Virginia Beach Chiropractic Blog
Welcome To Our Chiropractic Blog
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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There’s a new trend happening in medicine. Today, six to seven of every ten new patients seen by a chiropractors have been referred there by a medical doctor, and this trend is expected to continue. Medical doctors want to help patients just as much as chiropractors, but when it comes to back, neck and headache issues, MD’s just don’t have a great deal of training in how to work with these areas.
How It Was
Here’s a typical scenario from times past. A person goes to the general practitioner because of back pain. The doctor will likely prescribe pain killers or muscle relaxants and tell the patient to come back if they don’t help. At the next visit, the doctor will follow his or her medical guidelines for treating back issues and order an MRI or X-ray along with prescribing another medication. If that doesn’t help, the patient will return a third time.
After seeing someone three times for the same issue that is not resolving, the doctor is frustrated because she wants to help the patient and the patient is also frustrated at having gone through 6 to 12 weeks of appointments, testing and medications with no results.
At this point, the doctor likely feels hamstringed about what to do with the patient. He might suggest physical therapy, but if this has already been tried the patient will probably not want to do it again. The MD could send the patient to a physiatrist, a doctor specializing in pain management that will inject various pain medications. These work well to minimize discomfort, but many people are not keen on the idea of having an epidural injection because they’ve hear horror stories, or they might simply be afraid of needles.
Once the patient has already tried medicine, therapy and possible injections, chiropractic care becomes a viable option since it’s something the patient hasn’t tried yet. So MD’s would utilize a chiropractor as a last resort when the case wasn’t serious enough for surgery.
How It’s Changed
In the last six to eight years, however, this has changed. Many medical doctors work alongside a chiropractor on a weekly or monthly basis and use chiropractic treatment as part of the front line effort to get patients better.
Instead of exhausting all their options and then finally recommending chiropractic, GP’s now generally give a three-week course of medications and if they don’t work will tell the patient to call a chiropractor directly to assess the issue. Today’s medical doctors are using chiropractic treatment as they would any prescription to help eliminate the cause of the problem instead of trying multiple doses of medications that may or may not work for the patient. This has led to positive results for both patients and chiropractors.
Now chiropractors can work with medical doctors to be one of the first implementations of a “cure” that prevents patients from going through all the other options. If chiropractic doesn’t work, the patient can move on and try other medical alternatives, but more often than not it helps tremendously.
Cooperating In The New Health Care System
With the looming health care changes, we’ll soon have ten million more insured people needing care without having added any additional doctors to the mix. Think about how long people have to wait now to see their doctors. Adding that many more people into the health care system means we may become like Canada where people have to wait months just to see their GP.
Currently, there’s no plan on how these people are going to get processed, and this will affect both the people who already have insurance and the doctors that need to see them.
If chiropractic care can cut down the medical profession’s workload, this could help. If medical doctors are trained to understand how chiropractic works and partner with a local chiropractor, they may be able to send patients directly to chiropractic care instead of cycling them through five, six or seven visits. This will help doctors to process the boatload of newly insured and also better serve their patients.
Virginia Beach chiropractor Dr. James Maggio knows the value of chiropractic care used in conjunction with general medical care. If you have been struggling with a back, neck or other issue for too long with no resolution, contact him for an evaluation.
Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has become one of the more often-performed procedures for those with the symptoms of numbness in their fingers and hands, but when does this surgery really have the best results and when might it not be necessary?
Carpal Tunnel Diagnosis and Correction
In someone with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, there is a bone in the wrist that isn’t moving as well as it should. Constant repetitive hand motion often knocks the bone off its hinge and irritates the nerve running between the thumb, index finger and part of the middle finger, causing numbness in those three fingers and sometimes in the hand. These are the primary symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
This repetitive motion puts so much pressure on the nerve that the body tries to prevent continued irritation to that nerve by self-casting the bone and totally immobilizing it. It does this by building up layers of scar tissue around the nerve, which then causes the numbness associated with CTS.
In this situation, surgery solves the problem. The surgeon opens you up, clips the scar tissue built up around the nerve and the symptoms go away. It’s like cleaning cobwebs out of a corner.
Sometimes, however, the surgery doesn’t help.
When Surgery Won’t Work
Many people seek out a chiropractor after failed carpal tunnel surgery. Upon evaluation, it’s found that the problem was not in the wrist at all but rather in lower part of the neck. The nerve that ends in the area of the thumb, index finger and middle finger – the one associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – originates all the way up in the lower neck area. A neck vertebrae or bone that isn’t moving too well can also put pressure on this nerve and cause the same symptoms as CTS.
You would think it makes more sense that a nerve issue in the neck would cause pain in the shoulder or elbow, but that’s not how the body works. It picks and chooses the areas that it wants you to know are hurting. You might get pain in these areas or in the neck, but you might also get numbness in your hands and fingers.
So if you have Carpal Tunnel surgery when the problem is an irritated nerve in the neck, it’s easy to see why that surgery wouldn’t work.
Get A Thorough Evaluation Before Surgery
Chiropractors generally tell people considering Carpal Tunnel surgery to make sure their neck is also properly evaluated to determine if that could be causing the same symptoms as CTS.
Having a problem just in the wrists is very rare. If you think you might have CTS but also have a history of neck issues such as whiplash from a car accident, periodic headaches or general neck pain, these all need to be checked out.
If you are a line worker or sit all day at a desk, you are in a typical profession that develops neck issues. Sitting at a computer with bad posture or standing and repeating the same motion all day can cause lots of problems with the neck including pressure on the nerve that runs to the hands.
It’s important to hold off on surgery until every possibility has been explored. Your general practitioner may not be fully trained on the various causes of hand numbness and will decide that your symptoms indicate CTS. You’ll then be sent to a specialist who will often make the same assumption and perform surgery. If your doctors don’t order a proper evaluation, including x-rays and MRIs of the neck, they may miss the real issue entirely.
One way to ensure a proper diagnosis is to find a good chiropractor who can help you determine whether something in your neck is causing your symptoms. Virginia Beach chiropractor Dr. James Maggio is extremely experienced in diagnosing and treating neck issues as well as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Contact him for an evaluation before you go ahead with any surgery.
Is Surgery The Right Answer?
Surgery can often be an invasive demanding and dangerous process. There are many cases where surgery is necessary and greatly benefited from. However, there are also many cases that surgery can be avoided. Chiropractic care is a less invasive treatment that should be explored prior to surgery.
One major benefit to chiropractic care is it incorporates the entire body. You may have a problem in your wrists that is merely a symptom, and the source of your pain is in your back. Whereas surgery may temporarily solve your wrist issue, the source of the problem goes untreated.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is typically a result of repetitive motions of the hand and wrist. Signs of carpal tunnel syndrome include pain, numbness, or tingling in the hand and wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome is becoming more and more common due to more and more people working at a computer for longer periods of time. Even if you do not work at a computer many jobs require repetitive motions that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Herniated Disks or commonly known as ruptured or slipped disks, occur when disks slip from their place, into the spinal canal. This creates nerve pressure and causes pain. There are many different degrees of herniated disks. You may have a herniated disk, and not even know it. However, you may also be in excruciating pain due to a herniated disk. Herniated disks can cause a number of problems to your body including pain; lose of function to extremities, and even problems with your bowels.
Surgery is often recommended in extreme cases of herniated disks. While surgery may present a solution to your problem, it may also come with complications and dangers that need a second look. Most herniated disk surgeries consist of either bone fusion, or disk replacement with an artificial prosthesis. These are life-altering events that need to be considered carefully.
Surgery may be the end result to your struggle with carpal tunnel, or a herniated disk, but it should never be your first option. In most cases non-surgical treatments should be considered first. Seeing a chiropractor is a necessary step if you suffer from carpal tunnel, a herniated disk, or any ailment that you think requires surgery.
A chiropractor will give you the knowledge to help you better understand your condition, and empower you with a plan for treatment.
A Chiropractor’s Top Ten Tips For A Healthier Life
Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life. However, many of us either aren’t sure how to do it, or we know what we should be doing but decide otherwise. From the viewpoint of a chiropractor, our wellbeing is all about what to eat, what not to eat, and getting exercise.
Here are ten quick tips that can help bring about many years of good health.
- Replace Soda with Water – Cutting back on soda can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Water is also better than diet soda which contains chemicals that are just as dangerous as all the sugar in regular soda.
- Exercise 15 Minutes A Day – Remember that this doesn’t have to be 15 minutes straight. Squeeze in five minutes before work; take a brisk walk during your lunch break; do a few jumping jacks or pushups when you get home. You don’t need special equipment, and just 15 minutes a day can keep you in tip-top cardiovascular shape.
- Eat Dark Chocolate – Incorporating a small piece of dark chocolate into your diet each day provides additional antioxidants to help fight off cancers.
- Drink Green Tea – Drinking 16 ounces of green tea per day can help support your immune and digestive systems. It also has those cancer-fighting antioxidants.
- Skip and Limit Desserts – Look at the calories of the dessert you want and figure out how much work you’d have to do to burn off those calories and not gain weight. A typical piece of cheesecake is about 650 calories, which means working one hour at a good pace on an elliptical machine to burn it off.Start doing the math. If you really want to have dessert but don’t want to exercise, then don’t have it or have a smaller amount and know you’ll need some exercise to burn it off. Make it a rule not to eat more than 100 calories or six teaspoons of sugar in a day. Trade heavier desserts for smaller ones such as the 100 calorie packs you can buy in the grocery store.
- Eat More Leafy Green Vegetables – Whenever you can, buy organic. You don’t want your vegetables overloaded with preservatives. Having greens at every single meal is a key factor for good health.
- Get the Proper Amount of Sleep – Studies show that women who slept between 5 and 6½ hours per night survived longer than those who slept for more than 8 hours or fewer than 5 hours. Sleeping longer than 8 hours is just as bad as not getting enough sleep. So the sweet spot for sleep is between 5 and 8 hours. It’s also important to go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Sleeping longer on the weekends to “catch up” will throw off your whole sleep pattern and potentially create health issues.
- Move During the Work Day – You can prevent a build-up of arthritis (and extra trips to the chiropractor) by getting up, stretching and walking at least once every hour during the work day. It’s helpful even if you only do it for one or two minutes. Movement helps keep your joints lubricated and your circulation flowing. Someone who sits all day and then goes home and does something strenuous like mowing the lawn is more prone to injury that someone who moves throughout the day.
- Drink Red Wine – Along with helping you de-stress, a glass of red wine provides antioxidants that help prevent heart attack and stroke.
- Everything in Moderation – This “oldie but goodie” is still as true as ever. If you’re having something that’s not really good for you, just have a little so it doesn’t build up in your body. Five cups of coffee a day or 18 hot dogs a week will not benefit your health in any way.
Look at the list again. None of these things are difficult, and some of them you might actually enjoy. As you incorporate these healthy actions into your lifestyle, you’ll reach a point where skipping them is not an option. This means you are fully on the road to a healthier and longer life.
Counseling patients on the value of diet and exercise is a specialty of Virginia Beach chiropractor Dr. James Maggio. Make an appointment today and learn how easy it is to become a better you.