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What is Musculoskeletal Pain?

We’re proud to offer non-invasive, non-addictive, complementary pain relief at the Carrollton Chiropractic office of Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete). Joint disorders, and especially lower back pain, are extremely common, but can often be soothed with holistic therapies. However, to treat musculoskeletal pain, we have to recognize it, which is why this week’s blog post is dedicated to describing how musculoskeletal pain manifests.
It is important to understand that pain can be referred to the musculoskeletal system from other organs. Pain that originates in the musculoskeletal system tends to have distinct traits. Muscle, tendon, and ligament pain is usually sharp when caused by acute injuries and worse when the patient is in certain positions. Bone pain feels more intense and penetrating. Joint pain is often described as aching and is usually present both when the joint is in motion or resting, although it may be worse while in motion. Bursae pain is usually worse when a person is movin…

Process of Disc Degeneration

Spinal disc degeneration is a common part of the aging process. Although it is not always painful, it can cause soreness and puts people at greater risk for acute injuries. If you’ve experienced back pain or stiffness, help is available. At the Carrollton chiropractic office of Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete), we use a variety of modern technologies and therapeutic approaches to relieve pain and put the spine in the best position to heal itself. We can also teach patients how to better protect their spinal discs and preserve their function.
The discs between the bodies of the vertebrae have two portions: a core of jelly-like substance called the nucleus pulposus, and an outer ring of rubbery material called the annulus fibrosus. As a person ages, the nucleus pulposus loses water and contracts, causing the annulus fibrosus to become misshapen. The shrunken discs will not work as well as shock absorbers, and as the annulus fibrosis develops small tears, it will release inflammatory protei…

Osteoarthritis and Difficulty Sleeping

Getting a good night’s sleep is hard when you have arthritis. You often wake up with stiff joints and tight muscles, and you’re much more vulnerable to inflammation from ordinary activity. And because you’re in pain, it’s harder for you to fall asleep at night, trapping you in a cycle of discomfort. Fortunately, we at the Carrollton chiropractic office of Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete) offer several safe pain-relief treatments for people suffering from osteoarthritis, as well as lifestyle advice that will restore the joints’ range of motion and keep them more comfortable as the patient sleeps.
Arthritis means “joint inflammation” and can be caused by several diseases. Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the cartilage that cushions bones gets eroded, causing the bones to rub against each other. Besides resulting in irritation, it can also trigger the development of bony spurs. These spurs could put more pressure on nearby soft tissues, such as the back muscles that stretch over the v…

Office Posture

Given how much time most people spend seated, it’s no surprise that back and neck pain are extremely common. It’s never optimal for people to hold the same position for an extended period, but there are a lot of common mistakes that office workers, in particular, are prone to making. At the Carrollton chiropractic office of Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete), we provide complementary, minimally invasive treatments for subluxations and stiff muscles. But to maintain good musculoskeletal health, people need to know how to stay aligned while they’re at work.
When you’re sitting at your desk, you want your feet to be flat on the ground while your back is straight. Sit as far back in your chair as you can, and your legs should only slightly slope downward, with space between your knees and the edge of the chair. Your shoulders should be raised slightly by the armrests, and you should be able to keep your arms straight when you reach for the keyboard. You’ll also want to keep your monitors at ey…

Sports Injuries

Are you an enthusiastic athlete or workout buff? If so, you are at risk of receiving a sports injury. Maybe you twisted wrong kicking the ball during a soccer match or tripped while out jogging. No matter how the injury happened, Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete) is here to help. We provide you with the appropriate therapy depending on your needs. Your Carrollton, GA, chiropractor will get you off the bench and back into the game!

The most common way for you to get a sports injury is through overuse. This happens when find yourself doing the same thing over and over again. You end up wearing down the soft tissues and other muscles. Every athlete is at risk, regardless of the sport they play. An example is Lateral Epicondylitis. This affects tennis and golf players. Their elbows end up severely inflamed and painful. The pain stems from the repetitive motion of swinging the tennis racquet or golf club.

The top priority for your Carrollton, GA, chiropractor is determining the cause of your pa…

Shoulder Pain

Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete) offers family-friendly and professional chiropractic care in the Carrollton, GA, area. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with any aches or pains! This includes shoulder pain. Your shoulders are a very significant aspect of your body. You might not realize it, but they are involved in everything you do! When injured, the pain affects all aspects of your life. Call us right away when even simple activities like carrying groceries become difficult.

The most common complaint with a shoulder injury is a pain when lifting your arm. You’ll also experience a decreased range-of-motion, pinching sensation, and a burning feeling. Your shoulder is a very mobile joint, which is what makes it extremely vulnerable.

Here are a few common ways to injure your shoulder:

-Improper use while exercising
-Overuse
-Trauma following an accident or other injuries
-Over-loading

There are other possibilities as well. Your Carrollton, GA, chiropractic might diagnose you with Rotato…

Heat Vs. Ice Therapy

There is a lot of misinformation about when you should apply heat vs. ice to an injury. Dr. Peter Lazarnick (Dr. Pete) of Carrollton, GA, has put together this brief guide to clear things up! No more having to extensively google or rely on others secondhand information. We offer both types of therapy, but how do you know what you need? In the simplest of terms, ice is used for newer injuries while heat therapy works on sore and stiff muscles. Just remember to always talk to your chiropractor before using either.

Ice or Cold Therapy is the application of ice to injured areas. This works to reduce inflammation across the injured tissues. Inflammation is a natural response to an injury, but that doesn’t make it any less painful! Icing is a great way to handle your pain management. It works best when used on superficial injuries.

Heat Therapy works by relieving pain and stiffness. It’s great for a variety of conditions, including stress, chronic pain, and muscle pain. Patients with chronic …