If you're worried about wear and tear in your spine, or your hips, knees or shoulders, you're not alone. Wear and tear - or degenerative joint disease (DJD) - is one of the most common sources of pain and disability for Australians.
At Canberra Spine Centre, we have helped thousands of Canberrans with DJD to feel, move and function better through our Spinal Rehabilitation Program.
It's a common perception that DJD is caused by aging, but this really isn't true. If that were the case, DJD would be spread evenly throughout your body as you age.
The good news is, much of the DJD that people experience can be prevented or at least slowed.
DJD is mostly caused by improper motion of the joints over long periods of time, so all you need to do is create better motion.
Here are five things you can do to help:
Having a nervous system that works properly helps improve your position sense.
Spinal misalignment is one of the most common sources of nervous system interference. When spinal bones no longer move through their normal range of motion, sensory information becomes scrambled, leading to poor control of the joints.
Correcting spinal misalignment can improve joint position sense.
Chiropractors are experts in diagnosis and management of musculo-skeletal conditions. Typically, chiropractors approach the care of DJD in the same way as other conditions. Working on both the control system - the nervous system - as well as the local joint such as the hip, knee, or shoulder to restore normal control and motion. Rehabilitation exercises are generally prescribed to help you achieve a faster and longer-lasting result.
We are offering a spinal rehab consultation as part of Spinal Health Week. We can be reached on 6257 9400, and for more information about the spine and nervous system go to spinecentre.com.au
Back and neck pain is recognised as one of the leading causes of disability globally.
In the Global Burden of Disease study in 2010, neck pain ranked fourth highest in terms of disability and 21st in overall burden. Not surprisingly, neck pain (cervicalgia) constituted the top five back problem hospitalisations in 2017-18.
During Spinal Health Week running from May 23-29, the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) raises awareness of the causes and adverse effects of neck pain with the 2022 theme, Sore Neck? Consider a Chiro.
"Research shows that neck pain is a leading cause of disability in adults (reported by up to 20 per cent of adults), with many presenting for assessment," a spokesperson from ACA said.
"This clearly demonstrates the need to educate Australians about their choices for neck pain treatment and to consider chiropractic care as a suitable healthcare option.
"Implementing positive spinal health habits including good posture, sleep hygiene and partaking in regular stretching and exercise regimes are important factors in preventing neck pain.
"Chiropractors can offer advice and assistance to help you make appropriate lifestyle choices and reduce the risk of spinal health issues arising in the first place."
Chiropractors are seeing an increasing number of patients with what they call 'tech neck' or neck pain and posture damage caused by looking down at devices for extended periods.
Avid gamer James Brody, 17, was experiencing constant pain in his neck and back and decided to make an appointment with a chiropractor.
"I didn't realise how bad my posture was while I was gaming," he said.
"My chiropractor gave me spinal adjustments, tips on taking breaks and correct posture, as well as stretches I can do at home, and it has really helped."
By using various non-surgical techniques, such as specific spinal adjustments, manual therapy and low-force intervention, chiropractors offer a drug-free, hands-on approach to spinal healthcare.
Find a chiropractor near you by visiting chiro.org.au.