Professional Baseball Player Back in the Game with Chiropractic

Do Professional Athletes Use Chiropractors? Can Chiropractic Help Major League Baseball Pitchers?

USA Today published a story on May 8, 2015, with the headline, “Nats star Strasburg feels better after visiting chiropractor.” The story starts by reporting that Stephen Strasburg, a pitcher for the Washington Nationals baseball team, was feeling much better and able to play again after he visited a chiropractor.

Professional Baseball Player Back in the Game with Chiropractic - Stephen Strasburg - Austin TX Celebrity ChiropractorStephen Strasburg was an overall number one Major League Baseball draft pick of the Washington Nationals back in 2009. He made the National League all-star team in 2012. Strasburg is known for speed and pitches an average fastball of 94.7 mph. April of 2012 was the best month of his career to date when he was named National League pitcher of the month. In that month, he accumulated an NL-best 34 strikeouts and second-best 1.13 ERA. He totaled 6 walks and did not give up a home run.

The story reports that Strasburg was pitching on the previous Tuesday evening when he left the game due to what his coach called an “alignment issue under his shoulder blade.” Strasburg went to a chiropractor the next day.

Strasburg described the results as immediate. “It was instant,” Strasburg said. “After he felt around for a little bit, felt what was different from the other side, just got it all out of there. So, night and day. I feel good right now, so just going to keep trying to improve and get better,” he said. “But at the same time, I’m feeling pretty good right now.”

The next day in a MasnSports.com article, Strasburg further explained, “The issue that I had was corrected within 45 minutes of seeing the chiropractor. Ever since then, it hasn’t been an issue.”

Two days after seeing the chiropractor, Strasburg was cleared to start practice again. He reported that his practices went well. “I feel good. It feels good playing catch,” Strasburg said. “Just going to throw a bullpen tomorrow and go on from there.”

If you or anyone you know could benefit from a better functioning nervous system, please call us at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson.

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Chronic Shoulder Pain Resolved with Chiropractic in Elderly Woman

Do Chiropractors Help Shoulder Pain? Can Chiropractic Help Chronic Pain?

A case study published on February 19, 2015, in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research reports on an elderly woman suffering from chronic shoulder pain being helped by chiropractic care. The authors of the study begin by pointing out that chronic pain in the elderly is a very common occurrence, ranking 6th as a health burden.

According to the study, chronic pain affects between 25 and 76 percent of the elderly living in the general community.  Estimates rise to between 83 and 93 percent for those elderly living in residential care.  Common care for pain among the elderly is medication. However, there is increasing concern that the elderly population is being overmedicated. Estimates from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics show that 88.4% of the population over 60 is on a prescription medication.

Chronic Shoulder Pain Resolved with Chiropractic in Elderly Woman | Austin TX ChiropractorIn this case, a 73-year-old woman came to a teaching chiropractic clinic with a primary complaint of left shoulder pain. She was also suffering with a variety of other health issues and symptoms including high blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, a hiatal hernia, acid reflux, and arthritis. Additionally, she had a history of a stroke.

Her problems were progressively getting worse. They affecting her to the point were she was unable to work as an artist, thus forcing her to give up painting figures or making ornaments. She reported that she was taking Tylenol which only gave her minor temporary relief.

An visual examination was performed that showed that the woman carried her head very far forward of the normal upright position. Additionally, she has an excessive roundness in her upper back that is sometimes referred to as a hunchback. Spinal palpation showed multiple areas of increased sensitivity. The woman’s range of spinal motion was also reduced in a number of areas.

From the examination results, it was determined that the woman had “nerve root irritation” (subluxation) in her neck. This finding was later confirmed by an MRI which also showed mild to moderate degenerative changes in her spine. With these findings, chiropractic adjustments were begun.

On the woman’s second visit, a day after having received her first adjustment, the woman stated she felt, “100% improvement since yesterday’s treatment. There is no burning at all in my neck or shoulder.” By the woman’s 7th visit she stated that she only had pain or burning “once in a while.”

The study records that at one time during her chiropractic care, the woman was told by her medical doctor that she should get a shot in her neck and stay away from the chiropractor. To this the woman responded to her MD that she felt his recommendations were a “stupid idea” and she did not want any invasive procedures or drugs.

If you or someone you know is suffering with chronic pain, chiropractic care may be able to help. Call our office at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson today.

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Resolution of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Following Chiropractic Care

What Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)? Can Chiropractic Help CTS?

Published on December 15, 2014, in the  Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research is a case study documenting the resolution of bilateral Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) following chiropractic care.  The study authors note that CTS occurs in about 1 to 5% of the general population and as high as 14.5% among specific occupational groups.

The authors explain the impact this problem has by noting: “Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common peripheral entrapment disorders in the United States. It has been estimated that approximately 5 million workers suffer from the disorder with cost estimates for medical care placed over $2 billion annually.”

Resolution of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Following Chiropractic Care | Austin TX ChiropractorThe National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines CTS by stating: “Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. The median nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (although not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move.”

In this case, a 57-year-old woman went to a chiropractic college clinic with complaints of bilateral hand pain with numbness of her first three fingers that radiated towards her left arm. She had been experiencing numbness and pain in her right hand for the previous ten months, and for eight months in her left hand. She had not seen a medical doctor for her problem prior to going to the chiropractor. Her pain was worse when sleeping and when performing repetitive motions. Anti-inflammatory drugs and ice provided only some temporary relief.

A chiropractic examination was performed that included a posture review, palpation, range of motion, orthopedic and neurological tests. Based on the history and examination findings, the patient was given a diagnosis of right and left wrist carpal tunnel syndrome with vertebral subluxation. Chiropractic care was then begun on this patient. The woman was also given some home exercises to perform on her own.

The case study reports that results were almost immediate. The woman experienced significant pain relief following the first visit. After the fourth visit she said, “I don’t wear my brace anymore and there is no more tingling or pain.”

If you are or someone you know suffers from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, please call us at 512-452-2525 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swanson today.

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Resolution of Plantar Fasciitis with Chiropractic: A Case Study

What causes Plantar Fasciitis? Can Chiropractic Extremity Adjustments Help Plantar Fasciitis?

On Oct. 6, 2014, a case study was published in the journal Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research documenting the case of a patient with plantar fasciitis being helped with chiropractic care.  According to the Mayo Clinic website, “Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.”

 Resolution of Plantar Fasciitis with Chiropractic - Austin TX ChiropractorThe study authors note how common this issue is by reporting that  in the United States, 2 million people are affected by this disorder, and it accounts for more than one million visits to foot specialists and primary care physicians each year.  They also report that there is discussion about whether this condition is inflammation or degeneration in nature. In either case, the authors consider this issue to be biomechanical in nature and therefore well within the chiropractic area.

This case involved a 23-year-old woman who went to the chiropractor complaining of bilateral foot pain. She had been medically diagnosed previously with plantar fasciitis. The pain was severe and was determined to be between a 7 and 8 out of 10 (ten being worst) on many days. Her podiatrist prescribed orthotics, and gave her foot stretching exercises to do each morning. She was also taking ibuprofen daily to deal with the pain.

The woman described her pain as worse in the morning with the right foot being more painful than her left. She also reported that although she had been a jogger, she was no longer able to jog due to the pain. Other daily activities were also being affected by her condition. She was even forced to wear only tennis shoes in order to minimize the pain when walking.

A chiropractic and orthopedic examination was performed. The results of the orthopedics test did not reveal any results.  However, the chiropractic examination did show multiple issues related to the spine and pelvis. Based on the history and the results of the chiropractic examination, it was determined that multiple areas of subluxations were present, and a course of chiropractic care was begun. The patient was also given exercises to perform at home.

After only one chiropractic visit, the patient reported significant relief and stated, “The pain is less and I can walk with significant less pain.”  After 10 visits, an update was done on the patient to check her progress. In that update she proclaimed that she “…has not had any exacerbations, her feet feel strong, more stable and great.” Shortly thereafter the patient was able to resume light jogging and wear any shoe she wanted.

If you or someone you know is suffering from plantar fasciitis, call (512) 452-2525 to schedule a consultation today.

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Upper Back Pain and Numbness in Hands Helped by Chiropractic: A Case Study

What is T4 Syndrome? Can Chiropractic Help With Numbness/Tingling In The Extremities?

A study published in the August 29, 2014, issue of the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research documented the resolution of a case of a painful condition known as “T4” syndrome. The study authors report that T4 syndrome is a condition characterized by unilateral or bilateral upper extremity pain and numbness that originates from the upper thoracic spine.

Upper Back Pain and Numbness in Hands Helped by Chiropractic | Austin Chiropractic Neurology DoctorThe authors explained that, “The T4 Syndrome involves unilateral or bilateral upper extremity pain and paresthesia originating from the upper thoracic spine. Occasionally, headaches are experienced as well. The onset is usually gradual and non-traumatic.”  They continue to describe the condition by saying,  “Patients may experience paresthesia (numbness/tingling) in all digits of the hands, glove-like numbness of the hands and forearm, weakness (unable to open jars), hand clumsiness, upper extremity coldness, a sense of fullness, tightness, and deep aching pain.” This condition is four times more common in women than men.

In this case, a 62-year-old woman went to a chiropractor with complaints of upper mid-back pain and bilateral hand numbness and tingling, mostly involving the 4th and 5th fingers. The hand problems were the most severe in the morning.  The woman’s symptoms began without warning about a week before seeking chiropractic care.

A physical and chiropractic examination was performed on the woman. These procedures included a range of motion exam, vital signs, neurological and orthopedic exams, and spinal palpation. Based on the examination, a determination was made that subluxations were present in the lower neck, and in the upper-mid back area of the spine. From these findings, chiropractic adjustments were started to address the subluxations.

The study reports that three days after the woman’s first chiropractic adjustment, the numbness in her hands had resolved, but the mid back pain was still present. On her third visit, the patient reported that she had fallen asleep on the couch while watching TV. Upon awakening, she experienced numbness in her hands again. By the fifth visit to the chiropractor, both her hand numbness and mid-back pain had been completely resolved.

If you or someone you know has T4 syndrome or any similar signs or symptoms, chiropractic can help, call (512) 452-2525 to schedule today.

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