Here at Dr. Andrea's Chiropractic Clinic, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic care to all of our patients.

 As we go through our day we tend to ignore the small aches and pains and begin to think of them as "normal".  The problem is these "normal" aches and pains are actually our body's way of warning us that something is wrong, and if left untreated they can get out of control and become bigger issues.  That is why it is very important to not ignore your body, and to take care of these problems as soon as they occur. We provide spinal correction utilizing "state of the art" chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic have we been able to provide the level of help and expertise that now exists. These newer correction methods are safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Andrea has years of training and experience in spinal adjustment.

Below is a sampling of the different chiropractic services we offer in our Bixby office.

Tired of Pain? Dr. Andrea's Got Your Back!

Common Types of Pain

Eighty percent of Americans experience one form of back pain or another during the course of their lives. More men over the age of 45 are disabled by back pain than any other condition. It is the third most common reason for surgeries. Because of this, people complaining of back pain cannot be easily diagnosed. This is because the spine is such an incredibly complex structure of bones, muscles, nerves, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Injury or disease affecting any one or more of these structures can often trigger an episode of pain.
Lower back pain is often caused by muscle strain. The erector spinae, or large paired muscles in the lower back that help keep your spine erect, can become inflamed and spasm. In more serious cases, the pain may be caused by a degenerative condition, such as arthritis, disc disease, or disc herniation.
A degenerative disc condition can sometimes cause a chain reaction of other events in your spine. When a disc is not in its proper place, or is malformed from disease or some other condition, it can allow additional undue pressure on other healthy structures, such as neighboring discs, nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons.
Rest for a sore back should be kept to no more than two weeks. Otherwise, the muscles in the lower back begin to atrophy and can become significantly weak, leaving you open to further undue pain and injury.
If you experience pain in your elbow, chances are very good it was incurred in an injury or physical activity, such as exercise or sports. Here's a look at some types of elbow pain: Golfer's elbow – A type of elbow pain that originates near the inside part of the bony protrusion. A tear or rupture in the tendon supporting the elbow bone also causes this type of pain. Locked elbow – A type of pain that occurs when the elbow bones or their surrounding muscle fibers become stiff or immobile from disease or injury. Student's elbow – Another term for bursitis, or swollen sacks under the elbow joint. This is often caused by repeated rubbing of the elbow on a hard surface, such as a desk. Tennis elbow – A layman's term for pain on the lateral, or outside part of the elbow, on or near the bony protrusion. Tennis elbow is caused when the tendon from the elbow bone tears or is ruptured. It's no surprise that professional tennis players can become afflicted by this with all of the stress and strain they place on the joint during play. Carpal tunnel syndrome – Chiefly affecting the wrist, it can cause elbow pain if an inflamed tendon pinches a nerve going to the elbow. Tendonitis – Can cause elbow pain and is caused by an elbow tendon that has become swollen or inflamed when the forearm tendon is damaged.
The largest nerve in the human body may be responsible for one of the most common causes of leg pain. The sciatic nerve connects the spinal cord with the leg and foot muscles, and runs down both sides of the lumbar spine, through the buttock and back of the thigh, and down to the foot. Many kinds of leg pain can be traced to problems with the sciatic nerve. Sciatica pain occurs when one or more of the spinal nerves become compressed. A disc herniation is often the culprit. Other causes include spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and arthritis. While the pain typically travels down, or radiates, along the sciatic nerve, it is often felt in the lower buttocks, the back of the leg, and even the bottom of the foot. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, and/or a burning or prickling sensation. It is very important that you seek medical attention if you experience these kinds of symptoms, because long-term compression of the sciatic nerve can cause permanent damage. In addition, untreated sciatica nerve damage can cause such problems as loss of bladder and bowel control.
Ankle pain can be caused by something as minor as an ill-fitting shoe or as major as an injury. Most kinds of ankle pain originate on the outer, or lateral, side of the ankle. Some types of ankle pain are constant and dull and can be accompanied by imbalance, swelling, stiffness, or tenderness. More serious types of ankle pain can be caused by a sprain, which happens when the ligaments between the bones are stretched or torn. *Without medical attention and/or physical therapy, an untreated ankle sprain will often leave your ankle permanently disabled or weak, leaving you susceptible to repeated sprains and other injuries. Another kind of ankle pain is neuropathic, or nerve-related. This happens when the nerves that pass through the ankle become pinched or stretched, torn, injured by a direct blow, or under pressure. Other sources of ankle pain include: A torn or inflamed tendon Arthritis of the ankle joint A fracture Synovium, which is inflammation of the joint lining Scar-tissue formation in an ankle joint following a sprain; the scar tissue fills up the space in the joint, putting pressure on the ligaments
Carpal tunnel syndrome is probably the most common source of wrist pain . Symptoms may include soreness, numbness or tingling, or a burning sensation. Carpal tunnel is caused by compression in the median nerve of your hand. The compression causes swelling. Carpal tunnel is more common among people who have repetitive wrist movements, such as sewing, painting, and writing; using a computer; and playing racquetball or handball. Diabetes, arthritis, pregnancy, and obesity have also been linked with carpal tunnel as well. Other causes of wrist pain include: Arthritis (joint inflammation), including osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease). Bursitis (inflammation of the bursa, the small sac containing fluid that lies between tendons and bones). Fracture or other injury. Gout (a form of arthritis that occurs as a result of the build-up of uric acid in the body and the joint fluid). Muscle sprain or strain. Tendonitis (irritation of a muscle tendon, which is the rope-like muscle that attaches to the bone).
Pain in the jaw comes from a wide variety of things. Sometimes jaw pain is caused by an injury. In many cases, however, jaw pain is caused by a disorder of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) - the ball-and-socket joint on each side of your jaw. This joint connects the lower jaw to the skull near the front of the ear. A properly formed TMJ allows the jaw to move smoothly in various directions and plays an important role in talking, chewing, and yawning.
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs) are caused by problems with the muscles of the jaw or the joint itself. A clicking or popping sound when opening the mouth wide, such as in yawning, may be a sign that you have a problem with your TMJ. TMDs result from a variety of things, such as traumatic blow to the head (including whiplash), teeth grinding or clenching, and arthritis.People with TMD sometimes experience chronic headaches, earaches, and facial and dental pain.
Your cervical spine connects your brain stem to your spinal cord. It is an area rich in blood vessels and other soft tissue, such as ligaments and tendons. Neck pain is slightly less common than back pain, but no less debilitating or treatable. One common symptom of chronic neck pain is an ache that radiates down the arm, sometimes into the hands and fingers, accompanied by numbness or tingling. Foraminal stenosis, a condition caused by degenerative changes in the neck joints, involves a herniated disc or a pinched nerve. This in turn causes chronic neck pain. A sprain of the muscles, ligaments, or tendons in the neck area are common causes acute neck pain. Vehicular accidents, repeated carrying of heavy items, or awkward sleeping positions are also likely culprits. Most minor ligament or tendon injuries in the neck will subside with proper care.
Although your knee is an incredibly complex and sturdy structure, it also is more prone to injury than any other bony structure besides the spine. Common causes of knee pain:
Arthritis – most often causes problems with the knee joint, but also can affect other structures such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Osteoarthritis – is caused by the gradual degradation of the cartilage in the joint. Rheumatoid Arthritis – causes the joint to become inflamed and can often cause destruction of the surrounding cartilage. Cartilage injuries – a softening of the knee cap cartilage. This disorder occurs most often in runners, skiers, cyclists, and soccer players. Tendon injuries – can be caused by anything from tendonitis to a ruptured or torn tendon. Overuse can cause the tendon to stretch like a rubber band, later becoming inflamed.
Heel pain, like ankle pain, can be caused by something as simple as bad shoes or an injury. But more often than not, heel pain is associated with problems with the nerves, tendons, and ligaments of the foot. The repetitive pounding of one's heel on hard surfaces, to which women who wear high heels can attest, can cause painful heels. Other sources of heel pain: Achilles tendonitis, which is caused by repeated and sudden contraction of the calf muscles. Heel bursitis, which is essentially an inflamed rear heel and is often caused by falls. Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the ligament running from the front of the heel bone through the bottom of the foot. Repetitive motions such as quick stops and starts during sports, or long distance running, have sometimes been associated with plantar fasciitis.
Shoulder pain can be caused by a wide variety of things, including a subluxation, or vertebral misalignment, or injury. Most often, shoulder pain can be traced to tenderness or soreness of the rotator-cuff tendon. The rotator cuff is the part of the shoulder that allows you to move your arms in a circular motion. In other cases, the bursa, or fluid sack, in your upper shoulder can become inflamed after a period of heavy lifting or other kind of physical activity involving repeated raising and lowering of the arms.
Neuropathic pain is a debilitating form of chronic pain that results from peripheral or central nervous system damage. When the damage is peripheral in nature, it is often referred to as nerve pain, sensory peripheral neuropathy, or peripheral neuritis. Neuropathic pain is really a disease caused by malfunctioning nerves. Types of neuropathic pain include pain that radiates down the leg or arm or follows and persists after back surgery or other procedures. Even the lightest touch can set off a sharp or shock-like shooting pain in people with neuropathic pain, who often complain of symptoms, such as unrelenting numbness, tingling, weakness, or burning or cold sensations. Left untreated, neuropathic pain can lead to a host of other problems, including but not limited to anxiety, insomnia, depression, and withdrawal.
Largely because of the physical and hormonal changes to their bodies, many pregnant women can experience various kinds of back pain. Here's a look at some of the kinds of pain pregnant women are prone to: Coccyx (tailbone) pain Groin pain Pelvic pain (which usually begins during pregnancy, but typically during the end of the final trimester). Pubic pain Sacroiliac joint pain (the sacroiliac joint connects the sacrum, or triangular bone at the bottom of the spine, with the pelvis, or iliac bone). Upper leg pain
 
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We Offer a Wide Variety of Treatments!

Natural agents such as heat, cold, water, massage, light, and exercise are some of the physiological therapeutic measures that we often utilize.
When controlled, these and other elements exert a beneficial influence on body functions and can help a number of common pain problems.

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    Spinal Decompression

    Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical traction based treatment for arm, leg, neck, and back pain associated with herniated and degenerative spinal disc disease. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine which changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal. Doctor skill combined with computerized traction, proper assessment, and correct positioning are the key. Spinal decompression has saved many people from spinal surgery. We use nonsurgical spinal decompression in an attempt to treat:

    • Back or neck pain or sciatica, which is pain, weakness, or tingling that extends down the leg
    • Bulging or herniated disks or degenerative disk disease
    • Worn spinal joints (called posterior facet syndrome)
    • Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots
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    Ultrasound Therapy

    Ultrasound Therapy is a method of stimulating the tissue beneath the skin’s surface using very high frequency sound waves, between 800,000 Hz and 2,000,000 Hz, which cannot be heard by humans. With this type of therapy, sound waves create deep heat that is applied to the soft tissues and joints. This essentially micro-massages  the soft tissue, joints, muscles, tendons and/or ligaments in the treatment area. Ultrasound therapy not only helps to reduce back pain, stiffness and spasms, but also increases blood flow, softens scar tissue and, in turn, accelerates the healing process.

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    Electrical STIM

    During this chiropractic therapy, electrodes are placed on the skin that send light, electrical pulses to different areas of the body with the purpose of reducing inflammation, curtailing muscle spasms and relieving pain.  We makes use of electrical stimulation to help in contracting the muscles. This is extremely helpful when the muscles lose strength or are fatigued by chronic spasms and are unable to contract on their own.

    Electronic muscle stimulator (EMS) units use continuous electrical bursts aimed at particular muscles to force them to contract and relax. During muscle stimulation, the body sends blood and oxygen to these areas and increases production of endorphins – a natural pain reliever. This therapy reduces pain sensation, helps decrease any swelling, promotes general muscle tone, and speeds up the healing process.

    The usage of Electrical Muscle Stimulation can be broken down into 3 categories: Training, Recovery, and Rehabilitation.

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    Cold Laser Therapy

    Medical treatment form which uses low level lasers to stimulate damaged tissues, thereby enhancing the progress of healing and providing relief from pain and inflammation. With cold laser therapy, particles of energy are carried in a laser and absorbed by the cell membrane’s photo receptors after penetrating the skin surface. The cells and tissues then convert this light energy into biochemical energy, fueling a biological process that is believed to decrease swelling, reduce back pain, inflammation, and improve circulation. Cold lasers are widely used for treatment of:

    • Acute and chronic pain
    • Ligament sprains
    • Muscle strain
    • Soft tissue injuries
    • Tendonitis
    • Arthritis
    • Back pain
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Fibromyalgia
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    Rock Tape

    Rock Tape is known as kinesiology tape and is fantastic for treating common sports injuries like shin splints, plantars and runner’s knee. When applied properly, rock tape lifts the skin away from the muscle, which promotes blood flow. More blood flow = more oxygen and lymph drainage, which helps to remove Lactic Acid. Rocktape helps athletes improve form and decrease fatigue through better blood flow. These are the two most critical aspects of increasing performance in almost any sport. Other applications of Rock Tape include:

    • Achilles tendonitis
    • Plantar fasciitis
    • Jumpers knee (PFS)
    • ACL/MCL issues
    • Rotator cuff
    • Groin and hamstring pulls
    • Lower back issues
    • Tennis and golf elbow
    • Postural correction
    • Pain associated with pregnancy
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    Biofreeze

    Biofreeze Cryospray is a topical analgesic that can be used as an effective partner to the Kinesio Taping Method (RockTape). Biofreeze is extremely beneficial for temporary pain relief allowing for more freedom of movement to increase joint range of motion. Biofreeze Cryospray also provides and enhances the cooling effect that Dr. Andrea feels is very important to the healing mechanism that Rock Tape provides. Biofreeze provides quick and penetrating relief from:

    • Arthritis pain
    • Back pain
    • Neck, hip and leg pain
    • Joint Pain
    • Ankle and foot pain
    • Sports injuries
    • Muscle soreness or strain
    • Shoulder and arm discomfort

     

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    NormaTec

    The Normatec Recovery System uses sequential pulse technology to strategically apply compression to the limb. The sequential pulse technology combines pulsing, gradients, and distal release. The combination of these three massage techniques speeds up the body’s normal recovery process. Get the most efficient post workout recovery by flushing lactic acid and toxins from your muscles.

     

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    Massage

    Beyond the obvious benefits of relaxing tight muscles and reducing stress, our skilled application of massage therapy can also help to break the chronic pain cycle that most of our patients live with every day. Massage Therapy has been shown to be beneficial for headaches, neck pain, lower back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. With massage therapy treatment, you can eliminate your aches and pains without drugs or surgery, and prevent future problems from happening.

    Often times, it is the muscles surrounding your skeleton that are contributing to your lack of alignment. Muscles pull on bones and over the years, this can lead to displacement that causes discomfort and pain. In chiropractics, this can be especially true of the spine. If your muscles are pulling on your bones, your readjusted spine won’t stay readjusted for long. A massage can help remedy this. It is believed that manipulating muscles and connective tissue can help loosen and unlock them. Loose muscles will pull less on your bones and result in less distortion in your frame. Pairing a massage with chiropractics is a great way to accomplish this.

For gentle and specific adjustments, we utilize a "No Popping Technique".

This is a low-force method that minimizes any potential for discomfort - we want you to be as comfortable as possible!

Who needs this more gentle initial approach? One obvious group would be those who have suffered recent trauma and are especially sensitive. For this type of patient, the nervous system is already in overdrive. For anyone with post traumatic stress, a harsh touch, sudden movements or even the sound of the joint popping could set them off. Older patients and patients with osteoporosis experience wonderful results with this gentle method. Conscious or unconscious, new patients always come in with a bit of fear; this makes them a great candidate for this low-force technique.

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