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What to Do About Little League Elbow

Little league elbow is a syndrome caused by repetitive use of the elbow joint, and often appears in young teens or adolescents who regularly play sports. These repetitive motions (which include throwing motions) strain the ligaments, particularly where they insert on the bones. This can cause inflammation, tearing of the ligaments, and of course, pain.

The first action your child should take is actually inaction. If you suspect little league elbow, rest is extremely important. Take some time off from the sport, especially from the repetitive action (most likely throwing) that is causing the problem. Since kids have immature bones and are still growing, playing through the pain can actually lead to chronic injuries. So, the first thing you need to do is reduce stress on that joint. Keeping ice on the affected area can reduce inflammation and pain.

Next, if you suspect little league elbow (or tennis elbow, a similar injury) calling our office should be the next step. We can utilize chiropractic adjustments of the elbow to reduce compression and irritation in the joint, and get it moving well again. Active muscle release can also reduce inflammation and stress on the muscles. We can perform these treatments in our office, and get your young player back out on the field again soon.

Dr Green’s background in sports medicine, including a master’s degree in sports rehabilitation, lends the perfect insight to help athletes cope with injuries from repetitive use. Give us a call to set an appointment, and we will assess your injury and make a plan for treatment.

Please Note: This content is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional health advice, diagnosis, or treatment.


Neck Pain Treatment

After lower back pain, neck pain is the second most common ailment that we treat here at Green Chiropractic. Most people associate neck pain with whiplash, such as from a car accident, but there are actually many other reasons you can develop pain in your neck.

Neck pain is often caused by postural issues, particularly those that persist for hours out of your day, such as:

  • sitting at a desk for long periods of time
  • texting
  • forward head carriage
  • other chronic posture issues

Over time, postural issues can lead to degeneration of the cervical spine. This is the area of the spine that composes your neck. While the cervical spine is strong and flexible, it is also quite complex. It is easy to strain those muscles, ligaments, and tendons, and create alignment issues with the spine. Over time this can lead to degeneration and pain in the neck.

Depending upon your exact problem, there are many things we can do right here in our office to treat neck pain:

  • chiropractic adjustments
  • cervical traction
  • active muscle release

Our goal is to reduce strain on the cervical spine, restore proper posture, and alleviate your pain.

Even people who don’t have neck pain can benefit from chiropractic care for their neck. These people might feel tension and stress, particularly if they perform a desk job or otherwise suffer from postural problems. Chiropractic care can help them too, so that the problem doesn’t grow into a more painful situation.

If you’re suffering neck pain, or just feel a lot of tension in that area, give us a call. We can identify the source of your problem and treat it accordingly. Chiropractic care for neck pain is safe, very gentle, and can be performed right here in our office.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression or entrapment of the median nerve in your wrist, as it enters the hand. You might suspect you have carpal tunnel syndrome due to tingling or numbness, or a feeling of weakness in your hands and fingers. Over time, carpal tunnel syndrome can even result in muscle atrophy.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by repetitive motions of the wrist and hands. In your daily life you might spend several hours typing or otherwise using your hands in a repetitive way, which can compress the median nerve over time. Carpal tunnel syndrome is often the result of work-related tasks.

The good news is that we can treat carpal tunnel syndrome in our office. We use chiropractic adjustments to create space between the carpal bones of the wrist, to relieve pressure on that median nerve. We can also utilize ultrasound therapy, to break up scar tissue that might have formed in the area.

If you’ve already had surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome, we can help reduce your odds of developing scar tissue. Scar tissue in the wrist can cause a recurrence of the problem, so we definitely want to help you avoid that after surgery.

If you think you might have carpal tunnel syndrome, or you’ve already undergone surgery to correct the problem, we can help. Give us a call and we’ll schedule a free consultation. We can discuss your options for treatment and help you learn what to expect.


Do Minor Auto Accidents Affect Your Spine?

Car accidents happen to even the most careful of drivers, and mild to severe injuries often occur. You might think that painful injuries and long-term complications only result from the most serious of accidents, but that isn’t exactly true.

Even in low-impact collisions, whiplash can result from an car accident. This is true even if you’re only traveling 5 to 10 miles per hour when the accident occurs. If you are hit from the side or rear, certain things can happen within your spine to damage it:

  • Stretching or tearing of ligaments and muscles
  • Compression of the joints
  • Irritation of the nerves

All of these injuries can cause inflammation and pain, increasing your suffering after a car accident.

These symptoms might not even appear until 24 to 48 hours after the collision. That is why people often think they haven’t been injured in a wreck, only to discover a day or two later that they are in extraordinary amounts of pain and discomfort!

Any time you’re involved in a car accident, it would be a good idea to immediately visit a chiropractor as a preventive step. We can assess your spine and detect any potential damage, and often prevent you from having a chronic, painful problem that persists long after the event.

If you’re involved in a car accident, please give us a call. We can help you uncover any whiplash injuries and treat problematic injuries promptly.


Myths of Chiropractic Care

When people hear the words, “chiropractor” or “chiropractic care”, many ideas might come to mind. Unfortunately, there exists quite a bit of misunderstanding about what chiropractic care is, and how we help our patients to heal and feel better. We hope to shed some light on these myths, so that no patient is ever afraid to seek the care that they need.

“Routine care isn’t needed.” Just as we visit the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups, it is important to seek routine care from a chiropractor. Regular appointments can often keep patients from developing the types of painful problems that necessitate more in-depth treatments.

“Chiropractic care is not safe”, or “chiropractors hurt people.” If this were true, our malpractice insurance rates would be through the roof! In fact, the opposite is true. Chiropractors pay the lowest premiums for malpractice insurance because insurance companies recognize that the care we offer to patients is overwhelmingly safe and effective, with minimal or zero side effects.

“Chiropractic care hurts!” Many people mistakenly view chiropractic care as collection of painful procedures. On the contrary, we have ways of performing adjustments while keeping our patients relaxed and comfortable. Chiropractic care does not equal pain and discomfort; the goal is to avoid that entirely! We work toward reducing joint inflammation and nerve irritation, so that our patients can feel better both in our office and in their everyday lives.

Check out the above video for a more detailed explanation of these myths, and feel free to call us if you have any questions.