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Common Conditions

NECK PAIN

The neck and shoulders are prone to injury. Trauma, poor posture and arthritis are common causes of neck pain. Common conditions affecting the neck and treated at this clinic include:
• Strain
• Torticollis
• Arthritis
• Herniated disc
• Whiplash

BACK PAIN

Back problems can be caused by injury, inflammation, tension or spasm, and may affect muscles, ligaments, cartilage or bone. There are many different back problems, all of which can cause back pain, such as:
• Soft tissue injuries – like sprains and strains (most common)
• Disc problems
• Postural stress
• Sciatica
• Structural problems
Back pain can also be an indicator of a more serious underlying condition. Whilst this not common it is nonetheless important to be vigilant when experiencing strong or persistent back pain and have it assessed promptly.

HEADACHES

There are many types of headache with many different causes. Common causes include:
• Muscle tension
• Joint stiffness
• Injuries to the neck
• Stress
• Dental or jaw problems
• eye strain
• high blood pressure
• some medications
• hormonal problems
• Disorders of the nose, ear or throat
Chiropractic treatment is very effective in managing those headaches that are caused by muscle tension in the neck and upper back and/or joint stiffness in the neck and upper back.

SHOULDER PAIN

Some of the conditions that commonly cause shoulder pain include and that are treated regularly at this clinic include:
• strains due to overexertion
• acute tendonitis or degenerative tendinosis due to overuse
• shoulder joint instability
• ‘frozen’ shoulder – pain and stiffness
• pinched nerves.

HIP PAIN

The hip joint is the largest joint of the human body. There are many conditions that can affect the human body. Common hip problems treated at this clinic include:
• Osteoarthritis
• Bursitis
• Muscle strain
• Referral of pain from low back

OSTEOARTHRITIS

Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints. In osteoarthritis, cartilage in the joints breaks down, causing pain and stiffness in the joint. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is generally an irreversible process however treatment is directed towards the manifestations of osteoarthritis (OA). That is, OA causes nearby muscles to become tight and joints to stiffen. It is often these factors that contribute to the pain. If these factors are treated (muscles and joints made looser) then the pain and general stiffness that a person feels can often be improved.