting my everyday life. Working with Dr. Zraik for the past 2 months on my recovery revived my grappling MMA fighter career and I had my first win. Dr. Zraik cut my recovery time from 4 months to 2 months.

I’m a true believer that recovery takes proper rest and a game plan. Chiro-Med is the best game plan in my eyes! In fact, my wife who is pregnant became a patient of Dr. Zraik’s, and he is helping her deal with lower back pain from the pregnancy. 

My family and I will continue to seek care at Chiro-Med, and I recommend Dr. Zraik and the staff at Chiro-Med.”

 Linzy H., Chiro-Med Patient            

Chiropractic care treats strains and sprains from sports injuries

             Chiropractors are known for their expertise regarding the spine. However, chiropractors are also knowledgeable about treating the body’s extremities, including the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles, and feet. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sprains, strains, knee injuries, and swollen muscles are among the most common sports injuries (1). Strains and sprains are two common conditions that can be helped by chiropractic care. Strains are often caused by repetitive motions from using a specific muscle or tendon. In contrast, sprains are typically caused by twisting or falling and forcing a joint into the wrong position. For example, a sprain could occur if someone jumps and lands on their ankle incorrectly. Although strains and sprains are considered minor injuries, proper treatment and rehabilitation are needed to avoid future complications, such as instability or reoccurring injuries. The recovery time for a strain or sprain depends on the severity and can take anywhere from 1 week up to 4 weeks to heal. Severe injuries that involve micro, partial, or full tears can require a much longer recovery period. When not taken seriously, strains and sprains can worsen over time and cause worsening pain and dysfunction for patients.

Chiropractic care treats strains and sprains from motor vehicle accidents

            Although many individuals correlate strains and sprains mainly with sports-related injuries, they can occur in other ways, too. For example, motor vehicle accidents are another way strains and sprains often occur. Injuries from car accidents are among the most common reasons for a patient to seek chiropractic care. The Spine Research Institute reports that more than 3 million people in the United States suffer from whiplash injuries from car accidents every year (2). Whiplash is another condition that may be helped by chiropractic care, including treatment for neck pain and stiffness, headaches, loss of normal range of motion, tingling or numbness in the arms, and sleep difficulty.

Chiropractic care treats strains and sprains from work injuries

             Active individuals and athletes are more susceptible to sprains and strains due to the greater amount of physical stress placed on the body. Athletes in particular may try to push their physical limits, leading to overexertion that puts them at risk for sprains, strains, fractures, and more. Despite the greater risk among athletes, any person can be at risk of strains and sprains in the face of overexertion, accident, or injury. Workers also can experience strains and sprains.  For example, a person who performs a lot of repetitive motion around the same muscle or joint for their job each day is at a higher risk for a strain. Chiropractic care treats sprains and strains from work injuries, too.

Chiropractic care improves healing and reduces risk of future injuries

            Dealing with a strain or sprain can be frustrating for patients, especially for athletes or those whose daily tasks become disrupted by the injury. Fortunately, chiropractic care helps. Chiropractic care specializes in spinal health and also treats other areas of the body. Chiropractic adjustments can help relieve and eliminate pain caused by a strain or sprain without the use of medications or surgery. The chiropractors at Chiro-Med S.C. specialize in chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy modalities, and rehabilitation exercises. Chiropractic care helps promote healing by reducing pain and improving joint function. A study conducted observed the outcomes of treating ankle sprains with manual ankle adjustments by a chiropractor. The results showed that patients who treated their ankle sprains with chiropractic care had lower pain levels, a greater range of motion, and improved function and stability (3). Ultimately, treating strains and sprains with chiropractic care improves healing and reduces the risk of future injuries.

References   

  1. Loudon, J. K., Reiman, M. P., & Sylvain, J. (2014). The efficacy of manual joint
    mobilisation/manipulation in treatment of lateral ankle sprains: a systematic
    review. British journal of sports medicine, 48(5), 365–370.
    https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2013-092763
  2. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). (n.d.). HHS.gov. Retrieved
    September 8, 2022, from https://www.hhs.go
  3. Loudon, J. K., Reiman, M. P., & Sylvain, J. (2014). The efficacy of manual joint mobilisation/manipulation in treatment of lateral ankle sprains: a systematic review. British journal of sports medicine48(5), 365–370. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjsports-2013-092763

 

 

Chiropractic Care treats Shoulder Pain

Chiropractic care aims to identify the root cause of pain and avoid masking it with medication alone. Chiropractic care works with the musculoskeletal system to help patients get out of pain and return to their daily activities. The shoulder is an integral joint of the body and must be able to function in collaboration with the whole spine. However, the shoulder can be a common site of injury, pain, and other issues for patients. Some of the most common shoulder problems include tendinitis, bursitis, strain or sprain, dislocation, rotator cuff injury, and frozen shoulder.

Many people believe that they have to adjust to living with their shoulder pain, or that surgery is the only treatment option available. Fortunately, patients have the option to seek chiropractic care for treatment of their shoulder pain. A proper examination done by an experienced, licensed chiropractor can help determine the root cause of shoulder pain to guide a non-surgical treatment plan.

Frozen Shoulder – What is it and how can chiropractic care help?

Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a very painful shoulder condition that can make it difficult for patients to complete their everyday tasks. The condition is most common in people between age 40 and age 60 and is more prevalent among women. While the exact cause of frozen shoulder is unclear, it is understood that the connective tissue in the shoulder joint becomes abnormally thick and forms adhesions. Without proper treatment, frozen shoulder can prevent patients from using the effected shoulder for months and sometimes even years.

Chiropractic care can help treat frozen shoulder by reducing pain and improving the joint’s range of motion, while reducing or eliminating the need for pain medications, injections, and/or surgery. Some treatments a chiropractor may use for frozen shoulder include ultrasound therapy, laser therapy, and superficial dry needling, which have shown to be effective treatment for patients with this condition. Additionally, chiropractic adjustments to the neck and mid-back help to increase functionality, as other parts of the spine may compensate for a frozen shoulder.

Shoulder Bursitis – What is it and how can chiropractic care help?

Bursitis refers to inflammation of the bursa, which is a fluid filled sac that helps joints have a full range of motion and withstand compressive forces. Shoulder bursitis involves painful inflammation of the shoulder joint bursa, and it can take weeks or months to heal without proper treatment. Chiropractic care can be an effective way to treat shoulder bursitis and reduce its symptoms in patients.

One research study found that patients who received chiropractic care, including ultrasound therapy, reported no pain and fully returned to their normal activities by the end of treatment (2). Ultrasound therapy given before a chiropractic adjustment is highly effective in treating bursitis, because ultrasound helps reduce inflammation, pain, and adhesions. The reduction in inflammation is important to “loosen” the joint and provide a much better outcome for a chiropractic manipulation to the joint. Finally, treatment with chiropractic adjustments helps alleviate pressure and friction over the affected bursa area to prevent further inflammation and pain.

Rotator Cuff Injury – What is it and how can chiropractic care help?

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and allow movements of the arm and shoulder. According to a study published in the Journal of Orthopedics, a rotator cuff tear is the most common shoulder problem and becomes more common with increasing age (1). Unfortunately, a rotator cuff injury does not always produce symptoms that allow the patient to realize the injury. Rotator cuff tears without any symptoms are two times more common than tears that cause symptoms, which can lead to longer injury periods without any treatment. Patients who are having difficulty raising their arm over their head and/or having shoulder pain when sleeping on their side may have a rotator cuff injury that needs to be treated. Additionally, most patients with rotator cuff injuries develop trigger points and tight muscles near the front of the affected shoulder.

Patients who suspect they may have a rotator cuff injury should seek an assessment and treatment from a trained chiropractor. The chiropractors at Chiro-Med are very experienced in successfully treating rotator cuff tears and other injuries. Chiro-Med S.C. frequently uses laser therapy to speed up the healing process of rotator cuff tears. Rehabilitation exercises are also used to help strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder and prevent future injury once the pain and inflammation are reduced.

If you would like to become a patient at Chiro-Med S.C., you can select Contact Us on our website and complete the form for us to contact you, or you can call us at 262-542-4700.  We accept patients of all ages.  We are confident you will have a great experience that focuses on patient communication, an accurate diagnosis, and an effective treatment approach that includes a chiropractic adjustment and/or physical therapy modalities.

References

  1. Minagawa, Hiroshi & Yamamoto, Nobuyuki & Abe, Hidekazu & Fukuda, Masashi & Seki, Nobutoshi & Kikuchi, Kazuma & Kijima, Hiroaki & Itoi, Eiji. (2013). Prevalence of symptomatic and asymptomatic rotator cuff tears in the general population: From mass-screening in one village. Journal of Orthopaedics. 10. 8–12. 10.1016/j.jor.2013.01.008.

 

  1. Pribicevic, M., Pollard, H. A multi-modal treatment approach for the shoulder: A 4 patient case series. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies 13, 20 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1186/1746-1340-13-20