At Health First Medical Center we treat a large variety of conditions. Below are some common ailments that we can help with.
Low Back Pain
Low back pain is a common complaint. This area of the body is easily injured. It is usually the result of weakened muscles and many small injuries over a period of years that finally result in pain. The cause of back pain may be as serious as a herniated disc with a nerve pressure that causes leg pain.
The most common cause of mid-back pain is muscle spasms and a misaligned vertebra that pinches the nerves. Mid-back pain can also indicate heart disease, gall bladder conditions, ulcers, kidney stones, and infections.
Headaches & Neck Pain
Research has shown that many chronic headaches are caused by irritation of the nerves in the neck. Usually this irritation can be traced to a previous injury that the sufferer was unaware of. As the only link between the head and the rest of the body, the neck is vulnerable to even slight jars, which may cause a misalignment of the vertebrae in the neck
Many people who suffer from the effects of whiplash are unaware of their injury at the time of the accident. Everyone recognizes the symptoms of a severe whiplash, the type of injury that happens in an automobile accident when the head is snapped in a forward, and then backward motion.
Hip & Leg Pain
Hip and leg pain may result from many different conditions such as muscle spasms, strains, and injuries. Leg pain can also be caused by other conditions such as poor circulation, and blood clots.
The most common causes of shoulder pain are excessive use, straining and injuries. Dislocation of the shoulder joint is common. When the dislocation is mild, it produces pain on movement and cracking, making it difficult to raise the arm. Rotator cuff tear can be caused by excessive lifting or injures such as a fall.
Disc Herniation – Degenerative Arthritis – Misaligned Vertebra – Pinched nerve in the shoulder, elbow or wrist. Treatment usually consists of therapy, including traction, medications, exercise therapy and chiropractic care.
Arthritis is a condition, which affects the joints and surrounding tissue. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common forms of arthritis
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by the exaggerated loss of bone mass and by poor bone quality. Bones become fragile and susceptible to fractures. The consequences of osteoporosis can be devastating. Each year this disease leads to more than 1.5 million fractures.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Excessive use causes tightening of the ligaments in the wrist and produces nerve pressure causing numbness, tingling, pain and weakness of the hand.
Pain is the most prominent symptom of fibromyalgia. It is not a specific, clearly defined condition. It is generally felt all over, although pain or other symptoms may start in one region, such as the neck and shoulders and spread to other areas of the body over time.
The pain may subside or disappear when the arm is at rest. Tennis elbow not only effect athletes, but anyone putting too much stress and strain on the forearm muscles. Treatment generally is therapy and special bracing.