In my last post I spoke about some of the common misconceptions about sciatica and some other causes of back and leg pain. In this post I am going to focus on one of these, sacroiliac joint dysfunction. As you can see in the picture, the sacroiliac joint and sciatic nerve are anatomically very close to each other. The sacroiliac joint forms a vital bony connection between the hip and the spine allowing for movement, stability and the appropriate transmission of forces generated from the ground up and the head down. When irritated, strained and inflamed the sacroiliac joint can refer pain into the back, buttocks and lower leg in much the same way that sciatic nerve damage can. Therefore sacroiliac joint injuries are often confused for sciatica and consequently treated incorrectly Read more
Sciatica, probably one of the most common self diagnoses I hear in practice! For the most part people inaccurately use the term “sciatica” to describe any pains that occur in the lower back and radiate into the leg. True sciatica, is the result of compression and or irritation of the spinal nerves either as they exit the low back or further down where they form a bundle (the sciatic nerve) passing through the pelvis into the back of the leg. Sciatica can be a combination of pain, pins and needles, numbness and or weakness in the affected leg and can be on one or both sides. Read more
A spinal disc herniation is commonly referred to as a slipped disc. This description is quite misleading though as the disc cannot actually slip out of place and therefore your chiropractor cannot put it back in! The disc is actually fused together with the vertebrae on either side. A spinal disc can be squeezed, stretched and twisted in small degrees. It can also be torn, ripped, herniated, and degenerated, but it cannot “slip”. Read more
When we think of posture memories normally come flooding back of our teachers and parents telling us to sit up straight. As life goes by our concerns tend to be more aesthetic. No-one wants to have that “hunchback” look about the way they stand and move. And of course no ones wants to deal with […]
Your chiropractor could be the solution to that knee problem that just won’t go away. The knee is a relatively simple joint which is primarily designed to flex and extend, a bit like a door hinge. Other movements are possible but only within the smallest of degrees. On the other hand joints of the spine, hips and ankles and feet are much more complex. These joints are capable of moving quite freely (and to varying degrees) within the 6 planes of motion which are: Read more
Chiropractors receive extensive training in the assessment and treatment tendon injuries. Tendonitis is a condition in which a tendon is injured and becomes inflamed. Read more
Migraine headaches are of the most common complaints we see in the practice.
Researchers aren’t sure what causes a migraine; although they know it involves changes in the blood flow in the brain. At first, blood vessels narrow or constrict, reducing blood flow and leading to visual disturbances, difficulty speaking, weakness, numbness, or tingling sensation in one area of the body, or other similar symptoms. Later, the blood vessels dilate or enlarge, leading to increased blood flow and a severe headache. Read more
A spinal disc herniation is commonly referred to as a “slipped disc”. This description is quite misleading though as the disc cannot actually slip out of place! The disc is actually fused together with the vertebrae on either side. A spinal disc can be squeezed, stretched and twisted in small degrees. It can also be torn, ripped, herniated, and degenerated, but it cannot “slip”. Read more
What is the real cause of your low back pain?
Ironically, some of the most common causes of low back pain are not primary problems of the lower back. Whilst many people present with a low back injury the primary cause or problem can often be somewhere else. While the causes of low back pain can be endless, the 3 big ones that I see daily in practice are: Read more
Chronic low back pain is more than just a muscle or joint problem. There is big difference between the treatment of acute pain (short term, first time and one off) v.s. chronic pain (long term and recurrent). If your back pain has been present for more than 6 months and associated with acute relapses during […]