With ever increasing frequency, teenagers suffering neck pain and headaches are being brought into the Orange Chiropractic Centre by their parents. The reason for their ailments? In many cases, these teenagers are diagnosed with "text neck syndrome" … a chronic condition caused by spending an inordinate mount of time looking down at their smartphones and tablets. A condition which until about 10 years ago was not a factor in adolescent neck pain and headaches.
Alarmingly, in two recent presentations, two teenagers (aged 13 and 16), X-rays of their necks revealed a complete reversal of the curve in their neck which, if left untreated, can have serious long term implications on their overall physical health and well-being. Of concern for me as a health practitioner is that in both cases, the parents had previously been told there was nothing wrong with their children because the "scans were within normal limits". Thankfully, the parents knew that there had to be something wrong otherwise their children's headaches would not be present and sought a second opinion.
So let's take a look at what a healthy neck and curve looks like;
Now let's take a look at the distorted shape of the 13 year old.
As you can see, the curve in this young female's neck is the complete opposite of what a normal, healthy cervical curve should be. The curve reversal aka kyphosis, projects the head forward thereby increasing the mechanical loading and stresses on the intervertebral discs and cervical spinal joints. This presentation can lead to early onset of degenerative disc disease and cause disc bulges.
The neck of the 16 year old female also has a complete reversal of the curve.
The early signs and symptoms of having a loss (or even reversal) of curve in your neck can be quite mild; tightness in the neck and shoulders, intermittent headaches, decreased ability to focus and numbness or tingling in the fingers and hands.
Taking an over-the-counter medication can provide short-term relief from the symptoms BUT DOES NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE CAUSE OF YOUR SYMPTOMS. As time goes by, you'll probably find yourself taking the medication in greater dosages and more frequently. If identified early enough, the curve may be able to be restored to normal. This probability decreases with the length of time the curve reduction / reversal has been present.
If you suspect your kids (or even you) have signs of text neck, schedule an assessment with your chiropractor, Dr Mick Cornish for a comprehensive evaluation.
As the chiropractor of choice in Orange, Mick Cornish has had a very big year of helping people in Orange with their back pain, headaches, sciatica, neck pain, frozen shoulders, migraines, disc bulges and scoliosis.
Now that the year is drawing to a close, the team at Orange Chiro want to thank you, our respected clients for entrusting the health of your spine to the Orange Chiropractic Centre.
Our wish for you is that good health and prosperity be a constant companion during the Christmas season and into 2017.
Now watch the video below to see how we would decorate the office if we lived near the North Pole!
Today, we celebrate the discovery of technology that helps Dr. Mick Cornish at the Orange Chiropractic Centre to diagnose and treat many common musculoskeletal conditions. The technology referred to is x-ray imaging.
Did you know that x-rays were discovered the very same year that chiropractic was discovered? The year was 1895 and on November 8, Wilhelm Rontgen discovered x-rays.
And did you know that our very own region has national historical significance in the use of x-rays?
Way back in 1896, barely a year after the discovery of x-rays, St. Stanislaus College in Bathurst became the site of the first x-ray taken for diagnostic purposes in Australia. This x-ray was taken by Father Joseph Slattery on 21 September that year and showed the location of gunshot in the shattered hand of an ex-student.
Today, the Orange Chiropractic Centre has its own on-site x-ray which allows for convenient identification of the root cause (altered spinal structures and biomechanics) for many of the conditions we treat on a daily basis …
migraines, back pain, sciatica, scoliosis, headaches, disc bulges, restricted shoulder motion, frozen shoulder, hip pain, headaches, vertigo, postural abnormalities and more
X-rays are not always needed to identify and treat your condition but if required, we can take the x-ray on-site here at Orange Chiro and show you the results within minutes.
This is an example of a full spine weight bearing x-ray. This individual has a left convex scoliosis with the apex at T11/T12. Also evident is rotation of the pelvis and the cervical spine tilting to the right. A right posterior rotation of the skull is also present.
Presentations such as this can be the root cause of headaches, neck pain, back pain and having one leg appear shorter than the other ... and no amount of pills or potions can address the problem like the dedicated professionals at Orange Chiro.
Remember ... look after your spine as if its the only one you'll ever have.
Today's post looks at disc bulges and why being told that a bulging disc is the cause of your back pain symptoms might not be 100% accurate.
Ah, the dreaded disc bulge … but is it really the cause of your back pain?
Maybe, yes... maybe,no....
Dr. Mick Cornish first started providing trusted pain relief solutions to the people of Orange in 1998.