Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog

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We are glad you decided to visit our Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog! At the ProAdjuster Chiropractic Clinic of Virginia Beach, Dr. Maggio not only wants to serve his patients while they are in our office, but he also wants to serve them while they are at home. One of the easiest ways for us to do that is to update our weekly chiropractic blog.

Dr. Maggio constantly scours the internet for new information that can be helpful for patients to help them with their health goals. Regular chiropractic care is one of the steps you can take to achieve good health. In combination with your chiropractic care, it is important to include regular exercise, good nutrition and stress reduction strategies to your good health plan. We know that, to help you achieve success, you will need some key information. We can give you advice on how to exercise, how to eat, and how to relax. Please use our Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog for your health education and reading enjoyment.

Some of the key topics we have found the most interesting to our patients are already included in our Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog. These include information on new medical procedures, stretching and exercises, dietary changes, supplement information and more. As we know, some of our patients prefer chiropractic blogs sent to them in written form. Other patients like the convenient video updates that Dr. Maggio presents, on a weekly basis.

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Arthritis Time for Help


Arthritis can be frustrating.

Have you ever been to the doctor experiencing shoulder, back, knee or ankle pain? A lot of people suffer from chronic pain in these areas. Frustrated, they go to the doctor to find out they have arthritis in these areas. Sometimes they are quickly dismissed and told to live with the pain. In other cases, they may be prescribed medications that do not help relieve the pain or inflammation.



What is it?

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is cause by local structural changes. This happens in specific joints. Cartilage is the rubbery substances that cushions the joints. When the cartilage breaks down it leaves the joint unprotected. This may lead to a thickening of the bone. This ends in a build-up called bone spurs.

How common is It?

It is very common. There are more than one hundred different types of arthritis. People of all ages, sexes and race have arthritis. More than fifty million adults have it. It can affect children as well. Approximately 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. It is most common among women. It typically occurs with age.

Most Common Treatment for Arthritis

Pain treatment focuses on relieving symptoms. Several different treatments may be initiated before finding the right one. A combination of treatment may be necessary to determine what works best. Medications for arthritis vary. This depends on the type of arthritis. Analgesics (Tylenol, Tramadol, and Percocet) may be prescribed. These help to reduce pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) help to reduce pain and inflammation. These include ibuprofen and Aleve. Some creams and ointments may be prescribed as well.

Most Common Areas it Occurs

There are many types of joint pain. It depends on where it is localized in the body. It is most commonly felt in the fingers, knees, ankles and back and neck. Joint pain in the hands and feet can be early signs of rheumatoid issues. Pain in the knees and shoulders can be a result of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid issues. Another common area is the back and neck. These are some of the most mobile joints in the body. They can be susceptible to a lot of wear and tear in the body.


It affects approximately thirty-one million Americans. It can be diagnosed with an X-ray or MRI. Being diagnosed with arthritis is not the end of the world. A recent research found “no correlation” between the intensity of low back pain and the degree of arthritic change. Lumbar disc degeneration is present in forty percent of people under thirty. It is present in over ninety percent of those over the age of fifty. In healthy 20-22 year olds with no back pain, forty-eight percent had one degenerated disc.


Eighty-five percent of adults have knee arthritis that does not cause pain. There is little correlation between the degree of degeneration and pain.


Chiropractic care helps address the underlying reason for both the symptoms and degeneration. Degenerative findings are often NOT the source of your pain. Dr. Maggio uses a computerized tool called the Pulstar ProAdjuster. It helps diagnose and treat patients without any popping, cracking, turning or twisting. If you or someone you know is living with pain, call our office today at (757) 473-9900 (option 1).

Herniated Disc Pain Effects Life

Herniated Disc Pain


A herniated disc can occur anywhere in the spine. The most common areas for a herniated disc is in the cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) spine. Herniated discs are often referred to as slipped discs or ruptured discs. This results from a tear in the outer layer of a disc. The tear allows for the nucleus to push out of the tear. This puts pressure on the nerves. Herniated disc pain can vary

herniated disc pain

herniated disc pain

depending on the area of the spine where the disc slipped.

Herniated Cervical Disc

The cervical region consists of seven vertebrae in the neck. Herniated disc pain in the cervical region is one of the most common causes of neck pain. Some people can experience numbness or tingling in their shoulders or arm. This can also travel into the fingers. Some patients may also experience weakness in the hand and fingers. Some more serious symptoms can include problems using hands or arm for fine motor skills. A loss of balance and coordination is another symptom of herniated disc pain.

Herniated Lumbar Disc

The lumbar region consists of five vertebrae. Herniated disc pain in the lumbar region can vary. Some patients may experience pain that radiates into one or both legs. Sometimes this can also travel into the feet. This is also known as sciatica. Herniated disc pain can feel like an electric shock when standing, walking, or sitting. Bending, sitting, or lifting may also increase the pain. Herniated disc pain can be accompanied by numbness or tingling in the legs or feet.


If left untreated, herniated disc pain can increase. This can lead to permanent nerve damage. In rare cases, a herniated disc can cut off nerve impulses in the lower back. This can cause loss of bowel or bladder control. Another long term complication is known as saddle anesthesia. In this case, it compresses nerves and causes loss of sensation in your inner thighs.


In order for a herniated disc to be diagnosed, your doctor will have to perform an exam. The doctor will be looking for the source of the pain. This will involve checking for nerve function and muscle strength. They will look to see if you feel pain when moving or touching the affected area. A full case history will be taken. This will go over when the pain first started. It will also go over when the pain got worse. Imaging tests may also be done. This will help identify any areas of the spine that can be damaged.






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Anatomy of Cervical herniated discs and the spine

It is helpful to understand the anatomy of the cervical spine when discussing herniated cervical discs. The cervical (neck) region contains seven vertebrae. Each vertebrae is separated by a disc. The disc is a gel-like substance. It helps to absorb shock. The cervical spine helps to support the weight of the head, which is ten pounds. At each disc level, a pair of spinal nerves exits from the Read more