Bunion Chiropractic Therapy

December 21st, 2010

Painful feelings around the big toe are often associated with bunions. In Denver, bunions, also known as Hallus Valgus, occur when the big toe (1st metatarsal phalangeal joint) becomes deformed. Most of those whom suffer from bunions are women in their middle age. Bunions are typically hereditary.

Bunions (Hallux Valgus) involve lateral deviation of the proximal phalanx of the first toe (big toe). Dr Rita Cummings states, the development of bunions can be accelerated by the following conditions: Morton’s deformity, forefoot varus, inflammatory arthritis, and wearing high heels too often. The deviation causes pressure to occur at the first metatarsal phalangeal joint (big toe) with subsequent development of a localized bursitis and bunion formation.

The examination will help your chiropractor at Tamarac Wellness Center determine how severe your bunion is. The exam includes orthopaedic and neurological testing, as well as diagnostic radiography. You can rely upon your doctor to create a personalized chiropractic protocol designed to help you recover.

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Leg Pain Therapy Denver

December 10th, 2010

Lower leg illnesses can cause CO leg pain. The pain might not be harmful, but it can also be serious. The exact trigger of the pain can be from overuse, misuse, or trauma, but knowing the history will help to narrow down the precise cause of the leg pain. Leg pain in Denver, when it occurs in older patients, is usually a sign of deep vein thrombosis, especially if there is pain in the calf area. This leg disorder is very serious, and unfortunately, it is usually difficult to differentiate from muscle strain, or minor swelling.

Leg pain resulting from exercises is prevalent among athletes. It comes from a biomechanical imbalance in the foot, which puts strain in the calf causing the pain.

Your chiropractor, Dr Rita Cummings, will have all patients undergo orthopaedic and neurological testing, as well as diagnostic radiography, to find the underlying cause of the leg pain. Afterwards, they will determine the appropriate treatment plan for your condition.

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Chiropractic Care Foot Pain

December 1st, 2010

The majority of foot pain is due to a lack of proper support or inappropriate footwear. Excessive pressure or irritation from shoes causing corns, calluses and aggravation of the first toe (also known as Hallux Valgus) can produce foot pain, according to Dr Rita Cummings. When shoes worn are too tight, the metatarsals become compressed or toenails can be injured, resulting in foot pain. For an overly mobile foot, plantar fasciitis ( a frequent cause of foot pain) can develop if support is insufficient. Another widespread source of foot pain in CO are ankle sprains. Plantar flexion with inversion is the most commonly-seen type of ankle spain.

With foot pain treatment, it is important not only to manage the acute injury but to attempt to prevent future occurrences. A successful foot pain therapy at Tamarac Wellness Center includes ascertaining the needs of the specific activity or sport and creates a must-do post injury rehabilitaion regimen.

Your Denver chiropractor can correctly diagnose your foot pain and its real cause by taking a detailed history and examination, including neurological and orthopaedic testing and radiographic studies as well. Then the chiropractor will handle the development of a plan of management that is specifically made for your case.

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Osteoarthritis Care Denver

November 24th, 2010

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, a main characteristic being a decrease in functionality and motion of the joints. Unlike acute diseases, Denver osteoarthritis creeps up on a person. Osteoarthritis is generally seen on the knees, hip and joints of the hand. Osteoarthritis is frequently seen in about 50% of people over 55 years old. It can occur in any of the joints in the body. The two main classifications of osteoarthritis are:
1. Primary osteoarthritis – a result of repeated and too much strain. A history of the disease in relatives also predisposes a person to it.
2. Secondary osteoarthritis – almost always a consequence of trauma.

The primary signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis in CO are:
1. Pain – is what usually brings the patient to look for treatment
2. Stiffness – is often felt in the mornings
3. Swelling – develops when there is persistent inflammation
4. Crepitus – a popping sound that comes when lubrication is absent and synovia rub against each other

Osteoarthritis therapy at Tamarac Wellness Center includes:
1. Losing weight – lessens the stress on weight-supporting joints
2. Exercise – for strong muscles and growth of cartilage
3. Diet – rich in Glucosamine sulfate, Chondroitin sulfate, vitamins C and D, and calcium
4. Heat – when used properly can alleviate pain and stiffness

By doing a comprehensive history-taking, examination and orthopaedic as well as neuroligical testing, and aided by radiographic images, your Chiropractor, Dr Rita Cummings, can diagnose your osteoarthritis and its level of severity. By doing so, he can create a plan of management and adjust it to suit your specific case and needs.

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Depressed? Back Pain

November 22nd, 2010

It is very likely that those who have chronic back pain or intense back pain may be experiencing depression as well. However, Dr. Linda Carroll, of the University of Alberta, published a study in 2004 that proved the reverse can happen too; Dr Rita Cummings agrees. Depression can be a risk factor for the onset of severe neck and low-back pain. From her studies, Dr. Carroll and her colleagues discovered that those suffering from depression are actually four times more likely to develop neck and back pains than those who are generally well.

Studies suggest that depression has been attributed to the under-production of norepinephrine or serotonin, or both, and affects over 8 million people in the United States, CO inclusive.

People with depression usually experience the following signs of depression: grief, unhappiness, despair, and misery. Severe insomnia, a loss of appetite, and a decreased sex drive are among the other sides of depression. In spite of the depression, psychomotor agitation is frequently related to these signs of depression.

Some patients with mental depression in Denver alternate between depression and mania, which is called either bipolar disorder or manic-depressive psychosis.

It is routine for your chiropractor to perform orthopaedic and neurological tests, and a history consultation. From this, your chiropractor at Tamarac Wellness Center will be able to design a personalized treatment plan specific to your condition.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Therapy Denver

November 17th, 2010

The condition known as rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune disease. Its cause is still unknown. Rheumatoid arthritis is not just a joint problem (this is only one of the many areas affected), says Dr Rita Cummings. In reality, all the connective tissues in the body, including muscles, nerves, tendons, etc., are all affected by rheumatoid arthritis.

Females, who are around the age of 40, are the usual patients with rheumatoid arthritis. They often complain of stiff and sore joints in the hands and feet. It is also common for the patient with CO rheumatoid arthritis to feel, or generally unwell. This condition usually starts out slowly and gradually develops.

Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis is useful for relieving pain and discomfort in the joints, and to prevent any further loss of function; patients can continue to live an active, productive life.

Your chiropractor in Denver will perform a thorough history and examination including diagnostic radiography and laboratory work (if needed) to determine the extent and severity of your rheumatoid arthritis. Then, the chiropractor will work with you to create the appropriate treatment strategy for your specific condition.

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Tennis Elbow Chiropractic Care

October 27th, 2010

On the top of the list among the illnesses of the upper body is the Denver tennis elbow, also known as Lateral Epicondylitis.

But tennis elbow is not unique to tennis players only. In addition to tennis players, manual laborers, carpenters and secretaries develop tennis elbow. This is produced when the muscles of the forearm (wrist extensor group) is exposed to intense strain. So any activity which requires repetitive wrist extension is intrinsically what causes tennis elbow, according to Dr Rita Cummings. Localized pain in the tendo periosteal junction where the common extensor tendon originates from (outer area of the elbow) is a common complaint in 9 out of 10 cases of tennis elbow. Some patients with tennis elbow say they have radiating pain to the posterior portion of the forearm and wrist area.

The lengthy treatment course due to the lack of a tendon sheath makes having CO tennis elbow an ordeal in itself. The common extensor origin resembles a muscle more than a tendon, but its blood supply is not adequate and thus, it cannot get nutrition from the fluid that is found within a tendon sheath.

Your Chiropractor at Tamarac Wellness Center has the necessary skills to perform a complete examination and history, as well as orthopaedic and neurological testing to find out how far gone is your tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). With the findings, they will develop a custom plan of management just for your case.

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Denver Shin Splints Therapy

October 18th, 2010

With shin splints, the patient complains of pain in the front or back of the lower leg that is insidious in onset upon visiting Tamarac Wellness Center. It is not easy to specifically define shin splints. Diseases that are known to cause shin splints are tendonitis, periostitis, muscle strain and interosseous membrane strain.

The two known types of shin splints in Denver are: 1. Anterior shin splints – happen when the muscles in the front of the leg which act to absorb shock become weak and overstressed due to continually running or walking on hard grounds. Another cause is wearing shoes that do not have shock absorbers. The force is sent to the shin bone and a shin splint is produced. 2. Posterior shin splints – named as such when the back leg muscles are involved. As ankle stabilizers, these muscles become strained when the patient pronates too much.

The middle to lower third of the shin bone is where pain is felt in shin splints. An important differential for shin splints is a stress fracture, says Dr Rita Cummings. But shin splints are usually not seen in x-rays, as they come out as normal.

Your knowledgeable chiropractor, of CO, will conduct a complete history and examination that includes orthopaedic, neurological testing and radiographic studies to know the level of severity of your shin splints. Then they will design a plan of management suitable for your case.

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Chiropractic Treatment Vertigo Dizziness

October 15th, 2010

An illusion of the body moving or your surroundings moving is called vertigo. The motion with vertigo is rotational and one way (unidirectional).

The perception of this motion comes with a minor difference, according to Dr Rita Cummings. When the patient has a feeling of the environment revolving around him, which is objective vertigo. On the other hand, when the patient feels he is turning round and round in his milieu, which is subjective vertigo.

Dizziness is distinct from vertigo in some aspect. Patients in CO are more inclined to describe dizziness as any feelings of loss of balance, light-headed or nausea without motion perception.

The following procedures will be applied to you by your Denver Chiropractor: history-taking, comprehensive examination and neurological and orthopaedic tests. These will help him discover the cause of your vertigo and dizziness. Then they will develop a specific plan of management tailored to your case.

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Knee Pain Treatment

August 22nd, 2010

Knee pain is almost as common of a complaint, in a chiropractor’s office, as the common cold. The chiropractor frequently gets a lot of patients seeking alternative relief from knee pain instead of going to an orthopaedic doctor. A chiropractor, when treating a patient for knee pain, will conduct an evaluation; testing for any spinal or pelvic involvement, in addition to knee dysfunction.

In several situations and activities, the helpless knee is prone to accidents and injuries like the following, and knee pain is an unwelcome consequence:
1. Injuries from impact
2. Heavy blows to the knee from outside causes
3. Dashboard related injuries
4. Falls that directly hit the knee

Injuries to the soft tissue, producing knee pain, are indicative of either overuse or misuse. Commonly seen in a chiropractor’s office are:
1. Athlete complaining of front knee pain.
2. Senior patients complaining of stiffness and knee pain.
3. Young player with ache over the tibial tuberosity.
4. Knee instability from a patient.

A conservative methodology to knee pain treatment is the first approach taken. A combination of non-invasive therapeutic measures will often relieve knee pain. These include: chiropractic adjustments, applying heat or cold, exercises to strengthen muscles that support the knee and refraining from activities that may worsen knee pain.

Your chiropractor is a licensed professional who will conduct a complete history-taking and examination, including orthopaedic and neurological testing and diagnostic x-ray images to identify the cause of your knee pain. Based on these, your chiropractor will design a particular management plan that is appropriate for your case.

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