Chiropractor Rustenburg is the proven best choice for neck and back pain.
There is training at two South African universities now for DCs, with the result that their services are being offered in the smaller towns throughout the land.
Manipulation is the scientifically proven treatment of choice for low back pain; uncomplicated LBP with no referral to the leg responds well to the chiropractic adjustment. However, once an ache or tingling begins in the lower limb, you have to take it more seriously.
Rehabilitation and a period of rest is vital after all injuries including those of the spine; otherwise further setbacks occur, with the likelihood of referral down the leg. Then everything becomes more difficult; it hurts and costs much less if you do it right the first time.
Ask your chiropractor whether you should stay off work, and for what period. However, be warned; long term bed rest, and remaining home for months increases the risk of surgery.
My rules for massaging bed rest, with exercises done every half an hour, are when the leg pain exceeds that in the back, or if you go into an antalgic list. When you stand, do you look like a question mark?
Sitting and bending are taboo in the initial stages.
A severe warning sign is pain with coughing, sneezing and bearing down on the toilet; if any of these are present you simply must take your LBP seriously. Otherwise it will go down the leg.
Two nerves may typically be involved.
The sciatic nerve emerges from the lower lumbar spine; when it's pinched or irritated you may start to feel pain in the buttock and typically down the back of the leg and calf. It may affect either the side of the foot or the great toe area.
The femoral nerve comes from the mid lumbar spine, emerging from the pelvis via the groin and supplying the front of the thigh, and sometimes the inner lower leg.
Obviously this is all a simplification of the anatomy; use the search function in the navigation bar on your left to find more information on the sciatic and femoral nerves.
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Another warning sign is the development of a strange, twisted posture called an antalgia in medical terms, and the Pisa sign in layman's language, after the famous leaning tower. Notice how the man above is leaning to the left.
There are two kinds of antalgia. In one you lean towards the painful side, and the other away from it. They are quite different but both take a minimum of six weeks to completely heal.
The so called postero medial disk herniation responds much more quickly to the chiropractic adjustment; so rapidly that oft times folk don't take it seriously and just as soon there is a relapse. For this reason, it ends up more frequently in surgery than its twin brother.
The postero lateral disk herniation is altogether more difficult and folk know to take it seriously. Healing is slow and patience required. In this type you lean away from the painful side.
When the sciatic nerve is involved, you may have difficulty standing on your toes, raising the heel, or raising the big toe. The Slump test for sciatica will be strongly positive.
But if the femoral nerve is affected, the knee tends to buckle due to weakness of the quadriceps, or thigh muscle.
Try pricking your legs with a sharp pin; is there a difference from right to left?
What sort of conditions do chiropractors routinely treat? Traditionally, we offer a different approach to the medical management of slipped discs, lower back pain radiating along the Femoral nerve which supplies mainly the groin and anterior thigh, and even more commonly you can find help for Sciatica pain the nerve that supplies mainly the back of the thigh, the side of the lower leg and foot.
Then, of course, chiropractors believe that the management of headaches for example should address the cause of the pain, which research shows 70% of the time is in the neck.
Taking bucketloads of pills has a very detrimental affect on
the stomach and kidneys in particular and often has little lasting
affect on your headaches.
HEAD NECK PAIN
Then the neck is a frequent cause of conditions like frozen shoulder a very debilitating cause of arm pain. Read these arm pain case histories for example.