Conditions We Treat

At Rittenhouse Spine & Wellness Center, musculoskeletal issues are our specialty, from back and neck pain to sports injuries such as tennis elbow, sprains and strains.

Other conditions we have treated at Rittenhouse Spine & Wellness Center include: recurring headaches, upset stomach, arthritis or muscle stiffness, allergic reactions, sensitivities to chemicals, and hormonal imbalance. If you’re looking to restore better physical function, you can benefit from our holistic approach to chiropractic care.

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Here’s a list of the most common conditions we treat :

  • Sciatica
  • Disc problems
  • Sprain/Strain injuries
  • Shoulder/Knee problems
  • Golfers/Tennis elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Sports injuries

Neck Pain:  Many patients come to our office with neck pain, stiffness and other uncomfortable sensations in the cervical spine region, which sometimes arise from auto accidents.  Dr. Rittenhouse treats neck conditions using a multitude of proven techniques and approaches, which may include an in-office x-ray, chiropractic adjustments, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage therapy  and a therapeutic exercise program.

According to the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine, chiropractic care, with its focus on spinal joint mobility and soft tissue manipulation in the neck and back, is an excellent treatment for auto injuries.

Low Back Pain: Back pain is one of the most common health complaints in America, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives. The lower back is the area most often affected. When back pain becomes chronic, lasting months or years, it can be debilitating.

Headaches: Headaches can be a constant problem, especially migraines. Migraine pain is often severe enough to hamper daily activities and may last from four hours to three days if untreated. More than one in 10 Americans, including one in 6 women, have migraines. Evidence suggests that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation, improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches. By improving the alignment of the bones in your neck, the pressure and irritation that can cause headaches can be relieved. Here at Rittenhouse Spine & Wellness Center we have an excellent track record in treating headache conditions through chiropractic adjustments as well as preventative measures we take before and after treatment. The type, frequency, dosage and duration of treatment is based on guideline recommendations, clinical experience and findings.

Extremity/Sports injuries: The physical movement associated with sports can be hard on the body. Running, jumping and tackling can put a lot of stress on the muscles, bones and joints. Because of this, Dr. Rittenhouse recommends that high intensity athletes consider incorporating chiropractic into their long-term health plan. Chiropractic care allows the doctor to monitor an athlete’s body and make the adjustments necessary to minimize stress and maximize performance.

Chiropractic care also addresses imbalances and joint mobility issues not only in the spine, but in every joint of the body. Through the “kinetic chain,” a foot problem can alter movements in the ankle, knee, hip and into the spine.

~ Dr. Rittenhouse

Human Neck

Human Neck

Some of the areas of the body that we focus on treating other than the spine and neck include:

Wrist: One of the most common injuries to an extremity is carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition occurs when the median nerve that passes through the wrist ligaments becomes inflamed or compressed. In many instances, the underlying cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is found in the joints of the elbow, shoulder or neck. Chiropractic adjustments to the spine and wrist, soft tissue procedures, ultrasound, exercise and massage therapy have all proven effective in treating this condition.

Elbow: Many people have heard of “tennis elbow” or “golfer’s elbow.” These conditions, lateral and medial epicondylitis, are not just seen in athletes but also in office workers, mechanics, carpenters, cashiers, and others who may repeatedly move the forearm in a rotary motion.

Shoulder: Pain in the shoulder area may be isolated or may also involve the arm, through which pain may radiate. The shoulder is a highly mobile joint which also requires great strength, making it a more complex area to treat. Dr. Rittenhouse can evaluate whether a shoulder injury requires referral to an orthopedic specialist, or whether it can be treated in our office using alternative procedures and therapeutic exercise.

Hip: The area called the “pelvic girdle” includes the hips and the sacrum. This region is the foundation of the spinal column and problems with the sacroiliac joints affect the efficiency of nerve transmission from the spine to the lower body. Many times, problems of the hip stem from joints either above or below the pelvic girdle. With hip adjustments and evaluation of the cause of mobility issues, comfort and functionality can improve.

Lumbar Vertebrae

Lumbar Vertebrae