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Chiropractic Medicine – Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic

Chiropractic medicine at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic includes spinal adjustments and more…

Chiropractic treatments re-align the spine to ensure optimal function in the back, neck and the entire skeletal and musculature systems in the body.

Chiropractic manipulations are a holistic approach to overall health & well being, since all body functions stem from the spine.  Now there are a range of treatment holistic, pain-free, non invasive treatment options available at many chiropractic clinics.

Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic provides a full range of treatment options to best support recovery, rehabilitation and overall wellness:

Chiropractic Services – ensuring alignment so that structure supports function/lifestyle

Spinal Decompression Therapy – a course of treatments for severe lower back & neck pain

Laser Pain Therapy –  a course of treatments to reduce inflammation and accelerate tissue repair

Shockwave Therapy – three treatments to breakdown scar tissue and accelerate healing (usually chronic or old injuries)

Customized Foot Orthotics – providing your entire body support when you stand, walk or run

Some common benefits of the chiropractic and holistic therapies offered at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic:

  • Pain reduction
  • Increased blood flow & energy
  • Decreased muscle spasms
  • Reduced stress throughout the body
  • Faster recovery time

Chiropractors are front line health care providers – no referral from your general practitioner is necessary!

If you live or work in Surrey, BC, request a consult with Dr. Manjit Sadhra at the Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic.

Dr. Sadhra has provided chiropractic and a range of wellness services for thousands of patients in BC & Alberta and was voted “Best Chiropractor in Surrey, Delta & White Rock” by his patients and readers of The Surrey Now Newspaper.


Get Set to Garden

Avoid injuries and back ache as you tackle your garden this spring!
Here’s how:

Take Time to Smell the Flowers!

Many chiropractic clinics see the number of patients with lower back pain increase once gardening season sets in.  The Canadian Chiropractic Association partnered with Chatelaine magazine recently on a public education program to help reduce the risk of back ache in the spring and ensure that your garden work brings more pleasure than pain!

If you would like some personal tips on chiropractic-friendly gardening, be sure to give the the Surrey  Pain & Wellness Clinic a call!

STRETCH before you start.
Start with a brisk walk, then do some light stretching.

Use the right tools.
Choose lightweight, ergonomically- designed tools for the job.

Bend and lift with ease.
Bend your knees and use your leg and arm muscles to lift and lower the load. Keep your back straight and avoid twisting your body.

Take frequent breaks.
Fatigue can increase your risk of injury. Take breaks and alternate between heavy and light work.

For more back health information visit www.chatelaine.com/backhealth or stop by the Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic to speak with a chiropractor.

When to Consult a Medical Professional | Doctor or Chiropractor?

Should You Visit a Doctor or a Chiropractor for Back Pain?

Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic – Doctor or Chiropractor?

Any onset of sudden back pain following heavy work, exercise or minor fall usually results from a simple strain.  This may not be the case for elderly or those who have a history of a serious disease or chronic condition.  In these cases, a visit to your family doctor or local emergency room is recommended, depending on the severity and symptoms.

When to Consult a Doctor for Back Pain

  • Any severe back pain
  • Any trauma, such as a hard fall or a motor vehicle accident (with or without pain)
  • In the elderly or if the person has osteoporosis,  even a minor stumble or fall warrants immediate medical attention
  • Back pain is worse when lying down
  • The pain is accompanied by an unexplained fever
  • Low-level pain that is present for more than a month without any improvement
  • Any back pain and an unexplained weight loss
  • History of cancer
  • Long-term steroid use (this can weaken the bones and increase risk of fractures)
  • Recent onset of urinary tract problems such as pain or burning, increased frequency or infection
  • Back pain accompanied by leg weakness or numbness, the genital area or  buttocks; or accompanied by a change in the ability to urinate or have a bowel movement.  (These may be signs of spinal nerve injury.)

When to Consult a Chiropractor for Back Pain

If you suffer from chronic back pain, a chiropractor may prove to be very useful in relieving symptoms.  Chiropractic adjustments may  be more effective than physical therapy in certain cases or can be complementary to your physical or massage therapy program. On the other hand, if you have been to a physiotherapist, massage therapist, or even if you have had surgery on your back and have not experienced relief or improvement in your symptoms, a knowledgeable chiropractor can make all the difference.

If your pain is especially severe or you have been in chronic pain for more than three months, you may want to call your chiropractor for advice before deciding to head to the clinic in order to determine the best immediate course of action.  It may be best to rest and apply ice before seeking treatment if the pain is acute.  In any case, chiropractic care may prove to be very useful in relieving symptoms.

Many people don’t realize their spine is out of alignment, because symptoms can manifest in other parts of the body or the nervous system.  Treating the spine, which is the master system of the entire body, therefore affects all aspects of the body, including issues with:

  • Upper and lower back
  • Pelvis, hips, knees
  • Shoulders, elbows, wrists
  • Knees, feet, ankles
  • Muscles, ligaments and tendons
  • Soft tissue injuries

How to Find a Chiropractor?

Chiropractors are “primary contact” health care providers, which means you do not have to be referred to one by a physician or anyone else.  You may book the appointment yourself over the phone. Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic will also book an appointment for you online.

However, as with any other health care professional, referrals from friends and acquaintances are probably the best way to find a chiropractor that you trust.  Treatments and applications do vary between chiropractors, so be sure to ask your chiropractor questions about how he or she can help your specific issue and how long it might be before you expect results.

Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic will also be providing monthly information sessions about our services called “Let the Healing Begin.”  Call or email for more information.

Self-Assessment of Back Pain | Surrey Pain & Wellness | Chiropractors

Is it a dull ache or intense pain?  Pain with movement or at rest?  Do you rush to the doctor or can you stay home and relax?

Often the cause of your back pain is obvious, and pain will occur within 24 hours of some irregular movement or motion such as:

  • Lifting a heavy object
  • Lifting from an awkward position
  • Falling, or rapid twists, jerks or motions (as in a motor vehicle accident)

If you have injured yourself in a motor vehicle or work place accident, it is best to seek medical advice immediately.

However, if you develop back pain after a simple strain or stumble, it may not be necessary to rush to the doctor immediately.  An x-ray examination in such cases would likely not be ordered unless pain persists for several weeks or if a more serious injury or condition is suspected.

If your back pain seems to have occurred “out of nowhere” or you have minor pain you attribute to a simple strain, there are some preliminary assessments that may be helpful in helping you to decide what the problem is and what type of treatment would be most helpful.

If bending over or getting out of bed in the morning, getting up from a chair after a long period of sitting are the primary concern, and there has been no severe trauma, rest will usually ease the pain within a few days.

Pain that occurs when the sciatic nerve is stretched less than 60 degrees when doing the SLR test is a sign that a spinal nerve is pinched

Straight Leg Test for Sciatic Nerve Pain

Pinched spinal nerves may occur at any level in the spinal column, from the neck to the buttocks. If the pinched nerve causes pain to radiate down one leg, it may actually interfere with forward movement of the leg.  To test for sciatic nerve involvement, lie on your back with straight legs.  Have someone lift the affected leg as far as possible with a hand cupped under the ankle and your leg completely relaxed.  If there is a pinched nerve in the lower spine, you will probably begin to feel pain with less than 60 degrees of straight leg raising.  The most common cause is a herniated disc.

Severe pain accompanied by numbness or tingling in the affected thigh or leg can be a sign that a nerve is undergoing damage which, if uncorrected will result in weakness and loss of sensation in the muscles and skin supplied by the affected nerve.

There are three simple tests to help determine whether you have a pinched or damaged nerve and where the problem might be located:

Heel walk: Try walking on your heels, keeping the forepart of both feet OFF the floor.  If you are unable to keep one of your feet from dropping flat to the floor, you might have nerve damage caused by an L4 or L5 herniated disc.

Toe walk: Try walking on your toes, keeping the heels of both feet off the floor.  If the heel of one foot falls to the floor and you are unable to walk on your toes, you may have nerve damage due to an L5 disc herniation.  If you discover weakness in your foot or leg, you should see a doctor.

Squat Test: Hold onto a bedpost or railing and squat halfway down, first favouring one leg and then the other.  If one of your thighs are weak, you may have nerve damage from a disc herniation in the upper back.

The knee reflex can be tested by tapping just blow the kneecap with the edge of a thin book.  Weakness of a thigh muscle or absence of a knee reflex indicate you SHOULD get to a doctor.

Back pain caused by a kidney stone is usually severe.   Unlike a mechanical-type problem, where movement causes pain, the pain caused by a kidney stone will usually keep you from attempting movement of any kind.   Kidney pain usually radiates into the groin and the inside of the thigh on the side of the stone is often accompanied by nausea and a cold sweat.  If you suspect you may have a kidney stone, contact your doctor to find out whether you should go to the office or to a hospital emergency room.

Your Amazing Back | Understanding Back Pain

What symbolizes hard work, has the thickest skin on the body and yet is the number one cause of pain in adults?

Answer:  Your Amazing Back!

The spine is one of the most important parts of the body.  Without it, we could not stand or even sit upright.    The spine gives our body structure and support and carries the substantial weight of our head.  The spine allows us to move about freely, bend and provides the upper and lower body with range of motion.

The spine is also designed to protect our spinal cord.  The spinal cord is a column of nerves that connects our brain with the rest of our body, allowing us to control movement.  Without the spinal cord, we could not move any part of our body, and the organs of the body simply could not function.

Keeping the spine healthy is vital if we are to live a healthy, active life.  About 60 and 80% of all adults will suffer with back pain at some time in their life, and up to 10% of this group will develop chronic back pain.

Clearly there are many more serious questions on how to deal with chronic pain of any kind, but first it might be helpful to understand the anatomy of the back.

The structures of the back consists of the spine (vertebrae), the joints (facet joints), discs between the vertebrae in the spine and finally the muscles and ligaments that hold it all together.

  • The facet joints provide range of motion in the spine
  • The intervertebral discs work as shock absorbers
  • The back bone supports the body’s weight
  • The vertebrae protect the spinal cord from injury

It is possible for any of these structures to become injured.  The most common injury is a sprain or strain of the ligaments and muscles – usually by a sudden movement or some repetitive strain .

A strain is  a stretching injury of a muscle, while a sprain is the stretch or tear of a ligament.

When a disc becomes injured, it will bulge or even tear.  If a tear in the disc is large enough, it can leak fluids onto the spinal nerve.  This condition is known as a herniated or ruptured disc.

Stiffness and pain caused by muscular strain is usually in the low back and can be felt when bending or twisting. Severe pain or pain that radiates into the calf or foot  and is accompanied by numbness or tingling can be a sign of a pinched nerve caused by herniation of one of the discs.

Pain that originates in the low back (lumbar spine) and radiating down the back of the leg along the distribution of the sciatic nerve is called sciatic pain or sciatica.

Acute back pain is defined as back or back-related let pain which is severe enough to restrict activity for less than three months.

Chronic back pain is defined as that which restricts activity for longer than about three months.

For more information on your amazing back, understanding back pain and on chiropractic, contact Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic.