Archive for the ‘Joint Pain’ Category

Meniscal Rebalancing Technique For Knee Pain

Friday, January 21st, 2011

A Non-Drug, Non-Surgical Treatment For Knee Pain

Just like any joint in the body, knee joints frequently become misaligned, enter into a process of joint degeneration and cause pain.

Knee joint misalignments are a far greater factor in knee pain than most doctors realize, leading to many unnecessary surgeries.  As little as a 1/8th inch misalignment of the knee joint can cause serious pain and dysfunction.

This leads to wearing of the meniscus as well as other aspects of the knee, pain and a distortion of the ligaments necessary to hold the joint in proper alignment.

No Such Thing As A Chemical Cure For A Mechanical Problem

The most common temporary intervention for chronic knee pain is cortisone injections.  Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory but can only be used sparingly as it erodes away bone tissue, leading to an increased chance of a break or fracture of an all important weight bearing joint.

One of the more recently touted procedures is silicone injections into the knee.  While a blessing for some, approximately  half of those who’ve had these injections say they simply didn’t work, with many not experiencing even 6 minutes of relief, much less the 6 months they advertise.  They’re very expensive, and even when they do provide temporary relief they usually need repeated once or twice per year.

The real problem with silicone injections is they never address the underlying cause of the knee problem – that of chronic, long-term misalignment and wearing of the joint, which speaks of the usual temporariness of this procedure.

Structural challenges need a structural solution.  A chemical injected into your knee can’t bring about realignment to a misaligned structure that is the underlying of most chronic knee pain.   That would be sort of like hoping an oil change will realign the front tires on your car.

Knee Replacement Surgery Doesn’t Always Work

For many people, knee replacement surgery has been their only option.  When it works it’s often considered a miracle, but like any surgical procedure it doesn’t always work.

About 40% of our patient’s state they still have pain and/or various forms of dysfunction after their knee replacement surgery, with many saying the pain is worse than before surgery.  For each person who says they had a successful experience with knee replacement surgery, there’s another who says they “wouldn’t go through it again for anything.”

For these reasons, surgery should be viewed only as a last resort – – and only if everything else should fail.

MRT – A Conservative, Non-Surgical Approach for Knee Pain

For many people, there’s a conservative solution for chronic knee pain.  It’s called MRT and stands for Meniscal Rebalancing Technique.  If the misalignments causing the degeneration of the knee joint can be caught in time before too much damage has been done, surgery can frequently be avoided.  Those who’ve been told their knee is “filled with arthritis” frequently receive very good results, as do many who’ve been told they are “bone on bone.”

How well you respond with MRT depends upon many things, including the type, cause and extent of your knee challenges, the specific type of misalignment, your willingness to follow instructions, the health of your knee and your overall health in general.  Age alone seldom has much to do with the success of MRT.

Even many people in their 70’s and 80’s have found great success with this technique!

Before Submitting To Surgery, Check Your Knee For Hidden Misalignment

A total knee replacement is a very extreme measure to take for a condition as common as knee misalignment, and which goes undetected in so many people.   If surgery fails, there is seldom any turning back.  With 30 years of experience, we’ve helped hundreds of people overcome knee pain without drugs or surgery.  The percentage of success is very high.

For a complete report about this new treatment that is helping so many people with the misery of ongoing knee pain, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com/

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Will I Have To Live With It Forever?

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Why Some People Get Well – And Others Can’t

When discussing the subject of why some people get well and others can’t, there are many different variables that come into focus.   While it is true that science has yet to come up with a cure for the common cold, much less for serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many others, there are often more common reasons that are in each individual’s control.

Many people choose the wrong kind of doctor for their condition, and hence, often end up with the wrong kind of treatment.  Other individuals are too impatient, often expecting an overnight cure for a long-standing condition.

Still others accept advice from their doctor, but choose not to follow it.  Regretfully, there are some who don’t value their health and body performance enough to try to protect it until it’s gone.

Masking Symptoms – Ignoring Causes

While it is true that not all causes of health conditions can be found, one of the largest reasons for a growing number of chronic health conditions is the use of too many symptomatic relievers, including those who never even think to search for a cause of their condition.

While I belief that everyone has to do what they have to do, the truth about symptom relievers is they merely mask symptoms and ignore the cause of the underlying condition.  In other words, pain medications fool the mind into believing all is well with the body – when in fact, it isn’t.  This only provides the underlying cause of the symptoms time to grow worse, often irreversibly.

Given enough time, the cause of many conditions will grow so bad that no matter what is done, the body can’t turn itself around and heal the condition.

This is called “The Limitations of Time and Matter.” Don’t be confused by the name. Through the use of metaphors, it’s actually quite easy to understand……….

Rotten Meat And Spoiled Milk

At one time or another, most of us have left a piece of raw meat sitting in the open air a bit too long, and by the time we get around to it the meat has spoiled and no longer any good.

The longer it sits, the more spoiled it becomes.  Once the meat has spoiled, it can’t become unspoiled.

The same is true with dairy products.  Have you ever tried to unspoil milk?  Quite impossible, isn’t it?  In both of these cases, the products can be said to have gone beyond the limitations of time and matter. Too much time has passed.  The matter has changed.  They can’t be brought back.  They can’t be made good again.

Ever Try To Unboil A Hard-Boiled Egg?

Have you ever tried to unboil a hard-boiled egg?  This too, is also quite impossible.  Once the matter changes, it can’t be changed back.  The same can be said for failing to grease the moving parts of a machine.  If there is not enough lubricant in the moving parts, metal will begin rubbing against metal until the parts are destroyed – or damaged so significantly they can’t be made to function normally again.

If the engine in our car was knocking profusely, we wouldn’t turn up the stereo so we couldn’t hear the knock and pretend there wasn’t a problem.

If the fire alarm woke us in the middle of the night, we wouldn’t get up, shut off the alarm, ignore the smoke and flames and go back to bed, believing that by shutting off the alarm it was going to put out the fire.

Yet, this is exactly what happens when we take symptomatic relievers.  They shut off the body’s warning system and ignore the fire within.

Fooling The Mind At the Expense Of The Body

The majority of chronic conditions were once just a small symptom that was covered up with symptomatic relievers for too long and allowed time to grow worse.   This fooling of the mind at the expense of covering a body ailment through symptomatic relievers has led many people into chronic conditions for which they now have no recourse.

The chiropractic profession does not represent itself as a cure-all for all of mankind’s ailments.  However, it has an enviable safety and success record of helping people where other things have been tried and failed, even for many who’ve been told “Nothing more can be done.”  Perhaps chiropractic can help you, as well.

To summarize the law of “The Limitations of Time and Matter”……….  Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late!

For more information about the wonderful benefits of chiropractic care and how chiropractic may be able to help you, please go to http://www.DrJackAdrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Where Did My Back & Neck Pain Come From?

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

What did I do to cause it?

Most of us don’t truly learn to appreciate the good function of our bodies until we’ve lost it, especially as we grow older and tend to lose more of it – much like falling dominoes.  Failed health is sort of like failing to appreciate that we don’t have a sore throat – until we do.  We often tend to take a lot for granted, don’t we?

Concerning spinal problems, one of the most frequently asked questions is, “What did I do to cause it?”  There is usually a big difference in what a patient perceives as the cause of a problem, and what has really caused it.  This leads us to an understanding of the differences between processes and events……

Symptoms – Always The Last Thing to Appear

Nearly all forms of disease (meaning a body that is not at ease) and pain syndromes are the results of processes, and NOT events.

One doesn’t just go to bed one night with a perfectly functioning body and then wake up the next morning with heart disease, cancer, diabetes, spinal degeneration or disc decay.  Rather, these things all begin as slow silent processes which grow unnoticed (often for years) until the time comes they’ve become bad enough to produce symptoms.

So what comes first, the symptom or the cause of the symptom?   Though they are the first thing to become evident to us, symptoms are never the first stage of a problem.  Rather, symptoms are always the mid to end-stages of processes which have been developing over the long term, and are the last things to appear.  This is why it is important to be proactive, and not reactive.

Again, symptoms are the last thing to appear.  If you cut your finger, it hurts after the cut – not before.

Getting Sick & Getting Well – Processes Not Events

Let us use the example of a heart attack.  Though we mistakenly view symptoms as events, when one has a heart attack, even though the attack itself is the disabling effect, the attack (event) is the usually the end sequence of long-term clogging arteries (the process) which existed and worsened for years before the actual heart attack occurred.  Therefore, the process of clogging arteries is the underlying cause.  The attack itself is the end effect.

The same is true for problems involving the spine and nervous system.  Though many individuals mistakenly believe “bending over to pick something up” or “lifting something too heavy” or ”the onset of immediate pain” to be the event which caused their problem, these things are usually just the end effect of a slow and silent spinal decay process which was taking place years earlier that predisposed them to the challenges they are experiencing today – and which otherwise would not have happened had the decay process not been there  – or at least been caught in time.

Just like breaking down and losing one’s health is a process and not an event – so too gettting well is also a process and not an event.

Maintenance For Optimum Function

The development of improper spinal function is most always the result of a slow, silent process often leading to chronic pain or a dangerous event.   Like clogging arteries in the heart, spinal decay which frequently leads to overall health dysfunction, give few if any warning signs before disaster strikes.

Whether it be your car or any appliance in your home, the older a machine becomes the more maintenance it needs to continue functioning properly.

Such maintenance will frequently extend its life and function.

Your body is no different.

And When You Understand This…….

Think about spinal maintenance another way.  What shape would your teeth be in after 50 years if you ignored and never faithfully brushed them?  What kind of shape do you think your spine will be in after that long if you don’t faithfully take care of it, as well?

Like you can’t wait until the engine blows in your car to change the oil, you can’t wait until your spine self-destructs and then hope to reverse it.

Spinal maintenance is your best insurance guarding against the process of spinal breakdown, and a wonderful step to take to preserve overall health aimed at giving yourself the best chance possible that your spine will serve you well, as intended, for your entire lifetime.

…..The Answer May Very Well Surprise You.

So, “What did I do to cause it?”  The most accurate answer is… quite possibly nothing!   Instead, it’s what you didn’t do to protect yourself – or know to do – which caused the problem.

Just like disease processes are called “processes” for a reason – because they are not an event, most successful treatment resolutions to halt or reverse the problems are also processes.  The proper function of all body functions depend upon adequate nerve flow through your spine.  That’s why spinal maintenance is so important.

For more information about the wonderful benefits of chiropractic care and how chiropractic may be able to help you, please go to http://www.DrJackAdrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Removing Postural Stress For Day and Night

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Suggestions to Improve Postural Comfort

Most people are unaware that a full 70% of the bodies energy is spent keeping them in alignment with their center of gravity.  This leaves only 30% for the other needs of the body.

The efforts to improve posture will take perseverance at first, but can yield wonderful benefits by decreasing pain and increasing your energy level throughout the day.

It is typical to feel uncomfortable in the beginning, but over time the new posture will begin seeming natural.  The following are some elementary guidelines to follow to improve posture and ergonomics in the home, workplace and other surroundings.

SITTING POSTURE

  • Be sure your upper back is aligned against the back of your chair.  Avoid slouching, slumping or leaning forward, especially when tired from sitting in a chair for long periods.
  • When sitting at a desk, your arms should be flexed at a 75-90 degree angle at the elbows.   If this is not the case, the chair should be adjusted accordingly.
  • Your knees should be even or slightly higher than your hips when sitting in an office chair.
  • Keep both feet flat on the floor.  If there is a problem with your feet reaching the floor comfortably, a foot rest can be used.
  • Don’t sit in one place too long.  When possible, get up, walk around and stretch.
  • To reduce neck stress, be certain your computer monitor is at eye level or slightly above.  If it is not, use a monitor riser, or any available books to place the monitor on to raise it to a higher level.
  • If you sit a great deal and read or do activities with your hands, don’t lower your head to the activities.  Instead, place your objects on a pillow sitting on your lap to raise the activates upwards towards your eyes.

STANDING AND WALKING POSTURE

  • Stand with your weight mostly on the balls of your feet, not with the weight on the heels.
  • Keep your feet slightly apart; about shoulder width.  Avoid locking the knees.
  • Tuck your chin in a bit to keep the head level on top of your shoulders – not leaning forward.  Stand tall and straight, with your chest out and your shoulders back.
  • If standing for long periods of time, shift your weight from one foot to another, or rock back and forth on your heels.
  • When walking, keep your head up and eyes looking forward.  Keep the shoulders in alignment with the rest of your body – not slouching forward.  Allow your arms to swing naturally.
  • Avoid high-heeled shoes whenever possible, as this is not the naturally intended position of the feet when making contact with the ground.
  • Take an occasional walk and lookup at the sky or stars to help counter the effects of looking forward and down all day long.

LIFTING AND CARRYING POSTURE

  • Always bend at the knees, not at the waist.  This is especially true when lifting heavy weight.
  • Use the leg and stomach muscles for lifting, not the back.
  • When carrying a heavy object, keep it close to the body – your center of gravity.
  • If carrying something with one arm, switch arms frequently and or counterbalance the weight by carrying something of equal weight with the other arm at the same time.
  • When carrying a backpack, keep it as light as possible and balance the weight on both sides as much as possible, or alternate from side to side.   For ergonomically sound posture, it is actually best to carry a backpack on your chest.

SLEEPING POSTURE

  • Avoid sleeping on a broken down mattress.  They frequently will not provide your spine enough support to remain straight at night.
  • The fetal side position is the most natural sleeping posture as it allows the majority of your muscles to shorten and relax during sleep.
  • When sleeping on your back, consider a pillow under your knees.
  • Avoid stomach sleeping
  • Keep your head horizontal with your mattress with a pillow that is not too high.
  • Avoid using more than one pillow.
  • For optimal back sleeping, a pillow under your head should be replaced with a small roll under your neck.  These can be purchased on line or one can be made simply by rolling up a small towel.
  • When waking the morning, take time to stretch each of your muscles.  Stretching activates your microscopic muscles fibers and lengthens your muscles in general for better performance throughout your day.

These suggestions help provide most people with more comfort during the day and night.  If challenges persist, feel free to call our office.  You may be dealing with a more in-depth problem than posture alone.

For an at-home posture exam that may uncover hidden causes of pain, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Self Help For Acute Back, Neck and Musculoskeletal Injuries

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Self-Help For Acute Back Or Neck Pain

These instructions are meant to provide you with information in the unforeseen event you experience an acute injury or flare-up and are unable to reach our office such as on weekends, holidays or night.  Acute means “sudden or severe.”

Depending upon condition, severely acute flare-ups are uncommon, but do occasionally happen.

If they should, this will help you know what to do.

  • The use of ice is one of your best allies. Ice helps reduce swelling and inflammation, and acts as a topical anesthetic.  Apply it for periods of 10 – 15 minutes and remove.  You can detect if you have swelling by appearance, or by pushing into the area with your finger and noticing changes in tissue color.  Never apply ice directly over the skin as the skin can become irritated and suffer “freezer burn.”   Instead, apply ice over a layer of thin, wet paper towel or a most was cloth.  If you would rather use an ice pack but don’t have one, a bag of frozen peas easily mold around body surfaces.  Use ice as often as needed for pain and inflammation control.

  • Heat is not advisable for acute conditions as it adds increased temperature to an already inflamed area, and therefore leads to more swelling and pain.  Swelling is one of your body’s ways of immobilizing and injury in order to avoid further injury.  However, if you just can’t stay away from the the temporary relief that heat may bring, be certain to use moist heat such as a moist heating pad, hot tub or warm bath.  Never use dry heat such as a dry heating pad, and never sleep on a heating pad in an acute condition.  This can lead to even more extreme pain.  If you do use heat, follow it up with an ice pack for 10-15 minutes.  Alternating ice and heat does often flush swelling, though in general ice alone is still more advisable as it suppresses inflammation in acute condition.

  • Gently massage the muscles around the injury to bring about improved flexibility, but never force the area beyond its normal range of motion or into an area of increased pain as thismay cause further injury.  In acute injuries, muscles frequently splint to tighten up around the injury site, also another your body’s primary responses to help avoid further injury to the injury site.

  • Avoid heavy lifting and do not work around moving machinery, as the pain may cause you to become imbalanced with a resulting fall into the machinery.  Also avoid overhead work until your condition improves.  Allow others to drive you if you must be somewhere.  We will provide you with an excuse in the event an acute episode prevents you from safely partaking in your employment if we are unreachable, providing you are an active patient and contact us the first day back in the office.

  • Short, easy walks may help relax you. Discontinue if too painful.  Don’t walk on rough surfaces or uneven terrain.  Be sure to wear shoes with a secure grip to the surface, especially true during rain or winter months of snow and ice to best avoid a chance of a fall.

  • Avoid high heeled shoes. High heeled shoes change the natural arc of your back and neck and frequently increase pain.  Tennis shoes provide better shock absorption for the spine, provide more natural posture and give a more secure footing.

  • Clear your environment of anything that could cause you to slip or fall around the home, such as loose rugs, pets, or wet floors.  Be sure to keep your shoestrings tied to prevent stumbling.

  • When sitting, sit erect and keep yourself balanced. Otherwise lie down and take all the pressure off the injured area.  Avoid close work such as sewing, reading or paperwork that causes you to keep your head down and the muscles in your neck and back tense and painful.

  • Do not sleep on your stomach. Sleep on your back with your spine straight and pillows under your knees or on your side with your knees bent.  Your neck should be slightly curved with a small pillow under it, which also frequently helps with severe headaches.

  • Do not hold in a sneeze, as this creates extra pressure on the internally injured areas leading to more pain.

  • The use or non-use of pain medications, either over the counter or prescription, are at your own discretion.  In extreme circumstances, don’t be afraid to contact the emergency room immediately.  Contact us as soon as our office reopens.

In general, these procedures and advice will help see you through an acute injury or flare-up of an existing injury until you can contact us.

For more information about how chiropractic may be able to help you resolve your pain issues, please go to http://www.DrJackAdrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Peripheral Neuropathy? Burning, Stinging, Numbness Or Pain In Your Legs and Feet?

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

New Hope For Neuropathy!

Neuropathy results in pain, burning, aching, electric shock-like sensations, hot or cold feet or legs, tight, vice-like sensations around the legs or ankles, pins and needle sensationsto the feeling of walking on ground up glass, dozens of bees stinging you when you are barely touched, swollen feet and legs, and for some, the feeling of hundreds of little bugs crawling all over your feet and legs when none are really there.

Some people have only one or two symptoms, while other people experience nearly all of them once. Many people hurt so badly they can’t tolerate blankets over their feet at night, and experience so much pain that they can’t sleep for extended periods of time.  As the condition progresses, often one will experience numbness in their feet or legs leading to balance issues and falls, often resulting in broken hips and other fractures.  The descriptions of the misery are endless depending upon the individual.

People dealing with the misery of peripheral neuropathy suffer many unique challenges, and frequently run up against repeated roadblocks in their search for help only to be left with discouragement time and time again.

For Most People – Drug Treatments Just Don’t Work Very Well!

You may be surprised to learn most drug treatments for neuropathy are not even intended to treat neuropathy, but are actually designed to treat other conditions!  For example, Neurontin (Gabapentene) is actually an anti-convulsive designed to treat seizures.  Elevil (Amyltriptine), Tofranil (Imapramine) and Cymbalta (Duloxetine) are anti-depressants.  There are many others.   Of course, the many side-effects of these drugs also frequently lead to other health problems from a result of long-term usage. 

There are few common conditions that create as much ongoing concern or agony as that of peripheral neuropathy.  As it grows worse, it can even cause many people to want to give up on life.  When the challenges get this bad, many people are willing to try practically anything – any cream, any drug, any pill, powder, potion, lotion or syrup!!  Unfortunately, painful sensory neuropathies are rarely correctable with drugs.

With nearly all established treatments of the past, the reality most people experience is their neuropathy just keeps getting worse and worse over time.

However, there is some NEW AND VERY EXCITING NEWS IN THE FIELD OF NEUROPATHY TREATMENT that may very well provide you with the help of which you’ve been searching for so long!

Is There Any Real Hope Worth Believing In?

For many people, the answer is a resounding YES!   In association with Neuropathy Treatment Centers of America, ChiroCenter is pleased to bring a revolutionary new treatment approach to the people of our community that is helping thousands of people throughout the country reduce, and in many cases, even eliminate the agony of peripheral neuropathy.

Utilizing painless “soft” laser to assist in new capillary formation and nerve growth, various vibratory frequencies to stimulate the formation of new peripheral nerves, gentle tissue mobilization to improve gait and range of motion challenges, as well as reverse polarity therapy to aid in the re-integration and correct directional flow of your body’s natural electrical nerve currents, this new approach toward treating neuropathy is proving to be a true blessing for many, many people!

Many of our patients who once had burning, stinging and painful legs and feet, numbness so bad they couldn’t feel the carpet or blades of grass under their feet, and those with balance issues that were frequently falling are finding remarkable results with this new treatment for neuropathy – a disease for which help was once considered elusive and hopeless.

Remarkably Safe and Painless!

This wonderful new treatment approach is remarkably safe and for almost all people, totally painless!

In our many years of practice, we’ve never before experienced a program where so many people look so enthusiastically forward to receiving their treatments!  Additionally, most of our patients are very pleased and relieved to know we utilize no drugs and no injections!

For a complete report sharing in-depth information about this new, revolutionary treatment program that is helping so many people with the agony and misery of neuropathy, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

MRT- Reduce Knee Pain & Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Chronic Knee Pain?   Perhaps You Can Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery!

A person with a bad knee knows how often it gets in the way of doing the things they want to do in daily life.  For many it hurts to walk, stand, stoop, get out of chair, or to go up or down stairs – and a bad knee can also cause weight challenges because it hurts to move, work or exercise.

Most chronic knee pain is caused by unbalanced weight bearing which leads to misalignments of the knee joint.

When left unaddressed, these misalignments then lead to wearing and degeneration of various aspects of the knee, pain and a distortion of the ligaments necessary to hold the joint in proper alignment.

The reason most knee misalignments are never addressed early on is because most people are unaware they exist, as they usually don’t produce pain until the later stages of distress.

Small Misalignments Can Mean Major Knee Pain

Knee joint misalignments are a far greater factor in knee pain than most doctors realize, leading to many unnecessary surgeries.  As little as a 1/8th inch misalignment of the knee joint can cause serious pain and dysfunction.

Once the misalignments are identified, by utilizing various in-office procedures to realign the structures of the knee joint, knee pain can very often being brought under control.   It’s much like re-aligning a fence post so the gate can open and close better again.

If these misalignments are not brought under control and degeneration is allowed to continue, the odds of eventually having to have a knee replacement surgery are greatly enhanced.   If you can keep your natural knee, you certainly want to as approximately half of all knee replacement surgeries leave the individual with continued pain and disability of an all-important weight bearing joint.

MRT – A Natural Conservative Approach for Knee Pain

For many people, there is a conservative solution for chronic knee pain.  It’s called MRT and stands for Meniscal Rebalancing Technique.

The primary tool used in MRT is known as an Arthrostim, which sends gentle pulsations of energy into the misaligned joints of your knee to aid in the realignment of your global knee structure.   Depending upon your specific type of misalignment, several other tools can utilized to help you get the best results possible.

If the misalignments can be caught in time before too much damage is done, knee replacement surgery can frequently be avoided.  Even many, many people in their 70’s and 80’s have found great success with this technique!

Drugless, Non-Surgical and Requires No Injections

MRT is drugless, non-surgical, requires no injections and comes with a high degree of success for most people.   A large percentage of our knee patients experience a 20-40% reduction of pain after just their first 2-3 sessions, with some patients receiving an even greater percentage than that.  In fact, the vast majority of patients after just their first treatment are able to walk out of the office with at least some less pain than they walked in with.  For those who follow our recommendations, 75-100% reduction of pain is quite common – with most of it long lasting.

Some people do wait until it’s too late, but even those who have been told their knee is “filled with arthritis” frequently receive very good results, as do several others who’ve been told they are “bone on bone.”

For many the relief is permanent, while some do need a periodic treatment here and there after their initial program in order to continue to experience optimal function.  This is usually something quite minimal and is always addressed on an individual basis.

Before Submitting To Surgery, Check Your Knee For Common Misalignment

A total knee replacement is a very extreme measure to take for a condition as common as knee misalignment, and which goes undetected in so many people.   If surgery fails, there is seldom any turning back.  With 30 years of experience, we’ve helped hundreds of people overcome knee pain.  The percentage of success is very high.

For a complete report about this new treatment that is helping so many people with the misery of ongoing knee pain and to avoid knee replacement surgery and synvisc injections, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com/

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

WHIPLASH PAIN FROM AUTO INJURY AND CAR COLLISIONS

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Whiplash Neck Injury

Whiplash is a soft tissue injury involved in auto accident impacts that creates both compression and tearing forms of injuries to the tissues of your neck and spine.   Whiplash can occur in collisions of any angle; rear-end, head-on, any of the four corners or from the side, often described as being “T-boned.”

What Makes Whiplash So Dangerous?

In an auto collision, the heavier weight of the head continues on through space, then “whips” the neck causing the weaker neck structures to experience stress and injury.  The danger in whiplash is found in G Forces.  G’s are measurements of change in directional velocity, and indicate the force to which a body is subjected when accelerated.  Each G equals 1 times gravity.

In car collisions of less than 10 miles per hour, the body is subjected to hyper acceleration at a rate of 5 to 10 G’s.  As a comparison, the force of 10 G’s is greater than a fighter pilot will experience during air to air combat.

Research shows that during an auto collision, your body can move back and forth 8 to 10 times faster than the speed your vehicle was moving before impact.   In as little as a 10 mph collision, your head can cause your neck to whip at a rate of 80 to 100 mph. and come to a sudden stop – in less than a second!

The neck is not designed to move at a hyper accelerated speed beyond normal ranges of motions brought about by the weight of the head, and then suddenly stopped.  This leads to compressive and tearing forms of injuries, once again known as whiplash.

Symptoms Of Whiplash

If you’ve suffered whiplash, you may experience neck pain, stiffness, headaches, aching, tight or sore muscles of the neck or back, upper back pain; shoulder or arm pain, pain between your shoulders, painful or restricted joint movements or lower back pain.

Dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, poor concentration, sleep difficulties and fatigue are also commonly seen symptoms following a severe impact.

Of course, these are in addition to any other injuries you may have experienced.     One may experience only one symptom or several.

Many factors contribute to each person’s unique symptoms, such as vehicle size, position and angle of your body at the time of impact, angle of collision, whether you had time to brace for the impact or if it was a total surprise, just to name a few.

Symptoms May Appear Suddenly Or Over Time

In whiplash car collisions, the onset of problems may seem minor; developing more seriously over time.  You may be totally free of symptoms immediately following impact.  Your muscles are warm and you feel no pain.

As the days or weeks pass, symptoms may gradually appear or grow worse.  You may have totally forgotten about the accident as you try to figure out “why the pain?”

It is for this reason that one shouldn’t sign away their rights after an auto accident too soon.

Different Names for Whiplash

Whiplash comes with different “names.” After an accident, you may have been told you have whiplash, but you may also been told you have a compressed nerve, stretched, bruised, pulled or torn muscles, a related concussion, a sprain/strain, or swollen and inflamed tissues of the neck – to name a few.

Don’t be fooled by the many interchangeable names surround a whiplash inury.  These are just some of the concerns that go with whiplash.

Chiropractic for Whiplash – Proven Effective

Research shows chiropractic care is the smartly chosen treatment of choice for whiplash injuries and that no other form of treatment is as effective as chiropractic in the vast majority of cases.

If you’re experiencing whiplash symptoms after a car collision, get checked.  With nearly 30 years experience, Dr. Adrian of ChiroCenter in Troy has assisted well over 1,000 auto accident victims get rid of pain and get their life back.  A complimentary injury evaluation will help to come up with the best approach for you.

For a complete report about whiplash, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Diabetes & Diabetic Neuropathy. New Treatment Provides Hope!

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

With Diabetes – Diabetic Neuropathy Makes How You Feel Even Worse!

Diabetic Neuropathy is a problem growing steadily worse as this very prevalent disease affects more people at an earlier age – and as people live longer.

Indeed, diabetes is bad, but diabetic peripheral neuropathy makes how you feel even worse.   Nearly 60% of all people with diabetes develop diabetic neuropathy.

As if the pain, numbness, burning, stinging, balance and walking issues that go along with diabetic neuropathy aren’t bad enough, nearly 86,000 people in the United States experiencing diabetic-related amputations each year because of uncontrolled diabetic neuropathy.

Traditional Drug Treatments Just Don’t Work Very Well!

There are few common conditions that create as much ongoing agony as that of neuropathy.

As the numbness and/or pain grow worse, many people are willing to try practically anything – any cream, any drug, any pill, powder, potion, lotion or syrup!

Unfortunately, the side effects of these drugs are often so severe and concerning over the long term that many people simply stop taking them, with most people simply left with ongoing discouragement.

The primary reason that drugs fail in treating neuropathy are two-fold.  First, the drugs were never designed to treat neuropathy to begin with, with most of them designed to treat other conditions.  Second, painful sensory neuropathies are RARELY correctable with drugs and creams, as none of them address the underlying cause of diabetic neuropathy, known as Ischemia.

ISCHEMIA – The Primary CAUSE of Diabetic Neuropathy

Recent extensive research shows the cause of almost all diabetic neuropathic pain is from a tissue destroying process known as ischemia, which means “tissue death due to starvation.”

When functioning normally, nerve tissues receive nutrient rich, highly-oxygenated blood carried to them by microscopic capillaries.  In the case of diabetes, too much glucose fills clogs the capillaries preventing the nerve tissues from receiving the nutrients and oxygen they need, which damage the nerves; causing them to “short-circuit” leading to the vast array neuropathy symptoms.

It’s the same that happens when an occluded artery causes a heart attack – only with diabetic neuropathy, it happens on a massive scale damaging literally millions of microscopic nerves.

The Many Symptoms Of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Once oxygen and nutrient restriction damages the nerves, the nerves also often have difficulty coordinating pore and capillary dilation in the skin, preventing proper skin perspiration leading to more challenges such as swelling, and tight, vice-like sensations in the legs and ankles.

Burning, tingling, stinging, electric shock sensations and the feelings of insects crawling all over your legs or feet, as well as hot or cold feet or legs are typical symptoms. Frequently found is numbness, balance and walking issues, falls and for many of the most unfortunate, amputations.

Once this snowball starts rolling, it’s often like a line-up of falling dominoes leading to greater problems.

The good news is that peripheral nerves can heal and go through a process of rebirth, if the proper procedures are put in place and if the cause of the condition can be caught in time.

New Neuropathy Treatment Provides New Hope!

In association with Neuropathy Treatment Centers of America, ChiroCenter is pleased to bring a revolutionary new treatment approach to the people of our community that is helping thousands of people throughout the country significantly reduce, and in many cases, even eliminate the agony of diabetic neuropathy.

One of the things that make this program so exciting is that it’s the first and only neuropathy treatment program that scientifically addresses the actual cause of diabetic neuropathy – again, known as ischemia.

Utilizing painless “soft” laser to assist in new capillary formation and blood flow, vibratory frequencies to stimulate the formation of new peripheral nerves, and reverse polarity therapy to aid in the re-integration and correct directional flow of your body’s natural nerve currents, this new approach toward treating neuropathy is proving to be a true blessing for many, many people!

Remarkably Safe and Painless!

This wonderful new treatment approach is remarkably safe and for almost all people, totally painless!  Additionally, most people are very pleased and relieved to know this approach utilizes no drugs and no injections!

Don’t suffer needlessly with neuropathy through seemingly endless days and nights of agony.    Don’t wait until you’ve fallen and broken a bone or gone through an amputation.   Sleep better, feel better and do better!

For a complete report about this new, revolutionary treatment that is helping so many people with the misery of diabetic neuropathy, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com/

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Hand Or Wrist Pain, Numbess Or Weakness

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Hand or Wrist Pain?    Are You Dealing With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The word carpal refers to the eight dime-sized bones that make up each wrist.   On the palm side of your wrist is a ligament band stretching from the thumb side to the little finger side known as the carpal ligament.  All these structures make up the carpal tunnel, which is a tight, narrow opening in the wrist just large enough for the nerves coming off your neck to get into your hands and fingers.

Correct Diagnosis Essential

It’s very possible to have carpal tunnel symptoms without actually having carpal tunnel problems.  Indeed, it’s very probable!

People experience TRUE Carpal Tunnel, FALSE Carpal Tunnel and a phenomenon known as THE DOUBLE CRUSH.

As a result, carpal tunnel must be viewed from three different perspectives for accurate diagnosis.

“True” Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

First, you may actually have ONLY a wrist problem. This is known as “true” carpal tunnel.

In the wrists are eight dime-sized carpal bones connected to the carpal ligament, which forms a ‘tunnel’ in which the median nerve from the neck travels into the hand.

When wrist bone misalignment occurs, it causes swelling and nerve compression in the “tunnel” and this nerve compression is the cause of true carpal tunnel symptoms.

“False” Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Second, though you may have problems in your wrist, hand or fingers, it may not be carpal tunnel at all, but rather REFERRED PAIN into the hand because of nerve compression problems in the neck, shoulder or elbow. This is known as “false” carpal tunnel, because it mimics “true” carpal tunnel.

Nerves from the neck flow down the arms into the hands. If these neck nerves are compressed, they frequently refer symptoms into the forearm, wrists or hands even if no neck pain is involved.

In these cases, it does little good to focus on the wrist and hand, because this is NOT where the pain is coming from.

The “Double Crush” Phenomena

Third, your problem may be coming from MULTIPLE areas of nerve compression, such as the neck, shoulder, and/or the wrist.  This is known as the “Double Crush” Phenomena.  The nerve causing the pain is compressed, or “crushed” in two or more different areas.  These areas of compression are known as “choke points” and are very commonly found in carpal tunnel syndrome.

When a nerve is compressed a little in multiple locations, it can greatly enhance the pain in the wrist itself.  It is therefore very important to find where the cause or causes of the compression are to reduce the chances of misinterpretation and determine whether you have ‘true’ carpal tunnel, ‘false’ carpal tunnel – or the Double Crush phenomena!

Not surprisingly, when 1,000 cases of carpal tunnel symptoms were studied, 40% were found to have dual areas of compression.  This is significant to know, especially if someone is contemplating surgery, because about one out of four surgeries leave the wrists and hands with some kind of permanent disability.

Chiropractic For Carpal Tunnel – A Non-Surgical Approach!

The chiropractic approach – a drugless, non-surgical approach – is to examine all potential choke points as a source of the problem.  Once it’s determined where your carpal tunnel symptoms are coming from, we can then go to work to bring proper motion and realignment into these areas to decompress the nerves that are resulting in carpal tunnel pain.

The majority of people respond very favorably to specific carpal tunnel procedures, and many patients report significant relief and/or total resolution of carpal tunnel problems through proper chiropractic methods.  Hopefully you can be the next person to benefit from our many years of experience in dealing with this potentially life-altering condition.

Doesn’t it make sense to find out before putting up with braces, undergoing injections or risking your hands to surgery?

For a complete article about carpal tunnel syndrome and how you may be able to avoid carpal tunnel surgery, please go to http://www.drjackadrian.com/

About the author: Dr. Jack Adrian is a chiropractor with more than 30 years experience in the field of chiropractic.   He is a practicing physician and Director of ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio and has served more than 25,000 individuals in his career.

For help with any additional questions or to set up a complimentary conference to discuss your concerns, feel free to call ChiroCenter in Troy, Ohio at 937-339-5556.