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For nearly a year and a half now, the left side of my neck has a large knot mass, and around the 3rd cervical, within the mass is a harder mass. It feels like a large bone out of place or something? I've had an x-ray and ruled that out though. I'm Waiting for my MRI appointment. The pain is cronic, nonstop 24-7. My neck doesn't crack anymore either, (bad habbit), instead, it makes a grinding sound with movement. Over the past 6 months, the pain has gotten worse. I take IB 800 for the pain and it barely takes the edge off anymore. The only thing that I can associate with this issue is a bike accident (fall on icy pavement) about a year and a half ago. Is this something chiropractic care can help me with?

Question from jackie on May 19th, 2011 @ 6:06AM

Hi Jackie, the upper vertebrae in you neck have a small process that sticks out called the spinous process. In many people this is bifurcated which means it opens into two prominences. This may be what you are feeling now and often after you hurt your neck you start rubbing the area and discover what you think is a new problem. It may just be this bifurcation of the bone which is a normal finding. Hopefully your MRI has been done and found to be normal as well.

Answer from Dr. Dale Giessman on June 1st, 2011 @ 5:33PM

Can Chiropractic Care help with stomach problems that make me feel either full or empty like I have not eaten even though I just recently had a meal?

Question from Danan on May 4th, 2011 @ 9:51PM

Yes, very likely. Your spine contains the spinal nerves that exit from each spinal segment. Medical texts such as Gray's Anatomy and Nervous System charts demonstrate that vertebrae from T4 to T7 supply nerve power to your stomach. Your chiropractor will examine your spine to determine if indeed there are signs of vertebral misalignment to these segments and if so will adjust the segment or segments. Each person responds differently, most people respond well and notice good improvement with their stomach and digestion. It is possible that you may require some digestive enzymes to assist your digestive system. The bottom line your brain controls your entire body with nervous system power, your stomach will have the best chance of functioning well with full power not diminished by a spinal misalignment.

Answer from Bakke Chiropractic Clinic on May 4th, 2011 @ 10:06PM

What is the difference between spinal decompression and traction?

Question from Dr. David on April 27th, 2011 @ 7:39AM

There are two main spinal components that are effectively treated using traction and decompression. One is the disc (or intervertberal cartilage cushion) and the other is the facet (gliding joint component). Spinal decompression is particularly effective for the disc because as it tractions the spine, it HOLDS the traction for a prolonged yet specified time otherwise known as a "dwell" time. The longer the vertbrae are held apart, the greater the vacuum forces produced within the disc. Conversely, intermittent traction, or standard traction does not hold the segments apart and rather pumps them back and forth. This pull and release of the spinal segments (without prolonged holding) is better suited for the rehab of the facet or gliding surface. Both components should be addressed when rehabilaitating any spinal compression injury.

Answer from The Neck & Back Pain Institute of Coral Springs on April 27th, 2011 @ 7:59AM

i have heel spurs what can you do to alleviate pain i am having?

Question from karen on April 14th, 2011 @ 5:09PM

There are multiple areas that a chiropractor can help you with regarding your heel spurs. If you are having heel spurs form due to an imbalanced pelvis you can expect relief from your current heel spurs and also a decrease in new heel spurs from forming once you get your pelvis and low back properly aligned. There are some soft tissue techniques that are highly effective for treating heel spurs. Look for a chiropractor who uses the "graston" technique and they can likely help. Chiropractic adjustments to your lower extremity can be beneficial as well. Lastly, stretching your calves is something that should help.

Answer from PrimeSpine on April 15th, 2011 @ 9:26AM

i have a 3year old child who has trouble "going # 2". im trying to think of everything and i love my chiro so what do you think? would an adjustmen help move things along?

Question from tricia on April 12th, 2011 @ 12:51PM

If you have not changed his diet recently to costipate him, often times a simple adjustment will "get things moving". You might try using your thumbs to stimulate his "poop points"-- the two dimples at the top of his bottom, around the belt line.

Answer from Natural Life Health Clinic on April 15th, 2011 @ 10:24AM

right now as we speak the pain i'm going through is beyond words let alone is unbareable due to multipule years of trama inflicked on my back plus i've had five epiderals when delivering all five of my children. I was lead to this site while searching for some kind of test or questions that i could answer and then possiblely recive something that stated that i should see a chiropractor, what may be wrong, ect., and a list of chiropractors that accept medicaid and also offer emergency appointments to/for new clients. is there any way you could help me with these things please and thank you for your time

Question from talia on April 11th, 2011 @ 1:12AM

Hi Talia, It is going to be difficult to help you directly with most of your concerns online. Without direct examination there is just not enough information. It is entirely likely that chiropractic would help a great deal, but for Medicaid to cover there will have be enough findings to document "medical necessity". As to the Medicaid providers, you might browse the list on this site of docs nearby your location and call a few. There may be a state listing in your area. In my state it is called MediCal and actually costs money (paying someone to bill) to get the coverage. Wish I could help more. God bless, Dr P

Answer from Pendergraft Chiropractic on April 20th, 2011 @ 10:48AM

Hello i have a question i injured my lower back in 2007 and at that time they told me it was a back sprain they did an .MRI. but it has been bothering me ever scinse pain has been coming and going until this year that i decided to have an .MRI. done to compared to the one befor to see why it was causing me so much pain to the point that i was having pain in my legs ang hips and i found out something they never told me on the first .MRI. that 3 of my discs were bad and that my second .MRI. was very similar to my first one only that one disc was a lil hernieded know what i would like to know is that if you might tink that the discs have somthing to do whit the on and off pain i been having ever scinse the first time of my injury can you let me know that thank you...

Question from CLAUDIA on April 5th, 2011 @ 3:59PM

An injury such as a sprain can often damage the integrity of the ligaments and the motion of the spinal segments, leading to a weakening of the disc tissue. Proper spinal motion is necessarry for the influx of nutrients and water into the disc (which is necessarry for healing), so without proper support to regain and maintain this motion, the discs are more likely to bulge, herniate, or deteriorate. At this point your symptoms seem to point to inflamation as well as some mild physical compression of nerve tissue in your low back. Chiropractic care earlier may have prevented this, but it will still probably be very benificial to you now. It may take more time to rehabilitate your injury now, and nutritional support may be worthwhile as well. Active therapy such as pilates may benifit, but do not attempt until you have a consult and exam to make sure you are ready for it.

Answer from Hanson Wellness Studio on April 6th, 2011 @ 10:47AM

Is chiropractic care the right choice for my 33 year old son, who suffers severe epilepsy, and has had 2 cardiac surgeries, the medical drs claim he is in the beginning stage of Parkensons, Joel hasn't had adjustments for 7 years.Joel would be unable to lie on a table for adjustments because he has had his ribs cracked open twice within the last 2 years. Joel is unable to stand because he gets dizzy, so uses a wheel chair, his neck really bothers him, and would like to know if chiropractic would make him more comfortable.

Question from carol on March 22nd, 2011 @ 5:02PM

I have adjusted a few patients with epilepsy with great results. The first was a 35 year old female that was having 4-6 grand mal seizures a day with severe headache/ mirgaines. Through the course of care her seizures diminshed to 1 ever two weeks. The results did come and go, but her overall quality of life was greatly improved. The second case was a 3 year old girl that was having smaller "zone out" seizures (as her parents stated). Her parents reported that she was having approximately 50 per day! Again, through the course of care this diminished to around 5-10. Joel seems to be a very interesting case. I do believe that Chiropractic care can help get some form of comfort. Find yourself a Chiropractor that will work with you and adjust Joel appropriately. What I mean by this is, using appropriate adjusting techniques. Lower force techniques would best be suited for Joel until he can tolerate something more forceful. Joel can be adjusted seated in his wheelchair until such time and he can lie comfortablly on a table. Call a local Chiropractor or check out their website to see if they would be suitable to Joel's needs. Chiropractic CAN help him! Yours in health, Dr. Surma, D.C.

Answer from Dr. Darren M. Surma on March 30th, 2011 @ 10:03AM

my son, Joel moved in with us 2 weeks ago. Joel has many medical problems, he experiences severe epilepsy, has had 2 cardiac surgeries, his neck is weak and is always bothering him, he used to have adjustments often but the last 6 years has had no chiropractic care. Joel is dizzy when he stands so uses a wheetchair alot, he takes many medications, and I am so concerned about his well being. Do you think he would be a candidate for chiropractic care? Joel has only medicare, and is on disability so has a very limited income. Joel would not be able to lie on a table, because 2 years ago he had his ribs cracked open for his heart surgeries. Please give me some adivce, he is only 33 years old and I hate to see him suffer. Please inform ASAP.

Question from carol on March 22nd, 2011 @ 4:56PM

Even given his considerable health history, there are still chiropractic techniques that may help to mobilize his spine, strengthen his neck, and reduce central nervous system dysfunction. Look for a doctor who utilizes upper cervical technique, myofascial release (for the scar tissue following the surgery), or one who uses activator or arthrostim as these are techniques that can be administered without compression to his ribcage.

Answer from Hanson Wellness Studio on April 6th, 2011 @ 10:56AM

How do I find a chiropractor who does "gentile" adjustments vs. cracking the back? I understand from a friend in California there are chiropractors who do this.

Question from sharon on February 28th, 2011 @ 8:27AM

Sharon, Sounds like you might be interested in a chiropractor that does more myofascial work. There are techniques out there like SOT, Flexion Distraction, Active Release, Graston, Nimmo that don't require "cracking". It all depends on your ailments. Most chiropractors are trained to do some gentle techniques, you just have to ask.

Answer from POW-HER CHIROPRACTIC on February 28th, 2011 @ 10:50AM

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