The spine is one of the most important structures in the human body. The spine is located in the dorsal cavity and consists of 24 bones, called vertebrae. These vertebrae play a crucial role in protected the body’s command center, the spinal cord. But what happens when a disorder prevents the spinal column from functioning correctly? Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder that causes abnormal lateral curvature of the spine and it effects millions of people in the US per year. I have chosen this disorder because I am aspiring to become a chiropractor and scoliosis is a typical condition that chiropractors help treat on a daily basis.
Lumbar radiculopathy (sciatica)and other types of back pain is one of the most frequent and essential spinal condition that a physical therapist commonly treats. Lumbar radiculopathy is a sciatic nerve root irritation or compression at the lower spine (Fuller & Goodman, 2015). A person with sciatica experiences a sudden pain, tingling sensation and weakness from the lower back radiating through the buttocks, groin and all the way own to the leg and feet depending on the affected nerve root irritation, usually from L1 to S1 ( Ropper & Zafonte, 2015).
Generally, when herniation occurs at the lower levels of the lumbar spine, as it is in the case of patient G.J., the nerves in the lower back become irritated causing a condition called lumbar radiculopathy. Lumbar radiculopathies characterize by excruciating pain that shoots down the buttocks along the legs. Low back ache often precedes pain in the lower limbs. Radicular pain worsens with movement at the level of the waist, sneezing, and coughing. Urinary and bowel incontinence may be present in severe cases (Degenerative Disc Disease & Sciatica Symptoms, Causes, Treatment,
This is a 51-year-old female with an 11/4/2013 date of injury, when she slipped and fell on a wet floor landing on her buttocks.
To investigate the signs of nerve root damage, the femoral stretch test and straight leg raise test is used to diagnose spinal nerve root back pain (Jackson & Simpson, 2006). These neurological tests help to reveal whether there are sensory, motor or reflex abnormalities in the body (Jackson & Simpson, 2006). If there is a suspicion of serious spinal pathology, investigations need to be assigned to eliminate the possibilities of infection, inflammation or tumours (Jackson & Simpson, 2006).
Treatments rendered to date included medications, physical therapy, 3 sessions of acupuncture treatment, an e-stim unit, and lumbar back support.
Intervertebral disc degeneration is a common disorder that is characterized by the progressive degeneration of the intervertebral discs, resulting in deformity and dysfunction. The structural and functional integrity of the spine in essence is compromised due to several issues, including inflammation, diminished oxygen, and deficiency of essential water and sugars, which are key components of intervertebral discs balance and proper function. In the United States, roughly 5% of the population experience chronic lower back pain problems, much of which is associated with the disorder. Intervertebral disc degeneration develops with age, and tends to be more prevalent in people who have problems with
even the spinal cord itself resulting in pain and interfering with nerve function such as numbness, lack of mobilization of an extremity due to interference with a nerve serving a limb. In my case I have secondary issues with my sciatic nerve and legs when it becomes severe from prolong sitting and even standing. Symptoms are local and regional pain and can limit your activities. The pain is exacerbated by twisting, bending and reaching up. It can be gradual and get worse depending on if you aggravate the problem or continue to be active in causing the pain to
A Spinal cord injury is a harm to one or all parts of the spinal cord. A spinal cord injury can affect many aspects of a person’s life such as making him weak and unable to perform daily activities. There are two factors that matter when it comes to spinal cord injury: the part of the spinal cord that is affected and the seriousness of the injury. Moreover, the seriousness of a spinal cord disease is distinguished by two terns: complete and incomplete. A spinal cord injury is complete, when it’s hard or become impossible to move the lowest part of the injured spinal cord. On the other hand, a spinal cord injury is incomplete, when it still possible to move the lowest part of your spinal cord even after an injury. Furthermore,
CT of the lumbar spine without contrast dated 11/3/15 revealed post-surgical changes at L4-5 and L5-S1. Overall, there is very limited examination due to patient’s body habitus, with multilevel spondylosis. Findings are most notable at L4-5 where there is bilateral neural foraminal stenosis. There is atherosclerotic disease. There are few
While the mainstay of this treatment is spinal manipulation, but, it also covers numerous other care, such as manual therapies, ergonomic training (how to walk, sit, and stand to limit back strain), postural and exercise education, nutritional consultation, and even x-rays and ultrasound. Additionally, the experts today, often, work simultaneously with primary care doctors, medical practitioners, pain experts, and surgeons to treat the patients.
Spinal stenosis treatment options have evolved over time and with surgical advancements. Treating spinal stenosis envisages several factors like soothing pained nerve fibers as these are impinged by the narrowed vertebral foramina by following.
Chiropractic has been practiced for thousands of years but when it finally became an acknowledged profession, many people became interested in how and why it could benefit their health. It is said that chiropractic treatment can fix many types of spine-related injuries or pain. That includes leg, knee and ankle, back and neck, arms, wrist, shoulder and elbow, and different pre-diagnosed dysfunctions such as arthritis, chronic injuries, and joint discomfort ("BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC CARE.). With 24 different vertebrae in the human spine, a chiropractor must focus in on the independent vertebrae that control specific nerves in the nervous system
Chiropractic treatment more often than not involves spinal manipulation. Depending on the chiropractor, it may also include nutritional advice and/or therapeutic
Spinal decompression is the process in which the spine is stretched using a traction table with the ultimate goal being to relieve back pain and even leg pain. The procedure is non-surgical and it can even help you with herniated, bulging and even degenerating discs. It works by creating a negative pressure and this retracts and repositions the herniated disc. It also creates a pressure in the disc and this will cause an influx in nutrients and other various substances. We are experts in the field when it comes to spinal decompression and we are very proud to say that we are some of the best in the business.