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By Shaw Chiropractic Center
November 08, 2017
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Hip Pain  

Does your hip pain affect the quality of your life? When you can no longer take a walk, visit a museum or even sit through a movie due to hip painpain, life becomes much less enjoyable. Richmond, VA, chiropractor Dr. Scott Shaw discusses causes of hip pain and explains how chiropractic treatment can offer relief.

Common hip pain causes

Hip pain can occur due to several reasons, such as:

  • Arthritis: Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can cause your hip joints to swell and stiffen.
  • Bursitis: Bursitis occurs due to inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that helps the ligaments and tendons move freely in a joint. Trochanteric bursitis, a common cause of hip pain, causes pain and swelling in your hip and buttocks. You may be at increased risk of developing the condition if you're middle-aged, had a recent injury or participate in running, biking or other activities.
  • Sciatica: Pressure on your sciatic nerve can cause pain that travels from your back to your hip and even down your leg. The condition may occur if you have a herniated or bulging spinal disc, osteoarthritis or other degenerative conditions.
  • Overuse Injuries: Did your hip pain start after you began exercising again or when you added an additional hour to your usual workout time? Increasing the intensity or frequency of exercise can stress your muscles, ligaments and tendons and cause painful overuse injuries.

Chiropractic treatment can reduce hip pain

Chiropractic care offers an all-natural, drug-free way to manage hip pain. When you visit our Richmond office, we'll evaluate your hip, discuss your medical history and recommend one or more treatment option designed to reduce inflammation, stop muscle spasms, increase range of motion and strengthen your muscles.

Your treatment may include joint manipulations, massage therapy, or physical rehabilitation. In addition to these treatments, we can also recommend stretching and strengthening exercises.

Treat your hip pain naturally with chiropractic care. Call Richmond, VA, chiropractor Dr. Scott Shaw at (804) 741-3068 to schedule an appointment.

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
August 22, 2017
Category: Pain-Relief
Tags: Neck Pain  

Dealing with neck pain? Find out how getting chiropractic care in Richmond, VA, could help.Neck Pain


Neck pain is a common complaint. Whether you are an athlete who experienced a recent injury or you are often sitting hunched over a computer day in and day out, there are many scenarios that can affect your musculoskeletal health. Our Richmond, VA, chiropractor Dr. Scott Shaw is here to shed a little light on how chiropractic treatment could improve your neck problems.

What are some causes of neck pain?

There are many reasons someone might experience neck pain, from minor, temporary disturbances to serious long-term health issues. Neck pain can be the result of:

  • Trauma (e.g. whiplash)
  • Bad posture
  • Degenerative disorders (e.g. herniated disc)
  • A pinched nerve
  • Muscular strain
  • Bone or joint structure abnormalities

When should I visit a chiropractor about my neck pain?

While waking up with a stiff neck from sleeping in an awkward position may not warrant a trip to see our Richmond, VA, chiropractic doctor, there are some instances in which it might be time to seek a professional opinion.

It’s a good idea to see us if your symptoms don’t improve after a couple days (particularly with proper at-home care), if you have trouble moving your neck without experiencing severe pain, if you need to take pain medications regularly, if your symptoms appeared after an injury, or if you have numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms, hands or wrists.

What therapy will be right for me?

There are a variety of different manual techniques that we can perform to help improve the alignment and function of the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the neck. Certain techniques include flexion-distraction, manual manipulation, trigger point therapy or instrument-assisted manipulation. We may also recommend electrical stimulation or ultrasound.

We can also show you certain stretching and neck-strengthening exercises you can perform on your own every day. These exercises will help to reduce pain and swelling while also improving mobility and range-of-motion by strengthening the muscles and soft tissue of the neck. We can also provide certain ergonomic recommendations such as better office chairs, which can improve your posture and reduce your chances of a neck strain.

Don’t let neck pain be the norm. If other treatment options aren’t helping you and you want a safe and effective way to reduce your pain then it’s time you turned to Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, VA.

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
June 21, 2017
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Sciatica  

The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the body, from the base of the lumbar (lower) spine down to the feet. Pressure or an injury sciaticato the nerve can lead to symptoms like pain and difficulty with movement, depending on where the injury is located along the nerve. Sciatica (also known as sciatic neuritis) is one of the most common causes of leg pain, and also causes pain in the lumbar spine. Dr. Scott Shaw, a chiropractor in Richmond, VA, offers treatment for sciatica and other back and neck pain and injuries.

Sciatica Treatment in Richmond, VA

The most common symptoms of sciatica are pain and discomfort in the lower back, buttocks and back of the thigh. Other common sciatica symptoms include:

  • Numbing/weakness
  • Pins and needles sensation
  • Sharp shooting pain that intensifies while walking or standing
  • Pain in the feet and toes
  • Burning or "electric" sensation

The intensity of sciatica symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on the extent of the compression and where it is located on the sciatic nerve.

There are several spinal conditions and injuries that can lead to sciatica including:

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Trauma
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Arthritis

Sciatica treatment varies depending on the severity and source of injury to the nerve. In many cases, conservative treatments like ice and heat therapy are enough to effectively manage your symptoms. Dr. Shaw offers sciatica treatment like chiropractic manipulation and massage therapy to help ease tension and compression on the nerve, and to improve alignment. Massage therapy can also help to increase blood flow and relax tense and strained muscles.

Find a Chiropractor in Richmond, VA

If you are suffering from sciatica symptoms or other forms of back pain, don't wait until it begins to interfere with your daily routine and quality of life. Contact Dr. Shaw by calling (804) 741-3068 to schedule an appointment today.

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
April 17, 2017
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Back Pain  

Back pain can affect anyone, quickly decreasing their quality of life and causing them to miss out on daily activities. Luckily, your back painchiropractor can help diagnose and treat your back pain and help you avoid future problems. Find out more about chiropractic and its effect on back pain with Dr. Scott Shaw at Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, VA.

What causes back pain? 
Back pain can come from any number of existing conditions, injuries, or simple overuse or overexertion. Some of the most common causes of back pain include:

  • sciatica
  • slipped disc
  • broken bone
  • injury
  • infection
  • muscle strain
  • poor posture
  • compressed or “pinched” nerves

What is a Chiropractor?
A chiropractor is a medical professional who focuses on the musculoskeletal system and the treatment of neuromuscular disorders. Chiropractic treatment helps relieve the pressure on the neurological tissue located along the spine and help align the spine for optimal performance and increased the range of motion. Chiropractors do not prescribe medications or perform surgeries and focus on using a drug-free approach to medicine.

Diagnosing Back Pain 
Pinpointing the cause of your back pain is helpful in determining the best treatment for your condition. Your chiropractor will use a combination of a physical examination and imagining techniques like x-rays and MRIs to help understand the cause of your pain, diagnose any potential underlying conditions, and find the correct diagnosis. After these initial tests and examinations, your doctor will suggest the best treatment plan for you.

Chiropractic Back Pain Treatments in Richmond, VA
Chiropractic care is famous for its manual spinal manipulations, often referred to as “cracking” the back. However, this branch of medicine provides many other options than this particular treatment. While your doctor may suggest manual manipulation to help your back pain, some other common chiropractic procedures include:

  • hot/cold therapy
  • mobilization
  • massage
  • physical therapy

For more information on back pain, please contact Dr. Scott Shaw at Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, VA. Call (804) 741-3068 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Shaw today!

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
February 15, 2017
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Knee Pain  

How your chiropractor in Richmond can helpknee pain

You don’t have to be an athlete or play sports to suffer from knee pain. Pain in your knees can be debilitating, keeping you from walking, standing and moving around. The good news is your chiropractor can help relieve your knee pain so you can get back to your life. Dr. Scott Shaw at Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, VA, wants to help you heal.

There are several causes of knee pain including:

  • Arthritis, which can include osteoarthritis from wear-and-tear and aging, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune condition; cartilage between your joints is destroyed, resulting in a stiff, immovable, painful knee joint.
  • Injuries, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ruptures due to sudden changes in direction; other types of injuries include tendonitis, muscle strain and bursitis. Injuries can result in loss of mobility and flexibility in your knee.
  • Mechanical issues, including a loose piece of bone or cartilage in your knee; another example is if you are having hip and foot pain and are changing the way you walk. This change in gait can cause stress on your knees causing knee pain.

Your chiropractor can help ease the stress on your knees and relieve your knee pain with these suggested treatments:

  • Icing and heat therapy to decrease swelling and increase circulation
  • Muscle strengthening and balance exercises
  • A gentle manipulation of your knee
  • Training to correct movement problems

Your knees perform an important function and help you move. They may need your help to take care of them, especially as you get older. No matter what is causing your knee pain, your chiropractor can help. For more information about knee pain treatment call Dr. Shaw at Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, VA. Take care of your knees by calling (804) 741-3068 today!

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Scott Shaw, DC
Dr. Shaw is a graduate of the University of Florida and Life Chiropractic College. He has completed post graduate studies specializing in the Activator Methods chiropractic technique.

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