Articles in Category: Chiropractic

Popliteus Injury

on Wednesday, 05 September 2018. Posted in Massage, General Health, Sporting Injuries, Chiropractic

Popliteus Injury

By Luke Attkins

Diploma of Remedial Massage, Certificate IV of Massage Therapy

Member: AAMT, SCA, CAA, CA.

 

Have you ever tried to go for a run or walk and had the feeling that your knee was going to ‘lock up’ or ‘give out’ on you? This is a common cause of popliteus muscle injuries. The popliteus muscles is a small but strong muscle, that’s main action is to internally rotate the tibia (shin bone). Another action this muscle is involved with is the unlocking of the knee joint whilst bending the leg from a fully straightened position.

 

Common injury symptoms associated with this muscle can be back and outside knee pain, and the feeling of being unstable upon loading the joint. With the areas of pain that are associated, doctors frequently view the area as having a ligament tear of either the lateral collateral, anterior cruciate or posterior cruciate ligaments; however MRI or X-Ray scans will show up clear, therefore leaving the patient in pain and discomfort with no answers.

 

This posterior-lateral knee pain is commonly caused by the under activation of the hamstrings whilst walking or running, therefore making the popliteus muscle over exert itself and be strained under the pressure.

 

Treatment that is very effective in decreasing the pain and helping to relieve the unsteadiness that is felt within the knee joint is remedial massage. Remedial Massage treatment helps by identifying the problem and using different massage styles to release and take the strain off the popliteus.

 

If you think this sounds like something that may be affecting you, call (07) 3398 7022 to book in for an appointment to see one of our accredited remedial massage therapists.

Red Flags

Written by Don Williams BSc, MChiro, ICSSD. on Wednesday, 23 September 2015. Posted in Massage, General Health, Acupuncture, Training and Performance, Chiropractic

Red Flags

Red Flags

By Don Williams

B.Sc., M.Chiro., ICSSD., PG Dip. NMS Rehabilitation Cert DNS. Memb: FICS, CEA

 

Health care practice is an interesting and ever changing profession. One of the challenges that keep us on our toes is the assessment and management of different injuries and ailments.

 

The first goal in assessment is (or certainly should be) to identify what the complaint is, whether it is a serious or potentially serious condition that requires urgent intervention.

 

Recently, we have had a number of quite serious cases which have left us a little baffled as to the management they had unfortunately NOT received.

 

So this month I thought I would write an article on important symptoms to watch out for so you are not feeling sore and sorry.

 

Red Flags; this is believe it or not, a technical term for signs and symptoms which may indicate serious underlying pathology. These flags are many and varied and their presence is merely a potential indicator of pathology. This means that just because you have a “Red Flag” doesn’t mean you have a problem.

 

In compiling this list, it is by no means exhaustive and is a reflection of some of the things that we see showing up in our clinic.

 

So regionally, what are the things you should watch out for and what can they mean?

 

Back Pain

If you have back pain with referral down the leg, total numbness or loss of muscle strength it may be important. Loss of bowel and bladder control is certainly something we would want to know about.

 

Chest Pain

Most people know that chest pain can be an indicator of a heart attack. Most people realise that this is more commonly on the left side, however, pain in the lower front of the neck, the left arm, the left upper back and the right side of the chest can also be indicators. This would be reinforced by an increase in pain with exercise and or shortness of breath.

 

Night pain

Pain that wakes you from sleep is a concern, additionally; if this pain is accompanied by night sweats we would be a little more concerned. Sudden loss or gain in weight for no apparent reason is also a concern.

 

Headaches

“The worst headache I have ever had” is not a great thing to hear. If this is in conjunction with vomiting and dizziness it is more of a concern. The feeling that the head is going to explode is more of a concern. Disturbances in any of your higher senses (vision, taste, hearing or smell) can also be a concern

 

Pain

Unremitting pain of 6 months or more of duration may be serious. If this is high intensity pain, then it is more of a concern. If the problem is not responding to conservative treatment then it is more concerning again.

 

If you have had a problem which won’t go away or you have some interesting symptoms that you are just not sure about, then get them checked out. Sometimes they may mean nothing, sometimes they may be important. My thought, always, if in doubt check it out.

Scoliosis

on Thursday, 03 March 2016. Posted in General Health, Chiropractic

Scoliosis

By Jakob van Vlijmen

M Chiro, DC

 

Scoliosis is a bend in your spine. When viewed from the side your back should have a double S shape. However when viewed from behind the back should be straight. If this isn't the case it is called scoliosis. At least 4% of the world population has scoliosis, however, this figure is likely to be higher, as in many cases the deformity is so minimal that it is missed and it does not cause symptoms.

 

Scoliosis might be present at birth due to a structural abnormality; however, most often it is something that develops during growth. Scoliosis is most likely to become present at the age of 10. Incidentally, it can present later in life.

 

In 10% of cases an underlying illness is the cause of the scoliosis; usually this is an illness affecting the nerves or muscles causing a twist in the spine. However, in over 60% of the cases the cause is unknown. More research in the future will shed some light on possible causes and if family genetics play a role.

 

Children are often not troubled by scoliosis. They are quite flexible and their bodies are able to compensate. At a later stage in life scoliosis can be a possible contributing factor to back pain.

 

When you have scoliosis you might notice some of the following things:

Ø  More tension on one side of your back

Ø  One arm or leg seems longer

Ø  One shoulder blade that sticks out further

Ø  At times the tension in your back can cause headaches or back pain

 

The earlier scoliosis is identified, the earlier treatment can be started and the better the outcome will be. Especially with children it is good to stay vigilant as there is a greater chance for their scoliosis to worsen as they develop and grow. Luckily in most cases the severity of the scoliosis remains limited and surgery or a body cast is not needed. To determine if these measures are needed the angle of the scoliosis must be measured on an X-ray.  When the scoliosis is more than 25 degrees a cast or corset might be needed. If the scoliosis is more than 45 degrees surgical intervention may be indicated.

 

To help prevent the scoliosis and diminish pain there are a few different options. A Chiropractor can help decide which steps are necessary. Furthermore, a Chiropractor can treat the problems that occur as a consequence of the scoliosis such as back pain and headaches. They will also help you become more aware of your posture as this is even more important in patients with scoliosis! Certain exercises can also help. Home exercises can be sufficient; however, some patients, especially children, might need more guidance and can benefit from occupational therapy or physiotherapy. Your chiropractor can advise you on the best course of action.

 

Scoliosis might not be that bad, however, it is imperative to keep an eye on it, especially in children, to make sure it doesn't deteriorate. Remain vigilant and consult a Chiropractor if you have any concerns.