Friday, February 24, 2017

All About Back Pain

All About Back Pain
Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver treats problems that affect the nerves, muscles, bones, and joints of your body. We can help you learn all about back pain, as well as how to relieve both chronic and acute issues and get your mobility back. Today, we’re passing along some insight into the causes of back pain and just a few of the treatments available. Of course, our experts are here to help you as well. Feel free to get in touch for an appointment.

According to a Mayo Clinic article you can browse on your own, back pain is one of the biggest reasons people go to the doctor or miss work and a leading cause of disability in the world.

Diagnosis and Treatment
According to a Spine Universe article, it’s important to get a proper back pain diagnosis from your doctor and then develop a chiropractic treatment plan. Your doctor will look at whether your pain is acute or chronic, and what your symptoms look like.

Acute back pain lasts only a short time but is very severe. Chronic back pain is pain that happens every day. It can be severe or mild, deep, achy, burning, or feels sort of electric-like. Sometimes the pain will travel to another part of the body like the leg.

At your initial consultation with our therapy team at Chiropractic by Thriveology, we will ask you about your diagnosis, treatment goals, your health history, and current habits. You will get a physical exam and possibly some tests like x-rays and blood work. This information will help us be able to treat your back pain with spinal manipulations, often called an adjustment which realigns the bones of the spine. We will also use massage to work on soft tissues. Generally, these treatments will continue for several weeks.

Causes and Symptoms of Back Pain
Between the upper back and tailbone, there are 17 vertebral bodies, numerous joints, the sacrum, and the tailbone. There are also intervertebral discs, the spinal cord and nerve roots, fibrous and muscular supporting structures, and blood vessels. So if you injure your back, even in a small way, like from lifting something too heavy or twisting the wrong way, you can be in a lot of pain and it can stop you from continuing with your ordinary day-to-day routine.

Some back pain is caused by congenital problems, which may be related to age, smoking, degenerative disease, bad posture, or obesity.

As if back pain isn’t enough there are often other symptoms that go along with it, like aches, weakness, stiffness, numbness and tingling. When you have back pain, it seems like every activity causes pain, particularly sitting, walking, standing, bending, and twisting at the waist.

According to WebMD, you should seek medical attention if you have a hard time standing, you have a fever along with pain, you lose bladder or bowel function or control, you have leg pain, you experience weakness, or your pain doesn’t go away or worsens. If you feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your groin, arms or legs, it could be a sign of spinal cord damage. If the back pain extends into your leg it could be sciatica. A herniated disc may be the issue if back pain gets worse when you cough or bend forward. If you have back pain and a fever, a burning sensation at urination and frequent or urgent urination, it may be an infection.

Back pain can be a serious problem if you have a history of cancer, medication or steroids that have weakened your immune system, a history of IV drug use, trauma, increasing pain, unintentional weight loss, pain lasting over a month, or pain at night.

Treatment for Back Pain
According to a WebMD article that can tell you even more all about back pain, you can use medicine, heat or ice at the first sign of back pain. Use whichever works best, sometimes alternating them. You need to move around if you can. Lying down or sitting for a long period of time is often worse for your back pain. Get up if you can, and walk – don’t forget to swing your arms. Believe it or not, exercise can help back pain.

Pain medicine may be able to help with your back pain but check out any side effects. Take the medication as soon as you can when your pain starts and then take it on a regular schedule. Take the right amount and don’t take more than one kind of pain medicine at the same time. Most people use over-the-counter pain medicine like acetaminophen like Tylenol, ibuprofen like Advil or Motrin, or naproxen like Aleve.

Chiropractic care is a very important option for people who are looking for relief from their back pain. Of course, it is very important that you find out from a doctor what is causing your pain first. Sometimes back and neck pain can be caused by an imbalance of hips, obesity, arthritis, poor posture, kidney stones, adhesions in leg muscles, pinched nerves, blood clots, and hernias. But most back pain comes from your back being out of alignment, which is where chiropractic treatments can play a key role in your recovery.

Suggestions to Prevent Back Pain

    Correct posture is important, particularly when many of us are hunched over computers
    Keep a healthy weight and a well-balanced diet which can improve your spine health
    Exercise can help with keeping your weight down, builds your muscles, and strengthens your joints, and reduces back pain
    Don’t wear high heels, or carry a heavy purse or wallet
    Carrying a heavy backpack over just one shoulder can hurt your back
    Stop smoking because it reduces the flow of nutrients to spinal discs which can make smokers particularly susceptible to back injury and pain
    Always lift with your knees, not with your back

If you are suffering from back pain, our chiropractic team at Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver can coordinate your care with your doctor to include chiropractic care in your recovery plan. Our treatment is all about back pain and how to relieve your discomfort, improve your mobility, and get you back to an active life.