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Conditions we have treated successfully
Disc problems: Herniations, bulges, protrusions, degenerations, and tears. We have helped many people with disc problems get out of severe pain and back to their regular activities. Disc problems take time to heal, but they can heal with chiropractic treatment, avoiding costly, risky, painful surgery. Click here to learn about the specific traction technique that has been proven effective for disc problems.
Carpal tunnel syndrome. We have helped a many people avoid surgery, resolving their issues with only adjustments and deep tissue work. Carpal tunnel surgery has one of the highest failure rates of any orthopedic surgical procedure. Neuromuscular therapy is particularly effective method for carpal tunnel and other nerve entrapment syndromes.
Headaches, including migraines. True migraines cannot be cured with chiropractic work, but I have made some very loyal patients by decreasing the frequency of migraines. The two other major types of headache are tension headaches (easily treated) and headaches that come from chemical causes, such as blood sugar crashes and GI infections.
Shoulder problems. Oh, the shoulder. Too mobile to be stable, very easily injured, very sensitive to changes in posture. More than half of our patients have shoulder problems of one sort or another. We have solved these problems by encouraging circulation, restoring normal posture, and breaking up old scars in the many muscles that move the shoulder. In one case, a 40-something woman had shoulder pain since childhood that we fixed in three visits. (It would have been two visits, but the muscle we had to treat was too deep to do all at once). Easily 30% of my day-to-day involves shoulder problems.
Pregnancy and New Mom Problems: Nursing, lack of sleep, toting a car seat and diaper bag lead to aching neck, tight shoulders, lower back pains....new moms have it rough! Let us be a part of your support team. I am experienced in helping with the issues that pregnancy and infant care can cause.
Auto injuries. The body can be subjected to tremendous forces during an auto accident. The injuries can be surprisingly deep and severe, even in low-speed crashes. This is especially true when pedestrians or cyclists are hit by cars. Dr. Russ is uniquely qualified to provide care for auto injuries, having been trained by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego in the care and management of these injuries. To learn more about Dr. Russ's qualifications in this area, click here. Care for auto injuries is covered 100% by insurance in Oregon.
Scoliosis. Treatment for scoliosis depends on whether the patient is an adult or a child. It is best to treat scoliosis early, before the spine is fully formed. In adults, we can often decrease but not eliminate a scoliosis. In most cases, significant improvements in comfort and mobility can be achieved in a short time. You can find out more about our Scoliosis Treatment Program here.
Arthritis. Many of us over the age of 45 have joints that are wearing down, or are worn out. While no treatment can reverse the damage, chiropractic and deep tissue work can restore mobility and increase comfort. A combination of heat, massage, mobilization and adjusting usually helps.
Knee problems. Recently we had a high-school soccer player who had been misdiagnosed, and her knee wasn't getting better. We adjusted her knee and it started improving quickly. Mild ligament and meniscal tears can be treated conservatively, and most knee problems are the result of either misalignment of the joint or poor coordination of the muscles. These problems are treatable without surgery.
IT Band problems. The runner's bane! Tightness in the IT band or adhesion between the IT band and the hamstrings or quads can cause persistent knee pains. We can usually address this with direct deep tissue work along with stretching, followed by restoration of strength in the affected muscles. Take care of your IT band before it causes breakdown of the meniscus!
Foot pain. Flat feet, weak ankles, plantar fasciitis, toe pain, bunions, and heel spurs. All of these can be treated effectively without surgery, and usually without orthotics. My approach to healing foot problems tends to be unconventional, and I am often giving patients advice counter to what other doctors have told them. I work to transition out of over-supportive shoes, high-tops, and orthotics. Strengthen the arch, the ankle and calf muscles, realign the foot bones, the knee and hips, and transition into properly-fit footwear.
Side note: I healed my "weak ankles" and flat feet that I was born with. My first ankle sprain was at age six, and by the time I was 18 I had injured my ankles about five times each side. "Expert" foot docs had told me I just had "weak ankles" and I'd need orthotics for the rest of my life. I finally saw a good physical therapist, who said "yes, they're weak. Why don't we do something about that?" and showed me how to strengthen them. Now my feet are strong, healthy, and pain-free.
Tingling and numbness These are signs of nerve entrapment or nerve injury. If the nerve is injured or severed, there isn't much anyone can do other than give it time. But much more commonly the nerves are not injured, they are merely entrapped somewhere. The neck, the shoulder, the elbow, the wrist, the hip, the knee...there are many places where nerves are vulnerable to entrapment. Rather than treat the symptom or tell the patient to ignore the problem, I try to find the entrapment and release the nerve.
Sprains and strains. These are the bread and butter of a good chiropractic practice. Most will not heal quickly or properly, with good alignment of the joint and proper function of the muscles and ligaments, without treatment. For most sprains and strains, a few adjustments during the healing process ensures that function will be restored fully--sometimes made even better than it was before the injury.
Jaw problems. The jaw hangs from the skull in a sling of muscle. Most jaw pain and clicking is the result of tightness and fatigue in the muscles that form the sling. Working these muscles is just like working any other muscles, except they're smaller and more sensitive, and some of them can only be reached from inside the mouth. Every once in a while, I see a jaw problem that I can't fix. These are problems with the little disc inside the joint, and problems with the teeth not lining up right when the patient bites (occlusion problems). I can identify these pretty quickly, and refer the patient to the right provider.
And, of course, back and neck pain.