Where Is Your Pain?

Click on one of the following areas where you feel pain or scroll down:

• Back and Low Back Pain
• Neck Pain
• Shoulder
• Elbow
• Wrist and Hand
• Hip Groin and Thigh
• Knee
• Ankle and Foot

Back and Low Back Pain
Low back pain is definitely the most common reason to visit a Chiropractor. The low back also known as the lumbar spine consists of 5 vertebrae, separated by discs with two large joints named the sacro-iliac joints which is basically the area in which the sacrum and the hip connect. Statistics show that 80% of adults will have had low back pain at some time in their lives. There are a multitude of conditions that affect this area which are most commonly seen and successfully treated by Chiropractors. Pain in the low back may also coincide with leg complaints such as pain, numbness, tingling or weakness.

Neck Pain
Neck pain is another complaint commonly seen by chiropractors. This area is also known as the cervical spine and has 7 cervical vertebrae separated by discs. The neck is the most mobile part of the spine and has numerous nerves and vessels which make it a complex region. Complaints in this area can present in many other ways than just pain in the neck area such as dizziness, headaches, weakness, arm pain and more.

The shoulder is highly mobile and can move the arm and hand into almost any position in relation to the body. As a consequence stability comes second to mobility and makes the joint prone to injury through overuse and trauma. Consequently, rehabilitation, ergonomics and posture are an essential part of treatment for shoulder conditions. The primary joint in the shoulder is the glenohumeral joint (ball and socket) which is surrounded by strong ligaments and muscles that play a big part in stabilizing the shoulder. Pain in this area may be due to a number of conditions, including muscle tears, instability, tendinitis and impingements.

The elbow is the attachment site for many of the large muscles controlling the wrist and fingers. The muscles in this area commonly suffer from overuse or repetitive use complaints. Common complaints in this area include Medial epicondylitis (Golfers elbow), Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow) and nerve entrapments.

Wrist and Hand
The hand and wrist have the ability to move with great precision and complexity with many nerves and vessels passing in close proximity to muscles in charge of moving the fingers and wrist. Due to the duration and frequency in which the hands are used this area is prone to overuse and stress.
Commonly seen conditions in this area include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, nerve compression (Carpal-tunnel syndrome), tendinitis and sprain/strain injuries.

Hip, Groin and Thigh
This region consists of the hip joints, pubic bone and the pelvis. The sacro-iliac joint (SI Joint) is the name for the area where the sacrum attaches to the hip bones commonly known as the pelvis. This area transmits the weight of the upper body equally between the legs. It carried a lot of weight and is prone to overuse and stress. The hip joint is a stable structure and is less likely to suffer from dislocation compared to the shoulder.
The hip joint is prone to osteoarthritis as the joint is a heavy weight bearing joint.

The knee is a hinge joint that is frequently injured. During walking and running the knee moves through a considerable range of motion while bearing loads equivalent to 3-4 times body weight. The knee is positioned between the two longest bones in the body, the femur and tibia. The knee has many strong ligaments to help reduce twisting, torsion and injury.
Common conditions include : Ligament tear or sprain, Meniscus tear, ITB syndrome and Tendonitis.

Ankle and Foot
The joints in the hip, knee, ankle and foot have a profound effect on each other. They are all linked, if one area has an issue, pain can also occur in another area. Feet are best thought of as the foundations of a house. If a house is built on poor foundations they can then have structural problems. The majority of foot complaints are due to a lack of proper support or inappropriate footwear. Ankle sprains are a common cause of injury, it is important to rule out various fractures and ligament tears.