The short answer is no. A large study scanned individuals of different ages with no back pain. Despite the fact that these people had no back pain, abnormalities were seen in a large percentage (~76%) of scans. One example is that bulges or protrusions in people with low back pain seen by MRI are often coincidental. 60% of asymptomatic middle aged people have disc bulges.
Imaging should be considered with the following symptoms and signs:
We’ve know this for a long time! Anti-inflammatory drugs such as Voltaren and Neurofen reduce inflammation but do not remove the cause of the initial injury. Current medical recommendations are to use these for two weeks in combination with spinal manipulative therapy to reduce pain and the chance of it becoming a long term problem.
This week is National Pain Week. In a recent survey by Chronic Pain Australia, 69% of participants stated that back pain was there main area of chronic pain. Chronic pain is pain that lasts for more than 3 months.
The general consensus of the survey states that healing from chronic pain is possible. It requires the support of family and friends and co-management of GPs, specialists and allied health professionals. But whats most important is looking at your lifestyle and current activities and modifying these to prevent aggravation and encourage the healing process. The website below provides great resources on coping and healing from chronic pain. In addition, there will be a free conference at the State Library on Friday with the leading experts in the area of chronic pain.
If you require any more information regarding your specific pain, please do not hesitate to give us a call or make an appointment.
8% of Australians suffer from Osteoarthritis and 2% from Rheumatoid Arthritis. The top two recommendations to try before resorting to medical or surgical intervention is exercise and weight-loss. The Osteoarthritis Research Society International show that 80% of people who present for knee or hip replacements have never tried conservative therapy.
Therefore at this time of year when many arthritis sufferers are in pain, our recommendation is to trial conservative treatment. Our Chiropractors can develop a exercise plan and give you advise to reduce your pain and improve your movement 🙂
Below is also the link to OARSI which provides the research on what treatments help for arthritis and what are not effective:
Poor movement patterns that can be seen in the incorrect image below are very common. If you notice that your knee buckles in when doing a simple lunge, the pressure through varying structures of the knee are increased in more high force activities like running, soccer etc which can lead to injury. For more information, click on the link at the bottom of this post.
If you suffer from knee pain or you wish to be assessed for prevention of injury and improvement in performance, please give us a call on 02 9550 04997 to make an appointment.
The leading cause of disability in Australia is back pain. Although there is no known cure all for back pain, current research shows exercise, activity modification, education and manual therapy helps reduce the severity and frequency of pain.
This combination of different modalities is what we provide at Norton Street Chiropractic Clinic. If you have any questions or wish to book an appointment please do not hesitate to contact us on 02 9550 0497.