Comparing The Effectiveness of Surgery & Chiropractic Care
Sciatica is a catch-all term that generally refers to a sharp, burning pain radiating from the lower back down the leg resulting from irritation to the sciatic nerve. In many cases, the source of the irritation is a disc herniation (or bulge) that causes compression of nerves as they exit the lumbar spine. Sciatic nerve compression can also lead to numbness and muscle weakness in the hip, buttock, leg, calf, and foot.
A 2010 study by a team of Canadian surgeons and chiropractors compared the effectiveness of chiropractic manipulative treatment versus orthopedic surgery for patients suffering with sciatic pain caused by a lumbar disc herniation.
The researchers restricted the study to 40 patients who had experienced unrelenting low-back and leg pain for at least six months and had failed to obtain relief with exercise, physical therapy and NSAIDs. The participants were randomly assigned to receive either chiropractic treatment or surgical treatment. Read more
Performing at my best is important to me and should be to everyone. I am blessed that my dad is a chiropractor. Getting adjusted regularly – along with practicing other good health habits that my mom helped me to establish – are all part of my goal to win in life and on the field. – Aaron Rodgers
Chiropractic In The NFL
Behind almost every great athlete is a chiropractor, and in no sport is that more true than the National Football League. Football has long been America’s most popular sport – but it’s also one of its most dangerous. Make no mistake: the NFL is a physical business. From the earliest years of contact games, football players’ bodies are subject to structural stress that Doctors of Chiropractic are specially trained to care for. That’s a big reason why every single NFL organization employs sports chiropractors as an essential part of their strength/conditioning and rehabilitation teams.
The tremendous need for chiropractic care in the NFL has been driven not simply by injury rehabilitation but by players’ desire for peak physical conditioning as well. Both before and after games, chiropractic treatment can enhance flexibility, range of motion, structural alignment and biomechanics, ensuring that the athlete’s body will function at its highest possible level and be able to recover quickly. Read more
Backpack Misuse in Children Can Lead to Chronic Back Pain
With the new school year starting last week for many Milwaukee, West Allis and Greenfield-area students (and this week for the rest of them), it’s a good time to talk about backpacks and the disturbing back pain trend that’s emerging among U.S. kids.
There’s been a marked increase in the number of children visiting chiropractors for back, neck and shoulder pain over the past two decades, with surveys reporting that up to 64% of children suffer from intermittent spine pain. At Wellness Way Chiropractic, the first question we ask these patients is “Do you wear a heavy backpack at school?” The answer is almost always “Yes.”
It’s not uncommon for parents to tell me their 85 lb. child is walking back and forth to school wearing a backpack weighing 35 pounds every day. That’s the kind of bad habit that will keep kids in pain and our office busy for a long time. Read more
The Link Between Your Spine & Digestive Disorders
Everyone at one time or another has experienced the discomfort of bloating, gas, irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhea and other digestive disorders, and over $80 billion is spent every year on controlling these symptoms. In some disorders, such as Crohn’s disease, patients often require recurring hospitalization and even surgery. Traditionally, triggers have been thought to be stress, diet or infection, but new research has shown that digestive problems have a strong neurological component.
At Wellness Way Chiropractic, one common link we see in patients who deal with digestive problems such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, IBS and Crohn’s is that the structures in the thoracolumbar spine are often compromised. Specifically, spinal misalignments are often present that affect the nervous system’s communication with the organs, glands and tissues of the digestive system. Read more
Milwaukee Chiropractor For Car Accidents
Car accidents are one of those things that everyone thinks will never happen to them until it does. Nearly 18,000 auto accidents happen every day in the US and like many patients who come to us seeking a chiropractor after a auto accident will tell you, they can ruin your day like nothing else.
It might happen on the morning commute to work when a driver who’s morning coffee hasn’t kicked in reacts too slowly to the brake lights ahead of them. It might happen on the way home from a night out when a deer decides to suddenly run across the road at the last second, leading to a multi-car pileup.
Your Body Is More Important Than Your Vehicle
However it happens, the first reaction most Milwaukee auto accident victims have is to worry about the damage done to their automobile. Dents and dings can be repaired; your priority needs to be on YOU and your HEALTH. It’s important to remember that permanent injury and the pain and suffering that accompany it can occur even with “minor” fender benders at speeds as low as 5mph. Furthermore, multiple studies have shown that the amount of damage to an automobile bears little correlation to the force applied to the spine of the passengers. In other words, the damage done to your body is rarely consistent with the damage done to your vehicle. Read more