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Headaches - Gastonia Chiropractor

Headaches - Gastonia Chiropractor

Is it just me, or is it true that when you have a headache, everything is so much harder to do? It is difficult to go through your day with the same excitement and energy that you normally have when you are suffering from even a mild headache. It is also exhausting to try and work through the pain. One of the worst things about headaches is that there are so many different types. What works to relieve your pain one day may not make the slightest bit of difference the next. If your headache is brought on by lack of sleep, it may be as simple as taking a nap so that you can feel better. If you have a headache that seems to be triggered by light, having a nice, dark room with calming music playing may be just what you need. While you may not automatically know what to use to combat the pain, headaches can often be treated through trial and error.

The worst part about a headache is that they seem to stay with you forever. When you have a bad headache, it can feel like it's never going to end. You can get a headache from just about any activity, too. One can be brought on by sitting in the same position for too long or not drinking enough water. It is always difficult to work when you have a headache, but there are some tactics that you can try which may reduce the severity and frequency of headaches you deal with in an average month.

Headaches are one of the most commonly treated problems here at DiBella Chiropractic. We know how much they can sidetrack you in your daily life and how frustrating they are, especially when they are common. Pain might make you feel like you're alone, but headaches are not uncommon. Thankfully, chiropractic care has been shown to help relieve headaches of all kinds.

If you suffer from headaches, give us a call. We know it can be difficult to find the time, but if you already lose productivity due to headaches, it is worth it to see just what we can do for you. We can help you combat your headaches without medication, which is a great solution for many people. We understand that headaches are difficult to work around, but we know that we can help you if you let us. Call and schedule your first appointment today!

Pinched Nerve - Gastonia Chiropractor

Pinched Nerve - Gastonia Chiropractor

While a pinched nerve may sound like a simple annoyance, it truly has the ability to derail everything you try to do throughout your average day. The pain and other frequently debilitating symptoms that are often seen as a result of pinched nerves can leave you without the ability to do even the most simple of tasks. While some people can work through the pain for a while, many find themselves either in too much pain to move at all, or that they at least need to cut down on their physical activity because of the pinched nerve. This obviously isn’t a sustainable solution, especially if you have a job or people who rely on you such as children or elderly family. Being diagnosed with a pinched nerve doesn’t have to be life changing, but you do need to understand what your treatment options are.

Pinched nerves are caused by an excess of pressure applied to a nerve by the surrounding body parts. This pressure can cause different problems in the area, which can impact your movement. Pinched nerve pain isn’t something that will go away on its own, either. If you have symptoms that last longer than a few days, you should call DiBella Chiropractic to see a doctor. If you aren’t sure whether you are experiencing symptoms of a pinched nerve, here are a few of the common symptoms to look out for:

– Muscle weakness in an isolated area
– Pain that feels either sharp or aching, which often radiates out from a specific point
– Numbness or decreased sensation in an isolated area
– Tingling, or a feeling of “pins and needles”, as if a limb has fallen asleep
– Any of these symptoms getting worse at night

In order to be diagnosed, you will most likely have to go through a series of tests that your doctor needs to request. These often include imaging tests and/or electrical pulse tests which help your doctor determine if the issue originates in your nervous system. From there, you may be prescribed physical therapy, medication, or even surgery depending on how bad the damage is.

If you would like to see what treatment options are available to you before you turn to surgery, give us a call. We are here to help you feel better regardless of any nerve issues you may have. We know how painful a pinched nerve can be and will do everything we can to help you feel better, so call us today!

Bulging and Herniated Discs - Gastonia Chiropractor

Bulging and Herniated Discs - Gastonia Chiropractor

Generally when we hear about someone dealing with a disc issue in their back, we either hear the term “disc herniation” or “disc bulge”. Here at DiBella Chiropractic, we have noticed that most people aren't actually familiar with the difference between the two, despite them being completely different problems. It may seem like highlighting the difference between them is pedantic, as both are painful, but it does make a large difference when it comes to the treatment options. In order to grasp the difference, let's learn a little bit about the spine itself.

The spine has multiple parts that you need to have a basic knowledge of in order to understand the difference between herniation and bulging. The first is the disc. This is the part between the vertebrae that acts like a cushion so the bones don’t rub together. Looking closer, the disc itself has two parts. These are called the nucleus and the annulus. The nucleus is the center, which is soft and jelly-like. The annulus is the exterior part of the disc, which is a bit tougher. The annulus protects the nucleus from the vertebrae, like a hard shell. Sometimes the annulus cracks, or gets a tear in it. When this happens, the nucleus can leak out, which causes pain. If it touches a nerve, it may cause any number of symptoms, including pain or numbness. This is a disc herniation.

Bulges, on the other hand, are caused by normal wear and tear to the disc, and are often seen even if the person doesn't experience any symptoms. The main difference between a bulge and a herniation is the type of displacement that occurs. There is technically less displacement from a herniation than there is a bulge, yet the pain is normally more severe. This isn't to say that disc bulges should be left without treatment, however. Anything that involves your back will need to be dealt with sooner or later. It is always important to get it checked out by a professional quickly.

If you believe you may have a herniated or bulging disc, or are looking for a way to deal with the pain, call DiBella Chiropractic as soon as possible. We know that it can be difficult to find time to see a doctor, but your back is important to everything you do. Come in today and be amazed at how much better you can feel!

Auto Injuries - Gastonia Chiropractor

Auto Injuries - Gastonia Chiropractor

How many of us have been in car accidents or known someone else who was? I can all but guarantee that everyone can think of at least one person. A friend of mine was just in an accident today. Thankfully he is alright, but it is always terrifying and not everyone is as lucky. Today when my friend was rear-ended, things could have turned out very differently based on small changes such as the angle he was hit or the speed at which the other person had been going. It can be terrifying to think that such a common activity is something that can be so dangerous and deadly, but unfortunately it all too often is.

As it is reported currently, the most common cause of car accidents is distracted driving. This can mean anything from taking a sip from your cup of coffee to changing the radio to texting while driving. It is dangerous to do anything that could shift your attention from the road ahead of you, so it is important to do your best to avoid as many of these distractions as possible. Leaving your phone in the backseat or waking up a little earlier in order to have a cup of coffee in the morning can be great ways to help reduce the chance of you becoming distracted while you drive.

When you are in a car accident, there is a chance that you won't get injured at all. Most often, however, you can count on at least being sore for the next couple of days. Even if you don't feel like you were hurt on impact, pain very often sets in once the adrenaline from the crash itself has worn off. Problems such as whiplash and sometimes even broken bones can go unnoticed for any amount of time depending on how your body and mind reacts to the incident. Even if you don't notice a problem right away, it is important to call a doctor and get examined regardless of how severe the accident was.

If you have been hurt in a car crash, come into DiBella Chiropractic as soon as you can. Our pain management and relief techniques can make all the difference to your injury. We know how frightening being in a crash is, but your recovery can't wait. Give us a call and set up your first appointment right away!

Whiplash - Gastonia Chiropractor

Whiplash - Gastonia Chiropractor

An issue that we often hear about when it comes to car accidents is whiplash. We all know that whiplash is bad, but what exactly is it? Do you absolutely need to see a doctor to treat it? What kinds of treatments can you receive for it? There are dozens of questions that people have about whiplash, and they often aren’t asked until after someone has already been diagnosed. While we obviously don't want you to ever need this information due to your own injuries, we also think it is a good idea to be at least familiar with the basics, so here are some simple facts about whiplash for you.

Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a sharp, fast movement front to back that resembles the movement of a whip. This usually occurs as the result of a car accident, but can also be seen in abuse cases and some sports injuries. Normally, a case of whiplash will result in the victim having neck pain, stiffness, and headaches. It can also include loss of movement, tingling or numbness, dizziness, fatigue, blurred vision, irritability, trouble focusing, memory issues, depression, tenderness, tinnitus, and sleep difficulties. While it is always important to see a doctor after a car accident, it is even more important to do so if you suddenly have or quickly develop any of these symptoms so that you can get the proper treatment and documentation in the event of a legal case.

Most people who develop whiplash can self-treat it before it gets better within a few weeks, but you always want to make sure that any pain you feel isn’t from something even more serious, like muscle damage or even a fracture. It is especially important to seek medical treatment if you have had whiplash before, are older, or have a pre-existing condition that can be aggravated by a condition like whiplash. It is impossible to know how your body will react to whiplash, so it’s always better to be checked by a doctor than to leave it up to chance.

Receiving chiropractic care after a car accident is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. If you were hurt in a crash, then you should definitely come into DiBella and let us help you with your pain. Getting the proper care is so important and we will do everything we can to get you back to normal. Call us today and see the difference it makes!

Back Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

Back Pain - Gastonia Chiropractor

One of the most frustrating things to deal with in regards to your body is back pain. Back pain can come in many different forms and be from any number of issues, but regardless of whether the pain is chronic or acute, it is never pleasant to go through. The problem with back pain is that if your back hurts, your entire day is now miserable. Walking, sitting, standing, lifting something, and even just turning over in the middle of the night can be enough to throw your back out. There also isn’t much that you can normally do to fix it except for time. While there may be some ice or heat packs that you can use to reduce the pain temporarily, backs are notoriously difficult to rehabilitate on your own.

If your back pain was caused by an incident such as a car accident, it can be especially difficult to make it better. There is often extensive damage that was done that doesn’t always show up immediately; it may take a few months or even years. These types of injuries often begin with acute pain that turns into a chronic problem that can stay with a person for the rest of their life. Of course, you want to start treating these types of issues as soon as possible, but it isn’t always an option depending on things like insurance, scheduling issues, and even your own perception of the pain. If you have the chance, however, you should always be checked out by a doctor after any sort of serious impact to make sure that there wasn’t any lasting damage done.

Your back is one of the most delicate areas of your body. It is so important to your daily life to be proactive with the health and strength of your back. Even if you don’t feel like the pain is severe, you should still see a chiropractor regularly for a spinal adjustment. It is massively important that you take care of your back so that you can continue to enjoy yourself as you continue to age.

When it comes to injuries like car accidents, backs are often some of the most affected areas. If you were in a crash, give DiBella Chiropractic a call today and see how much of a difference a few appointments can make for you. You will be amazed at how much better you feel after a few sessions!

Carpal Tunnel - Gastonia Chiropractor

Carpal Tunnel - Gastonia Chiropractor

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may be becoming more and more common, but that doesn't make it any more pleasant. It is a condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the arm and down through the hand. It happens when the median nerve, which is one of the main nerves that travels through the wrist to the hand, is compressed or pinched at the wrist. It tends to get worse over time if it goes untreated, so early diagnosis is extremely important. If caught early enough, carpal tunnel can be treated with a simple wrist brace and refraining from certain movements and hand positions. However, if it is not addressed and the aggravating activity is continued, the damage will only continue to get worse. It may reach a point where surgery is needed to help reduce the pain and pressure that is harming the nerve.

There are multiple theories as to why we are seeing such an increase in carpal tunnel syndrome diagnoses. The most common belief is that more and more people are spending large amounts of time on computers. The typing on a keyboard requires a certain position of the hands and wrist, which lends itself to an increase in pressure on the wrist. Many people try to use cushions under the wrist on both their keyboards and mouse pads in an attempt to counteract this added pressure. Although we know that this isn't a magic method for preventing carpal tunnel, we can definitely agree that it doesn't hurt to keeping prolonged pressure off of your wrists is always a good idea. Keeping your wrists elevated slightly is a good way to reduce the impact on the medial nerve. While there are other factors that can cause carpal tunnel, such as family history and other health conditions, anything you can do to reduce your risk is worth trying.

If you have been experiencing any sort of numbness, tingling, burning, or hand and wrist pain, especially centralized in your thumb or middle fingers, you should give DiBella Chiropractic a call right away. If you also experience any weakness or pain that travels up your arm and into your shoulder, let us know when you call. We will do our best to get you an appointment quickly and see if you are experiencing symptoms of carpal tunnel. Hopefully we can help you without you needing surgery to correct the pressure and swelling. Come in today to find out!

Sciatica - Gastonia Chiropractor

Sciatica - Gastonia Chiropractor

Although at this point most people know that sciatica means a lot of pain, it seems to be less common that someone actually knows what sciatica really is. With so many different conditions that someone can develop that involve pain, it can be difficult to keep track of them all. When you hear about multiple disorders, it can be easy to mix them up if you don't interact with them on a regular basis. This is why we want to help you learn about this issue and how you can identify it in yourself in case you ever need to seek chiropractic care.

The term sciatica refers to the sciatic nerve, which stretches from your lower back down through your hips, buttocks, and down both legs. When you have any pain that travels along this nerve for any reason, it is called sciatica. There can be any number of things that cause this pain, but it is most commonly due to either a herniated disk, bone spurs, or a narrowing of the spine. These three issues may be relatively common, but that doesn’t make them any less painful. In fact, the pain from sciatica can be, and often is, completely debilitating. The swelling and numbness that accompanies sciatica are concerning enough that you should always take the first sign of symptoms seriously and not wait to see if it gets better before seeking medical assistance.

Normally, the symptoms of sciatica are strangely straightforward yet confusing at the same time. People often experience pain that radiates down their leg from the spine, but may also experience numbness, muscle weakness, or tingling in the leg. People may have more than one of those symptoms in different spots in the leg. The pain can feel like anything from a mild ache to sharp, shooting pain, or a burning sensation, or even an electrical shock. It may feel more intense if you sit for extended periods of time, if you stand for too long, or if your body spasms, as if with a cough or sneeze. These widely varying symptoms are why you need to go to a doctor to get a proper diagnosis.

If you suspect you may be suffering from sciatica, call DiBella Chiropractic. Surgery is rarely needed, but having a doctor's care is imperative for something like this. If your back hurts, you need to have someone look at it. Come in and see how much better we can make you feel!

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