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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What could be causing my son so much trouble with his neck?

    My son,29, has been having trouble with his neck for many years.We think it may be from an old car accident 10 years ago.He sees chiropractors has had xrays,mri and been to a couple of specialists ,neorosurgeon, neorologist,.Takes endep/anti inflammatories. Seems to be at the very top of his spine.He suffers from depression at times when the pain gets bad.Takes endep/inflammatories when needed. No one has really come up with a solution or cause, where does he try next?
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    Jack Cowled


    After treating a range of professional and amateur athletes in Scotland, Jack Cowled has returned to become LiveActive’s dedicated sports chiropractor. Jack's long history of … View Profile

    Chronic pain can be debilitating for the patient and for those around him. There are currently many different treatment modalities available, and it is difficult to determine what will work best with each patient. 
    Previous injuries could be a contributing factor however it's possible that poor posture or a sedentary lifestyle can be contributing to his condition.
    Generally, he would need to be screened and assessed by a sports chiropractor, physiotherapist, osteopath etc. 
    The screen will need to include a full medical history, taking into account previous health complaints and injuries, current exercise levels, nutrition and also include a complete neurological, orthopaedic and functional movement assessment.

    A complete rehabilitation program may be recommended including nutritional advice, joint mobilisations and muscle releases and home exercises.

    Feel free to contact me with any further questions.

  • Sandra McFaul


    Do you suffer from chronic lower back pain or neck pain? Based in SYDNEY, Sandra is 1 of ONLY 15 Physiotherapists in Australia with ADVANCED … View Profile

    Hi There

    Is your son doing any neck exercises to ensure he has good movement and strength.  posture is also very important for sufferers of neck pain.  A trained physio who specialises in the McKenzie Method of Physio will be able to do a mechanical assessment and give him self-help strategies to get some control over the pain. 

    The "you tube" clip on chronic pain as mentioned above is good to understand the big picture of chronic pain.  Self-management is the key with support along the way. 

    Search "McKenzie method treat your own neck" in you tube and watch Danny's story - it shoulde come up first.

  • Dr Daryl Ansell


    Chronic pain such as this can often be traced back to treating the area of pain and not the full spine. He needs make sure that he is seeing a chiropractor who is taking a full spine approach and dealing with his posture function and rehabilitation. Often you will find asymptomatic regions of his spine that are not functioning well are responcible for the chronic neck pain. It is important to rule that out before going too far down the dealing with the chronic pain approach as it may not be necessary.

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