In Toowoomba, a wide range of spinal issues causing nerve or musculoskeletal pain can be diagnosed and treated by Toowoomba chiropractors. Part of the process a chiropractor does to arrive at an accurate diagnosis is to perform a thorough neurological and physical examination.
Some of the diagnostic tests required by chiropractors to be able to confirm their diagnosis are CT scans and x-rays. This is to further allow chiropractors to evaluate any spine-related problems before treatment is applied.
The varied issues involving the spine that can be diagnosed and treated by chiropractors include:
Known as referred pain, myofascial pain is a chronic disorder that causes aching and deep pain in unrelated parts of the body when a chiropractor applies pressure on the trigger or sensitive points. Repetitive movements often cause myofascial pain. The uncomfortable “knot” you feel in your muscle is a sign and symptom of myofascial pain.
Limb length discrepancy
Also termed as leg length or short leg discrepancy, limb length discrepancy shows one leg shorter than the other. Various postural issues such as pelvic tilt or structural problems such as a birth defect are the chief causes of this disorder.
DDD or Degenerative disc disease
Aging is the common cause of degenerative disc disease. The intervertebral discs tend to break down or degenerate as a person becomes older. The long years of misuse, strain or overuse of the pillow-like cushions between the vertebrae make the discs lose their shock absorption, flexibility, and elasticity components. The dehydration of the discs over the years causes them to become thinner.
Irritation or compression of a sciatic branch or nerve results in the disorder known as sciatica. The severe or moderate pain that is felt below the knee of a leg is the most common symptom of sciatica. People afflicted with sciatica describe the pain as shooting, sharp or like being receiving a jolt of electricity.
A rear-ended car accident that causes a sudden “whipping” of the head and neck backward and forward can result in severe neck strain or sprain.
Pain in the lower back or neck can be caused by a herniated disc. A nerve root being pressed by the nucleus pulposus or interior matter or the annulus or outer ring causes the pain in the neck or lower back.
Referred neck pain causes the disorder termed as Cervicogenic headaches. Pain behind the eyes, the back of the head or in the temples is caused by this disorder. Often, cluster headaches or migraines are mistakenly attributed to Cervicogenic headaches though it is not the case.
The buttocks contain a narrow muscle called the Piriformis muscle. Irritation or compression of this muscle to the sciatic nerve causes Piriformis syndrome. The sensations of numbing, tingling, and pain that travels from the buttocks down into one or both legs are the symptoms brought on by this disorder.
Pain developed and felt in the tailbone of the spine is caused by the disorder called Coccydynia. Coccydynia is the result of long bike rides or suddenly falling. Sitting usually aggravates the condition.
A chiropractor is considered a medical practitioner that can diagnose, evaluate, and treat a wide range of spinal disorders. Pain can take a chunk out of your life and living with it is not an option when there’s something you can do about it.