Conditions We Treat
(Click regions of the body to learn more)
Head And Neck
Muscle strains usually have one of three causes: overuse, overstretching, or scar tissue formation in or around them. If you are tired of suffering with a muscle strain, these are our specialty!
Much like jamming your finger, when joints are under pressure and get moved in a compromised way, they hurt. The compressing muscle tension must be removed and the capsule healed in these cases, like we do all day long at Cumberland Chiropractic and Sports Medicine.
These severe conditions can be classified as a bulging disc, protruding disc, or even herniated and sequestered disc bulges. If you've got a disc injury, whether or not you are trying to relieve the pain with medication, we can get you feeling better faster and get your back fixed the right way.
By definition, sciatica describes leg pain caused by a problem in the low back. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that traverses the rear of the leg. If it is pinched by disc injury, spinal arthritis, or a muscle where it exits the spine, it causes relentless numbness, tingling and pain. With nerve entrapment release performed in our office, we will get you better, faster!
Degenerative Joints or Discs
When a joint shows signs of wear and tear, our job is to stop the damage. Joints need normal motion, not too much or too little, in order to stay healthy. Chiropractic manipulation, muscle release, healing laser therapy and specific rehab exercises get that job done.
Failed Back Surgery
Did you know that somewhere between 20% and 40% of patients who have undergone one or more surgeries for chronic low back pain fail to get relief from their symptoms? If this is you, maybe we can help. This statistic gives us an urgency to be better at finding the exact cause of pain, at treating more effectively, and then teaching prevention instead of dependency.
Rotator Cuff Impingement
The shoulder joint is made up of a ball and socket with a roof covering it. The ball and socket is surrounded by a group of muscles that make up the rotator cuff. As you raise your arm, the rotator cuff must slide under the roof and the ball must stay in the center of the socket. Impingement occurs when either of these two actions goes wrong. We have a great success rate at both relieving the pain and fixing the movement in shoulder impingement cases.
The biceps muscle runs from elbow to shoulder blade. If a spot anywhere along the muscle gets injured, it pulls one end toward the other and you develop pinpoint pain at the top of the arm or at the bend of the elbow. We remove the stress on the tendon by finding the scar tissue left behind by injury and releasing it, then our class IV laser enables tendon healing.
Axillary Nerve Entrapment
When there is tension or pressure on one of these nerves, you will feel pain at the back of the shoulder joint or pain that spread throughout the lateral shoulder. These are tough nerve entrapments to fix and are a couple of our specialties.
Pectoral Tunnel Syndrome
The pectoral tunnel is formed by the ribs, pectoralis minor muscle, and the coracoid process. This tunnel houses the nerves and artery that feeds the arm. If you have tingling or numbness over the whole hand, this is likely your problem. Our clinic specializes in loosening the tunnel and releasing the pressure placed on the entrapped bundle of nerves.
Elbow & Arm
With your palms forward, if your pain is at the inside bony bump of your elbow, you likely have this condition. The cause is usually a problem in one of the common flexor muscles pulling too strongly on the bone of your elbow. With precise muscle work and healing modalities such as RockTape and Laser Therapy, we will get you better, faster!
With your palms forward, if your pain is at the outside bony bump of your elbow, you may have this problem. It is caused by the muscles responsible for extending the wrist pulling too hard on their bony attachment or by the tissues that cross over these muscles applying too much pressure to them. This condition requires precise soft tissue work and our Class IV laser will help you get better, faster!
When the problem is between the elbow and wrist joints, it is usually a muscle problem. These usually become symptomatic after you inflame an area of scar tissue left behind by wear and tear. The solution is to find the scar tissue within the muscle or "velcro" as we call it, then release it three or four times to take away the velcro's ability to grab again.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
If you have pain in your "funny bone" and/or numbness and tingling down toward your pinky and wring finger you could have an Ulnar Nerve entrapment at your Cubital Tunnel. We are specialists at releasing peripheral nerve entrapments. Come see us before you attempt surgery!
wrist & Hand
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel is a condition that is caused by compression of the median nerve at the transverse carpal ligament at the wrist. Symptoms usually include numbness, tingling, and burning of the fingers that is made worse with typing, writing, or sleeping. Treatment for carpal tunnel includes manual mobilization and decompression of the median nerve at the arm and hand. Symptoms can often be relieved quickly, even for those who have previously undergone carpal tunnel surgery.
Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
Entrapment of the Ulnar nerve along it's path from the neck to the hand can take place in many different locations. Symptoms of this condition causes numbness, tingling, burning, or pain along the pinky, wring finger, wrist, and/or forearm. Treatment for this condition involves diagnosing the area of entrapment and releasing the Ulnar nerve with a combination of soft tissue work, manual manipulation, and rehabilitative exercises.
Radial Nerve Entrapment
Entrapment of the Radial Nerve can take place between the neck and forearm and causes numbness, tingling, and pain along the top of the forearm, thumb, and pointer finger. Fixing this condition requires finding the area of entrapment of the Radial Nerve and releasing it with soft tissue work, manual manipulation, and rehabilitative exercises.
Joint pain and non-rheumatoid arthritis of the wrist and fingers is caused by wear and tear of the joint, often hastened by an unequal loading of pressure on the joint space. We relieve symptoms at the wrist and hand by reducing pressure at the joint caused by restriction of the forearm and hand musculature, fascia, and joint capsules with manual therapy, joint manipulation, and laser therapy.
Sometimes resulting from a fall onto an outstretched hand or other similar event, a jamming or overstretching of the wrist joint can cause a sprain of the wrist. Specific soft tissue work reduces tension in the wrist and forearm and breaks down scar tissue, reducing pain and allowing you to return to work/play faster.
Hip joint pain can be the result of many different problems in the pelvis and lower extremity. After an examination to rule out systemic and pathological causes for your hip pain we will set about finding out what is causes your hip joint to load improperly. Sometimes it is a tightness or weakness in the hip musculature causing an unequal distribution of force. Occasionally the pain is referred from the base of the spine or caused by a nerve irritation in the upper thigh or pelvis. Once the cause is identified we treat the root of the problem with the most effective combination of soft tissue work, joint manipulation, and rehabilitative therapies.
Hip & THigh
Tendonitis or tendinitis is an inflammation of the muscle and tendon as it attaches to a bone, often caused by overuse or an acute injury. Symptoms of tendonitis include the feeling of muscle tightness and pain often described as dull or achy. We us manual therapies to break down scar tissue within the muscle and tendon and restore balance to the muscular tension at the area. This not only relieves pain but enables proper healing of the muscle and tendon to prevent the likelihood of re-injury.
Bursitis is an inflammation of the fluid filled sac around some joints known as a bursa. Bursitis can be caused by an injury, by overuse, or chronic poor movement of the effected joint or area. In addition to treating the acute symptoms of bursitis it is important to restore proper movement to the joint so the pain stays gone. Helping our patients move better and feel better while doing so is what we do every day here in our office.
Muscle strains of the hips and thighs are common for athletes and weekend warriors. A strain occurs when a muscle is overloaded, either in a singular event or with chronic overuse, resulting in damage to the muscle belly and tendon. Sometimes symptoms are short lasting but the injury can become chronic if poor movement causes repetitive re-injury or if inflammation at the site of the injury never resolves. We us manual therapies to break down scar tissue within the muscle and tendon and restore balance to the muscular tension at the area and our Class IV laser is particularly helpful in resolving the pain and inflammation of a muscle strain.
Piriformis syndrome refers to a compression of the Sciatic nerve as it passes through the musculature of the hip, particularly under the piriformis muscle. If this muscle becomes too tight or irritated it compresses the Sciatic nerve and causes pain, numbness, tingling, or burning down the back of the thigh. Treating this condition involves manual therapy to lengthen the piriformis and separate the entrapped nerve from the muscle.
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
This is a common cause of pain at the front of the knee, right at the knee cap. This syndrome refers to a problem in the way the knee cap slides over the other bones of the leg. This problem can be caused by an inequality of muscle tension in the muscles that attache to the knee cap, adhesion or muscle scarring in the quads or tissue around the knee, or poor biomechanics of the affected leg causing too much strain at the knee joint. We provide effective manual therapy and rehabilitative exercises based on what is causing your particular knee pain and often tape your knee in between treatments to provide fast relief.
IT Band Syndrome
IT Band Syndrome is a common cause of lateral knee, thigh, and hip pain especially in runners and cyclists. The condition is caused when overuse or poor movement of the hip and leg causes too much tightness and inflammation in the TFL muscle and IT band. We use manual therapy and chiropractic manipulation of the hip designed to reduce tension and inflammation at the IT band to help those suffering with IT band syndrome to feel better faster.
Arthritis refers to inflammation and degeneration of a joint. There are several different types of arthritis, the most common in the knee being caused by chronic wear and tear. Although damage to the joint cannot be undone, symptoms can be relieved with therapy designed to re-establish healthy loading of the knee joint. Improving the function of the knee is important not only for pain relief but to reduce further degeneration from taking place at the knee.
Fibular Nerve Entrapment
Fibular or common peroneal nerve entrapment can cause numbness, tingling, burning, or non-specific pain at the lateral leg, shin, and ankle. This occurs when the fibular nerve becomes compressed as it makes it's way down the side of the leg. Treatment for this condition involves locating the area of entrapment and loosening any areas of compression on the fibular nerve with manual therapy and rehabilitative stretches. Recovery is aided by laser therapy and kinesio-taping to further reduce inflammation and re-injury at the site of the entrapment.
Foot & Ankle
One of the most common causes of foot and heel pain, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the thick band of fascial tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and is intended to absorb shock as we walk and run. Altered biomechanics of the foot and leg such as a fallen arch, stiff ankle, or stiff foot joints can place abnormal tension on the plantar fascia causing this condition to occur. Resolving this condition requires finding the source of irritation to the plantar fascia and treating it with the appropriate manual therapy and rehab procedures. Graston and FAKTR are two particularly useful techniques for this condition that uses metal instruments to break up nodular adhesions within the plantar fascia to mobilize the tissue and reduce inflammation.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Pain or numbness and tingling at the medial ankle and/or bottom of the foot that is worse with standing or walking can be caused by Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. This syndrome refers to a compression of nerves at the ankle as they run into the foot. Like any condition caused by an entrapped or compressed nerve the best treatment is to find the location of nerve compression and release the compressive structure or tissue with manual therapy.
Achilles tendinitis is an injury of the Achilles tendon caused by overuse or acute injury and causes calf and heel pain. This condition is common in runners and athletes and can become quite debilitating if left untreated. In order to relieve the tension and inflammation at the Achilles tendon we use soft tissue work to reduce tightness at the calf and posterior leg that accumulates at the tendon. Dry needling, Instrument assisted techniques, and laser therapy all accelerate the healing process while we train patients in rehabilitative stretching and strengthening exercises to fully recover from this condition.
Chronic Foot and Ankle Pain
Chronic foot and ankle pain that is relatively unspecific is usually caused by chronic poor biomechanics of the foot and ankle. We examine the way our patients walk, bend, and move to screen for abnormalities that can be the root of chronic pain at the foot and ankle. The underlying cause of the symptoms is often chronic muscle tightness or weakness, an entrapped nerve, or restricted joint. Once we discover the root of the problem we use the most effective manual therapies and rehabilitative modalities for the specific cause of your foot or ankle pain.
The first course of action for a serious ankle sprain, sports injury or otherwise, is to ensure there have been no fractures or avulsions of the leg or foot and that the sprained ligaments of the ankle are still intact. Once this is established we work to minimize the pain of the injury while aiding the healing and rehabilitative process with therapeutic modalities, manual therapy, rehabilitative training/conditioning. Dry needling and our class IV therapeutic laser enable faster recovery and return to play from any ankle sprain.