What is more common than the common cold? Back pain. Upper back pain, lower back pain, middle back pain, all can be experienced at any age for many reasons. So many daily movements are taken for granted when the back is feeling no pain. The ability to walk, stand, bend and turn can become difficult when back pain is present. Depending on the area of back pain, our extremities as well as our heads can be affected as well. The resulting feeling of back pain can be sharp and stabbing, dull or achy, and the pain can radiate into the arms, legs and head. Acute back pain is considered to last for days or weeks. Chronic pain is referred to as back pain that is present for three months or more. Because back pain is so common, there are a number of causes for it. There are also different types of back pain; strains and structural dysfunction. Back pain due to strain can result from sudden improper movements, heavy lifting without proper body mechanics and chronic muscle and ligament strain. Structural dysfunction describes conditions such as herniated discs, arthritis, sciatica and osteoporosis. In rare cases, back pain may be felt due to cancer in or near the spine, cauda equina syndrome (a neurological disorder that affects the nerve roots that innervate the lower back and extremities), and an infection in or around the spine.
An excellent treatment option for back pain is chiropractic care. Chiropractic manipulations, along with other forms of conservative care such as acupuncture, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, traction, massage therapy and heat and ice therapy work well to help alleviate back pain while also helping to correct the reason for the pain. After a thorough health history and physical exam have been completed and it is found that there are no underlying contraindications to receiving chiropractic care, a diagnosis will be given and a treatment plan will be created to address and correct specific types of back pain. Many times, at home exercises will be advised to continue the healing process by improving the function of the spine outside of a clinical setting. Preventative information will be given as it is an important part of the treatment plan to help to teach a patient to avoid and prevent any future back injury. Because some chiropractic physicians have differing treatment styles, it is important to find a chiropractor that meets your specific needs for the type of back pain you are experiencing.
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