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By Scott Shaw, DC
April 23, 2020
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Carpal Tunnel  

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition associated with numbness or a tingling sensation in the hands and fingers, as well as pain in the hands, wrists, or forearms. The pain and discomfort caused by carpal tunnel syndrome can interfere with your ability to perform daily activities. Chiropractic treatment is a non-invasive approach to easing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. At Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, VA, our skilled chiropractor, Dr. Scott Shaw, offers chiropractic techniques that can help you live well with carpal tunnel.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the carpal tunnel passageway in the wrist becomes swollen and puts pressure on the median nerve that runs through it. The median nerve runs from the spine to the hand. When this nerve is compressed due to swelling of the carpal tunnel, the result can be numbness, tingling, or pain in the hands and wrists as the nerve becomes aggravated. Carpal tunnel syndrome tends to afflict more women than men, which might be due to the smaller size of the carpal tunnel passageway in women.

Chiropractic Treatment

Seeking treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is essential. Without treatment, the condition could lead to permanent damage in the thumbs or hands. Chiropractic techniques are a non-invasive and effective method for treating the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. At our practice in Richmond, VA, our chiropractor can examine the cervical spine to locate areas where problems could be causing compression of the median nerve. The cervical spine is the upper portion of the spine along the neck that starts at the base of the skull.

Techniques for alleviating the pain and discomfort of carpal tunnel syndrome include gentle chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine, as well as the wrists and elbows. Gentle manipulation involves making slight adjustments to spinal vertebrae or the joints in the wrists and elbows.

Living well with carpal tunnel syndrome is possible with gentle and non-invasive chiropractic treatment. To learn more about how chiropractic methods can help alleviate the symptoms of carpal tunnel, schedule an appointment with Dr. Shaw, our experienced chiropractor, by calling Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, VA, at (804) 741-3068.

By Scott Shaw, DC
February 28, 2020
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Neck Pain  

Do you wake up with a stiff neck more often than you care to admit? Were you involved in a fender-bender, but never received treatment neck painfor your symptoms? It's common for people to experience pain in the neck (literally), but sometimes this can be a symptom of an underlying condition. If you are struggling with aching, tightness, or a limited range of motion in your cervical spine, visit the Richmond, VA, office of your chiropractor, Dr. Scott Shaw, DC. He can develop a plan-of-action that will provide you with relief.

Symptoms Associated with Neck Pain

Neck pain itself ranges from a dull ache to sharp shooting pain and many other levels in between. However, it is often accompanied by other symptoms such as muscle stiffness, fatigue, or a headache. Visit our Richmond office if you have:

  • Facial pain
  • Aching arms
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Limited range-of-motion

Depending on the cause of the condition and the location of the inflammation, symptoms can travel to different parts of the body. The sooner you discover the underlying problem, the quicker you can find a resolution for relief.

Common Causes of Neck Pain

The next time you pick up your cell phone to play your favorite game, remember that your head weighs 20lbs when held in a downward position for a long time. This improper neck posture is one of the most common causes of this issue, but others include:

  • Whiplash
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sudden sharp turning movements
  • Sleeping in an awkward position

Available Treatments

Whether your pain is acute or chronic, don't let it interfere with your daily life any longer—visit your chiropractor to discuss treatment options. For mild neck pain, he may suggest stretches, ice/heat therapy, rest, and anti-inflammatory medications, which you can use at home. If the discomfort level is more severe, you may benefit from more advanced treatment. The method we suggest for you will depend on the cause and severity of your pain along with the symptoms you describe during your consultation.

Need Relief? Give Us a Call

If you are struggling with neck pain and have exhausted all of your home-care treatment options, visit the Richmond, VA, office of your chiropractor, Dr. Scott Shaw. He can determine what's causing your neck pain and develop a treatment plan to correct the problem.

To schedule your appointment at Shaw Chiropractic Center, please call (804) 741-3068.

By Scott Shaw, DC
December 19, 2019
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Knee Pain  

Find out how traditional chiropractic care could improve your knee pain.

Are you dealing with chronic knee pain? If you said “yes” you aren’t alone. In fact, knee pain is the second most common cause of chronic pain in the US, affecting millions of American adults. Furthermore, about one-third of all Americans report having experienced knee pain at some point during their lifetime. If you are living with knee pain in Richmond, VA, find out how our chiropractor Dr. Scott Shaw can help you.

Causes of Knee Pain

There are many reasons why someone may be experiencing knee pain, which is why it’s important to turn to our chiropractor in Richmond, VA, for a proper diagnosis. While not all conditions and injuries can be treated through chiropractic care, we can treat knee pain caused by,

  • Arthritis
  • Ligament damage
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Structural misalignments within the body
  • Overuse injuries
  • Repetitive stress
  • Torn cartilage

Determining the cause of your knee pain is the first thing your chiropractor will do during your evaluation. Finding out the cause of your pain will bring you one step closer to getting the specialized treatment you need to alleviate pain.

When Chiropractic Care Can Help

Here at Shaw Chiropractic Center, we offer a wide range of chiropractic and manipulative therapies to treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, diseases and conditions. If you are dealing with knee pain here are some of the chiropractic techniques that can help:

Spinal adjustment: This is usually what people think of when they think of chiropractic care. Misalignments within the spine also lead to imbalances throughout the body, which can put additional pressure on the knees. By getting regular spinal adjustments to realign the spine our chiropractic team can reduce pain and inflammation while improving functionality and mobility of the knees.

Trigger point therapy: If you have trigger points (hypersensitive areas of tissue) in the thighs this too can affect the knee joint. By providing trigger point therapy we can reduce buckling or weakness in the knees.

Posture training: If you have poor posture (and let’s face it; many people who sit at a desk all day do) this can also be affecting the joints and muscles of the knees. In this case, our chiropractor can evaluate your posture to provide you with exercises and habits to correct the problem.

Lifestyle changes: If knee pain is due to problems such as obesity then our chiropractor can also recommend lifestyle changes including creating a new exercise routine that can help patients lose weight safely to take the pressure off their joints.

Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, VA, is dedicated to providing customized and comprehensive chiropractic care to patients of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. Whether you are a senior citizen or an athlete who is dealing with knee pain, chiropractic care may be able to help you.

By Scott Shaw, DC
October 29, 2019
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Back Pain  

Suffering from back pain? Most people will experience back pain sometime during their lifetime. Chiropractic care is considered a safe, Back Paineffective treatment for back pain. Led by Dr. Scott Shaw, Shaw Chiropractic Center (located in Richmond, VA) offers full-service, state-of-the-art chiropractic care to the patients it serves. Read on to learn about the causes of back pain and treatment options.

Causes of Back Pain

Spinal Arthritis: Spinal arthritis — the slow degeneration of the spinal joints — is a common cause of low back pain. Everyone experiences wear and tear as they age, and it's normal for your lower back to start acting up as you get older. As the cartilage breaks down between the joints, surrounding tissues may become swollen. The swelling and thinning of cartilage increase friction in the joints, which may cause back pain.

Back Injuries: A car accident or fall can cause a back injury. But so can carrying a heavy object up the stairs. Some back injuries can be sudden, and some happen slowly over time. Everyday tasks can also lead to back injuries when done incorrectly. If your back pain is from a mild injury, your chiropractor can help.

Herniated Discs: A ruptured, or herniated, disc is a disc that has “spilled out” of its lining. This happens most often in the lower back. Some ruptured discs cause no symptoms. Others can irritate nerves and result in numbness, pain, or weakness in an arm or leg. Chiropractors offer a variety of treatments for herniated discs.

Skeletal irregularities: A condition in which your spine curves to the side (scoliosis) can lead to back pain. Most cases are mild with few symptoms. Severe scoliosis can be painful and disabling. Chiropractic treatments are used to treat patients with scoliosis. There is no cure for scoliosis, but the symptoms can be reduced with treatment.

Spondylolysis: Spondylolysis refers to a stress fracture in one of the vertebrae of the spine. This condition is most common in kids and adolescents who play sports, such as football or gymnastics, that place repeated stress on the lower back. Spondylolysis can also occur from the degenerative changes of aging, which cause loss of the normal stabilizing structures of the spinal column.


Treatments for Back Pain

Spinal Manipulation: Spinal manipulation is often used to treat back pain. Spinal manipulation is a technique where chiropractic doctors use a device or their hands to apply a controlled thrust to a joint of your spine. Spinal manipulations can ease back pain by taking the pressure off nerves or tissues, reducing muscle tension, boosting blood flow, and increasing range of motion.

Therapeutic Exercise: Therapeutic exercise is good for back pain. Your chiropractor can design an exercise plan to help with pain relief. Therapeutic exercise refers to a range of physical activities that help build strength, endurance, flexibility, stability, and balance. The aim of therapeutic exercise is returning patients to a pain-free, fully functioning state.

Get your life back! Whether your goal is getting back to sports, the office, or just enjoying life, we can help. Call Shaw Chiropractic Center at 804-741-3068 today to schedule a consultation in Richmond, VA.

By Scott Shaw, DC
July 02, 2019
Category: Chiropractic Care
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

No matter which way you sleep or turn your head when you're driving, you're in pain. Your left shoulder will not quiet down, and you don't Shoulder Painwant to take oral pain meds indefinitely. At Shaw Chiropractic Center in Richmond, your chiropractor, Dr. Scott Shaw, loves freeing his patients from the discomforts of rotator cuff problems. Amazingly, they're often unrelated to acute injury! Learn more here.


Basic shoulder anatomy

Your shoulder is an amazing body part—composed of the upper portion of your arm bone (the humerus) and the shoulder blade (scapula), your shoulder rotates through a wide range of motion. It's supported and held together by bands of muscle and connective tissue called the rotator cuff.


Shoulder pain and other symptoms

Common to athletes that participate in high impact sports, rotator cuff problems come from sudden, acute injuries, as well as from overuse, arthritis, tendinitis, and gout.

However, besides these well-known issues, shoulder pain also may originate in cervical spine misalignments. In other words, the vertebrae in your neck may be deteriorating, pinching nerves or lacking the cushioning provided by healthy intervertebral discs. As such, pain starting in the neck can radiate to the shoulders, causing muscular spasms, soreness, and impaired function.


Getting evaluation and treatment

Your Richmond chiropractor is an avid athlete himself. As such, he dedicates his chiropractic practice to relief of pain and optimization of function. If you have persistent shoulder pain, Dr. Shaw can help.

When you come to Shaw Chiropractic Center for evaluation of your shoulder pain, expect a complete chiropractic evaluation. During this examination, your doctor will look for spinal subluxations, or areas of vertebral misalignments. He also may take X-rays, CT scans, or an MRI as needed.

Many times, shoulder pain responds very well to spinal adjustments and to common sense strategies such as:

  • Massage therapy to improve muscular function and relax soft tissues
  • Rest and ice or heat
  • Better ergonomics (posture exercises and aligning the ears with both shoulders, reports LiveStrong)
  • Acupuncture
  • Cold laser therapy (low-level light therapy which creates no sensation of heat)


Don't you feel better?

Take that hurting left shoulder to Shaw Chiropractor Center's Richmond Office. Dr. Shaw will come up with a care plan which makes pain a thing of the past. Call (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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