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Ankle Hurts to Walk On; no Swelling or Bruising

by Angelica
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Ankle Hurts to Walk On; no Swelling or Bruising

One week ago, I was walking on an even surface in platforms and fell, my ankle rolled outwards and my foot was bent towards my other foot (so inwards), I felt a sharp pain but just walked it off and all was good.

Fast forward exactly one week later; my ankle hurts to walk on. I have no idea if the pain is coming from that fall, but I haven't done anything remotely damaging to my foot in general since then.

It hurt too much to walk on continuously so I was limping and hopping to get to places. It is not bruised or swollen so I thought it would pass the next day.

Fast forward three days later and the pain is still here. I've rested, iced, compressed and elevated but the pain doesn't seem to want to go away for anymore than a few minutes after this process.

I have absolutely no idea what is wrong. It's not bruised or swollen, nor does the skin feel tender to touch.

Hello Angelica,
The news is basically good; almost no likelihood of fracture, or sprain for that matter.

But clearly one of the small joints in the ankle has become subluxated; when you weight bear it causes the sharp pain.

Whilst there's nothing simple in health care, this is probably routine; you need to find a chiropractor who works a lot with feet. Shop around.

If you do nothing, immobilisation arthritis will set in, and it'll look like the enclosed scan in a few years time.

It's probably in the ankle mortise joint, or the subtalar joint, but could be any one of many. A careful, thorough examination is called for and, like I said, I think it's likely to be routine to fix. Don't sign up for thirty treatments! Not in this instance, nor ever.

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Mar 18, 2017
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pain when walking NEW
by: Lisa

Hey yall

About 4 days ago I was walking down my stairs and I rolled over on my ankle (as in my ankle outer side was parallel with the stairs and my foot was inwards) I heard a very loud Crack and instant pain...there is no swelling I can really notice and no real bruising to it....but every time I put weight on it a sharp pain shooting to my kneecap really any movement is intense...if I touch my tibia the pain is ten times worse....I have been wrapping it, icing it, and elevating it to no difference....only time there is no pain is when it's immobilized and I'm off it.....is this a strain, break, fracture, or muscle/nerve problem? I hate doctors so everyone's suggestion please

Mar 16, 2017
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Haven't injured yet foot is painful
by: Liz

Hi.
I haven't injured or hurt my foot or ankle in any way and it doesn't hurt to touch, but for the last 3 days I haven't been able to weight bear at all and the pain (only when walking) is awful.

Have you any ideas please?

Hello Liz,
As with any severe pain, it's better to have it assessed sooner rather than later. Certainly as soon as you know it's not improving of its own accord.

Meantime, ice and gentle exercises. See our ankle exercise page at Chiropractic Help.

Dr B

Feb 25, 2017
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What's wrong with my ankle?
by: Brie

I'm only 13 and I pointing my right foot the after that there was a sharp pain and it hurt too much to walk on.

I've iced it and raised it, even if I slightly move it, it hurts a lot. There's no swelling but a tiny bit of bruising; I stay off of it as much of I can but my family is always on the road for my brothers' hockey so it's kinda hard.

When I am walking on it I limp a bit so all my weight isn't on it and like I said if I move it a tiny bit it hurts.

Hello Brie,
By 'pointing' do you mean you hurt it in ballet? If there's some bruising it means that you've torn something; it's bleeding under the skin.

That doesn't usually cause severe pain when walking, but often at the same moment that it sprained, you subluxated one of the small bones in the ankle; then it's very painful to walk on.

Fixing a subluxated talus bone for example isn't usually difficult but your folks may have trouble finding a chiropractor who works a lot with feet ankles; you shouldn't need an expensive orthotic.

Dr B

Feb 24, 2017
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Is this a ligament problem or a possible fracture?
by: Anonymous

I fell over about four weeks ago and my ankle turned inwards so it's the outer part of my right ankle that hurts. I'm used to spraining my ankle often because of playing netball but haven't sprained it in a few years.

So I get used to just walking on it and using it as normal afterwards; therefore not usually painful after the first day.

However this time the swelling only lasted like two days and it is actually slightly painful to do some movements with that ankle. So I went to the doctor two weeks ago and she said to rest it etc and not play sport but walking should be fine - which I had been doing anyway.

However it feels worse now than it did two weeks ago as it is actually slightly painful when I'm sitting or lying down - the outside of my ankle where the bone ends feels tender when I touch it which it didn't really before - it also makes a clicking sound every time I flex it.

Is it a possible minor fracture? Or is it possible my sprain has just got worse?

Hello,
The ligaments attach to that bone on the outside of the ankle, called the lateral malleolus, which is why it's tender; it can fracture off, but that seems unlikely in your case; you wouldn't be walking on it.

At the same time that you sprained it, called an inversion sprain, what often happens is that the talus or calaneus bones in the ankle subluxate; hence the clicking sound and why walking on it increases the pain.

Look for a chiropractor who works with feet and ankles; it's usually quite simple to reduce although after this length of time it's getting more difficult. Don't leave it; it will become arthritic.

I doubt a fracture but your chiropractor might want to have it x-rayed just to be sure.

Dr B

Feb 18, 2017
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Something New
by: Anonymous

I'm 59 yrs old. I'm just getting over a cold/flu and finally felt well enough to take a walk on a paved trail. Walked about 3 miles, nothing happened. Home, I moved about for 2 hours then sat with my feet elevated watching TV. My ankle began throbbing and when I stood, I got a sharp pain and could not bear weight fully on the right foot. I can put wt on my heel, but not fully on the foot. Throbbing throughout the night and again this morning. Same situation, can't put full weight on the foot. What now? I've never broken or sprained anything.

Feb 18, 2017
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Not able to walk after I fell
by: Abby

Hi, i'm a gymnast and today at gym i was walking off two 8 inchers and when i did i rolled my ankle and leaned forward when i did, i heard something snap/pop and i couldn't take a step 30 seconds after it happened, i iced for about 15-30 minutes and it hurts to move it at all, when i walk i have to have something to hold me up also the ankle isn't swelling, it looks way flatter than normal though, is there anything wrong with it? by the way i can't walk on it

Feb 16, 2017
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Inner ankle hurts
by: Anonymous

Hi,

A few days ago I went to sleep and when I woke up I tried to walk and I felt a pain in my inner ankle. I sort of walked it off during the day, but as the day went on started to limp. I decided to sleep it off and hoped day 2 it would be better. When I woke up on day two I took a few steps out of bed and heard like a knuckle crack on my inner ankle. Like the sound when you crack your knuckles. It was a sharp pain and I fell to the floor. Basically, anytime I put any weight on that foot my inner ankle hurts. It's day 3 now and it still hurts, but it seems like it's getting better. I can walk slowly but still can't walk fully flat because of the pain in the inner ankle. I have no idea what's going on with my ankle. Did I somehow sprain it while sleeping? There is no swelling, bruising or redness at all. I'm really confused. The days prior to the ankle pain I was walking perfectly fine no issues at all. I'm in good health, and not overweight. If anyone has any info that can help me get better, I'd appreciate it.

Feb 11, 2017
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Can not weight bear on ankle
by: Gary

Last night I stood up to go upstairs and felt a sudden sharp pain from my ankle joint area; it was so painful I nearly fell over; there was no warning at all.

I'm 40 years old, relatively fit; I regularly use ladders whilst working but do not remember falling or anything significant that may be the cause; a few days ago I remember lying in bed and feeling pain from the same ankle but it soon went. I've suffered with achilles pain for months from the same ankle, could this be linked?

The pain is around 8-9, I have to go back to work on Monday and worry I won't be able to do my job, any ideas what it could be; thank you.

Hello Gary,
The chronic achilles tendonitis tells you that something is going on in your lower leg; without examining you, I can't be sure what exactly.

Most conditions in the body start by warning you that all is not well in the state of Denmark. If you do nothing, then it may heal of itself, but often it progresses to the next level of pain.

Be careful up a ladder; or you may have a broken hip to go with your ankle pain!

Simply stretching your achilles tendon every morning would have been my recommendation before this happened, but now it's time to consult someone who works specifically with the lower leg.

Dr B

Feb 09, 2017
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Ankle hurts to walk on but no bruising or swelling
by: Ben

Two weeks ago I was playing football and I went to kick the ball with a lot of force but sombody stuck their foot out and I kicked it with full force.

I felt my foot go back and a sharp pain through my ankle; so I sat out for the rest of the game and got told to rest it; however the following day I could not walk on it without having a sharp pain in my ankle so I was limping around all day.

I tried to just use deep freeze but it would not work at all and it still caused me pain. I iced it off and on for the first day and have been resting it for about 3 days but whenever I seem to walk or run I have an intense pain in my ankle; it has been nearly 3 weeks since it had happened and it still hurts.

But to the eye there's no swelling and bruising at all even when it originally happened and if I touch it I can't feel pain. What shall I do?

Hello Ben,
Clearly, after three weeks it needs professional attention. Since there is no swelling it's unlikely that you've broken anything, but that needs to be considered.

Mostly likely you've subluxated one of the small bones in the ankle; it causes very sharp pain when weight bearing.

After 3 days I would have suggested ice and exercises, but now it's time to see someone knowledgeable about ankles.

Reducing a subluxated talus for example is usually pretty straight forward.

Dr B


Dr B

Feb 01, 2017
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Multiple ankle issues after rolling ankle in volleyball
by: MND

My daughter was playing volleyball. She dove for the ball and a teammate stepped on her ankle. Felt a pinch above the back of the ankle a few times over the next couple hours. She iced it and rested it that evening. Then it was back to normal.
At practice three days later, a teammate went under the net and she landed on her foot after blocking, slightly rolling the same ankle. Felt ok. Pushing off for a pass she slightly rolled again and had some pain.

There is little to no appreciable swelling but some pain when you touch the ankle bone. Mild pain going down stairs but not up stairs. No pain when walking. Had a very mild ankle sheath tear 5 years ago, same ankle. Just had a doctor reevaluate 6 months ago and he said there was no obvious weakness or "play" in the ankle. Thoughts? Thanks so much!

Hello MND,
Clearly there's something going on, though obviously with be able to assess her ankle, it's impossible for me to make a diagnosis.

With it having rolled several times over the last weeks, there's now the potential for a full blown sprain. An ankle guard as an interim measure might help.

The fact that going down stairs hurts, but not up, suggests that it is probably ligamentous in nature, or a subluxated ankle bone.

If she was simply able to take three weeks break from training it would probably resolve of itself. Continue with the ice and begin with our ankle exercises, and something rather more vigorous like a wobble board.

Before continuing with play now is not without danger; I'd recommend you see the doctor you saw six months ago; he knows her and what is normal for her.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B



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Jan 26, 2017
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Sore ankle
by: Anonymous

I don't know what happen to my ankle; it don't hurt to touch or move side to side; it only hurts when I'm standing and walking; pain can vary from 3 to 8 sometimes; this being going on for 2 weeks now.

Any pain that persists needs to be examined; or you risk having it for the rest of your life. Don't allow it to become chronic.

Start the ankle exercises which you can find using the search function in the navigation bar at Chiropractic Help.

It may need to be x-rayed.

Overweight? Then it's probably arthritis. Get it off; or suffer.

Dr b


Jan 24, 2017
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Why does it hurt?
by: Anonymous

My ankle hurts when I walk or move it around; I have no swelling or bruising. What should I do?

As with most conditions, do some exercises and be kind to it for a week; if the pain still hasn't gone then you'd better see someone knowledgeable about ankles.

It's probably a subluxated talus or calcaneus but really could be many things; it needs to be examined if the pain persists.

Dr B

Jan 19, 2017
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Both ankles hurt
by: Anonymous

Hi. Both of my ankles hurt a lot from the inside especially when I stretch them or go down the stairs. I think it may have happened from wearing high heels almost a week ago because i hadn't worn heels in nearly a year.

I didn't fall or roll my ankles or anything but they started hurting a lot the day after like a sore feeling.

They are a little swollen but not too much and not bruised. Is there anything I can do to help the pain?

I suspect this is something that will resolve of itself. Perhaps in a month test those shoes again and, if you get the same reaction, dump them.

I would ice the painful area, alternating with heat in the bath.

And then, using the search function at chiropractic help, find and do our 'ankle exercises' daily.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B

Jan 18, 2017
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Ankle hurts but no swelling
by: Anonymous C

Have been having ankle pain for the past 4 days but no swelling; however when I move it ard or stretch it, it hurts quite badly. I tried to ice it but didn't work. It's weird how it isn't swelling; but I sprained that ankle before so I'm wondering if it's my old injury?

Yes, it's almost certainly from your old sprains. Go on with the ice, and do our alphabet exercises. If after a week or ten days it doesn't settle down, then you'd better get professional help.

Dr B

Jan 16, 2017
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I rolled my ankle but its not too bad, just need info on what to do
by: Anonymous

So in gym today we were playing handball and I jumped up and came down fine it was when I went to run I rolled my left ankle, the pain at first wasn't bad as I was able to play on it the rest of the hour, although when walking up stairs at the high school I would get moderate pain, and now it has been about 7 hour since and I don't get much pain when I walk on it and there is no swelling or bruising what can I do, and how long might it last.
P.s. when i point my toes forward as if I were steering that is where I gut the most pain, almost the only pain now, also I rolled it outward

Jan 15, 2017
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I fell in color guard my ankle rolled but there is no swelling. .
by: Anonymous

Hi,
so i fell over my flag in color guard on Friday. It is now Sunday and it really started hurting on Saturday. I have a lot of competitions coming up and practices i hope i didn't do any thing really bad. I have hurt my ankle about 3 times before in dance. I have been doing the R.I.C.E method. But it still hurts i think it is a sprain. My dad is probably going to scheduled at doctors appointment do you have any advice?
Thanks

Jan 10, 2017
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Not sure if ankle injury is serious or not
by: Anonymous

I rolled my ankle to the outside during basketball after someone stepped on it. There is no swelling or bruising, but it is irritating to walk and quite a bit of pain when I run. I'm not sure how serious this is, or if I need to sit out for a while or can I go back to playing?

You don't say how long ago this happened; if it's several weeks and is still this disabling, then it needs to be examined; if was yesterday, then so some exercises and ice it.

Talk to your trainer; going through some rehab is always important after injury, otherwise it just happens again, and is often then worse.

Dr b

Jan 10, 2017
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Rolled ankle outwards and feels like it will give way
by: Anonymous

Rolled ankle outwards and feels like it will give way means there may be ligament sprain.


I'm 14; I rolled my ankle outwards yesterday and it is really sore. I play soccer and was training when I did it; I limped over and sat down but as I was walking it felt like it would give way. It's not swollen or bruised but it is so painful to walk on.

My mum thinks it's fine but it's so sore. When I'm walking I feel pain on that bone that sticks out on the outside of your ankle and up about four fingers. I also feel pain on the bone that sticks out on the inside of your ankle. They are both very tender.

My mum keeps telling me to walk on it but it really hurts. I have a soccer trial in 9 days I need to be able to run but it hurts too much.

Hello,
It's a good sign there is no swelling or bruising. Like most injuries, it's not unwise to do a few of the basics; ice your ankle, do the gentle ankle exercises that you can find below and see what develops.

I don't mean to put your mum down, but she has no clue; nor do I for that matter. Until your ankle has been examined by someone knowledgeable, we have no idea what damage has been done; obviously something and I regret your trial in a week's time is probably out of the question.

Rolling your ankle outwards is less common; there may be significant injury. Do those basics for a few days, and if it's not progressing well, then ask your football coach what he suggests.

I hope it turns out well. Let me know.

PS. At 14 you have to work with your mum; she is concerned and has some of the wisdom of the ages, believe it or not!

Dr B



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Jan 03, 2017
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Easiest way to get this away fast
by: Anonymous

I fell off a chair two days ago; I hurt my ankle. I'm a swimmer. I want the answer quickly and I want this to go away easy the pain started a day after I fell off the chair.😢😢😢

Hello Anon,
I have no quick answer, nor will anybody until your ankle has been examined. You've given me almost no details so I'm afraid I have almost no suggestions.
Except that the pain started the next day; it's probably not fractured.

Look for a chiropractor who works with feet; or your regular doctor.

Remember, I am unable to examine you; so you have to give met a lot of data to make up.

Dr B

Jan 03, 2017
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Is this the same thing?
by: Anonymous

My ankle hurts but I hurt it 2 days ago and it started to hurt yesterday; I want this to go away easily. I don't want my mom to find out.😢 Please fix it; hurts so much but I can walk.

I'm afraid I haven't a clue because you don't give me any details. How did you hurt it? Where is the pain? What increases the pain? And you'd better tell Mom!

Dr B

Dec 25, 2016
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Extreme ankle pain when walking
by: Anonymous

I am having severe pain from the inside of my left ankle when I walk. I have not fallen or tripped to cause this to be in pain. I do have back and leg problems due to bulging disc surgery and have sciatic nerve damage in my left lower leg. Could this also be causing so much pain in my ankle now. There's no swelling or bruising at all.

Hello,
The question is whether movements of your back, or your ankle provoke the ankle pain. Try bending slowly forwards, backwards and then to the side; any ankle pain?

Now, sitting, wriggle your foot about; any pain? Prod around your ankle; is there any obvious tenderness?

The next step would be to do femoral and sciatic stretch tests. The Slump test is relatively straight forward, but for the femoral nerve it's rather more difficult.

My gut feeling is that this is an ankle problem, but obviously not able to examine you, I'm really guessing.

You need to see someone knowledgable about both backs and ankles. I hope this contributes.

Dr B

Dec 15, 2016
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Sharp ankle pain after jumping down stairs
by: Anonymous

Sharp ankle pain after jumping down stairs

Hello, My name is Katy.

I'm a fourteen year old and have recently jarred my ankle. In my school there are small stairs, so I usually take them in pairs. Yesterday I was doing just that when a kid hopped in front of me. My right foot caught the back of his shoe, and I jumped forward so I wouldn't hurt him. I cleared about 4 stairs so maybe a foot or so fall. As I landed, both of my ankles rolled inward. I heard a small pop but nothing more. My left ankle was weak and buzzing slightly as I walked in pain, but my right was ok. (Years before I had sprained my left.)

When I got home I elevated and iced it. I can put pressure on it, but the second I go to turn or walk it is excruciating. I can't roll it in any form and can slightly bend it downward. There is no bruise nor swelling.

Thanks!

Goodness, it's a brave new world. Fancy a fourteen year old taking responsibility for her health like this! But do keep mum and dad in the loop.

Katy, just to be sure, you'd better get an x-ray of that ankle; you may have fractured one of the small bones, and then it's imperative that it go into a boot of some sort, even a POP cast; otherwise it'll grieve you for the rest of your life.

In all probability you've subluxated one of the small joints in the ankle, probably the talus; it causes incredibly sharp pain, and is usually easy to treat by someone who knows what he's about. Or she. Have you thought of becoming a chiropractor? Just a thought.

If your folks know a sports oriented chiropractor then consult him or her; otherwise your medical doctor would perhaps be your best port of call.

Let me know how you get on.

Dr B



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Nov 18, 2016
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Ankle
by: Rolled my ankle extreme pain walking

Hello. My name is Kaili. Yesterday in gym when we were running I rolled on my ankle. It really hurts. It is not swollen or bruised but it hurts extremely when I walk on it. My mom won't take me to the doctor and I can't take myself since I am only 13. I am like 95% sure that I need crutches because the pain is unbearable. What should I do?

Hello Kaili,
When you roll your ankle, several things can happen. Torn ligaments or a tendon for example, then there will be swelling and often internal bleeding; it goes black and blue, and then yellow.

The other thing that often happens is a bone, usually the talus, subluxates giving the very sharp pain when you walk on it.

Usually it's a very simple procedure to reduce the subluxation, only a couple treatments, and then some exercises.

But you will have to allow the doctor to use his discretion; he may feel there's a possibilty of fracture, and will want an x-ray.

My recommendation is to ice it, wiggle it about, and do our alphabet exercises and give it a few days. If it's still really sore after say 5-7 days, then it's best to have a professional examine your ankle; someone who works with feet every day. The average medical doctor and chiropractor probably won't know too much. Your folks will have to scout about and find someone who is knowledgeable about ankles.

Most commonly it's the ankle mortise joint that is affected, though others can be affected.

Perhaps print this out, and let Mom read it. Let me know how you get on.

Remember the 50 percent less pain rule. The pain goes away much faster than it heals; if you turn it again in the next few weeks then it'll certainly be a problem.

Good luck.

Dr B

Nov 04, 2016
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ankle hurts
by: Anonymous

My ankle hurts really badly, but there is no swelling or bruising.

Start with an x-ray, it's probably an old injury.

Do your best to locate as accurately as you can where the pain is.

Then work out which movements provoke the pain; are any of them limited?

Let me know.

Dr B

Oct 12, 2016
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Ankle problems with running
by: Brandon

I've had this same problem; it's been 4 weeks and it really hurts but there was never any bruising or swelling I run cross country and it really hurts.

Hello Brandon,
There are many possibilities depending on old injuries, etc but most likely you have subluxated talus or calcaneus.

Generally these are not difficult to manage, but of course there may be other stuff lurking.

Best get to see someone who works with feet and ankles; talk to your friends and family; and your GP.

Let me know how you get on.

Dr B

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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