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Can Chiropractic Care Fix My Back Pain?
If you’re suffering from lower back pain you’re not alone. More than 80% of North Americans will at some time in their life suffer from the disabling confines of lower back pain.
In addition, the latest research shows most lower back problems which cause low back pain do not fully resolve without correct treatment and proper rehabilitation, contrary to previous beliefs.
Pain along the spinal column in your neck or back is usually caused by subluxations, or misalignments of your vertebrae. A small misalignment can cause pain by causing pressure on sciatica nerves. Left untreated, these subluxations can cause muscle spasms and increasing pain.
Chiropractic adjustments properly align your spine so that pressure on joints and nerves is released. It is a direct treatment for the cause of the pain, unlike pain relievers or massage which are only a temporary relief.
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Manipulation (which is also referred to as an adjustment) is the primary treatment used by chiropractors to treat back pain. Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation with their hands or devices that use controlled force to adjust vertebrae alignment. Our practice is dedicated to diagnosing and treating the root cause of back pain. This provides long term and sustainable relief.
By improving the way the brain talks to the muscles via the nerves our patients experience a reduction in pain, improvement in their quality of life, and a decrease in stress. The goal is to help patients develop a nerve system that self corrects which avoids more pain in the future.
The chiropractic doctor or specialist is unique in the healthcare field in that much of the training in chiropractic colleges is specifically aimed at identifying and successfully treating (which means fixing not managing) lower back conditions. Medical practitioners generally lack adequate training in this area and have not learned the skills necessary to most effectively identify and treat most back (and lower back) conditions.
Our treatments primarily focus on the cause of your problems, which not only results in rapid and effective pain relief, but most importantly, minimizes the chance of future back problems.
Chronic back pain can be caused by a number of factors such as herniated discs, back injury, sports injuries, prolonged sitting, and more. The repercussions of back pain can be debilitating and interfere with daily life, work, and normal body functioning. An accurate diagnosis is key to discovering the root cause of pain so that the best course of treatment can be prescribed.
We specialize in safe, non surgical therapies for long term relief of back pain, focusing on repairing all affected structures such as the spine, soft tissue, and nerves. Each patient receives a personalized diagnosis and treatment plan designed to restore mobility, flexibility, and function while decreasing pain and discomfort. Because the back pain therapies are non surgical, patients require no additional downtime for recovery and can return to their normal activities soon after beginning treatment.
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Understanding Back Pain Symptoms
Back pain can occur due to a number of factors. Some of the most common include sports injuries, overuse, bone disorders, advanced age, sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, obesity, and pregnancy. The wear and tear of daily life can also negatively affect the spine and cause back pain. Even if the pain is localized in one area of the back, the entire spine is affected, and the negative effects can extend to other areas of the body if left untreated.
The spinal imbalance caused by any of the above factors can cause dysfunction in the joints, soft tissue, and nerves all along the spine. When this happens, there is pain and discomfort which can become severe if not addressed promptly. The longer the condition is allowed to progress, the worse the effects on the body.
Serious back pain can develop into numbness, sharp pains, and inability to move the limbs.
How Back Pain Can Be Corrected?
Our team use a patient first comprehensive approach that targets pain at the source and treats its cause, not just the symptoms. Once the cause of pain is addressed through a personalized treatment plan, patients experience progressive relief that is long lasting, as well as overall better health and future injury prevention.
Common back pain conditions that we treat include:
Acute low back painnull Chronic back painnull Bone spurs
Degenerative disc disease
Lumbar disc dysfunction
Tendon, ligament and muscle tears
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
Leg painnull Upper Back painnull Hip painnull And many more….
Potential Causes of Back Pain
Symptoms of back pain can also be the result of serious disease processes, trauma, and/or the aging process can all cause back pain. Pain management specialists as well as chiropractors are likely to confront a variety of commonplace causes for a patient’s back pain. These include stress, falls, fibromyalgia, injury resulting from whiplash, sports injuries, cervical arthritis, hairline spinal fractures due to osteoporosis and ruptured (or herniated) discs.
The real problem is often located far from the point of pain.
Observing the way your body moves can be much more relevant than observing your bones on an x-ray. You may have detrimental compensation patterns that are not obvious to anyone but an expert. For example, a dropped arch in your foot or loss of mobility in the middle back, can be hidden culprits of lower back pain.
The first step in resolving your pain is coming in for a new patient spinal health screening. Your in depth, comprehensive screening allows us to evaluate your body from head to toe. We will not look just in the area that’s in pain, but your entire body. That’s how we get to the root of the problem.
Our advanced technology tests your muscle function and body movement, measures your posture, and identifies any faulty movement patterns that exist. Once we locate the source of your pain, we customize a corrective care plan based on our exam findings.
From there, our team works together to deliver the comprehensive services which can include massage therapy, corrective exercise training, education, and chiropractic adjustments.
The spine is made of 24 separate bones (or vertebrae) that can tighten and get stuck as a result of injuries, bad posture, and even stress.
Just as your foot would swell up in pain after walking around too long in a tight shoe, a stuck vertebrae can get increasingly inflamed over time, often resulting in severe pain.
Left untreated, that inflammation can then transfer to different areas of the body and wreak havoc far beyond the original site of pain or injury.
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Back Pain Q & A
What are the main causes of back pain?
There are plenty of factors that can cause back pain, including repetitive motions, standing and sitting for long periods of time, car accidents, slip and fall accidents, sports injuries, sleeping on a too soft or too hard mattress, bad posture, and poor ergonomics at work or school. Poor lifting technique and carrying heavy bags can also shift your spine out of alignment, resulting in impingements on nerves as well as soft tissue inflammation. Having an evaluation is the best way to determine the underlying cause of your pain.
Common causes of back pain include:
improper lifting technique
Spine related diseases like spondylolisthesis or spondylosis
arthritisnull repetitive use injury
Sports related injuries
slip and fall accidents or other trauma
chronic stressnull Slipped disc or discs
How can a chiropractor help me find relief from acute or chronic back pain?
Many cases of back pain develop when the spine is out of alignment, resulting in painful impingements on nerves. Our Chiropractors are skilled in safe, effective techniques aimed at realigning the spine to relieve impingements and improve both circulation and neural signaling to help relieve both pain and inflammation. Massage therapy can be used in conjunction with alignment for even more improvement.
Is there anything I can do to prevent back pain?
Yes, there are several steps you can take to avoid or reduce the stresses and strains that can result in chronic back pain. Practicing good posture is critical, especially when sitting or standing for long periods of time. Ask your chiropractor about using a supportive device if your job requires lots of repetitive bending, lifting or twisting. Wear good, supportive footwear, and avoid carrying uneven loads like heavy messenger bags that can cause the spine to move out of alignment. Get plenty of exercise, invest in a supportive mattress, and maintain a healthy weight. And of course, see your Dublin chiropractor regularly for evaluations and adjustments before a minor issue becomes a major problem.