Chiropractic conditions

Chiropractic conditions covers a multiplicity of options to your painful joint problems.

At this page we will attempt to cover a great many of the common pain syndromes that may afflict a joint, ligament, capsule, and the nerves and muscles in the body.

Well almost; it remains controversial just how much chiropractic can help conditions such as multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy. There were many syndromes in which formerly we thought our profession could play no roll. Science has proved otherwise.

Like spinal stenosis for example.

Now we understand that the conditions chiropractic can successfully treat is far broader than we first realised. Ever thought of taking your tiny baby to your local DC? Is that quite mad? Science proves that infantile colic responds well to our care.

This page was last updated by Dr Barrie Lewis on 10th February, 2019.

Right choices

At Chiropractic Conditions we try to give you oodles of information so that you can make more right choices.

Whilst labeling patients is very useful in terms of deciding on treatment protocols, it is also fraught with errors. If your gut feel is that your chiropractor has made the wrong diagnosis, it's very important to discuss it with him or her; if only for your peace of mind.

Head and Neck pain

Whiplash of the neck can affect the brainstem causing a multiplicity of seemingly unrelated to chiropractic symptoms.
  • NECK PAIN ...
  • TMJ anatomy
  • TMJ ear pain
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    Tingling in arms and hands

    Tingling in arms and hands is one of the most common chiropractic conditions examined and treated at the coalface.


    Arm pain is certainly one of the most frequent complaints at the Chiropractic Coalface. There are many causes, from trauma, perhaps a long forgotten fall that injured the AcromioClavicular Joint on the tip of the shoulder.

    Or perhaps a spurt of spring cleaning.

    But most commonly is an old injury to the neck. Or first rib. By irritating the nerve roots that supply the arm, the muscles become weaker and vulnerable to injury, such as a rotator cuff syndrome.

    Tingling in the arms and hands is a frequent result. Waking up in the early hours with tingling and pain in your hands?

    The Upper Limb Tension Test is a simple procedure that you can perform at home to test for a pinched or irritated nerve in the neck.

    There are numerous sites in the arm where the nerve can be irritated...

    Sites of entrapment of the median nerve call for careful assessment by your chiropractor.

    An MRI of the midback gives a lot more information to your chiropractor.

    Mid back

  • BACKPAIN ... between the shoulder blades.
  • SCHEUERMANNS DISEASE ... does your teenager complain of an aching midback?
  • CHEST PAIN ...
  • TIETZES SYNDROME ... Another cause of breastbone pain.
  • The 'sprung rib'. Sharp pain on inspiration. RIB PAIN TREATMENT ...

  • Lower back and leg pain

    Lower back and leg pain is probably one of the most common chiropractic conditions treated at the coalface.

    A photograph of a skating accident causing a lumbar hyperextension injury.
  • LOWER BACK PAIN ... The most common malady facing the chiropractor on a daily basis.
  • L4 Lumbar spine ...
    Postero LATERAL disk herniation ...
    Postero MEDIAL disk herniation ...
    (Far) LATERAL disc herniation ...

  • Chiropractic conditions

    Chiropractic conditions is a navigation page to the complaints commonly treated; it is obviously not all inclusive.

    Sacroiliac Joint Syndrome and other Pelvic Conditions

    Pubic bone pain is always a challenge to the chiropractor.

    Hip arthritis and its causes

    Hip arthritis, caught early is certainly a chiropractic condition.
  • FEMORO ACETABULAR IMPINGEMENT SYNDROME - stiff, arthritic hip pattern in a younger person.
  • DEVELOPMENT HIP DYSPLASIA - the too-mobile hip with groin pain.
  • HIP ARTHRITIS ... Pain in the groin or side of the hip.
  • MAIGNES SYNDROME- buttock and leg pain
  • MERALGIA PARESTHETICA ... Pain and numbness on the side or front of the thigh
  • LEG LENGTH INEQUALITY ... a common cause of hip, knee and back arthritis.
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    Lower Limb (Leg) Pain

    Clarke's test is used by your chiropractor to evaluate kneecap pain.
  • LEG PAIN DURING PREGNANCY is a common complaint in the chiropractic clinic.
  • Pain and numbness in the side and/or front of the thigh. MERALGIA PARESTHETICA ...
  • Leg pain - one cause is known as INTERMITTENT CLAUDICATION - only with exercise.

  • Shin splints if often faced by the chiropractor treating sports injuries.

    Ankle and Foot pain

    Plantar myofascitis responds well to chiropractic treatment if he can assess and adjustment the bones of the foot and ankle.
  • FOOT PAIN ...
  • Tingling in the toes? MORTONS NEUROMA
  • PLANTAR MYOFASCITIS - pain under the foot.

  • Find a good chiropractor

    Find a good chiropractor is no different to locating a medical doctor, or architect for that matter, with whom you click; and also whether he is skillful in regard to your particular chiropractic condition.

    It never does any harm to go for a consultation with no treatment; let him or her examine you, take a history, and then you go away and thinking about whether they have been thorough and are knowledgeable about your problem. Not every DC may be skilled in the management of sports injuries, or infantile colic, or vertigo for example.

    When is changing chiropractors a good idea?

    Common Medical Conditions that may respond to chiropractic help

    Infertility, shingles, facial pain, infantile colic, trigeminal neuralgia ... COMMON MEDICAL CONDITIONS ...

    It goes without saying that having a full grasp of a wide range of  conditions such as that listed above, demands a relatively long and arduous chiropractic education.

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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 have left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he is 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 is 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 pain-free. 

    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 is well pleased; sixty-five percent better after three treatments.

    5. Mr T is a wise man; he has 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 stroll 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; he has a short leg.

    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. X-rays 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 few months 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 is a non-complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she is doing well.

    12. Mr D is a 38-year 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 could not 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 should not be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that is so much bunkum.

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