CHIROPRACTIC DISEASE : COMMON COMPLAINTS
Low Back Pain
Low Back pain is a common health problem affecting more than 80% of the population second only to the common cold. LBP can be caused by bony degenerative changes, sport injuries, wear and tear from repetitive work and poor posture.
Sciatica is a painful condition affecting the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a bundle of nerve fibers comprising of the 4th and 5th lumbar nerves and the first three sacral nerves. Compression and dysfunction along these spinal levels can cause sciatica and the pain typically extends down to the back of the thigh; down the leg to the foot.
Lack of warm up and rest are major causes for most sport injuries. Repetitive use of particular joint also increases the chance of wear and tear leading to sports injuries.
Scoliosis can be either structural or non-structural. In non-structural scoliosis; postural scoliosis is developed over a process of many years in poor posture.
Rebound force exerted at the elbow during tennis game and repetitive work load exerted at the elbow joint cause muscle to tense up. Tension surrounding the elbow jams the cartilage in the joint and strain the soft tissue surrounding the joint causing inflammation.
Knee & Ankle Pain
Knee and ankle pain is a very common condition with may causes. One common cause originates from aberrant foot biomechanics and worn heels straining the ankle joint and its adjacent supporting soft tissue. In addition, weight bearing and walking cause torque along the tibia straining the knee joint.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Repetitive work requiring wrist motion increases the wear and tear in the wrist joint; some work may also force the carpal bones out of place narrowing the carpal tunnel cavity where the median nerve passes through. Impingement of the median nerve may lead to paresthesia in the hand and fingers as well as muscle atrophy in the hand.
Shoulder is a shallow joint supported by muscles surrounding the joint. Imbalance in the muscle may pull the shoulder joint out of its proper alignment further leading to strain and inflammation along the joint capsule.
Headache can be caused by many different conditions and must be carefully differentiated. According to one anatomy report from Maryland University U.S.A.; tension in the suboccipital muscle group directly stress the dura mater of the brain and cause headache. In addition, tension in the jaw; degenerative changes in the neck from repetitive work or from motor vehicle injuries can also cause headache.