Common Problems

Neck Pain

Your neck is a dynamic part of the body, which supports the weight of your head (4-5kgs on average) and allows constant rotation as part of your daily movements.

It is made up of seven bones called cervical vertebra that are positioned on top of each other in a lordosis (normal curvature of the spine). Each vertebra is separated by discs of cartilage and wrapped in ligaments and muscles, which are packed with a huge amount of nerve endings. These nerve endings allow the brain to accurately control neck movement and influence your overall posture.

With so many working components, it’s no wonder that neck problems are so common.

Back Pain

One of the most common reasons to visit a chiropractor is due to back pain.

Our spines are an integral part of our ability to move, so if you’re unable to walk, sit or stand, or move from one position to another without pain, there’s a big chance that your quality of your life is being significantly affected.

It’s estimated that 8 out of 10 people are affected by back pain at some stage of their life (1), and this can be largely attributed to the decline of our postural health in the Digital Age as a result of increased personal device use (mobile phones, tablets, personal computers). And unfortunately, our kids are not immune to this problem.

Sporting injuries and trauma (accidents) commonly cause chronic back pain, but it’s important to understand that emotional stress can also impact your spinal health.

Knee Pain

Knee pain is very common and can affect people of all ages and levels of ability. It can manifest in different ways, most commonly:

  • Your knee may feel unstable and likely to 'give away'
  • You may experience a constant ache in the knee joint
  • A sharp stabbing pain in the knee
  • A grinding beneath the knee cap
  • Restricted knee movement that may occasionally 'lock'

Some of the common conditions associated with knee pain including: patella tracking disorder, iliotibial band syndrome, Patella tendonitis, Osgood Schlatters disease and arthritis. 

Manipulation, mobilisation and exercise have to been shown to be of benefit to osteoarthritis of the knee and patella tracking disorders (1).

Cold laser therapy may also be of benefit to some injuries like meniscus and tendon sprains (2).

Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is an incredibly mobile joint leaving it susceptible to a large number of different pathologies.

Some of the more common conditions we often see in practice include:

  • Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Bicipital tenosynovitis 
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Impingement syndromes (in varying forms)
  • Bursitis

The shoulder is connected to the body via one bone, the clavicle, and is dependent on very accurate nerve muscle control to maintain normal movement and function.

Problems with shoulder movement and stability can occur in the 'hardware' components – muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments - or in the functional 'software' components – the operating system or nerve programming behind muscle activation and coordinated action between muscles to produce smooth movement and provide stabilisation of the joint.

Many of these common shoulder conditions can be successfully managed with conservative therapies, including chiropractic care (1).

Our approach may involve chiropractic adjustment of the spine if needed. The nerves of the pelvis, for example, when maligned, can weaken core muscles that support the shoulder blade. We also use muscle activation techniques which aim to stimulate nerve control of muscles. A holistic approach to exercise is also important that address the shoulder any postural compensations.

Cold laser therapy is a useful tool that can reduce inflammation and promote tissue repair of the shoulder.   

 

Can a Chiropractor help?

Our chiropractor aims to understand the cause of your pain, and may be able to help by using a range of specialised techniques.

As part of your first visit to our office, our chiropractor will take your full medical history and carry out a thorough physical examination to determine if they are able to help you. In some cases, they will recommend that you have x-rays taken to assist their findings and recommendations.

We understand that you want some relief as soon as possible.

To book a comprehensive Initial Consultation with our chiropractor, please call us on (07) 3357 3366.