Spinal Rehabilitation

A Widespread Problem

If you found us by searching “spinal rehabilitation near me,” then you have a good idea of how many chiropractors are in the area. There’s a reason for that.

Spinal injury resulting in back pain is extremely widespread. The National Institutes of Health reports that about 40 million people around the globe suffer each year. More than 31 million Americans are in pain. Back pain is the second-most common reason for missed work after acute illnesses like the flu or the common cold.

The key to recovering and preventing further injury is to respond quickly when you first feel pain.

How Injuries Occur

When you consider what a workhorse your back is, it’s no surprise that injuries are common.

The 24 vertebrae along your spine carry your full weight and support your movements all day. Your neck, the cervical section, consists of the seven smallest and most delicate bones in the spine — yet it balances and supports the weight of your head, which is probably around 11 pounds.

There are numerous ways to damage your back or neck. According to the World Health Organization, whiplash or another injury after a car accident is the most common cause worldwide. Falling is the second-most common. Violence, sadly, is the third.

We see lots of athletes with sports-related injuries. People injure their backs on trampolines and while diving. Even poor posture and a sedentary lifestyle cause issues. The most common causes of the aches and pains that bring the majority of patients into our office are generally repetitive small things that are done over and over. Not just one specific event  For example; sitting with a foot curled under their seat all day, wearing a heavy purse on the same shoulder all the time; holding a child on the same side for hours per day, or standing with more weight on one foot than the other.

The dangers and statistics are grim, but the results after spinal rehabilitation are encouraging. If you’re in pain, you’ve come to the right place.

The Dangers of Leaving Injuries Untreated

Many of our patients aren’t even sure when they were hurt. Some problems take weeks, months or even years to develop. The worst thing people can do is ignore pain and just hope that it goes away. Something like a slipped disc never works itself out.

However, chronic pain is the least of your worries if you decide to grin and bear it. Left untreated, a spinal injury will get worse over time. Flare ups will get more frequent and last longer.  This growing discomfort causes people to miss work or school, abandon sports or exercise, and even withdraw socially.

Chronic back pain is linked to emotional issues, too, such as depression and anxiety. Researchers at Northwestern University found conclusive evidence of brain changes in people who just lived with their pain.

You deserve care, healing and a much better quality of life. Our spinal rehabilitation experts are eager to help.

Getting Answers

No one ever said that spinal rehabilitation was quick or easy. Every patient is unique. Every injury is different. That’s why our process is never one-size-fits-all, nor can it be rushed.

The first goal is to pinpoint the injury and assess the severity of it. During your initial consultation and exam, you can expect to be bombarded with questions across a range of health topics. You might wonder how some questions are relevant, but trust us. Every answer you provide gives us more clues about your pain and how to best treat it.

For example, a change in libido is one symptom of spinal cord compression. Loss of bladder control often indicates a lower back injury. As time goes on and treatment progresses, you’ll have “aha” moments when you think back to that first interview.

Along with the information you provide, we have extensive knowledge and years of experience in diagnosing spinal injuries. Posture analysis, nerve system scans and digital X-rays are other diagnostic tools at our disposal.

Whether it’s a herniated disc, a pinched nerve or a subluxation, we’ll get to the root of the pain.

Getting ReliefDr. Quinton Sleigh adjusting a chiropractic patient

Once we’ve identified the problem, we’ll create a personalized rehabilitation plan. Treatment will start quickly.

We first want to get you out of pain.  And then we will work to make sure that the problem is healed so it won’t come back.  We believe in truly fixing the underlying problem rather than just applying patch work that will make you feel better for a few days or weeks.

Throughout the course of treatment, we consider the spinal cord, nerves, brain, bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. We work on realigning the spine. We attempt to restore balance, coordination, strength, flexibility and range of motion.

That’s a lot of moving parts, and that’s why so many diverse techniques are used. It’s why we continually evaluate progress and reassess our patients’ conditions. We typically mix and match different methods as we monitor results.

Here are some of the most common approaches we use:

  • Either manual or tool-assisted spinal adjustment - Adjustments involve gentle thrusts or controlled force to joints. They go a long way in correcting spinal misalignment.
  • Spinal decompression - We use techniques that stretch the spine to take pressure off the nerve and relieve pain in a compressed spinal cord.
  • Passive therapies - These therapies are designed to reduce inflammation and pain while bring more blood flow for healing to the area.
  • Muscle stretches - Tight muscles aren’t just painful. They’re also a leading cause of injury. Stretches are held for certain durations like one or two minutes. They lengthen muscles, help restore tension to the ideal level, and improve strength.
  • Mobility exercises - Improving muscle strength won’t help much unless range of movement is restored. Mobility exercises are designed to increase capacity for movement in joints like the spine, hip and shoulder.

There’s no denying that chiropractic rehab takes time, determination and patience, but it’s extremely important to keep moving. We usually assign stretches and exercises to do at home between office visits. The entire plan hinges on consistency, so keep your appointments, and put in the work.

We’d be lying if we said it’s a pain-free process, but we’ll start slowly and work closely with you. We’ll set short- and long-term goals. If one method isn’t working, we’ll try a different approach. Think of this as a partnership, and keep communicating with us.

It’s worth mentioning here that Christopher Reeve, after being paralyzed from the neck down, experienced serious depression and despair for a time. However, he eventually decided to make the most of his life.

He resumed his work in films, wrote a book, took up various causes and lobbied for spinal cord injury research. Until he died of cardiac arrest several years later, he was widely admired for his persistence and positive attitude.

Model patients almost always heal faster than patients whose hearts are just not in it.

Why Choose Chiropractic Rehabilitation?

No therapy is 100% risk-free, but chiropractic is significantly safer than surgery. There’s no danger of becoming addicted to prescription painkillers. In most cases, chiropractic is more affordable and effective than many other treatments.

Don’t spend another day in pain. Our team of spine injury experts is passionate about getting you off the bench, so to speak, and back into the game.

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