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Before a consultation for your back pain, or even oddly taking your baby who is suffering from infantile colic to your local DC, you will probably want to know more about the profession. Just how fringe are they?
The paramedical professions belong to what is called the CAM stable; complementary and alternative medicine. Not complimentary, that's something quite different.
There's considerable debate within the profession whether to remain in CAM, or become a part of mainstream medicine, as dentistry is. There are pros and cons.
Recent research published in Spine, the premier medical journal for back pain care, confirms that adding chiropractic help to standard medical care produces much higher patient satisfaction. Where a score of 10 meant totally pleased with your progress, the medical plus chiropractic treatment group were on an average of 8.9. The medical group alone registered only 5.0.
There was significantly improved mobility and function too, and reduced pain, in comparison with those patients treated with the usual medical treatment alone.
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Although there is considerable specialization these days, most chiropractors will treat spinal conditions like neck pain and headache, thoracic and rib discomfort and the serious slipped discs in the lower back producing acute and chronic symptoms and weakness radiating down the leg.
Some chiropractors may specialise in the treatment of jaw joint pain, for example or the many syndromes affecting the hip joints.
Some chiropractors specialise in the care of the elderly, or infants who suffer from specific problems related to their age.
Since the emergence of FICS, and specific training for chiropractors wishing to treat athletes, a very large number of DCs are attending to those at the regional as well as international sports events, including the Olympics.
Others have specialised in the management of foot pain and the various syndromes affecting the lower leg. A limp from an injured ankle for example certainly has a knock on effect on the whole spine.
CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (CASA)
All professions need a body to whom it's members are accountable. CASA upholds the standards within the profession and controls the day-to-day running of a large profession. There are nearly 100 Chiropractors registered with CASA in the Western Cape alone. We recommend you only consult members of CASA. Ask before making an appointment if the chiropractor is registered with CASA.
LOWER BACK AND LEG PAIN
About 60 percent of the typical Chiropractor's day is taken up with the treatment of low back pain. There is an epidemic in the Western World of lumbar spine and sacroiliac joint conditions.
The onset of pain and tingling in the lower limb is an ominous sign, often demanding that you must stop whatever you are doing if you wish to avoid lower back surgery.
Usually sitting will be prohibited for a period, and even intermittent bed rest, coupled with very specific exercises, and chiropractic manipulation may be required.
This is especially true if you have gone into the antalgic posure mentioned below, when standing is impossibly painful, and sitting is prohibitive; lying down for a period is the only option, though usually you will be instructed to stand up at least every hour and walk about the house.
Try very hard not to cough or sneeze and include plenty of fibre in the diet to prevent constipation at this time.
Hip conditions too, often causing pain in the groin, are also a common complaint in the Chiropractor's office. Developmental Hip Dysplasia Casefile will give you some idea of how Chiropractic manages hip and groin pain.
If you find yourself looking like a question mark when standing in front of the mirror, then it's definitely time to see your chiropractor; this posture is known as an antalgia and is often the prelude to severe leg pain.
Interestingly, research shows that if you FIRST consult a chiropractor with low back pain, you are much less likely to end up under the knife.
LOWER ARM PAIN
CHIROPRACTOR SomersetWest Strand Swellendam
Many conditions that cause arm pain have their origin in an irritated
nerve in the lower neck. It could be from the neck itself which you can
read about in this lower cervical facet anatomy page,
LOWER CERVICAL FACET ANATOMY ... or from the first rib which often interferes with the "plexus" of nerves
emerging from the neck on their way to your arm causing the so-called
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME ...
Tennis elbow and Carpal Tunnel Case Files like this one are a daily event in our clinics.
HEALTHY LIVING TIPS
You will find your Chiropractor has a passion for clean living, so you will get plenty of tips about rehabilitation, diet and subjects such as growing butternut squash. Butternut is full of Omega-3, a vital 'essential' fatty acid that are absolutely necessary for normal nerve conduction.