7 Ways to Remedy Achy Knees
Chronic pain, of one source or another, effects One Hundred Million Americans, according to painmed.org. These numbers are higher than the instance of Diabetes (28.8 M) and Coronary Heart Disease (16.3 M). Pain may arise from many dysfunctions of the body such as pain caused by nerves, muscles, joints, or pain that arises from autoimmune and metabolic sources.
The spine is made up of individual bodies called vertebrae, which houses and protects the spinal cord. Each vertebra sits on top of a pad or disc made of fiber and cartilage. These discs serve as a shock absorber and allows freedom of movement through the spine.
Between each vertebra is a space that allows nerves to extend out from the spinal cord to the rest of the body and is sectioned into 4 major parts: the cervical region (neck), thoracic region (torso), lumbar region (low back), and the sacrum. Every nerve that extends from the spine sends signals to specific areas of the body or organ in the body and the health of the spine or the nerves can substantially impact the health of the entire body.
As we age time and gravity naturally begin to create wear on either the vertebral bodies (bones) or the fibrocartilage discs. Damage to these structures can also occur due to injury or disease. As the spaces between the vertebrae decrease where vital nerves exit, it may cause irritation, inflammation, compression or even nerve destruction.
The Cervical Spine or the neck has 7 vertebral bodies and are labeled C1 through C7. Each nerve is labeled according to the segment of vertebrae that it exits. Symptoms of cervical misalignment include:
- Headache or Migraine-like headache
- Vision Changes
- Tingling, numbness or both in the neck, arm, hands or fingers
- “Knots” in the muscles of the neck and shoulders
- Swelling or stiffness in the fingers
- Chest pain or discomfort
Often these symptoms may be misdiagnosed as other, more serious conditions that required unnecessary surgeries.
Simple stretching and strengthening exercises can help correct cervical disc dysfunction. However, other medical interventions may be necessary such as chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy. If you are unsure if you may benefit from chiropractic treatment here’s some questions you should ask:
- Do you experience joint or muscle pain that is not relieved by taking medication?
- Does your job require prolonged sitting at a desk or in a vehicle?
- Does your occupation involve strenuous activity that provokes muscle and joint pain that cannot be relieved?
- Have you recently been injured?
- Are you between the ages of 30 – 50 and have persistent muscle, joint, or nerve pain that does not resolve through regular care and maintenance?
Answering “Yes” to any of these questions, you may benefit from an evaluation by a Chiropractic Doctor. A Chiropractor specialized in treating muscle, joint, and nerve issues and spends years of study to properly diagnose condition of these structure.
If you are currently experiencing symptoms of cervical disc dysfunction, Forever Well Chiropractic invites you to a consultation with Dr. Haywood who will review your history and first determine if chiropractic care is right for your condition. After a full examination, he will then design a personalized treatment plan for your condition to achieve the optimal results based upon how your body responds to treatment.
Don’t wait and live in pain. Call today!