How to choose a Chiropractor in San Diego

Chiropractic is a technique which manipulates the spinal cord in order to alleviate pain especially in the lower back and generally brings relief from pain where traditional medicines fail to do so. As with any science and especially science of medicine it is important that you select a professional who knows the job well. Chiropractic is a collection of a number of philosophies and this makes it a challenge to select the best chiropractor. Since chiropractic involves a physical procedure it is very important that you have a good rapport with your doctor. We have outlined here certain tips to ensure that you select the best chiropractor San Diego.

  • Verification: This is the most important aspect of selecting a chiropractor. Check his/her credentials; you may also want to double check it with ACA which is the American Chiropractic Association for confirmation.
  • Do your research: Ask the chiropractor about the treatment method used, for example some doctors adjust the spine using instruments while others use bare hands, and check whether the treatment is suitable in first place for your problems
  • Inquire about visits: Generally payments are based on the number of visits made, so you may want to find the estimated number of visits required in advance. A good doctor will advise you to visit roughly 3 times a week for the first 2-3 weeks after which the treatment will be tapered
  • Reviews: Check with friends and your family doctor for reviews, you may also ask the chiropractor to give the list of his past patients and get in touch with them.
  • Avoid chiropractors who offer homeopathic treatments, dietary supplements and who recommend use of techniques like chelation therapy, acupuncture, applied kinesiology, activator methods, BEST, etc.

On the other hand, physical therapy is very important as it helps to recover faster post-surgery. It is therefore important to select the right physical therapist. You could follow these guidelines in choosing your physical therapist.

  • As with any other medical profession your physical therapist should be licensed to practice. There is an organization APTA which is the American Physical Therapist Association which issues certifications for physical therapist. If the therapist has assistants, be sure that they do so only under the supervision of a registered therapist
  • Check whether the clinic has affiliations with your insurance company as this will reduce your financial burden.
  • Many physical therapists specialize in the treatment of specific body parts, so be sure you are visiting the right one.

Podiatrists are related to the treatment of injuries or any other diseases pertaining to the foot. While choosing a good podiatric apart from verifying his registration, you could also look for a podiatrist which suits your needs. For example some podiatrists specialize in injuries to the foot resulting from sports, while some practice only bio-mechanical podiatry.

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deep tissue laser therapy

In my practice I have had a lot of success treating musculoskeletal pain, bursitis, tendinitis, and spinal conditions with laser therapy.

In my experience the Class IV laser has been successful in the following:  accelerating tissue repair and cell growth, faster healing of an injury, reducing fibrous tissue formation, and decreasing inflammation.

Of all the physical therapy devices laser is the only one that consistently shows results, compared to ultrasound and muscle stimulation.

The Class IV laser I use is great for post-surgical treatment, and phenomenal when treating burns.  I most commonly use laser therapy when treating; pain, inflammation, and to accelerate tissue healing.

Patients suffering from conditions such as Achilles tendinitis, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, and carpal tunnel have had positive results from deep tissue laser therapy.

Contact me (858) 452-7770 if you have any questions about laser therapy and the conditions it can treat. Read More About Laser Therapy.

Running with Minimalist Shoes

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Barefoot running we have seen increase in serious injuries from running in minimalist shoes. We know from talking to large chain running shoe stores, that a high percentage of people who are buying minimalist shoes are returning to the store to switch back to regular running shoes because they are injured.

Studies show that about 80% of the population overpronate (ie. their foot rolls in too much). This can be confusing because most people wear out the outside of their shoe. Because they land on the outside of the shoe this is where it shows the most wear. But in fact their foot rolls in too much, causing torquing on the lower extremity which leads to many issues including; foot pain, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, Achilles tendinitis, IT band syndrome, runner’s knee and more.

There might be a slight benefit from using minimalist shoes, but they should be worn in small doses, and used on grass or softer surface for strengthening. In my opinion they should not be used as the primary shoe for running or physical activities.

If you have any of the aforementioned conditions or pain in the low back, leg, knee, or foot please call me for a consultation and/or examination.

Golf Injuries and Spinal Decompression

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Golf Injuries, Neck & Back Pain

The most common injuries in golf are related to lower back and neck pain. Many athletes are told that stretching and pain medications are the only way to alleviate pain. However, chiropractic care and more specifically Spinal Decompression focuses on the cause and/or the source of the pain, and works to heal it.

Many golfers, whether amateur or professional, suffer from back and/or neck pain at some point in their lives. The constant swinging, and twisting motion can cause an injury, or make an existing one worse. In some cases, the pain stems from a disc herniated discs / disc bulges, pinched nerves, degenerative disc disease, and sciatica. In most of these cases Spinal Decompression is the best and safest choice to heal the injury, while avoiding surgery.

Spinal Decompression often referred to as the safe alternative to surgery, disc replacement, low back surgery, neck surgery, spinal fusion and other invasive procedures for back and neck pain relief.

Before any treatment begins or is recommended, Dr. Jeffers does an examination on the patient to determine whether or not Spinal Decompression is the best or appropriate option.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a safe and effective spine pain treatment. It reduces pain, decreases medication, rapidly advances physical therapy, and requires very few passive forms of treatment, such as bed rest. In fact, after an extensive study of all currently available care for low back problems, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research—a federal government research organization—recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults.

For more information on Spinal Decompression and Dr. Jeffers please visit http://www.therunningdoctor.com/san_diego_back_pain_treatment.htm

Successful Vertigo Treatment

Did you know that Vertigo, Dizziness, and Migraine headaches can all be symptoms of a misalignment in the neck? In my experience the last 25 years, most cases of vertigo/dizziness can be resolved with chiropractic treatment to the neck. Migraines, headaches and vertigo usually require a specific treatment to the upper cervical spine. Even if you have tried chiropractic for dizziness/ and or migraine headaches, it is possible that your treating chiropractor might not be trained in the specific adjustment necessary to fix the problem. Contact me for more information about these conditions, or treatments.
For example, http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120312&content_id=27216648&c_id=mlb, this young athlete has to retire because of a problem that could possibly be a chiropractic, and particularly a specific adjustment that many chiropractors are not trained to do.