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Back Pain & Neck Pain and other Spinal Conditions

                         

SUFFERING FROM BACK AND NECK PROBLEMS?

The Get Well Centers 8 reasons why our patients experience remarkable success with health concerns of the neck and back:

  • 20 years experience in treating musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Spinal Decompression - advanced treatment for spinal disc injury, disc degeneration, and shooting nerve pain.
  • Advanced Chiropractic- research proven to be number one in Consumer Reports for back pain.
  • Acupuncture - used for 3000 years by over two billion people in the world.
  • Rehabilitation with Sports Medicine, Yoga Therapy, and individualized home care techniques
  • Advanced Diagnostic procedures including MRI, X-ray, Kinesiology, CT Scan...
  • Adjunctive therapeutic tools like cold laser, arthrosim, vibrocussor to unwind the wound-up connective tissues, relax the muscles and restore nutrient rich blood flow to the cold or inflamed areas.
  • Natural Medicines - repair through cleanses, nutrition, homeopathic and herbal remedies.

 

The Get Well Center in scottsdale offers advanced care for spinal conditions

(click your health concern to learn more):

            

Arthritis

Arthritis (from Greek arthro-, joint + -itis, inflammation) is a group of conditions involving damage to the joints of the body.

There are two basic forms of arthritis, the most common, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) is a result of trauma to the joint, or age and genetics. The common symptoms of osteoarthritis is neck and low back stiffness initially when starting to move. 

The second form of arthritis is grouped under inflammatory arthritis, this is where the joint becomes inflamed and erodes the bone and joint surfaces. Some of the different forms of inflammatory arthritis are: rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, autoimmune diseases in which the body attacks itself, septic arthritis is caused by joint infection, and Gouty arthritis is caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joint, causing inflammation.  Symptoms of inflammatory arthritis usually include red, swollen painful joints.                                              

Diagnosis and Natural Approaches:

The Get Well Center when necessary, will run the appropriate blood tests or X-rays to make the diagnosis of the underlying cause of your complaint. Then, select the most effective natural approaches to rid your discomforts and restore your health.

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Herniated Disc

What is a herniated disc?

When the cushion (discs) between the bones (vertebrae) in your back (spine) become damaged. When a disc is damaged, it looses its ability to act as a shock absorber for the spine. When the damage is minor the disc begins to bulge (bulging disc) and when the damage becomes greater the disc breaks open (herniated or ruptured disc).

You can have a herniated disc in any part of your spine. But most herniated discs affect the lower back (lumbar spine). Some happen in the neck (cervical disc hernia) and, more rarely, in the upper back (thoracic spine hernia).

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Herniated disc can place pressure on the nerves of the spinal cord and the nerves that pass out of the spine. The pressure on the nerves can cause back and neck pain, numbness, and weakness to the area of the body where the nerve travels (innervates). A common area for a herniated disc to occur is in the lower back, causing pain or numbness in the buttock and down the leg. This is referred to as sciatica. Sciatica can sometimes accompany loss of bladder or bowel control, a much more severe condition (referred to as cauda equina syndrome).

Diagnosis and Treatment at The Get Well Center:

The doctor will first gather a history of your health followed by a neurological and orthopedic exam to determine if X-rays, MRI, or CT scan are necessary to confirm a herniated disc or rule out other health problems.

Treatment will consist of natural, safe, and effective forms of care to correct or restore the cause of your symptoms. Yes, our center does offer affordable spinal decompression.

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Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) occurs in the spine, when the spongy shock absorbing material (disc) between the spinal bones (vertebrae) breaks down. The symptoms of DDD may lead to chronic back or neck pain. If the degeneration of the spinal disc is severe enough it can cause sciatica when in the low back, and radiating pain into the shoulders, arms and hands when in the neck.

Diagnosis and Treatment at The Get Well Center:

The doctor will first gather a history of your health followed by a neurological and orthopedic exam to determine if X-rays, MRI, or CT scan are necessary to confirm a degenerative disc disease, other disc disorder, or rule out other health problem.

Treatment will consist of natural, safe, and effective forms of care to correct or restore the cause of your symptoms.

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Sciatica

The name sciatica comes from the nerve called the sciatic nerve, a bundling of nerves in the buttock, that come from the spinal cord of the lower back and travel though the buttocks, thighs, legs, and feet giving them their function and sensation.

Sciatica is commonly caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve at the nerve roots in the lower back causing radiating pain that travels from the lower back, to the buttock, and/or various parts of the leg and foot. When the compression is sever enough there may be numbness, muscular weakness, pins and needles or tingling, with possible difficulty in moving or controlling the leg, bowels, or bladder. The nerve compression is frequently at the lumbar nerves (L4, L5), and occasionally at the sacral nerves (S1, S2 or S3), and caused by an underlying herniated disc, degenerative disc, or spondylolisthesis (vertebral bone slipping out of alignment with the others).

In addition to compression of the sciatic nerve at the nerve roots of the spine, it can occasionally be compressed or entrapped when it runs through a muscle called the piriformis muscle in the buttocks. In fifteen percent of the population, the sciatic nerve runs through the piriformis instead of underneath it. This leaves these 15% susceptible to sciatica from this muscle. In this populous, the piriformis muscle can spasm due to trauma or overuse compressing the sciatic nerve beneath causing sciatica, referred to as Piriformis Syndrome. This condition is also known as wallet sciatica, since a wallet that’s carried in the back pocket compresses the sciatic nerve when one is seated.

Diagnosis and Treatment at The Get Well Center:

The doctor will first gather a history of your health followed by a neurological and orthopedic exam to determine if X-rays, MRI, or CT scan are necessary to determine the underlying root of your complaint.

Treatment will consist of natural, safe, and effective forms of care to correct or restore the cause of your symptoms.

Trigger points or Sciatica:

Another condition resembling sciatica is trigger points of the lower back and buttocks. This leads to referred radiating pain down the buttocks and leg from the trigger points, not the sciatic nerve compression. These trigger points occur when muscle tissue becomes deprived of oxygen due to poor blood flow from trauma or continuous muscle spasm.

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Scoliosis

Scoliosis (from Greek: skolíōsis meaning "crooked") When a person's spine curves side to side forming a "S curve". To adults it can be very painful. On an x-ray, the spine of an individual with a typical scoliosis will have an "S" shape, unlike the straight spine in normal shaped spines.

Scoliosis occurs from congenital (present at birth), idiopathic (aquired for no clear reason known after birth and up into the teens) or develops from another condition, such as spina bifida, tethered spinal cord, cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy or physical trauma.

In April 2007, researchers at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children identified the first gene associated with idiopathic scoliosis, CHD7. The medical breakthrough was the result of a 10-year study and is outlined in the May 2007 issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics. S curves of 10° or less in the spine affect approximately 1 out of 250 people. Spinal S curves 20° or greater is clinically consider true scoliosis.

Pain is often common in adulthood, especially if the scoliosis is left untreated.  Other symptoms of scoliosis can include:

  • Uneven musculature on one side of the spine
  • A rib "hump" and/or a prominent shoulder blade, caused by rotation of the ribcage in scoliosis
  • Uneven hip, rib cage, and shoulder levels
  • Asymmetric size or location of breast in females
  • Unequal distance between arms as they hang beside the body

If one suspects scoliosis their child, loved one or self, call The Get Well Center immediately to verify your suspicion and render care to prevent the further advancement of the condition.

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Scottsdale Spinal Decompression:

A revolutionary break-through in spinal rehabilitation

  • Are you or someone you know considering back surgery or neck surgery? Maybe even for a second or third time?
  • Are you taking drugs or just living with back or neck pain?

What the prescribers of pharmaceuticals and surgeons won’t tell you. Studies have shown spinal decompression to be a highly successful treatment for back and neck problems are extremely inexpensive when compared to surgery.

This state-of-the-art therapy is effective without surgery or drugs for:

  • Non-responsive neck and back pain
  • Shooting nerve pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Failed back surgery
  • Herniated or Bulging Disc
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Click here to view

an eight minute video on

Spinal Decompression at

The Get Well Center

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Chiropractic and Acupuncture effectiveness with low back pain:

Overveiw of CONSUMER REPORTS survey on Back Pain

In the May 2009 issue of Consumer Reports, a survey was conducted that examined patient response and satisfaction on many different lower back treatments including chiropractic manipulation. In short, 14,000 Consumer Reports subscribers with lower back pain who had not had surgery were surveyed. Overall the respondents rated their pain as moderate to severe, recurrent and indicated that the pain severely affected their activities of daily living most notably with sleep (46%), sex (24%), and maintaining a healthy weight  (31%) for at least a week or more.

Many indicated that they had tried multiple forms of treatment and subscribers were asked to rate their satisfaction of these treatments as well as their satisfaction with the healthcare provider. As you can see below, Chiropractic topped the list with 59% satisfaction.

At The Get Well Center, we not only offer 20 years experience with chiropractic but also, 20 years experience with acupuncture and physiotherapy giving you one stop for freedom of choice for care.

Profession Patient Satisfaction
Chiropractic Manipulation 59%
Physical Therapy 55%
Acupuncture 53%
Physician, Specialist 44%
Physician, Primary Care 34%

In addition, most of the 14,000 (emphasize this impressive response!) subscribers that responded, indicated they had tried an average of 5 different non-surgical treatments and 88% indicated their back pain was recurrent. These subscribers rated chiropractic manipulation to be the most effective in treating their back pain compared to physical therapy, acupuncture and medication. Chiropractors also scored the highest in patient satisfaction with their healthcare providers. High ratings of patient satisfaction are a hallmark of the chiropractic industry and are consistently noted in many of the efficacy studies that support manipulation as a first line therapy for back pain.

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Study done in a medical journal

JMPT in 2000 looked at 137 chronic recurrent lower- back patients with moderate to severe pain and disability. This study compared the rate of patient satisfaction for those treated with chiropractic, compared with treatments based on anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID). The patients treated with chiropractic reported much higher rates of satisfaction compared with those treated with anti-inflammatory drugs. Patients who received chiropractic adjustments experienced a significant 31% reduction in pain, compared to only 6% for patients treated primarily with NSAIDs. For patient disability the results were similar, chiropractic adjustments improving disability by 29% compared to medical patients who experienced only a 1% improvement.

In addition, Chiropractic manipulation does not have systemic side effects of NSAIDs (like stomach and intestinal bleeding and pain). Chiropractic should be the obvious choice when choosing care for your back problem especially to avoid or limit the side effects you encounter with prescription medications?

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