• How Chiropractic Can Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is an injury caused by forceful and repetitive movements resulting in pinching of the median nerve and swelling and inflammation around the tendons. CTS causes reduced control and muscle strength in the hand and wrist, burning, painful tingling, numbness, and pain radiating from the hand straight to the shoulder.

    The most common medical treatments for CTS is medication and surgery. More than half of carpal tunnel release surgeries are unsuccessful with symptoms returning after two years following surgery. Alternate methods of treatment, however, have proven to be successful in relieving the symptoms associated with CTS. Chiropractic treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has been carefully studied and found to be an effective treatment.

    Chiropractic Treatment Helps Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Located on the wrist, the carpal tunnel serves as a passageway for the median nerve to pass through. The median nerve extends from the hand to the spinal cord and connects through bone openings located around the area of the lower neck. Problems can occur in the fingers or wrists when the normal motion or position is lost in these bones. However, the correct position of these bones can be reset through the use of chiropractic treatment.

    With early detection and chiropractic treatment, carpal tunnel release surgery can be avoided. The chiropractor will review your medical history, complete a physical exam, and review possible underlying conditions and your daily routines. Chiropractic treatment may include manipulation of the elbow, wrist, and cervical spine. Stretching and strengthening exercises of the hand and wrist; nutritional supplements, such as B6; electro-acupuncture treatment; and yoga may also be used to encourage healing.

    For long-term recovery, an evaluation of the workplace may be done to help minimize stress on the carpal tunnel.

    To learn more about carpal tunnel syndrome causes and treatment options, contact Johnson Chiropractic and Rehabilitation at (410) 744-1233.

  • Headaches After an Auto Accident and How Your Baltimore Chiropractor Can Help

    Even a minor auto accident can cause significant pain. Many individuals who experience an auto accident suffer from back injuries, whiplash, neck pain, and concussions. Other complications may arise as well from these injuries. Even when receiving the proper medical treatment, it can take an extended period of time for the pain to completely subside. Chiropractic care is a safe and painless way to alleviate this pain, without the need for surgery or heavy medications.

    In addition to many car accident injuries, headaches often occur. In fact, about 80% of individuals diagnosed with whiplash will experience headaches as well. During a whiplash injury, the neck is vigorously moved in opposite directions leading to inflammation of the upper cervical joints. Whiplash often times leads to tension-type headaches and stiffness.

    With methods such as therapeutic massage, physical therapy and spinal manipulation, chiropractors can skillfully and effectively treat these types of injuries. Patients see significant improvement in headaches as the mobility and function of the spine is improved.

    Furthermore, researchers have determined that patients with headaches originating in the neck region experienced almost immediate relief from spinal manipulation. Also, patients experiencing tension-type headaches report that they had longer-lasting relief and fewer side effects when compared to prescribed medications.

    In addition to therapeutic massage and spinal manipulation, lifestyle recommendations and an an exercise plan given by a knowledgeable Chiropractor can also be helpful for improving headaches and other complications resulting from an auto accident injury.

    In some cases, patients may not experience much pain until days or weeks following a car accident. If you have experienced an auto accident, it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Contact your Baltimore Chiropractor to avoid long-term pain. To find out more information about headaches after an auto accident, contact Dr. Johnson at Johnson Chiropractic and Rehabilitation at (410) 744-1233, or visit our website at www.mypainreliefcenter.com

  • How To Know If Your Back Pain Will Go Away On It’s Own, Or is More Serious

    Do you suffer from back pain that comes and goes? Do you go days, weeks, even months, feeling great and then Wham, you are in severe pain? If you do, you are not alone!

    In fact, I have lost track of the amount of times a new patient will come in, presenting with severe back pain and more often than not, have no idea what they did to hurt themselves. When first questioned, they will often tell me that they just woke up like this.

    Upon further discussion and asking the right questions, they will mention an injury that happened years ago, that went away on it’s own over time without any real treatment, other than over the counter pain medication.

    Hmm… could they be related? The answer is unequivocally YES! For some injuries, such as back pain, the condition can become chronic. It is estimated that about 10% of all back injuries become chronic problems, and can come and go over the years, causing debilitating pain when you least expect it.

    If you are like most people, and statistics show that over 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, when back pain strikes, you reach for the Advil, and in a few days, the pain has gone away.

    The problem with this, is that you didn’t treat the actual condition, you just masked the symptoms with medication. The back injury is still there, lying dormant.

    The good news is that it most likely isn’t a dangerous condition, but it can severely interfere with your quality of life and prevent you from taking part in activities you love.

    So how do you know if your back pain will heal on it’s own, or needs treatment?

    A visit to your Chiropractor is the best place to start. An experienced Doctor will do a thorough exam and consultation, and possibly take x-rays to determine the root cause of the injury. From there a comprehensive treatment plan will be devised and may possibly consist of:

    1. hot/cold therapy
    2. exercise
    3. physical therapy
    4. massage
    5. Chiropractic

    At Johnson Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, we have 20 years experience dealing with all types of acute and chronic back pain, and we offer a comprehensive approach to health. Our services include physical therapy, massage, exercise and Chiropractic care.

    Call us now for a FREE Exam and Consultation and get back to living your life pain free! Call us at (410) 744-1233 or visit our website at: www.MyPainReliefCenter.com for more information.

  • Chiropractic the #1 Choice For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common workplace injuries, and is characterized by weakness, tingling, numbness and pain in your hand. It occurs when the median nerve is squeezed or compressed and tends to get worse over time if not treated, and can eventually cause permanent damage.

    In the past, it was thought that the only treatment for carpal tunnel was with surgery, and while some medical doctors still recommend this, research has shown that over half of the surgeries for this are unsuccessful and in the end don’t relieve the symptoms at all.

    Fortunately, there is another treatment available that doesn’t involve the risks that surgery entails. What Researchers are finding out is that the pain and symptoms related to carpal tunnel are actually related to problems with misalignments of bones, ligaments and muscles in the neck, making it easily treatable with Chiropractic care. In fact, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and The University of Maryland Medical Center list Chiropractic as a viable and recommended treatment.

    How Can Chiropractic Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

    First, a visit to your Chiropractor will involve a through physical exam and consultation, often with X-Rays designed to find the root cause of your symptoms. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and how much long term damage has been done, your Chiropractor will devise a treatment plan that will involve a comprehensive approach. Some possible treatments will involve:

    * Wrist Supports which will help to keep the wrist in proper alignment
    * Rest and cold packs to reduce inflammation
    * Ultrasound Therapy which involves sound waves that penetrate deep and help to alleviate the pain, relax the muscles and reduce inflammation
    * Massage Therapy designed to relax the muscles and relieve tension
    * Exercises to strengthen the muscles and relieve pain
    * Chiropractic manipulation designed to realign the spine and bring your body back to optimal functioning

    If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or have been diagnosed by your medical doctor and would like to try and avoid surgery, Johnson Chiropractic can help! Dr.Johnson has almost 20 years experience treating Carpal Tunnel and other spine related injuries and accepts most insurance plans.

    To schedule an appointment for a FREE Consultation call us at: (410) 744-1233 or visit us at www.MyPainReliefCenter.com for more information on our practice and services.

  • The Top 5 Reasons To See A Chiropractor After An Accident

    If you have been in an auto accident and are in pain, your first thought is probably going to be to seek treatment from a medical Doctor, but in actuality, visiting a Chiropractor is often the best course of action. A chiropractor is specially trained to treat injuries related to auto accidents and can get you on the road to recovery without drugs or surgery. Read on to see a list of the 5 Reasons To See A Chiropractor After an Auto Accident.

    Top 5 Reasons To See A Chiropractor After an Auto Accident

    1). Injuries Can’t Always Be Seen Right Away: As with most injuries, the quicker you seek treatment, the quicker it can be healed. Unfortunately, with injuries from a car accident the symptoms may not be apparent right away and can take days or weeks to appear.

    Making an appointment with your Chiropractor soon after the accident, is key to detecting underlying injuries that are laying dormant. Through x-rays, orthopedic and neurological testing an accurate diagnosis can be made and a personalized treatment plan will be implemented.

    2). Prevent Long Term Injury: Whiplash is one of the most common injuries after an accident, and if left untreated, it can leave your body in a weakened state and even a minor injury can lead to long term damage and pain.

    3) Treat The Cause, Not The Symptoms: When you visit your Medical doctor after an auto accident, the treatment is usually medication to treat the pain, and while this will make you feel better temporarily, it does not address the cause of the injury and in effect, just masks the pain.

    Chiropractors, on the other hand can treat the cause without pain medication and will often use complimentary natural modalities to manage the pain, such as exercise, heat/ice, massage and physical therapy.

    4). Safe And Non Invasive Treatment: Chiropractic treatments are safe and non invasive and almost always eliminate the need for surgery and injections, both of which come with their own set of risks and should only be done as a last resort.

    5) Help With Insurance Claims: Having a car accident results in having to deal with many unpleasant tasks, and submitting a claim for injuries often falls into this category. When filing a claim, the quicker you get a diagnosis and begin treatment, the easier it is to prove your injuries are related to the accident.

    If you have been in an auto accident recently, Johnson Chiropractic is here to help! Dr. Johnson and his staff are trained in all aspects of personal injury and can help walk you through the process and get you the treatment you need to get on the road to recovery as quickly . Call today for a FREE Consultation at: (410) 744-1233 or visit us at www.MyPainReliefCenter.com for more information.

  • The Top 5 Common Causes Of Back Pain And How To Prevent It

    Top 5 Common Causes of back pain and how to prevent it.

    Back pain is extremely common and in fact, 4 out of 5 people will experience it at some point in their lives. It is so prevalent that it is the leading cause of missed work in the US. When it strikes, the pain can range from mild to extreme and last just a few days or persist and affect your daily life. If you are like most Americans, your initial reaction is to reach for an over the counter pain pill, but the truth is that thinking is backwards. Instead of focusing on the injury once it occurs, the key is to try to prevent the pain from occurring in the first place. Keep reading to learn about the Top 5 Common Causes Of Back Pain And How To Prevent It.

    The Top 5 Common Causes Of Back Pain And How To Prevent It

    1). Sitting At A desk Hunched Over:

    You sit for hours at a desk job, staring at your computer. You are probably not even thinking about your posture, but how you are sitting is affecting your back. Sitting for long periods of time, puts stress on your back and can eventually cause long term damage. Fortunately there are some simple remedies to prevent this from happening.

    How To Prevent It: Make a conscious effort to sit up straight with your feet planted firmly on the floor, and make sure you are sitting eye level with your computer. If needed, raise your chair, so you are not looking down. In addition, make sure you get up at regular intervals to stretch and relax your muscles.

    2). Improper lifting:

    When you bend and lift incorrectly, you are putting strain on your back, which can cause muscle strain, disc injury and even joint damage.

    How To Prevent It: The most common advice you hear in regards to lifting properly is to bend at the knees and while this is true, it is also important to make sure you are bending at the hips and avoid twisting your back. Another good tip is to remember to keep the object you are lifting, close to your body to limit the force you are putting on your back

    3). Sleeping Position:

    The absolute worst position to sleep in is on your stomach. Sleeping this way compresses your lower back and causes you to keep your head twisted while you sleep. Another common sleeping position is sleeping on your back, this position is also not recommended, because it puts a lot of added pressure on your spine.

    How To Prevent It: Ideally, the best position to sleep is on your side. Switching sleeping positions isn’t as easy at it sounds, so if changing positions isn’t an option for you, the solution is to use a pillow under your abdomen if you are a stomach sleeper and under your knees if sleeping on your back.

    4). Lack Of Exercise:

    Living a sedentary lifestyle has so many detrimental effects on your health, not the least of weakening your muscles and stiffening your joints.

    How To Prevent it: The obvious answer is to exercise more, which will give you more muscle tone and and help prevent back injuries, but it is also important to add back and abdominal exercises into your routine to strengthen your back and stomach.

    5). Stress:

    Stress is the root cause of all evil, and the havoc it wreaks on your body is irrefutable. When you are stressed, you tend to clench your jaw, tighten your shoulders and stiffen your neck, all of which puts pressure on your back.

    How To Prevent It: Managing your stress is vital to your health and there are many options. Yoga, meditation and deep breathing are all activities that can help.

    Prevention is key, and making simple changes to your lifestyle can reduce your chances of hurting your back. If despite your efforts at prevention, you do injure your back, Chiropractic can help get you out of pain and back to living your life.

    Dr. Johnson, your Baltimore Chiropractor, has been treating pain and patients with auto injuries for almost 20 years. For more information visit: www.MyPainReliefCenter.com . To schedule a FREE consultation, give us a call at (410) 744-1233.

  • SUFFERING FROM SCIATICA…YOUR BALTIMORE CHIROPRACTOR CAN HELP

    Sciatica is a term that you hear often from Doctors and friends when talking about their pain in the lower back and legs, but what is it really and how can it be treated?

    WHAT IS SCIATICA

    Sciatica is a condition that affects more than 3 million people each year and is essentially pain that stems from your sciatic nerve that runs from your lower back and down the back of your legs. The pain is often severe and can interfere with your quality of life. Sciatica is generally caused by compression of the sciatic nerve and is actually a symptom of another medical condition. Some conditions that cause Sciatica include, degenerative disc disease, herniated and bulging discs, spinal misalignments and sometimes non spinal issues such as sitting on your wallet and pregnancy.

    WHO IS AT RISK?

    Sciatica is most common in people in their 40’s and 50’s due to age related changes to our spine. Other risk factors include improper lifting and bending, poor posture and prolonged sitting.

    SCIATICA SYMPTOMS

    • Shooting pain down the back of the leg
    • Tingling and numbness in the back of the leg

    • Pain that gets worse when you sit

    • A sharp pain that makes it hard to stand up and or walk

    HOW IS SCIATICA TREATED

    Fortunately, Sciatica is rarely permanent and easily treatable. Since Sciatica has many causes, your Chiropractor will begin with a thorough consultation and physical examination. Most often an X-Ray or MRI will be taken to determine the root cause of the pain. Once the diagnosis has been made, a custom comprehensive treatment plan will be developed. Often a combination of treatments will be prescribed, depending on the cause of the Sciatica. Some possible treatments include:

    • Ice/Cold therapy is used to minimize the inflammation and control the pain
    • Massage therapy is often prescribed to stretch and relax the tight muscles

    • TENS therapy is a machine that sends stimulating electirc currents across the nerve pathways which interefere with the transmission of pain. Tens units have multiple settings and are used for acute and chronic pain relief.

    • Ultrasound uses sound waves to penetrate the deep tissues and helps to reduce muscle spasms, stiffness and pain.

    • Physical Therapy is designed to gently stretch soft tissues and improve posture, using exercises and rehabilitation.

    • Spinal Decompression is also used to help decrease swelling in the discs and help alleviate nerve pressure/irritation

    • Spinal Manipulation (Chiropractic Adjustments) Is a gentle procedure to help restore misaligned vertebrae which help to remove the nerve irritation that is causing the muscle spasms and pain.

    If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, Dr. Johnson, your Baltimore Chiropractor can help! If you would like more more information on Sciatica or would like to set up your FREE consultation, give us a call at: (410) 744-1233or visit our website at: www.MyPainReliefCenter.com

  • Don’t Mask The Symptoms Of A Headache…Chiropractic Treats The Cause

    Headaches are extremely common and statistics show that 9 out of 10 people suffer from headaches at some point in their life. However, for a large amount of people, headaches are much more frequent and can severely affect their quality of life. If you are suffering from a headache, whether it’s a sinus headache, tension headache or migraine, your only thoughts are to make it stop hurting. Your first instinct is to probably reach for an Advil, Tylenol or other similar medication, but the truth is when you take that pill, you are only masking the symptoms, not treating the cause, and the odds are that headache will be back. Along with masking the symptoms, taking frequent pain medication can be dangerous and even more detrimental to your health. Studies show that even taking just a little too much Acetaminophen over time increases your risk of dying and can severely damage your liver. Some studies have shown that taking too much pain medication can triple your chances of having a stroke.

    Why Am I Getting Headaches

    If you get frequent headaches, it’s important to take it as a warning sign. It’s your bodies way of telling you that something is wrong. Headaches have many causes, and some headaches are caused by triggers in your environment, which can include certain foods, not getting enough sleep, stress or high blood pressure, but most frequently, headaches are caused by muscle tension in our bodies, specifically our neck and are attributed to irritation of the nerve and blood vessels. Sitting too long and staring at your computer screen, driving for too long and bad posture (text neck) while looking at your cell phone, are all examples of sedentary activities that put too much tension on your neck causing pain.

    How Can Chiropractic Help

    Chiropractors treat headaches on a daily basis and are trained extensively to look for areas of the spine where the joints may be out of alignment and causing irritation. They also look for areas in your neck that aren’t supporting your head properly. Through a thorough physical exam and consultation and x rays, your Chiropractor can diagnose the problem and create a treatment plan designed to correct the cause of the headaches and thereby prevent future headaches from occurring.

    What Is A Treatment Plan For Headaches

    Depending on the cause of your headache, your Chiropractor may prescribe the following treatments:

    *exercises to relieve the tension

    *massage therapy

    *spinal manipulation (Chiropractic adjustment)

    *nutritional advice and or advice on ways to improve your posture

    Johnson Chiropractic has served the Baltimore area for over 19 years and takes most insurance. Dr. Johnson takes pride in staying up to date on all the latest techniques and research. He and his staff are always available to answer any questions you may have related to headaches and Chiropractic. If you are suffering from headaches and would like to come in for a FREE Consultation, or want more information please contact us at (410) 744-1233 or visit our website at www.MyPainReliefCenter.com.

  • Chiropractic Care and The Treatment For A Herniated Disc

    If you have been diagnosed with or believe you have a herniated disc, the good news is that surgery is very rarely needed, and in fact, one of the most effective treatments for your condition is Chiropractic. Chiropractic offers a non surgical drug free and cost effective way to get on the road to healing and taking back your health.

    What is a Herniated Disc and How Do I know If I have one?

    A herniated disc is a very common injury that affects people most often between the ages of 30 to 50 and afflicts men almost 2 to 1 over women. It often appears to be brought on suddenly by something as simple as a cough or sneeze. The reality is the problem may have been laying dormant and undiscovered until the disc begins pressing on your nerve and causing pain.

    In simple terms, a herniated disc is a “slipped disc” or a “bulging disc” in your spine. The Mayo clinic defines it: “A herniated disk refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (disks) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine. A spinal disk is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when some of the softer “jelly” pushes out through a tear in the tougher exterior.”

    What are the symptoms of a Herniated Disc?

    Common Symptoms Include:

    * Numbness of tingling

    *Pain in Arms and or Legs

    *Weakness in the affected area

    *Back pain and Neck pain

    How is a Herniated Disc Treated?

    How your condition is treated depends on a lot of factors, including your general health and where the injury has occurred. Your Chiropractor will first begin by doing a complete examination, taking a medical history and most likely recommend taking an X-Ray or an MRI to properly diagnose and determine the cause of your pain. Some possible recommendations in your individualized treatment plan may include:

    *Exercises

    *Physical therapy

    *Spinal manipulation (a gentle Chiropractic Adjustment)

    *lifestyle changes

    Herniated discs can be painful, but fortunately there is help. Dr.Johnson your Woodlawn Chiropractor has been treating Herniated Discs for almost 20 years and has the expertise needed to diagnose and treat your condition in his state of the art Chiropractic office using the latest research and treatment modalities.

    For further information on Herniated Discs and how Chiropractic can help you, call us at (410) 744-1233 and schedule your FREE Consultation with Dr. Johnson. You can also check out our website at: www.MyPainReliefCenter.com.

  • Suffering From Whiplash-Your Baltimore Chiropractor Can Help

    Suffering From Whiplash-Your Baltimore Chiropractor Can Help

    Did you know that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 3 million people are injured in car accidents each year? When it happens to you, the physical and emotional trauma that follows can be devastating. You are thankful that it wasn’t worse and initially you think with rest the pain will go away. Unfortunately, with some injuries, the pain doesn’t go away on it’s own and may need treatment to heal. One of the most common injuries in an auto accident is to the soft tissues, and is known as Whiplash.

    A whiplash injury occurs when the muscles and ligaments are stretched and torn due to a sudden jerking movement of the head and neck. A rear end collision often causes this type of injury and the pain may begin immediately following the accident or begin hours to days later.

    What Are The Symptoms Of Whiplash?

    Whiplash has many telltale symptoms, some of the more common ones include:

    *headaches

    *dizziness

    *decreased range of motion in your neck

    *pain or numbness in your hand and or arm

    *difficulty concentrating

    How is Whiplash Treated?

    If you think you may have whiplash, a visit to your local Chiropractor may be necessary. A Chiropractor is trained and licensed to treat Whiplash and uses a variety of methods to diagnose and treat you. Depending on your needs, the Doctor will first do a consultation and physical exam which may include x-rays to determine the root cause of your pain. In the case of car accidents, some of the following techniques may be used:

    * Massage Therapy : A licensed therapist may be on staff to provide deep tissue massage designed to release the pressure on the soft tissues and promote healing.

    * Physical Therapy : Your Chiropractor may recommend a series of exercises designed to increase blood flow to the area and eliminate muscle spasms as well as hot or cold therapy as part of your treatment.

    * Spinal Manipulation : There are many safe and effective techniques available to treat you and after a thorough examination, your doctor will determine the best course of action.

    You don’t have to live in pain, and if left untreated, your condition will often get worse. If you have been in an auto accident, Dr. Johnson can help. He has been in practice for almost 20 years and as your Baltimore Chiropractor, he and his staff will work hard to make you feel welcome and get you on the road to health as quickly as possible.

    For a free consultation, give us a call at (410) 744-1233 or for more information about our office visit us at www.MyPainReliefCenter.com .