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86 % of our patients did not return to the GP following treatment

When surveyed our 86% of patients who had seen a GP before attending the clinic did not need to return to the GP after recieving treatment.

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91% of Patients who were surveyed after 30 days following their initial treatment reported improvement.

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MRI and X-Ray can be Almost Useless for Back Pain

on Thursday, 19 March 2015. Posted in Wansbeck Chiro' Blog

Medical guidelines “strongly” discourage the use of MRI and X-ray in diagnosing low back pain, because they produce so many false alarms

Many patients often ask about going to see their GP to try to arrange a MRI scan or X-ray to investigate their back pain.

When it comes to diagnosing most back pain, MRI and X-ray are machines that make false alarms — signs of trouble that are routinely red herrings.

MRI is a miracle technology, no doubt about it — the ability to get clear images of soft tissues deep inside the body is incredibly valuable, and extremely tempting for everyone involved. But not for most low back pain! Low back pain experts have long understood that you simply cannot reliably diagnose low back pain either with MRI, or especially X-rays.

GP’s in Northumberland aren’t able to directly refer patients for route MRI scans this usually occurs once the patient has undergone a course of conservative treatment such as physiotherapy or pain management clinic. However, GP’s in South Tyneside seem to have access to direct referral to MRI scans.

What’s the big deal? Why is it so important to actually avoid using X-ray and MRI to diagnose back pain?

No one wants a false alarm, but what’s the big deal about some diagnostic red herrings? It’s a worse problem than you might think in (at least) two major ways…

First, X-rays and MRIs genuinely spook people! It strongly reinforces the idea that something might is broken or crooked, a common and extremely misguided idea about back pain (and many, many other problems). And nothing is worse for back pain than fear. Fear is the “back killer.”

Second, X-rays and MRIs often simply fail to clarify the situation, or actually muddy the diagnostic waters. A mountain of scientific evidence clearly suggests that back pain correlates really, really badly with these test results. Many people with no pain have all kinds of things “wrong” with their backs, and vice versa. And so the diagnosis and treatment often goes spinning off in the wrong direction. This is a major part of the reason why there are such scary statistics about the economic costs of back pain

Guidelines to doctors are that they should avoid giving people X-rays and MRI unless the situation is dire, such as severe and persistent neurological symptoms.

A major review in 2014 showed signs of degeneration are present in very high percentages of healthy people with no problem at all. “Many imaging-based degenerative features are likely part of normal aging and unassociated with pain.

So what’s the big deal? Why is it so important to actually avoid using X-ray and MRI to diagnose back pain?

No one wants a false alarm, but what’s the big deal about some diagnostic red herrings? It’s a worse problem than you might think in (at least) two major ways…

First, X-rays and MRIs genuinely spook people! It strongly reinforces the idea that something might is broken or crooked, a common and extremely misguided idea about back pain (and many, many other problems. And nothing is worse for back pain than fear. Fear is the “back killer.”

Second, X-rays and MRIs often simply fail to clarify the situation, or actually muddy the diagnostic waters. A mountain of scientific evidence clearly suggests that back pain correlates really, really badly with these test results. Many people with no pain have all kinds of things “wrong” with their backs, and vice versa. And so the diagnosis and treatment often goes spinning off in the wrong direction. This is a major part of the reason why there are such scary statistics about the economic costs of back pain.

There are exceptions — sometimes imaging finds something important — and that’s why these tests can be appropriate for some kinds of severe and persistent low back pain. But it’s just a generally lousy way to try to figure out why your back hurts.

Consider what happened when researchers tried to diagnose using only MRI — no clinical information about the patient. They looked for patients with stenosis — spinal canal narrowing — based on the assumption that stenosis is probably almost always painful. They failed, because so few patients with that kind of pain actually had narrowed spinal canals! And so many who actually did have narrow canals didn’t have any pain.

Scientific evidence clearly suggests that back pain correlates really badly with these MRI findings.

Yet it is still regular for me to see patients who have been X-rayed in the early stages of back pain!

If you get back pain, and someone tries to beam rays through you prematurely, just say, “Thanks, but no thanks. It isn’t necessary unless I can’t feel my legs.”

Runners Training Tools

on Thursday, 12 March 2015. Posted in Wansbeck Chiro' Blog

Great North Runners

Your in “great why did I ever enter” so you secured your place in this years Great North Run and now that spring is nearly upon us its now time to put in the training.

Most runners will at some point get that dreaded running injury that puts you back weeks in training and becomes very frustrating. Whatever level, runners can be at risk of a hamstring strain or a compensation issues because the hamstrings haven’t been working in tandem with other muscle groups.

Issues like lower back stiffness, IT-Band tightness or tight quads can happen for a number of reasons. But the most common causes are down to the way we train.

Most runners, when training focus on movements that work the front thigh muscles, the quadriceps and hip-flexors. These create neuromuscular recruitment issues between the gluteus, hamstrings and quad muscles that in turn can lead to muscle imbalances which begin to affect the biomechanics of your running. The body is a Kinetic chain and if one part doesn’t work correctly it compensates by trying to make a correction with other muscle groups.

Now that spring is nearly here, most of us prefer to train outdoors rather than train in a gym, so over the next few months we are going to write some informative and hopefully interesting blogs on various training “tools” to help you strengthen your hamstrings and gluteus muscles together. Along with advice on running injury’s and the do’s & don’t of running. (check out our website for blogs)

If done correctly these training tools will help you to recruit more muscle groups during the movements.

Here’s the first “training tools” that you can incorporate in your training programme over a six week period that will help you strengthen all the lower body muscle groups and also help with your biomechanics of running.

Backwards Running

A great training tool for rehabilitation after recovering from an injury and also for performance training.

The biomechanics of backwards running are different to forward running in three ways

  1. You put less force through the joints- knee, ankle and lower back
  2. You recruit the hamstrings and glutes in tandem with your quads and hip-flexors
  3. Because you are recruiting more muscle groups it is more tiring! So you work harder.

Try and introduce it into your warm-up routine; find a clear stretch of grass of about 50 metres long and run backwards with a long gait and then jog forward back to your starting point. Repeat it 10 to 15 times.

Newcastle Coat Amnesty

on Monday, 10 December 2012. Posted in Wansbeck Chiro' Blog

coatpicNewcastle’s Winter Coat Amnesty is calling on local people to donate their unwanted warm winter clothing so they can be distributed to homeless people in the city this winter.
With temperatures dropping below freezing, an old coat, scarf or a pair of gloves that you’re not planning to wear again can make all the difference to those less fortunate.

I’m using my Chiropractic Clinics in South Shields and Ashington as drop off centres. I would really appreciate any warm clothing you can donate this winter please phone 0191 455 8734 or just call into the clinics with any cloths donations. 

Thank you in advance 
Gary

South Shields Clinic Taken Over c

on Monday, 01 October 2012. Posted in Wansbeck Chiro' Blog

We have recently purchased the South Shields Chiropractic Clinic which has been open for over 10 years.

We are writing all past patients to notify them that the clinic is now under new management and has become affiliated with a North East Chiropractic Research Clinic in Northumberland. The new owner, Gary Hall BSc DC, an award winning chiropractor, has over 20 years experience in remote emergency medicine and patient care.

Gary has published papers in clinical journals and is heavily involved in clinical research and has implemented many changes to the clinic.

The clinic has adopted a strong evidence-based approach to care similar to his award winning Ashington branch which achieves over 75% patient success rates with an average of five treatments in total. With 95% of patients reporting to be very satisfied with the service they received, which he hopes to emulate in the South Shields branch.

 

On reviewing past patient files, Gary has decided to allocate a free review clinic for previous patients who may still be suffering from their original condition and wish to have their file reviewed. The review clinic allows patients to discuss their case and have any questions or concerns answered. The review clinic is being held on alternative Wednesday’s, so if you where a prevoius patient and are still experiencing the problem and you would like to take the opportunity to discuss your case during the free review clinic, please contact the clinic as places are limited

Are you going to be SAD this winter ?

on Friday, 14 October 2011. Posted in Wansbeck Chiro' Blog

Estimates are that one in eight people in the UK experience a mild low mood during winter, with symptoms including lethargy, craving for sugary foods and sleep problems, but not full depression. In other words, millions of us get the winter blues and 500,000 Brits have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

There is sound scientific evidence to support the idea that the season can affect our moods. Most scientists believe that the problem is related to the way the body responds to daylight.

With SAD, one theory is that light entering the eye causes changes in hormone levels in the body. In our bodies light functions to stop the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, making us wake up. It is thought that SAD sufferers are affected by shorter daylight hours in the winter. They produce higher melatonin, causing lethargy and symptoms of depression.

If winter blues is about lack of daylight, it is no surprise that treatment involves getting more light into your life. If you feel low in winter, get outside as often as you can, especially on bright days sitting by a window can also help.