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Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic Oakville & Burlington

Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic Oakville & Burlington

Neck and Back Pain Physioo Oakville Burlington

Neck & Back Pain Service in Oakville and Burlington

At Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinics in Oakville and Burlington we offer a comprehensive approach to managing and alleviating neck and back pain. Our treatment philosophy integrates education, manual therapy, acupuncture, exercise, manipulation, and various modalities to effectively address both the symptoms and underlying causes of neck and back pain. Our skilled team of Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, and Physiotherapists in Oakville and Burlington are dedicated to providing prompt and expert care. Whether you seek relief from acute pain or are on a journey to regain full function, our therapists are here to guide you, ensuring a swift return to your previous level of activity.

Most Common Causes of Neck and Back Pain

Neck and back pain can arise from many factors such as:

  • Overuse and Over-activity Injuries:

    Such as those stemming from gardening or engaging in unusual physical activities, where strain on the neck and back muscles can lead to discomfort.
  • Wear & Tear (Arthritis) of Spinal (Facet) Joints:

    Degeneration of spinal joints, often associated with aging, can contribute to neck and back pain.
  • Trauma and Sports Injuries:

    Accidents and sports-related incidents can cause injuries, affecting the neck and back and resulting in pain.
  • Slipped or Herniated Intervertebral Disc:

    When the cushion-like discs between the vertebrae protrude or rupture, it can lead to compression of nerves, causing pain.
  • Whiplash:

    Typically occurring as a result of car accidents, whiplash can cause sudden, forceful movements that strain the neck and back.
  • Prolonged Standing, Sitting, or Bending:

    Activities that involve extended periods of standing, sitting, or bending can strain the muscles and contribute to pain.
  • Strains from Lifting, Carrying, Pushing, or Pulling:

    Improper lifting techniques or excessive force during physical activities can result in muscle strains affecting the neck and back.
  • Osteoporosis and Stenosis:

    Conditions like osteoporosis (weakening of bones) and stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) can contribute to neck and back pain.

Understanding the common causes of neck and back pain allows our team of therapists to tailor your program to address the specific challenges you may be facing, providing targeted and effective care for a quick recovery.

Factors That Can Make Neck and Back Pain Worse

Factors that can exacerbate back pain include:

  • Other Illnesses or Diseases: Certain medical conditions may contribute to or worsen back pain.
  • Being Overweight: Excess weight places additional stress on the spine and supporting structures, increasing the likelihood of back pain.
  • Poor Core Stability and Posture: Weak core muscles and improper posture can lead to imbalances and strain on the back, contributing to pain and discomfort.
  • Depression and Anxiety: Mental health factors, including depression and anxiety, can contribute to heightened sensitivity to pain and may exacerbate the perception of back pain.

Understanding these contributing factors is integral to your treatment plan, allowing us to comprehensively address the various dimensions of your pain and provide targeted interventions for effective relief and long-term management.

How do we Treat Neck and Back Pain?

The therapists at Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic employ a variety of modalities and techniques to effectively treat neck and back pain. Here’s a list of common interventions:

  • Manual Therapy:

    • Soft Tissue Massage: Targeted massage to release muscle tension and improve circulation.
    • Joint Mobilization: Gentle movements applied to specific joints to enhance mobility and reduce stiffness.
    • Manipulation: High-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts to joints for pain relief and improved joint function.
  • Exercise Therapy:

    • Strengthening Exercises: Targeted exercises to strengthen core muscles and stabilize the spine.
    • Stretching and Flexibility Exercises: Techniques to improve flexibility and reduce muscle tightness.
    • Postural Correction: Exercises to enhance proper alignment and posture.
  • McKenzie Method:

    • Specific exercises and movements based on patient assessment to centralize or alleviate pain.
  • Acupuncture:

    • Thin needles are inserted into specific points to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue, promoting pain relief.
  • Electrotherapy:

    • TENS or IFC: Electrical stimulation to relieve pain.
    • Ultrasound: High-frequency sound waves to promote healing and reduce inflammation.
  • Heat and Cold Therapy:

    • Heat Packs: Applied to relax muscles and increase blood flow.
    • Cold Packs: Used to reduce inflammation and numb pain.
  • Traction:

    • Manual traction to decompress the spine and relieve pressure on nerves.
  • Postural Education:

    • Education on proper ergonomics and body mechanics to prevent and manage pain.
  • Taping:

    • Application of tape to support muscles, reduce pain and improve posture.
  • Education and Ergonomics:

    • Teaching patients about their condition, self-management, and proper workplace ergonomics.

It’s important to note that the selection of modalities and techniques depends on the individual’s condition, preferences, and the physiotherapist’s assessment. Treatment plans are often tailored to address the specific needs and goals of each patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you determine the most effective treatment for my neck or back pain?

  • Our approach begins with a thorough assessment, including a detailed medical history and examination. This helps us understand the root cause of your pain, allowing for a personalized treatment plan.

Is exercise an essential part of the treatment for neck and back pain?

  • Yes, exercise is often a key component of our treatment plans. Strengthening exercises, stretching routines, and postural correction exercises can help improve core stability, flexibility, and overall spinal health.

What is the McKenzie Method, and how does it contribute to treating neck and back pain?

  • The McKenzie Method is a specialized approach involving assessment and exercises tailored to your pain patterns. It aims to centralize or alleviate pain and empower you with exercises for self-management.

Are there lifestyle changes or ergonomic adjustments you recommend for managing neck and back pain?

  • We provide guidance on posture, ergonomics, and lifestyle modifications to prevent the recurrence of pain. Proper body mechanics and ergonomic adjustments can play a crucial role in managing and preventing discomfort.

What can I expect during a typical session for neck or back pain treatment?

  • Sessions may involve a combination of hands-on therapy, exercises, and modalities as needed. We focus on addressing immediate pain, improving mobility, and providing you with tools for ongoing self-care.

The Burlington physio clinic is located only 5 min west of Spencer Smith Park and 6 min north-west of Burlington Beach, on Plains Rd East.

We are located less than 10 min from Sheridan College Oakville and 4 min East from Oakville & Milton Humane Society.

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