Conditions We Help
At Wellness First, we treat many conditions that contribute to chronic and acute back and neck pain. We have found that the combination of services that we provide here, conservative spinal care and non-invasive, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, work effectively to relieve many of the conditions that cause back and neck pain.
Some interesting statistics about back pain:
• 50% of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
• Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work and the second most common reason for visits to a doctor's office.
• Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic (i.e., they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer).
• Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain, making it the third most expensive health condition to treat, behind heart disease and cancer.
• An estimated 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.
At Wellness First, we have experienced excellent results in freeing patients from back and neck pain associated with the following conditions:
• Herniated/Bulging Discs
• Degenerative Disc Disease
• Spinal Stenosis
• Pinched Nerve
Discs act like shock absorbers between vertebrae. When healthy, discs are sponge-like and keep the spine flexible. However, when discs age or are injured, the outer shell can tear and break open, forcing the gel inside the disc out. Although they can occur in any part of the spine, most herniated discs occur in the lumbar (lower back) or cervical (neck are) spine. When they press on nerves, herniated discs can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the area of the body affected by the nerve.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative Disc Disease most often occurs in the discs in the lower back (lumbar region) and the neck (cervical region). As we age, spinal discs may break down, or degenerate, causing Degenerative Disc Disease. This can result from a loss of fluid in your discs which makes them thinner, narrowing the space between the vertebrae. Small cracks in the outer shell of the disc can also cause the disc to bulge which may start the degeneration process. These changes are more likely to occur in cigarette smokers and people who engage in heavy physical work (such as heavy lifting). Those who are overweight are also more likely to suffer from degenerative disc disease.
Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal caused by a number of factors, including one or more of the following: excessive bone growth, thickening of tissue in the canal (such as ligaments or cartilage), and/or herniated disc. This narrowing can aggravate the cord itself or the nerve roots where they leave the spinal cord. It is generally caused by degeneration of tissues as part of the aging process and it occurs most often in people over age 50. Spinal Stenosis can occur in the cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) spine and it is characterized by pain, numbness, or weakness in the legs, feet, or buttocks.
Sciatica is caused by a herniated disc in the lower back that causes pain and numbness in the buttock that extends down the leg. Sciatica is the most common symptom of a herniated disc in the lower back that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. The pain most often occurs on one side. It may get worse after sitting/standing/walking/bending backwards, at night, or when you sneeze, cough or laugh.
A "pinched nerve" is the result of damage or injury to a nerve or set of nerves. This can be the result of compression, constriction, or stretching. Often a herniated disc impinges on a nerve causing a pinched nerve. Symptoms of a pinched nerve include numbness, the feeling of "pins and needles," a burning sensation or pain radiating from the injured area.
There are many different types of headaches and although they may have many different causes, they have one characteristic in common – they all cause pain. Many headaches also cause other symptoms, including nausea and vomiting. Tension headaches, Migraines and Cluster headaches are the most common types of chronic headaches.
Scoliosis is characterized by an abnormal spinal curve. When a person with a normal spine is viewed from the front or back, the spine appears to be straight. When a person with scoliosis is viewed from the front or back, the spine appears to be curved. Conditions known to cause spinal curvature include congenital abnormalities, neurological disorders and genetic. Approximately 2% to 3% of Americans at age 16 have scoliosis and it is more common in females.
At Wellness First, we've been able to help thousands of patients to find lasting relief from the chronic pain associated with these conditions and others.
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