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 oneor 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 to 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.