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Lower Left Back Pain - Causes and Who Can Help You

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, May 31, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - Cervical Manipulation to treat neck pain, Austin, TX

So the lower left-side of your back is giving you fits. You have two burning questions. What happened? How do I get this fixed? Both are important questions. Getting the former answered will help you prevent recurrence. But you're much more interested in getting the latter questioned answered, and fast!

Your problem might be medical, musculo-skeletal due to injury, or joint related due to genetics. Your medical doctor and your chiropractic team work together to get you properly diagnosed and treated. So let's start with the most common causes of lower left-side back pain.

The most common cause of lower left back pain is muscle strain or spasm on the left side of your body. Thankfully a muscle strain is not a serious injury, but the resulting pain can be quite severe. Pain in your lower left back from a muscle strain finds it origins in an overstretched or torn muscle (which damages the fibers of the muscle). This in turn can lead to inflammation, and this inflammation may cause back spasms. And pain from muscle strain is typically characterized as sharp, and is often tender to the touch. Solution: In our office we can use our MLS Cold Laser which has been clinically shown to speed the healing time of torn muscle tissue by up to 3 times and can provide immediate pain relief. In a medical office you would generally be treated with muscle relaxers, pain killers, and instructions to rest the muscle to allow healing.

More rarely, your lower left back pain may be provoked by a problem with your internal organs. These problems may include:

  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney infection
  • Gynecological disorders Pancreatitis

If you have a medical history of these types of conditions and your lower left-side of your back is suddenly challenging you, you should schedule an appointment with your treating medical doctor or we can help you find one.

Lower left back pain is often caused by some of the following problems related to the joint structure of your spine:

  • Lumbar herniated disc
  • Facet joint pain
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Misaligned/subluxated vertebrae
  • Nerve irritation/ compression

These are conditions that your chiropractor is highly educated and trained to both diagnose and treat. Here in our south Austin Texas chiropractic clinic, Dr. Henry treats lower left-side back pain as one of the very most common patient complaints. We want you to know that you don't have to live with this. Dr. Henry will diagnose the cause of your pain and put you on a rapid path back to normal life. Every case is unique, but if you take a moment to read and listen to some of our patient reviews, you'll find many different people testifying to rapid return to full quality-of-life living.

If you suffer spine and/or neck pain and live in and around the greater Austin, Texas area, Dr. Henry and the professional staff of TexStar Chiropractic are here for you. Give us a call


Chiro Treatment – AC Recommended Alternative to Opioid Treatment for Spine and Neck Pain

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Textar Chiropractic back and neck pain treatment services

In previous posts, we informed you of the close bond that we share with the Austin medical community as more and more medical doctors recommend nonpharmacological (drug free) chiropractic treatment for patients with back and spine pain. The reason medical doctors turn to the chiropractic community for patient treatment relates to their crystal clear understanding of the opioid epidemic and the opioid-related health risk that their patients face. They understand that with every opioid prescription there is an associated potential pathway to drug addiction.

The American College of Physicians (ACA), a highly regarded physicians group in the United States, issued guidelines that suggest the use of spinal manipulation and laser therapy (and other back and neck pain treatment services that we offer) as highly recommended alternatives to opioids. Studies show that continuous use of opioids in excess of 30 days greatly increases your risk of drug dependence. Back and neck problems often relate to systemic issues that require treatment in excess of 30 days to mitigate and/or eliminating pain. This is a real life health dilemma given the fact that physical dependence on opioids can develop in as little as two days of continuous use.

With the potential for dependence and the real harm imposed by long-term opioid use, utilizing non-drug approaches (like chiropractic care) makes perfect sense. Chiropractors have the training, expertise, and tools necessary to evaluate, diagnose, treat and monitor pain. Chiropractic treatment for back and neck pain can eliminate the need for prescription pain relievers. Dr. Henry and his staff at TexStar Chiorpractic offer opioid-free treatments for your pain.

If you suffer from back and/or neck pain, take the advice of the American College of Physicians and consider chiropractic solutions to your problem. Make an appointment with south Austin's TexStar Chiropractic located at 4601 Southwest Pkwy. Or call us at (512) 899-2228.

(Reference: American College of Physicians article: Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians


Mobile Phone Text Neck and How To Prevent It

Darren Kincaid - Monday, May 08, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - Cervical Manipulation to treat neck pain, Austin, TX

This blog post is another in south Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic’s commitment to public education and the promotion of sound spine and neck health.  Last week we asked “What can you do today to give you the best chance to delay (if not outright avoid) age-related back and neck problems”?  In the past we have talked about spinal decompression therapy

as a way to repair some of the damage that may have accumulated during those years that you may not have taken such good care of your neck or spine.  Today (along with the help of our friends at “spine-health.com”) we continue by educating the millions of people suffering mobile phone use-related neck pain.  


Most people who suffer from a sore or stiff neck after having seemingly done nothing wrong simply conclude that they “slept wrong”.  Few give pause to consider their use of the mobile phone as a potential source of the newfound discomfort. If you’re like most people, you probably spend a little too much time hunched over a smartphone or other mobile devices, doing everything from socializing with friends to setting up important meetings. Unfortunately, this overuse can put your neck at an increased risk for poor posture and a painful condition commonly called “text neck.”

In our practice I am noticing this more and more in teenagers and young people. I would guess that we are currently seeing more people under the age of 25 than I did in my first 5 years of practice combined. This is also the first generation that has had access to smartphones during the extremely important growth years from early puberty to adulthood.

If you have text neck or have noticed more neck pain after using mobile devices, here are some tips to treat it.

Practice good posture

The average head weighs 10 to 12 pounds. But did you know that weight more than doubles when your head is tilted forward just 15 degrees? Worse yet, many people who text with their chin near the neck are tilting the head forward 60 degrees, which increases the load to about 60 pounds.
With that in mind, try to keep your head and spine in neutral positions with the ears directly above the shoulders throughout the day. For example, hold your phone or tablet up a little higher, closer to eye level to minimize stress on your neck. If you have a desk job, remember basic things such as using a chair that helps your back stay upright, keep your feet flat on the floor, and position your monitor at eye level to avoid looking up or down too much.

Improve strength and flexibility

Performing some neck exercises and stretches on a daily basis can help treat text neck as well as reduce the risk of painful recurrences. When your neck muscles are strong and flexible, they’re better able to hold good posture and less likely to have a painful spasm.
Keep in mind that muscles in your chest, shoulders, and back play key roles in posture as well. For example, people with text neck also tend to have tight and weakened chest muscles from hunching over too much. Many of these muscles work together, so it’s a good idea to keep all of them strong and flexible.

Take breaks

Movement is good for the spine, including your neck. When possible, try to take frequent breaks from staring at phones, tablets, and computers. If you have a job that requires talking on the phone a lot, consider getting a headset to avoid holding or cradling the phone by your head for long periods of time—it puts less stress on your neck and has the added bonus of allowing you to move around more.

Turn technology in your favor

There are phone apps available that can detect when your phone is being held at a bad angle for your neck. When the app senses a bad angle, it alerts you to hold the phone up higher.

Other ideas could include setting reminders on your phone for taking breaks throughout the day and using a pedometer to track steps and activity levels—becoming more active and spending less time looking down at a screen is a good thing.

If you have arm pain, tingling, or weakness in addition to neck pain, that could be a sign of a pinched nerve and should be checked by a doctor.

We hope these tips help you find relief from neck pain while you’re busy keeping pace in today’s digital world, and as always, stay healthy. As always, consider your friends here in Austin's TexStar Chiropractic to be just a phone call away to helping you understand and/or eliminate any neck or spine health concern.  


New Patient Exam Fees To Be Donated to Autism Speaks - Helping Families with Autism

Joseph Coupal - Monday, May 01, 2017
Textstar Chiropractic in Austin, TX Supports Autism Speaks

Austin, TX, May 1st, 2017

Autism spectrum disorders are estimated to affect 1 in 68 children in the US according to the CDC. These numbers are staggering and really upsetting to us here at south Austin's TexStar Chiropractic. Since this is not a condition we can treat directly we want to find a way to help do something about it.

SO, for the month of May we will donate 100% of the New Patient Exam fees that we collect back to a leading organization on the front lines of Autism Advocacy, "Autism Speaks".

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

In order to make it easier for everyone to help spread this message and share this opportunity with as many people as possible we are reducing our new patient fee to only $50, which will cover a thorough consult and exam, any necessary x-rays, and a detailed report of findings.

We are really excited about this opportunity and hope that you will help make this a success so we can do it even bigger next year.

TexStar Chiropractic Clinic is in Southwest Austin TX, right across from the Travis Country neighborhood. We serve the community with cutting edge technology and a noninvasive, conservative approach to health care. We have years of experience in treating patients with a multitude of painful and complex conditions so please share this message with anyone who might need professional spine and/or neck pain treatment while also wanting to give back at the same time.


Chiropractic Spine and Neck Health Prevention - Investing in Your Back and Neck

Darren Kincaid - Monday, April 24, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - Chiropractic care for neck, Austin, TX

Have you ever heard the term "a pound of cure is worth an ounce of prevention"? In the health care world we use this  expression to mean that with a small amount of care before a problem or symptom appears you can avoid the necessity of a lot of care or treatment once symptoms do appear.

This is especially true in chiropractic which focuses on the proper movement and function of the spine, joints, nerves, and muscles. The kinds of issues that chiropractors specialize in treating don't generally produce any noticeable symptoms when they initially show up. Small misalignment in a joints over time cause uneven wear and tear which eventually leads to painful conditions like osteoarthritis and joint degeneration. We can generally identify these issues years before they ever start to produce pain.

Just as routine dental cleanings along with home care like brushing and flossing help prevent tooth decay, regular chiropractic adjustments with home exercise help prevent early or uneven joint degeneration and the problems that come with it.

Ask any senior struggling to get around what they would give to go back and take better care of their joints in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s and I can promise you they would trade a lot. The earlier you start the bigger difference it can make, but starting to take care of your joints at any age will be an investment you wont regret.

For more information on spinal manipulation and other preventative spinal treatments we invite you to call us anytime. At south Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic, your health and happiness is our primary concern.


Chiropractic Manipulation 101

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 17, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic - Nonsurgical spinal decompression

There are well over 100 types of adjusting techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Typically, chiropractic doctors will focus on and utilize 2 or 3 different approaches in their practice. Here at Austin’s TexStar Chiropractic, we are trained and experienced in a multitude of adjusting techniques that enable us to deliver very individualized care. We feel it is important, however, to be sure that you understand the most common forms of treatment as they very well may be applicable to your treatment program. This introduction can give you some basic information but to find out more or to figure out what technique may work best for you will require a personal consultation. So we remind you here that you are invited to call us anytime for your free chiropractic care consult here in Austin.

The goal of most chiropractic techniques is to restore or enhance joint function, with the goal of resolving joint inflammation, reducing pain, and increasing motion. Some approaches use a specific thrust applied by hand or with a small mechanical device, while others utilize what feels like a deep stretch or gentle pressure. These techniques are used on the spine and other joints within the body. They are often refereed to as spinal manipulation, joint mobilization, or simply and adjustment.

Chiropractic Manipulation Techniques

Doctors of chiropractic adapt treatment plans to meet the specific needs of each patient. Typically, a treatment plan in our office will involve some combination of chiropractic adjustments as well as other physio therapy options such as spinal decompression, active rehab, passive motion, muscle stimulation, or MLS Cold Laser therapy. Below are a few of the most common chiropractic adjusting techniques:

Diversified: the most commonly used form of spinal manipulation among doctors of chiropractic. The technique uses a very specific small and quick thrust by hand taking a joint just past its normal range of motion to restore normal function. This is often refereed to as a high velocity low amplitude thrust. 

Gonstead Technique: a hands on technique that expands upon traditional diversified adjustments using very specific patient positioning and adjusting styles. It also involves some unique diagnostic approaches to locating the areas of the spine that need corection.

Thompson Technique: generally uses a specific adjusting table that has moving pieces that allows gravity to help move a patient's affected spinal segments. It also utilizes tension on the leg musculature to asses problems in a patients spine. This is often referred to as leg length analysis.

Activator Method: a treatment method and adjusting device created as an alternative to manual manipulation of the spine or extremity joints. This technique uses a small hand held instrument to deliver a very controlled impulse into a joint. This is a very low force technique that is good for anyone who has health issues that would contraindicate a manual adjustment or those who simply find it more comfortable.

SOT : stands for sacro occipital technique. It is a low force technique that addresses issues in the spine and extremities by looking at how issues in one part of the spine can create symptoms or complicate treatment of other areas. 

So, what’s next for you and your back pain?  Here at TexStar Chiropractic, we will carefully examine you and develop a treatment plan to address your specific issues and goals. We welcome the opportunity to educate you further on these subjects and a multitude of other options available to treat your unique spine and/or joint conditions. Contact us to see what we can do for you.


Back Pain and Spinal Bracing

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 10, 2017
Spinal Brace - Textstar Chiropractic in Austin, TX

Spinal braces are sometimes used in conjunction with chiropractic spinal decompression (and other treatment options such as cold laser therapy treatment) to treat chronic neck and spinal pain. Spinal braces limit motion, stabilize weak or injured spinal structures, and can prevent the progression of spinal deformity.

We’ve previously discussed how we use this blog to help educate both our current patients and the general public as well in our dedicated commitment to increasing the quality of life for both those who walk through our doors AND those who might never walk through our doors. We have discussed our relationships with doctors and other spinal care colleagues. Today we add the professional “Orthotist” to that list. The orthotist specializes in fitting and constructing custom spinal braces for back and neck pain sufferers.

Below are spinal conditions that are commonly treated with bracing. This list is not inclusive of every spinal condition treated with spinal bracing.

  • Kyphosis
  • Muscle strain or sprain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Whiplash

All of the above are complicated subjects and we gladly educate our patients on these (and other) subjects as the specific case arises. Today’s discussion on spinal braces is simply yet another reminder to those of you who think there is no end in sight to your back and neck pain. There is an end to your pain and it likely comes first in the form of professional chiropractic care in Austin and potentially when combined with other specialists such as the orthotist.

We are making a difference for those suffering back pain in Austin Texas and the surrounding areas. We commit ourselves to both treatment AND prevention. It is our commitment to back and neck pain prevention, that, in part, separates us from all other chiropractic service providers.


Chiropractic Treatment of Spinal Stenosis

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Once again, one thing that sets us apart from most chiropractic treatment practices is the TexStar difference, which includes a team philosophy. We team with a host of spine and neck professionals to deliver the most comprehensive, effective, and affordable path to relieving you of pain. Our continuing investment and commitment to produce educational blog posts is but one example of our genuine concern and hope that you all quickly achieve pain free living. Today we once again share the insights of our friends at Spine Health regarding the subject of Spinal Stenosis.

Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal cord in the neck (cervical spine) or the spinal nerve roots in the lower back (lumbar spine) are compressed. Symptoms of lumbar stenosis often include leg pain (sciatica) and leg tingling, weakness, or numbness. Arm pain is a typical symptom of cervical spinal stenosis. For cervical spinal stenosis with myelopathy, difficulty with coordination often occurs.

Stenosis treatment often involves non-surgical options that include chiropractic treatment, chiropractor-defined targeted exercise, anti-inflammatory medications, epidural injections, and activity modification) or back surgery.

Your trusted chiropractor offers several options for conservative (meaning non-invasive) treatments for lumbar stenosis. We treat lumbar stenosis via a combination of the following:

  • Activity modification. Patients are usually more comfortable when flexed forward. For example, many patients can ease leg pain and discomfort when walking by leaning forward on a cane, walker or shopping cart. We will show you how to modify both your sitting and mobile posturing to resolve you pain associated with spinal stenosis.
  • Exercise. We will define and teaching simple (but very effective exercises) that are proven to relieve pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis. A targeted program of spinal stenosis exercises can prevent further debilitation arising from inactivity. Modifications to exercises can be made to ensure patient comfort. For example, stationary biking can be a beneficial treatment option because patients are sitting and positioned in a flexed-forward position while exercising.

Spinal stenosis is but one of many forms of back pain that we see and treat here in Austin Texas. We invite you to call and discuss anything related to you neck and spine health. TexStar


What is Your Sciatic Nerve and Why Does it Hurt So Much

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, March 14, 2017
TexStar Chiropractic Sciatic Nerve Pain Treatment

Today we’re going to educate you on the Sciatic nerve. We’ll describe exactly what it is and inform you of the most common causes of sciatic nerve pain. Anyone who currently suffers (or has ever suffered) from sciatic nerve pain knows what REAL pain feels like. Before getting too deep into the subject, we want all of you to know that your south Austin chiropractic professionals here at TexStar Chiropractic are great at treating sciatic nerve pain patients. With hundreds of individual sciatic nerve treatments logged over the years, we can confidently advise you that REAL relief can be achieved, sometimes as early as your very first chiropractic treatment session. We’ll talk more about this later in the blog. Now, onto what is the sciatic nerve and why does it hurt so much.

Sciatic nerve pain affects millions of people. The pain can range from a minor nuisance to a debilitating problem. Despite its pervasiveness there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the topic. To help get you up to speed, here is what you need to know about both the anatomy of your sciatic nerve and the pain associated with it.

Your sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in your entire body measuring about the width of a man’s thumb at its widest point. It begins as a bundle of nerve fibers (also called the nerve roots) in your lower spine. These nerve fibers exit through holes in the bones at the back of your spine.

The nerve travels through your pelvis and down the back of your leg. When your sciatic nerve reaches your knee it divides into two separate nerves: the Tibial nerve and the Common Peroneal nerve. The Peroneal nerve travels sideways along the outer part of your knee and then down to your upper foot. The Tibial nerve travels downwards toward your heel and the sole of your foot.

Why does your sciatic nerve hurt so much. The first thing to know about the pain associated with your sciatic nerve roots (commonly referred to as “sciatica”) is that sciatica is not a medical diagnosis. Rather, sciatica is a symptom of an underlying medical disorder. Sciatica refers not only to symptoms of pain but also to numbness or weakness felt along your sciatic nerve. Here is a list of some of the most common underlying disorders that cause sciatic pain:

    Degenerative or herniated Spine Discs: Can cause the inflammatory proteins contained in your spinal discs to leak onto your nerve roots, which in turn can cause sciatica symptoms.

    Spondylolisthesis: This occurs when a stress fracture or instability allows one area of the spine to slip forward onto another, which can cause the pinching of the nerve roots.

    Piriformis Syndrome: Your sciatic nerve may be irritated as a result of piriformis muscle spasms. Sciatica symptoms are typically felt on only one half of your body and depending on where your sciatic nerve roots are compressed, your symptoms may be felt in various places of your leg and/or foot.

So, how might you be expected to be treated here at TexStar? We combat sciatic nerve pain using many treatment methods in our arsenal and sometimes a combination of multiple treatment techniques. Spinal Manipulation is the most common treatment used to relieve irritation to the sciatic nerve caused by misalignments in the spine or pelvis. Disc herniation or degeneration is one of the most common causes of sciatic pain and responds very well to spinal decompression. As with all nerve pain, sciatica also tends to respond very well to cold laser therapy.

Come talk to us. There is real relief and often quick relief through these and other sciatic pain treatment methods utilized here at TexStar. You do not have to live with this.


Chiropractic Care: Lowest Cost and Shortest Path to Back Pain Relief (Austin Texas)

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 06, 2017

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Take 30 seconds to consider this graphic:

TexStar Chiropractic - Chiropractic Care for Medicare Patients Graph

If you suffer from lower back pain in Austin Texas (and throughout the greater Austin area), your friends here at TexStar Chiropractic will do everything we can to guide and educate you on your treatment options.

We take great pride in our tireless commitment to staying up to date on both the latest  medical and chiropractic treatment options available. We are proud of the relationships that we have established with local medical teams because, when medical treatment is necessary we want you to get the best. However, statistics increasingly defend chiropractic treatment as the safest, most effective, and most affordable approach to treating lower back pain. So, if chiropractic care has not been recommended to you for your low back pain it may be time for a second opinion. 

We welcome the opportunity to consult you regarding your unique condition and your treatment options. We will share with you a summary of the various treatments that we provide here in our Austin clinic as well as current trends in combined chiropractic and medical care strategies.

As always, there is no obligation in reaching out to us here at TexStar Chiropractic. No-fee consultations are our way of giving back to all of you whom we consider both friends and neighbors.



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4601 Southwest Pkwy #101,
Austin, TX 78735

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