Relieve Your Back Pain and Start Enjoying Life Again with Chiropractic Care
Did you know that back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work? It’s a leading cause of disability worldwide. Back pain can range from a constant, dull ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move. You may experience lower back pain, middle back pain, upper back pain or low back pain with sciatica. Symptoms vary depending on the cause of your back pain.
What Causes Back Pain
While there are numerous causes of back pain, often they share the same symptoms. Back pain may result from injuries, mechanical problems in the spine, or medical conditions such as scoliosis and arthritis. The most common cause of lower back pain is a muscle strain or other soft tissue damage. Although less common, infections and tumors can also cause back pain.
Back Pain Relief through Chiropractic Care
Back pain is a common reason for visiting a chiropractor because chiropractic focuses on proper alignment of the spine. Improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine can irritate nerves and compromise the function of affected organs and tissues. Specific spinal adjustments improve mind/body communications by removing nervous system interference. This restores your body’s ability to heal itself!
Understanding Back Pain
Did you know that many different structures in the spine are capable of producing back pain? Most people have experienced some form of back pain in their life because the spine is a part of the body that is highly prone to injury. This is because your spine is subject to many strong forces: torque and twisting, sudden jolts, and daily stresses, sometimes from poor posture.
The source of back pain can be complex because the brain has a difficult time trying to distinguish an injury to one structure versus another. This is due to the overlap of nerve supply to most of the anatomical structures in the spine (discs, muscles, ligaments, etc.).
Back pain symptoms vary and greatly depend on the source of pain. For instance, pain resulting from joint degeneration will have different characteristics than mechanical pain from poor posture.
Symptoms may include one or more of the following:
Pain that radiates into the buttocks and back of the thighsalso known as sciatica.
Back pain worsened by sitting and may feel better when lying down or reclining
Muscle spasms, which can be severe
Difficulty moving that can be severe enough to prevent walking or standing
Chronic pain that can range from nagging to severe
Changing positions frequently relieves pain
Tired feeling in the legs, and possibly leg numbness or tinglingespecially after walking.
Pain that also moves around to the groin, buttock or upper thighrarely travels below the knee
Pain that tends to be achy and dull
Pain may be felt in the hips, groin, thighs as well as the lower back
Tight hamstrings, making it difficult to touch toes
Local soreness upon touch
Pain that feels better with sittingespecially sitting in a reclining position
Inability to stand straight without having pain or muscle spasms in the lower back
Back pain worsened by sitting
Walking, even running, may feel better than sitting/standing
Pain that worsens when bending backward
Low-level of constant lower back painwith severe pain/muscle spasms
What Causes Back Pain?
Back pain is commonly caused by a soft tissue strain in the muscles, ligaments, or tendons. The strain presses on your nerve roots and creates a subluxation in the spine. Other causes might be compression, inflammation, and/or injury to a spinal nerve root.
Younger adults between 30 and 60 years old are more likely to experience back pain from the disc space itself (i.e. herniated disc or degenerative disc disease) or from a back muscle strain or other soft tissue strain.
People over the age of 60 are more likely to suffer from pain related to joint degeneration (such as spinal stenosis) or from a compression fracture.
Anatomical causes of back pain include:
The large nerve roots that go to the legs and arms may be irritated.
The bones, ligaments, or joints themselves may be injured.
The smaller nerves that innervate the spine may be irritated.
The disc space itself can be a major cause of back pain.
The large paired back muscles (erector spinae) may be strained.
A degenerated disc or facet joint problems.
Besides injuries and anatomical issues, a number of other factors can increase your risk of back pain:
Poor postureWhen standing, sitting, or even sleeping.
Osteoporosis or bone lossAs measured by the Z-score and not the young adult-based T-score.
Poor physical conditioningFacilitated by inactivity.
Psychological or emotional stressUnderlying emotional issues and unresolved trauma can profoundly influence your health.
Internal diseaseI.e.: kidney stones, infections, blood clots.
ObesityStudies show overweight and obese people have a higher prevalence of low back pain than non-overweight individuals.
How Does Chiropractic Care Relieve Back Pain?
The good news is that there are alternatives to managing your pain with over-the-counter or prescription painkillers. The chiropractic philosophy puts great emphasis on your body’s innate healing wisdom and does not rely on “Band-Aids” like drugs and surgery. It’s time to stop masking your symptoms and correct the cause of your pain. Regular chiropractic care can help.
Many studies have confirmed that chiropractic is much safer and less expensive than allopathic medical treatments, especially for low-back pain treatment. Each chiropractic adjustment restores mobility to joints restricted by tissue injury caused by an accident, such as falling, or repetitive stress, such as sitting without proper back support.
Chiropractic care can change your body down to the cellular level and affect the basic physiological processes that greatly influence oxidative stress, immune function and DNA repair. So, aside from addressing any immediate spinal misalignment that could cause back pain, chiropractic care can also help prevent and improve deeper dysfunctions in your body.
During your first visit, our doctors will perform a chiropractic evaluation to determine areas of your spine that might be causing your pain. After a consultation and thorough examination, the doctor will create a care plan designed to suit your needs. Your care plan may include a combination of physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, nutritional support, or essential oils. Our doctors will also suggest various stretches and exercises for at-home care, and recommend heat/cold therapy when needed.
You don’t have to live with back pain. Contact us today and start your road to recovery!
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