What we Treat

Conditions that Chiropractic can treat

Chiropractic is an effective treatment for many different conditions. For more information on conditions we commonly treat at our office, click on the links below. For questions about a specific condition, please contact us at 717-697-7020.

  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Cluster Headaches
  • Ear Infection
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herniated Discs
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Neck Pain
  • Pregnancy - Neck and Low Back Pain
  • Sciatica and Leg Pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Stress
  • Suppressed Immune System
  • Tension Headaches
  • TMJ Problems
  • Torticollis
  • Whiplash
A Ear Infections or Otitis media is an inner ear infection generally caused from a blockage of the Eustachian tubes. The Eustachian Tube allows equalized pressure on the eardrum and allows fluid to drain away from the inner ear. When the Eustachian tube is blocked, fluid builds up and causes an infection. The transverse process, bones sticking out from the sides of a vertebrae, run next to the Eustachian tubes at C1, the first Cervical vertebrae. When a vertebra is misaligned or subluxated, swollen tissue will result causing the Eustachian tubes to block. By removing the subluxations at C1 and C2 you can reduce the tissue swelling around the Eustachian Tubes and allow the inner ear to drain, clearing the infection within a couple days in many cases.

Symptoms

  • Ear aches or tugging at the ear
  • Ear and nasal drainage
  • Fever
  • Poor sleep
  • Irritability and crying
  • Decreased appetite

Treatment

Chiropractic care works on relieving symptoms and complications associated with ear infections, by relieving pressure off the Eustachian tubes. Evidence shows Chiropractic care to be helpful within 10 days and fewer than 5 adjustments. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you call 717-697-7020 today for a complimentary consultation.

Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by widespread pain in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Some other problems commonly linked with fibromyalgia include fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in hands and feet, depression, and anxiety. Fibromyalgia can develop on its own, or secondary to other musculoskeletal conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or systemic lupus. Diagnosis of fibromyalgia requires a history of at least three months of widespread pain, and pain and tenderness in a least 11 of 18 tender-point sites. These tender-point sites include fibrous tissue or muscles of the Neck, Shoulders, Chest, Rib Cage, Lower Back, Thighs, Knees, Arms (elbows) and Buttocks. The overwhelming characteristic of fibromyalgia is long-standing, body-wide pain with defined tender points. Tender points are distinct from trigger points seen in other pain syndromes. (Unlike tender points, trigger points can occur in isolation and represent a source of radiating pain, even in the absence of direct pressure.) Fibromyalgia pain can mimic the pain experienced by people with various types of arthritis. The soft-tissue pain of fibromyalgia is described as deep-aching, radiating, gnawing, shooting or burning, and ranges from mild to severe. People with fibromyalgia tend to waken with body aches and stiffness.

Symptoms

  • Multiple tender areas
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Reduced exercise tolerance
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches
  • Chronic muscle pain or aching

Treatment

Chiropractic care works on relieving pain and symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you call 717-697-7020 today for a complimentary consultation.

Between the vertebrae of your spine are 23 discs which act as a spacer and shock absorber. These discs have soft, gel-like centers surrounded by layers of fibrous tissues.

Sometimes, due to an injury or just aging, the material in the middle of a disc pushes to one side or even ruptures. This is called a bulging or herniated disc.

Where it occurs: Bulging or herniated discs can appear in the Neck (Cervical Spine), Low Back (Lumbar Spine) and Middle and Upper Back (Thoracic Spine).

The following strategies may help you reduce your chance of having a herniated disk: Chiropractic Adjustments. Practice good posture – standing and sitting straight, keeping your back straight when lifting. Maintain a healthy weight. Exercise regularly. Ask your chiropractor about exercises to strengthen your back and stomach. Don’t wear high-heeled shoes. If you sit, get out of your chair every 20 to 25 minutes and walk for several minutes.

Symptoms

  • Pain – the severity and location of the pain depend upon which disc is herniated and how large the herniation is.
  • Pain may be in one or both legs
  • Bowel or bladder changes
  • Inability to fully straighten your neck or back

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  • Pain may spread over the buttocks, down the back of one thigh and into the calf
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs or feet
  • In severe cases inability to find comfort even lying down
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in one or both arms

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Treatment

Chiropractic care works on correcting misaligned or out of place vertebrae and can remove the pressure placed on the nerve endings that line the surface of the joint and course through the space between the joints, reducing pain and improving flexibility and function. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you call (717) 697-7020 today for a complimentary consultation.

The majority of back pain patients have not experienced any trauma, accidents or major injuries prior to the onset of their problem. The cause of most back pain is the cumulative affect of improper sitting posture, poor work habits, incorrect lifting, lack of proper exercise and other lifestyle-related factors. All of these factors cause stress and imbalances on the spine and eventually pain. This is why people often injure their back by just bending over to pick up a piece of paper. The spine was already compromised and just the simple act of bending was enough to set off the problem. When this occurs, the surrounding back muscles go into spasm to protect the stressed or injured tissues of the back. In the US, low back pain is one of the most common conditions and one of the leading causes of physician visits. In fact, at least four out of five adults will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Thirty-one million Americans have low back pain at any given time. One half of all working Americans admit to having back symptoms each year. One third of all Americans over age 18 had a back problem in the past five years severe enough for them to seek professional help. And the cost of this care is estimated to be a staggering $50 Billion yearly–and that’s just for the more easily identified costs!

Symptoms

  • Tenderness, pain, and stiffness in the lower back
  • Pain that radiates into the buttocks or legs
  • Difficulty standing erect or standing in one position for a long time
  • Weakness and leg fatigue while walking
  • Discomfort while sitting

Treatment Chiropractic care works on correcting misaligned or out of place vertebrae and can remove pressure placed on the nerve endings that line the surface of a joint and course through the space of the joints, reducing pain and improving movement and function. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you call 717-697-7020 today for a complimentary consultation.

Common migraine is a disorder involving recurrent headaches, which may be accompanied by symptoms other than headache but which rarely include a preliminary warning (called an aura). Migraine headaches affect about 6 out of 100 people. They are a common type of chronic headache. They most commonly occur in women and usually begin between the ages of 10 and 46. In some cases, they appear to run in families. Migraines occur when blood vessels of the head and neck spasm or constrict, which decreases blood flow to the brain. Minutes to hours later, the blood vessels dilate (enlarge), resulting in a severe headache. Inflammation around the blood vessels also occurs in some cases. Common migraine may be accompanied by symptoms other than headache but only rarely includes any preceding symptoms (aura). Migraines may also appear as classic migraine (a migraine preceded by other symptoms) and other rare forms. Multiple mechanisms trigger the spasm and subsequent blood vessel dilation.

  • Throbbing, pulsing pain
  • Vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain sometimes may be worse on the sides of the forehead be on only one side of the forehead be severe or dull; and commonly lasts
  • 6 to 48 hours
Treatment

Chiropractic care works on correcting the underlying causes of headaches and relieving symptoms associated with migraines. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you call 717-697-7020 today for a complimentary consultation.

Although neck pain can be caused by injury, such as ‘whiplash’ injuries, it is often caused by the cumulative affect of improper sitting posture, reading in bed, poor work habits, stomach sleeping, lack of proper exercise and other lifestyle-related factors. All of these factors cause misalignments in the spine and eventually pain. In fact, the most important factor producing neck pain appears to be spinal misalignments. Even for people who complain that “stress” is causing their pain, the great majority of those have significant spinal misalignments that are contributing to their condition.

Uncorrected chronic spinal misalignments can eventually cause neck pain. As a spinal misalignment worsens, pressure can be put on delicate nerves, sending the surrounding neck muscles go into painful and movement-limiting spasm, headache, even numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms or hands. Symptoms

Symptoms of neck pain can include:

    • Tenderness, pain, and stiffness in the neck or upper back
    • Radiating pain, numbness, tingling or weakness into one or both arms

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    Treatment

    We love to help patients who are suffering from neck pain because we usually obtain excellent results without the use of anti-inflammatory medicine, muscle relaxors or pain killing drugs.

    If a friend or loved one is suffering from this condition, perhaps we can help!

    About half of all expectant mothers will develop lower back pain some time during their pregnancy. With the average weight gain of 25 to 30lbs, you will find your center of gravity shifting and causing additional stress on your lower back. Many women have found relief to their lower back pain and have had easier deliveries by receiving chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy. Scientific studies have found that spinal manipulation carries no increased risk to the mother or baby. Chiropractic care is also helpful after delivery as your body starts to tighten up those loose ligaments that developed during your pregnancy. It is important to make sure your joints are aligned before your muscles return back to their pre-pregnancy state. Don’t forget to have your newborn baby checked while you’re at it.

    Recommended Tips

    • Get regular Chiropractic checkups.
    • Wear flat shoes with good arch supports.
    • Eat small meals or snacks every four hours.
    • Check your worksite for correct ergonomics especially
    • if you are using a computer.
    • Do safe exercises like walking, swimming,
    • stationary cycling.
    • Use pregnancy pillow or full body pillow when sleeping.
    • Take a good nutritional supplement with at least 400mcg of Folic Acid.

    Treatment

    Chiropractic care works on correcting misalignments that cause lower back pain associated with pregnancy. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you call (717) 697-7020 today for a complimentary consultation.

    Sciatica is defined as pain that radiates from the lower back into the buttocks and down the back of one or both legs, caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerves, the largest nerves of the body. It usually begins as an acute pain in the lower back and then radiates down the back of either or both legs. There are 5 pairs of nerves that exit the spine in the lower back. These nerves make up what we know as the sciatic nerves. If the vertebrae or bones in the lower back are misaligned or out of place; or the disc between the vertebrae are swollen, bulged or herniated, the result is pressure on those nearby nerves. This can cause tremendous pain and normal daily activities become almost impossible.

    Symptoms

    • Sensation changes on the back of the calf or the sole of the foot
    • Numbness, tingling, burning, pain in back of calf or the sole of the foot
    • Weakness of the knee or foot
    • Difficulty walking
    • Inability to move the foot (in severe cases)
    • Inability to bend the knee (in severe cases)

    Treatment

    Chiropractic care works on correcting misaligned or out of place vertebrae and can remove pressure placed on the sciatic nerve, reducing pain and improving movement and function. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you call 717-697-7020 today for a complimentary consultation.

    A lateral curvature of the spine, scoliosis affects boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 18. It is more common with girls. There are several causes of scoliosis, the two most common are congenital and habitual. Congenital scoliosis occurs when someone is born with a lateral curvature of the spine. Habitual causes are environmental or situational depending on the habits of the individual. Carrying backpacks improperly can contribute to a spinal distortion. Poor sitting habits and practicing poor posture can also affect spinal development in children. Signs of scoliosis are a high hip (uneven hips), a high shoulder, the head being off center, head tilt, back and leg pain.

    Symptoms

    • The spine curving abnormally to the side (laterally)
    • Backache
    • Fatigued
    • Shoulders and/or hips appearing uneven
    • Low back pain
    • Stooped posture
    Treatment

    Chiropractic care works on correcting scoliosis and relieving symptoms and complications associated with scoliosis. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you call 717-697-7020 today for a complimentary consultation.

    A condition involving pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck, usually associated with muscle tightness in these areas. Tension headaches are one of the most common forms of headache. They can occur at any age, but are most common in adults and adolescents. If a headache occurs two or more times weekly for several months or longer, the condition is considered chronic. Tension headaches result from the contraction of neck and scalp muscles. One cause of this muscle contraction is a response to stress, depression or anxiety. Any activity that causes the head to be held in one position for a long time without moving can cause a headache. Such activities include typing or use of computers, fine work with the hands, and use of a microscope. Sleeping in a cold room or sleeping with the neck in an abnormal position can also trigger this type of headache. Other causes include spinal misalignment, eye strain, fatigue, alcohol use, excessive smoking, excessive caffeine use, sinus infection, nasal congestion, overexertion, colds, and influenza. Tension headaches are not associated with structural lesions in the brain.

    Symptoms

    • Dull pain, pressure-like
    • Generalized pain, worse in the scalp, temples, or back of the neck
    • Not one sided
    • Feels like a tight band or vise on the head
    • Occurs as an isolated incident (or occurs constantly or daily)
    • Worsened or triggered by stress, fatigue, noise, glare, etc.
    • Sleep disturbances

    Treatment

    Chiropractic care works on correcting misalignments that cause headaches and relieving symptoms associated with tension headaches. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you call 717-697-7020 today for a complimentary consultation.

    An injury to the soft tissues of the neck that occurs from a sudden jerking or “whipping” of the head. This type of motion strains the muscles and the ligaments of the neck beyond their normal range of motion. Whiplash often occurs when a vehicle stops suddenly in a car crash or is struck from behind. Either of these two actions causes things in the vehicle to be thrown forward – including passengers. A seat belt will keep a person’s body from being thrown forward, but the head may snap forward, then backward, causing a whiplash injury in the neck. In addition to car accidents, whiplash can be caused by roller coasters and other amusement park rides, sports injuries, or being punched or shaken. (Whiplash is one of the hallmarks of shaken baby syndrome).

    Symptoms

    • Often, you feel pain and stiffness in your neck for the first few days following a whiplash injury. Then, you feel better, but the pain and stiffness may come back several days later. The discomfort you feel may involve surroundings muscle groups in your head, chest, shoulders, and arms.
    • Neck pain and/or stiffness
    • Blurred vision
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Irritability & fatigue
    • Dizziness/pain between the shoulder blades
    • Pain in the arms or legs, feet and hands
    • Nausea, ringing in the ears
    • Vertigo
    • Numbness & tingling pain in the jaw and face
    Treatment

    Chiropractic care works on correcting the complications and relieving pain associated with whiplash injuries. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you call 717-697-7020 today for a complimentary consultation.