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Chiropractors treat a range of spinal disorders that cause musculoskeletal or nerve pain, using hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments. The aim of chiropractic treatment is to treat back pain by aligning and adjusting the body’s musculoskeletal structure to enable the body to heal itself without the need for surgery or medication.Most back pain conditions can be treated by a chiropractor. Here is a summary of the most common conditions seen by chiropractors. 

Degenerative disc disease (DDD)

The intervertebral discs between your vertebrae can degenerate or break down due to years of strain, overuse, or misuse. The pillow like discs may lose flexibility, elasticity, and shock absorption. This usually causes discomfort in the lower back region or the neck as they are both areas that experience the most stress and strain. 

Sciatica

This condition occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or becomes irritated. It causes moderate to severe pain that travels down one leg. It can be a sharp, shooting pain and sometimes described as similar to an electric-shock.

Back sprains and strains

It is very common to experience a back sprain or strain and 3 out of 4 adults experience this issue at some point. Sprains are caused when ligaments become overstretched or torn. Strains are an injury to a muscle or tendon. They are commonly caused by lifting a heavy object, playing a strenuous sport or twisting awkwardly. The pain felt may be a burning, aching, stabbing or tingling pain. 

Cervicogenic headaches

These headaches, felt at the back of the head, in the temples and/or behind the eyes are caused by referred neck pain.

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc usually occurs in the neck or lower back. It refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) positioned between the individual bones (vertebrae) that make up your spine. 

Coccydynia

This is a pain that develops in the spine’s tailbone. It can occur with people who ride a bike frequently or when someone experiences a fall. It can also sometimes occur without any known cause.

Whiplash

This is a common injury sustained during a motor vehicle accident usually when a vehicle is rear-ended. The neck and head is ‘whipped’ forward and backward which can lead to severe neck sprains and strain. 

Piriformis syndrome

This condition occurs when the piriformis muscle (a narrow muscle in the buttocks) compresses or irritates the sciatic nerve. It can cause pain that travels down through the buttocks and into one or both legs. The symptoms are often called sciatica. 

Summary

There are of course other conditions that a chiropractor can treat but this is a list of the most common. If you are unsure about whether seeing a chiropractor would be beneficial to you, call us to discuss or make an appointment for an assessment.