With a population just shy of 94,000 residents, Plantation is a growing city located in the heart of Broward County. Boasting a variety of recreational facilities, outdoor parks, and aquatic complexes to splash and play in, it's not difficult to get active in Plantation. However, between occupational injuries and the wear and tear of daily life, plenty of Plantation residents are currently sharing the same common health conditions.
Luckily, a Plantation chiropractor can not only alleviate pain and promote healing, but they can also get you on the path to wellness. Take a look at some of these common conditions in Plantation residents that can be treated by a chiropractor.
1. Low Back Pain
Low back pain is not just unique to Plantation. In fact, 80 percent of the population will suffer low back pain at some point in their lives. However, the current situation in Plantation is skewed such that more residents are likely to suffer low back pain than other cities across the country.
For one, the median age of Plantation is 40-years-old. While 40 might be the new 20, at age 40, the body will start experiencing changes even if the mentality doesn't. Spinal discs begin to lose water content. Joints begin to wear. Overall, it can be easier to sustain injury or to aggravate the sensitive nerves in the lower back.
Likewise, a look at the top occupations in Plantation shed light on what conditions could easily be contracted in the workplace. 16 percent of the population is employed within sales and retail occupations, 11 percent in professional, scientific, and technical service occupations, and 10 percent in the construction industry. These three industries share a handful of occupational injuries that often result in low back pain.
Using gentle back manipulations, soothing therapies, and a tailored treatment plan, a chiropractor in Plantation can help to reduce pain and prevent future low back injury from occurring.
2. Heart Health
Currently leading for the first and third most frequent trips to the hospital are congestive heart failure and acute myocardial infarction, respectively. In Broward County alone, 5,464 people died due to major cardiovascular diseases in 2017. The death rate for major cardiovascular diseases are higher in Broward County than the average for the state of Florida. Moreover, the current rate for cardiovascular conditions is higher in Broward County than three of its four neighboring counties.
Heart health in Plantation is a serious issue. While it may seem surprising that chiropractic treatments can help people suffering from heart problems, chiropractic is actually a natural, non-invasive therapy that has been used to treat heart disease in many different patients.
Chiropractic is based on the theory that the nervous system is responsible for maintaining optimal health in the body. When properly functioning, the nervous system helps transmit messages between the brain and every other part of the body including the nerves, organs, and of course, the heart. Chiropractic helps free any blockages that could be inhibiting nerve flow, allowing the nervous system - and the heart - to function properly. While chiropractic cannot cure cardiovascular conditions, it can help improve overall heart health.
3. Obesity or Overweight
In Broward County, obesity prevalence is currently at 24.4 percent. When one considers that 27 percent of the Plantation workforce is also operating at sedentary occupations, it raises the concern that obesity or weight issues could plague residents.
At ChiroCare of Plantation, our physicians provide patients with nutritional recommendations that will not only aid a healthy diet but also provide them with the nutrients they need to stay in their best shape. Additionally, your ChiroCare of Plantation physician can provide fitness and stretching advice so you can safely and effectively begin working out.
4. Repetitive Hand Injuries
Something else that most common occupations in Plantation have in common? Repetitive hand injuries. Whether a worker is typing, scanning, or even holding heavy machinery, repeating these same physical tasks with the hands can lead to chronic injuries. These injuries can cause pain, swelling, and impaired movement. Likewise, the constant overuse of the hands can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, which could lead to permanent nerve and muscle damage when left untreated.
Chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive hand injuries include:
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
- Spinal Manipulation
- Massage Therapy
- Ultrasound Therapy
A chiropractor will focus first on relieving pain in the hand and wrist, but will also guide a patient through stretching exercises to help ease pain and inflammation, and maintain grip strength.
5. Medication Dependency
First things first, "medication dependency" does not necessarily mean addiction issues. A dependency on medication can mean that whether you're suffering a headache, heartburn, or knee pain, your first instinct is to grab for a bottle of over-the-counter medication.
However, in Plantation, where opioid overuse and overdose is increasingly common, this dependency on medication can become a very lethal problem. Trouble can begin when you see your general doctor for pain in your back or neck, or even if you've been having trouble sleeping. When a doctor prescribes you medication you deem safe to take, it can be all too easy to become dependent on it. This is because no matter the type, medication does not serve the purpose of eliminating the problem, but rather suppressing the symptoms.
Over time, you might require more than your recommended dose in order to suppress symptoms. Or, the underlying problem can worsen, causing you to take more medication than advised. No matter how dependency begins, it's a habit that can and absolutely should be broken. At ChiroCare of Plantation, our physicians never prescribe medication. Instead, chiropractic uses holistic and all-natural methods of relieving pain, alleviating inflammation, and promoting healing. Even issues of insomnia, headaches, digestive issues, and more can be treated naturally through chiropractic manipulations, acupuncture, massage therapy, and other non-medicated methods.
Do you suffer any of these five common Plantation health conditions? What about generalized pain, trouble sleeping, acid reflux, or even fertility issues? At ChiroCare of Plantation, our dedicated physicians are ready to find a solution for you. Contact us today to get started.