Do You Have Back Pain?
If you are living with chronic back pain then chiropractic care in Willowbrook might be a good treatment option. Almost everyone will experience some form of back pain, ranging from slightly irritating to completely crippling, in their lifetime. Whatever the degree of pain you are experiencing and whether it is acute or has become chronic, at the very least you would probably rather live without it. In the most extreme cases in can be difficult to go on living with it. This article aims to help you to understand what causes lower back pain, and how chiropractic treatment can help you achieve lasting back health so that you can go on enjoying those walks in the park.
Back Pain in Willowbrook
The back is a broad term that covers a large area of the body. It is made up of many tendons, ligaments, discs, muscles, and bones. Without a solid understanding of these different parts, it can complicated to locate and address the source of the pain. The following explains some of the most common issues and their identifying features. It also explains how chiropractic medicine can help to resolve them. This is a general guideline to help you in your quest for effective treatment, but we highly recommend that you seek a professional opinion to properly diagnose these issues.
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. This is a surprisingly common issue and it is often, but not always, very painful. Many people who have this condition feel nothing at all. The quality and intensity of it, for those who experience pain, depends on the type and position of the herniation. If the damaged disc is irritating a surrounding nerve, shooting or stabbing pain along with weakness in the legs is often severe.
It is important that this issue is properly identified and promptly treated to avoid further damage. A chiropractor in Willowbrook will thoroughly assess your back to determine the extent of the issue and the appropriate treatment to prevent worsening of the herniation, and provide relief from the associated pain.
Subluxation is a medical term describing a misalignment in the vertebral column. There are a wide variety of causes, including physical stress, trauma, and toxins. Subluxations are often quite painful and can disrupt normal movement. Subluxations are one of the most commonly overlooked contributors to back pain. Chiropractors are trained to identify and correct this issue using non-invasive adjustment techniques.
Muscular Sprains and Tendon or Ligament Strains
Strains and sprains most typically occur when we engage in tasks that our body is not accustomed to, or when we are involved in an accident. Lifting while twisting, or stretching past one's limits are common causes to strains and sprains of the back. These can be extremely painful, and are often accompanied by swelling and bruising of the surrounding area. Strains and sprains in the back tend to involve changes to the alignment of the spine and typically respond well to chiropractic care.
Stress and Back Pain
Chronic stress wreaks havoc on the body, and can eventually lead to hyper-tension and chronic back pain. The back pain is a result of tension and muscle spasms that occur when stress hormones are released. The tension will often accumulate in what are referred to as trigger points. These trigger points can be extremely painful and need professional attention to resolve. Chiropractors have the knowledge and tools to relieve stress from trigger points and to deal with underlying nervous system imbalances that may be keeping your body locked in patterns of stress and pain.
Other Issues that Cause Back Pain
Conditions such as obesity, arthritis, kidney stones, and urinary tract infections have been shown to cause symptoms of lower back pain. These are all serious issues that need to be identified and treated immediately to avoid long-term health issues. Willowbrook chiropractic doctors are trained to identify these issues and support you in getting the appropriate treatment. Many of these issues can have their source in spinal misalignments and respond well to chiropractic adjustments.
If you have questions about how our team at Complete Health Chiropractic can help you, please schedule a consultation today.
What causes back pain?
Back pain several potential causes, including:
- Muscle strain
- Work accidents
- Car accidents
- Spinal misalignment
- Slipped or bulging discs
- Pinched nerves
- Chronic spinal problems
Complete Health Chiropractic offers services for all of these conditions to help patients reduce back pain and improve their quality of life.
How can chiropractic address back pain?
Dr. Menton treats back pain through spinal adjustments that put the spine back in alignment, reducing pressure and strain on muscles and nerves. This helps the body embrace its healing capabilities through ensuring proper nervous system function. Spinal alignment through chiropractic adjustment also helps restore symmetry to the body, so the weight distributes more evenly, reducing muscular strain.
How does posture contribute to back pain?
Poor posture throws off the body's center of gravity. This puts stress on 1 side of the body over the other. Continual imbalance from poor posture can pull the spine out of its natural alignment. It can also cause muscular tightness and put a strain on connective tissue. All of this contributes to back pain. Dr. Menton helps patients not only through spinal alignment but also with poor posture problems.
Does chiropractic treatment for back pain hurt?
Patients who haven't been to the chiropractor may feel anxious about having their back "cracked" by a chiropractor. Dr. Menton uses gentle techniques designed to decrease pain, not add to it. The adjustment itself won't hurt, though if the treated area is already tender, it may be tender to the touch. Sometimes adjustments cause slight muscle soreness for a day or so as the muscles adjust to the new spinal position, but ice can reduce this discomfort. Once the body adjusts, patients notice significant improvement in their pain levels.
How many visits are necessary to treat back pain?
Dr. Menton creates custom treatment plans for his patients based on their physical examinations and X-rays The number of treatments needed depend on the severity of the misalignment or injury. Patients benefit from more than 1 adjustment to ensure the spine doesn't revert to its previous position.
What is a pinched nerve?
A pinched nerve occurs when the vertebrae of the spine put pressure on the nerves. When put under enough pressure, nerves can't send their signals properly. This causes several sensations, including pain.
What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?
Symptoms of a pinched nerve include:
- Localized pain at the site of the pinched nerve
- Pain traveling along the path of the nerve
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the body
Patients experiencing these symptoms, especially in the lower part of the body, need to make an appointment with Dr. Menton to determine if they have a pinched nerve.
How’s a pinched nerve diagnosed?
When patients come to Complete Health Chiropractic, Dr. Menton performs a thorough physical exam, complete with X-rays. He uses the information to diagnose whether a patient has a pinched nerve.
Will a pinched nerve get better on its own?
No. Most pinched nerves can't heal on their own because the vertebrae must be moved back into position. This is a chiropractic problem, requiring chiropractic treatment to restore health. Patients who've been diagnosed with a pinched nerve need to make an appointment with Complete Health Chiropractic for accurate treatment.
How does a chiropractor help a pinched nerve?
Dr. Menton performs a full evaluation to determine the location of the pain and the pinched nerve, as well as any underlying conditions that could be making the pain worse. Treatment for a pinched nerve may include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Ultrasound treatment
By following Dr. Menton's recommendations, patients can see significant improvement and pain relief.
Can physical therapy fix a pinched nerve?
Physical therapy can help pinched nerves, but only after the vertebrae are put back in position. Physical therapy strengthens the muscles around the injured area to prevent repeat injuries and works well alongside chiropractic care. Patients can talk to Dr. Menton about the potential benefits of physical therapy.
How quickly can a patient get relief from a pinched nerve?
Because of the severity of the pain and inflammation from a pinched nerve, a patient may need several adjustments and treatments for full relief. Following Dr. Menton's recommended adjustment schedule helps restore function and reduce pain. Patients may need to spend several weeks getting regular adjustments before they experience complete pain relief, but sticking with the treatment ensures a good result. To learn more about this process, contact Complete Health Chiropractic.
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