Common Conditions

Here are some of the most common conditions we see…

Low Back Pain -

While Gibson County Chiropractic treats much more than low back pain, it is the most common complaint of our patients. Approximately one quarter of U.S. adults reported having low back pain lasting at least one whole day in the past three months, and 7.6 percent reported at least one episode of severe, acute low back pain within a one-year period (ACA). Most low back pain is mechanical in nature. This means it is not caused by infection, cancer, inflammatory arthritis or fracture. Chiropractic is effective because we use a mechanical treatment for a mechanical problem. Some low back conditions chiropractic treats effectively are pain and dysfunction that results from osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, disc herniation ( with or without numbness and tingling going down the leg), sacroiliac dysfunction, spinal hypomobility, spinal stenosis and lumbar facet irritation. Back to the top

Neck Pain/Headaches -

The second most common reason people seek chiropractic care is for neck pain, with or without, headaches. Neck pain, like most types of pain, is usually mechanical in nature. Possible reasons include a current or past whiplash, a fall, poor posture, work related stress, emotional stress, or a hypo or hyper mobile spine (a spine that moves more or less than it should) to name a few. Chiropractic works to restore normal movement to your spine along with corrections on any underlying issues, such as posture or workstation change, to restore normal function to your neck. Once normal function has returned, the body will heal naturally.

Headaches can present with many different symptoms and in different areas on the head. Most headaches have mechanical origins and are part of a continuum. This means they are related. For example, some patients have daily chronic tension headaches with the occasional migraine. In these patients a stressful event can lead to an increase in their headache’s intensity. If the event is severe enough, the headache can begin to show migraine-like symptoms. At Gibson County Chiropractic, a detailed history will be taken with an exam designed to rule out more serious causes of headaches. Treatment is not the same for everyone, but common treatments include chiropractic adjustments, muscle stretching techniques, heat/cold, nutritional advice and at home exercises if indicated. Back to the top

Mid/Upper Back Pain -

Midback pain is becoming increasingly common in today’s society, mainly due to the type of work we perform. Examples of work that cause pain and dysfunction in your upper back include sitting at a computer desk, assembly line work, cleaning the house and any manual labor that causes you to slouch forward. These activities are usually performed with poor posture that will put stress on the muscles and joints of your middle and upper back. Chiropractic care works to reduce this stress by normalizing function. In this area it is common to obtain a reduction in pain quickly, only to have it return within a few days to weeks. To address this, Dr. Phillips will give you at-home stretches and exercises to perform, aimed at restoring your posture and reducing your day-to-day pain. Back to the top

Osteoarthritis -

Osteoarthritis is sometimes referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis and is the end result of years of dysfunction or the past injuries. It can be found in virtually all joints in your body and is progressive in nature. Osteoarthritis cannot be reduced or cured by chiropractic or medical treatments. However, chiropractic care can increase range of motion and decrease pain associated with osteoarthritis. Proper treatment of osteoarthritis can slow or halt progression ensuring that your dysfunction does not worsen, or at least, worsens at a slower rate. Back to the top

Shoulder Pain -

The shoulder joint has more range of motion than any other joint in the body and is complex in the way it operates. Therefore, this joint presents many different potential conditions.. After a diagnosis has been determined by examination and diagnostic test (if needed), a treatment plan will be developed if your condition can best be treated by chiropractic/rehabilitation. This plan will be discussed with you, and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. Dr. Phillips performs functional shoulder rehabilitation, which focuses on retraining the shoulder to work properly before strengthening. Back to the top

Plantar Fasciitis -

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition typically located in the arch or heel of the foot.  It is typically associated with weight bearing activities such as athletics.  It also can be associated with a high BMI (Body Mass Index).  Treatment at Gibson County Chiropractic typically includes arch support, either custom or general, arch strengthening exercises, manual techniques designed to breakup adhesion in the fascia and foot adjustments to aid in restoring the proper arch.

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Whiplash -

Whiplash injuries are very common in today’s society. Whiplash is caused by the neck being pushed forward then “whipped” backward very quickly (or vice-versa). Typically, traumas such as a car accident, sports injuries or other types of accidents are to blame. The first step in treatment is to make sure there are no neck fractures. This is achieved with an x-ray or CT scan (if indicated). After more serious injuries have been ruled out, rehabilitation begins. Short term goals of rehabilitation include decreasing pain and inflammation. After this has been achieved, rehabilitation will move to a more functional approach. In this phase muscles that were weakened will be strengthened and muscles that lost some of their control will be retrained. Rehabilitation is generally combined with chiropractic care to make sure the spine and muscles work together as they should. Prognosis for whiplash is generally good, depending on severity. Back to the top

Other Conditions We Treat -

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