Treatment for Neck and Back Pain

OneWay chiropractor Dr Jeremy Dive has been successfully treating chronic neck and back pain for over 30 years with his gentle non-invasive approach to chiropractic care. Fortunately, approximately 50% of patients will feel relief from back pain within two weeks, and approximately 90% within three months of receiving professional chiropractic care.

In younger adults (20-60 year olds) the most common causes of back pain are nerve impingement and problems with the discs, for example lumbar disc herniation or degenerative disc disease.

In older adults (over 60 years old), the source of back pain or leg pain is more likely to be the facet joints or osteoarthritis, and back conditions may include facet joint osteoarthritis or degenerative spondylolisthesis (occurs when the disc and facets wear out and the vertebra above slips forward on the one below. The symptoms can be a sensation of spine instability. Certain motions such as bending or lifting yield a feeling of a give-way in the back or a fear of your back going out) or pelvis and leg pain.

In addition to the above, there are several other causes of back pain, most of which can be treated with the high quality chiropractic care offered at OneWay Chiropractic.

Postural Alignment

Healthy postural alignment feels like ease through the musculoskeletal system. But if you do most of your activities of daily living with poor body mechanics, or are injured or stressed in any way, this ease may well be replaced with muscle spasm and spinal misalignment. Fortunately, there are ways to address the alignment of bones and/or their resultant effect on muscles, nerves and joints. Dr Jeremy Dive has a high success rate in alleviating neck and back pain in an effective and gentle manner, and OneWay Chiropractic is the place to go for highly specialised chiropractic care.

Neck Pain from Cervical Spine Conditions

While neck pain is less prevalent than lower back pain, there are several cervical spine conditions that may cause neck pain, arm pain and other symptoms, including:

  • Foraminal stenosis
  • Stenosis with myelopathy
  • Cervical osteoarthritis
  • Cervical degenerative disc disease
Additionally, there are several miscellaneous causes of upper extremity pain related to conditions of the cervical spine.

Arthritis of the Neck – Cervical Spondylosis
Cervical Spondylosis is more readily understood as arthritis of the neck. A common condition, cervical spondylosis affects a large portion of the population, especially seniors, a condition chiropractors offer great relief for.

Back Pain

Sciatica
Sciatica is that pesky and sometimes excruciating pain down the leg that indicates there’s a problem in your spine. It can be due to a number of things such as herniated disc or spinal stenosis.

Low back pain in pregnancy or pain began while you were pregnant
If you start having low back pain when you are pregnant, experts believe you have a 1 in 10 chance of having severe, debilitating back pain for at least two years after you have your baby.

Scoliosis in adults and children
Scoliosis is a medical condition in which a person’s spine is curved from side to side.

A lot of attention is rightfully focused on scoliosis in children – the earlier it is diagnosed, the better chances the patient has to minimise its effects for life. Chiropractors say since the birth process is so traumatic on the spine, most people have suffered this condition from birth without knowing it. Scoliosis in adults deserves just as much attention – many of the long term effects of scoliosis can be addressed and managed with good results.

Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis involves a narrowing of the spaces in the back bone. There are many possible causes for spinal stenosis, but osteoarthritis and aging are the main ones.

Cervical Kyphosis – loss of cervical curve
Cervical kyphosis is a common diagnosis for a loss of the cervical curve. Sometimes cervical kyphosis causes neck pain and sometimes it does not. Here again chiropractic care can help greatly.

Why Chiropractic?

Chiropractic as a holistic treatment is designed to not only focus on the back, and the cracking of bones, as many expect, but rather to assess the body’s mechanical health. Since the body’s mechanics is driven by electrical and chemical signals from the brain and nerves, these areas are also important when considering why you have pain or discomfort.

Facts about Chiropractic
Chiropractic practice is the third largest health care profession, world wide, and it is the only alternative medical practice officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee and the World Health Organisation. Millions of people worldwide seek assistance.

What may surprise you is the satisfaction rate; at 93% it is significantly higher than other medical fields.

What to Expect
Visiting a chiropractor is like visiting the doctor, and like visiting the doctor there is an element of trust that needs to be established quickly. One cannot be comfortable in the company of a health practitioner if one does not implicitly trust said practitioner in their skill, knowledge and ability to execute their diagnosis properly. If it's a back treatment you require, neck manipulation, hip re-alignment or perhaps orthotics for your feet, your chiropractor will advise you on this.

If you are experiencing pain in your joints or other areas of the body a visit to a Chiropracticor could be just what the doctor ordered. Many people do not realise that chiropractic is not just a technique to address neck and back pain, in fact your chiropractor will often work with you on disease prevention, proper exercise and even nutritional concerns. It truly is an alternative medicine that takes the whole body into account.