What sort of condition/symptoms do we frequently see?
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Remember, we deal with back pain every day. So, regardless of its cause, you can be confident that we can help you take the right steps toward recovery.
Scoliosis, is a spiral deviation of the spinal column which appears as a sideways twisting of the spine and body. It can cause ribs to poke out on one side of the body as well as severely affecting the height of a shoulder. Scoliosis can be produced when the bones do not grow evenly and, if left unchecked, it can become quite serious. When young children grow rapidly, especially girls between the ages of 11-14, it is a good idea to get them checked for scoliosis. We can advise you on the best approach if you are concerned about any postural changes or possible scoliosis.
Another possible cause is narrowing of the carpal tunnel in the wrist, causing compression of the nerves into the hand. Very occasionally pins / needles and numbness can be caused by diseases of the central nervous system, narrowing of the spinal canal, or even be related to diabetes. We can determine the cause in your case and help relieve these annoying symptoms, or refer you for further testing if required.
As the ligaments soften, the muscles are left to provide more of the support normally provided by the ligaments. Muscles can do this if they are in good condition, however if they are in spasm, they can be inefficient at providing support, and produce pain. During pregnancy, we provide treatment that focuses on helping the muscles provide their optimum support, and this can greatly reduce pain.
After delivery, many women have persistent low back pain. This is usually related to some of the core muscles (body’s natural girdle of supporting muscles) having been switched off during pregnancy but not properly re-engaged following delivery. This can lead to a lot of pain, especially when combined with the lifestyle of breast feeding, bending and carrying whilst caring for a new born. This can all be exacerbated on subsequent pregnancies, when the ligaments have become even softer and the Mum is looking after several young children. It can be ‘back breaking’ work. We can assess your back, get things moving properly, and teach you the correct exercises to restore some strength and stability to our back. You really don’t need to live with that pain, and it is essential to stabilize your back before any further pregnancies.
Quite often after an episode of back pain, even of relatively short duration, our core muscles can ‘switch off’. It is a protective mechanism when we are hurt or injured. There is short term benefit in reducing the core muscle pull on the inflamed structures, so the brain effectively disengages some of the normal activity of the core. In some people, the core will automatically re- engage once the inflammation and pain have settled, but in many people it requires specific exercises to switch the core back on. If we do not re-engage the core, we are vulnerable to repeated injuries from very minor insults.
Another surprising fact is that someone may be very muscular and ‘buffed’ on the outside, but still have very poor core function and a lot of back pain. They may well be doing a lot of gym work, but not including the correct exercises to rehabilitate the core. The good news is that it really isn’t difficult to activate the core with the correct exercises, it just requires a bit of commitment. It’s a commitment that is well worth the effort though, because in many cases it can completely eliminate the back pain.