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Back Pain and Chiropractic

Feb 8, 2019

It is well known that Chiropractic care and back pain go hand in hand.  It is the most common condition we treat however it is important to accurately pinpoint the source of the pain in order to formulate a treatment plan to achieve full resolution.  

The back is made up of various structures including the muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs and bones.  All of which make the back extremely complex. Problems that may arise with any of these components can lead to back pain.  

Back pain is most commonly seen in the following conditions

  • Disc injury
  • SI joint dysfunction
  • Sprain/Strains
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Pregnancy

All of these conditions can cause varying types and levels of pain.  They can also be of an acute nature, short term, or chronic, long term.  

Causes of Back Pain

While acute injuries to the back like car accidents, slips and falls do happen they are not the most common causes of back pain.  Back pain is more often due to chronic and long term development of problems due to age, weight gain, and/or inactivity. Your job, or daily repetitive activities like sports, lifting, pushing, pulling, bending, twisting, or poor posture can also  put you more at risk for back pain.

Symptoms

The difficult thing about back pain is that although the source of pain may differ, many conditions share the same symptoms, including

  • Aching, stiffness along either side of the spine or into the glutes
  • Sharp localized around the spine that usually worsens with movement
  • Dull, aching pain that comes, most often, with prolonged standing or sitting
  • Radiating pain, that travels from the low back or glute and down into the leg/s
  • Inability to stand straight up or walk straight up

Back Pain Treatment Options

Chiropractic Care can be extremely helpful in the management of back pain.  Our team of physicians are trained to help accurately diagnose the source of the pain and develop a treatment plan to resolve it.  Many of which include some combination of manipulation (to restore movement to the affected joint), soft tissue therapy, and a customized at home core strengthening program.  Our goal is to not only provide short term relief but long term benefit as well. That only occurs when the patient takes an active role in treatment. This is done in the form of an at-home prescribed core rehab plan.  

If your provider suspects more severe injury other tests may be ordered (x-rays, MRIs, EMGs, or CT/Bone Scan) or a referral to another medical provider may be necessary.  

Schedule an appointment with one of our Chiropractic Physicians located in Sharonville, Ohio, Wilmington, Ohio, or Anderson, Ohio.