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No Pain Does Not Mean No Problem! Case Study of Hidden Scoliosis Found by Kyle Chiropractor Dr. Ryan Browning, D.C.

It’s easy to judge our health based on the presence or absence of pain or symptoms. This can be misleading when it comes to the spine, but it also applies to many parts of your body. Think of going to the dentist to get a check-up only to find out there is a cavity (aka rotten bone in your mouth), meanwhile you were oblivious to it because there was no pain. How many of you have had blood tested and been told by the M.D. that you now have Type 2 Diabetes? It was found by a blood test and there were probably no symptoms to give you a warning. There are so many other examples from arthritis and back problems to cancer and digestive issues where feeling a symptom was not part of the underlying condition.

Here’s some living proof for you that the spine is all connected and that one area affects the other areas of the spine. This week we had a patient come into our chiropractic office looking for help with her low back pain and hip pain. So there were symptoms in the low back, but there was no neck pain or mid back pain to speak of, but as always, we did a full evaluation and examined her entire spine. When we took her spinal x-rays there were minor findings in her low back, but we found scoliosis in her mid back! She was surprised at how significant the curve is and that her pain is in a different area. When posture starts to change or the spine begins to curve the entire spine is under more stress and pressure. This can cause back pain, pinched nerves resulting in feelings of sciatica, carpal tunnel, numbness and tingling and many unnoticed side effects. The spinal cord and nerves are the path of communication for the brain and when they begin to have interference along the pathways then the effects are felt wherever those nerves control. For example, let’s say the lumbar nerves are experiencing pressure as a result of spinal misalignment. The future effects could range from feeling sciatica down the leg and muscle weakness or even digestive issues or reproductive organ dysfunction. Many of the effects are not felt as low back pain or other noticeable symptoms, but rather as a decrease in function. These will not show up as symptoms but will affect the overall health and wellness of your body. Chiropractic care is designed to relieve this stress and pressure to the nerves thus allowing them to function at 100% so you can be healthy and that your body can function like it was designed to do. This is why we encourage you to not just come in for back pain or headaches (symptoms) but to make chiropractic care part of your health and wellness lifestyle to make sure you maintain good health and are able to stay active throughout your life. We are honored to help so many in and around the Kyle TX area with chiropractic care in their time of pain or car accident, sports injury and many other mishaps, but we want to help them to also get to live a true wellness lifestyle.
If you have questions about this post or are experiencing health challenges, feel free to reach me at  512-405-0400.
In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning

Complimentary Consultation with Dr. Ryan Browning, Chiropractor in Kyle TX

At Browning Family Chiropractic & Wellness we have a great track record of helping people who have gone through the rounds of other specialists to no avail. Whether it be headaches, migraines, back pain, sciatica, scoliosis or other musculoskeletal problems our patients get great results. Often times they have already seen an orthopedist, pain management specialist, neurologist, physical therapist and massage therapist without finding the solution to their problem! Don’t get me wrong… we work avidly with all of these specialists already mentioned when warranted.

The key is solving the cause to your problem that gives rise to the symptom. The symptom (pain, headache, numbness, tingling, etc) is an effect of the cause. So while you want the pain to go away, simply covering up the pain is not fixing the cause. Think of pain as your body’s “check engine” light. The light appears to say that something is wrong. You could simply take a piece of duct tape and cover the check engine light to get rid of the symptom, but the cause of the problem remains untouched. When you or a mechanic gets under the hood, fixes the problem, then the light turns off by itself! Your body functions in a similar way- once the cause of the problem is corrected the symptom will go away. That’s why chiropractic care has become increasingly popular in the last decade, because people are sick and tired of swallowing pain medication, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories and NSAIDS so they can get mediocre benefits too often accompanied with nasty side effects. Chiropractors seek to remove the cause of your problem, thus alleviating the pain and symptom and providing no side effects- unless you count things like better sleep, more energy, ability to exercise more as side effects! If you’ve thought, “I need to find a chiropractor near me” then give us a call today.

If you are in the Kyle, Buda, San Marcos area and have tried other treatments but are still struggling with pain, we invite you to our office for a complimentary consult to see if chiropractic care may be right for you. If you look like a good chiropractic candidate then you can proceed with our new patient special to receive your new patient exam and x-rays in the same visit. We hope to see you soon and help you to live a healthy, pain free life!

 

In Health,

Dr. Ryan Browning, DC

Kyle TX Chiropractor, Dr. Ryan Browning Reviews Steps to Know After Car Accident

We see many people that are victims of car accidents and all too often they do not know the first steps to follow after a car wreck.  This short blog post can give you the information needed to save you from unnecessary pain.

1- If you are in immediate pain after an accident, seek help at the emergency room.  Sometimes neck pain, back pain or other car crash related symptoms manifest immediately afterwards.  It could be whiplash, inflammation, herniated disc or even broken bones.  It’s best to rule out the worst first.  It is very common for the accident related pain to begin up to several days after the wreck.

2- Use ice!  Ice is used to decrease swelling and inflammation.  The force of two colliding vehicles creates a lot of pressure and stress on the joints, ligaments, discs and muscles.  Ice is usually the first step.  Many confuse this and use heat.  Heat can make the inflammation worse in the initial critical stage.

3- Rest and Water.  Your body is trying to heal from the side effects of a motor vehicle accident and you need to give it every opportunity to heal.  Extra sleep will help with the repair process.  Hydrating with lots of water is important too.

4- Get checked by a Chiropractor near you.  Chiropractors are the experts of the musculoskeletal system and the connective tissues.  They can detect problems in the joints of the spine, shoulders, hips and more.  They can evaluate the health of the discs, tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones.  They are qualified to perform or refer for imaging such as x-rays and MRIs or to medical specialties if needed.  Chiropractors can evaluate and treat car accident related concussions.  You might be dealing with a concussion if you are experiencing nausea, visual disturbance, heavy headedness, difficulty concentrating or focusing, difficulty reading, dizziness, trouble sleeping, etc.  These are some of the symptoms that need to be addressed and watched.

Browning Family Chiropractic & Wellness is certified in personal injury for the treatment of patients in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, 18 wheeler accidents and more.  We have years of experience treating all different injuries from car wrecks and others.  If you are near the Kyle, Buda and San Marcos TX area and need help, call us at 512-405-0400 or click on the link: chiropractor near me

 

In Health,

 

Dr. Ryan Browning, D.C.