Eighty percent of Americans experience one form of back pain or another during the course of their lives. More men over the age of 45 are disabled by back pain than any other condition. It is the third most common reason for surgeries, and a large percentage of these surgeries have symptomatic return 2 years after. Many even requiring a second surgery.
Back pain may have many causes. It may start from an acute injury, chronic poor posture and core muscle weakness or small repetitive strains. We all think that acute back pain must be that we "blew out", herniated, or ruptured a disc. Thankfully this is not usually the case. Although any abnormal, be it acute or chronic, stress to your back or spine can cause damage to the disc, the reason from your pain is usually muscular or joint in origin. Small muscles in the back become spasmed, or tight, in response to this stress. This then decreases the movement, misaligns that joint causing it to impinge, get inflamed, and cause pain. That misaligned, or sub-luxated joint, has a tremendous effect on your mobility, pain, and most importantly, the function of the nerves in that area.
Chiropractic care looks at all of the causes of your back pain by taking a detailed history, performing a thorough examination, and performing imaging, or referral out, when needed. By addressing back pain this way, chiropractic care can effectively reduce the pain, fix the underlying problem and keep you functioning with no or very little pain and increased overall function. By treating the muscle spasm, and gently adjusting the sub-luxated joint, pain is relieved, mobility is improved and your nerves are able to work with less interruption or irritation.
Rest, ice or heat therapy will help temporarily decrease the symptoms, but may not address the underlying cause or dysfunction allowing for a return of pain a short time after. Perform these acts until you can get in to see one of our chiropractors in a clinic most convenient for you.