Conditions & Symptoms

Conditions Treated by Spicer Chiropractic

There are many different conditions and symptoms that chiropractic care is capable of helping with. Most believe that chiropractic is limited to back pain and neck pain. Although that is a bulk of what we treat, there are many more conditions and symptoms that chiropractors help with. Some of the most common are found below.

Neck Pain

Do you have pain that returns when you look down to wash the dishes or check your cell phone? That spot in the back of your neck or next to your shoulder blade that doesn’t seem to go away. Chiropractic and customized exercises make a big difference with pain relief and helping your very important spine to age gracefully.  Neck pain can be associated with many different conditions such as whiplash, overuse of technology such as “text neck”, and degenerative conditions that happen over the years with the onset of age. Luckily, chiropractic helps your body eliminate this pain naturally without the necessity of drugs or surgery. 


An injury caused by a severe jerk to the head, followed by neck pain, typically caused in a motor vehicle accident. Don’t ride out the pain, get care from a chiropractor. We can help the injury to heal and lower your risk of future issues associated with the trauma from a car crash. Many times I see folks in their 60’s in terrible neck pain with a history of a car accident in their 20’s were they took some pain pills after the crash, but masked the pain and didn’t help the joint heal when they had a chance. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, you deserve to live a healthy life, and the way your spine ages makes a difference in the long run.

Back Pain

Do you ever find that when you get up from a chair you feel like you’re still sitting and your low back is stiff and sore? I have answers and solutions for you. Back pain is one of the most common symptoms that chiropractors in San Mateo treat. They can be caused from prolonged sitting, bad posture, degenerative diseases, herniated discs, and much more.

TMJ Dysfunction

That pain in the jaw that is aggravated with stress or chewing something really chewy or hard. There is a disc that sits between the jawbone and the skull bone, which is a very important disc like the ones along your spine. There are all sorts of sensitive muscles in the mouth and around the head involved with each bite you take. Come get care now so you don’t need more invasive care later on.


Headaches have many presentations and affect one’s daily function, impacting quality of life. If you suffer from chronic migraines, Chiropractic can help! Tension headaches, yep, Chiropractic can help that, too. If in doubt, get a Chiropractic opinion, you might not need to take that pill after all.

Disc Disorders

Disc Disorders sound like a scary term, and if you’re in a lot of pain it can be overwhelming. I have worked with various types of equipment and tools, however, I have found the most effective low tech solutions to help my patients to find relief. I also have some skills that can apply to daily life today and for the long term. In case you were wondering, I do refer for MRI when appropriate and have some fantastic medical doctors I can refer you to if you need more advanced care. 

There are many different types of disc disorders that are important to identify early on. These can range from bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc, and thinning discs. The fact that there are so many types is why is important to work with a chiropractor to help you identify the cause of your back pain and see if it is due to a specific issue. 

Text Neck

Text Neck is the most common issue affecting everyone nowadays. If you ever catch yourself looking downward at your phone and feel pain in your neck, upper back, numbness & tingling in your shoulders or hands, headache pain worse at the end of the day, you likely have a case of “Text Neck”. Did you know that the average head weighs 10-12 pounds? When you look down at your phone (especially those who keep it all your belly button), your head creates up to 60 pounds of force on your neck. If a disc in the neck region of your spine is like a water balloon, image the stress it’s putting on your spine.

Texting Thumbs

Have you ever tried to pick up an item like a frying pan discovered that you have hand pain so severe that you can’t even grasp or pinch? Or when someone goes to shake your hand and your hand goes into immediate pain? Texting with our thumbs is the poorest use of the most important finger on our body. For example, the amputation of a thumb would result in a 40% impairment of the entire hand. Our thumbs serve as a way to grasp items such as a spoon, button your shirt, or pick up a coin. Try using your middle or ring finger to type on your cell, and don’t forget to hold that phone up to eye level, no one is going to worry that you’re taking a picture of them. If your hand still hurts, give me a call. I have more solutions to share with you. 

Frozen Shoulder (aka Adhesive Capsulitis)

Yeah, it’s pretty much as it sounds. First, the shoulder starts to lose range of motion, with pain, of course. Then it becomes so challenging and difficult to brush your hair or even brush your teeth with the affected arm that you start to get into your head and worry there is some permanent loss. According to popular medical websites, it can take 3 years to resolve. If it were me, I would be pretty frustrated to wait 3 years in physical pain and agony not being able to load my luggage in the overhead compartment. I have a few tricks of my sleeve that are by far less painful than invasive options and address the underlying conditions. I believe in you, give a call, better now than another year to dealing with this. 

Sprained Ankle

Most people I know have sprained an ankle at least once in their life. Once is enough to cause the bones in our ankle and feet to disorganize, and with each step it causes the surfaces of the bones to rub on one another, this is even worse with tears to the ligaments. With a history of ankle sprains leads to knee and low back pain, too. Before you go down the dark path with this one, we have a bright side, get adjusted! When the bones of the feet are aligned, we can all walk on the clouds. 

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a term that pertains to the tissue on the bottom of our feet. When we sleep with tightly tucked in sheets or walk with poor arch support, our most valuable feet are compromised, and that fascia is overly stretched causing the heel bone (calcaneus) to create a bony outgrowth leading to “heel spurs”. Get adjusted.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Overuse injuries from typing, chopping, painting, and other activities requiring fine motor skills of the hand can cause inflammation in the wrist. This can be quite painful and debilitating. Do not fear, Dr. Spicer has solutions that are game-changers and will get you back to your normal life and work. I also evaluate your ergonomics without racking up an excessive bill on your employer with new equipment. I also have some great tips and tricks for you to do at home. 

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