- Back and shoulder pain
- Body pain
- Tension headaches
- Migraine headaches
- Cluster headaches
- Auto accident injuries
- Chronic condition relief
- Herniated discs
- Improved health
- Pediatric ailments
- Ear infections
- Repetitive use injuries
- Respiratory function
Since back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, it is vital to know how to prevent the cause of back pain. By maintaining a healthy diet and weight, remaining active and avoiding prolonged inactivity or bed rest are all important ways to avoid back pain. Before doing exercises or any physical activity, it is recommended to warm up and/or stretch.
One of the most common causes of foot pain is plantar fasciitis. Characterized by a sharp pain in the heel of your foot, plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament which is the nerve that connects the heel bone to your toes. The pain is primarily located in the heel but can be present anywhere along the length of the ligament. Pain from plantar fasciitis is usually the worst after you have been sitting for long periods of time or when you get up in the morning.
If you’re experiencing pain in your foot or heels, you can schedule a consultation with our chiropractor to conduct a physical examination to diagnose the inflammation and identify the cause of your pain. If plantar fasciitis is the primary cause of your foot pain, there are several ways we can treat it.
If you are experiencing plantar fasciitis, pain in your heels, or discomfort in your feet when you stand or walk, call us today at (337) 359-2424 to request your appointment at Dr. Quentin Brisco D.C. Chiropractic Physician with our chiropractor.
Arthritis, or joint pain or joint disease, is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children are suffering from some type of arthritis. Common symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to perform normal day-to-day activities, and has the potential to cause permanent joint damage.
To determine whether or not you may be suffering from arthritis or to determine the severity, your medical professional will perform blood tests and conduct an imaging scan (ie: x-ray, CAT scan or MRI). Eating healthy, staying active, and understanding your type of arthritis and treatment options are crucial to decreasing your discomfort and paving the way for an enjoyable, happy life.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
CTS is a problem of the median nerve which runs from the forearm into the hand. When there is excessive pressure in the wrist, it causes swelling of the median nerve. This small area called the carpal tunnel is a narrow tunnel at the wrist made up of bones, soft tissues, nerves, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. When the median nerve which runs through this tunnel gets compressed it causes pain, weakness, numbness or tingling in the hand and wrist which radiates into the forearm. The carpal tunnel is the most common area that gets compressed in both the hands and feet.
CTS should be diagnosed and treated early. During your consultation, you will receive a standard physical examination of the hands, arms, shoulders and neck to help determine if your symptoms are related to daily activities or to an underlying disorder. Our highly skilled chiropractor will also utilize other orthopedic tests to try to produce the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Laboratory tests and x-rays can reveal diabetes, arthritis, fractures, and other common causes of wrist and hand pain.
A pinched nerve can happen in a variety of places throughout the body with some of the most common being the lower spine, wrists, neck, and legs. A pinched nerve occurs when the muscles or tendons around the nerve are inflamed, putting pressure on the nerve and either causing pain or even numbness throughout the extremities related or attached to this affected nerve.
If the pinched nerve does not resolve itself and you have persistent pain that lasts for more than a few days, you should seek medical attention by scheduling an appointment at Dr. Quentin Brisco D.C. Chiropractic Physician with our chiropractor. This is especially true if you’ve tried at-home treatments but feel like your pain is worsening as time progresses. With pinched nerves, it’s important to seek medical attention in order to identify the underlying cause of the pinched nerve to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
The neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. The cervical spine supports the full weight of your head which is on average about 12 pounds. While the cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury.
TMJ is an abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint which connects the mandibular, or your lower jaw, to the temporal bones of the skull. The TMJ is one of the more unique joints within your body as it allows you to move your jaw forward, backward, and side to side so that you can chew, talk, sing, yawn, and more. This joint can be found just in front of your ears on both sides of your head.
Any problem with the muscles, ligaments, discs, bones, or the joint itself are known as temporomandibular disorders or TMD and refers to the actual disorder, where the jaw joint is misaligned and causing problems such as pain, inflammation, and inability to move or operate the jaw. However, these problems or conditions are often incorrectly called by the joint name of TMJ instead.
Shoulder pain is a very common condition and affects almost half of the U.S. Most patients feel some sort of pain, limited range of motion, an inability to engage in activities of daily living (ADL) or something more serious as a permanent disability.
Nine out of ten Americans say that they suffer from headaches. Some of these people experience headaches frequently. Some experience constant headaches that are very painful. These can even make a person nauseous. Ninety-five percent of headaches are tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused from a disease, but from something in your body that is not sitting correctly.
Even a "minor" crash can result in serious injuries like ligament sprains. This can lead to chronic pain and disability if not treated properly. In fact, research shows that early treatment is the best way to prevent long-term symptoms. Chiropractic adjustments are effective because they help restore the healthy, normal function of your nervous system without the use of drugs or surgery.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, one of the most common causes of neck pain is whiplash resulting from a car accident. A sudden forced movement of the head or neck in any direction and the resulting “rebound” in the opposite direction is known as whiplash. The sudden “whipping” motion injures the surrounding and supporting tissues of the neck and head. Muscles react by tightening and contracting, creating muscle fatigue, which can result in pain and stiffness. Severe whiplash can also be associated with injury to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerve roots.
When detected early, scoliosis can be managed and treated to prevent the problem from getting worse. With scoliosis, the spine has abnormal curvatures to the side or even twists. Most cases of scoliosis appear for unknown reasons as scoliosis tends to develop before puberty in adolescence, in children who previously had no spine issues.
Many cases of scoliosis do not require surgery or extensive treatment, but if the curvature becomes more severe, medical intervention may be needed. Scoliosis appears equally in boys and girls, but typically girls are more likely to develop significant curvature that warrants treatment.
From ages six to eight, parents should regularly check your child’s spine for any indications of scoliosis. During annual check-ups, the doctor will most likely screen for scoliosis. Even some school districts have required nurses and sports coaches to do quick scoliosis examinations for their students to help identify the problem before it gets worse.
Common signs of scoliosis include:
- A spine that curves too much to the left or right
- One shoulder that appears lower than the other
- Having a rounded shoulder
- Having an uneven or sunken chest shape
- One leg appears shorter than the other
Most people with scoliosis are unaware that they have it as it is not severe or painful enough to affect their daily lives. For more extreme cases of scoliosis, there are a few treatment options that our chiropractor may suggest such as wearing a back brace, improved posture exercises, and physical therapy and stretching to help align the spine.
There is no cure for scoliosis, but if left untreated, scoliosis can cause additional issues into adulthood such as back pain, numbness or tingling in your legs, fatigue, and breathing problems. Luckily, braces and back strengthening exercises typically ease any discomfort the patient may be experiencing and strengthen the back muscles to alleviate pain and support healthier spin alignment.
If you or your child are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above or are suffering from scoliosis, call us today at (337) 359-2424 to request your appointment at Dr. Quentin Brisco D.C. Chiropractic Physician.
Pregnancy is a beautiful life experience. However, a woman’s body goes through enormous changes during pregnancy. Mothers can develop poor posture and more than 50% of pregnant women experience low back pain due to ligament laxity and a shifted center of gravity. Chiropractic care can help optimize pregnancy and protect the health of the mother and unborn baby. It also allows for a shorter labor, ideal positioning of the baby in the womb, and less of a chance for invasive practices during the birthing process.
Here at Dr. Quentin Brisco D.C. Chiropractic Physician, we offer a conservative approach to treating pregnant women. Our prenatal care is gentle and safe. We aim to alleviate the stress and strains of pregnancy while improving comfort for both the mother and baby. We understand the physical changes that come with pregnancy, and we offer relief without using any drugs. Some other benefits of prenatal chiropractic care include:
- Better sleep
- Less physical and emotional stress
- Shorter and less painful labor
- Decreased swelling in the feet
- Elimination of back pain and sciatica
- Increased energy
- Less digestive issues
- Reductions in reflux and morning sickness
According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic care has been shown to hold a greater benefit for pregnant patients than traditional obstetric care alone. Educating these patients as a part of their treatment plan helps inform and empower them to better understand what is happening within their bodies and better communicate with their healthcare providers. A recent study found that more than 75 percent of pregnant women experience pregnancy-related low back pain, pelvic pain, or a combination. This pain increases as pregnancy progresses, making the second and third trimesters very uncomfortable. Chiropractic care is a safe, effective, and drug-free way to manage pain and other musculoskeletal symptoms during pregnancy.
Also known as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder is a medical condition that causes discomfort, inflammation, and stiffness in your shoulder. While frozen shoulder is often the result of an obscure cause like an old injury or overuse, we do know that it can affect one or both of your shoulders and is common for people between 40 to 60 years of age, individuals suffering from diabetes, or people who are immobile or sedentary for long periods of time.
Just as the name suggests, frozen shoulder limits your range of motion and occurs when the shoulder joint capsule (the connective tissue around your shoulder joint) ‘freezes’ by getting thicker and inflamed.
- Dull, aching or severe pain in your shoulder
- Reduced mobility or minimized range of motion
- Stiffness in the shoulder or arm
- Unexplained trouble or pain while moving your shoulder
The more pain you feel, the stiffer your joint is which is why it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Thankfully, frozen shoulder can be ‘unfrozen,’ and while full recovery takes time, it is attainable. Depending on the severity of your frozen shoulder, our chiropractor will prescribe treatments such as chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, or stretching to treat your symptoms and heal your injury. Oftentimes, our chiropractor will assign exercises and stretches to do at home as a part of your treatment plan.
If you are experiencing frozen shoulder, intense shoulder pain, or any of the symptoms mentioned above, please call us today at (337) 359-2424 to request your appointment at Dr. Quentin Brisco D.C. Chiropractic Physician with our chiropractor.
A herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc, is one of the most common conditions to affect the spine. While it can occur anywhere along your spine, it most frequently occurs in the neck or lower back. Discs are essentially small cushions that sit between each of the vertebrae in your spine. When a disc herniates or slips, the disc ruptures, allowing the nerve center to move and become pinched between the vertebrae.
You may have a herniated disc if you’re experiencing back pain, numbness or a tingling sensation in either of your arms or legs or even shooting pains when you make sudden movements, like coughing or sneezing.
The majority of disc herniations do not require surgery, but our chiropractor may prescribe nonsurgical treatments such as bed rest, physical therapy, and even anti-inflammatory medications to help alleviate your pain. If you do require surgery, our chiropractor will discuss the different types of surgical options available to you and answer any questions you may have.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or think you may have a herniated disc, call us today at (337) 359-2424 to request your appointment at Dr. Quentin Brisco D.C. Chiropractic Physician with our chiropractor.
Knee pain is increasingly becoming a more common problem in society. It is a complaint we see frequently. The most common complaint associated with knee pain is considered the normal “wear and tear.” Another ailment that affects the knee is osteoarthritis. The symptoms and progression of osteoarthritis and knee pain can be reduced through our individualized approach to chiropractic care.
Sciatica is characterized by pain in the lower back that radiates down one or both legs. The pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, like “pins and needles” or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatic nerve pain varies in intensity from mild to severe, and frequency may range from occasional to constant. The onset is generally gradual and not necessarily associated with a previous event. Sciatica is also known as radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia.
What causes stress?
Stress can take on many forms throughout one’s life. Sometimes, it feels like it comes in waves, washing over your body and making it hard to feel healthy and driven. While stress can be caused by different factors in your life, the underlying factor will always be cortisol. Stress and the feeling of fight or flight are both a result of your adrenal glands producing large amounts of cortisol. This means that clinical steps can be taken to reduce cortisol levels in your body and reduce stress in your life. Treatments such as IV nutrition and hydrogen therapy can help lower the amount of cortisol in your body.
Hydrogen inhalation therapy uses a condensed aerated version of hydrogen. Patients who suffer from high cortisol levels have found that natural antioxidants like hydrogen help to relieve over-oxidation in the body. While there are other antioxidants available, none are as effective at penetrating tissue and fighting free radical cells as hydrogen therapy. When there are too many free radical cells in your body, they can cause a chain reaction that destroys healthy cells and causes stress on your body. Antioxidants like hydrogen work to counteract this chain reaction called oxidative stress. While working to break this chain, hydrogen therapy also helps to support the immune system in healing the body and relieving stress.
Alleviating stress with IV nutrition
IV nutrition therapy uses concentrated forms of minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients to charge the body with healthy nutrients. This allows the body to have the extra help it needs to boost your immune system, fight off infection, and increase your body’s healing process. Because these high concentrations are given through IV and not just consumed through eating and drinking, your body is able to consume larger amounts of vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream where their effectiveness can be maximized.
High concentrations of vitamins are also used for calming the adrenal glands. Since cortisol is created in the adrenal glands, IV nutrition and vitamin therapy can help slow down overactive adrenal glands and their production of cortisol, lowering stress levels.
Wellness care, sometimes called chiropractic maintenance care, is referred to as the time after your initial spinal problems have been corrected or stabilized. Patients will have no chief complaint but have their spines checked for vertebral subluxations and adjusted to maintain proper function and optimal health. Once your body has fully healed, wellness care can help to ensure your physical problems do not return and keep your body in optimal condition. Maintenance is viewed as a preventative measure.
The ultimate goal of wellness care is to keep stress off your nervous system, which allows your body to function better and helps prevent all sorts of problems in the future. It also enables you to better handle future stresses. In short, “chiropractic maintenance” will make every aspect of your life more effective and enjoyable.
If you’re experiencing pain in your feet, knees, legs, and/or back as a result of wearing shoes with little to no support, custom foot orthotics may be right for you!
Custom foot orthotics are designed to align the foot and ankle into the most anatomically efficient position. They look similar to insoles, but are biomedical appliances that are custom made to correct your specific foot imbalance. The plastic body of the custom orthotic helps to re-align the foot while you walk. We understand that everyone is different, which is why custom foot orthotics are made just for you.
Also known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow is an overuse and muscle strain injury in which the tendons in your elbow are overworked, causing severe pain and discomfort. The pain primarily occurs where your forearm muscle tendons attach to the bony bump on the outside of your elbow.
This painful condition is not exclusive to athletes and affects people frequently engaging in strenuous, repetitive wrist and arm motions such as home service professionals like carpenters, handymen, and painters.
Pain radiating from the outside of your elbow into your forearm and wrist
Weakness in your hands and wrists
Elbow or wrist stiffness
To treat your tennis elbow, our chiropractor may prescribe certain exercises or massages to alleviate the pain, to wear an elbow strap, refrain from strenuous activity, or take medicine such as ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin, to help your body heal.
If you are experiencing the symptoms mentioned above or suffering from tennis elbow, call us today at (337) 359-2424 to request your appointment at Dr. Quentin Brisco D.C. Chiropractic Physician with our chiropractor.
Chiropractic adjustments aren’t just for your joints or muscles but are also beneficial in their ability to improve function of your nervous system and reduce allergy symptoms. At its best, your immune system fights infections and prevents disease to keep you healthy but sometimes, it could use a little help. Research has shown that regular chiropractic adjustments improves your nervous system, which directly impacts the strength of your immune system, and when your immune system is strong, it can better fight off sickness and allergens.
At Dr. Quentin Brisco D.C. Chiropractic Physician, we encourage our patients to schedule regular adjustments to improve wellness and your body’s ability to heal itself. Alongside these adjustments, our chiropractor may recommend improvements to your lifestyle, eating and sleeping habits to help with your allergies.