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Don't Take Arthritis Lying Down

Darren Kincaid - Friday, December 15, 2017
Austin's TexStar Chiropractic Treats Arthritis

We take great pride and professional reward in helping those living in arthritic pain to move forward to pain free living and a better quality of life

 

We gladly do this as one way to give back to the Austin community who have done so much for us over the years. Education is one element of the "TexStar Difference" from TexStar Chiropractic here in Austin, TX. 

 

Arthritis

Years ago, doctors hardly ever told arthritis patients to “go take a hike” or “go for a swim.” Arthritis was considered an inherent part of the aging process and a signal to a patient that it’s time to slow down.

 

However, recent research and clinical findings show that there is much more to life for arthritis patients than the traditional recommendation of rest and drug therapy.

 

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

The word “arthritis” means “joint inflammation” and is often used in reference to rheumatic diseases. Rheumatic diseases include more than 100 conditions: gout, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and many more. Rheumatoid arthritis is also a rheumatic disease, affecting about 1 percent of the U.S. population (about 2.1 million people.)

 

Although rheumatoid arthritis often begins in middle age and is more frequent in the older generation, young people and children can also suffer from it. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints.

 

What is Osteoarthritis?

Like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis refers to joint inflammation but instead of being caused by an autoimmune disorder it is caused by “wear and tear”. What we mean by wear and tear is that at some point either trauma, repetitive use, improper biomechanics, or some other imbalance in your musculoskeletal system caused one joint to degenerate much faster than the others which leads to arthritic symptoms in that joint. Chiropractic care focuses on restoring or maintaining normal joint motion and balance in your spine and other joints which will go a long way in preventing or relieving osteoarthritis symptoms.

 

Should Arthritis Patients Exercise?

Exercise is critical in successful arthritis management. It helps maintain healthy and strong muscles, joint mobility, flexibility, endurance, and helps control weight. Rest, on the other hand, helps to decrease active joint inflammation, pain, and fatigue. Arthritis patients need a good balance between the two: more rest during the active phase of arthritis, and more exercise during remission.

 

During acute systematic flares or local joint flares, patients should put joints gently through their full range of motion at least once a day, with periods of rest. To see how much rest is best during flares, patients should talk to their health care providers. We also have very good success in treating acute arthritis flair ups with our MLS Cold Laser.

 

How Can Chiropractic Help?

If you live in Austin, Texas and suffer from arthritis, our doctors and their team at TexStar Chiropractic can help you plan an exercise program and create a treatment plan that will help you combat arthritis pain. 


Chiropractic Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Austin's TexStar Chiropractic Treats Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Did you know?

A carpal tunnel patient pays about $30,000 in medical bills and loses hours of productivity from work absences over his or her lifetime.  

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most expensive of all work-related injuries.

Your doctors here at Austin's TexStar Chiropractic can educate you about CTS and to advise you that chiropractic treatment is one of the fastest growing treatment solutions for today's CTS patients. 

What Is CTS?

CTS is a problem of the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand. CTS occurs when the median nerve gets compressed in the carpal tunnel—a narrow tunnel at the wrist made up of bones and soft tissues, such as nerves, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels. The compression may result in pain, weakness, and/or numbness in the hand and wrist, which radiates up into the forearm. CTS is the most common of the “entrapment neuropathies”—compression or trauma of the body’s nerves in the hands or feet.

What are the symptoms of CTS?  

Burning, tingling, itching, and/or numbness in the palm of the hand and thumb, index, and middle fingers are most common. Some people with CTS say that their fingers feel useless and swollen, even though little or no swelling is apparent. Since many people sleep with flexed wrists, the symptoms often first appear while sleeping. As symptoms worsen, they may feel tingling during the day. In addition, weakened grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist or grasp small objects. Some people develop wasting of the muscles at the base of the thumb. What’s more, some are unable to distinguish hot from cold.

What are some common treatments of CTS?

  • Steroid Injections around the affected nerve
  • Hand/Wrist Rehab to strengthen the hand muscles that support the carpal tunnel
  • Immobilizing the wrist in a splint to avoid further damage from twisting or bending
  • Cold Laser Therapy to help reduce nerve inflammation
  • Pharmaceuticals to control the pain
  • Surgery to cut the ligament that encloses the carpal tunnel

How can your chiropractor help?

Chiropractic treatment can be effectively incorporated in lieu of surgery in many cases. For those who do require surgery, medical doctors increasingly refer their patients to the local chiropractor for post-surgical care.

Your chiropractor will likely employ a combination of joint manipulation and soft tissue treatments of the wrist and hand to help create a more stable carpal tunnel and allow the compressed nerves to heal. Your chiropractor will also likely recommend a customized regiment of hand stretching and strengthening exercises based on the unique nature of your case.

Contact us:

Dr. Henry and his team will gladly consult you on your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome issues and how you might resolve your pain without resorting to painful surgery or drugs. Call or contact us anytime!



Treat Back and Neck Pain with Spinal Manipulation at Austin, TX Chiropractor

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Hi, I'm Dr. Michael Henry from Texstar Chiropractic Clinic. I wanted to talk to you for just a couple of minutes about something called Spinal Manipulation. You've probably heard the term that, or adjustments, or I'm gonna go get my back cracked. Well, that's what we're talking about. Chiropractors in the U.S. have been using spinal manipulation for over a hundred years to address aches, pains, and other health issues of their patients. But the art of adjusting has been around for much much longer than that. There're references to it in ancient texts from Europe and Asia. There're even some Greek texts that reference it.

Adjustments are what chiropractors do to address the biomechanical issues of their spine. It's really one of the main tools we used to correct a lot of the problems in your spine. While we have a lot of newer techniques, this one has been around for a long time because it works. By getting the joints moving properly in your spine, we can help relieve your back pain and other signs of symptoms caused by nerve problems. Whereas, when the spines not functioning properly it can cause inflammation and irritation. That's one of the biggest things that we see with back pain.

This treatment's very safe and effective. There's lots of studies out there comparing it to the other treatment options for similar kinds of problems, and it's one of the most effective and safest options out there. The best thing is it only takes a few minutes and it's quite a bit easier than drugs and surgery. In fact according to one study 95% of people who have been in to see a chiropractor in the last year considered the treatment very effective. Even the American Medical Association has recently recommended use of spinal manipulation as a first line of defense for things like acute low back pain as opposed to going straight to opioids and other kinds of medications that we have lots of problems with right now.

It's a common misconception that adjustments are uncomfortable or that they might hurt or they even think they require you hearing that popping sound that some people don't like. While a typical adjustment does produce that popping sound, there are lots of other ways that we can adjust your spine to help correct problems. These include things like using adjusting tools, like this one, this is called an Activator. We do some soft tissue stretching immobilization around joints and even specialized tables so it uses your own body weight to help move certain joints in your lower back. We really cater our treatment to each individual patient to make sure that if we're going to use spinal manipulation, we're going to use it in the best the most effective way possible.


Take Advantage of Your Insurance Before the End of the Year

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Hello! I'm Kim, from TexStar Chiropractic with some end-of-the-year insurance tips. Those of you that have an FSA account, you may have a situation where those funds are only available until the end of the 2017 year. So, you may be in a situation where you have to use it or lose it. In that case, you want to definitely make an appointment, get your appointments done for the year, so that you make the most of those funds. 

The second thing is that many people have higher deductibles nowadays with their insurance, so if you've met your deductible then congratulations, it's time for the insurance company to pay. So, you definitely want to take advantage of this benefit that are already paid for and you deserve. So, make your appointment, get those in and utilize those benefits that you have. 

The third thing is that some insurance companies may have a limitation for the number of visits that you have per year. Again to make the most of it, use those visits you have for 2017, because then you get to start over again in January. 

The final tip is that this is a stressful time for a lot of people because the holidays. You want to definitely take care of your body so that you can have the most fun for the holidays. Definitely give us a call and let's get you scheduled and we'll take good care of you when you get here. So, happy holidays and have a great end of the year.



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Austin, TX 78735

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