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Chiropractor for Algonquin and Lake in the Hills

Algonquin Chiropractic Center – We are Here to Help

We Are Here To Help at Algonquin Chiropractic CenterThere are a couple things that set us apart at Algonquin Chiropractic Center.  We develop individualized treatment plans depending on the specific needs of the patient.

One technique we use is the Cox Technique.  This technique has been around for over 40 years.  It was developed by Dr. James Cox from Fort Wayne, IN.  Dr. Cox has published dozens of professional papers, has over seen several federally funded clinical studies in conjunction with Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and is one of only two chiropractors to ever lecture at Harvard Medical School. I was personally taught by Dr. Cox, have consulted Dr. Cox on difficult cases and Dr. Cox has referred patients to OUR office in the past.

The Cox Technique allows me to work on the severe low back cases, the disc extrusions, the severe sciatica and the stenosis cases.  Before the Cox Technique, most of these cases would have to go to surgery.  Listen to what Margaret had to say on her Google review regarding her experience with the Cox Technique:

Margaret Herweg- “I cannot say enough about Dr. Galante. I had severe back and leg pain. I had so much pain I could barely walk. I saw several surgeons who recommended immediate surgery.  I was so frightened! Dr. Galante convinced me that his expertise and experience could help keep me from that surgery. I went with his program and treatments and am so happy to say that it has been 7 years and I am doing great and best of all, no surgery!. I truly feel he saved my life. Thank you Dr. Galante.”

The Cox Technique is a painless technique used in order to decompress the discs and nerves of the spine.  This is very different from the “decompression” techniques used in other offices.  This is a “hands-on” technique.  My hands are continuously on the patient’s spine detecting just the right amount of tension to be applied to the correct area of the spine.  There are no injections, no incisions, no recovery time and patients can continue to work during the treatment program.

The Cox Technique has been very successful in treating patients with lower back pain, leg pain and neck and arm pain in a non-invasive method.  It can be used as a holistic approach to well-being and pain relief.  The technique works very well for severe low back pain and works GREAT for every day, mild to moderate low back and neck pain.

In addition to the Cox Technique we may utilize manipulation, distraction, soft tissue techniques, massage, modalities, kineseotaping, rehab, diet and nutrition.  The combination of techniques works well for most people, and has little to no risks or side effects. For the small percentage of patients who do not respond to our treatments, we work with neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, pain management doctors and physical therapists if those services are needed.

Dr. Anthony Galante is an Algonquin Chiropractor who works individually with each new patient to understand their individual goals and needs.  The objective of the Algonquin Chiropractic Center has been to help patients achieve whole body health, return patients to long-term health and return patients to their normal activities as fast as possible.

By Anthony Galante

Algonquin Chiropractor Explains Spinal Stenosis

By Anthony Galante

Dr. Anthony Galante is an Algonquin Chiropractor who effectively treats spinal stenosis.

Spinal Stenois Explained by Algonquin Chiropractic CenterSpinal stenosis describes an abnormal restricting of the spinal canal that “pinches” the nerves which causes pain, burning, numbness in one or both legs. The symptoms get worse with prolonged standing and walking and are relieved by rest.  The part of the leg affected by this condition directly correlates to where the stenosis occurs on the spine.

Differences between Cervical Stenosis and Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

The origin of the word stenosis hails from Greece and means choking. Speaking of the medical condition, spinal stenosis describes a compression of the spinal cord or never roots, rather than choking. The feeling patients describe includes numbness, burning, cramping, loss or balance, loss of muscular control, and pain that ranges from a dull ache to debilitating.

 There are two forms of spinal stenosis.

1.  Cervical spinal stenosis is a more serious condition because it compresses the spinal cord. This condition can develop serious symptoms, including weakness and paralysis. The more common symptoms are neck and upper   back pain with associated pain, burning and numbness in the arms. The underlying cause is usually chronic degeneration (arthritis).

2.Lumbar spinal stenosis occurs when something compresses the nerve  in the lower back. The sensation is pain, burning and numbness that radiates from the lower back down through the buttocks and leg, and at times reaches the foot.  The symptoms are aggravated with standing and walking, the longer you stand and walk, the worse the symptoms.  Sitting usually relieves the pain.  There are occasions where lumbar stenosis advances enough where it produces severe and persistent disabling pain.

Diagnosis

Doctors will have a high degree of clinical suspicion of stenosis after a thorough consultation and history.

A complete exam with range of motion tests, othopedic and neurologic evaluation, posture  assesment, muscle testing, leg length evaluation  and palpatory assesment is necessary.

Depending on the history and examination diagnostic imaging will consists of radiographic evaluation (X-rays) and /or advanced imaging to include MRI and CT scans.

An accurate diagnosis can be made by an Algonquin Chiropractor with the information received from above.

What can I do for it?

Treatment options include painful injections and risky surgery.

Most people want to avoid these invasive procedures, especially if effective, non-invasive treatments are available.

At Algonquin Chiropractic Center, we individualize patients treatment plans.

We may use any combination of manipulation, Cox Technic, moblization, physical therapy, topical analgesics, soft tissue techniques, massage, exercises and rehabilitation, diet and nutrition.

I have found the Cox Technic to be very effective for stenosis.  This painless technique decompresses irritated disc and nerve fibers which relieves the pain, numbness, burning and cramping in the legs.  Often, patients can stand and walk for considerably longer than before treatment.

For cases that don’t respond as anticipated, I work closely with radiologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, pain management doctors and physical therapists.

Stenosis is a serious condition that can have a huge impact on your quality of life, don’t let the pain stop you!  Get examined today by an Algonquin Chiropractor!

What is Sciatica?

What is Sciatica by Algonquin Chiropractic CenterAlgonquin Chiropractic Center specializes in helping people suffering from sciatica. Sciatica is a painful set of symptoms caused by inflammation of the largest nerve in the body: the sciatic nerve. This nerve starts at the base of the spine and runs down the backside of the thigh, calf and into the foot. The sciatic nerve’s primary purposes are to receive signals from the leg muscles and send this information back to the brain, which is why patients with sciatica often experience burning, throbbing and cramping in the leg. Sciatic patients may also experience numbness and tingling, and with increasing pressure on the nerve, weakness. Sciatic symptoms can be severe, disabling and last for months.

Herniated Spinal Disc

A herniated spinal disc is the most common cause resulting in sciatica. Rotational movements such as bending to one side or reaching down awkwardly to pick something up can cause the cushion between the spinal vertebrae to rupture. The spinal nerves compress resulting in shooting pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness along one side of the back, hip, leg and foot. Squatting, coughing, laughing, sitting and sneezing can cause the condition to worsen. A radiating pain in one leg is the signature signal of a sciatica diagnosis. Sciatica is a not a disease. It is a condition of symptoms that develop over a period of time and is not necessarily associated with a one-time event specifically. Middle aged people (35-55 years of age) are most prone for sciatica; however, we do occasionally see sciatica in patients in their teens and patients over 60.

The Fastest Way to Surgery

According to Mayo Clinic back surgery is only needed in “a small percentage of cases.”  Mayo goes on to say “back pain is extremely common……surgery often fails to relieve it.” So what determines whether you have spinal surgery? The prestigious Spine Journal studied that very question and found an interesting answer. The type of health care provider you see first! Researchers found that patients who saw a surgeon first were much more likely to have surgery, 42.7% vs. patients who saw a Chiropractic Physician first at ONLY 1.5%! Clearly your path to surgical intervention is dependent on your first choice!

Treatments

Most doctors usually recommend anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, muscle relaxants, painful exercises, injections and, of course, surgery to treat sciatica.

We do things differently at Algonquin Chiropractic.

First, the staff. In today’s day of managed care, excessive paperwork, referrals and pre-authorizations patients can get treated like a number with impersonal service. How many of us had that sliding glass door shut in our face after we were handed paperwork? We refuse to accept that, our staff will treat you with individualized attention; you are treated like a person, an important person.

After a thorough history, a detailed examination and appropriate diagnostic imaging we will determine if you qualify for our treatment plans. If you qualify we may implement one or more of the following:

Cox Technic – This technique came about because of someone just like you. After unsuccessfully treating a female patient with low back and leg pain, Dr. Cox developed his own technique. The Cox Technique is used for disc herniations, stenosis, and sciatica as an alternative to painful injections and costly, time consuming surgery. In order to serve you better, I WAS PERSONALLY TAUGHT WITH OVER 100 HOURS OF STUDY BY THE CREATOR OF THE TECHNIQUE HIMSELF, DR. COX. I have consulted Dr. Cox on difficult cases in the past and Dr. Cox has referred patients to OUR OFFICE in the past.

Soft tissue techniques – We don’t just work on the skeletal system. Today you need to stretch your healthcare dollars as far as possible.  sing muscle therapy will get you better quicker and keep you that way longer. Muscular techniques are incorporated to speed healing, allowing YOU TO HOLD THE ADJUSTMENT LONGER AND FOR IMPROVED PAIN RELIEF WITHOUT DRUGS.

Modalities, nutrition, rehabilitation, and orthotic therapy are utilized when appropriate.

Patients can expect a gradual improvement in their symptoms with most cases resolving in 8-16 weeks. For the patients who do not respond appropriately, I work with very conservative surgeons, pain management doctors and excellent physical therapists.

Don’t let the pain control YOUR life. GET YOUR LIFE BACK!

By Anthony Galante

What is a Herniated Disc?

The spine is made up of vertebrae, between the vertebrae are spongy discs that cushion impact and absorb shock as the spine operates.

If one of those discs becomes damaged or torn, they may rupture; this is commonly called a herniated disc, also known as a slipped disc.  Disc herniations occur most commonly in the lower back and lower neck but can occur anywhere in the spine.

Herniated Disc may occur as a result of age (they lose flexibility and can become brittle), trauma, and heavy lifting and occasionally from trivial movements.

What is a Herniated Disc by Algonquin Chiropractic CenterThe outer disc is made up of cartilage tissue and in the middle of the disc is a gel-like substance.  When a disc “herniates,” the outer cartilage can tear and the gel-like fluid pushes out against sensitive nerves.

The resultant symptoms may include severe back pain, hip pain and pain and burning or numbness and tingling in the arms or legs.  If the pressure on the nerve is high enough, weakness may occur.

A common term you have probably heard of is “sciatica” which is low back, hip and leg pain and numbness that is usually caused by a disc herniation.

A herniated disc diagnosis can be made after a comprehensive history and thorough physical exam, however; X-rays, MRI and EMG testing may be necessary.

First, we need to control inflammation; if we can control inflammation we can control pain.  There are several ways we do that in the office with mobilization techniques, modalities and anti-inflammatory nutrition.  At home, the patient is encouraged to stay active, use ice, avoid aggravating activities and educated on how to move, bend, sit and sleep to decrease pain. Medication may be necessary and we work with several very good medical doctors and orthopedic surgeons.

As the inflammation and severe pain subside, spinal distraction may be performed to decompress the disc and nerve.  Soft tissue techniques can be helpful to decrease muscle spasm and pain, alternating hot and cold packs may be beneficial, as well as carefully selected home exercises.

As the disc heals, the patients home exercise program will also increase, muscles very quickly get weak after a disc herniation and rehab is necessary to restore proper function.

Herniated Disc is a serious back injury, most disc herniations do heal but they take a lot longer than if you strained your back doing yard work.  Herniations can heal in a few months, but some may take up to a year or longer and a selected few never heal 100%.

Only a small percentage of disc herniations require surgery; however, if surgery is necessary I will tell you immediately. Let an Algonquin Chiropractor help you regain control of your life!

By Anthony Galante

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