Chiropractic Care for Arthritis Relief

arthritis reliefIntroduction

Arthritis is a form of joints inflammation. It is a collection of conditions that involve joints and or soft tissue damage. However, there are more than 200 unique types and causes of arthritis that affects both the old and young people. Most of these types naming is as per the various parts of the body that they harm. The discomfort and that comes with arthritis attack at its different stages is so much to bear. Sunbury chiropractors come to the rescue of arthritis patients with medical treatment, healthy living prescription and therapy. The rheumatologists start with a proper examination of the patient from the case examination and history, MRI or X-ray scans, blood and urine tests. Effective treatment can only get offered upon diagnosis of the type of arthritis. The chiropractors are mainly on the correlations between different body functions and the structure.


The Common Types of Arthritis

  • Most of the popular forms of arthritis, degenerative joints or osteoarthritis disease comes due to repetitive joints trauma. The conditions become more common as the individual’s age progresses. It is medically proved that deformity of joint, abnormal anatomy, like hip dysplasia, could lead to the prompt osteoarthritis development. Immobilization, poor blood and nerve supply, poor nutrition are also contributing factors.
  • Other types of arthritis include psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. The general characteristic of the three is that they are autoimmune diseases where the body creates an attack on itself. They in most cases affect the younger people.
  • Gout condition is also a form of arthritis and metabolic disease. Uric acid crystals deposits in the joints cause painful inflammations. Pseudogout which comes due to deposition of CPPD (crystals of calcium pyrophosphate).
  • Septic arthritis is a bacterial or viral painful infection within the joints. These causative germs may be within the bloodstream from a different part of the body. The agents may also be from a penetrating injury which then delivers germs openly to the joints. It commonly affects and not limited to the knees, shoulders and hips. The infection may severely and quickly damage the bone and cartilage within the joint, and thus immediate treatment is vital.


Why it is Important to Consider Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care and treatment greatly benefit most arthritic conditions. Chiropractic ought to get considered as an appendage. Osteoarthritis gets frequently treated utilising anti-inflammatory medication, where it is a big mistake. The anti-inflammatory medication for long-term impairs the cartilages healing rate and may even damage the stomach lining and cause fatal stomach bleeding especially in the elderly. Sunbury chiropractors offer their chiropractic treatment like gentle exercises, regular, diet improvement and laser treatment. Resultantly, the patients reduce or even eliminates the need to use the anti-inflammatory medication. Inflammatory arthritis has no real cure, but there is relief with the chiropractic care. It acts as therapy enough to control the symptoms as the patient continues with medications. Chiropractors might gently manoeuvre the painful soft tissue to relieve tenderness and stop muscle spasms. They may also use traction or active exercises to gently stretch the affected joints and increase the range of motion.

Kinesio Taping: Why and How?

Kinesio-TapingIf you are active in the sports world – playing or watching, you are probably familiar with seeing different kinds of tape around various body parts of athletes. This is becoming a quite common form of healing and pain relief for those who indulge in physical activities and sports games around the world. The method is called Kinesio taping and it is used for different reasons, but was designed for a single motive – relief. As luck would have it, Sunbury chiropractor has the professionals you need to help you with questions or concerns you may have about this type of pain soother for your muscles and joints.

How Is Tape Going to Help my Pain?

It may sound strange, but this tape can definitely soothe your aches and pains. The tape is thin and elastic-like so it feels and acts just like your skin does once you put it on. It can get wet from showering, swimming and sweat and dry off with a towel just like your skin does. Kinesio tape can be left on for up to 5 days in a row and you will never even know it’s there! The length of time you can keep it on helps immensely to relieve your pain and allow your joint and muscle inflammation to be corrected, quickly. The tape should be placed directly over the area that you are feeling pain in; it acts as like a vacuum to your underlying muscles and causes the inflammation to subside.

What Is It Going to Do for Me?

There are some temporary alternatives to Kinesio taping that will help the pain go away for a little while, however, this tape should be your go-to for prolonged relief pain medication may help for a short period of time, but because you can use this tape for up to 5 days in a row without re-applying or adjusting it, you are guaranteed those 5 full days of the tape working its magic. Because the material that the tape is made from is so similar to your skin, it also breathes and moves just the way your skin would. Because of this, you won’t have to do any adjustments or be concerned about the tape moving out of place or sliding around at all.


The effects of Kinesio taping can be seen and felt within a matter of hours after it is applied. Your best bet is to try and have a professional apply it for you to make sure it is getting placed in the precise location for maximum relief. Once you have this method done to your aching joints and muscles, there is no way you will resort to any other alternative, again. It is effective, it is healthy and safe for your body and it will give you the strength and confidence you need to get back to your game, faster. We have 2 different locations with professionals who are ready and waiting for you to ask for their help. Give us call in Roxburgh Park at (03) 9303 9952 or in Sunbury at (03) 9746 3977. Begin your pain free life, today!

National Pain Week – Chronic Back Pain

backpain1Health experts define chronic pain as the pain that lasts for more than three to six months or beyond. The most common chronic pain is back pain which is typically felt in the lower back area. Chronic back pain can cause soreness, stiffness, and inflammation and the pain may range from mild to severe or from dull ache to sharp pain. People with chronic back pain often find the pain interfering with their daily activities which make them feel frustrated and sometimes even depressed. Scarborough Chiropractor Dr. Adam Rocchi explains that due to the pain, a feeling of helplessness sets in and the condition can lead to poor sleeping pattern and impact the quality of life.

Causes of back problems

Identifying the actual cause of back pain requires a detailed diagnosis. However, back pain usually occurs due to direct injuries such as sprain or strain and sometimes medical conditions like sciatica or a slipped disc. Chronic back problems can also be an outcome of certain lifestyle choices. People with poor sitting posture or those who are inactive are at a greater risk of experiencing a back problem since these conditions cause strain on the spine.

Types of Back Pain

It is important to understand the major types of back pain as it will be helpful when you consider any treatment option with Scarborough Chiropractor Dr. Adam Rocchi.

  1. Nociceptive Pain– Our body has a type of sensors known as nociceptors which alerts us on an injury to a muscle, soft tissues like ligaments and tendons, joints, bones, skin or any other organ. The signals are relayed to the brain through our nervous system which gives us the sensation of pain. Scarborough Chiropractor Adam Rocchiexplains that this type of pain can be usually described as soreness, deep aching or throbbing. Some common examples are pain in the back after an injury or accident, pain after back surgery, and arthritis. The nociceptive pain usually goes away as the injury heals.
  2. Neuropathy– A neuropathic pain is a pain that is caused by an injury or damage to the nerve tissue. An injury or infection in the body can result in nerve damage. Once the damage occurs, the nerves keep on sending pain signals even after the person has recovered from the original injury. Sciatica is a condition of neuropathic pain associated with the back. Sciatica is known to occur when something presses the lower back region against the nerve root thus triggering the numbness and discomfort all along the sciatic nerve that stretches from buttocks to the feet. Some other examples of neuropathic pain include pain that goes down from spine to the arm region and the pain which persists post back surgery.

The above two categories of pain can be further classified into chronic and acute pain. In the case of acute pain, the severity depends on the amount of tissue damage. Our body has the protective reflex to prevent such pain like pulling back your hand on touching some sharp object. The acute pain goes away as soon as the underlying cause is cured. Whereas in the case of chronic pains our body does not have a protective reflex. The nerves continue to transmit pain signals even after tissue damage has repaired.

Chronic pains can take a toll on your daily life and hence it is essential that you consult Scarborough Chiropractor Dr. Adam Rocchifor further treatment.So, call the practice now on (08) 61508785 Scarborough or (08) 61508783 Mount Pleasant to arrange an appointment



The Wand – The Painless Injection System for Needle Phobic Patients

wand dentalFearing the dentist is common amongst a significant number of people, young and old. Whether it’s the noises or the smells, everyone has their own reasons for disliking it so much.  As a kid, it may be the unknown or the fear of different and scary looking tools being stuck in your mouth.  For adults, it may be the pain that you can feel before a cavity is filled or a procedure is done.

Fear No More

Luckily, there is a new system available to adult patients that can rectify the fear of being injected with anesthesia before any type of procedure.  No one actually likes needles being stuck in them – especially in your mouth!  New technology has created a device called the Wand that takes the place of the large needle that dentists use to administer the medication to you.  The Wand is able to numb just a single tooth at a time so the dentist can perform whatever type of procedure necessary to fix your dental problems.  It is able to give the anesthetic between your tooth and your gums so you won’t feel numbness in your cheek, lips or tongue.

The Wand

This device is a computerized system that has taken the place of standard, scary, long, painful needles.  A common misconception from people is that the pain you feel while being injected with the anesthesia is due to the needle being stuck in you, however, the pain you feel is really due to the medication being injected too quickly into your mouth.  The Wand eliminates this pain altogether by administering the anesthesia in a methodical and unwavering way as to not inject too slowly or too quickly.

Pros and Cons

Like every new piece of technology and machinery, there are good things and bad things that can be said about it.  The disadvantages of The Wand are:

Cost – because this technology is so new and advanced, it costs more to administer anesthesia this way than it would by doing a typical needle injection.  The use of a computer bumps the price up, substantially.

Time – Unfortunately, it takes a long time to numb the tooth that needs to be worked on.  The device slowly gives the medication and until the whole tooth is numb and the drugs are evened out properly, the procedure can’t begin.

There are many great reasons why The Wand is the best choice for you:

Pain – This is a PAIN-FREE procedure that gets the job done, right.

Numbness – The Wand has the ability to numb a single tooth so you don’t leave only feeling half of your face.  Your lips and tongue will be active and mobile when the procedure is over.


The Wand is the perfect solution for adults with phobias of long needles and painful dental procedures.  Fear no more, as The Wand eliminates the pain and allows for a pleasant visit to your dentist, each and every time you go.

The three vital steps in safeguarding the health of your brain

brainhealthModern health science has enabled man to live longer by fighting most diseases that lead to high mortality. Unfortunately, there is a remarkable rise in degenerative brain disorders. The progress that is being made in brain research, ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat degenerative brain ailments and other problems affecting the mental health is discussed and presented at Brain Awareness Week (BAW). BAW happens every year. This year’s workshop took place between the 13th and 19th of March.

Johan C Jeronimus, Ealing Chiropractor, the Neuroworks Chiropractic Clinic’s DC DACNB has put together three easy steps of taking care of the brain and ensuring its health throughout our lifetime in line with this year’s BAW.


Exercise boosts thinking and memory. Direct outcomes from exercise include reduced insulin resistance, inflammation, and body’s stimulation to release the growth factors (chemicals). These factors are beneficial to the health of the brain cells. They also influence the likelihood of new brain cells surviving and the increase in the numbers. It also affects ways new blood vessels grow in the brain.

Reducing anxiety and stress in addition to improving sleep and your overall mood brings about indirect benefits to brain health. These areas are causes or contributing factors to cognitive impairment.

To help you keep motivated and stick to the goals, join a class, hire a personal trainer or partner with a gym buddy. Moreover, protect the brain with a headgear when playing or working out. Get checked up for any head injury.

Brain nourishment

You can keep both your body and the brain healthy deep into old age by eating healthy, moderating your alcohol intake and taking nutrition supplements to deal with the nutritional shortfall.

  • Antioxidants like blueberries protects the brain from oxidative stress
  • Deep-water fish like wild salmon is rich in Omega-3, which are vital to normal and healthy brain function.
  • Get Vitamin E from such foods as nuts. An ounce of the nutrient reduces cognitive decline brought by age.
  • Monounsaturated fats such as in avocados lower the blood pressure helps promote the healthy flow of the blood
  • Whole grains have dietary fiber that lowers the risk associated with heart disease. This, in turn, ensures adequate blood supply to the brain.
  • Pulses and beans are vital in stabilizing blood sugar. The glucose is the fuel that keeps the body running. Stable glucose ensures the brain has the energy it needs.
  • A modest caffeine intake improves mood, memory, and focus. Take two to three cups of freshly brewed tea or coffee.
  • Dark chocolate is an antioxidant that helps improve mood and concentration.


Sufficient sleep that is of good quality is beneficial to the brain and also our moods, anxiety levels, and stress. Our brain’s transmitters are refueled when asleep. They include Serotonin, which helps reduce stress and anxiety as we go through daily activities.

Sleep deprivation leads to negative emotions, thoughts, and likelihood of a depression

Sleep also flushes out toxins that accumulate when we are awake.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation

vagusVertigo, which is a feeling that the room is spinning is often caused by Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which can also cause and nystagmus, or uncontrolled eye movement. BPPV is caused by changes in the position of the head and the horizontal semi-circular canal in the inner ear. The most common sub-type is (HC)-BPPV, which is characterized by direction-changing positional nystagmus (DCPN), or nystagmus that occurs when turning the head.

Persistent DCPN that occurs with vertigo can be divided into geotropic, which may be caused by movement of calcium crystals in the inner ear because of gravity, known as canalolythiasis, or apogeotropic, which may be caused by cupulolithiasis, or calcium crystals that adhere to the cupula and excite the nerves in the semicircular canal of the ear.

Possible causes of geotropic DCPN

While it is not entirely clear why DCPN occurs, a number of possible causes have been suggested, including:

  • Decrease in cupula density due to alcohol use
  • Water-soluble macromolecules that increase endolymph gravity
  • Cupula changes
  • Damage to the innter ear that dislodges inflammatory cells
  • An imbalance in the utricle, an inner ear structure that detects head movement

Treating geotropic DCPN

Repositioning manoeuvres have been proven ineffective at treating geotropic DCPN, which suggests that the condition is caused by something other than free floating debris.

Transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation has proven to be an effective method of stimulating the auricular branch of the vagus nerve for treatment of chronic pain, some types of epilepsy, tinnitus, and even coronary heart disease. This type of therapy may also be effective at balancing parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems in a noninvasive, effective treatment for persistent vertigo in sufferers of geotropic DCPN.

The nerve stimulation device

The device stimulates the afferent auricular branch of of the vagus nerves using mild electrical impulses through the skin. It is safe to use for most people can cause burning tingling, mild pain, or itching. The device should not be used in pregnant women or people with heart disease, head trauma, migraines, alcohol or drug addiction, psychiatric disorders, or those with cochlear implants, pacemakers or other metal implants.

Yet to come

More research is needed into transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation, but its effects on neuromodulation suggest that it may have as yet undiscovered benefits for the body, particularly for persistant vertigo.

If you’ve been struggling with persistant vertigo, there is help. Call Brain Hub on 1300 770 197 today.

Cervical Disc and Pain – Finding the root of the problem

Neck-painNeck pain is a problem affecting millions of Australians every year. and this socioeconomic burden is taking it’s toll both financially, emotionally and physically.

If you are one of the many people suffering from debilitating neck pain you know how this impacts your work, your lifestyle and the time spent with family. Perhaps you deep down fear that surgery will one day have to be the reality you face to get out of pain and discomfort.

At Spine Scan Chiropractic we are dedicated to delivering safe and gentle treatment for neck pain. Take action today to prevent further pain and degeneration, call us  now on (08) 61508785 Scarborough or (08) 61508783 Mount Pleasant to book an appointment.

The neck – Not just support

Your cervical spine supports the stack of 7 bones between the bottom of your head and bottom of your neck, and these bones protect the most important means of communication in your body; your nervous system. The bones function as an armour to protect your spinal cord from damage and interference, allowing the natural communication to flow from your brain to your body, and back. Every little part of your body needs this dual contact between the cells and the brain to function at it’s best.

What happens when this no longer works

As a part of this protection system we have discs in between the bones in the spine to cushion and disperse impact from daily movement. When put under abnormal demand, the discs can strain and herniate, allowing the gelatinous centre of the disc to rupture out and affect spinal nerves, causing pain and inflammation. If this happens in the neck, you can experience symptoms such as pain, tingling, electrical shooting, burning, aching, numbness and discomfort anywhere between the neck, shoulder the arm and into the hands and fingers.

When this type of injury occurs, your body intervenes to protect the damaged area of the spine, and you might therefore often experience muscle tightness and restricted movement along with the pain caused by the inflammation and damage to the joints. This can be very debilitating for someone struggling with non-relenting neck pain.

Supporting the restoration

Chiropractic care provides and excellent option of treatment to the traditional way of pain medication and surgery. Aiming to decrease pain and restore proper function of the neck, the spine, and and the nervous system governing your body, the chiropractors at Spine Scan will work with your body to get you back to proper function.

Because a chiropractor undergoes 5 years of rigorous studying, examination and training, they have a unique understanding of the body, allowing them to assess and treat the musculoskeletal system without the need of medication, hospitalisation and surgical intervention. In a gentle and safe way, a chiropractor will locate the cause of the problem and treat the cervical spine as a whole; the involved muscles, joints and ligaments through a safe hands-on approach.

Call (08) 61508785 Scarborough or (08) 61508783 Mount Pleasant to schedule a time to see how we best can help you live a full and happy life, doing the things you love, both now and in the future.

Easy Ways to Reduce Fall Risk

fallAs people approach old age, declines in muscle mass and bone density, impaired vision and other sensory impairments, inner ear disturbances, side effects of some medications, and symptoms of some conditions can all increase the risk of a fall and fall related injury. The most common injuries from a fall are fractures, particularly hip and thigh fractures, followed by head injury. About 90% of hip fractures are caused by a fall, and fall related injuries are one of the leading reasons older adults are admitted to hospitals and nursing homes.

It may not be possible to completely eliminate the risk of a fall or fall related injury, but a few lifestyle changes can significantly reduce the risk of a fall and the likelihood of being injured if a fall does occur. Nutrition and exercise go hand in hand to build muscle mass and bone density, improve balance and reaction time, increase mobility, and promote heart health, which can help stabilize blood pressure and prevent blood pressure dips that can cause lightheadedness.

Dehydration and dips in blood sugar can both lead to dizziness and falls, so eating frequently and staying hydrated are vital to fall prevention. Dizziness can also be a symptom of nutritional deficiencies, including magnesium deficiency. Eating a nutrient rich diet and taking a good quality multivitamin every day can help prevent these deficiencies. Other causes of dizziness include inefficient cardiovascular function and cognitive impairments. Getting plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet promotes healthy heart function, which can minimize the drops in blood pressure that can cause dizziness, and healthy brain function, which can protect against cognitive decline.

When many people think of bone health, the first thing that comes to mind is calcium. While calcium is important, magnesium and phosphorus are just as critical to building strong bones. Also critical is ensuring the minerals can be assimilated into the bone. Vitamin D helps the body absorb and assimilate calcium and other minerals, while some foods, particularly soda, can inhibit calcium absorption. It’s also important to be aware that calcium can only be absorbed in small amounts at one time, so consuming calcium rich foods a couple of times a day is important.

Many studies have shown that weight bearing exercise can increase bone mass reducing the likelihood of a fracture, and that a sedentary lifestyle can actually cause bone mass to decrease, increasing fracture risk. Weight bearing exercise may involve weights, but not necessarily. Walking, dancing, climbing stairs, lifting weights, or any other exercise that involves working against gravity will help move improve balance and mobility.

Weight bearing exercise also builds muscle strength, which provides added support to the bones and helps keep the joints stable and mobile. Be sure not to forget about upper body exercise. Keeping the spine strong makes it easier to stand erect; inability to stand erect can interfere with balance, making it harder to avoid falls. Strengthening the arms can improve your ability to stop a fall in progress.

If you’ve experience a fall or a fall related injury, or just want to know how to minimize your risk, call Neurobalance at 02 9938 5456 to arrange an appointment. We’ll talk to you about your conditions, your medications, and your lifestyle habits to help you determine your biggest risk factors for a fall, and we’ll help you determine the best ways to minimize your risk, including dietary changes you can make and exercises you can do to help improve your balance and mobility.


Neurofeedback Epilepsy Treatment Perth

epAlmost 800,000 people in Australia will receive a diagnosis of epilepsy at some time in their lives. For an estimated one third of patients, medication is ineffective, or causes side effects with a big impact on quality of life. Epilepsy treatment Perth uses a different approach, Neurofeedback – a non-invasive, painless therapy that can reduce the number or severity of seizures.

Find out more about Neurofeedback as an epilepsy treatment option. Learn what it can offer you or a family member affected by this condition. Call the Perth Brain Centre to arrange an appointment on (08) 6500 3277 today.

What is Epilepsy?

  • According to the World Health Authority, epilepsy is the single, most common severe brain disorder.
  • It is not a mental health problem, but a physical problem with the functioning of the brain’s electrical impulses.
  • About 25,000 new cases are diagnosed in Australia each year and approximately 250,000 Australians are thought to be living with epilepsy – the global figure is an estimated 50 million people affected by the condition.
  • There are about forty different types of epilepsy, not all of which involve convulsions.
  • Medication is effective in around 70% of cases. A small percentage of people affected are treated with surgery.
  • Although some people ‘outgrow’ their epilepsy or experience remission of their symptoms, this condition has a big effect on the lives of those affected with social, psychological and physical repercussions.

Diagnosis of Epilepsy

Although epilepsy can affect anyone at any age, diagnosis is most common in children and teenagers; it may also affect people in later life. For anyone who has experienced a seizure, and is seeking a diagnosis, taking someone who witnessed the event and can provide a good description of exactly what happened, can be invaluable.

Routine physical tests including blood tests and neurological examinations such as EEG, and Neuroimaging CT and MRI scans can help to diagnose epilepsy and to establish the cause.

Evidence that Neurofeedback Helps Reduce Seizures

There have been a number of scientific studies into the effectiveness of Neurofeedback.  Doctor of Chiropractic, Daniel Lane, providing epilepsy treatment Perth at the Perth Brain Centre reports that a statistical analysis combining the results of Neurofeedback studies carried out between 1970 and 2005 found 74% of patients experienced a reduction in the frequency of seizures they experienced. This is particularly impressive when you understand that all the studies analyzed had participants for whom medication was not effective in controlling their seizures.

Neurofeedback at Perth Brain Centre

At Perth Brain Centre, we use a sophisticated but non-invasive brain-computer interface. Think of it as a sort of ‘gym for the brain’!

Using EEG and visual feedback, neurofeedback helps people to help themselves, reducing the incidence of seizures by inhibiting the brainwave activity associated with seizures and reinforcing the brainwave activity associated with preventing them.

Of course, as with any exercise, it takes consistent practice and repetition to achieve the best results possible.  So, for an assessment, call your centre for epilepsy treatment Perth today on (08) 6500 3277.

Could your lifestyle choices be contributing to shoulder pain?

Life today can be stressful, and it’s that stress and unhealthy choices in general, which can cause problems with our bodies. Of course, we know that stress can be damaging to health, but have you given much thought to how the way you live could cause problems with your body in terms of motion?

Shoulder pain is one of the most commonly treated problems by chiropractors, and this can partly be put down to our unhealthy and stressful lifestyles these days. Do you sit properly when you’re at work? Do you slouch? Do you spend hours over the course of a day hunched over your phone? Do you sleep in a comfortable position, or do you wake up in discomfort? Do you carry heavy bags?

All of these things can cause pain, most commonly in the shoulders, neck, and upper back.

Anyone who has suffered from this kind of pain will be able to tell you first-hand how upsetting and painful it can be, but luckily help is at hand. Here at Spine Scan we are committed to helping every single person who walks through our doors, and Perth chiropractor, Dr Adam Rocchi, is highly experienced in using effective and gentle chiropractic methods to right shoulder pain, helping people live a much freer and less painful life as a result.

The first step in any line of treatment is diagnosis, and a thorough evaluation of the problem will be done, to find out what the actual cause is. In most cases, chiropractic treatment is a suitable road to go down, and in that case gentle adjustments of the spine and shoulders will be carried out, to free up any trapped or compressed nerves. Following this, mobilisation of the joints and muscles will be undertaken, to restore proper movement and freedom to the area. A selection of exercises to continue at home will also be shown to you, to continue your rehabilitation.

Shoulder pain can be down to a number of different types of injury, ranging from painful dislocation, perhaps from a sporting injury or a fall, to over-use, arthritis, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff injury, tendonitis, bursitis, or referred pain. Your particular injury will dictate the type of treatment given to you, proving that chiropractic is very individually-centred, and holistic in nature.

If you have noticed pain in the shoulder which has lasted for more than a few days, a weakness in the area, a restricted range of motion, swelling, bruising, or heat, then you should seek help for your problem, safe in the knowledge that you don’t have to suffer for a second longer.

If you are struggling with shoulder pain, or perhaps concerned about a pain which comes and goes, then don’t hesitate to call the practice now on (08) 61508785 Scarborough or (08) 61508783 Mount Pleasant to arrange an appointment. We can help assess your situation, diagnose your problem, and then choose the right path of treatment for you.