What Can We Help With?
Our focus is in treating musculoskeletal problems. Not just the normal back pain, neck pain and headaches that is associated with chiropractors, but also shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle pain and problems.
Lower back pain
Lower back pain is the major reason patients present to our practice. A thorough understanding of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics is the key reason why we can treat this problem effectively. Knowing the current research on back pain and the structures that are likely to be causing your pain allows us to target treatment to the right area. While other practitioners might get caught up in ‘stuck joints’, a ‘twisted pelvis’ or ‘weak glutes’ it is unlikely that these are the reason for your pain. Very often these problems only come about because your body is adapting because you are in pain. A detailed history, accurate examination and a high level of understanding allow us to quickly determine if it is a disc injury, nerve irritation, joint or muscle problem and apply treatment accordingly or refer out if necessary.
Neck pain and Headaches
Neck pain and headaches are the second major reason why people attend our practice. Again it is important to know the current research when treating for these conditions. Like lower back pain, neck pain and headaches can have many different causes, but it is very unlikely that it is because your neck is out. Some headache symptoms will respond very well to manual treatment and others not so well, the key to saving you time and money is to be able to determine what type of headache you have and if it is worth us treating you.
Shoulder problems like rotator cuff injuries, bursitis, supraspinatus or bicep tendon tears are common not just in athletes but also in people who sit in front of a computer all day every day. Knowing how each of the muscles work together is important in helping with these problems. It is also important to correct the functional problems before you try to just stretch or strengthen the shoulder so you don’t add to the problem.
Medial epicondylitis (golfers elbow) and lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) are overuse type injuries and require a lot more than just a simple stretch and tight brace to get better.
Hip pain is a very common problem and in many cases can actually be the cause of lower back pain. We can effectively manage problems such as a catch or a pinch in the joint itself, pain down the side when laying in bed, hip bursitis and ITB pain.
Knee pain can be a very frustrating problem to have. Simple stretch and strengthening exercises for the knee can play a part in management, but shouldn’t be used until normal range has been restored with proper treatment.