Natural Pain Relief!

I have been experiencing pain for approximately 3 years.  I have been to several doctors whose only solution was a prescription.  It was a nagging pain that I just felt it was time to do something about it.  I started receiving care for my low back pain & right side pain in August 2000.  The length of treatment I received before I noticed results was 5 visits.  The care that I have been given by Dr Vijay has been successful in relieving my low back pain.  Thank you.


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Relief from chronic headaches and back pain

I came to Advanced Physical Medicine & Therapy suffering from headaches and back pain. I have had these symptoms for almost 15 years. In the past, I had tried various over-the-counter drugs that my internist had recommended. These did not offer any long-term benefits. My chiropractic treatments offered relief right away. My treatments have helped me feel a lot better. The staff has all been great. Thank you.


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Chiropractic Care for Children

Children are an underserved population when it comes to chiropractic care.  Children receiving care from a chiropractor receive many health benefits and learn a wellness approach to health that stresses preventative care.   This article from Foot Levelers, dispels some myths related to treating children.  Are your children receiving chiropractic care?

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Effective Relief for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome without Drugs or Surgery!

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Repetitive stress injuries happen slowly, often related to poor ergonomics.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve at the wrist as it passes through the carpal tunnel, a narrow passageway at the base of the hand.  Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can vary from intermittent numbness and tingling in the first three to four digits of the hand; sharp electrical pain possibly accompanied by weakness; and loss of dexterity in the forearm and hand.  Fine motor control may be affected — individuals may have difficulty putting on jewelry and closing buttons.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually caused by repetitive motions involving the fingers, wrists and forearms.  It affects three times as many women as men.  There may be a genetic predisposition for this condition.  It more often afflicts those with diabetes and thyroid conditions.

Treatment outcome improves with the early recognition and diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome.  One of the most common signs is numbness and tingling of the hands that resolve upon awaking.  This feeling is often relieved by shaking your hands out.  Diagnosis of carpal tunnel can be established with a thorough exam by your chiropractic physician.  The severity of carpal tunnel condition can be established by electrodiagnostic tests including nerve conduction velocity and EMG.

Common medical treatment for this includes cortisone injections and surgery.  However, the benefits of these treatments are short-lived if no modification to ergonomics or lifestyle is made.  Injections and surgery can be avoided and long-term relief can be achieved if conservative treatment is tried first.

Conservative treatment includes ergonomic modification of workstation. For jobs that require long periods of desk work, elbow angle needs to be addressed by adjusting chair and desk height. Chair height should be adjusted so that the thigh is parallel to the floor. These adjustments should allow individuals to flex their elbows at 90 degrees with the shoulders in a relaxed, non-elevated position. Wrist support when using the keyboard and mouse.

Other treatments to continue with activity and ergonomic modification include:

  • Vitamin B6 therapy
  • Splinting of wrist(s)
  • Chiropractic wrist manipulation
  • Myofascial release to relax tight muscles in the forearms, wrists and hands.
  • Therapeutic exercises to stretch the ligaments that create the ceiling of the carpal tunnel
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Kinesio taping
  • Anti-inflammatory supplements (Omega 3’s, enzymes, boswellia, turmeric)

When  these therapies are used, particularly in the early stages of the disease process there is a very low risk that further or more aggressive treatments will be required. If you find yourself with symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome remember that early treatment is key to avoiding aggressive treatments later.


Vijay Patel (77 Posts)

Dr. Vijay Patel earned his doctoral degree in Chiropractic from National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Patel is board certified in electrodiagnostics by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. Dr. Patel has recently received training in Manipulation under Anesthsia (MUA). Constantly striving to give his patients the most up-to-date care possible, Dr. Patel attends many post-graduate seminars including such topics as neurology, research review, and sports performance enhancement. Dr. Patel has practiced medicine at Advanced Physical Medicine and Therapy in Mt. Prospect, Illinois since 1999. Dr. Patel currently serves as president of the Chicago chapter of the Illinois Chiropractic Society. He is also a member of both the National College of Chiropractic Alumni Association and the American Chiropractic Association. Dr. Patel is fluent in Gujarati. A lifelong runner, he has completed marathons and still competes in triathlons with his college mates.

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Effective Shoulder Pain Relief!

I came to the office complaining of neck and shoulder pain. I’ve been feeling this way for over a year now, I’ve been on different prescription drugs to try to reduce my pain, but nothing has worked so far. The pain has been so bad it has interrupted daily activities, such as: driving, sleeping, and sexual relations. I was always fatigued by the end of my day. Then I came here, and started feeling better after about four or five weeks of treatment, and am continuing to get better by the day. Learning more about chiropractic care has raised my conscious awareness about my body, it has made me more knowledgeable about how every part of the body functions from the spine. It is so important to keep the spine properly aligned to ensure proper movement. I can’t thank this office enough for my overall improvement.


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