sports injury

Sports Injuries

The main aim of chiropractic treatment in the area of sports injuries is to restore normal functioning to your joints and muscles, along with the nervous system. Seeking chiropractic care and treatment for a complaint may increase your muscle strength, co-ordination and control. In order to speed up recovery and maybe even improve your performance, a rehabilitation plan should be followed together with the treatment; this will help to assist in the strengthening of the injured area at a faster pace.

Common types of injury include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Neck Pain
  • Groin Strain
  • Shin Splints
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Pulled Muscles
  • Concussion
  • Tennis or Golf Elbow
  • Sprained Ankles
  • Runner’s Knee

Our team of Chiropractors are very experienced in treating athletes with sports injuries ranging from recreational runners to professional sports personalities.

When your body is in alignment it allows you to enhance your performance, lower the risk of injury and feel fantastic! Maximise and boost your true sporting potential with regular chiropractic care.


Neck Pain

About Neck Pain

Today’s modern living often entails hours of driving and hunching over workstations, which can play havoc with our necks. So it is not surprising that neck pain is the second most common condition that chiropractors treat. And with the use of tablets and smart phones increasing we are seeing more and more neck complaints.

Do you have bad posture? An adult head on average weighs between 4-6kg and for every inch you move it forwards an added 10lbs is placed on your spine. This places pressure on your joints, muscles, ligaments and discs and can often results in neck, back and shoulder pain as well as causing headaches and migraines.


Back Pain

About Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the most common conditions the general public suffer from, with approximately 80% of the population experiencing some form of lower back pain in their lifetime. Our chiropractors at the Newport clinic treat and help a large number of these patients every day.

There are numerous reasons why an injury to the lower back can occur, for example: damage to the surrounding joints, muscles, ligaments, discs or nerves. Sometimes simple movements such as bending over to put your socks on can trigger low back pain. However, it is usually a build-up of multiple factors which cause general ‘wear and tear’ to the spine. These factors include poor posture, psychological stress and weakened core muscles.

Here at Ridgeway Chiropractic Clinic in Newport we deal with many patients who suffer from acute and chronic low back pain. The Royal College of General Practitioners and The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) have provided guidelines recommending chiropractic treatment as an effective treatment method for dealing with low back pain.


Repetitive Strain Injury

About RSI

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is the heading used to cover a range of conditions that result from a gradual build-up of tension and overuse in our muscles, tendons and joints from continual stresses and everyday activities. The most common RSI’s include plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, iliotibial band syndrome and rotator cuff impingement.
Repetitive strain injury usually develops as a result of a job or occupation, for example, typing or manual work, however it can also be associated with leisure activities, such as sporting activities or playing music, it has even been related to completing everyday household chores. Our chiropractic team in Newport treat a large number of patients who suffer from RSI.

The symptoms of Repetitive Strain Injuries may include:

  • Pain which is aggravated by movement
  • Reduced range of movement
  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Stiffness

An individually designed treatment programme will be put in place by our experienced chiropractors to suit your condition. The treatment plan may involve a combination of any of the following, manipulation or mobilization of the surrounding joints which not only increases the available movement at these joints and thus eases the load on the muscles and tendons which work over the joint, but relaxes the soft tissues surrounding the area, deep soft tissue work (cross friction, massage, myofascial release techniques) to reduce any fibrous adhesions (knots) and tension which may have developed within the musculature , therapeutic ultrasound which may speed up the healing time and improve the quality of the scar tissue. Most importantly our team will give you postural and ergonomic advice, as well as a home rehabilitative program this has been put in place to help with any imbalances and possible attributing factors, therefore helping you back to good health and aiming to reduce the to help address any imbalances and possible attributing factors and thus in turn reduce the probability of recurrence.


Shoulder Pain

Facts About Shoulder Pain

The shoulder joint (Gleno-humeral joint) is a complex joint which is very commonly injured. It is a shallow ball and socket joint which relies on stabilisation coming from the surrounding soft tissues. This gives the shoulder a wide range of motion, but these characteristics also make it prone to injury. There are four joints in the shoulder

– Gleno-humeral
– Acromio-clavicular
– Scapula-thoracic
– Sterno-clavicular

All of these have to function properly for good shoulder mobility.

Shoulder pain can be caused by a number of reasons, it occurs when the joints, muscles or ligaments become damaged or inflamed from undertaking repetitive motions, yanking or falling on an arm. Poor posture is another well recognised trigger for shoulder pain.

A condition we regularly treat in the Newport clinic is adhesive capsulitis or “frozen shoulder”. This condition occurs when chronic inflammation with the shoulder joint progresses and leads to accumulation of scar tissue or adhesions within the joint. If this condition is left untreated the shoulder may become severely limited in movement.

All of our chiropractors at Ridgeway Chiropractic Clinic believe that restoring the shoulders full range of motion requires a combination of treatments which address both the joint mechanics as well as treating the musculature which supports and stabilises the shoulder.


Headaches / Migraine

There are many different types of headaches which we see at our Newport Clinic. The two most common are:

Cervicogenic Headaches
These headaches occur when the upper part of the neck becomes misaligned or restricted therefore causing irritation to the surrounding soft tissues and nerves. This normally manifests itself as pain in the back and front of the head which is usually one sided.

Migraine Headaches
Migraine is a common health condition, it usually presents as severe headache felt as a throbbing pain at the front or side of the head. These symptoms can last anything from a few days up to a few weeks.

Cervicogenic and Migraine headaches are common presentations at Ridgeway chiropractic Clinic. Cervicogenic patients often experience immediate relief from the symptoms of the headache following treatment. While Migraine patients experience a significant reduction in the frequency and intensity of their headache.


Elbow Pain

Lateral and medial epicondylitis are otherwise known: as tennis and golfers’ elbow. They can occur at any age with a peak in patients between 35-54 years.

It’s not just tennis and golf though which can cause elbow pain, other risk factors include: prolonged computer use, driving, DIY and sports that require a throwing motion.

Both tennis and golfers elbow are frequently linked with other muscculosketal conditions and dysfunctions in the back and neck. Once your chiropractor has assessed and diagnosed your elbow pain, they will not only treat the correct areas but give you advice on activity restriction, ergonomic workplace set-up and sport modifications.

All of our chiropractors here at Ridgeway Chiropractic Clinic in Newport are proficient at treating elbow pain and its causes.


Hip Pain, Knee Pain and Ankle Pain

About Hip Pain, Knee Pain and Ankle Pain

Injury to the hip joint or muscle strain around the hip can lead to pain. Osteoarthritis, commonly resulting from wear and tear of the joints or referred pain from the spine may also cause hip pain.

The knee joint is one that is under continuous use and this joint is susceptible to wear and tear issues as a result, particularly due to the knee cap as a result of muscular imbalances. Nonetheless, complaints with the knee or leg causing pain may also be caused as a result of ‘referred pain’ from the foot, hip or lower back. This joint is one that can suffer from muscle strains, injury to the meniscus (cartilage pads) and ligament sprains.

Any direct injury to the joints, ligaments or muscles in the foot and ankle pain may cause discomfort or pain. Pain within the foot and ankle is commonly caused as a result of fallen arches (flat feet) this puts the foot under abnormal strain, which causes the complaint. Although, pain from the lower back which can travel through the nerves in the legs may also cause pain and discomfort to the foot or ankle, this is also known as ‘referred pain’.

All of our treatment plans are tailored to meet the individual needs of the patients and it is our team of professional chiropractors who draw up the plan. Our chiropractors use a wide range of techniques when drawing up the patients individual treatment plan, some of which include manipulation, soft tissue therapy, mobilisation, ultrasound therapy and also providing exercise advice. All of these when coupled together, result in a speedy recovery and can help to prevent a reoccurrence of the injury.

Arthritic Pain

The term ‘arthritis’ is used to describe inflammation which occurs within a joint. Arthritis itself is not a diagnosis, but describes the condition of the joint. Broadly speaking, there are two main types of arthritis: osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis. Often patients experiencing arthritis will report: pain, stiffness, swelling, redness and warmth within the joint.

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis in the UK. Unfortunately, many people do not realise the benefits that chiropractic treatment can have, especially on hip and knee osteoarthritis. Research has shown that chiropractic treatment (often including mobilisation, soft tissue massage, dry needling and exercises) can be an effective and helpful solution to pain relief.

At our Newport chiropractic clinic we help many of our patients who are suffering from osteoarthritis. Our team of highly trained and skilled chiropractors will be able to design an individual treatment programme to help you. They are also able, if appropriate, to refer you to see other specialists including rheumatology or orthopaedic consultants.