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Dr. Gregory T. Wright, DC

Chiropractor

Dr. Gregory T Wright DC is a top Chiropractor in West Harwich, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Gregory T Wright DC is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Gregory T Wright DC is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Gregory T Wright DC is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In West Harwich, MA, Dr. Gregory T Wright DC is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
29 years Experience
Dr. Gregory T. Wright, DC
  • West Harwich, MA
  • Logan College of Chiropractic
  • Accepting new patients

How can I adjust my ankles myself?

You’ll have to complete a doctorate degree in chiropractic or physical therapy or medical school, sit for state and national board exams, and then apply for licensure to practice READ MORE
You’ll have to complete a doctorate degree in chiropractic or physical therapy or medical school, sit for state and national board exams, and then apply for licensure to practice chiropractic or allopathic medicine or physical therapy in that state. It’s hard to perform manipulation on yourself, and I recommend against it. Why do you want manipulation performed on your ankle?

Can you reverse scoliosis?

The short answer is no in a 29-year old. However , functional symmetry in the strength of frontal plane muscles CAN be achieved despite structural asymmetry (i.e. scoliosis). Strengthening READ MORE
The short answer is no in a 29-year old. However , functional symmetry in the strength of frontal plane muscles CAN be achieved despite structural asymmetry (i.e. scoliosis). Strengthening slow-twitch muscle in spinal extensors, flexors and lateral flexors (frontal plane) often yields great relief of pain.

Do chiropractors work on arms?

Yes. We are musculoskeletal physicians. So we treat most muscle and joint conditions affecting the entire human body.

What exercises improve posture?

Thoracic extension exercises will improve posture.

How long should it take for a chiropractor to fix your back?

That would depend on your diagnosis. There are many types of conditions that cause back pain, including ones chiropractic physicians can’t “fix”. That said, we do very well with READ MORE
That would depend on your diagnosis. There are many types of conditions that cause back pain, including ones chiropractic physicians can’t “fix”. That said, we do very well with “mechanical” back pain, meaning musculoskeletal back pain, i.e. strains, sprains, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, cartliage and ligament injuries, and others. If you make no subjective or objective improvement at the end of four weeks of treatment (usually 8-12 visits over four weeks, just like physical therapy), you should try something else. You may not be completely better by the end of four weeks, but you should be measurably (objectively) better. If you are improved, you can try another four weeks.

Most back pain is muscle strain, which is microtearing to macrotearing of muscle fiber. Most of my muscle strain patients, whether they strain neck muscles, back muscles or any other muscles in the body (chiropractic physicians treat ALL muscles and joints of the human body), get better in kess than 1-2 weeks. Some take 6-8 weeks. State guidelines in my state (Massachusetts) allow several months of traatment for mote sebere cases. Most low back pain is muscle strain, mostly of lumbosacral multifidi muscles (look it up) caused by improper bending, reaching or lifting. Those strains range from minimal/nuisance to severe/agonizing. They almost never require hospital care, x-rays or MRI, even though pain can be moderate-severe at first.

Treatment of back pain usually results in improvement that is much faster than doing nothing. Since time is of the essence for working people, those physicians saying “it will resolve by itself” are correct, but missing the point. Chiropractic physicians can often get you better much more quickly.

Hope this helps. It’s a tough question to answer without a medical interview, review of systems, and physical examination, all of which you will undergo at the chiropractor’s office, just as at any other physician’s office. Our examinations are typically more thorough, speaking from personal experience. You do not need a referral from a medical doctor. We are considered primary care for musculoskeletal conditions.

Does stretching help back pain?

That depends on what type of back pain you have, i.e., your diagnosis, and what muscles you are stretching. Sonit’s possible. For example, a press-up stretch will cause oroblems READ MORE
That depends on what type of back pain you have, i.e., your diagnosis, and what muscles you are stretching. Sonit’s possible. For example, a press-up stretch will cause oroblems with lumbar lateral recess stenosis, and a knee-to-chest stretch will typically help that condition. It’s not so simple to say stretching will help. It could definitely worsen your back pain. You need to know which stretches to do, how to do them, how often, and WHY.

Can you become addicted to chiropractic cracks?

No. There is no evidence for that.

How should I sleep with scoliosis?

Thank you for this question. The short answer is whatever is most comfortable. More importantly, you need to know—and perform—endurance and stability exercises for your spine’s READ MORE
Thank you for this question. The short answer is whatever is most comfortable. More importantly, you need to know—and perform—endurance and stability exercises for your spine’s supportive muscles.

I’d start with half side planks as ling as they don’t cause pain or additional pain (if you are already in pain). It’s likely that you will be stronger on one side than the other as you have structural asymmetry that is a part of scoliosis.

However, you can achieve FUNCTIONAL symmetry in the frontal plane (i.e. in the spine’s lateral benders) by doing endurance/stability exercises such as side planks.

Just start. Keep it easy, and stop if any exercise causes pain. See a sports chiropractor who does in-office therapeutic exercise.

Sleep well!

Can a chiropractor really straighten your spine?

No. Spinal manipulation creates mobility. Chiropractic is a profession, not one of its many treatment modalities (including spinal manipulation therapy).

What are the risks of chiropractic treatment?

Chiropractic treatment has the lowest risk of any treatment for lower back pain, lower than over-the-counter NSAID therapy.

Is a chiropractor a real doctor?

Yes. The doctoral programs in chiropractic schools are graduate schools with 4-5 years of post-baccalaureate study in medical science, with a curriculum almost identical to medical READ MORE
Yes. The doctoral programs in chiropractic schools are graduate schools with 4-5 years of post-baccalaureate study in medical science, with a curriculum almost identical to medical schools. Chiropractic medical schools are accredited through the same governmental agencies as all higher education. The degree granted upon graduation is D.C., or Doctor of Chiropractic.

What is the best treatment for neck pain?

The answer to that question depends on a variety of factors, not the least of which is what is causing your neck pain. So a precise diagnosis, with a review of your general health, READ MORE
The answer to that question depends on a variety of factors, not the least of which is what is causing your neck pain. So a precise diagnosis, with a review of your general health, past medical history, past trauma, past and current medications, and a thorough examination would be necessary. Any primary care physician—including chiropractic physicians—can do all those things.

If it is muscle strain (and there are many possibilities there), osteoarthritis, whiplash, ligament tear (i.e., sprain; again, many possibilities), facet cartilage contusion or degradation, herniated disc or other space-occupying lesion, a chiropractic physician can diagnose and treat any of those conditions, as well as order advanced imaging of the cervical spine (neck).

Do chiropractors treat muscle pain?

Yes, chiropractic physicians treat muscle pain and a variety of muscle problems. In reality, muscle strain and tightness, and muscle imbalances on opposite sides of a joint can READ MORE
Yes, chiropractic physicians treat muscle pain and a variety of muscle problems. In reality, muscle strain and tightness, and muscle imbalances on opposite sides of a joint can cause a whole host of problems. Headaches are often caused my muscle strain, so are tennis elbow, arm numbness, low back pain, heel spurs, shin splints and many other conditions.

Most people age poorly due to muscle imbalances that many refer to as “poor posture”. For example, tight, short and overdeveloped internal shoulder rotator muscles (i.e., subscapularis muscles), combined with weak thoracic spine extensor muscles and short and tight pectoralis (pec major and minor) muscles cause a slumped forward posture. It is entirely preventable, but people need to start early with exercises that strengthen and stretch the correct muscles. Chiropractic physicians are experts in assessing muscle imbalances and how they affect posture, cause injuries and put a person at great risk for injury. There are many examples beyond this one. We are experts in clinical biomechanics.

Our training is much, much more than most—if not all—personal trainers. Personal trainers cannot diagnose, so their training is not nearly as much as the training of a chiropractic physician or physical therapist. Your best bet for muscle problems are DCs or DPTs. The treatments are often identical.

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.