Conditions Treated by Our Chiropractors in Loveland
Our chiropractor at Gateway Family Chiropractic, serving Loveland CO and the surrounding area, treats patients in the region that have neck and back pain, among other problems. We use techniques like chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression to relieve your pain. Additionally, our treatments help heal injuries, so you can get back to doing whatever it is that you love.
A herniated disc occurs when a rubbery cushion in between the vertebrae has a tear, and the contents begin to push through the tear. When the contents spill out, it has the potential to irritate the soft tissue and nerves around the spine. In some cases, the herniated disc will cause numbness, tingling or weakness in your arm or leg. Age plays a role in developing this condition and so does certain repetitive motions. Lifting a great deal of weight places a great deal of strain on the lower back, which could cause a herniated disc. A herniated disc is oftentimes referred to as a slipped disc.
When the outer portion of the disc weakens, the internal pressure of the disc stretches it, which causes swelling. In many cases, you might not have any symptoms. Others experience pain, discomfort or numbness or weakness in your arm or leg, specifically if the bulge compresses or irritates a nerve. You might develop a bulging disc as a result of age since the external portion of the disc will change with age. It's also possible a bulging disc arises as a result of an injury. Lifting a heavy option, especially improperly, could lead to a bulging disc.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease describes the changes that occur to discs in between the vertebrae. These changes tend to worsen over time. People who have degenerative disc disease may not have symptoms at all while others may experience pain or discomfort. In some cases, the pain is severe enough to interfere with daily activities.
Sciatica describes pain that runs along the sciatic nerve. You might have tingling or numbness that starts in your lower back and extends down each leg and possibly even to your toes. In a majority of cases, you'll have sciatica on only one side of your body. Sciatica stems from pregnancy, herniated discs, spinal stenosis or bone spurs, just to name a few causes.
Spinal stenosis refers to narrowing of the space around your spine. This condition can place pressure on the nerves in the spine. Most commonly, it affects the lower back and neck. While some people don't have any symptoms of spinal stenosis, others have numbness, tingling, muscle weakness or pain. These symptoms may worsen over time. Spinal stenosis typically occurs as a result of wear and tear from osteoarthritis.
Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused by the neck being abruptly and rapidly propelled forward and then backward. The joints, cervical muscles, discs, ligaments, nerves, and discs may be affected. Symptoms may take 24 hours or longer to arise. Those who have whiplash may have headaches, neck pain, stiffness, pain in the shoulder, numbness or dizziness. It's possible you'll become irritable, experience sleep disturbances or suffer from fatigue. It's possible you'll have difficulty remember or concentrating.
You could develop muscle or skeletal problems as a result of a fall, sports-related injury or another personal injury. Injuries after a car accident could cause a wide range of problems that our chiropractor can treat. If you overwork the muscles, you could injure the soft tissue.
To seek out treatment from a chiropractor in Loveland CO for one of these conditions or another musculoskeletal problem, contact Gateway Family Chiropractic by calling 970-669-7620 today.