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Conditions Treated by Our Chiropractor in Oviedo, FL

Chiropractic care can have a big impact on your health and quality of life. At Oviedo Injury & Wellness Center in Oviedo, FL., we provide chiropractic services to patients young and old. As your chiropractor in Oviedo, we help patients manage their conditions and get the care they need. Below are some of the conditions we treat:


Back Pain

Eighty percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor's office. In fact, it is estimated that low back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10% of all people experience frequent bouts of low back pain.

How is lower back pain treated?

Chiropractic treatment for low back pain is usually pretty straightforward. Most commonly, it's simply a matter of adjusting the lower lumbar vertebrae and pelvis to re-establish normal motion and position of your bones and joints.
Dr. Ressler uses a special flexion-distraction table, this specialized table is widely used today for low back pain, as well as to increase spinal joint mobility and non-disc spinal disorders.

Chiropractic for the low back has been repeatedly shown to be the most effective treatment for low back pain. In fact, major studies have shown that chiropractic care is more effective, cheaper and has better long-term outcomes than any other treatment. This makes sense because chiropractic care is the only method of treatment that serves to re-establish normal vertebral motion and position in the spine. All other treatments, such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest, only serve to decrease the symptoms of the problem and do not correct the problem itself.

Until recently, researchers believed that back pain would heal on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true. Recent studies showed that when back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return. It is important to take low back pain seriously and seek professional chiropractic care. This is especially true with pain that recurs over and over again. Call today at (407) 977-5005 to get relief!


Herniated disc / bulging Disc

What causes a herniated disc/bulging disc?

The low back can withstand tremendous forces without injury. However, if the low back is out of adjustment or has weakened supporting muscles, something as simple as taking a bag of groceries can cause a low back injury.

A herniated disc occurs when excessive pressure is placed on the soft, spongy cushion material between the bones of the spine causing them to move out of place. The disc can also become injured and start to break down. If the disc is near a nerve, it can cause pain, numbness, and weakness. The person feels this radiate to other areas of the body where the nerve travels, frequently including the arms and legs.. Herniated/bulging discs can be a source of intense and debilitating pain that negatively effects your life.

How is a herniated disc/bulge treated?

Unfortunately, once a disc herniates/bulges, they rarely, if ever, completely heal. Further deterioration can often be avoided through regular chiropractic care, but a complete recovery is much less common. Dr. Ressler uses a special flexion-distraction table, this specialized table is widely used today for cervical and lumbar disc herniation, as well as to increase spinal joint mobility and non-disc spinal disorders. He can also work with your local orthopedic doctors and therapists to manage the injury should you not respond to conservative care.


Sciatica

The sciatic nerve runs from your pelvis, through your hip area and buttocks and down each leg. The sciatic nerve branches into smaller nerves as it travels down the legs providing feeling to your thighs, legs, and feet as well as controlling many of the muscles in your lower legs. The term sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of this nerve.

What causes sciatic pain?

Sciatica is actually a sign that you have an underlying problem putting pressure on a nerve in your lower back. The most common cause of this nerve compression is a bulging or herniated lumbar disc. Piriformis syndrome is another common cause of sciatica. The piriformis is a muscle that lies directly over the sciatic nerve. If this muscle becomes tight or if you have a spasm in this muscle, it puts pressure directly on the sciatic nerve.

How do I know if I have sciatica?

Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. Sciatica may be accompanied by numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the affected leg. This pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort. Sometimes it may feel like a jolt or electric shock. Sciatic pain often starts gradually and intensifies over time. It's likely to be worse when you sit, cough or sneeze.

How is Sciatica Treated?

The vast majority of the time, sciatic pain can be relieved through a combination of stretches, deep tissue massage of the piriformis muscle and gentle low force non-twisting or cracking chiropractic care. A chiropractic adjustment can safely and gently normalize joint alignment in the spine helping reduce the disc pressure. Occasionally, in cases where chronic spasm of the low back or piriformis muscles is causing the sciatic pain, it may be necessary to do a procedure called a trigger point injection, where a medical pain specialist injects a small amount of anesthetic directly into a spasmed muscle to break the spasm cycle. However, this is typically not necessary.


Radiating Arm Pain (associated with bulging disc or disc herniation)

Just like the sciatic nerve runs down each leg, the brachial nerve runs down your arms into smaller nerves as it travels to your hands. This nerve provides feeling to your arms and fingers, as well as controlling the muscles. The nerve can get pinched by an injured disc in your neck which is called herniated disc or bulging disc.

What causes a herniated disc/bulging disc?

The neck can withstand tremendous repetitive strain and overuse. However, over time these small strains to the neck continue to build up to a point where damage is being done to the muscles and discs. Poor Posture can also contribute to damage to the discs.
A herniated disc occurs when excessive strain and pressure is placed on the soft, spongy cushion material between the bones of the spine causing them to move out of place. The disc can also become injured and start to break down. If the disc is near a nerve, it can cause pain, numbness, and weakness. The person feels this radiate to other areas of the body where the nerve travels, frequently into the arms. Herniated/bulging discs can be a source of intense and debilitating pain that impedes you from living your life to the fullest.

How do I know if I have radiating pain?

Pain that radiates may be accompanied by numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the affected arms. This pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating discomfort. Sometimes it may feel like a jolt or electric shock. Neck pain often starts gradually and intensifies over time.

How is a herniated disc/bulge treated?

Unfortunately, once a disc herniates/bulges, they rarely, if ever, completely heal. Further deterioration can often be avoided through regular chiropractic care, but a complete recovery is much less common. Dr. Ressler uses a special flexion-distraction table, this specialized table is widely used today for cervical and lumbar disc herniations, as well as to increase spinal joint mobility and non-disc spinal disorders. He can also work with your local orthopedic doctors and therapists to manage the injury should you not respond to conservative care.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) has become one of the most widespread occupational health problems we face today. It affects millions of people a year, and with our growing reliance on computers there seems to be no end in sight.

What causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve where it crosses over the wrist. Pressure on this nerve can be caused by an injury or sustained use from common activities like typing, chopping, hammering, or pushing. Symptoms of CTS range from wrist pain, numbness, tingling, burning, weakness or loss of grip strength, and loss of sleep due to discomfort.

How is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treated?

There are a number of different ways to treat carpal tunnel. In most cases, a gentle low force chiropractic adjustment to the wrist, forearm and elbow is extremely effective. Massage therapy is also effective to break up scar tissue and adhesions that have formed over time. These treatments, along with physical therapy, stretching, and strengthening exercises, can effectively alleviate and eventually eliminate the symptoms associated with CTS. Dr. Ressler can also show you how to set up computer and work station. This will minimize the strain you place on your body when you have poor posture and body mechanics.


Whiplash and Auto Accident Injuries

Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the body and head, either backward, forward, or sideways that results in the damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and back.

Unfortunately, by the time more serious complications develop, some of the damage from the injury may have become permanent. Numerous studies have shown that years after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, roughly half of them state that they still suffer with symptoms from their injuries. If you have been in a motor vehicle or any other kind of accident, don't assume that you escaped injury if you are not currently in pain.

Signs of whiplash?

  • An inability to turn your head
  • Tingling, pain or numbness in your arms and legs
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Vision or hearing disturbances
  • Neck and low back pain
  • Cognitive problems
  • Nausea

How is whiplash treated?

You’ve picked the right auto accident injury chiropractor in Oviedo. Dr. Ressler will perform a comprehensive examination and can refer you out for MRI imaging. He can then administer safe, non-twisting or cracking gentle treatments. We provide physical therapy for the strengthening and stabilization of the injured areas. Soft tissue therapy and physiotherapy help relieve sore, injured soft tissues while accelerating the tissue healing process. Dr. Ressler has a special table designed for disc herniations and bulges. He can use this to help in your recovery. We work and manage your injuries with orthopedic doctors to make sure you get additional care you need.


Neck pain (text neck)

With the invention of the smartphone comes a new problem for all ages. You've seen people with shoulders hunched forward, neck straining and doing it for hours at a time. We may be getting smarter but our necks are paying the price.

What causes neck pain?

Holding your head flexed and forward while looking down at your handheld device and/or laptop screen places tremendous strain on the neck muscles. Over periods of time, you can change how the bones in the neck are positioned. This can lead to headaches, numbness and tingling and problems with Range of motion.

How is neck pain treated?

Treatments, such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest, only serve to decrease the symptoms of the problem and do not correct the problem itself. Chiropractic treatment for neck pain is simply a matter of gently, with no twisting or cracking, moving the neck vertebrae (bones) to re-establish normal motion and position of the joints. Dr. Ressler will perform trigger point release to tight bound up muscles. He will also provide specific exercises to incorporate into your treatment. This will strengthen and stretch the injured soft tissues. This combination of treating both the muscle and bone aspects of the joint enables maximum recovery from the injury.


Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are a common problem among athletes and patients who stay physically active in adulthood. Are you experiencing tightness in your chest or sharp pain between your shoulder blades? This could be a sign of a rib misalignment. We provide gentle specific low force adjustments for the spine and the extremities (knee, foot, ankle, shoulder). Dr. Ressler will also train you on stretches, exercises and nutrition counseling to patients to get the best results. Dr. Ressler treats the following sports related injuries:

  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Ankle/foot sprain or injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • shoulder pain
  • Rib injury/misalignments

Seeing the chiropractor regularly can help physically active people avoid pain and maintain a high level of activity.


Headaches

In general, you will suffer from three types of headaches—migraine, tension, or cluster headaches. When you visit our Oviedo chiropractor for headaches, he will start by diagnosing the type of headache you are experiencing. Tension headaches are the most common and are located throughout the head. These headaches are dull and achy, and can stretch out for days. Migraine and cluster headaches are closely related. These types of headaches are intense and located within a particular area of the head, rather than all over. When you have a migraine, in particular, the attack can lead to nausea or a sensitivity to light. Cluster type headaches occur for a period of time then you may not have them for a while. Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that "spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than commonly prescribed medications." These findings support an earlier study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics that found spinal manipulative therapy to be very effective for treating tension headaches.

What causes Common Causes of Chronic Headaches and Migraine?

Chronic headaches and migraines can be caused by a number of health issues. For example, you can suffer from headaches due to food allergens, high blood pressure or heart disease. TMJ or a tightness within your neck muscles can lead to tension and pain in your head. Poor posture and abnormal positioning of the bones in your spine can also cause headaches to occur. When you have a migraine or cluster headache it is typically caused by a dilation of blood vessels within the brain that leads to pressure.

How do you treat headaches?

Chiropractic treatment for headaches is moving the neck vertebrae (bones) to re-establish normal motion and position of the joints, with no twisting or cracking. Moving the first and second vertebrae (bones) gently back into normal position has shown great success with migraine/cluster style headaches. Focus on the lower vertebrae (bones and the occiput (base of skull) gives relief with tension headaches. Dr. Ressler will also provide trigger point release to tight bound up knotted muscles. He will also provide specific stretching exercises to incorporate into your treatment. This combination of treating both the muscle and bone aspects of the joint enables maximum recovery from headaches. Muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest decrease the symptoms of the problem but do not correct the problem itself.

How do you treat headaches with medical massage?

Headaches are associated with four trigger points within the muscles including the Splenius and Suboccipitals. By using trigger point therapy we can provide relief and deactivate the muscle related to the headache pain. We also offer lifestyle advice and preventative care for patients who are dealing with chronic headaches. Massage therapy can help reduce tension related to headache pain, which is also available at our chiropractor in Oviedo.

Headache Trigger Points

Trigger point therapy for headaches tends to involve four muscles: the Splenius muscles, the Suboccipitals, the Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) and the Trapezius. The Splenius muscles are comprised of two individual muscles - the Splenius Capitis and the Splenius Cervicis. Both of these muscles run from the upper back to either the base of the skull (splenius capitis) or the upper cervical vertebrae (Splenius Cervicis). Trigger points in the Splenius muscles are a common cause of headache pain that travels through the head to the back of the eye, as well as to the top of the head.

The Suboccipitals are actually a group of four small muscles that are responsible for maintaining the proper movement and positioning between the first cervical vertebra and the base of the skull. Trigger points in these muscles will cause pain that feels like it's inside the head, extending from the back of the head to the eye and forehead. Often times it will feel like the whole side of the head hurts, a pain pattern similar to that experienced with a migraine.

The Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle runs from the base of the skull, just behind the ear, down the side of the neck to attach to the top of the sternum (breastbone). Although most people are not aware of the SCM trigger points, their effects are widespread, including referred pain, balance problems and visual disturbances. Referred pain patterns tend to be deep eye pain, headaches over the eye and can even cause earaches. Another unusual characteristic of SCM trigger points is that they can cause dizziness, nausea and unbalance.

The trapezius muscle is the very large, flat muscle in the upper and mid back. A common trigger point located in the very top of the Trapezius muscle refers pain to the temple and back of the head and is sometimes responsible for headache pain. This trigger point is capable of producing satellite trigger points in the muscles in the temple or jaw, which can lead to jaw or tooth pain.


Tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is actually a misnomer in that it occurs in roughly only five percent of people who play tennis. Anatomically, the cause of tennis elbow is repetitive use of the forearm extensor muscles, especially if they weren't used much previously. Practically any occupation, sporting endeavor, or household activity that has repeated use of the forearm and wrist may lead to this condition. Certain activities and occupations are more commonly associated with tennis elbow, such as plumbing, painting, fishing, butchering, computer use, and playing certain musical instruments. Tennis elbow is most common in adults between the ages of 30 and 50, but can affect people of all ages.

How do I know if I have tennis elbow?

People with tennis elbow complain of pain that expands from the outer elbow into their forearm and wrist. The pain primarily occurs where the tendons of your forearm attach to the bony areas on the outside elbow. In addition to pain, people with tennis elbow experience weakness that makes it particularly difficult to hold a coffee cup, turn a doorknob, or even shake hands. Tennis elbow can cause weakness when twisting or grabbing objects.

How do you treat tennis elbow?

Your doctor can diagnosis tennis elbow simply by listening to you describe your symptoms, performing a physical examination, and learning about your lifestyle and activities. In some cases, a basic chiropractic adjustment to the elbow, radius and carpal bones may be all your need to stop your symptoms of pain. Your chiropractor will also work with you to determine which activities may have caused your injury and will have you rest your arm while refraining from the trigger activities. Your chiropractor will also likely tell you to apply ice to the outside elbow two or three times a day for two to three weeks. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, help reduce pain and inflammation while your elbow is healing. You will learn exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles and tendons in your arm. Your chiropractor or physical therapist will also work with you to develop proper form and technique regarding the activity. Depending on the severity of the injury, your chiropractor or physical therapist may suggest you wear a brace or forearm strap, which will reduce stress on the injured tissue while it heals.


Ear, Nose and Jaw Problems

Moving the first and second vertebrae (bones) gently back into normal position has shown great success with dizziness/vertigo and ringing in your ears. Specific moving of the jaw can realign the mandible onto the sockets that are located at the base of the front of the skull. This ball and socket joint is treated using low force instrument adjusting. Normally patient respond in 3-4 visits and are able to return to a normal lifestyle. If patients do not respond to treatment, He has an extensive list of doctors who may provide additional care or relief.

  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Vertigo/Dizziness
  • TMJ Disorder

Pediatric Conditions

As your pediatric chiropractor in Oviedo, we offer safe treatments for children ages 0 to 17. Dr. Ressler uses gentle low force non-twisting techniques that are effective for all ages of children. Normally patient respond in 3-4 visits and are able to return to a normal lifestyle. He has shown results in the following conditions:

  • Bed Wetting/Enuresis
  • Colic
  • Ear Infections