FAQ’s

FAQ’s2018-07-26T23:13:34+00:00
What is Anodyne Therapy?2018-08-09T23:04:21+00:00

We are excited to inform you that we are using an exciting new technology called the Anodyne® Infrared Therapy System with our patients. This infrared therapy assists in reduction or elimination of pain and faster healing of all types of wounds, injuries and surgeries. In addition, excellent clinical outcomes have been demonstrated with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) including restoration of sensation. The Anodyne® Therapy System has been cleared by the FDA and has been used safely on thousands of patients for over 9 years for reduction of pain and increasing local circulation. If caught in time and with the proper care and treatment, peripheral nerves affected by diabetic neuropathy can heal and regenerate. If you are or think you may be suffering from diabetic neuropathy, please don’t delay seeking treatment.

What is Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation?2018-08-09T22:48:07+00:00

Dr. Mira Dhutia has done extensive postgraduate training in rehabilitation and in the field of manual medicine. Numerous studies have demonstrated, patients who understand their condition and engage in an active exercise program get well faster and stay well longer. Whether you suffer from an acute injury or chronic pain, a rehabilitation program will be customized to meet your individual needs. A teamwork approach is adopted, with you as an equal participant in your health care. You will become well educated about your condition and encouraged to take an active role in regaining your health, performance, and wellness. Completion of your program will build strength, endurance and stability with your body to prevent re-injury.

What is Cryotherapy?2018-08-10T08:39:12+00:00

Cold Therapy

Applying ice after an injury is a common method for reducing pain and swelling. It is especially effective for athletes, who often experience sudden, painful injuries. This type of cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, is used by chiropractors for the same purposes.

Types of Cold Therapy

Many types of cold therapy are available to reduce pain and swelling after an injury, including the use of:

  • Ice pack in a towel
  • Ice massage
  • Slush bucket (half water and ½ crushed ice)
  • Plunge pool therapy with ice water
  • Cold wet towels

Benefits of Cold Therapy

Cold temperatures cause blood vessels to narrow, which reduces the flow of blood into an area. As a result, cold therapy:

  • Reduces swelling and pain after injury
  • Slows movement of fluid into tissues
  • Reduces the amount of inflammation in injured tissue and pain signals from nerves to the brain
  • Decreases muscle spasms by reducing the contraction of muscles

Cold therapy may also keep cells in the injured area from dying due to the lack of oxygen. This is because an injury can reduce blood flow — and oxygen — to the area. However, cold therapy slows the activity of cells, which reduces how much oxygen they need to stay alive.

Tips for Best Cold Therapy

For the best benefits, cold packs should be applied as soon as possible. Pain and inflammation are common within 72 hours after an injury.

To avoid frostbite, cold packs wrapped in a towel should be applied for only 10 minutes at a time, with breaks of at least an hour in between. The ice can be applied several times a day, for three or four days after an acute injury — always consult your doctor first to avoid any contraindications.

Cold therapy may not be appropriate for everyone. Some people respond to cold temperatures by breaking out in hives or developing pain in the joints.

If you have questions about cold therapy or think you might benefit from this type of treatment, please contact our office to schedule an appointment to receive more information.

 

 

What is Traction Therapy?2018-08-09T22:24:28+00:00

Whether applied manually or mechanically, the benefits of traction are similar. It is an excellent therapy choice to reduce pressure on cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) discs. Traction effectively reduces joint and nerve pain, pressure, and inflammation, caused by bulging or herniated discs. This procedure is quite comfortable.

What is Therapeutic Ultrasound?2018-08-09T22:16:34+00:00

This treatment should not be confused with diagnostic ultrasound, often used in prenatal screening, but is instead a therapeutic procedure that utilizes sound waves to treat injured muscles, joints, and soft tissues. The sound waves vibrate the tissues back and forth, creating a deep, micro-massage effect. In the case of a recent injury, this helps to decrease scar tissue and adhesion formation, which would otherwise interfere with the body’s healing process. The sound waves also decrease inflammation by destroying unwanted inflammatory cells. The sound waves also accelerate healing by stimulating the activity of the cells responsible for cellular and tissue repair. In chronic cases, special settings are used to create a deep-heating effect, heating the tissues far below the skin’s surface. This heat, along with the vibrations that are caused by the ultrasound, help to “melt away” the muscle spasms and “knots” felt in our muscles.

What is Chiropractic Manipulation?2018-08-09T22:09:18+00:00

A Chiropractic Manipulation is the controlled movement of a joint, by a licensed Chiropractic Physician, that allows a restricted joint to move with greater ease. This specialized technique is used by experienced Chiropractic Physicians at Spinal Rehab and Wellness Center to mobilize the restricted joint and reduce pain by relieving irritation on the nerve. Blood flow to the surrounding area is improved allowing a greater rate of healing. The cavitation or popping sound you might hear during a manipulation is the exchange of gas from the fluid joint, similar to opening a bottle of soda.

What is a Tens Unit?2018-08-01T18:40:46+00:00

An at home Tens Unit is a small machine that comes with electrodes. The electrodes are placed on the skin to the areas of pain. The electrodes send out stimulating pulses to act as a natural painkiller. Electrical stimulation utilizes a current to create low-level muscle contractions to reduce pain sensitivity and relax muscle spasms.

What is Spinal Stenosis?2018-08-01T18:37:45+00:00

Spinal stenosis is the abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal where the spinal cord and spinal nerves exit  the spine. Stenosis may be acquired due to arthritic and degenerative changes the bony structures of the spine. Stenosis may occur throughout the spine but it is most commonly present in the cervical and lumbar spine.  Symptoms of stenosis may include radiating pain, weakness, and/or numbness secondary to the compression of the nerves or spinal cord. The presentation of spinal stenosis is often similar to other forms of nerve compression; thus, it is important to consult  with a specialist, such as a chiropractor, to determine the root cause of dysfunction.

What is Electric Stim therapy2018-07-27T03:00:50+00:00

Electrical Stimulation, often referred to as “muscle stim,” the therapy involves low levels of electrical impulses delivered to the injured, painful tissues to reduce pain and speed healing. Often described by patients as a “tingling” sensation, or “electrical massage,” these impulses stimulate the body to release natural pain relievers, called endorphins. These endorphins reduce pain and inflammation, thereby promoting faster healing of the injured tissues. This therapy is often used to treat acute or chronic pain, as well as strains or sprains of the muscles, joints, and soft tissues of the spine and extremities.

What is Whiplash?2018-07-29T00:32:05+00:00

Whiplash refers to injury to the neck resulting from an unrestrained, rapid forward and backward movement of the head. The sudden force can cause damage to the bone structure of the neck, and stretch and tear the muscles and tendons in your neck, causing soft tissue damage. The most common cause of whiplash is due to car accidents, often when the occupants of one vehicle are struck from behind by another vehicle. Athletes involved in contact sports, such as football, can also suffer from whiplash.

Whiplash injures can be quite complex, and even debilitating. Sometimes symptoms are immediate, and other times it may take hours or days for symptoms to present themselves. Common symptoms of whiplash can include: Neck pain and stiffness, Increased pain with neck movement, Headaches starting from the base of the skull, Decreased range of motion in the neck, Pain or tenderness in the shoulders, upper back, or arms or Fatigue Dizziness.

Whiplash injures can be quite complex, and even debilitating. Sometimes symptoms are immediate, and other times it may take hours or days for symptoms to present themselves. Common symptoms of whiplash can include: Neck pain and stiffness, Increased pain with neck movement, Headaches starting from the base of the skull, Decreased range of motion in the neck, Pain or tenderness in the shoulders, upper back, or arms or Fatigue Dizziness.

Treatment for whiplash ranges from traditional medicine and chiropractic care to massage and physical therapy. Depending on the severity of your whiplash, treatment options may include rest, ice and heat, medication, stretching and specific exercises, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), ultrasound, and foam collars. Chiropractic care is a very effective treatment method for those who suffer from whiplash. It can be used as a stand-alone treatment option, or in conjunction with other treatments. At Spinal Rehab and Wellness Center our Naperville and Aurora chiropractic clinic specializes in treating symptoms of whiplash. Chiropractic adjustments for whiplash involving joint dysfunction may involve the chiropractor gently moving the affected joint in the direction it is restricted. This and other spinal manipulation techniques can help relieve neck pain and restore alignment of vertebrae in the neck that may be contributing to whiplash symptoms.

What is Therapeutic Ultrasound2018-07-26T22:10:09+00:00

This treatment should not be confused with diagnostic ultrasound, often used in prenatal screening, but is instead a therapeutic procedure that utilizes sound waves to treat injured muscles, joints, and soft tissues. The sound waves vibrate the tissues back and forth, creating a deep, micro-massage effect. In the case of a recent injury, this helps to decrease scar tissue and adhesion formation, which would otherwise interfere with the body’s healing process.

The sound waves also decrease inflammation by destroying unwanted inflammatory cells. The sound waves also accelerate healing by stimulating the activity of the cells responsible for cellular and tissue repair. In chronic cases, special settings are used to create a deep-heating effect, heating the tissues far below the skin’s surface. This heat, along with the vibrations that are caused by the ultrasound, help to “melt away” the muscle spasms and “knots” felt in our muscles.