Posts Tagged as: Knee Pain
After seeing thousands of people in over 13 years of practice there are definitely a few patterns that emerge among my patients. A big one is that the majority of people still think that when they are in pain they should go to their "doctor" first. By this, they generally mean their MD, or Medical Doctor. Often they don't realize that chiropractors not only ARE doctors, but that we are trained as musculoskeletal pain specialists, much more so than a typical family physician. An MD's only "treatment" option for things like back and neck pain is prescription drugs, typically a muscle relaxer and a pain killer (and hopefully a referral to their local chiropractor if they have been educated or have personal experience with what chiropractors can do).
So when is a good time to see a chiropractor? In an ideal world everyone would see their chiropractor on a regular basis throughout the year not only to prevent pain but also because chiropractic adjustments help the body to function at it's peak. Of course in the "real world" this isn't the case. How often depends on many factors from a person's age, physical fitness level or past injury history. Frequency of need is likely going to be different for each person.
In the "real world" however, most people go to a chiropractor once they feel pain or discomfort somewhere in their body. Back and neck pain are by far the most common reason people see a chiropractor but there are tons of other issues that chiropractic can help with. Most headaches, for instance, actually respond quicker to chiropractic adjustments than almost any other ailment I treat. Also pretty much any joint pain may benefit from chiropractic care. Did you know chiropractor adjust shoulders, knees, ankles, feet, wrists and even elbows!
Some common non-spinal issues that chiropractic care can benefit are carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, knee pain, and also sports injuries like sprained ankles. A chiropractor should actually come to mind as the first "doctor" to go to whenever any of these arise. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, at Full Motion Chiropractic here in Hopkins, MN I use other therapies such as electrical muscle stim (EMS), kinesiotaping with Rocktape, custom foot orthotics from Foot Levelers using a laser guided 3-D foot scanner and rehabilitative exercises to stablize and strengthen injured soft tissues for long-term recovery.
If you're dealing with pain and sick of taking drugs that just mask the problem, now is the time to see a chiropractor. If you live or work in the West metro area of Minneapolis you're definitely welcome to come to Full Motion Chiropractic in Hopkins, MN. I promise I'll give you the best chiropractic care possible. I'm in network with virtually every insurance company that covers chiropractic care including Health Partners, Blue Cross, Medica, United Health Care, Preferred One, UCare and many more. Walk-ins are also welcome! My office is open every Monday through Thursday with patient hours from 8:30am to 12pm and 2pm to 6pm. Call today at 612-655-3073, email me at DrAdam@FullMotionChiropractic.com or click HERE to request an appointment online!
When we suffer from pain we typically assume the problem is coming right from where the pain is. This frequently is not the case with our bodies because everything is connected through fascial tissue and our nervous system. For instance, I see people for tension headaches all the time, but the actual "cause" of the headache is almost always coming from the upper neck, not the head.
When someone comes to our Hopkins chiropractic office with chronic lower back pain I will almost always do a 3-D laser foot scan which gives me a high-tech picture of the bottom of someone's feet that helps determine if there might be problem with the structures within them, specifically if there is a pronation issue. This is when the foot tilts inward because of lack of support from the arches, as in "flat feet". That's another thing, our feet actually have THREE arches that need support to keep the foot in balance. But how does this affect the lower back?
A pronating foot tilts inward. This makes the tibia, the lower leg bone, and the knee twist slightly inward as well. Knee pain, therefore, can also be associated with flat feet. The femur, the large upper leg bone, then ends up meeting the knee at a bad angle causing one hip to be higher than the other, or positioning the hips in a flexed or extended postion. If any of this happens an imbalance in the lower back is created, usually leading to low back pain at some point.
Often this lower back pain seems confusing to my patients because there typically wasn't any incident or injury that they can recall of as to a "cause". Without proper assessement in looking at all parts of the body, it can be very easy to miss the root of the problem. I've had many patients come to me after trying things from massage to physical therapy, to injections to even having seen other chiropractors where all treatment was focused only in the lower back and other than getting either very short-term relief or no relief at all they decided to give me "a try". If I find that the feet are the real cause of the back pain, setting up the patient with Foot Levelers custom orthotics can be a life changer. The back pain doesn't keep coming back, or if it does, it is much less frequent and is much easier to get rid of with less treatment down the road because the orthotics are specifically designed for the exact needs of the patient to keep all three arches in the correct postion which aligns the rest of the leg bones and hips.
If you've been dealing with lower back pain, or even knee or foot pain, and are looking for answers give us a call at 612-655-3073 or request an appointment online HERE!
If you've been to multiple chiropractors you've probably felt like they all do things a little differently. Some take x-rays right away. Some don't. Some won't treat you the first day, while others do. Some want to see you many more times and much longer than others. Even the staple of care by chiropractors, the adjustment, is often performed in a myriad of ways depending on techniques the doctor learned in school that he or she feels suits their style best. The bottom line is that positive outcomes can result from all the different types of treatment because in the end we are all really working towards the same thing - helping our patients feel their best!
So how does care at Full Motion Chiropractic stand out compared to most other chiropractors? The biggest difference you'll find at Full Motion is that I primarily aim towards reducing your pain with short-term treatment plans. The care is patient-centered, meaning I strive to ONLY see you as much as needed to get you feeling better. This type of care is known as "Relief Care". Most of my patients then continue to come in for care on their terms when they feel they need it or for regular maintanence care to help keep their bodies functioning at the highest level possible.
"Corrective Care" is another very common type of care you'll likely encounter if you go to a chiropractor. And while this type of care can yield some amazing life-changing results for some, it may not always be necessary and for most people the high number and frequency of appointments over several months is often very difficult if you have a busy schedule.
If you've been hesitant to call a chiropractor out of fear that you'll be told you have to come back forever, there are options! Give us a call at 612-655-3073 or request an appointment ONLINE. Our promise at Full Motion Chiropractic is to get out of pain as quickly as possible so you can get back to doing what you love most and living your life to the fullest!
Most of us suffer from lower back pain at some point in our lives. Researchers estimate that nearly 1 out of 3 adults deal with some kind of regular spinal pain. Full Motion Chiropractic and our talented staff see many back and neck pain cases in our Hopkins, office, and we've found that chiropractic care is a highly effective way to not only help you heal from back pain, it's also a great way to protect against future episodes.
A recent article from the University of Utah verifies what our Hopkins, MN patients have experienced: Dr. Adam Sagedahl is the best first choice for an episode of back pain.
In this study, 747 participants were treated for low back pain. Each patient was assessed based on the first person they sought treatment with, whether it was a primary care physician, a chiropractor, a physiatrist (also known as a rehabilitation physician), or a physical therapist.
What the authors discovered is that the subjects who first saw a chiropractor had fewer advanced imaging tests and fewer surgeries.
Other studies have found the same results. A 2012 study reported that chiropractic patients had the best functional recovery and pain relief for chronic back pain.
Chiropractic works by restoring the natural, pain-free function of your spine. Full Motion Chiropractic and Dr. Adam Sagedahl help your body heal with gentle chiropractic adjustments that don't use drugs or risky surgical procedures.
If you live near our Hopkins office and would like to get out of pain, give our office a call today at (612) 655-3073 for an appointment.
Fritz JM, Kim J, Dorius J. Importance of the type of provider seen to begin health care for a new episode of low back pain: associations with future utilization and costs. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2015(Sep 29).
Cecchi F, et al. Predictors of functional outcome in patients with chronic low back pain undergoing back school, individual physiotherapy or spinal manipulation. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2012;48:371-8.
We care for a large number of people in our Hopkins office and Full Motion Chiropractic has helped countless people eliminate a variety of health problems. However, a common concern that seems to prevent a lot of people from seeking treatment is whether or not chiropractic care is safe. Fortunately, according to three separate studies (out of countless on the issue), the answer to this question is a resounding: "Yes! Chiropractic is safe!"
Australian Study: Chiropractic is Safe
The first research paper(1) was published in Spine and involved 183 adults. Each test subject was affected by spinal pain, and half of the patients received real chiropractic adjustments while the remaining patients were given two fake chiropractic treatments. Information was gathered after each real or fake adjustment to identify if any undesirable side effects occurred as a result of the genuine chiropractic adjustments.
The doctors found that no one documented any serious unfavorable side effects in any way after receiving one or two sessions of chiropractic care. Some individuals did state that they got a headache (just 9% of people) or muscle stiffness (37%) after treatment, but the effects were not of a serious nature.
Nationwide Survey Reports that Chiropractic Care is Safe
The next study(2), also released in the influential journal, Spine, was performed in an attempt to ascertain the safety of chiropractic care. The test group was much larger as it involved just under 20,000 individuals. Each participant received chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine, with over 50,000 total adjustments for all study participants.
Once again, the researchers found no serious negative side effects. The authors determined the risk of total side effects to be about six out of every 10,000 consultations or every 100,000 treatment sessions. Plus, just as with the first study, some participants did report non-serious, milder, side effects such as dizziness (less than 2%) or a headache (4%), and this prompted the researchers to determine that "the risk of a serious adverse event, immediately or up to 7 days after treatment, was low to very low."
Chiropractic Care Is Safe for Children
The third study(3) is unique from the previous two pieces of research, as it concentrates on the safety of chiropractic care for children. In this case, researchers analyzed data reported by both chiropractors and parents involving 816 children who participated in 7,173 chiropractic treatment sessions.
Out of 5,438 chiropractic appointments made for the young ones, chiropractors responding to the survey reported only three cases where there were adverse side effects. When parents were questioned, they indicated only two adverse side effects out of 1,735 visits. Additionally, both chiropractors and parents reported "a high rate of improvement with respect to the children's presenting complaints."
Based on these three studies (and many more!), chiropractic care has been judged safe and effective for everyone. To learn what chiropractic can do for you, call our Hopkins office and make an appointment today at (612) 655-3073.
- Walker BF, Hebert JJ, Stomski NJ, Clarke BR, Bowden RS, Losco B, French SD. Outcomes of usual chiropractic. The OUCH randomized controlled trial of adverse events. Spine 2013;38(20):1723-9.
- Thiel HW1, Bolton JE, Docherty S, Portlock JC. Safety of chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine: a prospective national survey. Spine 2007;32(21):2375-8.
- Alcantara J, Ohm J, Kunz D. The safety and effectiveness of pediatric chiropractic: a survey of chiropractors and parents in a practice-based research network. Explore NY 2009;5(5): 290-5.
The latest statistics show that there are over 500,000 spinal surgeries annually in the US. Although in some cases it's necessary to have back surgery, the reality is that if you can avoid this type of invasive procedure, you're often better off.
Full Motion Chiropractic is here to make sure that patients in Hopkins have a natural, non-surgical option for back problems. We've helped many patients recover from back pain without the need for surgery.
There are countless reasons to avoid unnecessary medical treatments: Surgeries often result in a longer recuperation time and complications, neither of which is an acceptable scenario. Luckily, as one study has found, chiropractic care may actually keep you out of the operating room altogether!
In this paper, about 1,900 workers with back injuries were evaluated over a three year period. When the workers first sought care with a surgeon, over 42 percent ended up having back surgery. For those who saw only a chiropractor, only 1.5 percent had surgery!
These findings mean that chiropractic care can help you recover from back pain without surgery.
If you live in the Hopkins area, Dr. Adam Sagedahl at Full Motion Chiropractic can probably help you with your back pain. Give our office a call today at (612) 655-3073 for more information or an appointment.
Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, et al. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine 2013;38(11):953-964.