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Back Pain FAQs




Back pain can be extremely debilitating, and it is estimated that over 8 out of 10 people will suffer from the condition at some point in their lives. Back pain has many causes, so it's important to get help from a chiropractor to understand the appropriate treatment for your specific condition. At MCR Chiropractic, we make it our mission to help you or your loved one find relief from back pain that doesn't require invasive surgery or medications with harmful side effects. We have 20 convenient locations in and around Boston, MA, to serve your needs. Learn more about the types and causes of back pain below. 

What Are the Types of Back Pain? 

There are two types of back pain: acute and chronic. Acute pain has a sudden onset, while chronic pain lasts more than three months. Although back pain can sometimes go away on its own without treatment, working with a chiropractor to diagnose the root cause is key to preventing pain from returning. 

What Are the Common Causes of Back Pain? 

A variety of issues can cause back pain. Some of the most common include: 

  • Spinal misalignments 

  • Scoliosis 

  • Osteoarthritis 

  • Poor posture 

  • Muscle tension 

  • Muscle strain 

  • Traumatic injuries (sports injuries, car accidents, work accidents) 

  • Spinal stenosis 

  • Herniated discs 

These causes can occur suddenly, such as getting injured at work or can happen over time, such as in the case of osteoarthritis and herniated discs. Other symptoms such as sciatica, weakness, and numbness and tingling in the legs can also be signs of back problems. 

How Can a Chiropractor Help? 

A trained chiropractor can diagnose your back pain using physical exams, medical history, imaging tests, such as x-rays, and spinal and postural screenings. 

After our chiropractor determines the cause of your pain, they will prescribe the proper treatment for upper or lower back pain relief.  

What Types of Treatment Does a Chiropractor Use? 

Effective, non-invasive, and natural chiropractic treatments can include: 

  • Spinal decompression 

  • Spinal and mechanical adjustments 

  • Muscle and soft tissue therapy 

  • Strengthening exercises 

  • Trigger point therapy 

  • Muscle stretches 

  • Muscle stimulation  

Getting Help Today in Boston, MA 

Chronic or acute back pain doesn't have to define your life. Effective chiropractic treatments can help treat and prevent back pain from reoccurring. At MCR Chiropractic, our staff is available to help you find some much-needed pain relief in and around Boston, MA.  Fill out the form below to request an appointment at any of our MCR Chiropractic locations!