Areas of Expertise
Browse our services to learn about our different areas of expertise. Within each service, you will find information about common conditions, and the treatments, tests and screenings we offer.
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BACK & NECK PAIN
There are numerous causes of back and neck pain.
Careful diagnostic evaluations and pathology specific
treatments are required to correctly identify and treat
specific spinal pain problems. Surgery does not cure
all neck, back and sciatica problems. It takes careful
evaluations and examinations to locate and successfully
resolve back pain problems.
The discs in our spine can become injured as a result of ageing,
accidents, repetitive stress, lifting and twisting events.
Disc herniations often cause pain radiating into the limbs.
Discs have an outer series of rings that wrap around the core or nucleus.
The outer ring fibres are called the annulus fibrosus. The inner nucleus
pulposus is a gelatinous substance that is firmly held in place
by the outer annulus.
Spinal Stenosis is a condition resulting from compression of nerves
in the spine. Spinal Stenosis can occur in the neck, causing
generalised pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and pain
in one or both arms. It also can occur in the low back causing
numbness, generalised pain, tingling, weakness and pain in one
or both legs. The symptoms follow the path of the nerve or nerves that
are compressed. The path of the symptoms assists the physicians in
determining which nerves are involved.
FACET JOINT INJURY
Often pain experienced from the spine in the neck, mid or
low back arises from the facet joints. These are small joints
that move when the spine moves and help to hold the spine
together. They are true joints, like the knee joints or finger
joints. With repeated stress, trauma, accidents or because of
the changes that occur with age and arthritis, these joints can
cause pain in the upper, middle and lower parts of the spine.
SACROILIAC JOINT PAIN
The Sacroiliac Joint has received considerable attention in
the last twenty years as a major source of back pain.
80% of single-side low back and buttock pain is related t
o the sacroiliac joint, and that at least 30% of across the
back – low back pain is caused by the sacroiliac joints.
There is a left and right sacroiliac joint, where the spine
attaches to the back of the pelvis. Much progress has been
made in understanding the function and pathophysiology of
this joint and its contribution to back pain. Several new
procedures such as ligament rejuvenation can offer the majority
of sacroiliac sufferers good pain relief without the need for surgery.
Scoliosis is where the spine twists and curves to the side.
It can affect people of any age, from babies to adults, but most
often starts in children aged 10 to 15.
Scoliosis doesn't normally improve without treatment, but it isn't
usually a sign of anything serious and treatment isn't always
needed if it's mild.