Back Pain. Causes, Treatment and Help

causes, symptoms, and treatment of back pain

Are you suffering from back pain? It doesn’t have to be this way. Don’t resort to dangerous drugs and risky surgeries as a way to correct back pain. There is a better way. By understanding the causes and how to treat them, you can help your back pain dramatically. Chiropractic treatments are proven the most effective method for reducing or eliminating this pain.

In fact, Chiropractic treatments are the number one way to treat low back pain and other types of back conditions such as back pain from Sciatica, injuries from Auto Accidents, sports injuries and even many cases of chronic back pain can be reduced or eliminated through the use of Chiropractic treatment.

According to WebMD, “About 22 million Americans visit chiropractors annually. Of these, 7.7 million, or 35%, are seeking relief from back pain from various causes, including accidents, sports injuries, and muscle strains.”

What are the symptoms of back pain?

The symptoms of back pain are fairly easy for someone to recognize. You may have stiffness in your back from low back to mid to upper back. Pain and discomfort in the back and spine areas, pain that radiates from your back into your legs, arms or other areas of the body, loss of flexibility, difficulty maintaining an erect posture and more. For the many sufferers of back pain, the onset of these symptoms are often clear. Sometimes however, symptoms won’t be prevalent right away. If you have a car accident or a fall and injure your back, you may not feel the effects of this injury for several days. Framingham Chiropractor Dr Richard Garian says, “Be in tune with your body and try to recognize if something is “off” or just doesn’t feel right. These could be signs of impending back pain as a result of your injury.

What are the causes of back pain?

The causes of back pain are almost unlimited. Over time as we get older and carry on through life, most of us will experience an accumulative effect resulting in some kind of musculoskeletal disorders. This accumulative trauma which causes back pain is usually the result of years of, poor posture, sitting a desk all day, poor lifting habits or continuous motion or lifting, being de-conditioned, weak core-muscles, sleeping in a non-supportive bed and many other scenarios can contribute to the cause of your back pain.

However, of all the potential causes for back pain; most conditions will fall into two major categories.
1) Major Trauma – This can be seen in having a fall that sustains an injury, or (often seen in chiropractic) is pain from the trauma of an auto accident. An initial exam by your Chiropractor will allow him or her to determine the type of treatment you will need to help with your back pain.
2) Accumulative trauma – As mentioned above, back pain from this category is most common and can be treated with regular Chiropractic treatments over a period of time. Just as your trauma is accumulative, so is your Chiropractor’s treatments. Treatments should be received at regular intervals in a period of time that your Chiropractor determines is appropriate based on the initial exam and evaluation.

What are the best treatments to help back pain?

Spinal Manipulation – Removal of joint fixation through the use of Chiropractic manipulation (chiropractic adjustment) will help back pain. Spinal manipulation is the number one treatment performed by Chiropractors in regards to treating back pain. Chiropractors perform spinal manipulation (“adjustments”) by using their hands or performing what’s called instrument adjusting to apply a controlled force to a joint of the spine. The amount of the force that’s applied depend on which type of manipulation is used.

Research studies highlighted in the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health, indicate that spinal manipulation is safe, effective and can help back pain. They found that spinal manipulation was more effective than placebo and as effective as medication in helping and treating low-back pain.

Other treatments offered by chiropractors to help back pain are usually administered in conjunction with the spinal manipulation. These treatments are called “supportive therapies.”
Supportive therapies include but are not limited to;

    Ultrasound – which increases circulation in the tissue surrounding the damaged areas.
    Muscle stimulation – used to relax muscles.
    Traction – increases spinal mobility
    Cold laser – promotes and speeds up healing through ATP production

If you have back pain and would like an effective way of treating it, give chiropractic a try. At Framingham Chiropractor, we have helped thousands of people treat back pain and live a more pain free and active life.
Most treatments from a Chiropractor are covered by your insurance. Stop living with pain, Chiropractic can help.