Spinal Joint Care

Doctor Lisa does muscle work as well as just adjust. Get quality care quick!

Healing fast starts with understanding why.



We have found that educated patients are usually the healthiest and happiest patients. This is why we want to educate you about your spine and why it needs monthly care.



How Much Time Does it Take?

Seeing a chiropractor for joint care is usually quick and can take as little as 5 minutes. Sports Chiropractors such as Dr. Lisa usually add assisted stretching, muscle work, exercises, and homecare in addition to the work done in office to your joints. Visits at LifeSport are 15 for routine prevention and 30-45 for injuries. Often patients comment with happiness about our massage based addition of focused muscle and ligament work that we add into your visit each time. We find this helps you to heal faster and have longer lasting effects.



Why Would You Need Joint Care:


  • Improper Loading and Weight Bearing


  • Poor or Abnormal posture


  • Overuse and Fatigue


  • Spasm of Surrounding Muscles


  • Previous Injury to the Structure


  • Compensation for Nearby Injuries


  • Car Accidents or Trauma


  • Sporting Injuries


  • The Birth Process Itself


What Does Joint Care Do?


Joints that are bound with scar tissue or muscle spasms do not get the motion that they need to be healthy. As the joint only gets nutrition and bloodflow through pressure gradients, it is VERY important that we keep the pressure inside the joint even with or lower than the surrounding areas. This allows us to keep the nutrition flowing into the joint and the cellular waste flowing out of the joint. Motion from things like Yoga, Stretching and your favorite sports of choice can increase blood flow to nearby structures, but if the joint is bound with scar tissue or spasm, it is not affected by such large regional care. This is where selective and localized in-office joint care comes in.


Is Care for Herniated Discs Safe?


Research Says Yes. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1996 (Nov);   19 (9):   597—606
Clinically, 80% of the patients studied had a good clinical outcome with postcare visual analog scores under 2 and resolution of abnormal clinical examination findings. Anatomically, after repeat MRI scans, 63% of the patients studied revealed a reduced size or completely resorbed disc herniation. There was a statistically significant association (p < .005) between the clinical and MRI follow-up results. Seventy-eight percent of the patients were able to return to work in their predisability occupations.



How Does LifeSport Treat Joints with Chiropractic Care?


Before adjusting any patient’s joints, we discuss treatment options. Some patients are used to types of care used by other chiropractors and we do our best to offer the same or comparable care. For new patients, as there are a variety of ways to put motion into an affected joint, we usually start with the most gentle yet effective method (based on research) which is the handheld Impulse Tool. This tool gently taps on the joint to restore motion and sometimes works quite quickly without pain or stress to the patient. If a joint has more damage than first thought or its immobility is resistant to our gentle tool, we might add in more muscle aid with our vibration tool or do some gentle massage before we use the tools on our table or use gentle adjusting by hand.


What is the Research on Adjustments made with handheld tools?


J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2006 (Jan);   29 (1):   51

Patients expressed improvement in symptoms after the first visit (average improvement in subjective pain rating scale of 41%). Patient symptoms improved between the first and second visits for 70% of patients (average improvement in subjective pain scale for all patients was 58%). The majority of patients achieved complete resolution of symptoms between the third and fourth visits. Maximum benefit for patients across all symptoms required an average of 4.2 visits. The half-life for response to multiple impulse therapy for all symptoms was 17 to 26 days. The half-life for response to multiple impulse therapy using the PulStarFRAS for low back pain was 9 to 16 days.



Are There Side Effects?


With all care there are side effects. Often patients are sore after their first visit as we do quite a bit of muscle care and put motion into joints that might not have moved in years but this is the most likely side effect of our care and occurs in roughly 1 out of 3 patients. As we do an examination to evaluate the health of your spine, patients that have certain risk factors (heart disease, high blood pressure, past strokes, anti-coagulant blood thinners) will receive upper cervical and mid-back care by instrument or drop table only unless otherwise decided by the doctor and patient. Some patients heal slower as they have autoimmune risks or are smokers and special care must be taken to ensure that they are treated gently enough not to irritate their bodies. Our only goal is to make you better and we tend to error on the side of caution versus over aggressive joint care. Again, this is decided by the patient and doctor together and unless we have a good reason to do otherwise, we usually make our recommendations and treat you as you wish. We might send you out for x-rays to make sure that you do not have any bone softening diseases (elderly and osteoporosis) where very very rarely ribs do get injured with aggressive treatment. As our doctor is female and of a smaller build, this has not ever occurred in our office and is highly unlikely. If you are of certain risk factors or are demonstrating unusual patterns of pain, we will recommend further imaging which has its own rare associated risks.  A link to the research on the risks associated with chiropractic based care can be found here.


Can I Become Addicted to Care?


No. Usually patients return for care because they feel that it helps them to do their daily activities with less pain and allows more enjoyment of their life. Yes adjusting joints can release opiates which are chemicals of happiness, but we often recommend patients come in under a certain treatment plan that is based on your injuries and goals and not just because it feels good.


How Many Visits Should I Come In?

Medical guidelines usually recommend a trial of 12 visits for low back pain and headaches. Patients with joint injury or damage might need to follow a more aggressive plan if there is joint narrowing and bone spurs starting to develop. Patients who have healthy spines are welcome in monthly or as needed.


When Should I Start?


Make an appointment today through our automated website or give us a call. If you are a current sports medicine patient, you can elongate your visit for spinal care by choosing a chiropractic sports medicine visit which is only $20 more than your normal sports medicine visit. Don’t worry about the cost as studies show that you are saving a bundle in the long run.

  • Ronald Craig

    Thanks for sharing this informative post, knowing and understanding your health condition is important, this way you will be able to deal with it in a proper way.

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