Treatment for Neck & Back Injuries

Affordable & Excellent Chiropractic Care in Lawrenceville & Norcross

If you suffer from mild to chronic back or neck pain, speak with our trusted chiropractor about your symptoms. Don't let pain take over your life, limiting your daily activities and affecting your health and happiness.

Our Lawrenceville chiropractor at Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain has helped hundreds of patients dealing with irritating, ongoing injuries and chronic pain. Keep reading to learn more about neck and back pain.

Don't Ignore Chronic Neck Pain - Get the Help You Need

Neck pain can be so mild that it is merely annoying and distracting, or it can be so severe that it is unbearable and incapacitating. Most instances of neck pain and stiffness are minor and may be caused by something you did. For example, if you keep your head in an awkward position for too long the joints in your neck can "lock" and the neck muscles can become painfully fatigued. Fortunately, most minor, posture-induced neck pain episodes clear up on their own after rest and efforts not to repeat the offending stresses on the neck.

Neck pain that lasts for many days or keeps coming back is a signal that something isn't right and could signify a serious underlying cause, such as:

  • Injury, such as whiplash in an auto accident
  • Congenital malformation
  • Progressive degeneration that can come with age

Detecting Osteoarthritis

Older people whose joints have been worn by much use over time are subject to osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease or DJD. When this form of arthritis hits your back and neck, you feel it as neck pain that gets worse over time. The pain may radiate into your shoulders and arms, and you may feel numbness or tingling in hands and fingers.

Arthritis can also involve symptoms including headaches, dizziness, and even a grating / grinding feeling when you move your head. It is very important for your chiropractor to examine you to rule out osteoarthritis or identify it and see that it is properly treated.

Understanding Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is created by the gathering of nerves that extend from the spinal cord down through the pelvic bones. The sciatic nerve branches out and controls the organs in the pelvis and everything else from the hips to the toes. Sciatica is the inflammation of the sciatic nerve, the largest and longest nerve in the body. Low back pain is not always part of sciatica, but often comes with it.

Common symptoms of sciatica include burning pain in the:

  • Low back
  • Hips
  • Legs

How Does Sciatica Affect a Patient's Life?

Usually, sciatica affects only one side. Pain often radiates down the buttock or leg and can range from a tingling, burning, pins-and-needles feeling to excruciating, shooting pain that makes standing up nearly impossible. Often, coughing, sneezing, and sitting make the pain worse.

In the past, long periods of bed rest were commonly prescribed for sciatic pain and malfunction. Recent studies have confirmed that lengthy bed rest is a waste of time and may interfere with healing. Epidural injections, another common prescription, do not help patients suffering from sciatica either. Researchers in Germany conducted a six-month study published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. These researchers found that spinal corticosteroid injections do not help patients with sciatica improve any faster than those not given such injections.

Chiropractic is the Right Treatment for Sciatica Sufferers

What seems to be the correct prescription for individuals suffering from sciatic is conservative chiropractic adjustments to realign the misaligned vertebrae. According to the recently released guidelines from the United States Agency for Health Care Policy & Research (AHCPR), "relief of discomfort can be accomplished most safely" with chiropractic adjustments.

Chiropractic care, sometimes coupled with simple exercises, normalizes joint mobility, returns bones to their proper positions, and takes the pressure off the sciatic nerve. Pain and inflammation leave the area. Function is restored. Health is restored.

Sciatica is a horrible experience. Regardless of what you may have been told in the past, it is possible to get rid of it. You may not have to "live with it" as you have been told. Correction for the cause of sciatica may be as close as a call to our office. At Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain, we'd be happy to do our part in the restoration of your health and the elimination of the vertebral subluxations that have been interfering with it.

Caring & Compassionate Lawrenceville & Norcross Chiropractors

If you suffer from chronic neck or back pain, you need to see an expert. Our Lawrenceville chiropractor can determine the underlying causes of such pain. Examination, diagnosis, and treatment by a doctor of chiropractic can relieve your mind and may quickly relieve your pain. We encourage you to contact Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain for a free consultation as soon as possible.

To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with our doctor, call our staff at Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain right away.