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Health Conditions

Our Docklands Health professionals are highly skilled and able to assist you with a vast array of health conditions.  This section contains a few of those conditions.  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Low Back Pain

Disc Injury

– There are 23 discs in total. They are present between all vertebrae.

Facet Joint Disorders

– Pain emanating from facets is sometimes called facet syndrome.

Spinal Stenosis

– the narrowing of the canals in which nerves pass through the spine.

Spondylolisthesis

– is a forward slippage of one vertebra on top of another.

Neck Pain

Disc Injury

-Discs provide a cushioning between the hard bones, as well allowing for movement of one vertebra on top of another.

Torticolis

– a condition in which the neck is twisted with the ear pulled to one side and the chin rotated to the other side.

Whiplash

– a soft tissue injury to the neck, whereby the head has been forced into a sudden forward and backward movement.

Facet Joint Disorders

It is one of the most common of spinal complaints and typically responds very well to chiropractic care.

Pelvis & Hips

Coccyx Injury

– The coccyx is a small bone (not much bigger than your fingernail) that sits at the end of the spine.

Osteitis Pubis

–  an inflammatory condition that affects the joint formed between the two pubic bones at the front of the pelvis (pubic symphysis).

Pelvic Floor Weakness

Much has been said about the importance of these muscles in women, especially after giving birth.

Trochanteric Bursitis

 a small, fluid-filled sac that sits on the outer aspect of the hip.

Sciatica

Sciatica describes back-related leg pain, caused by irritation to the sciatic nerve, or the nerve branches that form the sciatic nerve.

Head & Jaw

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

– Pain and stiffness in the jaw that may radiate to the ear, temple or neck. 

Tension Headaches

–  most common type of headache.

Migraine Headache

a constant throbbing pain felt in the temple or retro-orbital (behind the eye) area.

Cluster Headache

clusters of short-lived attacks of severe pain, usually around the eye.

Mid Back Pain

Costochondritis

– inflammation of the costal cartilages that connect the ribs to the breastbone (sternum). It causes pain and tenderness that is often present for many weeks.

Shingles

– can give a sharp, burning pain for several days before the skin lesions appear and the diagnosis becomes obvious. Prior to the lesions appearing, a diagnosis of shingles may be difficult to make.

Kids & Pregnancy

Children’s Health

– There are over 1 million visits by children to Australian chiropractors every year. In the USA this figure is as high as 30 million. Pregnancy

– The mechanical and hormonal changes that occur in a woman’s body during pregnancy can lead to problems such as low back and pelvic pain, indigestion and sciatica.

Arthritis/ Joint Inflammation

Ankylosing Spondylitis

– a chronic inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects the sacroiliac joints (pelvis), low back, neck, ribs and sternum (breast bone).

Osteoarthritis

is associated with ‘wear and tear’ or ‘degeneration’ of the cartilage that form the cushion of joints.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

an autoimmune disease that can cause chronic inflammation of the joints and other areas of the body.

Muscle Strains & Tears

Achilles Tendinopathy

– The Achilles tendon is the extension of the calf muscle (gastrocnemius and soleus) as it attaches into the back of the heel.

Calf Strain/ Tear

The calf can tear suddenly as a result of a large force, such as that when suddenly lunging forward or jumping.

Hamstring Strain/ Tear

The hamstring is a large group of 3 muscles located in the back of the thigh.

Adductor/ Groin Strain/ Tear

It is not uncommon for adductors to be injured with sudden side change of movement, such as football or soccer.

Bursitis

May present as joint pain, tenderness, swelling and redness.

Elbow Pain

Golfer’s Elbow

– an overuse injury that affects the outer (lateral) elbow, causing elbow soreness.

Tennis Elbow

– an overuse injury that affects the inner (medial) elbow.

Spinal Joint Dysfunction

When spinal bones are stuck, fixated and not moving properly, your ability to turn and bend can be compromised. When a spinal bone loses its normal relationship with the bone above or below it, it may set in motion a cascade of effects

Ankle & Foot

Achilles Tendinitis

More commonly the tendon becomes inflamed due to overuse seen often with runners.

Ankle Sprain

– usually occur when a person lands onto an uneven surface while jumping or running

Plantar Faciitis

occurs when the fascia at the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed.

Pronation/ Flat Feet

– over-pronation the roll of the foot increases beyond the normal 15 degrees, leading to excessive strain on supporting structures.

Shin Splints

– an overuse injury that creates pain on the outer edge of the shin bone (tibia).

Shoulder Pain

A/C Joint Injury

– Injury to this joint usually follows trauma, especially a fall onto an outstretched arm or a fall onto the tip of the shoulder.

Shoulder Bursitis

– Bursitis usually coincides with mechanical imbalance in the shoulder leading to irritation of muscle tendons.

Frozen Shoulder/ Adhesive Capsulitis

– a state in which the shoulder builds up significant scar tissue causing the joint capsule to contract and severely limit shoulder flexibility.

Rotator Cuff/ Impingement Syndrome

– the rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles and their tendons that attach from the shoulder blade (scapula) into the bone of the upper arm (humerus).

Knee

Menicus/ Cartilate Tear

– The cartilage within the knee is known as a meniscus and there is a meniscus on both and inside (medial) and outside (lateral) of each knee.

Patella Tendonitis

– Aka Jumpers knee. Especially prevalent in athletes who play jumping sports, such as basketball and volleyball.

Osteoarthritis

– wear and tear joint degeneration that leads to breakdown of cartilage.

Patella Tracking Dysfunction

– a condition that affects the alignment of the kneecap (patella).

Wrist & Hand Pain

Arthritis

– a condition characterized by degeneration of the cartilage that forms joints.

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

-a condition in which the median nerve becomes irritated or compressed as it passes through the wrist.

Ganglion Cyst

– a swelling that can occur at the wrist, hand and foot.

Sprained Wrist

– the over-stretching of ligaments, and the wrist is a common site for this type of injury. This is usually the result of a fall onto an outstretched hand.

Trigger Finger

– a disorder characterized by the locking or catching of one or more fingers as they close to make a fist.

Insomnia

A condition that describes individuals who have difficulty sleeping or find it hard to fall or stay asleep. As a result, these individuals have trouble functioning during the daytime due to the lack of adequate sleep.

In chronic cases, it may lead to problems with concentration, irritability, depression and an increased risk of heart disease.

 

Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety

When anxiety becomes overwhelming or continues well after the stressor has gone, it may be classified as an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders include, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Phobias, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Depression

–  a state of low mood and may include feelings of apathy, anxiousness, hopelessness and irritability. Depressed people often withdraw from social interaction or activities that they once enjoyed; have loss of appetite or over-eat; insomnia or excessive sleeping, fatigue, digestive disorders and various musculoskeletal complaints such as back pain.

Asthma

Asthma is a common breathing disorder characterized by episodes of wheezing, breathlessness and chest tightness due to widespread narrowing of the airways. A cough may also be associated with asthma.

Chest Pain

Cardiovascular

– Example Heart attack. A severe crushing pain in your chest. A medical emergency

Spine and Ribs

– The area is often tender and becomes worse with full inspiration.

Dizziness

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

often bought on by turning movements such as rotating the head or rolling over in bed (positional).

Labyrinthitis 

–  inflammation and irritation of the inner ear (labyrinth). The most common cause of labyrinthitis is a viral infection.

Meniere’s Disease

–  named after the French physician Prosper Menire who first made the connection between vertigo and the inner ear.

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