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Getting Adjusted

Before chiropractic care is administered, Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete) will consult medical history with the patient and a physical examination will be performed to determine which treatment is appropriate. Chiropractic techniques may include manipulation and adjustments to the spine and are a safe, comfortable and effective method of treatment. Depending on the patient, a treatment plan may involve one or more manual adjustments in which Dr. Pete manipulates the joints, using a controlled force to improve the range and quality of motion.
A chiropractic adjustment will involve one of our doctors using their hands to apply a high velocity, short lever arm thrust to a vertebra. Often, patients will feel a sense of relief as the subluxation is released. It should be known that nothing is being cracked, but simply adjusted and put back in place. There are typically no side effects related to chiropractic adjustments though the patient may experience mild soreness afterward.
If you have qu…

Chiropractic Care For Migraines

Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete) performs chiropractic adjustments for migraine sufferers who have yet to find relief. Chiropractic treatment will not cure migraines, but it is one of the few ways to be proactive against migraines and help prevent them.  In someone prone to migraine episodes, a trigger can often be a misalignment, or subluxation of the spine.  Migraines can begin with tension in the neck, but even patients without migraines find keeping their neck free of kinks helps improve frequent headaches. Dysfunctional vertebrae in the neck can cause increased muscle tension and interrupt the nerves that control blood flow to the brain. Chiropractic adjustments relieve the pressure and tension that results in headaches, and keep the spine aligned to help it function at its best.
The exact cause of migraines is unknown, but most theories acknowledge an interruption in either nerve activity, blood flow to the brain, or both.  Regular chiropractic adjustments help facilitate healthy b…

Preventing "Text Neck"

Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete) and his staff see plenty of patients straining their back and neck by looking down at the screen on their devices.  You may have even heard this being called “text neck”. The average adult head weighs between 10 and 12 pounds, and neck muscles are meant to support the weight of the head in a neutral position.  Looking down at a screen increases the strain on your neck, as if your neck is carrying a lot more weight.  Tilting your head forward just 15 degrees adds enough force to double the weight your neck is supporting, and the greater the angle, the greater strain.  Many people who text with their chin near the neck are tilting the head forward 60 degrees, which increases the load to about 60 pounds! The good news is that you can make smarter choices about using your devices every day to reduce strain on the body.
Starting with good posture will always reduce strain on your neck.  Sit up straight with your shoulders lined up above your hips and your head…

Arthritis

Arthritis is the Inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis ­­ is the most common type of arthritis that occurs in the joints of the hips, knees, and spine. However, it can also disturb the fingers, thumb, neck, and large toe. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic disease that causes inflammation of the lining of the joints, and can lead to long-­term joint damage which results in chronic pain, loss of function and disability.
 Arthritis often occurs if you’re overweight, putting more pressure on your back, knees, and joints by doing rigorous activities. Other Symptoms of arthritis include swelling or stiffness, joins that look red or feels warm to touch, tenderness, trouble moving, and the inability to do daily tasks that patients would otherwise have no issue performing. About 1 in 5 adults have some form of arthritis and the risk of developing arthritis only increases as patients get older.
If you are experiencing joint pain, please call us to discuss …

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

Also known as DDD, degenerative disc disease is not really a disease but a term used to describe the normal changes in your spinal discs as you age. Throughout the aging process, our spinal discs break down or degenerate, which may result in degenerative disc disease in some people. DDD is typically diagnosed with a medical history and a physical exam, so if you are experiencing any aches and pains out of the ordinary, visit Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete), today.
Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that separate the vertebrae that make up the spine. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing it to flex, bend, and twist. Symptoms of DDD are most commonly concentrated in the low back or neck, depending on where the degenerated discs are. Where the pain occurs depends on the location of the affected disc. Common symptoms include pain that ranges from nagging to severe and disabling and periods of severe pain that come and go, lasting from a few days to a few months. Tr…

Tailbone Injuries

Have you bruised your tailbone? If so, you need the holistic treatments at the Carrollton chiropractic office of Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete). We specialize in non-addictive, non-surgical treatment of injuries to the spinal column and its associated soft tissues, tailbone injuries included.
The tailbone, also known as the coccyx, is a conical structure made up of fused vertebrae that dangles from the end of the spinal column. It is supported by the muscles and ligaments of the pelvic region. Pain in this area (also called coccydynia) is likelier to be caused by bruising to these tissues than a fracture in the bone itself. Injuries in this area are a bit unusual but can be caused by activities such as bicycling or horseback riding. Unless a sciatic nerve is being compressed, the pain will mostly be dull and throbbing but may worsen when the patient sits down or bends over.
When a patient complains of pain from a tailbone injury, we’ll do tests to eliminate other possible causes. These …

Introduction to Osteoarthritis

“Arthritis” is a term that refers to joint inflammation, but there’s a lot more nuance to it than that. It’s also the most common cause of back pain and debilitation among Americans. At Dr. Pete’s Carrollton chiropractic office, we provide treatments that are fitted to each patient’s health history. In the case of osteoarthritis, a lot of our efforts will be focused on preventing more damage.
Osteoarthritis differs from rheumatic arthritis in that it is not an autoimmune condition. Instead, it is what happens when the cartilage within joints wears down. Cartilage is a slippery substance that provides cushioning and lubrication, but if its surface becomes pitted from erosion, it won’t be able to do its jobs as well. As bones are able to move less freely, the joints will become more sensitive. In the most extreme cases, bones may rub against each other, causing them to become deformed or for bits of them to splinter off.
Cartilage erosion is a degenerative process, but people are at great…