Dr. Edward J. Hartey
600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Matamoras, Pa 18336
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians
Call Us Today: 570.491.BACK
Volume 23 No.3
Is there such a thing!
"Slipped disc", a term you have probably heard before.
"Slipped disc", illustrates a condition where the pad of
tissue between two spinal bones is shifted out of normal position. We
won't get too scientific, but you deserve to know more than just "TV commercial"
version of what happens to a damaged disc. We feel it will help you see
how chiropractic is THE method to correct a complex, serious and painful
Discs are important and useful when healthy. The disc allow the
spine to support body movement and keep the spinal bones from grinding
together as we load a dish washer or swing a golf club. When the discs
are in proper position, they act as shock absorbers, so when we jump
down stairs or spend the day standing, the spinal bones don't crunch
together. The discs join the spine into a functioning, flexible unit
that carries and supports us. The discs also assist the spinal bones to
properly protect the delicate spinal cord, the body's critical
Vertebral discs are layered between the stacked spinal bones. the
outside sleeves of the discs are made of elastic mesh-like tissue that
is actually fused into the adjoining vertebrae, the spinal bones. Inside
this elastic webbing is a gel-like hydraulic system, which is 88% water,
and helps react to compression.
Any injury or over-stressing of the spinal unit affects the
discs. Misalignments of the spinal bones results in decreased function
of the discs, which react to injury by losing their all-important elasticity. Discs are designed to
bounce back after stress, but what if
the vertebra above the disc kinks upward, hinge-like, and the lower one
drops down the other way and they get stuck out of place? The squeezed
out disc is just not equipped to handle this kind of distress for long
and the effect is damage, less flexibility and pain.
The squeezing of the disc to the point that it bulges out past
the sides of the vertebrae is what is considered "slipped."
"Bulge" is a more accurate term. It better describes what
happens. The surgical view is to cut the part that is bulging out past the
normal position. The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR)
limits its endorsement of surgery as the answer. We in chiropractic feel
a much more conservative approach is the first method to address a
The answer is to work to realign the cock-eyed, locked out and
misaligned vertebral bones that are keeping the stress on the discs.
Taking the pressure off them allows them to return to normal position
and assists in their healing back to their proper shock absorbing
function. For over 100 years, chiropractors have been fixing "slipped" and
bulging discs... not matter what you call them, call us. We can help.
MAYBE THE PAIN WILL GO AWAY
After being involved in a minor accident, and because we
didn't sustain any cuts
bruises or fractures, we come away thankful that we "weren't really
When in reality, sometimes weeks or months later, we begin to
experience symptoms of headaches, backaches, pain and numbness that we
never had before.
Following one of these bloodless, fracture less types of injuries,
it is not unusual for the injured to be told that the lingering
discomfort (like their bruises and abrasions) will soon pass. And when
the discomfort doesn't pass or go away by itself, we are told, "you'll
just have to learn to live with it."
The skeletal frame of an automobile. If the frame of the auto has
been bent or misaligned, it may not be readily apparent to the owner,
especially after the dents and scratches have been removed. But months
later, we notice that the tires are ruined by the uneven wear due to the
misalignment of the care frame.
Accidental injuries caused by lifting, straining, slipping,
falling, being hit, knocked down and whip lashed, will very often jar or
pull the spine out of its normal alignment, squeezing or pinching nerves.
Left untreated, these so-called minor injuries can become
chronically severe and disabling. If not reported immediately and
attended to within a reasonably short period of time, treatment costs
become the responsibility of the injured (you).
Chiropractic treatment of these types of injuries is covered by
most accident insurance polices. To substantiate the injury, everyone
involved in these types of injuries should have their spine checked. the
sooner- the better!
HAVE QUESTIONS? JUST ASK
We understand that there are lots of questions that you may have
about the care that we are pleased to provide to you and your family.
We have friendly and knowledgeable staff that are more than happy
to answer any questions you may have. We want you to be confident that
you are receiving the best care when you visit us.
Many of our patients have questions about their insurance coverage. Insurance plans vary based on your plan and provider. We are
here to make sure you are receiving the maximum benefit from your
insurance overage. About 90% of insurance plans cover chiropractic care,
it is very likely your is one of them.
A common concern regarding whether a chronic back problem should
be addressed by a medical doctor. we believe in non-invasive treatment by
spinal manipulation that will allow natural healing to take place.
Therefore we believe the best approach is to explore these great options
first. If we are unable to help you, not only is it our policy to refer
you to someone that can, but it is the right thing to do.
Ultimately we care about your health and we are committed to do
what's right for each patient.
These two are just a couple of the concerns or questions you may
have. I know there are many other questions we could cover but please
know that our office is open and available to answer any questions you
There is no "dumb" question. There is only a smiling
face waiting to give you the help you need.
TIME FOR A GOOD WALK
We are extremely busy these days. Work, family, soccer practice,
dance lessens; and that's just a start to our week. It's no wonder
that we fail to find time to get in much needed exercise.
How many times have you or someone you know decide, "I'm
getting into shape?" Then try to jump form couch potato to Olympic athlete in one giant leap. It just doesn't work that way!
Americans are increasingly overweight and inactive. Walking is a
great way to break that inactivity and get started on the road to better
health and fitness.
Walking is a moderate, well balanced exercise. It is almost
impossible to over-walk. Walking a little everyday will prepare your body
for increased strenuous exercise when ever it is required.
Some will try to "get up early and get in a jog" when
they are out of shape and overweight. Not only is this danger to your
health, you will quickly discouraged with it and likely quit exercising.
Walking is a good total-body exercise. It tones muscles burns off
excess energy and fat, and induces proper breathing. It gives you an
opportunity to breathe in a greater quantity of fresh air and simulates
blood circulation. Walking can also induce better eating habits.
Walking is also one of the
most natural things you can do. It gives mobility, muscular coordination, and aids natural body functions. Also, it's a healthy
exercise for all ages.
Walking trails are prevalent in most cities and are a great place
A good idea is to walk through your neighborhood. You will be
busy looking at your neighbors lawns and flowers and it makes the walk
that much more entertaining and rewarding. You will find it easier to
walk longer when your mind is occupied instead of thinking of your easy
chair and nice big glass of tea.
Did You Know?
For chronic low back pain patients, chiropractic
"maintenance care" cuts acute flare-ups in half.
Over the course of nine months, chronic low back pain patients who
received regular chiropractic care (one treatment every three weeks)
noted more than 50% fewer significantly painful episodes.
Chiropractic care restores the communication of the nervous system
to the many parts of your body. This allows your body to do what it does
best, use it's amazing self-defense and healing systems to do their
Injured chiropractic patients return to work faster. Injured
workers who undergo chiropractic care of lower back pain miss an average
of 25 day of work, which is 86% less than the 175 day average for medical
Why spend one more day dealing with pain when there is a better way?
If you know someone who has suffered an injury, please let them know about the benefits of chiropractic care and have them call our office immediately.