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By Shaw Chiropractic Center
July 09, 2021
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Knee Pain  

Dealing with knee pain? Turn to our Richmond, VA, chiropractor for care.

Your knees do a lot for you. You probably don’t even think about just how hard they work to get you up and moving and enjoying your daily activities. Unfortunately, when knee pain sets in, this is usually when people appreciate just how much their knees do for them. Luckily, if you are dealing with knee pain, our Richmond, VA, chiropractor Dr. Scott Shaw can help.

What causes knee pain?

There are many reasons you may be dealing with knee pain including:

Injuries: This includes bursitis, fractures, tears, and tendinitis

Mechanical issues: Iliotibial band syndrome, dislocated kneecap

Arthritis: Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis

Referred pain: Caused by problems with the hip or sacroiliac joints, or dysfunction in the muscles of the lower back and pelvis

Say Goodbye to Painkillers

When people develop knee pain the first thing they do is pop a painkiller. Unfortunately, this isn’t a solution but rather a temporarily Band-Aid. By turning to our chiropractor here in Richmond, for low-force, conservative, and gentle chiropractic care, Dr. Shaw and his team can provide you with the pain-relieving results you’re looking for by actually targeting and treating the cause of your pain. We think you’ll agree that it’s a lot better than simply taking painkillers.

Treating Knee Pain with Chiropractic Care

The very first thing we will do is run the appropriate tests and exams to make an accurate diagnosis. From there, we can craft your very own custom treatment plan. For example, one treatment plan is going to look entirely different for someone with a minor or acute injury versus a chronic condition such as arthritis.

Just as with any medical care, there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to chiropractic care. Here’s how regular spinal manipulation and other chiropractic techniques (e.g. Activator Methods) can improve knee pain:

  • Reduce inflammation and joint swelling caused by arthritis
  • Boost blood flow to the tissue to repair damaged tissue faster and stimulate natural healing
  • Correct your posture to improve how your body functions as a whole, which can take the stress off the knees
  • Manipulate the joints of the hip and knee to correct certain mechanical issues or referred knee pain
  • Manipulate and realign the spine, which may also play a role in the development of knee pain if the spine is out of alignment

With more than 20 years of experience providing chiropractic care to the Richmond, VA, area, Dr. Shaw is a highly skilled chiropractor that is ready to help you get your knee pain under control. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Shaw, call Shaw Chiropractic Center at (804) 741-3068.

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
July 07, 2021
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Do you suffer from shoulder pain? Dr. Scott Shaw of Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, VA, is dedicated to helping patients find relief from pain. Shoulder pain can be caused by several things so whether you've had an injury, accident, or are having chronic pain we can help diagnose the cause of your shoulder pain and set a treatment plan to relieve it. You don't have to live with pain in your shoulder. Come see us in Richmond, VA, today!

Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is a complex ball and socket joint that allows a wide range of motions, but several problems can occur. If you're having shoulder pain, stiffness, or weakness, it may be interfering with your ability to complete daily tasks that involve lifting and carrying things. Come see us and find out what the cause of your shoulder pain is to start your treatment plan. Some common causes of shoulder pain are:

  • Frozen shoulder: limits the range of motion and causes a numb or a 'frozen' feeling
  • Rotator cuff tear: is usually the result of an injury and can be extremely painful
  • Bursitis: is inflammation of bursae, the fluid-filled sacs that cushion the joints
  • A dislocated shoulder: happens when the ball is pushed out of the socket. It usually prohibits you from moving the joint at all.
  • Shoulder Impingement: causes pain when the upper part of the shoulder blade rubs uncomfortably against the tendons in the shoulder.
  • Arthritis: Osteoarthritis most commonly affects the shoulder. It causes pain and swelling, and limits range of motion.
  • Fractures of the clavicle, humerus, or scapula: can cause severe shoulder pain

These are just some of the most common shoulder problems. The shoulder is a complex joint and every patient is different, so the cause of your pain could be unique. Your individual treatment plan will address your needs and help you find relief from shoulder pain.

If your shoulder is in pain, Dr. Shaw of Shaw Chiropractic Center is here to help. Contact us in Richmond, VA, at (804) 741-3068.

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
July 07, 2021
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Chiropractor   headache  

Headaches can come and go, and if we're lucky we can relieve them with a pill from the pharmacy and some water. But for those enduring chronic headaches, taking so many of these pills can spell trouble in the long run. In many cases, headaches can be managed with your chiropractor's help. They can help you minimize your discomfort without excessive medication by offering adjustments and advice. If you're in the Richmond, VA, area, reach out to Dr. Scott Shaw of Shaw Chiropractic Center.

Types of Headaches

Tension headaches and migraines are some of the most common, but differentiating between them can be difficult on your own. Tension headaches, for example, are sometimes accompanied by migraines.

Tension headaches, as the name suggests, can feel like pressure or tightness around your head. Migraines can sometimes be felt on a specific area of your head, along with nausea and sensitivity to light.

Either of them can often be treated with over-the-counter medicine. But if the headaches keep occurring and become chronic, it's not recommended to overmedicate to treat them. It's for these cases that your chiropractor can be the most help.

What Can Cause Headaches

Too many of us spend hours developing bad posture thanks to our screens, whether it's our phone, a television, or the computer at work. Driving to and from work can also affect our posture, especially if we have long commutes, and much more so if we drive for a living. These along with the inherent stress of everyday life can all compound our discomfort.

Immediate steps to help reduce our headaches can be as simple as taking time to stretch in between long work hours. Exercise can also minimize stress and dependency on medication. For further help, you can turn to your chiropractor.

Headache Treatment in Richmond, VA

If your headaches are frequent enough to last for weeks at a time your condition may be chronic and it's when you should consider turning to a professional for help. Through spinal manipulation and chiropractic adjustments, your specialist can help reduce your body's overall stress. With frequent visits, you can avoid the side effects of medication.

Don't endure the pain any longer. Schedule a consultation today with your Richmond, VA, chiropractor Dr. Shaw of Shaw Chiropractic Center by dialing (804) 741-3068.

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
March 11, 2021
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Are you suffering from shoulder pain? If your pain doesn't improve after a little TLC at home, it's a good idea to pay a visit to your Richmond, VA, chiropractor, Dr. Scott Shaw of Shaw Chiropractic Center.

Treating shoulder pain at home

When pain strikes, ice can relieve pain and inflammation naturally. Use an ice pack for the first one to two days after the pain starts. Keep the ice pack on your shoulder for no more than 20 minutes at a time, and wait another 20 minutes to reapply it to prevent frostbite.

After two days, start using a hot water bottle or heating pad on your shoulder instead of ice. Heat increases blood flow to your shoulder, improves your range of motion, and reduces pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms.

When to call the chiropractor

Waiting too long to receive professional treatment for a shoulder injury may increase your risk of chronic pain and limited movement. If your pain doesn't lessen after a week or two, pick up the phone and call the Richmond, VA, chiropractic office. Don't wait a week to call if your shoulder is swollen or bruised, or it's difficult to raise or use your arm.

Chiropractors treat many types of shoulder injuries, including those caused by:

  • Dislocations or instability in the shoulder joint
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Spinal misalignment
  • Biceps tendon ruptures
  • Tears in the cartilage that helps keep your arm in your shoulder socket
  • Rotator cuff tears

During your appointment, your chiropractor will examine your shoulder, discuss your symptoms and your medical history, and might recommend diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans.

Treatment depends on your diagnosis and the severity of your condition. Massage therapy may be used to loosen tight muscles and break apart scar tissue that could limit your range of motion.

Joint mobilization or adjustments may also be used to improve the mobility and alignment of your spine and shoulder joint.

Relieve your shoulder pain with chiropractic care! Call your chiropractor in Richmond, VA, Dr. Shaw of Shaw Chiropractic Center at (804) 741-3068 to schedule your appointment.

By Shaw Chiropractic Center
March 10, 2021
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Back Pain  

Back pain is a common complaint for many Americans. In fact, approximately 80 percent of us will experience an aching back at some point in our lives, according to Medline Plus. Fortunately, your Richmond, VA, chiropractor, Dr. Scott Shaw of Shaw Chiropractic Center, offers several effective treatments for back pain.

Back pain causes

Back pain can occur for many reasons. You may have hurt your back during a fall or strained it when you picked up a heavy box or moved a refrigerator. Your posture can even trigger back pain. If you sit all day or contort your body into unusual positions when you repair cars or plumbing, you may develop back pain sooner or later.

Pain can occur due to:

  • Subluxations: Subluxations occur when some of the vertebrae in your spine become misaligned.
  • Tightness: Subluxation can cause muscles, tissues, tendons, and ligaments in your back to tighten painfully, decrease your range of motion, and increase your risk of muscle spasms.
  • Nerve Irritation: Misaligned vertebrae or tight muscles or tissues may press on your nerves, causing painful irritation.
  • Sprains and Strains: The muscles in your back can become sprained or strained by injuries or poor posture. Inflammation in the muscles only increases your pain.

Chiropractic treatment relieves your pain

Chiropractors often use spinal manipulation to relieve back pain. The treatment realigns your spine with quick, controlled, hands-on pressure. In addition to relieving pain, aligning your spine also decreases tension on your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Spinal manipulation helps restore your normal range of motion and improves blood circulation.

Your treatment plan may include other therapies in addition to manipulation, such as cold laser therapy. The therapy reduces pain and swelling, speeds healing, and may decrease muscle spasms.

During your visit to the Richmond chiropractic office, your chiropractor may teach you a few exercises that will help you strengthen your back and core. When your muscles are stronger, subluxations may be less likely to occur.

Maintaining an ideal weight can also help you avoid back pain. If you're interested in losing weight or eating healthy, you'll receive nutritional counseling that will help you achieve your goals.

Chiropractic care can ease your back pain! Call your chiropractor in Richmond, VA, Dr. Shaw of Shaw Chiropractic Center, at (804) 741-3068 to schedule your appointment.

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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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