Chiropractor Rustenburg

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.

Dr Mmapula Maboe D.C.

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Help for sciatica pain

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 there are a host of midback conditions like Scheuermanns disease and rib conditions that cause pain that may radiate to the breast bone. Chiropractic rib pain treatment.

Head Neck Pain

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.

For your tennis elbow and other causes of pain and tingling in the arms and hands like carpal tunnel syndrome you will often find you can escape the knife.

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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