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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If you have been curious or are new to essential oils, The doTerra Introductory Kit is a great starting point. The Kit includes 5 ml bottle of dōTERRA’s CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils.
Lavender helps to calm and relax.
Lemon is for cleansing and also helps to uplift.
Peppermint can be used for a variety of aches and pains from stomach upset to muscle tensions.
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If you have are hurt on the job, seek care as soon as possible. Ignoring pain can lengthen your recovery time and possibly lead to permanent damage. There are some rules that you must follow if making a work injury claim with your employer.
- You must fill out an incident report with a human resources representative.
- Your human resources department should provide you with a list of providers you can see for your injury. You must see one of the providers on this panel for the first sixty days. After sixty days, you are free to see a provider of your choice. Companies are required to have chiropractor providers on their panel. If Dr. Sciullo is not currently on the panel, you can request your human resources department add him.
- While company policies vary, generally the first five days of missed work will be taken as vacation or sick days. After that, most policies will cover employees for missed pay.
- More companies are requiring drug/alcohol testing with every work comp claim. Drug/Alcohol positive testing may result in job termination and claim denial.
The paperwork for a work injury can be very daunting. We will handle all of the paperwork and authorizations for your treatment in our office so that you can concentrate on recovery.
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I hope that you all had a happy and healthy holiday. The office is now back to regular hours and I am looking forward to serving you in 2019.
When you get injured, do you use ice or heat?
I find that people want to go for heat before they go for ice because it feels better warm than cold. But there are definitive rules on the use of both.
When to Use Ice.
Always use ice for the first 24 hours after an injury. Cold makes blood vessels constrict, which reduces pain caused by inflammation. Also, use for inflammation reduction after activity – think of a baseball player icing a shoulder after a game. Ice packs or frozen vegetables such as peas can be used.
When to Use Heat
Heat is a good pain reducer for chronic pain, but only after an area has healed. Heat relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow, which helps to aid healing. This of back soreness after a long drive or finger pain from arthritis. Use a hot water bottle or towel soaked in warm water for your hot compress.
Never apply heat or ice over skin that is damaged by rash, cuts or abrasions. Place a damp cloth on the skin under the heat/ice pack and don’t use the pack more than 20 minutes every hour.
If you ever have a question on which home treatment you should be using, please call the office and I will be happy to guide you.
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It’s that time of year again. Snow shoveling the wrong way can lead to muscle strain and back injury. If you don’t have a snow blower or someone else to do it for you, take some time to review these tips to make sure you don’t hurt your back.
- Keep your chin up while shoveling and use your lower body muscles to pick up the snow.
- Avoid arching your back.
- Avoid twisting to throw the snow off of your shovel, especially if the snow is heavy.
- Try pushing or sweeping the snow away instead of lifting it up, if at all possible.
Additionally, this article from CBS News provides good advice on avoiding other health issues from shoveling.
Hopefully, these tips will help to keep you pain-free and healthy when shoveling snow this year.
I always appreciate getting feedback from patients! Thank you for taking time to reach out to me via card or phone. Also, thank you for everyone who leaves positive reviews on Google, Facebook and other review sites! I’ve published a new page here on the website to share these reviews with prospective patients. You can check it out here.
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.