Help children avoid back pain from backpacks

You might not know this but pediatricians are regularly reporting more and more cases of injuries in school-age children and teens from back strain. The main culprit in these injuries and pains are often too-heavy backpacks.
Studies have shown backpacks usually weigh in at 20 to 40 percent of a child’s body weight, meaning a 90-pound child could be hauling around a 36-pound backpack day after day.
Simply put, this is too much strain on a child’s spine. That coupled with sitting for long hours each day at desks can make for numerous back pains and strains in children at a time when their spines and bodies are developing.

When a person of any age tries to carry a heavy weight across their backs for a long period of time, the body compensates and this can lead to everything from reduced balance because the person leans forward; rounded shoulders; muscle strain and damage to the rib cage and joints in the spine, and distorting the curves and alignment in the back.
What can be even worse is when a child carries a backpack over one shoulder, which weighs down one side of the spine more than the other. This leads to straining muscles, back pain, spasms, and even developmental issues.
Heavy back packs also strain neck muscles, leading to headaches, shoulder pain, lower back pain and arm pains.

Preventing problems
There are two major ways to help your child reduce possible back pain issues related to their backpacks.
First, make sure the backpack itself is a good one.
– It should have a hip strap, belt or frame to distribute the weight from the shoulders to the pelvis;
– Canvas backpacks are lighter than leather;
– Adjustable shoulder straps and a padded back or even lumbar support;
– Multiple compartments distribute weight better;

Second, make sure your child is properly using the backpack.
– Don’t sling the pack over only one shoulder, use both straps;
– Use all compartments;
– Make sure the straps are tight and snug against the child;
– If the child has to lean forward while walking, the backpack is too heavy;
– Lighten the load as much as possible by having your child carry only necessary items. Other items can be left at home or in a locker;
– Use a weight limit of 10-15 percent of the child’s weight;
– Clean the backpack out regularly;
– Get the smallest backpack you can that will still allow them to carry everything necessary;

As a new school year approaches, keep these ideas top of mind when picking out your child’s next backpack and on a daily basis as they pack for school. But also you can help by being proactive and asking questions. Talk to your child to see if they’re having any pains, watch the weight of the backpack, watch to see if the child looks is having any issues. Talk to teachers to see how you can minimize the weight of a backpack and what gets carried to school each day.

Allison Family Chiropractic welcomes families and children who seek to feel better and want total body health. Our caring atmosphere and expertise can be a major benefit to you and your children. If you want to make an appointment today, call 419-991-0713 or email us today.

(Source: spinehealth.com)

Stats on back pain, chiropractic treatment

We’ve written extensively about the many issues chiropractors see and treat on a regular basis. But when confronted with the sheer numbers of what people fight daily and how chiropractic care helps them, it paints a pretty staggering but interesting picture.
Here are 23 stats to back pain issues worldwide and how chiropractic care helps ease spinal and health issues:

1) 31 million Americans experience low-back pain each year.
2) 62 million adults worldwide report low-back pain per year.
3) Low back pain is the leading cause of worldwide disability.
4) 50 percent of all working Americans have back pain annually.
5) 80 percent of the population experiences a back problem during his or her life.
6) Back pain is a leading cause of missed work.
7) Back pain is the second most common reason for doctor’s visits.
8) $86 billion is spent on back pain each year.
9) Nearly $30 billion in productivity is lost each year from chronic back pain.
10) More than $6.5 billion is spent on pharmaceutical sales for spinal conditions each year.
11) 32.3 million adults report neck or cervical pain.

Regular chiropractic care has been shown to:
12) Reduce hospital visits by 60 percent.
13) Reduce days in the hospital by 59 percent.
14) Reduce outpatient surgery by 62 percent.
15) Reduce pharmaceutical costs by 85 percent.
16) Reduce back pain in pregnant women by up to 84 percent.

Meanwhile:
17) More than 20 millions American seek chiropractic care each year.
18) 60 percent of those people are female.
19) Chiropractic adjustments are performed on average 1 million times each business day in the U.S.
20) Chiropractic care has been around for more than 100 years.
21) 58 percent of the people who use chiropractic care cite it as essential to a health care/insurance plan.
22) Patients save 45-55 percent more money when they see a chiropractor for treatment instead of a medical doctor.
23) Nine out of 10 chiropractic users believe their treatment is effective.

If you still aren’t convinced about the importance chiropractic care could play in your life, check out an earlier article about why you might want to give it a chance today.

And when it’s time to begin chiropractic treatment, consider Allison Family Chiropractic. Dr. Allison’s safe, effective care has been shown to help patients dealing with everything from back and neck pain to migraines to asthma to allergies, scoliosis and any number of physical conditions. Contact Allison Family Chiropractic today at 419-991-0713 or click here for our online contact form.

(Sources: American Chiropractic Association; the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapy; acatoday.org)

Carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis, treatment and prevention

Anyone who has ever experienced carpal tunnel syndrome will tell you it’s no joke. Months with tingling or numbness in your hand and wrist can suddenly be broken up by sharp, shooting pains up your arm during work or the middle of the night.
This progressive and painful condition essentially happens when the median nerve in the wrist becomes compressed. For more on the causes, symptoms and statistics associated with carpal tunnel, check out our previous blog on the topic.
The symptoms normally develop gradually and can improve and even stop because of rest or a change in activity. However, in many cases these symptoms become a significant problem that leads to loss of work, money and workman’s compensation payments.
The good news is proper diagnosis and treatment normally alleviates the pains and restores strength in the hand(s) and wrist(s).

Diagnosis
If you have any of the symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, it’s important you see a doctor early to get a clear diagnosis.
The doctor will check on the patterns associated with your symptoms, which will illustrate if it is indeed a carpal tunnel issue or something else.
Carpal tunnel patients often experience problems when gripping something or during the night. Also, because the median nerve does not affect all the parts of the hand, other tests can exclude carpal tunnel syndrome as the issue.
During the examination, the doctor will test feeling in your fingers and strength in your hand. Also, tapping or pressing on the median nerve can trigger the symptoms if indeed it is CTS.
Doctors will perform further tests and x-rays to see if the problem is something else.
 X-rays can indicate arthritis, fractures, etc.
 Electromyography evaluates electrical activity in your muscles and can determine any damage to muscles or if other conditions.
 Nerve conduction is similar in that small shocks are sent through the median nerve to gauge if impulses are slowed through the carpal tunnel.

In some cases, a doctor may want a patient to see a neurologist or specialists trained in other areas of the nervous system to see if the issue is a symptom of arthritis or a mental disorder.

Treatments
Once carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed, it should be addressed immediately under a doctor’s supervision.

Normally, the first treatments include resting the affected hand/wrist followed by splinting and avoiding any activity that will contribute to the symptoms. Also, cold packs can be used to reduce swelling.
Aspirin, ibuprofen and other pain relievers can help in the short run while certain steroids and vitamin supplements may also be prescribed.
Certain stretches and strength exercises can also help CTS sufferers. Physical and occupational therapists are also often helpful in working with patients to alleviate symptoms.

If the symptoms last for more than six months, surgery is often necessary. In fact, carpal tunnel release is one of the most common procedures in the U.S. according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Though there are different procedures available, all involve reducing pressure on the median nerve by severing the band of tissue around the wrist. A local anesthesia is used and normally doesn’t require an overnight stay in a hospital.
Full recovery can take months and physical therapy is often essential in helping the patient gain back strength in the wrist.

Prevention
To avoid carpal tunnel syndrome, workers can do everything from wear splints to take more breaks to stretching exercises to adhering to proper ergonomics techniques.
Employers can develop programs and make sure workplace conditions are ideal to help employees avoid future CTS problems.

It turns out chiropractic care is also often sited as a way to not only help prevent and diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome, but can also help reduce pain and increase wrist and hand strength among patients who suffer from CTS.
If you experience any of these symptoms or have concerns about developing carpal tunnel syndrome, call Dr. Zach Allison today at 419-991-0713 or stop by our office at 3643 Shawnee Road in Lima, Ohio. At Allison Family Chiropractic we help people combat pain and get back to work every day.

(Sources: WebMD, The Mayo Clinic)

Stats and facts about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Ready for an eye-opening statistic? Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the “most expensive of all work-related injuries,” according to the American Chiropractic Association.
CTS might not necessarily be the first work-related injury that pops in your mind when it comes to “most expensive” but the fact is a person fighting this injury is looking at a $30,000 loss over time from medical bills and time lost from work.
Essentially, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome happens when the nerve that runs from the forearm to the hand, the median nerve, is compressed in the carpal tunnel. This tunnel at the wrist is comprised of bones, nerves, tendons, blood vessels and ligaments. As this tunnel compresses, the individual can experience pain, weakness and even numbness in the hand, wrist and up the forearm.
CTS mostly happens to adults, and women are three times more likely to develop it, according to the ACA, and it normally hits in the dominant hand first with severe pain.

Symptoms:

– Burning, tingling, itching, numbness in the palm of the hand, thumb, index and middle fingers.
– Some complain the fingers feel useless.
– The fingers feel swollen despite not looking so.
– The symptoms can first appear while sleeping because wrists are usually flexed during sleep.
– Difficulty forming a fist or grasping objects.
– Wasting of the muscles in the palm/base of the thumb.
– Inability to feel the difference between hot and cold.

How does CTS happen?

Interestingly enough, studies have shown that the most commonly affected individuals aren’t those who type on a computer for many hours a day. Instead, it normally shows up in assembly line workers and those who sew, clean, are in the meatpacking industry or similar occupations.
Also, CTS may develop simply because some individuals have smaller carpal tunnels, making the nerve more likely to be compressed. Other times, a wrist injury that causes swelling, “an overactive pituitary gland, hypothyroidism, diabetes, inflammatory arthritis, mechanical problems in the wrist joint, poor work ergonomics, repeated use of vibrating hand tools and fluid retention during menopause,” can lead to CTS according to the ACA.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome isn’t something that should be ignored, it needs to be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible. In our next blog article, we will discuss diagnosis, treatment and prevention techniques to help you understand how to combat this debilitating syndrome.

profileIf CTS is something that concerns you, or a friend or family member, contact Dr. Zach Allison today at 419-991-0713. At Allison Family Chiropractic we help people combat pain and get back to work every day. So don’t waste another moment or dollar, stop by our office at 3643 Shawnee Road in Lima, Ohio and start to relieve the pain today.

Preventing injuries, addressing pains in baseball players

From youth baseball all the way up to the high school and college ranks and Major League Baseball, the spring and summer seasons are highly anticipated by the athletes and fans around who love this sport.
The players will spend many of the upcoming months between the white lines practicing their craft and competing on a daily basis. But it’s a long season, a long, at times, grueling season.
From the torque of a single swing to the stress on a throwing arm to the many pains catchers endure, the very nature of the sport itself can take a toll on the human body.
In order to stay on the field for a long season, and even a long career, baseball players can do a lot of things to help themselves avoid severe injuries. First of all, they should never ignore a serious pain, which might become worse and even result in a career-ended condition.
Second, it’s imperative baseball players understand common injuries and how chiropractic treatment can prevent and care for these injuries.
Some of the more frequent baseball injuries include:
– Shoulder tendinitis is when the rotator cuff or biceps tendons become inflamed. This leads to pain and/or tenderness in the shoulder and results in a player having difficulty keep the arm in a certain position. Pitchers have this problem often because of the regular, overhead throwing motion.
– A torn rotator cuff happens if the tendons and muscles in the arm can’t support, stabilize and allow for the regular shoulder movements. The result is deep aches, less range of motion and even extreme pain, most noticeable in the morning and/or night. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to arthritis and chiropractic care should start immediately.
– Stress fractures normally are found in the shins, hands and feet. They are basically an incomplete fracture from extreme and repeated stress.
– Muscle spasms are common in baseball because the same muscles are used so regularly. The spasms are often described as knots in the back. Chiropractors are known to prevent this from happening or ease the pain associated by improving the biomechanics of the player and their alignment.
– Herniated discs are the result of a disc in the spine bulging or rupturing, pushing on the nerves. Usually, herniated discs happen by repeated or sudden strain on the back. Symptoms include numbness, pain in the legs, inability to straighten the back and weakness in both arms.

So what now?
While “playing through the pain” is admirable, it’s not a good idea. Unfortunately, many athletes who let these conditions go unchecked may have to endure expensive surgeries that keep them out of the game for long periods of time.
However, addressing these pains immediately through chiropractic care can not only prevent many of these injuries, but help athletes once they happen. Chiropractors are skilled at diagnosing problems in the early stages and using specific treatments to restore proper arm, shoulder, neck and back movement.
By addressing these symptoms, athletes don’t have to endure daily pains, are better at the sport and avoid more problems long term. Improving alignment and biomechanics are the best way to combat injuries that often come from repetitive motions required in sports like baseball, golf, tennis, running, etc.

Dr. AllisonAt Allison Family Chiropractic, we work with many competitive and weekend athletes to keep them feeling and playing at their best. Be sure to call us today at 419-991-0713 and let us know how we can help you get more enjoyment out of the spring and summer months ahead.

Sciatica 101: Defining and understanding it

From mild discomfort to constant, deep pain, anyone familiar with sciatica understands how disruptive this condition can be to his or her daily lives.
Typically, sciatica affects one to 10 percent of the population in the 25 to 45 age range. Normally, treatment can alleviate the pains within three to six months but chronic sciatica can call for more supportive treatments including possible surgery.
But what is sciatica exactly?

Definition
The term “sciatica” comes from pain felt along the sciatic nerve, which starts at the lower back and branches down through the hips and each leg. Normally, the pain affects one side of the body.
Sciatica is usually the result of a herniated disk or bone spur on the spine pressures part of the nerve, causing pain, inflammation and even numbness in the leg that is affected.

Symptoms
Descriptions of sciatica vary but normally consist of burning or cramping sensations. And the frequency and severity of the pain can be anything from constant to inconsistent and can be annoying to excruciating pain. Some factors such as sitting for long periods of time or coughing and sneezing can make it worse.
And while sciatica tends to peak in middle age it rarely, if ever, causes permanent damage.
Symptoms include one or more of these:
– Tingling or numbness in the leg or foot.
– Pain down the leg.
– Pain that gets worse when sitting.
– Muscle weakness in the leg or foot.

Causes and Risk Factors
Sciatica usually happens when the nerve becomes pinched, either by a herniated disk in the spine or from bone spurs on the vertebrae. Though it is rare, there are some cases in which a tumor can compress the nerve.
Some of the risk factors include:
– Age: Changes in the spine from age-related growth can cause herniated disks and bone spurs.
– Obesity: Being overweight causes stress on the spine and could cause changes that trigger sciatica.
– Diabetes: Because diabetes affects how your body uses blood sugar, it could increase the risk of nerve damage.
– Sedentary lifestyle: People who sit for hours on end have a higher risk of sciatica than active people do.
Should you see a doctor?
Time and patience normally is enough to get through a mild case of sciatica, but if the pain lasts longer than a week, or gets worse, it’s time to call a doctor.
Also, you should seek immediate care if you get sudden and severe pain in your lower back or leg, numbness or muscle weakness in your leg, pain following a violent injury or you have trouble controlling your bowels.

profileSciatica can be very painful and disruptive to those who experience it, but understanding the causes and the severity this condition is to your overall total body health can help you through it if it strikes.
One great way to prevent, treat and ease the pain associated with sciatica is through chiropractic care. Dr. Zachary Allison has a strong record of helping patients improve their health goals and combat pain. For an appointment or to discuss how chiropractic care can help you, call 419-991-0713 or stop by the office at 3643 Shawnee Road, Lima, OH 45806.

Chiropractic care for children and babies

If you could address the health needs of your children in a natural way with proven results, you’d do it, right? Chiropractic care does just that, however, many parents are still hesitant to take their children to a chiropractor.
However, studies and statistics show that chiropractic care is not only a safe option for children but is incredibly effective. And a growing number of parents who want natural forms of health care are gravitating to chiropractic facilities.

A safe option
As earlier stated, there are many recorded studies that show the safety of chiropractic care. But if numbers don’t necessarily convince you, consider this: The force used to adjust an infant is the same amount of force used to test the ripeness of a tomato. Children are more than capable of handling that, and probably more so.
But why would children need chiropractic care? Well, as children grow they go through growth spurts. As the skeleton grows it is very important the muscles and joints are in balance. Also, as the nervous system matures it is critical that the millions of nerves in the brain and spinal cord develop correctly. Regular chiropractic care makes sure all of this happens in an optimal way.

When should you bring them?
Children can literally begin chiropractic care the moment their born, and it’s actually recommended. The process of being born is very strenuous on mother and child, so seeing a chiropractor as early as possible is a great way to get the body in its best possible alignment.
Once a child is brought in, the doctor will know how often he or she should come back based on their needs. Generally, it is recommended children see a chiropractor every three months in the first year of life and every six to 12 months in following years.

What can conditions can chiropractors address?
Chiropractic care has consistently been shown to help children who deal with many conditions while improving general health. Some of the conditions chiropractors regularly improve include:
Asthma
Allergies
ADHD
Autism
Ear infections
Colds
Colic
Constipation
Scoliosis
Bed-wetting
Sports Injuries
And plenty more…

profileDr. Zach Allison has a fantastic record of helping children with many of these issues get and stay healthy through his chiropractic care techniques. His healthy, natural care techniques have served the Lima, Shawnee and Spencerville, Ohio area for many years. For an appointment or to discuss how his methods can benefit you and your family, call 419-991-0713 or stop by our office today at 3643 Shawnee Road, Lima, OH 45806.

5 reasons to try chiropractic care in 2015

Many people enter a new year with a giant list of resolutions, goals and things they’d like to try in the next 12 months.
A lot of those items tend to tie back to being healthier and living a better life. One simple way everyone can do that is simply by regularly visiting a chiropractor.
But if chiropractic care is something you haven’t considered, or you’re hesitant about it, don’t be. Now is the time to visit a chiropractor and get on a plan.
Why?
Chiropractor stretching woman's arm
Statistics show Americans spend $50 billion each year on back pain, according to the American Chiropractic Association. And back pain is also one of the most common reasons for missed work and doctor’s visits.
But studies show those who regularly visit a chiropractor miss significantly less work time, experience more back pain relief and spend much less money each year than those who go to a medical doctor.

So what exactly would you get from regular visits to the chiropractor?

1) Pain Prevention
Each day the wear and tear on your body may seem minor but it adds up. The stress and rigors we all go through, especially those who have physically demanding jobs, can harm our musculoskeletal systems and that leads to more serious injuries and illnesses. Along those same lines, your overall posture has a big impact on the way your body functions. By aligning your spine properly, chiropractic care improves your stance, curvatures and any turning that may be harming how you carry yourself.

2) Optimal performance
Regular chiropractic care has been shown to increase oxygenation, improve circulation, reduce muscle spasms, improve flexibility, decrease lactic acid and help the body work efficiently to deliver nutrients to cells, thus aiding recovery.

3) Manage Stress and fight pain/symptoms
Hectic and stressful lives impact our overall well-being. Keeping your muscular, nervous and skeletal systems in line and balanced eradicates the tenseness we all feel and helps you manage stress in a positive way.
Back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain can often be alleviated by adjusting the spine, which can also target pain in the hips, knees, headaches and other pains throughout the body.
Chiropractic care also helps those who have sciatica, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia.

4) Improve brain function, mood, focus
Studies show chiropractic adjustments can boost the Central Nervous System, which improves overall brain function. A study by the International Research and Philosophy Symposium showed EEG scans found improvement in balance and activity within the brain due to chiropractic adjustments.
Chiropractic care also helps balance body chemistry, which improves chemical imbalances that cause depression and ADHD.

5) Boost your immune system
Subluxations in the nervous system can disrupt the immune system, hindering its abilities to fight injuries and infections. Simply put, adjustments help the immune system work smoothly in many ways. Another help to the immune system is better sleep quality, which can be disrupted from aches and pains or even stress. Chiropractic care pinpoints these issues and allows your body to sleep better, which improves your immune system and allows your body to work efficiently.

profileChiropractic care has numerous benefits to your body in the short- and long-term. So if one of your goals for 2015 is to get a more fit and healthy body, make sure regular visits to a chiropractor tops your list of resolutions.
And if you aren’t sure where to start exactly, call Allison Family Chiropractic at 419-991-0713 to make an appointment today. We’d love to discuss any questions you may have about what we do and the benefits you’ll see from our care.

Understanding, recovering from sports concussions

Concussions in sports have gained plenty of attention in recent years, and for good reason. Concussions at any age can lead to significant damage in the short- and long-run. Head injuries have been linked to such long-term problems as memory loss, frequent headaches, vision problems and there have been links to depression, dementia and Altzheimer’s Disease.

Understanding concussions is the first step toward treatment and recovery. Take a look at some of these stats from the Center of Disease Control:

– 5 to 10 percent of athletes will experience a concussion in any given sport season.
– 47 percent of athletes do not report feeling symptoms after a concussion.
– Football is the most common sport with concussion risk for males while soccer is the most common for females.
– A professional football player will receive an estimated 900 to 1,500 blows to the head during a season.
– 78 percent of concussions happen during games instead of practices.

These are stats are eye-opening and even scary. But if proper procedures for prevention, diagnosis and treatment are followed, studies show athletes can endure possible head traumas without further issues.

Proper equipment

Wearing approved helmets for sports such as hockey and football is an absolute must, along with making sure chinstraps, neck guards and mouthpieces are used. And making sure the protective items fit right and are in good working condition are important.
While the proper gear is key, no gear has been made yet that will completely stop concussions and head injuries. That’s why it’s important that proper technique and form be taught and used so the head isn’t put in a position that could increase the risks.

Recognize the symptoms

Understanding the symptoms of concussions is key to preventing further damage. Symptoms include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, sensitivity to light and/or noise, disturbances in vision, nausea, loss of balance, loss of memory, difficulty concentrating and confusion. If these symptoms are reported or witnessed, a doctor should be consulted immediately.

Have proper procedures in place
Baseline concussion testing is a good idea for all athletes older than 10 because it records normal levels of brain function. Those results can then help determine the severity of a possible concussion later. It also helps doctors give specific recommendations for when it’s safe to return to an athletic activity.
If an athlete is suspected of absorbing a damaging blow to the head, it is imperative the athlete be removed immediately. The athlete should then be cleared by a medical professional before returning to an athletic activity.
Research shows returning too soon can lengthen recovery times and leave the athlete vulnerable to more concussions and head injuries.

Promote the right culture

It was once common for athletes, coaches, parents and fans to shrug off head injuries. Times, thankfully, have changed. Concussions are nothing to take lightly. Make sure everyone in your athletics’ programs buys into this concept.
Train athletes to use proper technique and even design exercise programs to strengthen the muscles around the neck and back, which can help in the result of damaging collisions.
Make sure athletes aren’t afraid to report possible head injuries and symptoms instead of hiding them. Coaches and parents should always keep an eye out for possible injuries and symptoms. And proper procedures should be developed and practiced.

Concussions and head injuries are on the rise in sports. But understanding them and adhering to proper procedures is an invaluable step toward helping athletes recover quicker, return to the field faster and experience less problems later in life. If your sports program doesn’t promote the right culture or have concussion procedures in place, step up and make sure they begin to do so today.
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And if your athlete has any concussion issues, or any physical issues, chiropractic care is a great way to promote healing and prevention. At Allison Family Chiropractic, we are adept at working with and healing athletes in all sports. Call us today at 419-991-0713 or fill out a contact form today http://allisonfamilychiropractic.com/contact-us/.

How chiropractic care help athletes with knee problems

Knee injuries are one of the most common setbacks in sports. And a sports chiropractor can be your best friend in avoiding, or rehabbing that knee injury that can derail your season.

The knee is a complex stability joint that relies on ligaments and muscles. If there is pain in the knee, all the different components should be examined, and that includes everything from the lower back, the hip, the ankles, the pelvis and the foot.

Knee injuries can happen from wear and tear over time, or from sudden movements like twisting or cutting. Most knee injuries include Meniscal Tears, Bursitis, Fractures, Tendonitis, Osteoarthritis and Patellar Dislocation. Ligament tears, especially in the anterior cruciate ligament, are the most common in athletes, and strike women more often than men.

Chiropractors can be a big benefit to athletes by keeping, or restoring, alignment to the injured areas and other linked structures – the hips and lower back – that could be affected by the knee injury. They can also recommend physical therapy regimens and workout programs to help avoid, or rehabilitate knee injuries.

Spinal, hip misalignment
Because the knee is a major weight-bearing joint, it’s critical the lower back and spinal bones are all in good alignment.
Misaligned spinal bones can lead to a myriad of posture-related problems that could affect the hip and leg alignment. This often results in too much strain on the lower body, including the knees, which leads to knee injuries or chronic pain.

Spotting the problem
Chiropractors take a close look at a patient’s medical history and perform thorough physical exams for an accurate diagnosis. They’ll also examine all the anatomical components – the knee joint, the back, hips, etc. – to see what influence they are having on the knee.
Pain can often be from structures in the lower back and pelvis, leading into the knee. Also, if joints in the lower limbs aren’t working well it can increase the stress on the knee joint. A chiropractor can spot this, treat it, and ward off future injuries while improving the long-term health of the knee along with other parts of the body critical in athletics.

The next steps
Once they’ve done a thorough examination, chiropractors can help patients in many ways. First, they can normalize the joint function through manipulation and mobilization techniques to the knee and surrounding joints. This increases movement, helps overall function and reduces the pain.
They can also recommend rehab programs, exercises for strength and flexibility, icing, stretching and other therapies and different braces to help on a regular basis.

Sports chiropractors understand how each ligament and muscle affects the other. Through proper alignment and thorough examinations, a chiropractor can make sure your knees and other areas of your body are in prime shape to stay competing or get back into game immediately.

If it’s time to see Dr. Allison about an appointment for either you or a member of the family, get started by downloading our free “consent for treatment” form today. And when it’s time to contact us for an appointment, call us at 419-991-0713 or stop by our office at 3643 Shawnee Road in Lima, Ohio.