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Our experienced chiropractors can help diagnose and treat a range of conditions effecting the musculoskeletal system from their Warwick or Stratford-upon-Avon clinics:

Range of treatments

WHIPLASH

Car accidents can often cause a sprain / strain injury to the neck and even lower in the spine. This leads to neck pain which often radiates out to the shoulders or can cause headaches or even low back pain. Appropriate treatment can really help with this problem and the cost of treatment can often be recovered from the insurance company.

NECK PAIN

You can wake up with this one morning or it can slowly creep on over some time. Neck pain is often associated with loss of movement to one side which can be quite alarming. Usually there no big problem and this can generally be easily treated - the sooner you get it treated the quicker it resolves.

SHOULDER PAIN

Whether it is caused by poor posture or an injury, once the examination has revealed the specific structures involved, shoulder pain is often successfully treated using a combination of muscle work, mobilisations and rehabilitative exercise.

THORACIC PAIN

Thoracic pain is often associated with misaligned vertebrae or ribs and their supporting musculature. A variety of adjusting techniques and muscle work can resolve these problems. Elderly patients are treated with even greater care if osteoporosis is found or suspected. With CHEST PAIN people often worry about heart problems but it may be due to sternal (breast bone) or spinal misalignment causing rib sprain and spasm in associated muscles. Once the possibility of heart problems has been ruled out, the muscle and spinal problems can be easily fixed through spinal manipulation.

SCOLIOSIS

Scoliosis is an abnormal bending of the spine to the side. It can lead to abnormal forces on some of the spinal structures leading to pain and discomfort. It can often be successfully treated in children and teenagers, if it is detected early, before the spine grows permanently distorted. The pain associated with scoliosis in adults can often be alleviated by chiropractic care. The same is true for KYPHOSIS, an excessive forward curvature of the thoracic spine.

DISC PROBLEMS

This can be an extraordinarily painful condition and the major cause of sciatica. In very severe cases it can lead to dangerous neurological conditions such as loss of bowel or bladder function thus requiring surgery as the displaced disc compresses the spinal nerves. Often the patient cannot straighten up, sit, stand or barely be touched. In the initial stages gentle mobilisation, careful icing, neuro-muscular stimulation, modified rest and anti-inflammatories will help. Then as the pain subsides correcting spinal mechanics and introducing specific rehabilitation exercises will help the disc to heal strongly and give the best possible long term solution.

LOW BACK PAIN

It is estimated that in the United Kingdom, up to 4 out of every 5 adults aged 16 or over, will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Low back pain is one of the main reasons patients attend our clinic. A thorough examination is performed and the structures responsible for the pain are identified. Then, where appropriate, treatment using spinal manipulation, muscle techniques, specific exercise and advice can be started and is usually extremely effective in relieving pain, improving low back function and helping to prevent future episodes.

SCIATIC PAIN

Sciatic pain can be a nasty deep ache down the leg from the buttocks to the toes or anywhere in between and may be accompanied by pins and needles or numbness. Your chiropractor will examine you to discover if it is real sciatica or any one of a number of conditions that mimic sciatica, and will treat you appropriately.

ANKLE SPRAINS

The pain and stiffness from ankle sprains can often be quite persistent. Chiropractic can help with joint mobilization, muscle stretch and by prescribing specific rehabilitation exercises.

ACHILLES TENDONITS

Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body. Achilles tendinitis occurs when this tendon becomes irritated and inflamed. It is often characterised by soreness just above the back of the heel. A good treatment routine will relieve the pain and more importantly - stop it coming back!

HEEL PAIN

There are a number of different conditions that can cause heel pain;
“Policeman’s heel”, planter fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, ligament sprain as well as pain referred from other structures. These can often be diagnosed and successfully treated by your chiropractor.

OSTEOARTHRITIS

Is also known as ‘Wear and tear’ or degenerative joint disease and is the degeneration of the hard surface cartilage that lines the surface of the joint. Pain is generated from the stressed ligaments and muscles supporting these worn joints. The pain of arthritis can very often be successfully eased through mobilisation, manipulation and muscle work. A nutritional supplement called Glucosamine is also useful in managing osteoarthritis.

FOOT ORTHOTICS

Foot orthotics are supports placed under the foot in the shoe. We use foot orthotics to stabilise and improve foot posture and function. Patients may come to our clinic complaining of low back, hip, knee, ankle or foot pain that is caused by ‘flat feet’ or over-pronation. Introducing appropriate foot orthotics often helps remove abnormal stress from these joints allowing them to recover and remain pain free.

BUNION PAIN

Bunions or degeneration of the big toe joints can cause a lot of pain and can sometimes require surgery. The pain of bunions can be helped by joint mobilisation and muscle work, particularly of the small muscles that run between the toes. As bunions are often associated with ‘flat feet’ or over pronation, the correct use of foot orthotics is also useful in managing this condition.

PLANTAR FASCITIS

Plantar fasciitis means inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a strong band of tissue (like a ligament) that stretches from the heel to the middle foot bones. It supports the arch of the foot and also acts as a shock-absorber in the foot. Repetitive small injuries to the fascia are thought to be the cause of plantar fasciitis. The injury is usually near to where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone. Pain is the main symptom. This can be anywhere on the underside of the heel. It can be treated using soft tissue techniques, mobilisation, home exercise and self help. In some cases the use of foot orthotics is likely to be necessary to prevent the condition returning.

SHIN SPLINTS

The pain of Shin Splints is caused by minute tears in the periosteum (which is the sheath covering the tibia) or even tiny stress fractures of the tibia. They are commonly found in road runners due to the intense pounding, and they can be associated with poor movement or alignment in the foot and ankle bones. Muscle techniques and improving the biomechanics of the area are helpful along with assessing the possible need for supporting the foot with orthotcs.

KNEE PAIN

Knee Pain can be associated with arthritis, torn cartilages and sprains. Poor alignment across the knee joint, caused by muscle imbalance, flat feet or twisted pelvis can produce increased pressure on the joint and can generally be routinely treated.

HIP & GROIN PAIN

Hip and groin pain are often associated with athletes, footballers and rugby players, as well as pregnant ladies. It is often the result of a displaced pelvis which can be routinely treated with chiropractic.

PUBIC SYMPHYSIS DYSFUNCTION

This condition is most common in women during or following pregnancy due to relaxation of the ligament supporting the pelvis. The main symptoms are pain in your pubic area, groin, the inside of your thighs and sometimes in your lower back and hips. The pain is worse when you walk or move and climbing stairs is especially painful. Getting in and out of the car or turning in bed is also painful. If you are experiencing these symptoms, don't let your doctor or midwife dismiss them as 'part of being pregnant'. It can be treated by balancing the pelvis and the muscles that stabilise it and by gentle exercises to help strengthen the muscles supporting the joint. General advice about posture and activities to avoid and the use of a particular belt to help stabilise the pelvis may also be useful.

CARPEL TUNNEL PAIN

In Carpal Tunnel Syndrome the median nerve is irritated as it passes through the carpel tunnel at the wrist. This can leads to pins and needles (paraesthesia) in the wrist and into the hand and fingers. It can often be treated by chiropractic using manual techniques to release the pressure on the nerve without the need for surgery.

GOLFERS' ELBOW

You don’t have to be a golfer to suffer from this painful condition on the inside of the elbow which comes on especially during gripping. The pain is due to inflamed tendons and can be successfully treated using muscle techniques, strapping, ultrasound and following simple ergonomic advice.

TENNIS ELBOW

You don’t even need to have seen tennis on television to get this condition. It is otherwise known as ‘epicondylitis’ and the pain is coming from inflammation of the tendons on the outside of the elbow. It is often caused by overworking the forearm extensor muscles through gripping tightly, carrying heavy bags or children, as well as racket sports etc. It can usually be resolved very quickly using muscle release techniques, mobilisation, taping and rehabilitative exercise as well as modifying the activity that caused the condition in the first place.

FROZEN SHOULDER

Sometimes known as “adhesive capsulitis”, the shoulder is often painful and stiff and has greatly reduced range of motion. This condition can simply creep up on people over months without apparent reason or may come on suddenly following a trauma or surgery. Most cases can be fixed relatively quickly through mobilisation, manipulation and soft tissue techniques.

JAW PROBLEMS

The hinged jaw joint and associated muscles can become troublesome giving pain, clicking, locking, limited opening, headaches and even dizziness. It can become sore due to “Bruxism”, which is the subconscious grinding or clenching of the teeth, that some of us do, especially during sleep or when driving the car. It can also be caused by dental problems as well as arthritis. Problems with the jaw are often called ‘TMD’ or ‘Temporo-mandibular Dysfunction’ and respond well to addressing the muscles that hold the joint in balance.

HEADACHE

Often have their origin in dysfunction of the cervical spine. Tightness and tension in the upper back, neck and shoulder muscles are often to blame for tension-type headaches as these muscles play a large part in neck posture and movement. Even migraines which are vascular headaches can often result from neck vertebrae being slightly displaced and impinging the blood flow to the brain. Both types of headaches are widely and successfully treated by chiropractic care.

RSI

Repetitive Strain Injury as the name suggests is an overuse injury which can fall under many other different names. Improving joint and muscle movement, modified rest (immobilisation) and good diet will speed up the healing process and modifying any activities which have contributed to the injury is likely to be required.

SPORT INJURIES

Many musculoskeletal complaints arise from injuries sustained in sports. Understanding the biomechanical principles involved helps us to restore functional integrity allowing healing, and the use of rehabilitation exercises can re-establish stability and prevent future injury.

 

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