When is it Time to Seek Care?

Roughly 16 million adults suffer from chronic back pain– close to 8 percent of the entire population.  Many people suffer so much that it impacts their ability to perform daily activities to their fullest.  It’s better to seek care earlier rather than later when dealing with back pain.

Benefits of Professional Chiropractic Care

Regular chiropractic adjustments can improve a person’s overall quality of life. The benefits can include the following:

  • Improvements in overall health and mobility of muscles, joints, and ligaments.
  • Improvement in nerve functioning.
  • Speed recovery process.
  • Improve sleep and energy level.

How to Know It’s When It’s Time to See a Professional

If you are experiencing back pain due to prolonged sitting, a chiropractic adjustment can take some of the stress off your joints and muscles.

If you are experiencing a limited range of motion due to back pain.

If you have experienced a recent injury, it is better to treat it sooner rather than later.

If you are experiencing chronic pain.

How to Make an Appointment

If you are currently experiencing acute or chronic pain, please contact the office at 412-343-2006.   Due to Covid-19, Dr. Sciullo has implemented policies for the office which follow CDC recommended guidelines. 

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What to Expect on Your First Visit

You may be considering chiropractic care for the first time, but are not sure what to expect.  I thought it might be helpful to outline what you can expect as a new patient visiting my office.    

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5 Things to expect on your first visit.  

Patient Intake:

First, you will complete some forms, which include a detailed health questionnaire. This information will help me to understand your medical history and direct me to specific questions I will have about your condition.   

Consult

We will discuss your personal health history and the reason you decided to visit my practice.   The consultation will direct me to a general approach to solving your condition.

Exam

The next step is an exam, where I will test your range of motion, joints, muscles, soft tissues, and neurology of your problem.  This process may include ordering additional tests such as X-rays, an MRI, or a referral to a specialist.

Treatment Plan

If I feel that I can help you, I will then give you a treatment plan using the latest guidelines of best practices to help you achieve your goal.

After the adjustment, I may ask you to walk around the office for several minutes to see how you are feeling.  

Follow Up

Based upon your situation, we will decide upon a good follow-up time for you to visit.  At that time, I will assess if further treatment is needed.

While regular chiropractic adjustments are beneficial and recommended for overall health and well being, often, it is not necessary to return for multiple treatments to relieve acute pain.  

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 412-343-2006.  

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Recognize and Treat Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar Fasciitis is an injury common to runners, but non-runners can also be affected by it. Plantar fascia is the thick band of tissues that runs under the arch of your foot. Frequent over-stretching of the plantar fascia causes the condition. This overuse leases to inflammation of the tissue, which causes the pain. Inflammation can also be due to tight muscles in the foot and legs, causing an imbalance in the lower part of the legs.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Symptoms include a gradual onset of pain under the heel, which can then radiate forward into the arch of the foot. You may feel tenderness, and it can be hard to walk or run. The pain is usually worse in the morning and can ease up during the day.

The pain tends to be particularly bad in the morning, easing slightly throughout the day.

How do you treat plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis can be treated with rest, stretching, and rolling. In some cases, chiropractic treatments can help with this condition. If you’d like to consult with Dr. Sciullo about your plantar fasciitis, please give the office a call to set up an appointment at 412-343-2006.

Athletes and Chiropractic

Swimmer (1)Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, and Usain Bolt – these are just a few names of professional athletes who have used chiropractic to enhance their athletic performance.

Chiropractic can help both the professional and amateur athlete.

Dr. Sciullo has treated many different types of athletes, such as swimmers, football players, competitive weight lifters, wrestlers and gymnasts.

Here are some ways that an athlete can benefit from chiropractic.

  • Prevent wear and tear on the body. Strenuous activity can lead to spinal misalignment. Reduce the effect with adjustments.
  • Treat injuries naturally, without drugs. Avoid treatment that could lead to a risk of dependency or side effects.
  • Improve performance with preventative treatment. By keeping your body in alignment, you can avoid some minor injuries that could hamper your performance.
  • Reduce joint pain and muscle soreness post-activity. Spinal adjustments can increase your flexibility, which also helps to reduce injury.

Whether you’re competing at a professional level or a weekend warrior, chiropractic may be a positive addition to your sports performance strategy.

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In an Accident? What Next?

Dr. Tim Sciullo provides options for injury recovery without the use of narcotics.

If you’ve been in an accident there are many things to think about – the most important is your physical recovery. Dr. Sciullo has over twenty-five years experience treating accident victims. He is on the workers’ compensation panel of providers for many area companies, schools, and non-profits.

With any traumatic injury, no matter how minor, it is important to be seen right away. The advice you are given in the first 48 hours will dictate how speedy your recovery will be. Dr. Sciullo offers same or next-day appointments for accident victims because of the importance of proper advice at the onset of your injury.

Rest in the fact that Dr. Sciullo is knowledgeable about auto, liability and workers’ comp claims and his office will handle all appropriate paperwork for you.

October is National Chiropractic Month

This October, doctors of chiropractic across the country will raise public awareness of the availability of non-drug options for pain treatment as part of National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) 2016.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers were written in 2012 alone–enough for each American adult to have a bottle of pills. Research shows that as many as one in four people who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction. Moreover, use of prescription pain medications for common conditions such as back pain and arthritis pain is one of the biggest drivers of opioid addiction in the general population.

“It’s important for the public to be aware of non-drug options for treating pain available to them. Chiropractic services and other conservative forms of care are an important first line of defense against musculoskeletal pain and may, in some cases, lessen or eliminate the need for over-the-counter and prescription painkillers,” said American Chiropractic Association (ACA) President David Herd, DC.

During the month-long observance, chiropractors nationwide will raise public awareness about pain management options by sharing information about chiropractic’s drug-free approach to treating back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders.