Commonly Asked Questions
Commonly Helped Conditions
Chiropractic is generally considered a safe and effective treatment for low back pain. The Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 (as published in The Lancet2) ranked back pain as the most common cause of disability.
With up to 80% of the community expected to experience back pain at some point in their life3, it is the most common health complaint chiropractors address.
Common causes of back pain include: accidents, sports injuries, muscle strains, incorrect lifting technique, disc problems, poor posture and sedentary lifestyles.
Chiropractic helps to increase joint range of motion, increase movement along the spine and reduce nerve interference.
Chiropractors commonly help headache and migraine pain by identifying underlying causes of pain and recommending treatment. If your headache or migraine pains are caused by a spinal misalignment, muscle tension or nerve interference, we may help you.
A 2011 study published in The Journal of Manipulative Physiotherapy4 concluded that chiropractic care improves migraine and cervicogenic headaches. For some headache types, like tension headaches, there is not enough evidence to conclude benefits from chiropractic care.
Neck pain may be a warning sign that your spine is out of alignment. If so, your body may have to expend more energy just to keep you upright and balanced. This may have implications for your overall vitality and health.
Common causes of neck pain include: poor posture, forward head posture, bad ergonomics, injury and accidents, muscle tightness, poor sleeping habits and more.
Chiropractic care often helps mobilise ‘stuck’ joints in your neck, thus allowing for improved motion and decreased stiffness and pain.
Pins and Needles
Experiencing pins and needles may be a sign that you have nerve interference or compression. Nerve compression may lead to pins and needles in the arms, hands, legs and feet. In extreme cases, this may lead to loss of limb function, weak muscles and muscle wasting.
Chiropractors seek to address the underlying causes of nerve interference and treatment may be beneficial for many cases of pins and needles.
Sciatica is often treated by chiropractors. Sciatica describes pain that starts in the low back or buttock and radiates down the legs. Sciatic nerve pain can vary in intensity and frequency. Sciatica is usually caused by nerve compression in the low back, so that’s where chiropractors often focus their attention.
Disc problems may include bulging discs, herniation, disc tear, prolapse and desiccation. Common causes of disc pain include poor posture, poor lifting and bending techniques, repetitive action or a sudden injury.
At Sydney Spinal Care we address disc problems from a holistic point of view and will examine your entire musculoskeletal system. We’ll identify possible areas of weakness along your spine that may contribute to disc issues as well as examine the site of the disc pain locally.
Chiropractors often help to boost sporting performance while preventing future injury. That’s why most major sports teams have a resident chiropractor on hand.
Did you know that we are directly involved with The South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league team? Dr Terry Coulits (Chiropractor) is currently the head trainer and Chiropractor with the South Sydney NRL squad.
Other Musculoskeletal Problems
Chiropractors may also help a wider array of health complaints by treating the associated musculoskeletal symptoms. It is accepted that chiropractic may be able to help manage symptoms often associated with asthma (e.g. muscular tension) rather than treating the condition itself.
- The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency https://www.ahpra.gov.au/
- New Zealand Study on Chiropractic 1978.
- Bryans R et al. Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with headache. J Manipulative Physio Ther. 2011 Jun;34(5):274-89
Note: This information is not intended to treat or diagnose. Any medical or health treatment comes with risk. Individual results may vary.