In the medical profession, chest pain is a term used in describing any symptom in the chest.
Chest pain is common complaint, accounting for 5% to 8% of all emergency department
visits in the World per year. It is best to be safe. Always seek medical care for the diagnosis
of any pain in the chest.
What are the sources of this chest pain?
The sources of chest pain could arise from different parts of the chest, including:
The lungs, the trachea and the plueral ( lining of the lung)
The oesophagus(food pipe)
The back including the nerves and the back muscles
The aorta (the largest artery in the body)
The diaphragm (the flat muscle that seperates the chest from the abnorminal
Ages, gender and race should be considered by health care practitioners or general
practitioners while diagnosing treatment options for patient.
What are the risk factors?
You should avoid the following to maintain a healthy life style.
High blood pressure
You need to take note of these factors and avoid them as much as you can to avoid the risk
of chest pain and subsequent heart attack. There is nothing or little you can do about
inherited genes (family history).
What are the causes of chest pain?
Chest pain can be caused by almost every structure in your chest. Different organs produce
different types of pain, hence pain is not specific. There are varying causes of chest pain you
should take note of, some of them include:
Broken or bruised ribs
Hearth attack (myocardial infarction)
Indigestion or reflux
Though there are many causes of chest pain, the two main causes are grouped into
Cardiac related and
Non cardiac related.
For the cardiac related chest pain, it is cause by an imbalance between blood supply to the
heart and oxygen needs of the heart muscles. Cardiac chest pain is mostly caused by
atherosclerosis. This is referred to as angina. All require emergency care. While for the non-
cardiac chest pain, the causes are many, and most of them do not require emergency care.
They range from infections to conditions such as chest trauma, abdominal pain, lung tumors
How is chest pain diagnosed?
Patients with chest pain who are uncertain whether the chest pain is from heart problem or
not must be evaluated immediately in the emergency room by a practitioner. Prior to
diagnosis, we take account of your health history and physical examination. We try to
initially distinguish between cardiac and non-cardiac causes. Non cardiac causes are most
common, but it is not good to overlook serious conditions such as acute coronary syndrome,
pneumonia or pulmonary embolism. We take note of elevated blood levels of troponin and
obtain an electrocardiogram (EKG) and chest X-Ray. We also run other blood test to further
ascertain the cause/source of the chest pain
How is chest pain treated?
Treatments of chest pain vary depending on the sources/causes of the chest pain. This we
usually ascertain during diagnosis. Artery relaxers, blood thinners, acid-suppressing
medications, aspirin and antidepressants are some of the medications we administer
depending on the severity.
We also carry out the following surgical procedures in some dangerous cases of chest pain.
Balloons and stent placement.
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Chiropractic healthcare is one of the most frequently used complementary health services in the
United States. Chiropractic care is of benefits to people of all ages and it’s associated with accruing,
long term overall health status.
How much should I know about chiropractic care?
Chiropractic healthcare is actually a preventive-based therapy that focuses on your diet, exercises,
and lifestyle and emphasizes on natural methods to overall wellness.
Chiropractic therapy involves evaluation, adjustment and other therapeutic methods that are
required and used in the treatment of neuromuscular disorders arising from the spine and the
maintenance and restoration of the spine health. It is a procedure that optimizes your state of
health and function of your spine, arms and leg.
According to the American chiropractic Association (ACA), chiropractors primarily focuses are on the
back pain, neck pain, joint pains and headaches through the manipulation of the spine.
How is chiropractic diagnosed?
The first approach to chiropractic care involves the evaluation of your general health history by our
chiropractors, where you get to explain your symptoms with them. After health evaluation, general
diagnostic tests such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration rate, and reflexes as well as specific
orthopaedic and neurological test are conducted to access the range of motion of the to-be- treated
area of your body such as muscle tone, muscle strength and neurological integrity.
Accurate diagnosis is followed based on the result of your history and examination test. The
common diagnoses are x-ray, MRI, CT scan, the results of these diagnoses will determine if your
problem will respond to chiropractic care or not.
What are the treatment options available?
Chiropractic therapy is not a treatment regimen for any disease rather the goal of chiropractic care is
to free you from “vertebra subluxation complex”. Correction of “subluxation” has a beneficial effect
on many levels on one’s health. However, the common therapy options include:
Spine manipulation or adjustment: the major form of treatment in chiropractic care is “adjustment”
or “manipulation” of the spine. Our chiropractors perform this spine manipulation by using their
hands or a hand held instrument or device can be used to apply controlled force to the target region
of the spine. However, other treatments can be effectively employed to enhance chiropractic
adjustment. These include:
Physical therapy such as exercise
Electrical muscle stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound and acupuncture, manual trigger therapy, low
level or cold laser therapy, and ergonomic counselling.
What are the benefits of chiropractic therapy?
Research studies have shown that spinal manipulation is an effective treatment option for adults
with acute, sub-acute and chronic low back pain, neck pain, leg pain or sciatica, sport injuries,
various forms of headaches such as migraine headache, spine pain, pains in the arms and foot.
What should I expect after chiropractic therapy?
There may be temporary worsening of symptoms as there may be increase in pre-existing symptoms
of pain, but this lasts only a few hours to a few days.
In addition, there may be temporary skin irritation or burn; this depends on the methods of
treatment like electrical or light therapy
Muscle strain which automatically resolve itself within a few days or weeks with adequate rest.