Almost everyone will experience back pain in their lifetime. Whether your pain is mildly irritating or completely unbearable, back pain is never something enjoyable to deal with. For anyone dealing with chronic back pain, chiropractic care can be a great treatment option.
Understanding Back Pain
Lower back pain is a general description of several problems, all of which result in pain in the lower back/hip/buttock region. This can be caused by a number of different problems ranging from sitting too long, trauma, a misalignment, and stress to name a few. This issue is commonly referred to as other issues like Sciatica, Lumbago, Sacroiliac issues, DJD, etc.
Causes of Back Pain
Stress and Back Pain
Chronic stress can eventually lead to hypertension and chronic back pain. This back pain is a result of tension and muscle spasms that occur when stress hormones are released. The tension will often accumulate into what are called trigger points. Trigger points can be extremely painful and need professional attention to resolve.
Disc Bulges and Herniations
Disc bulges and herniations are conditions in which the outer edges of the discs, located between the vertebrae, are damaged. This causes the jelly-like center to bulge or be pushed out. If the damaged disc is irritating a surrounding nerve, shooting or stabbing pain can be extremely severe. A chiropractor can recommend appropriate treatment to prevent worsening a herniation and provide relief for current pain.
A subluxation is a misalignment in the vertebral column. There are a wide range of causes including physical stress, trauma, and toxins to name a few. Subluxations are often quite painful and can disrupt normal movements. Chiropractors are trained to identify and correct this issue using non-invasive techniques.
Muscular Sprains and Tendon or Ligament Strains
Strains and sprains occur when we engage in a task that our body is not accustomed to (lifting while twisting, stretching past ones’ limits) or if we are involved in an accident. Prolonged, repetitive movement of the muscles often results in a chronic strain. This can be extremely painful and can even cause swelling and bruising. Fixing a sprain often involves changes in the spine alignment, which is why someone experiencing this type of problem would respond well to chiropractic care.
Scoliosis is a spine condition that occurs when the spine curves or twists to the side and is identified when someone’s spine isn’t visibly straight. Back pain is very common even in those with very mild scoliosis. Chiropractic adjustments and therapies help to improve form (therefore, improving function), and induce mobility into the joints. For those experiencing back pain due to scoliosis, chiropractic care can be a great option for treating and reducing the pain.
Other Issues That Cause Back Pain
- Kidney Stones
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Incomplete Rehabilitation of Past Injuries
- Lack of Proper and Periodic Lumbar Spinal Alignments
- Improper Lifting Techniques
- Auto Accidents
- Poor Posture
- Prolonged SittingPhysical Inactivity
- Poor Diet and Nutritional Practices
No matter how severe your back pain may be and no matter what the cause may be, chiropractic is an excellent, non-invasive way to treat chronic back pain. Not only will adjustments help with your pain, but a chiropractor can also help to recommend further treatment and lifestyle changes to help you to live a pain-free lifestyle moving forward.
Contact Active Life Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Henley and get your back pain under control.