What We Treat
Chiropractic is an effective treatment for:
> Lower Back Pain
> Neck pain
> Whiplash Associated Disorder
> Hip and Groin Pain
> Shoulder, Arm, and Hand Pain
> Sporting Injuries
> Repetitive Strain Injuries/Overuse Injuries
> Muscular Pain
> Arthritic pain
Lower Back pain
Lower Back Pain is a common symptom, affecting up to 90% of adults at some point in their lifetime. Up to 50% of sufferers will have more than one episode. Lower Back Pain is not a specific disease, rather it is a symptom that may occur from a variety of different disease processes (that range from ‘acutely inflamed and irritable’, to ‘chronic and/or degenerative’).
‘Lower Back Pain’ is second only to the common cold as a cause of lost days at work. It is also one of the most common reasons for visiting the GP or a Hospital's A & E department. Chiropractors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of the conditions that cause Back Pain (throughout the entire spine), and will be able to determine the cause and correct method of treatment for it.
Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation has been recognized as effective in treating Back Pain, by various sources (NICE, JMPT, Cochrane), and has helped many members of your local community to return to work, sport, and their normal day to day activities. For anyone who has suffered through the debilitating effects of pain, finding relief becomes an urgent pursuit. Remember, pain is a symptom (and a warning) that something is wrong, and it is often accompanied by protective muscle spasms (stiffness) of the affected area. This should not be ignored as these symptoms do not ‘go away on their own’, the body merely learns to adapt (often badly) to the issue.
Neck Pain is a common symptom which may occur from a variety of different causes. Neck Pain can be due to a specific Injury (of muscle, ligament, or joint capsule), a mechanical overload/ or repetitive muscular overuse problem, an irritated/compromised nerve caused by damage to one of the ‘intervertebral’ discs, or from arthritis of the joints of the neck. The discomfort can range from very mild to severe. Your Chiropractor is trained to diagnose the varying causes of Neck Pain and will be able to recommend a suitable treatment program aimed at addressing it.
Headaches (Migraines and Cervicogenic Headaches)
The causes of Headaches are numerous. Your Chiropractor is trained to diagnose them and to commence a suitable treatment program. Chiropractic treatment has been shown to be effective for Migraines and Cervicogenic Headaches (headaches caused by referred pain from the neck) by various sources. Anyone who has suffered either short or long term Headaches knows the crippling affect they may have on one’s quality of life and ability to function day to day. Chiropractic has helped many members of your community find relief from the effects of ‘Headaches’.
Whiplash Associated Disorder
Whiplash Injuries are also known as acceleration/deceleration injuries and are most commonly the result of ‘car accidents’ or Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs). However, a slip/or fall can also give you a Whiplash-type injury. In fact, you do not even have to directly hit your head or neck - a sudden movement, (especially if it is repetitive), may cause an equivalent injury.
The pain from ‘Whiplash’ often doesn't appear immediately after a trauma; it may be days or weeks later that the pain develops. Chiropractors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of ‘Whiplash’ type disorders, and hence will be able to determine the correct method of treatment for your specific case.
Hip and Groin Pain
Hip Pain can be caused by a specific injury, or other conditions (such as arthritis). However, a good majority of pains in the ‘hip’, ‘groin’ or the ‘upper thigh’ are caused by a mechanical overload of the surrounding tissues that has been created from a problem elsewhere. This will usually be from the Lower Back/ or Pelvis, but can also be from the knee or even the foot (as a biomechanical reaction to current or previous trauma).
For example, recurring Groin Strains are common in sports people (especially footballers) and a dysfunction within the Pelvis is often the root problem, which causes a weakness/overload of the Adductor muscles/tendons in the groin. Pain in this area often makes walking very difficult and patients often "seize up" if they have been sitting for too long. If a chronic Groin/Hip problems are not treated it may cause problems with other surrounding joints (Lower Back, or Knee) sometimes on the opposite side, as the sufferer starts to adapt the way he/she walks.
Chiropractors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that cause Hip and Groin Pain, and hence will be able to determine the correct method of treatment for your specific case. They are also able to provide exercises and postural advice which will help to limit the recurrence of the problem.
Shoulder, Arm, and Hand Pain
Shoulder Joints are complex and vulnerable to a variety of injuries/issues. Your pain may be a result of a direct problem with the joint (‘Frozen Shoulder’, A Rotator Cuff Tear, Biceps Strain, AC Joint Sprain) or referred pain from your Neck, in either case your Chiropractor will be able to accurately diagnose the cause of your pain (the underlying condition) and initiate an appropriate course of treatment.
Whether you are an elite athlete, or a "weekend warrior" your body is prone to similar kinds of injuries. It's not surprising that Chiropractors often see patients with:
- Groin Strains (Adductor Muscles)
- Quadriceps, Hamstring, and Gastrocnemius/Achilles Tendon Strains
- Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
- ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL Ligament Sprains
- Ankle Sprains
- Neck Pain
- Mid Back Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Rotator Cuff (Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, Subscapularis) Injuries
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers’ elbow)
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)
- Tendonitis of various Musculature
Treatment will routinely be followed by a rehabilitation plan to strengthen the injured area, improve your flexibility, and prevent future re-occurrence. Indeed, many top sports teams/athletes have a chiropractor as part of their healthcare team.
Repetitive Strain Injuries/Overuse Injuries
Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) are caused by performing a ‘repetitive task’ over a prolonged period of time. RSI is commonly associated with the Shoulder, Forearm, and Hand resulting from working for extended periods of time (for example whilst typing at a computer, housework, gardening, and work of a laborious nature). However, RSI can also be associated with other joints in other areas of the body (e.g. a cause of Back Pain).
Chiropractors identify the cause of this condition, advise activity modification to avoid exacerbating and perpetuating the situation, and treat the affected tissues. Office ergonomics are often a very significant causal factor in RSI. We can provide you with advice on how to set up your office space and work environments in order to help to reduce the risk of developing RSI, alternatively, most companies have an in house Occupational Health Assessment Team that should take care of this for you.
Muscular Pain can be the result of an injury to the muscle itself, (tear/strain, or rupture), or fatigue and trigger points (knots) that have formed in response to the muscle failing to meet the physical demands placed on it. Other times, the Tendon (the structure that is the muscular attachment to a bone) becomes strained from a specific injury, or as the result of repetitive overload. Repetitive Strain to Muscle Tissue or Tendon can be caused by poor sitting postures, repetitive motions, and improper lifting. When this happens, usually people don't realize the extent of it, or that when they feel Muscular Pain, the surrounding Joints and Nerves may have also become affected.
Chiropractic Treatment for Muscular Pain can include Massage/ Trigger point therapy, focused Spinal/Joint Manipulation, Exercises, Dry Needling (which is a western form of Acupuncture), and Specific Muscular Stretches.
A potential cause of Dizziness is a condition called ‘Cervicogenic Dizziness’ (which is caused by irritation of structures of the Neck). The diagnosis of Cervicogenic Dizziness is characterized by Dizziness and Disequilibrium that is associated with Neck Pain. Cervicogenic Dizziness is believed to be due to abnormal Nerve (sensory/afferent) input from Cervical Proprioceptors in damaged tissues. Chiropractic treatment of this Musculoskeletal Condition may result in both reduced Pain and Dizziness.
Osteoarthritis (commonly referred to as ‘Arthritis’/ ‘Wear and Tear’) is a Degenerative Joint Disease, and the result of Long Term or Strenuous use of our Joints. It mainly affects the Weight-Bearing Joints, and The Joints of the Wrist/Hand. This "general wear and tear” over a lifetime, results in Joints laying down extra areas of bone in an attempt to support/stabilize damaged areas. This usually causes affected Joints to ‘stiffen’, and this loss of movement in a "worn out" Joint may cause inflammation and/or Nerve Irritation, leading to Pain.
Degeneration of your Joints is an irreversible process related to ageing, or strenuous use, but your Chiropractor can help improve the function of these Joints, thus reducing symptoms. Many patients will also benefit from specific exercise programs, aimed at preserving as much function as possible, that your Chiropractor can provide.