Pain after Falls or Car Accidents

If you have been involved in an accident and are suffering pain as a result it may be beneficial to get checked out by a chiropractor. It’s critical to seek professional help sooner rather than later if you find yourself continually dealing with pain.

Your chiropractor will take a detailed history and perform a thorough examination. They will be able to recognise if there is a need for further assessment or imaging, to rule out any serious underlying issues such as a fracture.

The pain may be nerve pain or it may be referred pain which means, it is not felt at the actual site of the injury. Your chiropractor will be able to diagnose the source of the problem after a thorough assessment that involves orthopaedic and neurological testing.

Seeing a chiropractor is the best way to ensure any serious issues are addressed. Tension and discomfort caused by joint or muscle strains, sprains, damage of ligaments/tissues, as well as misalignment of joints which can cause radiating nerve sensations into your arms and legs.

A comprehensive appointment will allow us to access your exact situation and provide you with individualised care for long-term relief!

Trapped Nerve in the Neck

Trapped nerve in the neck and chiropractic treatment:

A trapped nerve occurs when a nerve is compressed or irritated by surrounding tissues such as bones, muscles, ligaments, or tendons. This compression causes inflammation around the nerve root and results in symptoms like tingling, numbness, burning sensations, and shooting pains down (normally just) one arm. Common causes of trapped nerves include:

– poor posture ( desk, while texting, on the iPad)
– repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
– whiplash injuries from car accidents
– herniated discs in the spine (NOT common)
– spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine) from Osteoarthritis
– direct trauma to the neck area.

The medical terminology for a trapped nerve in the neck is: Cervical Radiculopathy but most people refer to it as a pinched or trapped nerve in the neck.

This condition gives rise to severe and constant pain in the arm, often going all the way down to and affecting the hand. In most cases the arm pain is so strong that it is not even touched by painkillers. It’s often associated with tingling or pins and needles in the hand, numbness and even weakness of the shoulder, arm or hand.

Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions such as trapped nerves in the neck area. During an initial consultation with a chiropractor, they will perform a physical examination to identify any problems affecting the spine or other parts of your body that could be causing your pain. They will use special tests such at testing the reflexes, muscle strength and the sensation on the skin to identify what level of the cervical spine (neck) is involved. We will then craft an individualised treatment plan that will involve spinal manipulation or mobilisation to the affected joints as well as soft tissue therapies like massage and stretching.

Trapped nerve neck pain can be debilitating if not treated properly. Fortunately, visiting a chiropractor can help alleviate these symptoms by providing targeted treatments that address the underlying cause of your condition without relying on invasive procedures or prescription medications. If you are experiencing chronic neck pain and arm pain due to a trapped nerve in your neck area, it is important to seek treatment from a qualified
chiropractor right away so you can begin feeling better sooner rather than later!

Bursitis

Bursitis is a relatively common condition that can cause joint pain, swelling and tenderness. Bursa are fluid filled cushions located at points of friction, most commonly between a muscle or tendon, and bone. Their purpose is to provide protection to the joints and surrounding soft tissues, and to offer lubrication for the muscle or tendon to slide across the bone during activity.

Bursitis treatment

Bursitis is inflammation and swelling of the bursa and usually occurs at the shoulder, elbow, hip or knee, however it can occur anywhere in the body.

Bursa can become inflamed as a result of direct injury, or repetitive movements that over time lead to wear and tear.

The condition can also be a result of other inflammatory causes such as Rheumatoid arthritis, or gout.

With bursitis any movement that involves the affected bursa will be painful as the motion of the tendon and muscle across the bone irritates the inflamed bursa which tends to perpetuate the problem. The involved joint and surrounding muscles can then become tight and restricted.

The pain is usually worse during and after activity and commonly the joint will be achy and stiff the following day.

Bursitis commonly occurs in footballers and rugby  players as a result of collisions or injuries, and often to joiners, electricians, tilers and gardeners who have to spend a lot of time kneeling down.

Treatment of bursitis depends on the cause of it, but it often involves resting the affected joint, applying ice, and chiropractic care if suitable to relieve muscular tension, reduce inflammation, and restore normal joint function and biomechanics.

Back Pain

Back Pain is the most common condition that we treat. We treat back pain many times a day, every single day and all year around. Sometimes back pain is referred to as lumbago.

We are very experienced in diagnosing and treating conditions of the back and spine but we are  also able to identify if a referral to another specialist or if imaging like a scan is needed.

Back pain can be felt on one or both sides of the back. It can be across the shoulders, between the shoulder blades, in the small of the back or from the waist and into the buttocks and down the front or the back of the legs.

Acute and Chronic Back Pain

At times back pain is associated with other symptoms: pin and needles, tingling, numbness, leg pain ( often referred to as sciatica).

Most people will suffer from back pain at some point during their lives. It can be very painful and persistent and some people suffer repeated episodes.

It’s worth getting an assessment if the pain does not go away after a few days or if the condition starts to get worse.

Early treatment will help you get better faster.

Back pain may come on after a specific incident such as after a fall on ice, heavy lifting or bending awkwardly. Or it can develop gradually over weeks/months as a result of poor/wrong posture  or it may come on after a long period of stress and worry.

By far the most common type of back pain is ‘mechanical’ back pain. This means that the pain is coming from the spinal muscles, joints and ligaments. This is also referred to as musculo-skeletal back pain.

Although it can be extremely painful and make even small movements difficult, ‘mechanic’ back pain is not related to any serious underlying condition and there are no trapped or compressed nerves.

Simply put, the pain is from stiff or restricted spinal joints and tight spinal musculature. And Chiropractors treat this all the time…..and very successfully.

Less frequently, the nerves of the back can become irritated, trapped or compressed. There are many reasons as to why this would happen, but slipped discs or wear and tear can lead to pain running down the leg which is often referred to as sciatica. Sometimes this can be associated with pins and needles, numbness, tingling and/or weakness in leg and foot.

Back pain treatment involves gentle adjustments to the back, stretching and soft tissue techniques to free up the restricted/stiff joints and relax the surrounding muscles.

We may ask you to use heat or ice, to do some exercises at home and make changes to your lifestyle.

Our aim is to give you long-term relief.

Neck Pain

Neck pain (very common!) and Chiropractic treatment

By far most neck pain is what’s know as ‘mechanical neck pain’ meaning the pain is arising from stiff or restricted spinal joints and tight neck/shoulder muscles ….. And Chiropractors treat this every day and all the time…..and very successfully 🙂

Chiropractic care is an excellent option for anyone suffering from chronic or occasional neck pain. Not only is it safe and non-invasive it can provide long-term relief by addressing the underlying causes of your discomfort rather than just treating its symptoms with medications or injections that come with their own side effects Mild to moderate pain in the neck is very very common in the UK. With the amount of computer work, driving, texting and TV watching that most of us do, it is not surprising that neck pain is one of the conditions that chiropractors treat most often.

The majority of neck problems are brought on by the long-term effect of bad/wrong posture putting excessive strain on the joints and neck musculature. This can cause loss of proper joint movement and muscle spasm.

We will always ask you detailed questions not only about your neck pain but also about your posture at work and at home, previous medical history, lifestyle and most of all your habits. We try to do some ‘detective work’ to find the reason for your neck pain – and for most people that is bad posture while texting on the phone or the way they sit with the laptop/tablet. If we can pinpoint what has caused your neck pain all we have to do is fix it !! ……..And ask you to change your habit 🙂

Neck Pain

When neck pain is the result of working at a computer, it is the prolonged holding the head too high or low that causes the problem. Getting up and moving around multiple times during the day can help, as can raising your screen so the top of it is right at eye level. We may also recommend a couple of quick stretches/exercise that you can do while waiting for the kettle to boil;)

At times the lack of joint movement can cause irritation to the nerves in the neck causing pain where the nerve ends. This is known as ‘referred’ pain and often gives rise to pain felt around the shoulder joint or even down the arm.

Referred pain to the back of the head or even behind the eyes is common with cervicogenic headache (headache arising from the neck). This type of headache responds very well to chiropractic treatment of the neck joints and neck muscles.