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Dr. Kevin Malone Family Care Chiropractic
  • Dr. Kevin Malone
  • Family Care Chiropractic

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Serving DeKalb and surrounding areas.

Contact Information
Phone: 615-215-2273
Address: 123 West Main
  Smithville, TN 37166

Chiropractic Questions Answered by Dr. Kevin Malone »
Section: Chiropractic
Q:  I have a pain in my lower back that runs down my leg. Is this something you can help with?

Pain going down the back of the leg is most likely sciatic pain.  The sciatic nerve runs from the low back, down through the buttock and into the lower leg.  Common symptoms associated with sciatica include, pain that radiates from the lower back and down one leg, mild tingling, a burning sensation, a pins-and-needles sensation, and occasionally a numbness or muscle weakness in the affected leg.  The pain usually begins slowly and begins to worsen over time.  It often is increased with prolonged sitting, sneezing, coughing or other sudden movements.

Sciatica responds very well to conservative care, including chiropractic.  Depending on the cause, treatment may include spinal adjustments, ice/heat therapy, TENS, rehabilitative exercises.  In my office, I often use a treatment known as Flexion-Distraction (F/D).   F/D involves the use of a specialized table that gently stretches the spine and allows the doctor to isolate the area of involvement.  It also reduces pressure on the spinal nerves and returns motion to the spinal joints.  There is rarely any pain involved in the treatment.

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Section: Chiropractic
Q:  How can chiropractic help relieve my headache?

Studies show that nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some people suffer from a headache only occasionally and some have frequent headaches.  They can be dull and throbbing and some can cause debilitating pain and nausea.  There can be many causes or “triggers” which could include certain foods, environmental (noise, lights, stress) or even behaviors such as insomnia, excessive exercise, or changes in blood sugar.  A report released in 2001 by researchers at Duke University in Durham, NC found that spinal manipulation, the primary form of care provided by doctors of chiropractic, resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer lasting relief of tension type headaches than a commonly prescribed medication.  A chiropractor may also offer advice on posture, ergonomics, exercises or dietary changes if necessary.

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Section: Chiropractic
Q:  How often should I get an adjustment?

The frequency of chiropractic adjustments depends on the condition and how the person responds to treatment.  A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary.  Since each and every person is different there is no set number of visits.  Many factors can affect the healing process.  Are you suffering from a chronic problem or pain?  Do you smoke?  Are you following the recommended treatment plan?  Usually, the more fully patients carry out the doctor’s recommendations, the better the results.  Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but it may take others two to three weeks before they achieve substantial progress.  Short-term goals include reducing pain and restoring normal joint function and muscle balance.  In general, in the absence of progressive worsening of a condition, a common chiropractic program is 2-3 times per week for 2 to 4 weeks, followed by a re-evaluation.  If improvement is noted, a tapering of treatment frequency is appropriate while introducing a self-help, home-based exercise program and/or ergonomic modifications to activities of daily living.  Your doctor of chiropractic will adapt the treatment plan to meet your specific needs.

Many people have discovered how much better they feel after chiropractic treatment and they become interested in preventative/maintenance care.  Once again, each person is different.  Some chiropractors recommend an adjustment once a month while others suggest every 2 weeks.  A person’s occupation and lifestyle play a large role in frequency of treatment.  A physically demanding job, such as construction worker, may need maintenance care twice a month, while a more sedentary person may only need an adjustment once a month or even every other month.

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Section: Chiropractic
Q:  I am six months pregnant and my back hurts all of the time. Is it safe to visit a chiropractor while pregnant, and if so, how will it help eliminate my back pain.

Pregnant women should consider chiropractic care.  Studies have found that about half of all expectant mothers will develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies.  This is especially true during late pregnancy, when the baby's head presses down on a woman's back, legs and buttocks, irritating her sciatic nerve.  Many pregnant women have found that chiropractic adjustments provide relief from the increased low-back pain and neck pain that can be brought on by pregnancy.  Many OB/GYNs are now working closely with chiropractors because many moms-to-be want to avoid taking unnecessary medications.  The less medications taken by a pregnant woman, the better it is for her unborn child.  Doctors of chiropractic can also offer nutrition, ergonomic, and exercise advice to help a woman enjoy a healthy pregnancy.  


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