Back pain is a common problem among adults. Over time, chronic back pain can reduce quality of life. As your chiropractor, we offer non-invasive, medication-free back pain relief. Our safe, gentle solutions to musculoskeletal problems like lower back pain and upper back pain can help patients get the care they need.
Patients may experience upper, middle and lower back pain depending on the cause. Upper back pain is often a result of poor posture and poor ergonomics, while lower back pain can be caused by poor lifting and twisting techniques.
Analyzing the location of your back pain and the other symptoms that accompany the problem can help you determine the cause and identify a solution. When you meet with your chiropractor for the first time, he or she will ask you questions about your back pain symptoms to make your diagnosis.
Causes of Back Pain
There are many reasons that patients experience back pain. Some of the most common causes include:
Poor posture/form. Poor posture and text neck can cause subluxations that lead to pain in the upper part of the back and into the neck and shoulders.
Career and ergonomics. Poor ergonomics, repetitive motions and occupation-related injuries can cause pain in the upper, middle or lower back. Patients who stand or sit for long periods of time at their jobs may experience regular back pain.
Active lifestyle. Patients who use their back to lift heavy objects and engage in strenuous physical activity may experience back pain simply as a result of overuse of the muscles and ligaments.
Bulging disc. A bulging disc can cause patients to experience pain, numbness, tingling and other symptoms. Bulging discs often occur because of poor lifting techniques.
Muscle strain. Muscle strain is a common problem experienced by athletes and by people who use their back as a part of their occupation.
Treating Back Pain with Chiropractic Care
As your chiropractor, we provide chiropractic care for back pain. Spinal adjustment is the first line of defense against back pain. During this process, we realign the vertebrae and relieve pressure on the spinal cord. In addition to providing back pain relief, spinal adjustment can also improve the functioning of the central nervous system to help the body heal itself.
We also use techniques like massage therapy, lifestyle advice and stretches and exercises. Massage therapy improves circulation in injured parts of the body, while stretches and exercise can improve range of motion. Our lifestyle advice helps patients avoid future injuries by teaching them how to change their habits and behaviors in healthy ways.