Conditions We treat

Osteoarthritis also known as degenerate joint disease, affects more than 20 million americans and is more common in women than in men. The disease affects the cartilage. Normally, cartilage helps bones glide over one another as the joints move. In an osteoarthritis patient however, the cartilage is broken down and eventually wears away. As a result, instead of gliding, bones run against each other  causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion. 

 

What can Dr. Mitchell do for Osteoarthritis?


Doctors of chiropractic are trained to relieve the pain and improve joint function through chiropractic manipulation, trigger-point therapy, and soft tissue therapies such as active release technique. Chiropractors can also help you choose exercises that are best for reduction of joint pain. If a sore to swollen joint prevents you from exercising, talk to your chiropractor about other drug free pain relief options, such as applying heat or cold to the affected area. 


Headaches/ Migraines 

95% of headaches are tension, migraine, or cluster headaches.



What can Dr. Mitchell do to help with your headache?


He will preform an Chiropractic adjustment to relieve the pressure or tension off the spine to relieve the headaches or migraines.


The bones that form the spine in your back are cushioned by small, spongy discs. When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorbers for the spine and keeps the spine flexible. When a disc is damaged, it may bulge or break open. This is called a herniated disc. It may also be called a slipped or ruptured disc.


A herniated disc may be caused by wear and tear of the discs. As you age, your discs dry out and aren't as flexible. An injury to the spine may cause tiny tears or cracks in the hard outer layer of the disc. When this happens, the gel inside the disc can be forced out through the tears or cracks in the outer layer of the disc. This causes the disc to bulge, break pen , or break into pieces.


What Can Dr. Mitchell do for a herniated disc?


Dr. Mitchell can start you on some physical therapies such as excursive and gentle stretching to help relieve pressure on the nerve root. Ice and heat therapy for pain relief will also help. He can also preform a chiropractic manipulation or adjustment. He may also start you on spinal decompression.



Herniated Discs 

Low Back Pain

Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience low back pain. Back pain can range from dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move. It can start quickly if you fall or lift something too heavy, or it can get worse slowly.


Anyone can have back pain, but somethings that increase your risks are: 

  • Getting older. Back pain is more common the older you get. You may first have back pain when you are 30 to 40 years old.
  • Poor physical fitness. Back pain is more common in people who are not fit.
  • Being overweight. Too much weight can stress the back and cause pain.
  • Heredity. Some causes of back pain, such as ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis that affects the spine, can have a genetic component.
  • Other diseases. Some types of arthritis and cancer can cause back pain.
  • Your job. If you lift, push, or pull while twisting your spine, it may also cause back pain. If you work at a desk all day and do not sit up straight, this may also cause back pain.
  • Smoking. Your body may not be ale to get enough nutrients to the disks in your spine if you smoke. Smoker's cough may also cause back pain. People who smoke are slow to heal, so back pain may last longer.


There are many causes of back pain. Examples are:

  • Disk breakdown 
  • Spasms
  • Tense muscles
  • Ruptured disks

Injuries from sprains, fractures, accidents, and falls can resulted in back pain.


Back pain can also occur with some conditions and diseases, such as:

  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis 
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Kidney stones
  • Infections
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibromyalgia  


What can Dr. Mitchell do for your low back pain.


The treatment plan may involve one or more chiropractic adjustments in which the doctor manipulates the joints, using a controlled, sudden force to improve range and quality of motion. The goals of chiropractic care include the restoration of function and prevention of injury in addition to back pain relief.

Degenerate joint disese/ osteoarthritis

Neck Pain


Neck pain is a common problem, with two- thirds of the population having neck pain at some point in their lives.

 

Neck pain, although felt in the neck, can be caused by numbers other spinal problems. Neck pain may arise due to muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back, or pinching of the nerves emanating from the cervical vertebrae.When a nerve is pinched in the neck it may cause numbness and weakness in the arms and hands. Joint disruption in the neck creates pain, as does joint disruption in the upper back.


The head is supported by the lower neck and upper back , and it is these areas that commonly cause neck pain.The top three joints in the neck allow for most movement of the neck and head. The lower joints in the neck and those in the upper back create a supportive structure for the head to sit on. If this support system is affected then the muscles in the area will tighten, leading to neck pain.


What can Dr. Mitchell do for neck pain?


Dr. Mitchell will heat the area to relax your muscles and then preform a chiropractic adjustment to realign your spine.

whiplash is a term that describes injury to the neck that occurs as a result of a motor vehicle or car accident. the most common type of car accident is rear impact, the occupants in the vehicle that gets "rear-ended" is at the greatest risk of injury such as whiplash.


What can Dr. Mitchell do for whiplash?


Because each case of whiplash is different, its hard to say exactly what the chiropractor will do for you. However, the primary whiplash treatment involves, Dr. Mitchell gently moving the involved joint into the direction in which it is restricted. He may also preform a chiropractic adjustment to realign the joints and spine.

Whiplash

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine bends to the side abnormally; either to the left or right. the curvature can be moderate to server. Any part of the spine can be bent in scoliosis.


Scoliosis Symptoms and signs:

  • Shoulders may not be of the same height
  • Head not centered directly above the spine
  • Ribcage is not symmertical
  • A shoulder blade is higher and more prominent than the other.
  • One hip is more prominent than the other.
  • Clothes do not hang properly 
  • The individual may lean to one side
  • Uneven leg lengths 


What can Dr. Mitchell do for scoliosis?


Dr Mitchell will preform a spinal manipulation, therapeutic exercise, and electrical muscle stimulation have also ben advocated in the treatment of scoliosis. None of therapies alone have been shown to consistently reduce scoliosis  or to make the curvatures worse. For patients with back pain cause by scoliosis, manipulation and exercise may help.


Most people with scoliosis lead normal, happy and productive lives. 

Scoliosis 

Neuritis, bursitis, neuralgia, rheumatism, frozen shoulder, fibrositis, sprain and strains are common terms that refer to neck, shoulder and arm conditions. The main controller behind your shoulders, arms and hands is the brain. The brain communicates to the rest of your body through billions of nerves that make up your nervous system. Some nerves go straight to their destination point, but others mix with other nerves to form complicated nerve networks called a Plexus. The brachial plexus is made up of nerves that come out of the middle and upper back that supply information to the shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists, hands and fingers the nerves that make up the brachial plexus may become irritated as they leave the spinal column. This can occur when the spinal bones in the neck and upper back are misaligned, and damage the very nerves they are suppose to protect. Any injury or trauma can cause the bone to become misaligned. Things as serious as an accident or fall to something as simple as sleeping in an awkward position can create the vertebrae to become misaligned. Symptoms from damage to the brachial plexus can differ depending on location of the trauma.

Common symptoms to the shoulder, arm, wrist or hand are:
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle numbness
  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness

In addition, it is not uncommon to experience headaches, facial pain, dizziness, thyroid or nasal problems as a result of brachial plexus nerve irritation. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms include tingling and numbness in the hand, fingers, wrist, shoulder, elbow, and neck. The pain is described as incredibly intense and has been reported to awaken suffers at night. this pain is often caused by the swelling in the wrist.

Shoulder, Arm, hand & Neck pain

Chronic foot pain is no fun, and can spoil your enjoyment of life. One of the most common causes of pain in the feet is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fascists affects nearly two million people yearly in the U.S. which is an inflammation to the plantar fascia ligament that connects the heel bone and the toes. this ligament is composed of fibrous bands if tissue, and runs along the entire bottom of the foot. it stretches and contracts with step or movement, and may become inflamed when tiny tears occur in the tissue.


The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a burning or aching pain on the bottom of the foot, often near the heel, where this ligament attaches to the heel bone. It is often experienced in the mornings, because the ligament has had time to rest and relax during the evening, but then tightens up and becomes painful again when we put pressure on it by standing or walking.


The pain tends to decrease with activity, but may recur afar periods of walking or standing. Half of people diagnosed with plantar fasciitis say that their pain is constant; 90% say that it hurts when they press on the area around the heel.


There are many potential causes of plantar fasciitis. Overuse during exercise or physical activity is one of the most common, and athletes who run, jump, or preform other repetitive movements that put pressure on the feet are prone to this condition. It may also be causes or aggravated by arthritis and diabetes, especially in the elderly.


Interestingly enough, one of the most common causes of plantar fasciitis is wearing the wrong shoes. Shoes with little or no arch support or that provide insufficient support or cushioning can put a strain on the tendons and, over time, cause plantar fasciitis. Improper footwear is even more likely to be a cause if you have flat feet, high arches, over pronation, and under pronation. Being over weight also places additional strain on your feet that can lead to this condition.


Whatever the cause, plantar fasciitis can take all the fun out of walking or even moving around easily. More important, it is a condition that should be diagnosed and, if present, treated early, before it becomes serious.


What can Dr. Mitchell do for Plantar Fasciitis? 


A Chiropractic adjustment of the feet and related joints may help restore a proper range of motion, and remove he cause of the problem.


​In addition, Chiropractors like Dr. Mitchell who specialize in sports medicine may be able to analyze patients gait ( how they walk or run ) and prescribe better footwear that will help both to relieve pain and prevent future problems.


Plantar Fasciitis 

Subluxation

This occurs when the joints in your spine have limited range of motion.When the spinal bones move out of their normal position it is called a subluxation. The spinal cord is the communication pathway for nerve impulses to and from the brain. These messages determine the health and function of virtually every cell, tissue, organ and system of the body. Vertebrae protects these nerves; even a small change in the position of the spinal bones can have a profound adverse affect on these delicate nerve tissues.


There are five components of the subluxation complex. Spinal Kinesiopathology occurs when the bones of the spine loose their normal motion and positional form. This can happen through injury, strain, poor posture or other stresses. This component will result in a decreased ability to turn or bend. Nueropathology causes symptoms of numbness, burning, or tingling in various parts of the body and are a result of sensitive nerve tissue being squeezed, rubbed, streched or twisted from misaligned joints. Myopathology is commonly caused by neve impulse impair from muscles that support the spine. Muscles weaken, artrothy, or become smaller, tighten and can go into spasm. This can result in scar tissue that permanently affects the muscle's elasticity. Histopathology affects the soft tissue near the spine. Pressure from the vertebrae can have adverse affects including herniation the disc spaces, causing them to tear, degenerate or bulge.Ligaments often stretch or tear and other soft tissues swell and inflame. This may result in permanent damage. Pathophysiology is a response to the body growing new bone in order to attempt to stabilize the joint. Over time these bony spurs can completely immobilize the joint causing scar tissue and long term damage or malfunction to other systems in the body.


What can Dr. Mitchell do for Subluxation?


The primary tool in treating spinal subluxations is the use of chiropractic adjustments. This is preformed by applying a precise directed force to the joint that is out of position or is not moving properly so that it can be returned to its normal position and function. This is often done with the chiropractor's hand to deliver a quick, therapeutic thrust of the affected joint. It is safe, highly effective and pain free.


Temporomandibular disorders, also called TMJ affect the joint where your skull meets your lower jaw. Common symptoms include jaw clicking, pain, stiffness or lock jaw. these symptoms are a result of the joint being misaligned and or muscle adhesions in the jaw muscles which can occur from grinding or clenching your teeth, poor posture or an injury.


Compressed Joint

This occurs  when the muscles tighten and the skull and lower jaw are pulled closer together and become misaligned. This puts pressure on the joint and compressed the disc


Injured Joint

when the ligament stretch or tear it can pull the disc out of position. this is common in injuries such as whiplash.


Arthtratic Joint 

Degeneration of the joint occurs when the disc wears away, leaving the bones rubbing against and irritating the nerves.


What can Dr. Mitchell do for your TMJ?


Chiropractors look beyond just your jaw, but at your overall lifestyle. A total approach to wellness help determine the best course of action for your problem.


Adjustments may be used in your treatment of TMJ depending on the cause of your jaw disorder. During an adjustment, the chiropractor may press on your jaw, skull or upper spine to relieve irritated nerves and increase your jaw's range of motion.


Soft tissue based therapies including Active Release Technique may be incorporated into your treatment. This is a patented tissue based therapy that breaks up adhesions and scar tissue on the surrounding muscle and ligaments. This is proven to be very effective method when combined with regular chiropractic treatments or as a stand alone treatment.

Tmj Pain