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Did you know that headaches can originate in the neck or lower back?

Posted: January 26, 2015
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

Carpal tunnel syndrome and the median nerve

Posted: January 19, 2015
By: Dr Ruminder Birk

Chiropractor Woodbridge CA, Dr Birk

If you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and have seen a doctor, you know all too well that they often prescribe you stretching exercises. Physical therapists also use a similar approach for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. In our wrist median nerve passes through a tunnel and when this tunnel gets affected it leads to the pinching of the nerve. These symptoms are referred to as carpal tunnel syndrome. There are three common reasons that lead to the constriction of the median nerve: misalignment of the wrist bones, swollen nerve sheath, inflammation and build up of scar tissue. As a result, doing stretching exercise helps with the opening of the tunnel allowing the nerve to glide freely within the tunnel.

While there are many exercises we do not know which ones work best to open up the tunnel and which ones are causing more harm. If you have been doing the wrong exercises, it will cause more pinching and the nerve could get elongated and damaged. Thus, the stretching exercises have the potential to cause more harm than good.

There is evidence from research showing that the starching exercises that are meant to help with the gliding of median nerve had the opposite effect altogether (J Orthop Res July 2007). Patients found the symptoms got worse with the exercise. They researchers’ examined wrist motion in the presence and absence of movements at the neighbouring joints. Their results have shown that when the elbow was bent (in flexion) while the wrist was extended, the nerve was less strained.

Have you been performing exercises for carpel tunnel syndrome and your pain has been getting worse? The exercises themselves could be causing more damage and pain among other factors.

The carpel tunnel syndrome can also result from the pinching of the median nerve at the neck. Similar to the wrist, the median nerve also passes through a tunnel between the bones, in this case the vertebra. When the nerve is pinched both at the wrist as well as the neck, the condition is referred to as the double-crush syndrome.

Unlike the doctors and physical therapists, Dr. Birk will do a physical examination of your neck and wrist as well as order imaging tests to accurately diagnose the cause behind the syndrome. Here at the clinic we believe that good care begins with the right diagnosis. Masking the symptoms through drugs will cause more long term damage and sometimes irreversible.  

 

At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk offers a free consultation at no charge as well as he will take the time to address your health concerns. Please call us at 905-264-9355 to schedule your appointment today.


Lower Back Problem vs. a Low Back Pain there is a difference

Posted: January 5, 2015
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

Are you experiencing pain in the lower back? This is not the same as problem in the lower back. We tend to confuse the pain for a problem. When you visit a doctor with a complain regarding low back pain, it doesn’t help much either because they hand you in pain-killers or anti-inflammatory drugs without a through examination.

You may wonder then what is the difference? The pain is a symptom that you are experiencing and not the actual cause behind the problem. When you visit the physician, the doctor should do a through examination of your lower back to determine the problem that is causing the pain. The doctor should narrow down the problem to whether it is a muscle sprain or a disc problem largely. Then go on to further examine the movement of spinal joints; are they fluid and move around freely?

Did the physician apply pressure and poke around on various tissues to examine for tenderness or swelling within the tissue? Did you have your x-rays taken to see the alignment of individual vertebra within your spine? Were you examined in this way? More importantly did the physician discuss the results of those examinations with you?

The physical examination of the spine and x-rays help to pinpoint the source and reason behind the low back pain. It is not enough to treat the pain as a one time occurrence and leave it at that. Unfortunately this happens to many patients where they think pain is the problem and that covering pain will cure the actual problem behind that pain.

Our clinic is different. At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk will physically examine your spine and order imaging tests to determine the cause and accordingly provide you with an individual treatment plan that works best for you. Not only this, Dr. Birk will also educate you and clear your misunderstandings so that you can make better decisions and take charge of your health!

You have tried pain-killers, but does your back pain still persists? Given that taking pills for extended periods of time can lead to un-warranted side effects such as stomach bleeding, why not take an alternative approach to your health? We live in a modern world where we are conditioned as to believe that pills are the only source of regaining health and longevity. Many patients are mis-informed. Have you ever posed questions to your doctor to understand your treatment plan?  More importantly does their approach align with your philosophy and preferences?

If you are experiencing Low Back Pain and want to know the best approaches for tackling this concern, you need to schedule an appointment with us today. At Atlantis Chiropractic and Wellness, Dr. Birk provides a free consultation at no charge. Call 905-264-9355  and take charge of your health today!