Traction Therapy


Interferential Current Therapy


Factors that Help Healing:

  1. Controlling the Inflammation: Inflammation inhibits the healing process. This is why it is so important to control and diminish inflammation.
  2. Ice Pack: Cold compression helps to decrease inflammation by decreasing the tissue damage at the cellular level. Cold also constricts tissue reducing cell damage, and decreasing fluid release.
  3. Nutrition Rich Diet
    • Vitamin C: Main precursor to tissue repair and collagen formation.
    • Copper: Mineral needed in soft tissue or collagen repair.
    • Protein: Specifically lysine and proline are amino acids required for soft tissue (collagen) repair.
  4. Controlled Active and Passive Motion
    • Increases Circulation
    • Decreases Swelling
  5. Muscle Stimulation
    • Increase oxygen rich blood and nutrients needed for soft tissue healing.

Factors that Inhibit Healing:

  1. Age and Severity of Condition
    • Longer we have a problem it can heal wrong and now become permanent
    • Age-Decreased metabolism and therefore the body’s ability to heal itself.
  2. Osteoarthritis: Result of old injuries that have permanently healed wrong to some degree.
  3. Tissue type: Not all tissue heals same due decrease levels of circulation
    • Cartilage-Heals very Slow
    • Muscle-Heals quick
    • Tendons-Heal slow
    • Ligaments-Heal very slow
    • Nerves-Heal very slow if at all
    • Discs-Heal very Slow
  4. Swelling: Inhibits the body’s’ normal healing process. The repair phase occurs after inflammation and swelling.
  5. Hemorrhage: Damaged cells release chemicals irritants that are pro-inflammatory and inhibit the healing process.
  6. Scar Tissue from old injuries: Alter and inhibit the repair phase of healing.
  7. Infection: Releases cellular chemicals irritants that cause pain and are pro-inflammatory.
  8. Poor Nutrition
    • Lack Vitamin C: Needed for collagen formation in the repair phase of healing
    • Lack Copper: Needed for collagen formation
    • Lack Protein: Specifically lysine and proline are needed for collagen (repair) tissue.
  9. Medications that inhibit collagen formation:
    • NSAIDS: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
    • Aspirin
    • Motrin
    • Ibuprofen
    • Corticosteroids
  10. Smoking
    • Significantly decrease oxygen supply to the tissue
    • Stimulates vasoconstriction, decreasing oxygen and nutrition to the affected area.
    • Increases platelet adhesiveness

Ultrasound Therapy


Your First Chiropractic Visit

Dr. Joe Papia

Chiropractor in Tampa FL 33602

What You can Expect on Your First Visit


Hi, I’m Dr. Joe Papia and if you are considering becoming a new patient in my office, I wanted to just take a minute and walk you through a typical first visit here at the office.

First you would fill out the information that will be give us some details for the purpose of your visit, past history, family history.

As soon as you finish with your paper work we try to get you back immediately into our consultation room.

I will go over the paperwork with you and try to pinpoint exactly where your problem is, how it started, and maybe how severe it is and how long you have had it.

That will lead me directly into my examination and what I need to do for the examination.

Based upon what we find in the consultation and exam, it may be necessary to take some x-rays.

We may or may not take x-rays depending on your condition.

The x-rays are either going to confirm the consultation and examination findings or tell me there are other findings such as arthritis.

We may treat you right away or start some therapy.

Therapy is geared towards giving you some relief or alleviating some of the pain and muscle spasms.

Start to finish it should take right about 20-30 minutes depending how long it took you to do the initial paperwork.

That’s what a typical first visit would look like.

I look forward to helping you.