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Back Pain Chiropractor Croydon

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 Why see a chiropractor for back pain and neck pain?

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At Croydon Sports Injury Clinic Ltd our Chiropractors help with back pain.

Lower back pain is a common reason for presenting to our Croydon chiropractic Clinic includes: Lower back pain and sciatica problems can cause a great deal of pain for some people. Often sciatica and acute low back pain can be transient, self-limiting and does not, as many believe, lead to a life time of back problems.

Slipped Disc

One common misconception is that the disc can ‘slip out of place’ and consequently can be ‘manipulated back in’. Given its very strong attachments, this is not possible.

Back pain may cause us to experience extreme pain. It’s usually a result of either acute injury or a slow build up over tim caused by cumulative trauma.

Importance of The Back and Spine

The human back holds us together, it enables us to walk and move normally and it is our “back bone” to life. Our backs stand up-to everyday aches and pains which can repeatedly overpower the muscles and cause joint degeneration. When our backs get weak, the joints around the area are stressed beyond their normal capacity and they tighten up and become restricted to protect the area from further damage. In most instances if we don’t safely stretch the tight muscles and restore normal joint motion within a short period of time more damage may occur. Each contraction of the muscles to guard against injury may further damage the joints and discs and lead to disc tearing.

Bulging Discs

Discs are the cushion between the bones which act as “shock absorbers” in the same way as car “brake pads“. The discs begin to tear with excessive wear, rotational and compressive force through injury and poor posture. Sometimes the discs can leak fluid through the annular concentric rings that circle each disc. When disc material leaves the contents of the disc (sequestration) it is recognised as a foreign body and can cause an acute and severe inflammatory reaction with symptoms of sciatica. Inflammation is an inherently painful process which causes pain at or near the site of injury, and the swelling is sometimes sufficient to irritate the nerve roots which originate from the spinal cord nearby. These nerves supply the leg which is why pain can be felt in the thigh and calf.

Causes of Back Pain

chiropractic adjustment at Croydon Sports Injury Clinic Ltd in Croydon

Chiropractic adjustment for back pain relief.

Other tissues in the spine which can become injured include the ligaments, muscles and joints. Like a disc injury, this can result from a sudden trauma or develop over time. Also like a disc injury, the associated swelling and inflammation can cause referred pain into the leg. This kind of referred pain is often termed “sciatica“. Unfortunately, this popular term is rather general meaning “pain down the back of the leg“. It is not a diagnosis, and gives no clue as to the origin or prognosis since, as we have seen, it can result from injury to a number of spinal structures. Nor does it mean there is anything wrong with the sciatic nerve. A chiropractor or osteopath will in most cases be able to identify what is causing the sciatica and help the patient diagnose accordingly. Examples of further investigative studies for symptoms linked with “sciatica” would likely be MRI, contrast enhanced CT scan, Diagnostic Ultrasound.

Carrying out strengthening exercises for the lower back and abdominal muscles is essential to the ongoing health of a back to prevent further occurrence of back pain. Our demonstrated exercises can help reduce the likelihood of recurring back pain and they can be done without joining a gym. Chiropractors and Osteopaths can often help relieve back pain that is simple, localised, non-radiating and is due to joint restriction and muscle spasm.

A Simple Common Test & Sciatica – The Straight Leg Raise

If you have “sciatica” your GP, Osteopath or chiropractor will ask you to lie on your back with both legs straight, then try to raise one leg without bending the knee while keeping the other leg straight on the ground or table. If you feel pain at any time the test will stop immediately. Generally a positive test when passively assisted by your GP, osteopath or chiropractor would be pain felt in the raised leg and back down into the sciatic nerve distribution before the leg reaches 70 degrees (Radiculopathy). As we cannot treat sciatica we may have to refer you to your hospital or local community doctor for further evaluation and perhaps more pain medication including anti-inflammatories. Sometimes we can get what is termed as “referred pain”, that is a sensation partly similar to the feeling that radicular pain will give which may be caused by inflammation, muscle hypertonicity or joint restriction. In any case a full history, physical examination including muscles strength tests, sensation, reflex testing and orthopedic tests are done before a diagnosis can be reached. However, radicular pain causing sciatica must be referred on for further testing and a speciailist.

Treatment Options for Back Pain

If the pain is fairly minor, Many tend to carry on as normal but in the short term they avoid specific movements which are painful. Movement stimulates tissue healing, so walking for at least 30 minutes a day will often help. For more severe pain which stops you from doing your normal work, getting assessed really is the best option.

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Croydon chiropractor Dr Roddy Knight provides effective treatments for back pain in Croydon

Until you can get seen, try to find a comfortable position, perhaps on your side with your knees up a little, and put a cold pack on the painful area for about 8-10 minutes. A bag of frozen peas in a tea towel will do, repeat every hour. Movement is still beneficial, anything from gently rocking your torso about whilst lying down, to short walks if you can manage it. From then on, controlled return to normal activity as you recover will be possible. In any case, seek advice if your symptoms do not improve significantly in a week or so. A qualified osteopath or chiropractor can assess most back injuries, advise about posture and lifting technique, and teach exercises which will help you return to work, sport and normal activity.

Our Croydon chiropractors and osteopaths use evidence based medicine to assess and treat many musculoskeletal conditions and we use evidence based medicine principles and not the subluxation based model. Chiropractors and osteopaths at our clinic do not claim to cure or effectively treat sciatica, disc bulge, migraine headaches, tension headaches, asthma, carpal tunnel, colic or other organic and systemic problems. Chiropractors and osteopaths are not medical doctors but are professional, deliver effective care for certain types of back pain and sports injuries and we look forward to helping you should you require it.

Call Croydon Sports Injury Clinic today 0208 551 4439