Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics Usage Linked to Cartilage Weakness

Chiropractor and Acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, the chiropractic and acupuncture healthcare clinics of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, we do a complete exam before treatment. Part of the exam is getting a list of current medications. Dr. Oskardmay needs to know which drugs a person takes because sometimes medications have side effects that can affect one’s health and even impact the treatment plan at our office. Fluoroquinolone antibiotics are popular medications with crucial health implications we discuss here. Germs and viruses abound in everyone’s world, and each of us needs to use caution in our choice of healing method to deal with them because sometimes the cure is worse than the illness. Read more to learn about fluoroquinolone antibiotics and cartilage weakness.

What are Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics?

Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics with broad-spectrum applicability; MDs prescribe these drugs for various health problems: cold, flu, sinusitis, other infections. The drugs are effective, hence their popularity. Nonetheless, fluoroquinolones also have problematic side effects, one of which is newly appreciated in the literature and relates to the destruction of cartilage in various body areas. Most people – patients and providers alike, are unaware of this side effect, despite FDA concerns and ‘black box’ designations warning providers to limit the usage of F antibiotics.

Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics and Cartilage Weakness

Some areas where we see cartilage weakness affect health include abdominal aorta resulting in the aneurysm, Achilles tendon resulting in Achilles tendonitis, and possibly even cervical ligament resulting in neck pain and other conditions. This latter concerning fact can relate to the prevalence of neck pain and instability, shoulder aches, cervical disc degeneration, cervical nerve root compression, resulting neuropathy, elbow tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other conditions related to neck cartilage. The harmful effect of fluoroquinolones antibiotics on cartilage impacts the body in many different ways.

The way fluoroquinolone antibiotics destroy cartilage appears to be related to the nutrition of this vital structure. Immediately following the use of this drug, cartilage weakness may begin. After one stops use of the antibiotic, healing begins. The body is a fantastic thing, and each of us can heal from injury and disease. Dr. Oskardmay provides chiropractic adjustment, massage, acupuncture, and other techniques to restore movement and nutrition to injured cartilage, which helps to facilitate healing on many levels.

Medications have the potential to change the body in good ways and unintended negative ways. Americans utilize medications more than any other industrialized country in the world. Patients can visit the website drugs.com to review the side effects of F antibiotics and other drugs. Dr. Oskardmay uses natural healing methods to help patients reduce their need for and use of medications. The average patient over the age of 65 is on five or more drugs, suffering from a condition known as ‘polypharmacy’. The harmful effect of Fluoroquinolones antibiotics on cartilage is just one negative side effect of medications. Call (919) 929-1400, email schedule@acudocnc.com, or visit our website at acudocnc.com to see how natural healing methods can help you. Located just 1 mile off 1-40 in Chapel Hill, we look forward to assisting you.

What Causes Right-Sided Body Pain and How to Treat It?

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Many patients experience one-sided stomach aches and pain, and other symptoms. When symptoms predominantly afflict the right side of one’s body, this can suggest that we regard certain internal conditions that relate to the right laterality. This is partly due to the location of specific organs and connected referral patterns. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, Dr. Oskardmay utilizes palpation and other diagnostic techniques to determine the cause of pain and then treats appropriately.

Right-sided upper abdominal pain can indicate an ulcer, especially if dull burning pain is bloating, burping, poor appetite, and weight loss. Dr. Oskardmay will ask about bacterial infections and NSAID usage, which can cause peptic ulcers. She may suggest alternative treatments, including specific dietary changes to alleviate stomach pain. Additionally, she will adjust spinal segments related to the stomach to improve nerve input and nutrition to vital areas and suggest exercises to improve digestion. Acupuncture treatment restores qi flow to stagnant meridians and organs to support overall body wellness and reduce the need for NSAIDs.

Lower abdominal pain on the right side can indicate appendicitis, a medical condition that frequently requires emergency surgery to remove the inflamed appendix before it ruptures. A hallmark of appendicitis is fever; we recommend that patients with lower right-sided abdominal pain and a fever check with their medical doctors as soon as possible.

One other common cause of lower right-sided abdominal pain is IBS or irritable bowel syndrome, especially if GI symptoms such as bloating, gassiness, and a change in bowel habits accompany the pain. Dr. Oskardmay will palpate the abdominal area and inquire regarding digestion symptoms to reach a diagnosis. While it may take a further medical examination to differentiate between IBS and Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis, and other conditions, right-sided lower abdominal pain frequently indicates IBS. Dr. Oskardmay can help patients improve IBS symptoms using nutrition and exercise prescriptions and chiropractic adjustment to the back to reduce muscle tightness and improve nerve flow to the small and large intestines. She also provides acupuncture treatment to balance yin and yang qi flow along the involved channels to relax the body and mind to improve overall health.

The right side of the body also connects with the liver and gall bladder meridians, or wood channel in Chinese medicine. Pain in the right side of the twelfth rib area, near the physical liver and gallbladder nestled in its lobes, suggests wood channel imbalance. Specific areas on the foot along the wood yin channel also indicate an imbalance in this crucial pathway. Dr. Oskardmay will assess particular areas to help you understand the underlying cause of pain and make treatment suggestions to help you achieve better health. Using chiropractic and acupuncture to improve nerve and qi flow, she can help reduce pain and prevent worsening symptoms. When needed, she will refer patients to other providers.

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, Dr. Oskardmay strives to understand the cause of one-sided body aches and pains to provide the best care. Call 919-929-1400, visit our website at acudocnc.com, or email schedule@acudocnc.com today to schedule an appointment or learn more.

 

Health Saving Accounts (HSA) Cover Chiropractic and Acupuncture

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According to IRS Publication 502 (Publication 502 (2021) ‘Medical and Dental Expenses |Internal Revenue Service’ (irs.gov), both chiropractic and acupuncture are included for Health Savings Accounts (HSA) reimbursements. Accordingly, people can use their HSAs to pay for chiropractic or acupuncture services, a welcome benefit, and a tax break for the millions of Americans seeking additional ways to pay for needed care.

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, we strive to help each patient understand how to use their insurance and health savings account benefits to make the most of their available resources. Knowledge and understanding reduce stress and improve overall patient satisfaction. Patients can use their HSA accounts to pay for copays, deductibles, or uncovered services if they like. Their HSA account is just like a credit card with a specific balance available for many people. Combining the tax-advantaged savings power of an HSA with a standard insurance account helps many people use chiropractic and acupuncture, and many other medically necessary treatments.

Options for Using Your HSA to Cover Chiropractic and Acupuncture Services

One can use HSA accounts to pay for services covered by insurance and chiropractic and acupuncture services not covered by their insurance at our office. We participate with many popular insurance plans, including United Health Care, UMR, Cigna, BlueCross BlueShield, Federal BCBS, Aetna, Humana, Medcost, Medicare, and others. Because Dr. Oskardmay is a licensed chiropractic physician, most plans cover chiropractic services and, increasingly, cover acupuncture at our office since Dr. Oskardmay is also a licensed acupuncturist. Choosing to use your HSA account to pay for the portion of care not covered by insurance is a smart move because it magnifies your benefits. Additionally, we do the billing for you and only collect our ‘Participating Provider’ agreed upon amounts from your HSA plus any noncovered fees disclosed to you in advance.

Dr. Lisa Oskardmay offers chiropractic and acupuncture to help Triangle patients with back pain, neck pain, headaches, stress, shoulder discomfort, knee trouble, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other conditions. Alternative medicine works because treatment helps the body heal itself naturally, whether used in conjunction with other medical therapies or not. Dr. Oskardmay also provides massage and health counseling at every visit- HSA included services. Additional services we provide as part of a treatment plan may consist of: cupping massage, auriculotherapy, exercise prescription, nutrition and weight control counseling, and physical therapy adjunctive therapies.

Call today at (919) 929-1400 or email us at schedule@acudocnc.com to learn more about how complementary and alternative medical healthcare can help you achieve your healthcare goals and see how you can use your insurance and HSA benefits to pay for needed care. Check out our patient reviews to see what other Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding community residents have to say about Acupractic Natural Healing Center, serving the Triangle since 1995.

 

Does Chiropractic Care Help You Lose Weight?

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Losing weight can be difficult. Shedding pounds can be difficult for many reasons. Age, genetics, metabolism, stress and lifestyle are just a few of the confounding factors. Ads proclaiming the latest quick weight loss plan are confusing, and some are dangerous. Does chiropractic care help you lose weight? Read on to learn more.

Fortunately, chiropractors like Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill are available to help safely guide you as you strive to get back to healthy weight. A natural health provider of chiropractic and acupuncture since 1995, Dr. Oskardmay coaches patients in how to use commonsense weight loss strategies. She specializes in overall body functioning from the first visit so if weight loss is your goal, she can help you. Combining chiropractic care to improve the spine, nervous system and posture, she helps to restore nerve flow to digestive organs, muscles and the brain itself. She provides massage and other physical modalities to muscles and ligaments to keep these crucial components pain free, supporting movement and muscle building activities that enhance the metabolism. Trained in nutrition science, Dr. Oskardmay has a special interest in using foods to heal the body naturally; she can help you make healthy choices that support weight loss.

Chiropractic Care and Weight Loss

Good metabolism supports proper blood sugar control and a healthy weight. Posture impacts metabolism because the bent forward position hinders respiration, dampens mood, and increases inflammation and pain. When one doesn’t breathe properly, moves in a sluggish manner and has elevated inflammatory markers, this affects stress and cortisol. Does chiropractic care help you lose weight? Chiropractic care at our office can help patients stand taller with less pain and better lung excursion, all factors which support better overall health, all factors that influence weight loss.

The chiropractic adjustment helps muscles function better overall. Muscles work better when nerve flow to the muscle is good. Muscles work better when there is less pain and inflammation inhibiting joint movement. Also, proper relaxation prior to using a muscle aids in overall performance. By providing specific chiropractic adjustments to impact vertebral subluxations, Dr. Oskardmay restores joint fixation and impeded nerve flow, and reduces muscle and ligament pain. She provides appropriate exercises and stretches to assist in muscle strength building, as well.

Additionally, sometimes people don’t realize that sleeping a good 7-8 hours a night is a necessary step to reduce stress and improve BMI. Getting adequate restorative sleep is crucial to regain a healthy metabolism. Different factors related to good sleep can also include snoring, pain at night, stress and anxiety. Nutritional factors can impede sleep, as well, and eating the wrong foods at the wrong time can make sleep difficult. Using chiropractic and acupuncture techniques Dr. Oskardmay can help improve the issues that affect healthy sleep patterns to help patients regain restorative, supportive sleep.

Call (919) 929-1400, email schedule@acudocnc.com or visit our website acudocnc.com to schedule an appointment to learn how natural chiropractic and acupuncture healthcare can help you achieve a healthy weight in the new year and beyond. Located in Chapel Hill just off I-40 and Durham, we look forward to helping you as we have helped thousands since 1995. We can help answer questions about how chiropractic and acupuncture care can help you lose weight or achieve other health goals, and also available to assist you with questions about how to use your health insurance at our office.

Chiropractic Care for Sciatica

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Whether your back pain is on the left side or the right side, the condition known as sciatica impairs movement and exercises. Lasting, on average, 4-6 weeks or longer, episodes of sciatica can also impair restorative sleep. Caused by irritating pressure on the lumbar spine nerves from the backbones themselves or compression and inflammation along the sciatic nerve path, sciatica afflicts millions of persons in this country each year. Chiropractic care for sciatica with Dr. Lisa Oskardmay DC, LAc at Acupractic Natural Healing Center relieves many from this disabling condition where medications, surgery, and other treatments haven’t worked.

chiropractic care for sciatica

What is the Sciatic Nerve?

The sciatic nerve consists of portions of the lower lumbar spine levels L345 and travels from the low back to the back of the thigh, knee, calf, and ankle. Irritation of this nerve along any portion of this pathway may cause sciatica symptoms, which range from one-sided pain, tingling, or numbness in the hip, back of the leg, foot or toes. There may be a weakness in the hip, thigh, calf, or foot muscles, which may indicate a progression of the ailment. Using hands-on palpation, detailed health history, and orthopedic testing, Dr. Oskardmay evaluates each patient to determine the cause and best treatment for each person individually. If x-rays are required, we can order those, as well.

Causes of Sciatica

Common causes of sciatica include back injury, vertebral spinal stenosis (aka vertebral canal narrowing), disc problems such as herniated discs, or spondylolisthesis (aka vertebral body slippage). Dr. Oskardmay uses chiropractic adjustment, acupuncture, and massage to help with vertebral issues. She also helps patients understand how their home activities may affect their sciatic symptoms. Contributing factors include sitting a lot, lifting heavy objects, wearing tight clothing, using poor posture, weight gain, not exercising. Dr. Oskardmay provides helpful exercises and stretches to help and other beneficial suggestions that do not include drugs, injections, or surgery.

Chiropractic Care for Sciatica Offers Terrific Benefits

Chiropractic care offers terrific benefits for many patients suffering from sciatica. Nonetheless, we advise patients to seek medical care if symptoms persist longer than 4-6 weeks despite care or appear to be worsening. Many patients find that conservative chiropractic care is effective at helping them relieve their pain without medical interventions. Other therapies Dr. Oskardmay can provide include acupuncture, massage, and other physical modalities such as TENS, heat, cold, and auriculotherapy, treatment for sciatica at Acupractic Natural Healing Center helps many.

Medical sciatica approaches include pain killers and muscle relaxers, steroid injections, physical therapy, and possibly surgery, depending on the cause. Conservative, complementary, and alternative medical practices offered at our office provide patients with natural options and potentially avoid surgery or drug therapies that may have adverse side effects.

Call today to schedule your care appointment at (919) 929-1400, or email schedule@acudocnc.com, or visit us online anytime at acudocnc.com to learn more about natural healing methods for sciatica and other health conditions and request an appointment. Happy New Year!

Chiropractic and Acupuncture Alternative Medicine vs. Medications for Back Pain

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25% of Americans living in the US have had back pain in the last three months. Many Americans turn to medications to temporarily relieve their symptoms and, hopefully, provide an opportunity for patients to use other, more lasting, and potentially healing treatments such as PT, chiropractic, acupuncture, and others. Trouble arises, however, when patients utilize medications to cover up symptoms without taking the necessary steps to improve their health in other ways. Drugs invariably have side effects, and some can cause lasting problems. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, the chiropractic and acupuncture alternative medicine offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, we strive to help patients reduce pain and heal naturally without drugs.

Mild over-the-counter analgesics such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) include commonly used ibuprofen and naproxen (e.g., Motrin and Aleve). These block pain signals but do little to heal the cause of the inflammation that causes pain. Stronger NSAIDs available by prescription only include celecoxib, nabumetone, diclofenac, and meloxicam (e.g., Celebrex, Relafen, Mobic, and Voltaren). Patients should pay close attention to all medication instructions, especially regarding dosage – using any pain medication for more than a few months may lead to intolerance and dependence and increase health risks. For instance, NSAIDs can cause gastroinflammatory problems, liver damage, kidney damage, and ulcers. Avoid alcohol usage with these drugs. Another popular OTC analgesic drug is acetaminophen. While not an NSAID, this product has similar pain-relieving qualities and side effects.

Some patients apply NSAID cremes or patches over painful areas that work similarly to oral NSAIDs with similar side effects. Other pain patches and cremes that do not appear to have negative health consequences include eucalyptus oil, menthol, camphor, and capsaicin—similarly, the application of heat or cold benefits many.

Sometimes a person’s medical doctor will prescribe a muscle relaxant such as Flexeril, Soma, Baclofen, or Zanaflex to relax tight muscles following an acute injury temporarily. Taken for a short duration, medications may help a patient get back to life activities more readily. Side effects for muscle relaxants include drowsiness, and patients need to avoid operating heavy machinery while on these sedating muscle relaxers.

The next level of pain control for back pain is the opiate and other narcotics. These potent medications, such as codeine and morphine, effectively block the pain signals between injured areas and the brain. Used for the short term, these medications may help keep the pain level down so that patients can resume some function. Nonetheless, the side effects of opiates are numerous, and dependence is a huge problem confronting our nation. Additionally, some studies show that long-term usage of opiates makes the pain worse.

Chiropractic and Acupuncture Alternative Medicine

At our chiropractic and alternative medicine healthcare center, Dr. Oskardmay strives to help people get back to a pain-free lifestyle using non-drug methods, including chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage. Combined with electrostimulation, exercise, and other physical therapies, she helps patients heal on many levels to improve function, posture, and balance. She also discusses nutrition and herbal remedies to support healing at home.

For a non-drug approach to healthcare, contact the natural medicine office of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, where, since 1995, she has helped Triangle residents of all ages get back to health. Call us at 919-929-1400 or visit us on the web at acudocnc.com 24 hours a day to learn more and schedule your appointment.

How Chiropractic Adjustive Therapy Relaxes the Body and Mind

At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, we provide care, including chiropractic adjustive therapy, that heals on many levels. In addition to supporting nerve function to the spine, arms, and legs, spinal mobilization of the back affects the aspect of the nervous system involved in autonomic control of blood pressure, heart rate, digestion, and sweating. This latter autonomic nervous system (ANS) component has important implications related to relaxation, allowing healing and rest.

chiropractic adjustive therapy and the automatic nervous systemThe ANS relates to everything our nervous system controls without our conscious input and is divided into the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).

As the diagram from Merck Manuals shows, the SNS in bundles of nerves called ganglia that reside alongside the midback region of the body, basically the thoracic spine region near the ribs. The PNS resides in ganglia above and below the SNS, that is, in the upper neck or cervical spine region and the lower sacral spine. Chiropractic adjustment to these vital areas will influence the functioning of the ANS.

For example, when Dr. Oskardmay applies adjustment therapy (aka spinal manipulation) to the thoracic spine region between the shoulder blades, most patients feel a tremendous relaxation of their whole body. A similar response occurs following lower back and neck mobilization, which incidentally or without audible release noise. Although the adjustment reduces pain and tightness in the muscles of the region adjustment, the vertebral mobilization also affects the ANS, and relaxation ensues. Mobilization repositions vertebrae, relaxes connected muscles and ligaments in regions near the SNS and PNS nerve ganglia. The immediate rebalancing of the ANS creates overall body and mind relaxation following an adjustment. The effects can be profound.

Some people benefit from manual hands-on chiropractic adjustments, whereas others prefer the Activator technique. Whichever method of chiropractic vertebral adjustment Dr. Oskardmay employs, relaxation is possible. When the relation is possible, healing is possible. A look at the diagram provided demonstrates the potential implications of ANS influence. By way of example, consider what happens to the body and mind when the SNS is overstimulated by stress, and the flight or fight response occurs. Stress impairs digestion, sugar control, weight gain, wound healing, mental clarity, and pain, to name a few. Suppose the chiropractic adjustment can help balance the ANS by influencing the paraspinal ganglia in the adjustment regions. In that case, this explains the healing response experienced by so many at our office and chiropractic offices everywhere.

Call today at 919-929-1400 to schedule your healing appointment. Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, celebrating 30 years of chiropractic and acupuncture to Triangle residents. Or visit us anytime online at acudocnc.com to learn more and request an appointment.

Do Chiropractors Heal Anything?

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To heal a person of an affliction is defined as to cause wounds, injury, or persons to become sound or healthy again. Physicians everywhere, including doctors of chiropractic, do their best to use the tools they have at hand to heal every patient. Whereas medical doctors use drugs and surgery to change patients, chiropractors choose natural methods, including hands-on adjustments, massage, and nutrition. The treatment goal is the same, however, and patients, wounds, and injuries respond well to the healing methods emphasized by chiropractors.

Many patients choose chiropractic care for their back pain because most causes of back pain relate to the positioning of the vertebrae. Following careful examination, chiropractors adjust spinal bones and restore normal, healthy movement to subluxated segments using hands-on or activator-assisted mobilization techniques. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center in Chapel Hill, the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay, we also incorporate massage and other treatment modalities such as acupuncture to support natural healing. Dr. Oskardmay believes that healing occurs best from the inside because the body-mind has many internal mechanisms to repair damage and reduce pain. Chiropractic and acupuncture treatments at our office support each person’s inherent healing structure.

A person can be sound or healthy when they recognize their strengths and empowerment to heal fully. Using palpation and other diagnostic techniques, Dr. Oskardmay helps each patient understand where their blockages to qi flow, nerve flow healing energy flow exist. Sometimes spinal misalignment exists in the cervical spine irritating the nerves going to the shoulders. The patient feels tenderness in the neck and understands the connection between the tender region and the distal shoulder region. Similarly, patients know that the pain and tenderness they experience in the sacral area may influence their reproductive organs and fertility. Dr. Oskardmay helps patients understand the connection between their body parts and the pain or other symptoms they experience. This is healing.

Treatment at our office benefits the natural movement of nerve and blood energy, the contracting and relaxation of body muscles, and the balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. With proper spinal alignment and nerve function, all things are possible from a healing standpoint. The body generally has within itself everything it needs to function and repair illness and disease processes. We espouse this premise of natural medicine at Acupractic Natural Healing Center because chiropractors and acupuncturists everywhere help the body heal itself naturally.

Call today (919) 929-1400 to schedule your wellness exam or if you are seeking treatment for an ailment such as back pain, headaches, shoulder discomfort, fibromyalgia, or many other conditions. We are here for you. Acupractic Natural Healing Center, just off 1-40 in Chapel Hill. Visit us 24 hours a day to schedule online.

Post-Surgical Help

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Following a surgical procedure, many people need help dealing with post-surgical status and healing, in general. At Acupractic Natural Healing center, the chiropractic and acupuncture offices of Dr. Lisa Oskardmay in Chapel Hill, we sometimes see patients struggling with the aftermath of surgery. We enjoy helping them with treatments and helpful guidance.

Sometimes surgery is unexpected- the result of an accident or other situation that took one by surprise. In cases like these, it is essential to rely on a friend or family member to be present when talking with caretakers in the surgical ward or hospital to get as much advice as possible because the patient may be groggy from experience. Getting appropriate after-care as soon as possible is crucial for good recovery, and having available help will assist in this vital step. Patients may want to get permission and use the recording function of their phones to record doctors’ orders, if possible. Trying to keep all paperwork in one location is helpful, as well.

Some aspects of home life may be more difficult when you get home. People who live alone have different issues than persons who have help nearby. If the patient’s role is that of caretaker to another person or even an animal, that raises additional concerns. Nonetheless, taking the time to consider needs before problems arise is a good way to avoid unnecessary trouble later.

After some surgery, bathing, cooking, moving from one room to another may be difficult. Take time to assess your needs and help you be safe. Do you need a grab bar installed in the tub or shower? Is the thing you need in easy reach to keep you from needing to bend over or move too much? In the kitchen, do you have adequate and healthy food? Are cooking supplies easily accessible? Could you use some help uncluttering your space to facilitate safe passage into and out of rooms? Can you get into and out of bed quickly? Do you have a way to contact help if you fall or need assistance any time of day? Do you have a place to sit and relax that supports good posture and is comfortable? Is lighting adequate in the home pleasing to easily see?

Other aspects of self-care after surgery may include wound care and medication management. These vital aspects require careful planning and understanding of a lot of information. Take notes and ask for help whenever needed. Make sure to have appropriate supplies and pill organization holders at the ready if needed.

At our office, Dr. Oskardmay, enjoys helping patients recognize ways to get the help they need. During an office visit before or after surgery, consider the questions above when thinking about home care. Ask a friend to help shop for needed items or order things online and have them delivered, if at all possible.

Part of natural care is taking the steps needed to heal well at home. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center chiropractic and acupuncture offices in Chapel Hill, we strive to help patients get well and stay well. Call 919-929-1400 for an appointment today or visit us online at acudocnc.com 24 hours a day to see how we can help you heal naturally.

Golfers Elbow and Neck and Back Pain

Chiropractor and Acupuncturist Chapel Hill, NC

As people who play golf, tennis, or other wrist and elbow activities know, neck discomfort often accompanies elbow and wrist irritation. Neck pain and elbow pain often go together, and one can cause the other. At Acupractic Natural Healing Center, Dr. Oskardmay understands the connection between spinal regions and corresponding body regions and uses this knowledge to treat golfers’ elbow pain, neck pain, and other ailments effectively.

Elbow pain from golfing or other repetitive activities with repetitive stress and forceful wrist and finger motions feels like pain on the inner side of the elbow. The painful region where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow can limit the ability to golf and do other activities involving the elbow, shoulder, wrist, and forearms. There may be stiffness in the elbow, and using the fingers could hurt, and there may be a weakness in the elbow, wrists, and hands. Numbness in the pinky and next finger is standard, as well. If left untreated, other parts of the kinetic chain can suffer and result in neck pain and other areas. During your visits, Dr. Oskardmay will do palpation and other tests to determine the location and cause of pain and see where symptoms are spreading.

Nerve input to the elbow and forearm muscles stems from the lower cervical spine. The ulnar nerve travels from beneath the lowest cervical vertebra c7 to the ‘funny bone’ region of the elbow-the ulnar groove. From there, nerve signals from this ulnar C8 nerve extend through the forearm to the pinky and ring finger. In Chinese medicine, this region is represented by the fire channel. Irritation along this pathway- in either direction- will affect the body in many ways, and elbow pain caused by golfing, playing tennis, typing on a computer, or other activities can influence symptoms in the neck and upper back. Without effective treatment, symptoms can worsen overall body posture and have more lasting effects.

Dr. Oskardmay will use chiropractic and acupuncture to restore impaired nerve flow along the kinetic chain, improve muscle tone and enhance healing qi flow along the kinetic chain and pathways. She will assess your daily activities to help you understand how posture and overuse activities may influence symptoms and make helpful suggestions. Most patients respond well to natural care at our office.

Standard medical treatment includes rest, ice, medications. Natural healing methods to support healing of the kinetic chain and related areas available at our office also include a chiropractic adjustment to the spine and extremity and acupuncture and massage to soothe tight muscles and restore healing. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit us online at acudocnc.com, or call 919-929-1400.