Chronic Pain And Spine Conditions

Chiropractic Care Can Help You Overcome Chronic Pain and Heal it at the Source!

Today, 17.6% of American adults suffer from mild to severe chronic pain. While many Americans continue to go about their day to day lives with great discomfort, others view chronic pain as an option, something they do not have to live with.

When pain becomes affected by emotional influences, it lasts for more than three months, and is beyond the point of pain that accompanies tissue healing, it becomes known as chronic pain. Chronic pain that is ongoing is most often caused by improper signaling from the central nervous system from the area that has been affected. Pain can be made much worse by emotions, stress, anxiety, depression, and poor nutrition. Chronic spine conditions that are known to cause ongoing, unrelenting pain for people who suffer from them are listed below:

Ankylosing Spondylitis

If you suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) then you need to know about a study by Shaheed Shaikh, M.D, that proves that Chiropractors are pivotal 


is a painful condition that occurs when small, fluid-filled sacs known as bursae (bur-SEE), become irritated and inflamed.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Has become one of the leading causes of chronic back and neck pain. It is often not understood by the person suffering from pain due to disc degeneration.


Fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system which causes widespread muscle pain, tenderness, and fatigue.

Piriformis Syndrome

Although Piriformis Syndrome is not common, it can cause debilitating pain and decreased mobility in those who suffer from it.


o you suffer from scoliosis in the Chapel Hill, Raleigh, or Durham areas? Typically, scoliosis begins as a minor bend in the spine that gradually progresses.

Spinal Stenosis

The word stenosis is derived from the Greek vocabulary and means “to choke”. If you have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis in Chapel Hill…


Spondylolisthesis, a condition in which a bone has moved out of place in your back. it can be treated non-surgically with a specialized…

The Side Effects of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain caused by the complex spine conditions can take on many different forms including dull aches, throbbing, burning, shooting, squeezing, stinging, soreness, and even stiffness. Chronic pain may cause additional side affects including fatigue, loss of appetite, insomnia, mood changes, weakness, and lack of energy. While the side effects of chronic pain sound severe with proper chiropractic care by Dr. Leigh, many if not all of the side effects can be treated by healing the spine condition.

Chronic Pain Affects You Mentally

Chronic pain can make simple tasks such as walking, climbing the stairs, driving a car, even sleeping difficult. If left untreated chronic pain can have an affect on you mentally lowering your self esteem, making you feel frustrated, depressed, and even anxious. There is a link between your mind state and pain. The more pain you are experiencing the more likely you are to be consumed by negative emotions. Overcoming chronic pain psychically will act as a naturally antidepressant, helping you overcome an accompanying negative mind set.

Start Healing Your Chronic Pain!

Fortunately, Dr. Leigh is a highly rated Chiropractor in Chapel Hill – Durham area who has been helping patients alleviate chronic pain for over twenty years. While chronic pain can exist in the arms, legs, back, shoulder, neck, and even stomach, in most cases the pain is caused by a complex chronic spinal condition. Above and beyond traditional Chiropractic, some people with involved spinal issues, such as those listed above, need more help. That is why Dr. Leigh was one of the first doctors in his area to use advanced spinal decompression treatment to help chronic pain sufferers stop the pain at the source and end their battle with pain. The treatments are relaxing while the source of the pain is reduced or eliminated.

Spinal decompression is a non-invasive treatment that works to reduce and eliminate pressure between spinal discs.  As both the vertebrae and spine are separated, pressure is slowly reduced within the disc creating a small vacuum forcing the gelatin center of the spinal disc back into its natural position. When the spine is properly aligned, the nerves are free to signal properly, getting rid of pain in the neck, back, limbs, and extremities. The DRX 9000 C also helps pull much-needed nutrients, both oxygen and fluid, back into the impacted discs allowing your chronic pain to be healed at the source. Just a hand full of thirty minute sessions can be life changing. Call Dr. Leigh today (919) 401-9933 to find out if Chiropractic care is the best option for healing your spine condition and stopping your chronic pain.

Spine Conditions

Chiropractors FAQ

Do Chiropractors adjust all patients the same way?

No. The chiropractor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. In fact, there are many different chiropractic techniques and the chiropractor will decide which is best for each patient. The recommendations made by a chiropractor are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.

Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?

Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractors may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized back surgery can often be avoided in the first place. Some chiropractors specialize in serving those people who have had previous back surgeries and are still in pain. Spinal Decompression Therapy can be the most effective course of treatment for such a person.

Can I adjust myself?

No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs.

Can I tell if my spine is out of alignment?

Not always. A misalignment is like a dental cavity–you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That’s why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a misalignment, it is rarely possible to be sure you don’t. Regular spinal checkups are always a good idea, and they promote good health from the inside out.

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About Dr. Cosmas Leigh

Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Cosmas Leigh, D.C. is a pioneer in Spinal Decompression to treat spinal stenosis, herniated discs, bulging discs, and disc degeneration. Dr. Leigh was the first in his region to include the state-of-the-art DRX 9000c Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression system to his practice to reduce pain and restore function for people of all ages.