Low back pain is the leading cause of disability. It occurs in similar proportions in all cultures, interferes with quality of life
and work performance, and is the most common reason for medical consultations.
– Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2003;81:671-676.
Worldwide, back pain is the single leading cause of disability, preventing many people from engaging in work as well as other everyday activities.
– Hoy D, March L, Brooks P, et al The global burden of low back pain: estimates from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases Published Online First: 24 March 2014. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-204428
What Causes Back Pain?
Your back is a complicated highway of muscles, nerves, blood vessels, bones, and joints. And because it plays a crucial role in stabilizing your body, it’s often put under heavy stress throughout the day.
There are many causes of back pain: poor posture at work, carrying heavy groceries, a sports or activity related injury, or known spinal condition, among others. One of the most overlooked causes of back pain is misalignment of the vertebrae impinging on spinal nerves; called subluxations.
Whether your pain is chronic or new, medical experts recommend conservative, all-natural treatment options, like Chiropractic care to conquer back pain.
How Do We Diagnose Back Pain?
The goal is to locate the source of your back pain so we can resolve it. We do this by first conducting a thorough examination.
As Chiropractors, we use a hands-on examination techniques to determine which spinal segments are causing your pain. Once we identify the segments, we’ll then examine the joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves in the affected area.
When necessary, we’ll use Digital Motion Study X-Rays on site to know exactly what structures are functioning properly and which structures are not functioning properly. These images can be used to confirm a diagnosis or rule out causes before finalizing a treatment plan.
How Do We Treat Back Pain?
Back pain can be complex. We work with our patients to formulate a treatment plan specific to their condition. Each patient’s treatment plan typically includes a couple of different approaches. The plan may include:
- Spinal Adjustments – help to realign the spine and remove nerve pressure that could be causing you pain.
- Passive Therapies – an effective way to relieve strain, reduce pain-causing inflammation, and improve circulation to promote natural healing.
- Therapeutic Exercises – to improve flexibility, stability, reduce muscle stiffness, and prevent further injury
How Do You Prevent Back Pain?
Following your treatment plan is the best long-term solution for defeating back pain. Coming in for routine Spinal Adjustments will keep the spine properly aligned, improve its flexibility, keep pressure of the spinal nerves, and flexibility in related joints (i.e., hips and neck).
On top of regular adjustments, we provide lifestyle guidance so you can keep the pain away.
Things to pay attention to include: avoid carrying heavy or unequal loads, practicing good posture, losing excess weight, becoming more active, and avoiding prolonged sitting or standing. If you avoid things that compromise your back, you’ll prevent future pain.
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OUR PROCESS TO CORRECTING THE CAUSE OF YOUR BACK PAIN AND RESTORING HEALTH.
The first step in our process to restoring your health is to complete a comprehensive consultation of your health concern. We will discuss your health problems, how they are effecting you, previous treatments, and discover what your health goals are. Whether you want to run a 5k, get back on the golf course, focus at work so you can get that big promotion, or be the focused mom that you have always wanted to be…without pain holding you back; we will ensure our treatment is centered on the goals that are important to you.
The next step in our process is to conduct a thorough physical, orthopedic, and neurologic examination to determine the cause of your health concern. Our desire is to know exactly what is causing the problem so we can correct it and get you back to doing what you love. These tests may include:
- Specific Instrumentation and Visualization
- Static and Motion Palpation
- Digital Postural Analyses
- Computerized Range of Motion Assessments
- BioImpedance Analysis
- Orthopedic Testing
- Neurologic Testing
Digital Motion Study X-rays
The third step in our evaluation will be to perform highly specialized digital motion study X-rays, if our examination determines necessity. These specialized X-rays will show us what is working for you and what is not working correctly for you. This allows us to focusing in on exactly what is causing your problem so that we can provide a lasting correction of the cause.
Comprehensive Treatment Plan
The final step will be for us to sit down and formulate a plan, together, focused on restoring you to the life you want to live. Once formulated, we will enact this plan to get you back on track. Your health goals and your results are what drive our passion. We want you to be “Happy, Healthy, and Living the Life You Want to Live.”