What do we treat?

In May 2009, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published new guidelines to GPs to improve the early management of persistent non-specific low back pain. NICE assessed the effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of available treatments and recommended that, rather than immediately sending patients to orthopaedic surgeons or physiotherapists, GPs should refer patients for a course of manual therapy provided by chiropractors, acupuncturists or osteopaths, to include spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation, massage and Western (medical) acupuncture.

The Brontfort Report (2010) summarised Randomised Control Trial research (RCTs), that showed that the following conditions can be effectively and successfully treated with chiropractic:

· Back pain/backache/disc herniation (‘slipped disc’)
· Neck pain/tension/creaking neck/Wry Neck (Torticollis)
· Shoulder pain and Frozen Shoulder
· Whiplash
· Tendonitis/Tendinopathy
· Clicking joints
· Tennis/Golfers Elbow
· Osteoarthritis
· Arthritis/arthritic joints/swollen joints
· Ligament sprains
· Hip pain/displaysia/arthritis
· Runners Knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome)/knee ligament injuries
· Policemans Heel (Plantar Fasciitis)
· Headaches and migraines
· Dizziness and vertigo
· Facial pain/sinus congestion
· Ankle sprains/ankle pain/Achilles Tendonitis/fallen arches/flat feet

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