At Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver, we help our patients understand the basics of back injuries so that they can get on the road to healing and recovery. Most people will experience some form of minor back pain at some point in their life, but if it’s the result of a back injury, it’s important that you’re able to determine if you require professional assistance to address pain and restore function, such as whole body care from our doctors at Chiropractic by Thriveology.
Back Injury Overview
Back injuries are the most common reason for back pain. Using back muscles during unusual activities, such as yard work or moving furniture, can be the cause of back discomfort. Back injuries can also stem from a fall from even a short distance, tripping, or excessive twisting of the spine. More serious back injuries are associated with car accidents, direct blows to the back, falling with speed, landing hard from a fall, or other more serious accidents.
It is important to note that some people are more prone to back injuries. People who are older and/or are sedentary are more likely to experience a back injury as well as back pain. Those with a family history of back pain or back injuries are more likely to experience similar back problems as they age. Repeated heavy lifting and pulling heavy object increases your risk of a back injury, as will degenerative diseases like osteoporosis or osteoarthritis.
Acute Back Injuries
Pain from an acute injury usually subsides in 6 weeks or less. Often, bruising and swelling will occur shortly after the injury and such injuries are generally sudden and harsh. Some examples of acute injuries include:
- A sprain or strain of back ligaments and muscles
- A dislocation or fracture of the spine
- A ruptured or torn disc
- Compression of lower back nerves
Repetitive Use Injuries
If your symptoms start gradually or occur during everyday activities, you may have an overuse injury. These injuries are often the result of improper posture or motion while sitting, standing, lifting, walking, or even sleeping. This pain will frequently subside within four weeks or less, even without any treatment. Though correction of your posture during everyday activities will keep the injury from reoccurring and chiropractic experts, like those at Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver, can help you figure out what you need to adjust to avoid re-injury.
Most minor back pain will resolve itself in a few weeks. Keeping up with your regular activities while your minor injury heals will assist in the recovery process. Avoid strenuous activities though, to keep from making your injury worse. For more serious injuries, physical or chiropractic therapy for your back may be in order. Severe injuries may even require surgery. Treatment for serious and severe injuries, should involve consultation with a professional to determine the best course of action.
If you feel you would benefit from chiropractic assistance to help with healing your back injury, contact us at Chiropractic by Thriveology of Denver, and we will set you up to see one of our team of chiropractic specialists for a personalized approach to your recovery.