Back pain is a debilitating condition that affects adults of all ages. People suffering from back pain may find difficulty performing everyday tasks like sitting, sleeping and engaging in physical activities. According to the American Chiropractic Association, an estimated 31 million American experience lower back pain at any given time.
Managing your back pain with chiropractic care can help alleviate back pain and restore quality of life. At NCIHC, we help patients manage their back pain naturally with chiropractic care, avoiding invasive surgical procedures.
Types of Back Pain
There are several types of back pain, but the most common types are acute low-back pain and chronic low-back pain.
Acute back pain- Patients with acute low-back pain often improve on their own, through self-care, and stay active. If acute low back pain persist after four weeks, you can consider non-drug therapies, including Chiropractic manipulation.
Chronic back pain- Long-term use of pain medication usually does not improve functioning for patients with chronic low-back pain. Natural therapies, including spinal manipulation prove more beneficial. Psychological and social factors also contribute to chronic low-back pain. Most patients with chronic low-back pain will not become pain-free so treatment should be more focused on improving function and reducing pain.
Symptoms of Back Pain
With back pain, the connection to a physical source is not always evident. There are people showing no spinal abnormalities on their X-rays yet suffer from excruciating back pain.
Pain affects the back area and does not radiate to the leg
Difficulty standing, walking or sitting
Pain is felt suddenly
Back is sore to the touch
Causes of Back Pain
The human spine is a complex structure of discs, joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. There are several possible causes for back pain or discomfort. Most back pain sufferers don’t seek help to find out the cause of their back pain thinking that the pain will go away on its own and only get medical assistance if the pain intensifies and become unbearable.
Strained Muscles or Ligaments
Muscles, ligaments and tendons get strained when they are pulled or torn, which can damage fibers resulting in pain. This is more common among athletes and weekend warriors who engage in physically-demanding activities. However, you can still suffer from pulled muscle or ligaments while doing things, such as lifting, at home or at work.
When you are stressed, you become tensed, your blood pressure and heart rate rise and your muscles tighten. Constant stress causes your muscles to become sore and weak.
Vertebral subluxation is a result of the spine in which alignment, movement integrity and physiological functions are compromised due to functional, structural, and/or pathological articular changes. In the lumbar spine, these usually occur at the transition between the lower spine and the sacrum. Because of the relationship between the spinal column, the spinal cord, and the spinal nerves, vertebral subluxations have the potential to impair proper nerve function.
A herniated disc results when the rubbery cushions located between vertebrae or individual bones in the spine are ruptured. When one of these discs develops a crack in its hard outer wall, the inner disc material is pushed into the spinal canal. When this happens, the herniated disc irritates the nerves and causes pain, weakness, or numbness.
Comprehensive Exam- Dr. De Armas carries out a thorough examination of your neck and entire spine to determine the best approach for your neck pain. During the examination, he will check your posture and identity the areas of restricted movement.
Comprehensive and Individualized Treatment Plan- After careful and thorough assessment of your neck and entire spine and identifying the source of your pain, Dr. De Armas will put together a comprehensive and individualized chiropractic plan that is designed to alleviate painful symptoms of your condition.
Spinal Adjustments- Spinal manipulations relieve pressure on the nervous system, promote spinal health and improve overall health. These adjustments are especially beneficial for providing relief from back pain.