CHIROPRACTOR Who Treats Costochondritis
Among the conditions that chiropractors are able to help, many people are surprised to learn that Costochondritis is on the list. It is easy to associate back pain and neck pain with chiropractic treatment, but people who suffer from Costochondritis can also find relief.
WHAT IS COSTOCHONDRITIS?
Costochondritis (kos-toe-kon-DRY-tis) is a very painful condition of inflammation in the cartilage and ribs. Costo = ribs, chondro = cartilage, itis = inflammation. Pain can be anywhere along the breastbone (sternum), cartilage, and ribs (typically from the 4th-6th ribs). When the pain occurs in the upper chest from the 1st-3rd ribs, the condition is not so much costochondritis, but another condition called Tietze’s Syndrome.
WHY IS COSTOCHONDRITIS SO PAINFUL?
Sometimes the pain from costochondritis can be unbearable. Why is this the case? The reason is the nerve endings and receptors along the chest wall are very sensitive, as they protect the vital organs behind them and relay messages to the body if there is a problem.
WHAT CAUSES COSTOCHONDRITIS?
One of the major causes of Costochondritis is SUBLUXATION of the 4th through 6th Thoracic vertebrae. Sub = Under/Little Luxation = Movement. It is a little movement of the vertebrae along the back at the level between the shoulder blades. These vertebrae misalign and attach to the rib heads, which causes these ribs to travel to the front, connecting to the cartilage that connects to the breastbone. When the vertebrae are out of alignment, the ribs will be misaligned that attach to the breastbone. It is like having a door off its hinge or a foot out of joint. In addition, Adhesive Scar Tissue can build up in the muscles of the mid back, chest, neck, and even shoulders which contributes to the vertebrae, ribs, and cartilage being out of alignment and inflamed.
WHY IS COSTOCHONDRITIS SO DIFFICULT TO TREAT?
The ribs in the back attach to the vertebrae and travel to the front, which connects to the cartilage that connects to the breastbone. Trying to adjust these vertebrae without great caution and care can inflame the Costochondritis, making it worse. Sometimes it is necessary to address the Adhesive Scar Tissue first, then adjust the vertebrae, along with the ribs with cartilage.
Conventional medicine offers no hope for Costochondritis sufferers, except for medication including pain relieving injections into the surrounding muscles of the ribs, cartilage, and joints along the breastbone. Typically, most conservative physicians do not understand what the true cause of Costochondritis is and take a ‘wait and see’ approach of rest and reduced activity. The problem with this approach is that oftentimes Costochondritis sufferers can experience pain for weeks, months, and even years.
CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP COSTOCHONDRITIS?
Once your chiropractor confirms that you do have COSTOCHONDRITIS, you will be given a treatment plan based on the specifics of your situation. Our team at Taylor Chiropractic & Laser Center wants to get to the cause of your problem so every angle is explored before a thorough plan is created. Usually, a treatment plan for COSTOCHONDRITIS will include gentle, yet specific chiropractic adjustments, Class IV 60-Watt Laser Therapy, Teslamax Therapy and possibly Shockwave Therapy to lessen and eventually eradicate the pain in its entirety.
If you have any of the symptoms of COSTOCHONDRITIS, schedule a consultation with TAYLOR CHIROPRACTIC & LASER CENTER as soon as possible. It is also important that you follow any advice or recommendations given during that consultation and subsequent appointments. Every exercise and treatment are designed to remove the underlying cause of the problem and restore your COSTOCHONDRAL function back to normal.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS HAVE TO SAY
"I was diagnosis with costochondritis in October 2018 and was experiencing pain attacks at least once a week. We tried to find a health practitioner in the Orange County area to treat my condition but was unable to find one locally. After much research on the internet, my dad came across a video by Dr. Derek Taylor, a Chiropractor, and we decided to see if he can help.
The initial visit, Dr. Taylor thoroughly examined my costochondritis pain. He took his time to explain what he's doing step by step with each procedure. He developed a 3-day corrective plan and maximized each of the treatments because I was limited for time; I had to leave shortly after the treatments to go back to college. I can tell you, I felt much relief after the first day and every treatment afterward was even better.
Dr. Taylor has great bedside manners, thorough and most of all is an expert in his craft. He's amazing! And, the staff was kind, caring and appreciative too. The drive with traffic took 2 hours each way, but I can tell you after each of the treatments, it was well worth the traveling. I highly recommend Dr. Derek Taylor."
"I've had Costochrondris from 2015-2017, I finally got serious enough to do something about the terrible pain I was feeling. I stumbled across Dr. Taylor's Youtube video. I decided to do more research on who he because I'm very picky about who I see and don't usually go to anybody, especially not off a youtube video!
I lean towards alternative doctors who are referred out and come highly recommended by a friend or another professional. I watched Dr. Taylor's video several times before I called and made an appointment. I figure if I didn't like him. I'd didn't have to go back.
I was a bit apprehensive because my body is super sensitive and the chiropractor I saw before in S.F. Bay Area now retired, used to do kinesiology prior to his adjustments. (muscle testing). Which I loved. I am a Barbara Brennan energy healer and it makes so much more sense to muscle test an area prior to an adjustment. I walked into Dr. Taylor's office and saw a Doterra essential oil diffuser. I felt more at ease. Turns out we got to talking and he is from Hawaii, where I lived prior to moving to LA.
During our appt, Dr. Taylor also does Kinesiology muscle testing... SCORE! He also suggested trying the Laser Light treatment. Those two services combined with Dr. Laura's trigger point massage has helped me tremendously. The pain that I frequently had is now gone!!! Getting my bones & muscles back into alignment has helped with my nerve pain. I would highly recommend Dr. Taylor for all your chronic & acute pain. Worth the 1.5-hour drive from Sherman Oaks to Torrance.
He genuinely & truly cares about your well being which is what I miss most about living in Hawaii, the aloha spirit of love & kindness....Mahalo nui loa Dr. Taylor, you are da Best! Aloha!"