Currumbin Beach Chiropratic Clinic
Q: Does treatment hurt?
A: Examination procedures are generally painless as are most treatments. Some areas may be more sensitive than others and when inflammed may be painful regardless of treatment. As a rule we try to avoid pain as this may stir up an already inflammed region.
Q: How soon am I likely to see results?
A: Most sessions will have a measurable positive outcome. Sometimes this will alleviate symptoms immediately although in most instances the relief is progressive. Improved function towards normal measures will provide an environment for the body to heal naturally. For this reason we focus on the improvement or normalisation of reflexes, range of motion, muscle strength and the ability to perform tasks with good form.
Q: Should I come in even if the pain has gone?
A: Small amounts of discomfort that are persistent or symptoms that reoccur from time to time are signs of dysfunction. With thorough assessment, a preventative strategy can be formulated for even those who have no pain. Our goal is to help you function at your best with as little treatment as possible.
Q: How many times will I need to come?
A: This depends on the problem at hand and the desired outcome.
Many people get great relief with as little as a single session. Others require numerous treatments to help overcome an injury. Ongoing therapy is not indicated though unless there is significant and progressive improvement. Many patients take our advice to undergo maintenance care. The frequency of maintenance care depends on the person and their physical challenges. Monthly sessions are a popular way to stay sharp for those who play and work hard.
Q: I don’t want to be manipulated. Is this a necessary part of the treatment?
A: Every patient is unique. Manual Chiropractic adjustments are appropriate for certain conditions but are not always necessary and can be substituted by non manipulative techniques. The signature treatment is the care you will receive and a variety of treatment options best suited for you.
Q: How long is the typical visit?
A: Usually 15 or 30 minute sessions. Initial consultations are allocated 30 minutes.
Q: Do you offer massage therapy?
A: Yes, we have an excellent massage therapist at the clinic. Soft tissue release techniques are an integral part of most treatment programs in our clinic.
Q: Can you help with a pinched nerve?
A: Yes. Nerve irritation in the neck or low back can cause arm or leg symptoms such as numbness, tingling or weakness. We will perform the necessary examination to diagnose the condition. Treatment, if indicated, should be quite painless. Management will often include ergonomic or lifting advice, physical therapy, and exercise. Sometimes anti-inflammatory medicine prescribed by your medical physician are important too. Some cases require additional testing such as radiographic imaging. We will make appropriate referrals in these instances. Often signs of nerve irritation may be due to tight muscles and can be helped with simple procedures.
Q: Are there treatments for headache?
A: Absolutely. Chiropractic along with postural/ergonomic advice is a proven approach for many headaches. Occasionally, multidisciplinary management with other specialists is required and a team approach is utilized.
Q: What type of treatment is used for knee problems?
A: Initially, the knee disorder is assessed and diagnosed. Examination will require a thorough evaluation of the foot and hip as well as the knee. Proper foot wear, balance and postural exercises may be employed. Strapping techniques are very helpful for acute and chronic management. The Zindler technique can be extremely successful in reducing pain and improving function, even for degenerative or damaged knees.
Q: How long does it usually take to get better from a back pain episode?
A: About 80% of people with lower back pain are 80% better within 2-4 weeks.
Q: If I have sciatica do I need surgery?
A: If your sciatica is constant and persisting for 2-3 months then you may be a surgical candidate. If it is causing progressive muscle weakness you would be more likely to require surgery. If you have any bowel or bladder incontinence or both legs are “giving way” then a more urgent surgical consultation may be advised. However, 90% of people with sciatica will improve with conservative care. An interesting scientific study showed that in the “long term” at 2 years or 10 years there was no difference in outcome in those having surgery vs. those that did not. An eminent neurosurgeon, Edward Caragee, M.D. from Stanford University wrote that the decision to operate is not a medical one, but is a social one. If you are not improving within 12 weeks then you may get better quicker with surgery. But, eventually even without surgery if you can manage the pain you will have the same result either way.
Q: If my M.R.I. or C.T. shows a herniated disc can you help me?
A: Herniated discs are very common. It has been found that they are often present in people who have no symptoms – even in 20 year olds! Experts now say that spinal changes such as herniated discs and arthritis are related to age (like graying hair or wrinkling skin) not symptoms. It appears that the difference between a person with a herniated disc who has no symptoms and one who has symptoms has to do with how their body is coping or stabilizing their back. Severity of pathology and individuality such as the degenerative and congenital size of the spinal canal effect the ability of the body to cope with space occupying pathology. At Currumbin Chiropratic Clinic we specialize in enhancing your functional ability to stabilize your back so that the disc bulge is not as relevant. Some instances may require surgical intervention and we are quick to advise a surgical opinion when conservative management is less indicated.
Q: If I have had back or neck surgery can I see you post-operatively?
A: Yes. We have see many patients after their surgery and encourage working closely with each surgeon so we can forge a team approach to the timing and intensity of your rehabilitation program.
Q: What is the most important thing I can do for myself for back pain?
A: Stay active! Be aware of postural form.
Q: Can you help with spinal stenosis?
A: Spinal stenosis is a common condition, often in the elderly where a narrow spinal canal compresses or irritates the spinal chord or a spinal nerve root. Non-surgical care such as exercise and physical therapy is the treatment of choice. We have helped many patients with this condition with gentle forms of treatment.