A male in his late 20s presented to Caulfield Family Chiropractic complaining of mid-back pain, neck pain, and left shoulder pain. His symptoms initially started 2 days prior, as a dull ache and quickly worsened until it had become quite unbearable. The pain had remained constant ever since. The patient stated that his mid-back pain and shoulder pain in particular, had become so severe that it had started impair his ability to breathe normally – “the pain felt like a sharp knife”.
The patient had no history of these symptoms before and was quite concerned about what was happening.
The patient traveled a lot for work, including long hours driving and often staying in hotels with pillows and mattresses of varying firmness and quality. When he wasn’t travelling, he spent long hours working at a desk. It’s likely that these lifestyle factors, amongst many others, contributed to his symptoms.
A thorough history and examination was performed on the patient to assess where these symptoms were coming from. Examination from our chiropractors at Caulfield Family Chiropractic revealed significant forward head and shoulder posture, in addition to a notable lean to the right-hand side. Range of motion testing showed limitations in neck and back movement, particularly rotation. Joint restriction, muscle spasm, and tenderness to palpation was noted throughout the neck and mid-back, and it was observed that palpation of the mid-back musculature reproduced the patient’s shoulder pain.
Treatment was scheduled at Caulfield Family Chiropractic over a period of four weeks, with a progress exam performed after that period. At the progress exam, the patient reported significant improvements to all symptoms, including 100% resolution of his mid-back pain and a 90% improvement to his neck and shoulder pain. The patient now reports having no difficulty breathing and is able to perform activities of daily living without any limitation.
The patient is now more aware of the effects our lifestyle can have on our bodies, and is taking a more positive approach to health to help prevent his symptoms returning.