Conditions

Hello and welcome to Harris Chiropractic PLC.

Most musculoskeletal conditions and pain syndromes respond favorably to chiropractic care. The conditions listed here are essentially the most frequently seen at our office. Please contact the clinic at (623) 972-9223 if you have questions about your particular problem.

* Auto Accident Injuries
* Sports Injuries
* Low and Mid Back Pain
* Neck Pain
* Chronic Muscle, Nerve & Joint Pain
* Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
* Numbness & Tingling in Hands and Feet
* Headaches & Migraines
* Sciatica & Extremity Pain
* Disc Disorders
* TMJ
* Arthritis
* Scoliosis
* Foot and Ankle Pain
* Shoulder Pain
* Rotator Cuff Syndrome

WHIPLASH
Whiplash is understood to be a neck injury brought on by over-extending or flexing the neck. This may happen during a car accident, sports injury, roller coasters, or perhaps a fall. Symptoms usually include neck pain, headache, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, shoulder and low back pain. More severe manifestations, indicating a concussion or pinched nerve, are difficulty swallowing, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, nausea and weakness. Although most persons start to notice symptoms immediately following a trauma, they can be slow to develop and begin several weeks after the injury. If left untreated, whiplash can result in chronic and recurring problems such as arthritis, headache, and stiffness and chronic low back pain. At Harris Chiropractic PLC, we are very effective at treating whiplash of the neck, midback and low back so that that your recovery time is minimized. The goal is to return you to your active lifestyle as soon as possible with no residuals.

LOW BACK PAIN
80% of Americans have episodes of back pain in their life. The earlier treatment was to take medicine and rest for two weeks. Today's typical care involves immediate treatment with manipulation, physio-therapy and exercises. At Harris Chiropractic PLC, treatment and prognosis are based upon the kind of problem involved and the mechanism of pain. Many cases including disc, muscle spasm, or simple joint fixation respond to care well. A conservative approach is vital to healing and preventing on-going back pain.

NECK PAIN AND HEADACHES
Almost everybody has been troubled with neck pain and headaches at one time or another. Pain is a distress signal. Something is wrong. Many times headaches are caused when spinal bones in your neck aren't moving properly causing the muscles to tighten. This can affect the nerves, ligaments and blood flow to the head and shoulder region. At Harris Chiropractic PLC, the physicians concentrate on treating the underlying cause of neck pain and headaches. Re-aligning the vertebrae in the neck and shoulder area help restore proper functioning of the vertebra, removing muscle spasm. Exercises help prevent re-occurrence of the problem.

MIGRAINE Type Headaches

Migraines are a class of headaches that has the basic symptom of affecting the eyes. There can be sensativity to light, or rings around light bulbs. Despite the fact that most migraines are painfully debilitating, not all types of migraines are severely painful. Although most common type headaches come from a neck or upper back problem, the sucessful treatment of a patient who suffers from migraine does not center on adjusting their neck. The exact problem has to determined and corrected for the migraines to resolve. Like many problems there is sometimes a hormonal component with migraine headaches. Frequently these issues also minimize or resolve with care.

SCIATICA
Sciatica is an extreme pain shooting down one or both of your legs. The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in your body. It begins in the lower back and courses through the buttocks, down the thigh and leg to the foot. Pressure to the nerve from any source creates pain down the nerve generally known as sciatica. The pain might be intense and burning in the entire leg. Some beginning episodes are less intense with achiness into the buttocks. Common causes of sciatica include, joint inflammation, disc bulge, muscle spasm and arthritis. Fortunately, most cases of sciatica respond favorably to natural chiropractic care. The more frequent and prolonged the episodes, the more time it typically takes to treat and the less sure the prognosis.

DISC PAIN
Discs are the stabilizers, connectors and shock absorbers for the spine. They're constructed of soft, fibrous tissue with a jelly-like center. Disc problems can vary from a mild bulge or tear of the disc material to a protrusion or, more severely, an extrusion type hearneation that could require surgery. The onset of pain is often sudden and severe, or you may just notice increased pain with prolonged sitting. Most frequently disc problems exist in the lower back or lumbar spine. They could also present in the neck area. Bad cases are associated with arm or leg pain. Sometimes patients are assisted into our office, as the pain and muscle spasm prevents them from walking normally.

MRI experiments have shown that up to 35% of the normal Pain Free population can have a herneated disc that shows on an MRI scan. This caused a rethinking of who actually needed surgery which now is reserved only for the most untreatable cases.

We have extensive experience with disc problems at our office. Unfortunately, the more complicated cases don't always respond as quickly as other common back problems. The reason is because discs have a poor blood flow and heal slowly. Research indicates that the mixture of modalities, exercise and restored mobility through light spinal manipulation can enhance fluid transfer to the injured disc, permitting them to heal. Disc problems can require lifestyle management through conservative care to avoid aggravation of those symptoms.

HIP BURSITIS
Hip bursitis is an annoying pain along the side of the thigh. It's caused by an inflamed fluid filled cushion (bursae) which lies underneath the hip muscle. Characteristically, symptoms include pain when lying on your side. The pain is most prominent in the hip and may even radiate down the side of the leg. Bursitis is brought on by altered pelvic and hip biomechanics with tight muscles. Once irritated, the bursae will become inflamed and cause a substantial amount of hip pain. Specific chiropractic adjusting in addition to physio-therapy will allow the area to heal, usually without long-term consequence. This responds quite well to chiropractic care.

FIBROMYALGIA
Fibromyalgia affects from 3-6 million Americans, mostly 25-50 year old women. Although in-depth studies have yielded few answers, it's believed that victims have reduced circulation to their muscle cells, which damages the cells' energy producing mechanism. Their bodies also breakdown muscle protein at an unusually high rate, which may be one of the main reasons for the typical pain, aching and fatigue. Proper diagnosis of fibromyalgia is based on 18 trigger points throughout one's body which are nearly all painful or tender. Most traditional pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs have proven to be ineffective in the treatment of fibromyalgia, although proper dieting and nutritional supplementation has been promising. Due to the association with reduced circulation to muscle cells, Chiropractic concentrates on improving circulation, restoring proper skeletal alignment and nervous system function. Severe cases respond to combining chiropractic, massage, acupuncture and light medication to re-establish sleep patterns.

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