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January 21, 2019
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Shoulder pain can happen at most any time in life, and place terrible limitations on your range of motion and seriously impact your day-to-day function. How can you put on a coat, brush your hair, or get a carry-on bag out of the overhead compartment if your shoulder is stiff, Shoulder Painpainful, and essentially dysfunctional? At Bethesda Back Center, Dr. Gina Beech sees many patients struggling with shoulder pain and dysfunction, and thanks to her expert chiropractic care, she can relieve your discomfort and get that shoulder working again!


It's Not Just Pain

Besides experiencing throbbing or sharp pain (or both), you may have:

  • Noticeable bruising, redness, and swelling in the shoulder area
  • An impaired ability to raise your arm
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Trouble dressing, showering, or brushing your teeth or hair
  • Weakness in the associated arm
  • A change in your physical appearance (the shoulder looks deformed, higher/lower than the other side, or more forward/backward)

Experts at the Cleveland Clinic say that most shoulder issues result from rotator cuff injuries (both of the wear and tear and traumatic kinds). Osteoarthritis, bursitis, and a common condition called "frozen shoulder," send many people to their primary care physicians and sometimes even to the local emergency room because the pain is akin to heart attack pain.

What Your Chiropractor Can Do
Dr. Beech will help you deal with the nerve impingement, muscle, joint, and ligament/tendon issues associated with a painful shoulder. When you come to Bethesda Back Center, she'll do a complete chiropractic examination and X-rays, for shoulder pain often originates or is made worse by subluxations (misaligned vertebrae) particularly in the neck (cervical spine) and midback (thoracic spine). Pain then refers to the shoulder area.
To treat shoulder pain, Dr. Beech will formulate an individualized treatment plan based on her findings. Chiropractic care plans typically focuses on restoring and maintaining functional balance, or homeostasis, among muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. The proper position of the spinal column is a priority.
Care plans for shoulder pain can include:

  • Over-the-counter analgesics and anti-inflammatories
  • Cortisone injections
  • Stretching
  • Physical therapy
  • Exercise
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Massage therapy
  • Rest
  • Ice or heat to the affected area

Your chiropractor will refer you to an orthopedic specialist or other physician if chiropractic care is not the correct treatment for your particular problem. Sometimes, chiropractic treatment is combined with other medical interventions to decrease pain and promote healing. Whatever the case, call Bethesda Back Center for persistent shoulder pain—don't postpone getting the help you need!

Contact Us
For relief from your shoulder issues, call Bethesda Back Center. Dr. Beech and her team are available Monday through Saturday. Please phone (301) 897-8500 for an appointment.

October 16, 2018
Tags: Carpal Tunnel  

Could that pain in your wrist be due to carpal tunnel syndrome? Why not relieve your pain naturally with a visit to the chiropractor? Bethesda, MD, chiropractor Dr. Gina Beech offers carpal tunnel syndrome treatment at Bethesda Back Center.

What causes carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs due to compression of the median nerve. The nerve travels from your wrist to your hand through a tunnel created by the carpal bones in your wrist. If the tunnel narrows or swells, the resulting pressure on the nerve causes pain and other symptoms. You may be at increased risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome if your hobby or job requires you to perform the same motions repetitively, or if you're pregnant, smoke, fractured your wrist or have certain diseases, such as multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you may notice one or more of these symptoms:

  • Pain: Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause pain, numbness, burning or tingling in your wrist, thumb and middle, index or ring fingers. In some cases, you may also feel pain in your arm or shoulder. Pain may be so severe that it keeps you up at night.
  • Electric Shock Sensation: Carpal tunnel syndrome can produce sensations that feel as if you've accidentally shocked yourself.
  • Weakness: Do you frequently drop items or lose your grip easily? These symptoms are common with carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Difficulty Moving Your Wrist or Hand: You may find it hard to rotate your wrist or move your hand up or down or from side to side.
  • Temperature Differences: Your hand may feel hotter or colder than the rest of your body.

How can my Bethesda chiropractor help me?

Your chiropractor will create a treatment plan for you based on your examination, symptoms and X-rays or other diagnostic tests. In addition to gently manipulating your wrist and elbow, she'll also address any spinal alignment issues, as a poorly aligned spine may contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome. Other treatments may also be used, such as ultrasound therapy to reduce swelling an inflammation. Your chiropractor may recommend that you wear wrist supports to reduce pain and can teach you exercises that may help ease pressure on the median nerve.

Relieve your carpal tunnel syndrome pain with chiropractic treatment! Call Bethesda, MD, chiropractor Dr. Gina Beech of Bethesda Back Center at (301) 897-8500 to schedule an appointment.

July 09, 2018
Tags: headaches  

Are tension headaches throwing your days out of whack?headache

Nothing is worse than dealing with the aching pains of a headache, and if you are a frequent headache sufferer you may be finding that your days aren’t nearly as productive as they should be because your head is hurting all the time. If this sounds like you, our Bethesda, MD, chiropractor, Dr. Gina Beech, is here to tell you how chiropractic care could just end up being your lifesaver.

What causes headaches?

Wow, this is a question we hear quite a bit. There are so many things that can lead to a headache including:

  • Stress
  • Certain medications
  • Foods
  • Alcohol
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor posture
  • Environmental toxins/chemicals
  • Exercise
  • Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time

These are only some of the most common causes of headaches, but there are so many other factors, disorders and other problems that can cause recurrent headaches. Luckily, our Bethesda chiropractic doctor can help you figure out what’s going on, as well as the best course of action.

How can a chiropractor help me?

There have been numerous studies done that show that getting regular spinal adjustments or spinal manipulations can help alleviate headaches both in their severity and regularity. Some people have found significant and long-term relief from getting chiropractic treatment. What makes chiropractic adjustments such a great alternative therapy is that it helps patients get the comfort they need without having to turn to pain medication, which only masks the problem but doesn’t fix it.

Many headaches are due to stress or poor posture, which both put added tension and stress on the muscles and spine of the back and neck. Through manual manipulation, we can apply gentle pressure to areas of the body to help realign the spine and take excess pressure on muscles, nerves, and soft tissue in the body. It can also increase blood flow to areas of the body to speed up the body’s natural healing process while reducing inflammation.

Furthermore, chiropractic treatment can also provide mental benefits, as well. Feeling stressed? This can certainly make headaches worse and more frequent; however, chiropractic care can help alleviate muscle tension due to stress while also helping you relax. Those with depression and anxiety have found spinal manipulation and other chiropractic treatment quite beneficial and you could, too.

Are you living with frequent or severe headaches in Bethesda, MD? Want to treat the source of the problem rather than masking it with medication? Then you’ve come to the right place. Turn to gentle chiropractic care at Bethesda Back Center for the relief you need.

April 23, 2018
Tags: neck pain  

Do you suffer from acute or chronic pain? The American Academy of Pain Medicine says you are not alone. In fact, millions of adults in the neck painUnited States have the very same issue, and many sufferers say their pain centers in their necks. At Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Gina Beech and her staff evaluate and treat all kinds of neck pain. From exercises and physical therapy to spinal manipulation, muscle relaxants and other therapies, the treatments this skilled team provides relieve a myriad of neck symptoms, including debilitating pain.

Function and dysfunction

Also called the cervical spine, this anatomical combination of bony vertebrae, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, and muscles supports and turns your head, helps your hands and arms move and keeps you in a standing and sitting position.

The range of motion in the neck deteriorates, and pain results because of:

  • Traumatic injury (whiplash from a motor vehicle accident or from a fall)
  • Disc degeneration (spondylosis)
  • Arthritis
  • Meningitis (bacterial or viral)
  • Muscular tension
  • Habits of poor posture and sleep position
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the bony spinal canal

Managing neck pain in Bethesda

Of course, you want both immediate and long-term relief from your neck pain. At Bethesda Back Center, Dr. Beech carefully evaluates her neck pain patients with a chiropractic examination. Through this thorough and hands-on examination, she searches for subluxations, or misalignments, in the spinal column. She'll also perform X-rays, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, CT scans and lab work as needed. Also, she looks at medical, surgical and prescription history, and of course, the doctor will listen to your symptoms carefully.

Finally, Dr. Beech will discuss your unique care plan. Often, the most conservative approach to neck pain works best. Surgery is a last resort. So, your treatment options may include:

  • Rest
  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Traction
  • Corticosteroids
  • Neck braces
  • Physical therapy

Learn more

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that 15 percent of Americans experience neck pain. It disrupts their daily routines and, if severe enough, even impacts their emotional and mental health. However, there is hope, and you can find it at Bethesda Back Center. Please don't suffer. Contact the office today for a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Beech. Phone (301) 897-8500. 

January 15, 2018
Tags: Carpal Tunnel  

Carpal tunnel syndrome is pain and numbness in the hands, wrists, and arms due to damage to the nerves. It is a chronic condition that carpal tunnelaffects between two and three percent of Americans according to estimates by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Find out what you can do about carpal tunnel syndrome with the help of a doctor at Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda, MD.

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The carpal tunnel is a small passageway located in the wrist that’s protected by carpal bones. It guards the nerves and tendons that allow you to move your fingers. When the median nerve is compressed, the result is pain from carpal tunnel syndrome. This wrist-related problem is usually caused by repetitive use of the hands and fingers. It is common in people who type a lot or work at a desk for a living. It also happens in athletes who use their hands and wrists to swing tennis rackets or shoot basketballs. In some cases, carpal tunnel problems run in the family.

Carpal Tunnel Treatments
The symptoms of carpal tunnel can be eased with regular treatment from a chiropractic specialist at Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda. These are the most common treatments that your doctor may suggest for carpal tunnel:

- Chiropractic adjustments
- Acupuncture
- Hand splinting and wrapping
- Exercise therapy
- Ice therapy for swelling
- Carpal tunnel release surgery in advanced cases

How to Avoid Future Issues
Carpal tunnel is a problem that can happen again and again if you have to continue the same activities. If you want to reduce the chance of carpal syndrome reoccurring, keep these tips in mind:

- Wear a wrist brace suggested by your doctor—it will help keep your wrist in the correct position when you type or play sports.
- If you work at a desk, take some time off of work, if possible, to give your wrist a long break and allow it time to heal.
- Take a short break from typing every 30 minutes to an hour to do simple stretching exercises.
- Get a tension ball to squeeze on your breaks.

Learn More When You Visit Your Chiropractor
It’s important that you know everything possible about carpal tunnel syndrome so that you can manage it properly with the help of your chiropractor. Call (301) 897-8500 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gina Beech in Bethesda, MD.

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