Back Pain Chiropractic Treatment
Approximately 80% of Americans have or will have back pain at some point in their lifetime. It is usually short-lived but can linger for weeks or months. Most people don't need surgery.
There are a variety of causes for back pain. Often it is linked to one or more discs in your spine. The disc is like a jelly doughnut that cushions that bones or vertebrae of the spine. Discs are prone to break down or can tear as we age, causing the disc to leak some of the insides of the jelly doughnut, so they are no longer providing the proper cushioning needed. When the jelly-like inside leaks out, it can hit a nerve and thus cause great pain.
When discs “slip out of place”; commonly called a herniated or bulging disc, they may press on the sciatic nerve, causing pain that starts in your lower back or buttocks and can travel down the leg.
Thankfully, most disc problems can improve without surgery. According to research, chiropractic therapy and chiropractic treatment have shown very effective for back pain and herniated or bulging disc pain.
Three Types of Back Pain: Acute, Chronic, and Neuropathic Pain
By better understanding how pain is defined, it can be helpful in learning how to control it better with chiropractic therapy.
Acute Pain lasts less than 3 to 6 months, or pain directly related to tissue damage. Think of acute pain as immediate and sharp, like pain from touching a hot stove or smashing your finger with a hammer.
Chronic Pain is a term generally used to describe pain that lasts more than 3 to 6 months, or after the tissue has healed. This type of pain usually isn’t directly related to specific tissue damage or structural problems. Have you ever heard someone complain about their back after they’ve had back surgery?
Pain that has an identifiable cause, such as an injury or degenerative disc disease, are diagnosable anatomical problems and can cause on-going pain until they are successfully treated.
Chronic pain with no identifiable cause is pain that persists after an injury or tissue has healed. There doesn’t appear to be a clear reason for the pain.
Neuropathic pain is a type of chronic pain where there are no signs of an injury and it’s unrelated to an identifiable injury or condition. Nerves can continue to send pain messages to the brain even though there is no active tissue damage.
Spinal Manipulation as a Treatment for Back Problems
Spinal manipulation is a safe and effective back pain treatment. It reduces pain (decreasing the need for medication in some cases) and rapidly advances physical therapy.
Tips to Prevent Back Pain
• Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
• Remain active—under the supervision of your chiropractor.
• Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest.
• Warm up or stretch before exercising or physical activities, such as gardening.
• Maintain proper posture.
• Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
• Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine.
• Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting.
• Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
• Work with your chiropractor to ensure that your computer workstation is ergonomically correct.
If you are suffering from back pain, schedule an appointment with one of our Back Pain Treatment Chiropractors today.