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Dr. Gregory T. Wright, DC

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27 years Experience
Dr. Gregory T. Wright, DC
  • West Harwich, MA
  • Logan College of Chiropractic
  • Accepting new patients

Treatment for back pain from car accident?

A lot! Low back injury is common after a motor vehicle collision. There is often muscle strain, and sometimes ligament and cartilage damage. There is sometimes disc injury and READ MORE
A lot! Low back injury is common after a motor vehicle collision. There is often muscle strain, and sometimes ligament and cartilage damage. There is sometimes disc injury and even endplate vertebral fracture with herniation of disc material into the fracture. There can be other microfractures not always seen on radiographs (“x-rays”) or even CT or MRI. Spinal instability can result. So, a thorough physical examination should be performed, imaging done as necessary, and a diagnosis made. Imaging in different pisitions are sometimes performed. In my office I do a functional exam: we see what you can and cannot do in addition to traditional orthopedic assessment. We also assess patients neurologically. I use McGill’s work and treatment approaches, if you want to Google that.

Treatment would include targeting exercises at the injured tissues to strengthen, gradually and without pain. There are also many passive therapies for pain reduction, speedier healing and increased range of motion. Active therapies (ones patients can do on their own once they can successfully demonstrate and oerform them) are most important. It is my job to make you independent of doctors.

So yes, much we can do. One question we always get is “Why spinal manipulation” after a car crash? The answer is complex, but in a nutshell, it is because when spinal ligaments are injured, they need to move during the repair phase of healing. Compare to an ankle sprain: part of rehab of those torn ligaments is gentle movement and eventual weight-bearing movenent. You have conscious control over ankle movement. But humans do NOT have conscious control over individual spinal movements. But those injured spinal joints and ligaments NEED to move just like the ankle joints during healing. So, spinal manipulation by a trained professional provides that movement when you cannot. Make sense?

Do chiropractic adjustments help with chronic lower back pain?

They can, especially an acute episode of low back pain. In my office, however, the focus is on exercise and the CAUSE of your low back pain. We examine you using a variety of provocative READ MORE
They can, especially an acute episode of low back pain. In my office, however, the focus is on exercise and the CAUSE of your low back pain. We examine you using a variety of provocative tests to find out exactly what hurts and what doesn’t. There are literally hundreds of things that can go wrong in the lower back, and there is often more than one physical cause to your pain. It is definitely NOT “all in your head”, and only very rarely do you need oral medication, injections or surgery. Those rarely help long-term anyway. The correct exercises at the right time, and learning new (correct) ways of moving (avoiding things that are causing your pain, a.k.a. Improper biomechanics) is what I focus in with you in my office. Manipulation is often of limited benefit long-term, just like so many PASSIVE treatments for low back pain. The focus in my office and more and more chiropractors’ offices is EXERCISE, POSTURE and AVOIDING MOVEMENT PATTERNS THAT LEAD TO PAIN (not yelling, just have no italics). Find a chiropractic physician who understands the work of Stuart McGill and applies those techniques.

Can a chiropractor help me get relief from muscle pain?

Yes. Most pain in the lower back is muscular, the result of muscle “strain,” which is microscopic (sometimes severe and macroscopic) tearing of muscle fibers there. Common muscles READ MORE
Yes. Most pain in the lower back is muscular, the result of muscle “strain,” which is microscopic (sometimes severe and macroscopic) tearing of muscle fibers there. Common muscles strained are lumbosacral multifidi, which are put under eccentric load every time we sit, bend forward at any angle from the spine (lumbar flexion), reach, and lay face-up on a firm or hard surface. All of those movements, however, can be done WITHOUT lumbar flexion, by bending from the hip, knee and ankle joints, while maintaining rigidity in the lumbar spine.

Can heel spurs be corrected by a chiropractor?

Of course! Chiropractic physicians diagnose and treat heel spurs (osteophytes) with the same diagnostic tools as any physician. There are both anterior and posterior calcaneal READ MORE
Of course! Chiropractic physicians diagnose and treat heel spurs (osteophytes) with the same diagnostic tools as any physician. There are both anterior and posterior calcaneal (heel) spurs that can occur in people. Anterior calcaneal spurs are common, with pain in the sole of the foot, just anterior to (forward from) the heel. Diagnosis is confirmed with lateral plain film radiography (x-rays) of the heel. Treatment at the chiropractor includes stretching and strengthening exercises, prescription for heel spur cushions, orthotics and/or shoes/sneakers with cushion/orthotic built-in. Pulsed and continuous therapeutic ultrasound can both be helpful during the course of treatment. If PF (plantar fasciitis) is occurring concurrently with the anterior spurs (as is sometimes the case), specific exercises and therapies can be prescribed for that. If conservative treatment is insufficient, referral to an MD would be made for medication, or possible invasive therapies such as cortisone injection. Application of cold or heat sometimes works as well as over-the-counter medications.

Can stress be the reason for back pain?

Yes. Stress is enough to cause a heart attack (myocardual infarct), after all. Stress causes a sympathetic (fight-or-flight) nervous system response, which can cause skeletal muscle READ MORE
Yes. Stress is enough to cause a heart attack (myocardual infarct), after all. Stress causes a sympathetic (fight-or-flight) nervous system response, which can cause skeletal muscle to tense (contract, shorten) systemically (throughout the body). That’s enough to cause back pain.

I have a back ache after my car accident. What can I do?

Get examined by a specialist in automotive medicine. Thankfully, they exist. Most are chiropractic physicians. What was the vector of the collision? Rear-end? Head-on? Side impact? READ MORE
Get examined by a specialist in automotive medicine. Thankfully, they exist. Most are chiropractic physicians. What was the vector of the collision? Rear-end? Head-on? Side impact? Back injuries are very common in motor vehicle crashes. And the forces in some seemingly “minor” fender benders can sometimes be quite high. In physics, F = ma, and less damage to vehicles (less plastic deformation or vehicle crush) can mean more energy imparted to occupants (a more “elastic” collision, for example). Vehicle damage is not correlated linearly to occupant injury. These are 4000-lb.-plus vehicles, so they don’t have to be going very fast to cause injury. Most injuries in rear-end crashes occur between 6-12 mph collisions. Many vehicles show little to no damage at that speed range of collisions. This is what research has shown us for decades. Go get checked. You need a diagnosis.

Is yoga recommended to treat sciatica?

Yoga might help, but it could also significantly worsen your problem. You first need a primary diagnosis that explains the CAUSE of your sciatica. Rehabilitative exercises should READ MORE
Yoga might help, but it could also significantly worsen your problem. You first need a primary diagnosis that explains the CAUSE of your sciatica. Rehabilitative exercises should be tailored to your specific diagnosis. Yoga instructors cannot do that but a good chiropractor or physical therapist can.

Can you suggest a treatment for the pain in my calf muscles?

Yes. However, we would need to rule out DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and other serious conditions of the leg on physical examination and medical interview. If you have pain in your READ MORE
Yes. However, we would need to rule out DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and other serious conditions of the leg on physical examination and medical interview. If you have pain in your calf that is worsened by walking and relieved by getting off your feet, you MAY have DVT. A chiropractic physician can rule out more serious problems like DVT. If it’s a simple calf or other leg muscle strain, or other musculoskeletal condition, a chiropractor absolutely can help. In my office we supervise and teach therapeutic exercise, which these days is part of chiropractic treatment (“these days” being the past 25 years). We are a viable alternative to pain medication and physical therapy (PT), offering identical services as a PT. Referral from a MD is not necessary, as we are considered “primary care” for the conditions we treat, in the same way a dentist is for teeth. If you have a muscle, tendon, ligament or cartilage problem, we most likely will be able to help. We treat muscle strains, ligament sprains, tendonitis, headaches, and all sorts of problems that might not strike you as “musculoskeletal”.

Can a chiropractor help in treating foot pain?

Yes! We can help! I treat conditions of the heel and foot almost every day.

Can you suggest some medication for treating my shoulder pain?

See your physician for advice on medications. Chiropractic treatment is a viable alternative to opioids and other medications.

My posture is getting a little slouched. What should I do?

Raise your monitor (if you use one) to eye level. Do thoracic extension exercises if it’s safe for you to do so.

My mother suffered Bell's Palsy and is now recovering. Can a chiropractor help at this stage?

Most people fully recover from Bell’s palsy with or without treatment. However, paralyzed muscles can shrink and shorten, causing permanent contractures. A chiropractic physician READ MORE
Most people fully recover from Bell’s palsy with or without treatment. However, paralyzed muscles can shrink and shorten, causing permanent contractures. A chiropractic physician or physical therapist can teach you her how to massage and exercise her facial muscles to help prevent this from occurring. So it is possible that may help.

I am having pain around my hamstrings. Can I see a chiropractor for this?

Yes, chiropractic physicians are experts in musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment, meaning primarily muscle and joint diagnosis and treatment.

Can being overweight lead to flat feet?

Heavier loads from excessive weight could lead to gradual arch collapse (what keeps “growing” after age 40?) and increased shoe size. Adopting the “shorter foot” position like READ MORE
Heavier loads from excessive weight could lead to gradual arch collapse (what keeps “growing” after age 40?) and increased shoe size. Adopting the “shorter foot” position like baller dancers may be the most effective thing to do first, since weight loss can be so difficult. This begs the question: Is it being overweight that causes arch collapse (stretching and laxity of the ligaments of the arch if the foot), or weakness of the muscles and fascia that support the arch and mid-foot? It can be both, of course. But strengthening of the intrinsic muscles of the foot is sadly overlooked by most in medicine. Practice making a squeaky sound with your big toe on a polished floor. Try to do it without curling your toes or lifting the balls of your feet off the floor. Talk to a professional ballet dancer some time.

My daughter sits with her back slanted. How can her posture be corrected?

Hi! I’m not sure what you mean. Good posture means having a balance between opposing muscle groups. I guess without really knowing what you mean, I would not worry about too much. READ MORE
Hi! I’m not sure what you mean. Good posture means having a balance between opposing muscle groups. I guess without really knowing what you mean, I would not worry about too much. How old is your daughter? Has she seen a physician about this issue?

How is back soreness treated?

How old are you? What is your activity level? Can you identify some activity that may have made your back “sore”? Is your soreness or pain mild, moderate, or severe? Where would READ MORE
How old are you? What is your activity level? Can you identify some activity that may have made your back “sore”? Is your soreness or pain mild, moderate, or severe? Where would you put it in a scale of 0-10, where 0 is no pain or soreness whatsoever? Do you have a history of low back pain (LBP) or soreness? Is your “back soreness” even your lower back? We’ll assume it is, but how could we know? What is your occupation? There are so many different types of LBP, and a thorough medical interview and history (past medical history, work history, family history, etc.) with a review of bodily systems and physical examination are necessary. My examination for LBP includes a functional examination, i.e., we test for what your low back muscles and joints can or cannot do. This goes beyond the typical low back exam that a general practitioner, family physician, or orthopedist would do. So, your question requires much more examination and questioning of YOU. It is interesting that you find relief laying on a hard surface. With most muscular LBP, lying flat on your back on a hard surface often increases pain. Are you lying on your side? Face-down (prone)? Hard to know what you’ve got going on from such a brief description.

Can a chiropractor help me with a pain in the back of my thigh?

Yes. Chiropractic physicians can diagnose and treat strained muscles of the posterior thigh, if that is the correct diagnosis. Other problems of the posterior thigh have to be READ MORE
Yes. Chiropractic physicians can diagnose and treat strained muscles of the posterior thigh, if that is the correct diagnosis. Other problems of the posterior thigh have to be ruled out, such as sciatica (radicular pain or other symptoms like paresthesiae, numbness, etc.), referred pain, problems with the hip or spine, and others.

Will a chiropractor be able to help me with my hip pain in the 5 month of my pregnancy?

It is likely that a chiropractor can help you, yes. Pregnancy is often a reason your MD will make a referral to a chiropractor. But you don’t need a referral.

I've been suffering from scoliosis since I was 19 years. I am now 32 years old. Will this problem be corrected with surgery?

There are surgical procedures for severe cases. But I am not a surgeon so your question is best directed to a surgeon who deals with scoliosis. How bad is your scoliosis? What READ MORE
There are surgical procedures for severe cases. But I am not a surgeon so your question is best directed to a surgeon who deals with scoliosis. How bad is your scoliosis? What are your symptoms? People with scoliosis CAN suffer from any of the types of back and neck pain that people without scoliosis suffer from. It is pissible to relieve symptoms without surgery in many people, mostly through corrective exercises.

I have undergone about 5 X-rays in the last 2 months for my spinal problem. Are there any risks?

Did you mean to say you’ve had five SETS of x-rays in the last two months? When you are sent for plain film radiographs (a.k.a. “C-rays) of your low back, there are usually three READ MORE
Did you mean to say you’ve had five SETS of x-rays in the last two months? When you are sent for plain film radiographs (a.k.a. “C-rays) of your low back, there are usually three views taken (A-P, lateral and L5 “spot”), for your mid-back at least two (A-P and lateral views).

My other question for you is why? Who would ever need so many views of your spine? I need to know what your doctor diagnosed and why so many sets of radiographs. On the surface, it seems unnecessary.

That said, it is not likely that it will cause additional problems for your back. But unless there is repeat trauma or other condition, five sets of x-rays sounds like overutilization to me. Please provide more detail. For most low back pain (LBP), x-rays are not necessary.