• When people think of chiropractors, many think of back injuries. That’s partly correct. After all, chiropractic care does very much revolve around manual manipulation of the spinal column. But chiropractors don’t simply treat back injuries. In fact, chiropractic care can involve the entire body.

    At The Spine Clinic in Lake Worth, our goal is to make the entire body feel the way it should, and it all starts at the center – in your back!

    What Does a Chiropractor Do?

    The definition of chiropractic care is healthcare “focused on the recuperative nature of the human body and nervous system improvement through manual manipulation, primarily of the spinal column.” Targeting the nervous system is key because pain and disease can often be linked to the nervous system’s abnormal function due to irregular spinal function and mobility. A chiropractor can manipulate or adjust segments of the spinal column and other musculoskeletal body structures to improve nervous system operation.

    That benefits you in many ways, mainly because your body is better prepared to heal without the use of prescription drugs or painful surgery.

    Your overall well-being is our focus. We aim to restore and maintain your health and wellness by analyzing various factors, including nutrition, family history, case history, and exercise frequency. From there, we can offer comprehensive treatment options to help you feel your best.

    What Treatment Options Are Available?

    Here at The Spine Clinic in Lake Worth, we offer a wide range of treatments and therapies, including:

    • Adjustments: An adjustment is a procedure used to correct subluxations, which is a partial misalignment of one or more bones in your spinal column that can cause pain, inflammation, and decreased mobility while also disrupting the natural operation of the nervous system. Adjustments are generally made by hand, with a gentle, controlled force that corrects the spine or other musculoskeletal structures.
    • Massage therapy: This therapy can help relieve stress and pain while increasing the body’s natural ability to heal. Massage therapy has also been shown to release toxins, increase flexibility, increase blood flow, and relieve many pain types.
    • Ultrasound therapy: Therapeutic ultrasound is a type of deep heat therapy created by sound waves, which are a form of micro-massage that help reduce swelling, increase blood flow, and decrease pain and stiffness.
    • Heat/ice therapy: This is a tried-and-true method. Ice therapy has long been used to help treat pain and swelling immediately after an injury occurs. Heat therapy is effective in relaxing muscles and increasing circulation to provide relief of chronic pain.  Sometimes one or the other, or a strategic use of both can be beneficial, depending on the injury or ailment.
    • Electric muscle stimulation: This therapy uses light electrical pulses transmitted to specific parts of the body via electrodes placed on the skin. Some electrical stimulation provides pain relief and reduces inflammation, while others treat muscle spasms and muscle atrophy.
    • Rehabilitation exercises: Rehab exercise can be effective for patients with back, neck, and extremity pain or issues. The activities are designed to reduce pain, prevent muscle deterioration, increase strength and range of motion, promote joint health, and protect against new injuries. Plus, stretching helps prevent scar tissue from forming after surgery or injury.

    What Kind of Pain and Injuries Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care?

    Just about all of them! At The Spine Clinic, we handle everything from auto accident injuries to sports injuries to chronic pain like arthritis and fibromyalgia. Anyone of any age (even children) who is experiencing back pain, neck pain, chronic arm or leg pain, headaches, joint, and muscle pain, or disc herniations can benefit from the chiropractic care we provide at The Spine Clinic.

    Chiropractor in Lake Worth

    If you’re in pain, come see us at The Spine Clinic in Lake Worth. During your initial visit, we’ll have you fill out some paperwork, and then you’ll have a detailed discussion with the chiropractor about your health and history.

    The chiropractor will conduct a structural analysis and may perform specific tests based on the analysis. In most cases, you’ll receive treatment during your first visit as well–and that means you’ll immediately be on your way to feeling better! Call The Spine Clinic in Lake Worth at (561) 963-6227 today to set up your first appointment.

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  • Advanced Laser Therapy and specialized kinesiological techniques, he can develop a treatment plan to safely accelerate your recovery and get you back into action. He can also assist you in preventing future injuries while significantly improving your performance.


    Since the full golf swing rotates the spine with a lot of force and little control, almost every serious golfer will suffer from back problems.


    Repetitive and prolonged strain on the forearm muscles while playing tennis or other like activities will lead to Tennis Elbow. Ineffective technique along with poor levels of general fitness and conditioning will also contribute.


    Up to 70% of runners develop injuries every year. Most injuries result either from doing something wrong, or because there is a structural imbalance in the body.

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  • About 15 million people went to their doctor last year for shoulder related complaints.

    Try to do too much with your shoulders and you’re just asking for problems with your rotator cuff, the group of four small muscles that holds your shoulder joint in place. Twenty years ago nobody had heard of the rotator cuff…but then a bunch of millionaire Major League hurlers were idled by injuries to these pivotal muscles. Suddenly, rotators were big business. But you don’t need to throw a 97 MPH heater to have similar trouble. If you lift weights a few times a week, swim at the “Y” or play softball, you too, are at risk of damaging the rotator cuff.


    The problem has to do with the design of the shoulder. It’s an unstable joint… as unstable as a golf ball on a tee. You must depend on the surrounding tendons to provide stability. Trouble is, those tendons aren’t quite sturdy enough to withstand all the wear we give them. Any kind of repetitive motion that makes heavy demands on the shoulder, whether it’s pitching a softball or reaching up to paint the kitchen ceiling, can gradually wear down the rotator-cuff tendons.


    Of course, the best way to deal with rotator-cuff injuries is to prevent them from happening in the first place. And the best place to do that is in the gym. For example, if you’re prone to shoulder discomfort and work out on resistance machines such as Nautilus or Cybex, try switching to light free-weights for a few weeks and see if your symptoms improve.

    Change your grip.
    If a standard bench press hurts your shoulder, try using a narrower grip. With a wide grip, the tendon is more likely to come in contact with the bone, causing pain and potentially more damage to the tendon. If you change to a narrower grip, you usually can’t lift as much, but it’s easier on the shoulder.

    Lie low.
    If you feel pain when you lift a weight higher than shoulder level, stop doing it. Most people with rotator cuff problems are okay having their upper arm parallel to the floor, but if they go higher, it’s going to cause problems.

    Exercise caution.
    Some exercises that build your shoulders can also damage the rotator cuff. A prime example is the “behind-the-neck” overhead press… also known as the military press. This is one of the most common resistance exercises that you see people doing in the gym, but if you’ve already got an imbalance in your shoulder, you can develop some serious problems.

    Pay attention to pain.
    If these or any other exercises make your shoulders hurt, don’t try to work through the pain. The first thing to do is make sure you’re doing the exercise correctly. If your form checks out with your trainer, the next step is to try the exercise using a lower weight. Sometimes, though, there’s no weight at which the exercise is comfortable. In that case, stop doing the exercise and seek our assistance.

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  • Don’t forget… your children need chiropractic too!

    During the early formative years, spinal problems have a way of happening from a variety of reasons. These commonly include such things as mishaps while at play as well as poor postural habits.

    But it’s important for a parent to know that any spinal condition left untreated may eventually degenerate, causing more serious problems later in life.

    Happily, if discovered early enough, a child’s spinal condition recovers relatively quickly and completely.

    An example of this is scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine. It can develop quickly during the periods of rapid growth. However, in many cases, early detection and treatment can correct the problem.

    So, just as it is important to have your children’s teeth checked, it is also important to have their spines regularly checked for healthy development.

    Why Do Children Need Chiropractic Care?

    Learning to walk, ride a bicycle. and other childhood activities can cause serious spinal problems. While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the unseen damage to the child’s spine is the unique domain of a chiropractic doctor.

    Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” can often be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify these problems and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults.

    Naturally. chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and seem healthier than other children.

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    If you suffer from back pain, you join as many as 85% of all Americans who will be disabled by back pain at some point in their lives. Years of abusing your back makes the back prone to injury. The lower back is particularly vulnerable and the dysfunction of its major joints can lead to painful results.


    If you’re like most of us, you will take your back for granted… that is, until it stops working the way it should! Understanding how your back works and what you can do to prevent back problems can help keep your back “trouble-free.”

    Proper alignment of your spine is essential for total health. Unfortunately, daily wear and tear, such as poor posture, improper lifting, old injuries that didn’t heal properly, or lack of body conditioning can cause your spine to get out of alignment. Muscle spasms, prolonged periods of pain, delayed recovery from injury, as well as increased chances of permanent damage and degeneration can result.


    It’s tempting to reach for a quick-fix by taking pain-killing drugs when you’re in pain. But drugs only mask the pain; they do not correct the underlying problem. The goal of chiropractic is to identify the cause and then correct the problem so it doesn’t recur.

    Each year, millions of people find relief from back pain with chiropractic care. Chiropractic can help correct the cause of your pain and restore your back to full function, while preventing other back problems in the future.

    The primary weapon against back pain is a specific form of manipulation called a “spinal adjustment.” When properly administered by a trained chiropractor, these adjustments have been scientifically proven to be highly effective in dealing with pain of spinal origin.

    In fact, the U.S. government recently sponsored a study which concluded that most patients with back problems, and many others with nerve root pain would benefit from chiropractic manipulative treatment. At the same time, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research found chiropractic manipulation to be a “safe and effective” treatment for adults with back trouble.

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  • It is estimated that 45 million Americans regularly suffer from serious, recurring headaches as they spend upwards of $400 million each year on over-the-counter and prescription drugs searching for pain relief. In fact, because headaches are so common, some people think that getting a headache is simply a normal part of life! They couldn’t be more wrong! Headaches are a serious sign that the body is not functioning properly.


    Most headaches are usually caused from a combination of two factors. The first is due to muscular contractions of the neck that then restricts the blood supply to the brain. The second factor is due to pinched nerves caused by spinal misalignments of the neck vertebrae.


    The first thing to do is seek professional help. Dr. Rothschild will be able to diagnose your problem and tell you why you are having these headaches. A “hands-on” treatment program will be recommended and/or you may be referred for further investigation if he feels that would be valuable. Management of your headaches may include chiropractic adjustments (no drugs or surgery) to normalize the function of your spine, advice on lifestyle and nutritional changes to help prevent further recurrences and advice on how you can further deal with the problem.


    Knowledge is the key to preventing headaches from starting in the first place. Understanding how they are triggered will aid you in stopping them. In addition, you need to report all that you feel to Dr. Rothschild so that he knows all there is to know about how your headaches occur. Once the headache has begun, you can use heat/ice, rest/activity, or stimulation/repression techniques as Dr. R advises.

    You will come to know when it is appropriate to seek care and when it is not necessary. As time goes by, you should have less and less headache as all factors are dealt with. Most patients seeking our care for headaches experience excellent results.

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  • Fibromyalgia

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    You hurt all over, and you frequently feel exhausted. Even after numerous tests, no one can find anything specifically wrong with you. If this sounds familiar, you may have fibromyalgia.

    Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points – places on your body where slight pressure causes pain. Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men. Previously, fibromyalgia was known by other names such as fibrositis, chronic muscle pain syndrome, psychogenic rheumatism and tension myalgias.

    Although the intensity of your symptoms may vary, they’ll probably never disappear completely. It may be reassuring to know, however, that fibromyalgia isn’t progressive or life-threatening. Treatments and self-care steps can improve fibromyalgia symptoms and your general health.

    Signs and Symptoms

    Signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary, depending on the weather, stress, physical activity or even the time of day. Common signs and symptoms include:

    Widespread Pain
    Fibromyalgia is characterized by pain in specific areas of your body when pressure is applied, including the back of your head, upper back and neck, upper chest, elbows, hips and knees. The pain generally persists for months at a time and is often accompanied by stiffness.

    Fatigue and Sleep Disturbances
    People with fibromyalgia often wake up tired and unrefreshed even though they seem to get plenty of sleep. Some studies suggest that this sleep problem is the result of a sleep disorder called alpha wave interrupted sleep pattern, a condition in which deep sleep is frequently interrupted by bursts of brain activity similar to wakefulness. So people with fibromyalgia miss the deep restorative stage of sleep. Nighttime muscle spasms in your legs and restless legs syndrome also may be associated with fibromyalgia.

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    The constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating associated with IBS are common in people with fibromyalgia.

    Headaches and Facial Pain
    Many people who have fibromyalgia also have headaches and facial pain that may be related to tenderness or stiffness in their neck and shoulders. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, which affects the jaw joints and surrounding muscles, also is common in people with fibromyalgia.

    Heightened Sensitivity
    It’s common for people with fibromyalgia to report being sensitive to odors, noises, bright lights and touch.


    Doctors don’t know what causes fibromyalgia. It’s likely that a number of factors contribute to the development of fibromyalgia.

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    Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful nerve problem that interferes with the use of your hand. It occurs when tissue or bone puts pressure on the nerve that runs from your neck through your wrist to your fingers. At first, you may have numbness, tingling, or burning in your hand. Shooting pain in your wrist or forearm may follow and your grip may become weak.


    The Carpal Tunnel is a narrow, rigid opening formed by bones and ligaments (tissue that connects bones). The Median Nerve passes through the carpal tunnel, carrying messages between the hand and the spinal cord.


    Wear & Tear – repetitive hand movements, such as working on an assembly line, at a computer, or with power tools, can cause the tendons to become inflamed and press the nerve against the carpal tunnel.

    A Misaligned Joint – an injury to the wrist or arthritis in the wrist joint can cause a bone to protrude in to the carpal tunnel. The tunnel becomes narrower, putting pressure on the median nerve. An injury to the neck can also cause the median nerve to swell and press against the tunnel.

    Fluid Retention – can cause the tissue in the carpal tunnel to swell and presses on the median nerve.


    To keep pressure off the nerve in your wrist, keep your wrist in a neutral (straight) position. Avoid twisting, bending, pinching, or pressing motions. Rest your hand often. Avoid making repetitive movements or holding objects in one position for long periods.

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  • Treatment for Auto Accidents

    Auto accidents are an unfortunate fact of life. Injuries resulting from auto accidents can range from minor abrasions to more severe injuries like whiplash and acute low back pain.

    If left untreated, injuries from auto accidents can lead to chronic problems like headaches, neck pain, numbness and tingling in the arms, dizziness, insomnia, low back pain, sciatica and a whole host of other problems. Once they become chronic, these physical problems become very difficult to reverse.

    Fortunately there is a solution to these injuries – and that is safe and natural chiropractic care.

    Not only can it help the body heal from the injuries, but it can also prevent them from becoming chronic and long-lasting problems.

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  • What Is Osteoarthritis?

    Osteoarthritis is a slow degeneration of the joints that connect your bones and allow you to move. Aging, injury, poor posture, and excess weight can cause joints to wear down and become stiff and painful.

    Healthy Joints

    Inside each joint, the ends of the bones are covered with a tough tissue called cartilage. In healthy joints, the cartilage is smooth and slick, so the bones can move easily.

    What Can I Do to Keep My joints in Shape?

    Do gentle exercise, such as swimming and walking, but slow down if you feel pain. Limit your activities to shorter periods of time and avoid high-risk or high-impact sports. Eating a zone appropriate diet may also improve your health, since losing excess weight can help relieve pressure on your joints.

    Just as you need regular dental exams, you also need regular chiropractic exams. Even if you don’t have symptoms, chiropractic care is one of the best ways to manage or prevent joint problems and maintain a healthier life.

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  • Ankle sprains are the most common injuries for athletes. It seems as if most of us suffer these twists of fate sooner or later, and they tend to recur withannoying frequency and at the most inconvenient of times – as in, just when we’re getting back to full speed on the basketball court or soccer field.

    Most sprained ankles are just bad luck such as when a basketball player goes up for a rebound and lands on someone’s foot, or when you step off a curb wrong.

    And if not properly treated and rehabilitated, ankle sprains can leave behind weakness and instability in the joint long after the initial swelling disappears.

    It’s been estimated that at least 24,000 sprained ankles occur every day in America and that they comprise some 45 percent of all sports injuries.

    And being a well-conditioned athlete does not seem to help prevent these injuries. In fact, approximately 70% of college basketball players surveyed in one study reported a history of ankle injury.

    What Exactly Is a Sprain?

    Basically it’s the stretching or tearing of the ankle’s stabilizing ligaments, usually those on the outside of the foot and ankle. By far the most common type (at least 80 percent of all sprains) is an inversion sprain, in which the foot turns inward, rolling over on its outer edge. Much less often seen are eversion sprains in which the foot turns outward; the skeletal structure of the foot provides inherent stability against this type of motion.

    When a sprain occurs, the athlete may hear a pop or cracking sound and soon experiences an egg-shaped swelling on the lower ankle and foot. We can assess the level of damage by holding the lower leg just above the ankle, grasping the heel, and gently attempting to move the heel forward. The amount of give that’s felt in the ankle joint generally indicates that ligaments are either partially or completely torn.

    How Are Sprains Treated?

    Acute treatment should start as quickly as possible after the injury has occurred. The objective of the acute treatment is primarily to prevent additional injury and reduce bleeding as much as possible. Effective acute treatment will limit swelling, the formation of scar tissue and the number of complications which can arise.

    Initial Treatment Should Follow The So-Called “R.I.C.E.” Principles

    Continued sports activity is immediately stopped and weight is kept off the ankle for a presecribed length of time.

    As soon as is possible, ice should be placed on the injured area and off and on for at least the first three days. The cold ice makes the blood vessels contract, thereby stopping the bleeding. Cold spray has no effect in such circumstances. The ice must not come into direct contact with the skin, which should be covered with a thin layer of, for example, elastic bandage. Ice treatment should be given for twenty minutes in each of the first three hours after injury.

    Cold compresses or an elastic wrap should be applied, but not so tight as to hinder circulation. The compression bandage should be removed at night, but applied again each morning until the swelling goes down.

    The injured area should be kept above the level of the heart to encourage venous flow to the heart.

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