- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Hip & Groin Pain
- Knee Pain
- Ankle & Foot Pain
- Whiplash Associated Disorders
- Sports Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
- Repetitive Strain Injury
- Rib & Chest Pain
- Disc Problems & Sciatica
Chiropractic Health Centres treat a wide range of conditions. Listed below are the most common conditions for your convenience Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss any of these or other concerns you might have.
Neck pain can be of a mechanical cause. This is pain in the anatomic region of the neck for there is no pathologic cause of pain. Palpation of the neck may be painful and there may be a decreased range of motion. This condition can include neck pain and from time to time, pain in the upper limbs which may or may not interfere with the activities of daily living.
Chiropractors treat mechanical neck pain using a package of care that may include manual therapies, exercise, therapeutic advice and postural advice.
Much like neck pain back pain can be mechanical in nature. If there is a biomechanical issue it can cause pain in the lower back or even pain into the legs. Chiropractic treatment of mechanical back pain will use a package of care that may include manual therapies, exercise, rehabilitation, acupuncture and therapeutic advice.
Shoulder pain including symptoms such as soreness, tension, and/or stiffness in the shoulder and shoulder girdle region can be helped by Chiropractic. Mobilisation of the shoulder joint and soft tissue work can be beneficial however shoulder pain can also be related to a neck problem and could be secondary to a range of multiple conditions including, rotator cuff disease and a frozen shoulder.
HIP & GROIN PAIN
Hip pain can arise primarily from the joint or soft tissues around the joint. It can also be the location of pain referred from the spine. Pain arising from the hip can refer into the groin or into the thigh and knee.
Hip pain can be treated using a combination of treatments that may include manual therapies, acupuncture, exercise prescription and onward referral when indicated.
Knee pain may follow a traumatic onset (eg. sports injury) or be related to age-related degenerative change. I can present as pain along the joint line both inside or outside the knee or pain located just below the knee cap. Treatment like many of the other conditions listed will involve manual therapies, ultrasound and exercises.
ANKLE & FOOT PAIN
Ankle and foot pain is defined as pain arising from the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments in the ankle and foot. It may arise traumatically or from degenerative change, congenital conditions or inflammatory arthritis.
Chiropractors treat ankle and foot pain using a package of care that may include manual therapies, electrotherapy, acupuncture, use of supports and onward referral when indicated.
HEADACHE & MIGRAINE PREVENTION
Chiropractors acknowledge that there are many causes of headaches. Cervicogenic Headaches are related to a mechanical problem in the neck. They can be felt on one side or both and are often located in the back of the head and above the eyes. They are mild-moderate in intensity. Certain activities and posture can worsen the headache, including sustained head position or external pressure over the cervical spine or occipital region.
Tension headaches are defined as a headache that is pressing/tightening in quality, mild-moderate in intensity, bilateral in location and does not worsen with routine physical activity.
Migraine headaches are recurrent/episodic moderate or severe headaches which are usually one sided, pulsating, aggravated by movement and are associated and are associated with nauseas, vomiting, photophobia or phonophobia.
Chiropractors treat all these types of headache using a package of care that may include manual therapies, exercise, acupuncture, therapeutic advice and postural advice.
WHIPLASH ASSOCIATED DISORDERS
Whiplash is the term frequently given to traumatically-induced neck pain, most commonly after road accidents. The term acceleration-deceleration injury is also used to describe this clinical syndrome. The condition may involve a range of symptoms, most commonly neck and shoulder pain, upper back pain, upper arm pain and headaches. Multiple structures can be involved, including joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves.
Treatment of acceleration-deceleration injuries includes a package of care that may include manual therapies, exercise and rehabilitation and acupuncture, much like treatments for shoulder pain, neck pain and headaches.
Arthritis or ‘Wear and Tear’ is a wide range of conditions involving damage and/or inflammation to the joints. These conditions may present with pain, swelling or stiffness. There are many different types of arthritis but they are often divided into inflammatory or non-inflammatory in nature. The most common non-inflammatory arthritis is osteoarthritis caused by degeneration or trauma.
As non-inflammatory arthritis is irreversible Chiropractic treatment can not cure this condition however on occasions it has been seen to ease the severity of the symptoms and therefore make the sufferer more comfortable. People with this condition may benefit from ongoing Chiropractic care with regular treatment visits. The treatment plan may consist of manipulative therapies and
Asthma is a chronic disorder of the airways characterised by episodes of shortness of breath. Chiropractic cannot have a direct affect on the condition however by assessing the biomechanical function of the ribcage and managing patients’ posture and musculoskeletal function, it aims to assist patients suffering with asthma. This is not a replacement for prescribed medication, just purely to maintain optimum biomechanical function.
Some sports injuries can be caused by biomechanical issues. The body is a finely tuned machine and when one part is not working properly other areas compensate. With sports there is so much physical strain placed on the body musculoskeletal conditions can arise secondary to sporting or athletic conditions. Chiropractors manage sports injuries by undertaking a full assessment, performing a physical examination and utilising diagnostic imaging where appropriate. Treatment will use a package of care that may include manual therapies, exercise, rehabilitation and therapeutic advice. They may also use supports and orthotics as indicated.
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
Carpal tunnel syndrome is defined as compression of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. The compression can be triggered by numerous causes such as tightness in the muscles and ligaments or a biomechanical restriction in the wrist joints. Treatment will include manual therapies, ergonomic advice in the workplace, advice on splinting and onward referral when indicated.
Tennis elbow involves a chronic inflammation of the lateral epicondyle – The outer side of the elbow. It may arise secondary to sport-related injuries or chronic repetitive injury. Pain is experienced on the outer aspect of the elbow and is aggravated by repeated activity. Treatment consists of manual therapies, ergonomic advice in the workplace, electrotherapy, acupuncture, use of supports and onward referral when indicated.
Fibromyalgia is a poorly defined condition characterised by widespread soft tissue pain and disability. Patients become sensitised to pain and experience long term symptoms of fatigue and tenderness. Chiropractic can aid the symptoms of fibromyalgia by using manual therapies (primarily massage), acupuncture, electrotherapy, exercise prescription, lifestyle advice and onward referral where appropriate.
REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is an ill defined condition which most commonly affects arm. It is also referred to as Work-Related Upper Limb Disorder. It is a common occupational disorder caused by chronic overuse of soft tissues of the arm and usually affects the wrist and forearm. Carpal tunnel syndrome sometimes falls into this category of condition when it is work-related.
Dependant on the cause chiropractic treatment may help the symptoms of repetitive strain injury by using manual therapies, ultrasound, exercises and if necessary onward referral. Chiropractors are also well qualified to advise on ergonomics and often recommend a health and safety assessment of work place environments.
Chiropractors commonly treat musculoskeletal disorders associated with pregnancy. During pregnancy, the additional stresses on the body caused by the developing baby often manifest themselves as back and pelvic pain. Musculoskeletal conditions associated with pregnancy include sacroiliac joint dysfunction and symphysis pubis dysfunction. Chiropractors are well qualified to deliver care to the pregnant woman by using a range of interventions including patient education, postural advice, manual therapies, exercise prescription and onward referral when indicated.
RIB & CHEST PAIN
Chest and rib pain is often musculoskeletal in origin, especially after a trauma however it can also be indicative of serious underlying pathology. Chiropractors are trained to undertake a comprehensive patient assessment which incorporates aspects of the patient’s general health status. If the chiropractor suspects non-musculoskeletal chest pain they will refer to the appropriate medical practitioner, most frequently to the patient’s GP.
Musculoskeletal chest and rib pain can be treated using a combination of manual therapy, postural advice, exercise prescription and therapeutic advice.
Scoliosis is a condition affecting the shape of the spine which results in abnormalities of posture and alignment. It presents typically in adolescents and may progress throughout growth years. It may also give rise to musculoskeletal disorders, including back pain, in later life.
Chiropractors utilise a number of treatment approaches to the management of scoliosis. Treatment can involve manual therapy, stretching exercise, supervised rehabilitation, postural education and therapeutic advice. Chiropractic treatment can not correct the scoliosis as it is a structural condition however it can help alleviate the pain and symptoms associated.
DISC PROBLEMS & SCIATICA
As regulated health professionals specialising in the diagnosis, treatment and management of musculoskeletal disorders, chiropractors are trained to treat intervertebral disc disorders, which may include sciatic symptoms of pain, sensation change and muscle weakness.
Chiropractors utilise a range of treatment and management interventions for intervertebral disc disorders. These depend upon the severity of the condition and any associated neurological symptoms. Chiropractors are educated and qualified to assess patients using orthopaedic, neurological, palpation and other physical assessment tools. Assessment may also include the use of diagnostic imaging including x-ray and MRI.
Treatment of these conditions include manual therapy, electrotherapy, exercise prescription, therapeutic advice, patient education strategies and onward referral where indicated.
Chiropractors recognise that not all disc injuries are suitable for spinal manipulation and, although rare, adverse events have been described in the literature. However, there is evidence to support this approach as a safe and effective treatment intervention for mild-moderate disc lesions.