What is a Urinalysis Screening?

A urinalysis screening is a set of tests that can detect common diseases and abnormalities that might require follow-up investigation and additional testing. Often, substances such as protein or glucose will begin to appear in the urine before people are aware they have a problem.
Our digital urinalysis screening can detect and/or measure several substances in the urine, such as byproducts of normal and abnormal metabolism, cells, cellular fragments and bacteria.

When should a Urinalysis Screening be done?

Dr. Schneider, Dr. Bennett and the team at Schneider Clinic P.C. may order a urinalysis screening if they suspect that you have certain conditions, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Urinary Tract Infection

If you’ve already been diagnosed with any of these conditions, our doctors and nurses may conduct a urinalysis screening to check on the progress of treatments or the progression of a disease. They may also recommend a urinalysis screening if you experience certain symptoms, including:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Blood in the Urine
  • Painful Urination

Did You Know?
Urine is produced by the kidneys. The kidneys filter wastes out of the blood, help regulate the amount of water in the body, and conserve proteins, electrolytes, and other compounds that the body can reuse.

How is a Urinalysis Screening done?

At Schneider Clinic, we strive to offer state-of-the-art technology to our patients. The digital urinalysis system reads the urine sample and creates a detailed report. This advanced computer analysis can help us detect:

  • Acidity of the urine (pH)
  • Protein in the urine (mainly albumin)
  • Glucose in the urine (sugar)
  • Ketones (products of fat metabolism)
  • Hemoglobin/blood in the urine
  • Leukocyte esterase (suggestive of white blood cells in the urine)
  • Nitrite (suggestive of bacteria in the urine)
  • Bilirubin (possible liver disease or red blood cell breakdown)
  • Urobilinogen (possible liver disease or etodolac [Lodine] medication)

"My name is Cindy and I came to the Schneider clinic seeking help for tension headaches that I suffered from for many years. I was first introduced to Dr. Schneider by a “Dear Neighbor” Letter offering his services. I was immediately drawn to this letter as I noticed that Schneider Clinic specializes in headaches as well as back pain.

My headaches affected a huge part of my life. I had difficulty concentrating at work and began to make errors. Also, I had to immediately go home from work to sit the rest of the day and night to find relief from my headaches. Essentially, I was not able to do the things that I loved to do or able to live the kind of life that I wanted to. So I sought help.

I first went to another Chiropractor, then my Family Physician, and finally a Neurologist. Only to find that over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, treatments, tests etc. did not provide relief for my headaches. I have always been a believer in chiropractic care (been treated on-and-off for 26 years), however, was not getting the results or relief that I wanted.

Upon my first visit with therapy and a manipulation at Schneider clinic, I found relief from my headaches! In three weeks time I became headache free and have continued to be. My husband and friends began to notice that I had a more positive attitude, more energy, and also more of an ability to be free to focus. I felt so good that by the third week, I decided to re-decorate/re-wallpaper my bathroom which had been an endeavor of mine for some time!

If I had not come to Schneider Clinic, I would still be suffering from headaches, spending a lot of time and money on medical bills, and still finding no answers or relief. I am very thankful for the services and care that I received at Schneider Clinic. It has changed my life and I am grateful for that!"



Headache Trigger Points

The trigger point therapy primarily involves four muscle groups:

Splenius - This is composed of two individual muscles - Splenius Capitis and the Splenius Cervicis, both running from the upper back to either the skull base (capitis) or the upper cervical vertebrae (cervicis). Trigger points involve pain that may traverse to the head towards the back of the eye to the topmost part of the head.

Causes for Headaches and Migraines - A group of 4 small muscles which functions to maintain proper movement and positioning of the skull base and first cervical vertebra. The whole head may hurt similar to that of a migraine, wherein pain feels like it's inside the head extending to the back of the eye and surrounding the forehead.

SCM or Sternocleidomastoid - This runs from the skull base, right behind the ear and going down to the side of the neck until the top of the breastbone. The effects are broad which include referred pain deep in the eye or earaches, dizziness, nausea, visual disturbances and imbalances.

Trapezius - A huge and flat muscle located in the upper and mid back, where the trigger point sits on the very top of the muscle, referring pain to the temple and back of the head, which may lead to jaw and tooth pain as well.


How to Avoid Headache Triggers

Headaches may keep coming back affecting the trigger points, but if you would be cautious of them and observe a healthier lifestyle, headaches and the great discomfort they bring can be kept at bay. Here are some tips to avoid headache triggers:

  • Keep a diary of headache occurrences for you to determine its patterns and unravel the underlying causes.
  • Consider all possibilities such as stress, menstrual periods, weather changes, and certain types of food.
  • Steer Clear of foods with flavor enhancers like soy sauce and tenderizers which contain MSG or monosodium glutamate.
  • Avoid ripened cheeses, chocolate, pickled or fermented food which are high in tyramine.
  • Be wary that blood vessels can dilate with recurrent exposure to nitrite compounds or the chemicals used to preserve food, typically found in hotdogs or processed meat.
  • Headaches may be a result of exposure to poisons and household chemicals like insecticides and carbon tetrachloride, and lead products like batteries and paint.
  • Relax to break-free from stress and keep in mind that emotional factors are related to the development of headaches, including depression, frustration, anxiety and even extreme excitement.
  • Better yet, relieve pain quickly and speed up recovery through chiropractic care. Contact us today and we will help you achieve the highest quality of life you deserve!

If you or someone you know is suffering from chronic or acute headaches give Schneider Clinic a call at (574) 293-7000 to see how we can help you.