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November 24, 2020
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

You consult your chiropractor for back pain, but did you know she also treats shoulder pain? At Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Gina Beech can evaluate your symptoms and discover the causes for this debilitating discomfort. Don't suffer. This experienced chiropractor will help you regain function and feel your best.

The complicated shoulder joint
The shoulder is composed of the articular head, or top, of the upper arm (humerus) and the socket of the scapula (shoulder blade). It also features a muscle group called the rotator cuff and small fluid-filled sacs called bursa. This joint allows you to raise and lower your arm and to move it in a circular motion.

Like any joint in the body, it is subject to:

  • Injuries, such as rotator cuff tears and fractures involving the scapula or humerus
  • Osteoarthritis, a wearing down of the cartilage in the joint
  • Dislocation
  • Irritating calcium deposits
  • Nerve impingement from a fall, sports injury, or another hard impact
  • Adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder, which involves inflammation and limited movement

In addition, many shoulder pain patients come to Dr. Beech in her Bethesda, MD, office because of a common co-morbidity: vertebral subluxations. Subluxations are misalignments of the individual bones in the spine. This pain can refer to the shoulder.

What you can do about shoulder pain

Talk to Dr. Beech at Bethesda Back Center. She will review your symptoms, do a hands-on examination of your shoulder and back, and take X-rays if needed. Her treatment plan may include chiropractic adjustments to correct subluxations in the spinal column.

Other common interventions include:

  • Cortisone injections to reduce inflammation
  • Over the counter ibuprofen for pain
  • Stretching exercises to increase flexibility
  • Physical therapy to improve muscular strength and range of motion

Some people require orthopedic surgery for their shoulder problems. However, most of the two million Americans who struggle with shoulder discomforts and limited use and function do well with less invasive measures, says the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Contact Bethesda Back Center at (301) 897-8500 Dr. Gina Beech helps many patients of all ages find relief for their acute or chronic shoulder pain.

August 06, 2020

Are you one of the millions of adult Americans who struggle with carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS? This hand and wrist condition is progressive: however, chiropractic therapies from Dr. Gina Beech at Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda, MD, can minimize your symptoms and improve hand and wrist function.

FAQs about carpal tunnel syndrome

What is the carpal tunnel?

The carpal tunnel is a narrow space in the wrist bone. It carries blood vessels, ligaments, tendons and the median nerve into the hand. This nerve allows for hand function and sensation. The carpal tunnel is covered by the transverse carpal ligament. Flexor tendons that operate the hand and fingers also occupy the carpal tunnel. When injured and/or inflamed, the transverse carpal ligament compresses the median nerve, causing the characteristic symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome, or CTS, is a collection of symptoms affecting the wrist, hand, thumb, index and middle finger, with occasional involvement of one side of the ring finger. Symptoms include:

  • Numbness, burning and tingling sensations in the hand and fingers (many times traveling up the arm to the shoulder)
  • Hand weakness and impaired dexterity
  • The frequent dropping of common items such as a pencil or cup

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) says that many people report their symptoms increase at night, waking them up. Also, symptoms worsen with repetitive activity, such as keyboarding and driving.

What causes CTS?

Traumatic injury to the hand and wrist can. More frequently, though, repetitive motions, constant wrist flexion and the inflammatory changes associated with pregnancy, menopause and diabetes contribute to CTS. Inherited bone structure plays a role, too, states the American Chiropractic Association.

How can a chiropractor help CTS?

When you come to Bethesda Back Center, Dr. Beech will review your symptoms, examine your wrist and hand, note the function and range of motion and take some X-rays. With a confirmed diagnosis, she will recommend a care plan which may include:

  • Splinting or bracing of the affected hand
  • Ibuprofen for pain
  • Ice to the wrist to reduce inflammation
  • Chiropractic adjustments to the neck and shoulder
  • Stretching
  • Exercises to strengthen the wrist and hand

What is the long-term prognosis?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can progress to the point where surgery (carpal tunnel release) is the only option. However, simpler interventions, such as those offered by your chiropractor in her Bethesda, MD, practice manage symptoms, providing many patients with significant long-term relief.

Don't struggle with carpal tunnel syndrome

Take advantage of the superior chiropractic care provided by Dr. Gina Beech at Bethesda Back Center. Call us today to arrange an informative and helpful consultation: (301) 897-8500.

August 04, 2020
Tags: back pain   Chiropractor  

Back Pain: When You Should Visit a Chiropractor

Back pain can range from a few mild twinges to chronic pain. Your spine needs to be in a healthy condition so that you can maintain an active lifestyle. Judging whether you need to see a doctor for your back pain is not always easy, but the first indicator should be if you are experiencing a type or intensity of pain that you have not experienced before. Dr. Gina Beech is a chiropractic doctor at Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda, MD. She can help you diagnose and treat your back pain using non-invasive chiropractic techniques.

Signs You Need to Visit a Chiropractor

Bethesda residents should see Dr. Beech if:

  • Your pain is persistent. Most often, back pain is easily alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication and plenty of rest. If this does not work for you and the pain continues for more than two weeks and is preventing you from performing your normal daily routine, you should see your physician for an assessment.
  • You have shooting pains in your arms or legs. If you are experiencing sharp, shooting pains down the length of your limbs or numbness or tingling in your extremities, you should seek medical advice. Make sure you tell the doctor all the areas of your body where you are experiencing these symptoms.
  • You have pain at night. Nighttime back pain can be an indication of a serious condition, particularly if it is so severe that is waking you up or preventing you from sleeping.

Don’t suffer in silence with back pain, come to our Bethesda chiropractor office to find relief. Call Bethesda Back Center at (301) 897-8500 to schedule an appointment.

April 27, 2020
Tags: headaches  

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, 12% of American adults and children suffer from migraines. Many people think of a migraine as a severe headache. However, a migraine is a neurological disease. Dr. Gina Beech is a board-certified chiropractor practicing at Bethesda Back Center, located in Bethesda, MD. She can help with migraines and other headaches.

Symptoms of Migraines

Symptoms differ depending on the type of migraine. Different migraine subtypes include: 

  • Complicated migraine: Also known as migraine with aura. Symptoms include tingling or numbness on one side of the body, seeing black dots, zigzags or lines, and the inability to speak properly. It typically lasts between 10 and 30 minutes.
  • Common migraine: Also known as migraine without an aura. Symptoms include a throbbing on one side of the head. Its onset is sudden.
  • Silent migraine: Symptoms include visual disturbances and nausea without headache.
  • Hemiplegic migraine: Symptoms include weakness on one side of the body often accompanied by visual disturbances and a tingling sensation. This type of migraine does not always cause a headache.
  • Retinal migraine: This type of migraine causes loss of vision in one eye. It can last from one minute to several months.
  • Chronic migraine: A headache that lasts for more than 15 days each month is considered to be a chronic migraine.
  • Cluster headaches: Symptoms include a burning sensation around the eyes and at the temples, swollen eyes, and a runny nose.

Chiropractic Care for Migraine

Chiropractic care offers a natural, non-invasive solution for migraine, which is why many Bethesda residents visit Dr. Beech for help managing their pain. Because chiropractic adjustments realign the spine and reduce joint restrictions, they can help relieve tension and improve blood flow to the brain. They also improve the functions of the nervous system, which makes it easier for your body to manage the pain of migraines.

If you live in or around Bethesda and you need help with headaches or migraines, contact Dr. Beech today at (301) 897-8500.

By Bethesda Back Center
December 18, 2019
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Suffering from shoulder pain? Chiropractic care can be very beneficial in controlling pain, as well as restoring as much range of motion in the shoulder as possible. Here at Bethesda Back Center (located in Bethesda, MD) we offer a full range of chiropractic services to patients. Here are a few ways that we can help manage your shoulder issues.

Spinal Manipulation - Your doctors perform spinal manipulation by using their hands or a device to apply a controlled force to a joint of the spine. The goal of the treatment is to eradicate shoulder, neck, back, and headache pain, as well as improve physical functioning.

Electrical Stimulation - Chiropractors use electrical stimulation to treat injuries that affect the muscles in order to shorten healing time. This procedure uses electric currents to cause the muscles to contract, thus helping to eliminate pain in the shoulders, curtail muscle spasms, and reduce inflammation.

Therapeutic Ultrasound - A pain-relieving treatment, these ultrasounds use vibrations to deliver energy and heat to the shoulder. The goal is to reduce pain and accelerate healing speed. Therapeutic ultrasound can be used in two ways: mechanically, as a vibration agent, and thermally, as a heat agent. Therapeutic ultrasound can help relax tight muscles that are sore, and warm soft tissues and muscles, which increases circulation and promotes healing.

Massage Therapy - The scientific manipulation of the body's soft tissues, this treatment improves your health and well-being without the use of medications. Sufferers of shoulder pain often find relief after only a few massage therapy sessions.

Need relief? Give us a call

End shoulder pain and reclaim your life. Call Bethesda Back Center in Bethesda, MD, at (301) 897-8500 right now to schedule a consultation with your chiropractor, Dr. Gina Beech. Out state-of-the-art treatments can improve the quality of your life!

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