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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

How to Find a Good Chiropractor -Kyle, Buda, San Marcos

How to Find a Good Chiropractor -Kyle, Buda, San Marcos

Chiropractic is the world’s #1 natural healthcare option aka “alternative” medicine. In all reality, it is not medicine of any kind since chiropractors do not prescribe prescription medication or surgery. When there is a need for these, we refer out to the appropriate medical specialist. Many people can treat their musculoskeletal problems like migraines, headaches, low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, numbness, tingling, disc bulging and others with chiropractic if they only knew about it.

There are many different styles of treatment in chiropractic and this can cause confusion for people. They might have been used to one chiropractor and relocate to another town and find a local chiropractor only to be surprised when the treatment method is very different. This is one obstacle that keeps some from utilizing chiropractic care for their health and wellness needs for the long-term. When a friend from out of town or a patient moves far away and asks for a recommendation, I literally have to research their websites and sometimes make a call to find one that I would personally recommend for them, to make sure they are in good hands.

I’ve decided to list a few good qualities to look for when searching for a chiropractor
#1- X-rays taken in the office. Most people should receive clearance through a thorough examination and x-rays before getting a spinal adjustment. A physical exam may suffice some of the times, but all too often the x-rays uncover hidden issues that the chiropractor and the patient would have never known had the x-rays not been taken. I’ve seen things on the x-rays many times that would have never been found without them. Offices that don’t have the convenience of x-rays onsite usually skip them due to convenience.
#2- Variety of treatment techniques. Over the years one thing I’ve learned is that no two people are alike. To go along with that, no two spines are alike either. One method of spinal adjustment may get rid of your headache, while the next patient may need a very different technique to feel the results. A chiropractor should be able to deliver a variety of technique styles in order to fine tune things along the way throughout your treatment. Many people avoid chiropractic because they are afraid of hearing the “pop” or getting their neck “cracked”. There are many ways to still benefit from chiropractic and not have to feel the “pop”.
#3- Post-graduate education. To become a chiropractor you have to complete your undergraduate degree and then complete four years of chiropractic college. It’s a doctorate level degree. It’s tough and difficult. That being said, the learning should never stop. Research never stops, new developments in science and healthcare and the education of your chiropractor should never stop. Look for one that goes after post-graduate certifications and attends educational seminars regularly.

#4- Word of mouth referral. While it’s important to have information readily available, it’s even more important for the locals to speak well of the doctor and their office. Nothing replaces good old fashioned just taking care of people! Most of our patients come from Kyle, San Marcos and Buda and we certainly do our best to give great results and to be well-spoken of throughout the community and other local businesses.
If you are looking for a chiropractor a good resource is your local Chamber of Commerce for a recommendation. You can reach the Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 512-268-4220.
For more information about our office, Browning Family Chiropractic & Wellness visit our website: http://www.browningfamilychiropractic.com/
You can feel free to call us at 512-405-0400. If you have questions, feel free to set up a complimentary consultation to see if we are a good fit for your healthcare needs.
In Health,
Dr. Ryan Browning