The most common reason patients seek help are for low back pain, neck pain and mid-back pain / pain between the shoulder blades. Chiropractors also treat many of the problems associated with back and neck pain, such as pain or pins and needles / tingling in the arms or legs.
But many people don’t realise that chiropractors can treat every part of the body from head to toe. So we can help with shoulder and elbow problems, hip and knee pain and even pain affecting the hands and feet. Read on below to find out more about other common conditions.
Simple, mechanical back and neck pain is very common and responds extremely well to chiropractic treatment. Common causes of mechanical back pain are disc bulges, disc degeneration, facet joint irritation and irritation of muscles and ligaments.
Chiropractors also treat many of the problems associated with back and neck pain, such as pain or pins and needles / tingling in the arms or legs that is often the result of problems with the spinal nerves. Pain, numbness, or pins and needles in the arms or legs may be cause by compression or irritation of the spinal nerves as they exit the spine. If this occurs in the low back then you can get sciatica where you get symptoms past the knee into the calf and sometimes the foot. If you have irritation of the nerves in the neck then you may experience shooting pain down the arm and into the hand and people often come in saying they feel like it is a “trapped nerve”.
If you suffer from recurrent and frequent headaches and migraine then you know just how frustrating and disabling they can be. There is good evidence that chiropractic treatment can help with many different types of headache. Some types of headache that a chiropractor can help with are prevention of migraine and cervicogenic headache (simply headache arising from the neck).
The aim of treatment is to stop the headaches and migraines from occurring entirely or in some cases reducing the frequency and severity of the headaches.
Participating in regular exercise is great for the body and we recommend patients aim to be fit and active. However with regular exercise comes the risk of injury. We see lots of runners and gym enthusiasts who pick up injuries from time to time. We will quickly diagnose the cause of your pain and formulate a treatment and rehabilitation plan to get you back to activity as soon as possible.
Common sports injuries include ankle sprains, runners knee, rotator cuff dysfunction, golfer’s and tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis.
Frozen shoulder is also known as adhesive capsulitis and is a condition that may lead to pain and stiffness in the shoulder. Rotator cuff impingement and rotator cuff dysfunction are some of the most common shoulder problems we see in the clinic. Sometimes problems in the neck may cause shoulder and arm pain and so it is essential that you have a full examination and get advice from our chiropractor.
Hip osteoarthritis is very common but other conditions such as labral tears, problems with the gluteal muscles (buttock muscles!) and the psoas muscle are some of the cause of pain in the hip region. Often there are very effective exercises that help to increase pelvic stability and strengthen leg muscles that can alongside treatment help alleviate many types of hip pain.
A sprained ankle or a lateral ankle sprain can be extremely painful but in most cases by following recommended advice and working to strengthen the muscles and ligament of the foot and ankle you can be back on your feet within a few weeks.
Plantar fasciitis causes pain under your heel. If you get sharp pain under the heel when you take your first few steps in the morning or after periods of rest and inactivity and this eases with activity you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis. Like many conditions, chiropractic treatment for plantar fasciitis requires manual hands-on treatment and exercises.