Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel SyndromeCarpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the pinched or inflamed median nerve. The nerve starts in the spine, travels around the shoulder, elbo, then down the wrist to the palm. The nerve can be irritated anywhere along the course, neck to palm. Activities that involve repetitive use of the hand can cause a pinching sensation. Injury such as a broken wrist or a dislocated hand bone might have damaged the nerve, or arthritic damaged misaligned vertebral can cause the nerve to stop working well.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome including pain, numbness, a tingling sensation, and loss of grip strength might be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Be aware of the area where the numbness occurs. This will help identify the specific nerve that is damaged. Do you wake to a painfully numb feeling in your hand? Do you feel weakness in your wrist when lifting small items? These can be symptoms of CTS. This is a common nerve problem that your chiropractor can help you with.

“Our approach is two fold, examine the spine for nerve irritations as well as the wrist palm and forearm.”

Chiropractic adjustments and treatments have been shown to be the most effective method of Carpal Tunnel treatment because it directly treats the nerve damage involved. Some physicians will prescribe medications or inject corticosteroids to temporarily relieve pain and swelling, but this does not treat the problem, only the symptoms. Surgery but can scar the ligament, resulting in a weakened ligament that will allow symptoms to reoccur. This surgery has a high failure rate. Chiropractic Adjustment can treat many Carpal Tunnel Syndrome cases without drugs or surgery.

Dr. Michael Petrie, D.C.
Spine and Joint Center


ScoliosisScoliosis or curvature of the spine greater than 10 degrees, can be congenital (hereditary) or acquired from trauma. It is more common in females often beginning in childhood. Early detection and treatment can prevent worsening effects that occur over time. All children should be examined at 10-13 years old, as they begin their growth spurt. Curvature of the spine is related to this degenerative disease creating an “S” or “C” shape. Scoliosis is unlike the normal curvature of the spine where adjusting your posture would help correct the problem.

Osteoporosis usually occurs in older people when their bones begin to soften. This softening causes the vertebrae to bend and shape in a curve. A person will develop the appearance of having a round back. Proper treatment can help prevent the severe back pain, deformity and difficulty breathing associated with Scoliosis and kyphosis (hunchback). Early care can often reduce the curvature, making torso body bracing and surgery unnecessary.

We can help alleviate these symptoms and others that will arise. Dr. Petrie and Dr. Kellerman both determine treatment by the person’s health and nervous system. Our treatment is specific to the underlying cause. Primarily focusing on manual manipulation or adjustments to parts of the body. Our primary focus is on the spinal column, the spine and its position.

by Dr. Michael Petrie, D.C.
Spine and Joint Center

Chiropractic for a Herniated Disc

Lower Back PainHerniated discs (HNP) are usually caused by wear and tear of the disc. Other causes are acute trauma, such as lifting, falls or accidents. Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (HNP) is also known as disc degeneration. A liquid jelly material that works it’s way through tears in the cartilage of the disc. This soft cushion of tissue between your spinal vertebrae, is damaged and pushed out abnormally. Our vertebral discs lose some of the fluid that helps them maintain flexibility. This in turn allows pressure to be placed on the nerves of the spinal column itself. As we age the spinal discs become more susceptible to damage during routine movements.

Symptoms of a herniated disc vary greatly on the position of the herniated disc and the size of the herniation. Not pressing on a nerve, you may have an ache in the low back or no symptoms at all. When it’s pressing on a nerve you may have pain, numbness, or weakness in the area of your body to which the nerve travels. If the herniation is in the lower (lumbar) back sciatica may develop. Sciatica is pain that travels through the buttock and down a leg to the ankle or foot caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve. Low back pain may accompany the leg pain.

Spine with Highlighted DiscsOur goal is providing patients with treatment to relieve pain or numbness in the lower back (lumbar area) caused by this pressure on a spinal nerve root or the spinal cord. We promote your return to normal activities while preventing further injury to your back. Also reduce the risk of disability from lower back pain. We typically recommend nonsurgical treatments. We may recommend physical therapy with a physical therapist providing treatment with physical or mechanical means. Our chiropractic technique involves manual therapy to manipulate the spine, as well as other joints and soft tissues.

Dr. Michael Petrie, D.C.
Spine and Joint Center

Back Pain Due to Pregnancy

Back Pain Due to PregnancyLow back pain is common during pregnancy. The cause of lower back pain is more than your expanding uterus and hormonal changes. Your center of gravity is shifted changing your posture and putting strain on your back. This could also be pressing on a nerve. Extra weight means more work for your muscles and increased stress on your joints. The hormonal changes also loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can cause pain when you walk, stand, or sit for long periods of time.

There are two common areas that are related to pregnancy and back pain. One is the lumbar vertebrae in your lower back. The other posterior pelvic pain can be felt in the back of your pelvis. Some women suffer from both types of low back pain. Mostly felt around your spine but also may radiate to your legs. Normal activities can cause intense discomfort by the end of the day. Posterior pelvic pain is felt lower on your body than lumbar pain. You might notice this pain during activities such as walking, getting up from a low chair or bathtub, climbing stairs, rolling over in bed or twisting and lifting.

“Before pregnancy you may have imbalances in the pelvis or elsewhere in your body that could contribute to pregnancy discomfort or possible neuromusculoskeletal problems after childbirth.”

Pregnancy Without Back PainOur safe manipulation techniques and adjustments provide relief from the increased low-back pain brought on by pregnancy. We provide safe, drug-free, effective treatment options before, during and after pregnancy. After delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten up again. Ideally, joint problems brought on during pregnancy should be treated before the ligaments return to their pre-pregnancy state. This prevents muscle tension, headaches, rib discomfort, and shoulder problems. We are knowledgeable and confident treating and relieving the discomforts of lower back pain due to pregnancy and are not only benefiting one life, but two.

There is a bonus to our care, shorter birthing time! Research found women under chiropractic care had hours less labor! The body works better when well adjusted!

Dr. Michael Petrie, D.C.
Spine and Joint Center

Chiropractic for Muscle Spasms

Muscle SpasmsA muscle spasm, or muscle cramp, is an involuntary contraction of a muscle. This can be annoying and when severe quite painful. Muscle spasms occur suddenly causing your muscle to shorten. Muscles are complex structures that allow movement in the human body. Skeletal muscles move external body parts, like the arms and legs, and the neck, back and trunk. Muscle spasms are most common in the neck, legs (hamstrings, quadriceps), arms and back. They are caused from from 1) mineral imbalance such as dehydration; 2) inflammation that occurs when a muscle is overstretched or torn; or 3) a protective mechanism of the spine to stabilize a severely damaged structure, like after a whiplash. Good detective work by the doctor finds the cause and leads to correcting the problem.

Most episodes of acute lower back pain are caused by damage to the muscles and/or ligaments in the low back. The most common cause is (misalignment of the spinal column) when the vertebrae is putting pressure directly on the spinal nerves. This can cause inflammation leading to severe low back pain making it difficult to move. Lower back pain due to muscle strain occurs most frequently after lifting a heavy object, lifting while twisting, or a sudden movement or fall injury. This is a localized pain that doesn’t radiate to the leg and may be sore to the touch. You may feel better when resting because the muscle hurts.

Skeletal MusclesIf this low back pain persists the muscles may start to weaken. Since using the muscle causes discomfort, people tend to avoid using them. This process can lead to muscular atrophy and subsequent weakening causing you more pain. Your muscles are less able to help hold up the spine. Specific Chiropractic adjustments is effective treatment for muscle spasms commonly triggered by a joint pinching in the spine. We provide treatment options depending on your injury and level of pain. Both Dr. Petrie and Dr. Kellerman practice healthy chiropractic care, combining multiple methods of chiropractic techniques. Our primary technique focuses on correcting the cause of your pain.

Dr. Michael Petrie, D.C.
Spine and Joint Center

Chiropractic for Headaches

HeadachesApproximately 80% of headaches originate from the neck. Increased stress and tension can build in the shoulders causing contractions surrounding neck muscles. Contracting muscles can cause the vertebrae to become misaligned causing pressure on spinal nerves. This ultimately creates pain that leads to headaches. A person usually feels pain starting at the base of the skull which radiates into the temples, eyeballs, and forehead. This is the typical cervicogenic (neck origin) headache. Chiropractic techniques including spinal manipulation is known to improve migraine, neck and tension headaches.

The duration of treatments would be based on the evaluation in a consultation visit. The effectiveness of chiropractic for headaches depends on the origin of the patients headaches. There are a number of contributing factors such as sinuses, hormones, chemical imbalances, nutritional (red wine, chocolate), and structural imbalances. We try to educate patients about the effectiveness of chiropractic care in reducing structural imbalances (misaligned spinal joints that irritate the nerves that go to the head) that lead to headaches. Chiropractic treatments can also decrease the frequency or intensity of headaches.

Chiropractic AdjustmentsMany patients have felt almost immediate improvements with significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief through spinal manipulation than commonly prescribed medications. If you suffer from a primary headache we might suggest spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system. Other recommendations may include nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins. We can offer advice on posture, exercises and relaxation techniques that help with overall healing and wellness. This advice could help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back. Relieving tension in the spine will help reduce headaches.

Dr. Michael Petrie, D.C.
Spine and Joint Center