Problems Treated

About the problems we deal with

Headaches

Headaches are triggered by...

Acute and Chronic Neck and Shoulder

The nerves from the neck pass up to...

Low back

Low back pain...

RSI

An umbrella term covering tendonitis...

Arthritic Symptoms

There are many types of arthritis...

Arthritic Symptoms

There are many types of arthritis. Here we consider osteoarthritis or spondylitis – the degenerative effects caused by wear and tear. Some studies suggest a genetic link, but others show only a mechanical misuse of the joints as the primary cause.

Around half the population suffers from arthritis passed the age of retirement, however the wear and tear can begin many years before.

The symptoms may only start as stiffness and discomfort and, if allowed to continue untreated, predispose patients to arthritis. Patients in their 40’s who come to the Clinic with a 10 year history of periodic back pain after an injury can show arthritic changes on their x-ray.

Authorities agree that chiropractic management of arthritis needs to be multi-faceted. It is most effect when combined with:

  • Gentle exercise and mobilisation programme
  • Nutrition and supplement advise such as glucosamine sulphate
  • Lifestyle changes, e.g. avoiding prolonged sitting

The long term use of anti-inflammatories (NSAID’S) to manage arthritis is openly contested due to the potential further damage to the joints. That is why chiropractic aims to help your function rather than mask your pain.

Case Study

Peter, a 44 year old recruitment consultant, suffered acute low back pain. His history told of previous episodes over the last twelve years. Fifteen years ago Peter had had a rugby injury which stopped him playing for two months but his back had never been ‘right’ since.

The only clue that Peter had a low back condition was that he was unable to touch his toes and his back was always stiff getting out of bed and after sitting for a long time.

The x-ray of his lumbar spine showed moderate levels of wear and tear in the bone and the disc.

Peter was surprised by the findings as he thought getting stiff and having a slightly ‘dodgy’ back was normal at his age.

His pain has been resolved and Peter is now doing exercises to strengthen his back and improve his flexibility.

He understands he will always have to look after his back with maintenance chiropractic care. Coupled with re-habilitation exercises he can reverse some of the changes in the cartilage of the spinal joints.