These days more and more people are suffering from chronic back pain. It’s considered to be one of the most common as well as debilitating ailments that people face! It is also one of the main reasons people visit doctors. Getting relief from this pain is quite difficult.
According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 25 to 27 million people are treated by chiropractors ev8ery year. These people seek treatment for back pain relief. The hallmark therapy of chiropractic care is spinal manipulation.
Professional chiropractors enhance the alignment of the body and treat aching muscles. If you are visiting a chiropractor, then you probably won’t need any sort of surgery to treat your back pain.
What Are Some of The Symptoms Of Back Pain?
Symptoms of back pain help chiropractors identify the actual reason behind a person’s back pain. Some of these symptoms may include:
- Extreme pain in the back muscle(s)
- Shooting or stabbing pain around the spinal cord or lower back
- A sharp pain that radiates down the leg
- Pain that worsens with bending, lifting, standing or walking
- Pain that improves with reclining
What Are The Common Causes Of Back Pain?
Generally, a person feels back pain due to heavy lifting or falling. Sometimes stressful work life that requires long hours of sitting at one place also contributes to acute back pain. This “acute” back pain comes on suddenly and lasts no more than six weeks. Back pain that lasts more than three months (chronic) is less common than acute pain.
Some of the common conditions that lead to back pain are:
- Strain In Supporting Muscles Such as Tendons, Ligaments, Or Cartilage: Heavy lifting or a sudden awkward moment can strain your back muscles and spinal ligaments. The strain in the back can be more painful if you’re in poor physical condition.
- Bulging or Fractured Discs: The discs in the body act as cushions between the bones (vertebrae) in your spine. With an injury or sudden body movement, the soft material inside can bulge or rupture. This leads to immense pressure on the nerves. Disc issues are often identified incidentally when you have spine X-rays for some other reason.
- Arthritis: Osteoarthritis can affect the lower back. In some specific cases, when the patient is having arthritis in the spine, s/he might observe that the space around the spinal cord is narrowing.
- Skeletal irregularities: This is a condition in which the spine of the body curves to the side (scoliosis) which can lead to back pain… but generally not until middle age.
- Osteoporosis: In this condition, your spine’s vertebrae can develop compression fractures if your bones become porous and brittle.
To Treat Your Back Pain – Consult Chiropractors:
How Chiropractic Treatment Works
Chiropractic care or treatment is a non-invasive way of curing problems of the back; You do not have to undergo any sort of surgery for back pain. Generally, chiropractic treatments focus on spinal manipulation and alignment to aid pain management and stimulate the body’s self-healing abilities. Experienced chiropractors work on the re-alignment of the spine to reduce pressure on the central nervous system.
During your first visit to the chiropractor, you will likely undergo a physical evaluation. The evaluation will help the chiropractor identify trigger points of the pain and the surrounding area. You will be asked to provide information about your symptoms and your chiropractor may order tests and X-rays that could help them understand your condition better.
A chiropractor will collaborate with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that should include your scheduled treatments, regular exercise, and improved diet. Back pain management likely requires multiple visits over a long period of time in order to provide the best pain therapy.
During treatment, your chiropractor may use forceful pressure on key parts of your back or other parts of your body to realign your spine and manage pain. The pressure can be applied by hands or with the help of a specially designed instrument. Finally, proper massage of the affected muscles would also be incorporated into your treatment. Before the treatment starts, you can talk to your chiropractor about the different methods s/he likes to use before agreeing to a treatment plan.
It can be very difficult to determine the cause of back pain. Generally, back pain can be completely debilitating and unbearably painful. It is often caused by a serious underlying issue. In many cases, the cause of the pain is hard to find, so it’s always best to consult with experienced chiropractors at Thrive Chiropractic Health Center to learn about the cause(s) of your specific back pain. Call 904-683-9397 for more info.