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Lower back pain and back pain in general results in millions of dollars of lost work and untold suffering every day.  There are many factors that can be responsible for back pain. Improper sitting or lifting, overexertion, trauma, or inherited spinal abnormalities may contribute the reason for your pain or suffering.

Many of the pain-sensing nerves of the spine are in the facet joints, the two interlocking "fingers" at the back of each spinal bone.  The normally smooth surfaces on which these joints glide, can become rough, irritated, and inflamed. Surgical treatment often involves removing these facet joints, exposing the spinal cord.

Another cause of lower back pain can be a bulging or herniated disc putting pressure on the spinal cord or nearby nerve root.  The result is often numbness, tingling, or pain down the leg. Cutting away the herniated disc tissue can permanently alter its ability to separate and cushion the adjacent bones.  This rarely addresses the underlying structural causes of the problem.
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CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT

The chiropractic approach is to help restore a more normal motion and position of the affected spinal bones with specific chiropractic adjustments. The simplicity and success of this approach has been documented in numerous research projects and has helped many patients avoid risky surgery.

Here at Centro Chiropractic Clinic our physicians are experts at using specific chiropractic adjustments to help improve your spinal function and relieve pain back pain you may be suffering from. CALL US TODAY - 503-980-4808 for a free consultation to find out if you can enjoy the positive results that millions of patients have discovered with chiropractic treatment.

We provide advanced spinal correction and chiropractic adjustments utilizing "state of the art" chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic care have chiropractors been able to provide the level of help and expertise that is available today. Many of the newest chiropractic techniques are actually safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before.

Here at Centro Chiropractic Clinic our physicians utilize the most advanced chiropractic techniques, and have years of training, expertise and experience in helping patients get pain relief for back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other related conditions originating from the spine. Chiropractic care under a trained professional can even be used to prevent injuries and help you achieve total health or wellness.

Chiropractic physicians are doctors who specialize in diagnosis and treatment of health problems associated with the body’s nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems. Like other healthcare practitioners, Chiropractors conduct case histories, perform physical exams, order ancillary studies, and when necessary refer patients to appropriate specialists.

Chiropractors perform safe, natural, non-surgical treatments without the use of prescription medications. Doctors of Chiropractic perform manual medicine which includes manipulation of the spine and extremities as well as using a full range of physical therapy modalities. They also offer nutritional counseling and recommend lifestyle changes to further enhance the patients’ wellbeing while reducing the risk of chronic disease.

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DISC PROBLEMS

Disc Problems
At Centro Chiropractic Clinic, we’re committed to helping every patient achieve the best possible spinal health as a pathway to overall health, wellness, and a pain-free existence.  Many patients seek chiropractic care in the wake of an accident or injury, such as an auto accident, workplace incident, or sports-related injury. Whether you’re suffering acute pain from an injury or you have generalized pain related to health or lifestyle, however, treating spinal health concerns with chiropractic care and targeted support services can lead to improvements that help to increase function and overall enjoyment of life.  One area that many people are unaware of or neglect is disc health.  What are discs and what is their function?  What are common disc problems?  What can you do to protect your disc and spinal health?

What are Discs?
The spine is primarily composed of vertebrae, or bones, interspersed with discs, or cartilage pads.  Discs feature a jelly-like inner core surrounded by tough collagen fibers that hold it together.  The 23 vertebral discs in our spines act as both ligaments that hold the vertebrae together and shock absorbers that keep them from touching.  They allow for some flexibility and mobility of the spine.  Of course, this is what they do when they’re healthy and functional. Over time, disc health can deteriorate due to a number of factors, such as genetic predisposition, illness, injury, poor posture, poor nutrition, and simple aging.  Discs can become dry and brittle.  This can lead to a variety of painful and debilitating conditions that will worsen over time without treatment.  With screening and preventive care from the experts at Centro Chiropractic Clinic, you may be able to avoid or alleviate many common disc problems, but first it’s wise to understand what they are.

Common Disc Problems
Bulging Disc: This condition occurs when the inner core of the disc pushes disproportionately against one side of the fibrous outer shell, causing swelling and discomfort or pain in that area.  If could occur due to disc degeneration or added pressure on the disc.

Desiccated Disc: Vertebral discs are filled with fluid that helps to maintain their flexible and cushioning properties, but over time, discs will lose some fluid due to aging, as well as disorders like degenerative disc disease.  The result is discs that are dehydrated and brittle, or desiccated, and more prone to problems.

Disc Tear: As you might expect, a disc tear is characterized by a crack or small tear in the tough, fibrous outer layer of the disc, often due to excessive pressure or an accident/injury.  When a tear occurs, the jelly-like inner core can begin to leak out, deflating the disc and causing spinal compression and pain.  This is among the most common disc problems.

Herniated Disc: Herniated discs are essentially a more severe disc tear, one in which a rupture occurs that causes the inner portion of the disc to extend into the spinal canal.  Pain is common, as is numbness or weakness in extremities as the herniated disc irritates surrounding nerves.

Chiropractic Care
There are many potential treatment options for disc disorders or injuries, including chiropractic care.  The professionals at Centro Chiropractic Clinic are happy to work with your entire medical team to come up with a plan that creates the best possible health outcomes for your particular case. However, we also believe in the power of preventive care, which is why we encourage patients to undergo regular screenings for posture and spinal health, as well as engage in an ongoing regimen of chiropractic care and support services to ensure long-term spinal and overall health.

Contact the qualified and caring professionals at Centro Chiropractic Clinic to schedule your free consultation. Visit one of our many convenient Portland and Salem area locations to be seen today or CALL US TODAY at 503-980-4808

SCIATICA

The qualified and caring professionals at Centro Chiropractic Clinic are committed to helping patients reduce pain and improve spinal health, but we also understand that problems with your spine can affect other parts of your body.  You might be experiencing pain symptoms or mobility issues without even realizing that spinal problems are the root cause. This may be the case with sciatica, a condition associated with the sciatic nerve.  The good news is that the experts at Centro Chiropractic Clinic can help to assess your condition and create a comprehensive treatment plan to reduce symptoms and improve your overall health outlook.  What is sciatica and how will partnering with the professionals at Centro Chiropractic Clinic help?

What is Sciatica?
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the human body, extending from the lower back down through the legs and feet.  When this nerve becomes irritated, inflamed, or injured, you may experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms. It’s not unusual to feel pain, numbness, weakness, tingling, and/or a burning sensation that radiates from the lower back and can affect the hip, buttock, leg, and/or foot.  Often, sciatic pain affects only one leg.  You may experience different symptoms in different parts of the leg or foot.  A shooting pain when sitting, standing, or walking is among the most common symptoms. The greatest risk factors for developing sciatica include age, excess weight, and lifestyle considerations, such as jobs that require heavy lifting, or alternately, extended periods of sitting.  Sciatica can be temporary, or it may develop into a chronic condition without treatment.

Common Causes
Sciatica can result from a number of potential causes related to medical history, lifestyle choices, injury, or illness.  Here are some common causes you should be aware of: Age – Spinal health can deteriorate with age, causing added pressure on the sciatic nerve. Weight – Carrying extra weight may compress the spine, triggering sciatic pain. Occupation – Both heavy lifting and extended sitting can contribute to the onset of sciatica. Pregnancy – Extra weight and other aspects of pregnancy could lead to sciatic pain. Lifestyle Choices – Something as simple as choosing a soft mattress or wearing high heels could contribute to the onset of sciatica. Herniated Disc – One of the most common causes of sciatica, herniated discs can be responsible for compression that puts added pressure on nerves, including the sciatic nerve. Bone Spur – Bone spurs can also compress and irritate nerves. Degenerative Disc Disease – When discs deteriorate, added pressure on the spine can cause nerve pain.
Spondylolisthesis – When vertebrae slip out of place, irritated nerves are a common symptom. Lumbar Spinal Stenosis – This condition, characterized by narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back, can cause nerve irritation and pain. Diabetes – Even when diabetes isn’t linked to weight issues, the disease can increase the risk of nerve damage and associated symptoms.

Diagnosis and Treatment
If you experience symptoms associated with sciatica or you fear you have risk factors for developing this condition, the best thing you can do is contact the specialists at Centro Chiropractic Clinic to schedule a free consultation.  Through the intake process (including medical history), examination, and testing (posture screening, x-rays, etc.), the trained and experienced professionals at Centro Chiropractic Clinic can assess your condition and risk factors, diagnose problems, and create a personalized plan for treatment that helps you to overcome sciatic pain and prevent further problems. Because sciatica is often related to underlying issues like a herniated disc or other conditions, our talented and caring chiropractors and support staff are happy to work with your team of doctors to ensure you receive the comprehensive care you need to reduce pain and enjoy better health and wellness long-term. Don't Ignore The Pain: CALL US TODAY at 503-980-4808

Spinal Decompression

If you suffer from persistent back pain you know how disruptive it can be to your daily life.  You may be unable to think of anything else except finding relief.  One such solution to your back pain may be spinal decompression. Spinal decompression therapy is a revolutionary treatment for managing back pain without the need for drugs or surgery. A normal healthy spine is made up of properly aligned vertebrae that are separated by discs that allow the body to bend and move.  However, after sustaining a spinal injury such as in a car accident pressure often times builds up on the spine. This pressure placed on the spine can cause the discs to become compressed, which can ultimately lead to back pain, neck pain, tingling, numbness and difficulty performing daily activities.

Spinal decompression therapy involves stretching the spine, using a traction table or similar motorized device with the goal of relieving back pain and/or leg pain.  Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine so that it repositions itself, thereby taking pressure off the spinal disks.  As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine thus alleviating pain.  This in turn, helps healing in the disks by promoting the movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks.  This procedure is called non-surgical decompression therapy as opposed to surgical spinal decompression such as a laminectomy or micro-discectomy. Spinal decompression can be used to treat; back or neck pain, sciatica, bulging or herniated disks, degenerative disk disease, worn spinal joints, and injured or diseased spinal nerve roots.

How is Spinal Decompression performed?
One of our skilled practitioners will fit you with a harness around your pelvis and another around your trunk.  Then you will either lie face down or face up on a computer-controlled table.  The doctor will then operate the computer customizing your treatment to fit your specific needs.  Most treatment sessions last between 15 and 20 minutes.  Treatment is very gentle and while each movement is minimal it is very precise.  Many patients find the treatment so relaxing that they fall asleep during the procedure.  Depending on the severity of your pain, patients can experience immediate relief after just one session.  However, based on your specific treatment plan your assigned physician may recommend a series of treatment sessions over several weeks for maximum effectiveness.

Who should receive spinal decompression therapy?
Anyone who has been experiencing neck or back pain is a good candidate for spinal decompression therapy.  Especially those who have recently been in a car accident or suffered an injury while at work from a slip or fall or are suffering from a sports injury.  Even if you have been experiencing chronic neck or back pain spinal decompression can help.  One of our physicians will assess your condition and determine if you are a good candidate for spinal decompression therapy.  However, keep in mind that anyone who is pregnant or suffers from one of the following conditions should not receive spinal decompression therapy.

  • Fracture
  • Tumor
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Advanced osteoporosis
  • Metal implants in the spine

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