Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Scoliosis

by: Dr. Frankie Rodriguez
Scoliosis is known as a sideways curvature of the spine. It occurs most often just before puberty. Certain conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy can lead to scoliosis, even though most of the causes are not yet known.
There are several risk factors for this condition and they are;
1.    Age – Signs and symptoms appear at the beginning of puberty.
2.    Sex – Girls have a higher risk of the curve worsening.
3.    Family history – Scoliosis can run in families.
Scoliosis is mild most of the time, but sometimes, it the deformities becomes more severe as children grow. Severe scoliosis can be serious as disabling a person. Especially a severe spinal curve can reduce the thoracic (chest) cavity volume, making it difficult for the lungs to move while breathing and will disturb its functions.
Mostly, scoliosis and the body shape changes are noted by the parents or child itself. The main signs and symptoms of scoliosis include uneven shoulders, the appearance of one shoulder blade more prominent than the other, uneven waist or one hip higher than the other. In the case of severe scoliosis, the spine will also rotate or twist, additionally to curving sideways. This leads to increased intercostal spaces (space between the ribs) on one side than the other.
Your Chiropractor will take a detailed medical history first and during the physical examination, the Chiropractor will check the child while standing and then while bending forward from the waist, to see if one side of the rib cage is more prominent than the other. In certain cases, the doctor may also do a neurological exam to check for muscular weakness, numbness, and abnormal reflexes.
A chest and a lumbar X-rays of the spine can confirm the diagnosis of scoliosis and reveal the severity of the condition by imaging the abnormal curves and some complications. In the case of a doubt, whether a tumor is causing scoliosis, additional imaging tests, such as an MRI would be needed further.
Most of the children with scoliosis who have mild curves do not need a treatment with a brace or a surgery. But, they will need checkups with their Chiropractor once every four to six months to see if the abnormal curvature increases. In moderate or severe cases, treatment will be needed and studies show that chiropractic treatments, electrical stimulation treatments, and dietary supplements are very effective.
Know that your problem is understood and will be resolved with Estner Injury Centers.
“Your pain and suffering stops at Estner Injury Centers!

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Dr. Stephen Estner is a Chiropractor in Rhode Island with office locations in Pawtucket and Cranston, Rhode Island. His offices offer chiropractic rehabilitation through acupuncture, massage therapy, and manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscles. Dr. Estner treats all spinal injuries, back pain, and symptoms including those due to automobile accidents, workplace and sports injuries, pregnancy, and provides general care and maintenance of the spine.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.DrEstner.com.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What does Chiropractic Heals

by: Dr. Frankie Rodriguez
• Neck pain
• Joint pain
• Arthritis
• Back pain
• Headaches
• Asthma
• Healthy pregnancy
• Blood pressure
• Scoliosis
• Surgery prevention
Chiropractors can heal the musculoskeletal system specially the spine without surgery or drugs. We use hands on spinal manipulation and various techniques and treatments for the proper alignment of the body. Manipulation is used for curing the injuries caused by traumatic events such as falling from the stairs, sitting without a back support or repetitive stress.

Chiropractors seek to care for the general wellness of a person as well as prevention from diseases. We check every patient thoroughly to know the status of their health. Other tests and examinations like x-rays might also be conducted to know what exactly the issue is. Once the chiropractor diagnoses, he develops a treatment plan for the patient. We provide exercise recommendations, nutrition advice, and lifestyle counseling and so on. We combine the manual therapies along with the use of spinal adjustments for the treatments. Such approaches include; relaxation techniques, heat and ice, dietary supplements and electric stimulation. Our goal is to increase movement and motion in the area that the patient is complaining about and restoring optimal health.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Other than being a treatment for your mechanical disorders, Chiropractic has various other benefits. A few of these benefits are;

1. Improvement in Posture
Due to our habit of sitting in front of a computer daily, we usually get neck and back issues. Regular Chiropractic sessions can help the alignment of the curves of your spine and help you maintain a straight posture.

2. Improves Immune System
The nervous system and immune system of the body are interrelated. Chiropractic treatments remove subluxations that prevent your nervous systems from working properly. Once the nervous system starts working efficiently, it starts keeping your immune system working better as well.

3. Decreases tension
Chiropractic manipulations help maintain alignment. With proper alignment the muscles are under less tension and can relax. This, in turn, helps decrease your tension and pain in that region.




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Dr. Stephen Estner is a Chiropractor in Rhode Island with office locations in Pawtucket and Cranston, Rhode Island. His offices offer chiropractic rehabilitation through acupuncture, massage therapy, and manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscles. Dr. Estner treats all spinal injuries, back pain, and symptoms including those due to automobile accidents, workplace and sports injuries, pregnancy, and provides general care and maintenance of the spine.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.DrEstner.com.

What does Chiropractic Heal

by: Dr. Frankie Rodriguez
• Neck pain
• Joint pain
• Arthritis
• Back pain
• Headaches
• Asthma
• Healthy pregnancy
• Blood pressure
• Scoliosis
• Surgery prevention
Chiropractors can heal the musculoskeletal system specially the spine without surgery or drugs. We use hands on spinal manipulation and various techniques and treatments for the proper alignment of the body. Manipulation is used for curing the injuries caused by traumatic events such as falling from the stairs, sitting without a back support or repetitive stress.

Chiropractors seek to care for the general wellness of a person as well as prevention from diseases. We check every patient thoroughly to know the status of their health. Other tests and examinations like x-rays might also be conducted to know what exactly the issue is. Once the chiropractor diagnoses, he develops a treatment plan for the patient. We provide exercise recommendations, nutrition advice, and lifestyle counseling and so on. We combine the manual therapies along with the use of spinal adjustments for the treatments. Such approaches include; relaxation techniques, heat and ice, dietary supplements and electric stimulation. Our goal is to increase movement and motion in the area that the patient is complaining about and restoring optimal health.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Other than being a treatment for your mechanical disorders, Chiropractic has various other benefits. A few of these benefits are;

1. Improvement in Posture
Due to our habit of sitting in front of a computer daily, we usually get neck and back issues. Regular Chiropractic sessions can help the alignment of the curves of your spine and help you maintain a straight posture.

2. Improves Immune System
The nervous system and immune system of the body are interrelated. Chiropractic treatments remove subluxations that prevent your nervous systems from working properly. Once the nervous system starts working efficiently, it starts keeping your immune system working better as well.

3. Decreases tension
Chiropractic manipulations help maintain alignment. With proper alignment the muscles are under less tension and can relax. This, in turn, helps decrease your tension and pain in that region.




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Dr. Stephen Estner is a Chiropractor in Rhode Island with office locations in Pawtucket and Cranston, Rhode Island. His offices offer chiropractic rehabilitation through acupuncture, massage therapy, and manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscles. Dr. Estner treats all spinal injuries, back pain, and symptoms including those due to automobile accidents, workplace and sports injuries, pregnancy, and provides general care and maintenance of the spine.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.DrEstner.com.

What does Chiropractic Heals

by: Dr. Frankie Rodriguez
• Neck pain
• Joint pain
• Arthritis
• Back pain
• Headaches
• Asthma
• Healthy pregnancy
• Blood pressure
• Scoliosis
• Surgery prevention
Chiropractors can heal the musculoskeletal system specially the spine without surgery or drugs. We use hands on spinal manipulation and various techniques and treatments for the proper alignment of the body. Manipulation is used for curing the injuries caused by traumatic events such as falling from the stairs, sitting without a back support or repetitive stress.

Chiropractors seek to care for the general wellness of a person as well as prevention from diseases. We check every patient thoroughly to know the status of their health. Other tests and examinations like x-rays might also be conducted to know what exactly the issue is. Once the chiropractor diagnoses, he develops a treatment plan for the patient. We provide exercise recommendations, nutrition advice, and lifestyle counseling and so on. We combine the manual therapies along with the use of spinal adjustments for the treatments. Such approaches include; relaxation techniques, heat and ice, dietary supplements and electric stimulation. Our goal is to increase movement and motion in the area that the patient is complaining about and restoring optimal health.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Other than being a treatment for your mechanical disorders, Chiropractic has various other benefits. A few of these benefits are;

1. Improvement in Posture
Due to our habit of sitting in front of a computer daily, we usually get neck and back issues. Regular Chiropractic sessions can help the alignment of the curves of your spine and help you maintain a straight posture.

2. Improves Immune System
The nervous system and immune system of the body are interrelated. Chiropractic treatments remove subluxations that prevent your nervous systems from working properly. Once the nervous system starts working efficiently, it starts keeping your immune system working better as well.

3. Decreases tension
Chiropractic manipulations help maintain alignment. With proper alignment the muscles are under less tension and can relax. This, in turn, helps decrease your tension and pain in that region.




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Dr. Stephen Estner is a Chiropractor in Rhode Island with office locations in Pawtucket and Cranston, Rhode Island. His offices offer chiropractic rehabilitation through acupuncture, massage therapy, and manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscles. Dr. Estner treats all spinal injuries, back pain, and symptoms including those due to automobile accidents, workplace and sports injuries, pregnancy, and provides general care and maintenance of the spine.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.DrEstner.com.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Can a chiropractor help manage spinal problems?

 By: Dr. Frankie Rodríguez
The chiropractic professional has a better approach to both help make the diagnosis and manage a variety of spinal problems. The goal of chiropractic therapy is to remove the mechanical interference and restore the normal status of the joint.

One of the most common organs in the body which chiro-practitioners help regain normal function is the spine. The spine is made of many bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Inside the spine run important nerves that carry both motor and sensory information to the body. Anytime the spine position is altered, the nerves can be pinched or compressed. Chiropractors can help remove this mechanical interference and restore normal body health

What are “adjustments?”

An adjustment is manual procedure performed by a chiropractor using precise but robust force in a particular direction. The force is typically applied to a joint that is stuck "locked up", or not moving appropriately in order to bring back joint mobility. The adjustment increases joint mobility, restores nerve function and diminishes pain.

 How are the adjustments performed?

The rationale of adjustments is to permit the spine to mend with secure, safe and moderate joint manipulation. The adjustment may be performed manually or with specially designed instruments. Most adjustment techniques are quick, whereas other procedures demand slow constant pressure. Spine adjustment is an exact process generally done by the hand. When correctly performed, the joint regains its mobility, muscle spasms are relieved and tension disappears.





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Dr. Stephen Estner is a Chiropractor in Rhode Island with office locations in Pawtucket and Cranston, Rhode Island. His offices offer chiropractic rehabilitation through acupuncture, massage therapy, and manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscles. Dr. Estner treats all spinal injuries, back pain, and symptoms including those due to automobile accidents, workplace and sports injuries, pregnancy, and provides general care and maintenance of the spine.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.DrEstner.com.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Can a chiropractor help manage spinal problems?

 By: Dr. Frankie Rodríguez

The chiropractic professional has a better approach to both help make the diagnosis and manage a variety of spinal problems. The goal of chiropractic therapy is to remove the mechanical interference and restore the normal status of the joint.

One of the most common organs in the body which chiro-practitioners help regain normal function is the spine. The spine is made of many bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Inside the spine run important nerves that carry both motor and sensory information to the body. Anytime the spine position is altered, the nerves can be pinched or compressed. Chiropractors can help remove this mechanical interference and restore normal body health

What are “adjustments?”

An adjustment is manual procedure performed by a chiropractor using precise but robust force in a particular direction. The force is typically applied to a joint that is stuck "locked up", or not moving appropriately in order to bring back joint mobility. The adjustment increases joint mobility, restores nerve function and diminishes pain.

How are the adjustments performed?


The rationale of adjustments is to permit the spine to mend with secure, safe and moderate joint manipulation. The adjustment may be performed manually or with specially designed instruments. Most adjustment techniques are quick, whereas other procedures demand slow constant pressure. Spine adjustment is an exact process generally done by the hand. When correctly performed, the joint regains its mobility, muscle spasms are relieved and tension disappears.

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Dr. Stephen Estner is a Chiropractor in Rhode Island with office locations in Providnce, Pawtucket and Cranston, Rhode Island. His offices offer chiropractic rehabilitation through acupuncture, massage therapy, and manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscles. Dr. Estner treats all spinal injuries, back pain, and symptoms including those due to automobile accidents, workplace and sports injuries, pregnancy, and provides general care and maintenance of the spine.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.DrEstner.com.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Why are there so many people with back pain?

 By: Dr. Frankie Rodríguez

This is a complex question that is going to need us to delve into the forces that are affecting the back. Most people have hurt their backs at some point in their lives and most don’t know why.  Unfortunately there aren’t any movements of the body that can be performed without stabilizing the core muscles of your abdomen and back. Core stabilization puts our back under immense forces.
Here’s a basic overview of the forces on the spine during normal everyday use.
Shearing forces - Unaligned forces pushing one part of a body in one direction, and another part of the body in the opposite direction.
Compression Force -  The application of power, pressure, or exertion against an object that causes it to become squeezed, squashed, or compacted.
Axial torsion loads
The stress or deformation caused when one end of an object is twisted in one direction and the other end is held motionless or twisted in the opposite direction.

Unfortunately the back is a very complex structure that has to deal with all these different forces in different directions acting upon it.  The forces on the spine during normal movements can be strong enough to cause injury. However, when we are healthy and have normal function of our bodies the likelihood of an injury is very minor. Also, the body is built with ways to disperse these forces on the spine including your bones (vertebra of your spine), muscles, ligaments and tendons. When conditioned properly these tissues are able to absorb and disperse these forces. However, when they are overused and abused is when things break down and you get hurt

Here are a few reasons of why people get injured.
o Being Inactive 
If you are not a physically active person your muscles, tendons and ligaments are used less. Which increase the likelihood of structural damage upon strenuous use. Think about it as a car that hasn’t been turned on in a year and then you want to turn it on for an emergency and drive. The car can turn on but if you go to fast it might pop a tire or start leaking from a tube. People like cars don’t do well with inactivity. You want to stay active and make sure your body is constantly moving.
o Range of motion 
Lack of range of motion can place excess stress on different parts of the body. If there is a lack of motion of any part of your back this is going to put unnecessary stress on the surrounding structures.
o Poor nutrition
Poor nutritional habits is like having a Lamborghini and giving it regular gas. The car will run but it will not run at its optimal performance. Our bodies need certain vitamins and food groups to function optimally. Without the right fuel your body is more likely to have deficiencies and degenerate. Lack of the essential building blocks we get with a balanced diet are what lead to degeneration.
o Overuse 
This is geared toward people who work in a physically demanding job that requires them to use their back muscles or your workout enthusiast. Unfortunately as we learned all movement require your core stabilization. Meaning that all repetitive movements can cause this problem. Whether that is prolonged standing, walking, exercising, or even sitting. Any motion in excess will cause wear and tear on our bodies. If you are sitting, standing, or working out for an hour on the same body part. This will create imbalance in your muscles and eventually lead to damage. The most important factor is Balance, nothing in excess is good.

This is what you should do. Find somebody you trust to help address your injury and help prevent future injuries. A good place to start is Estner Injury Centers because we understand the biomechanics that caused your injury and are well versed in different techniques to alleviate your back pain.


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Dr. Stephen Estner is a Chiropractor in Rhode Island with office locations in Pawtucket and Cranston, Rhode Island. His offices offer chiropractic rehabilitation through acupuncture, massage therapy, and manipulation of the spine, joints, and muscles. Dr. Estner treats all spinal injuries, back pain, and symptoms including those due to automobile accidents, workplace and sports injuries, pregnancy, and provides general care and maintenance of the spine.
For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit: http://www.DrEstner.com.