Back Pain and Injuries

Back pain and injuries can greatly diminish your quality of life. However, there are ways to reduce and even eliminate back pain without the fear of side effects due to medications. Here at A Family Chiropractic Clinic, our patients are our number one priority. We dedicate our practice to individuals who suffer from back pain and injuries. Our goal is to restore health and functionality to your spine. We do this by treating you as a person, not just another chart.

Chiropractic care is more than just adjusting your spine. We work on helping you get the most out of life. Our staff focuses on maintaining a healthy lifestyle that will allow you to work and live without back and neck pain. We want to help you optimize your life and ensure that you’re getting everything out of life that you are looking for.

What Causes Back Pain and Injuries?

At some point in their life, almost everyone has to deal with back pain and injuries. This is because our back is such a vital component in every move that we make. Our back supports our entire body to some degree, and one wrong move can wreak havoc. There are a number of causes that are responsible for various forms of back pain and injuries. The causes can range between aging and severe trauma. Many common causes for back pain include:

With so many possibilities, diagnosing the right condition can sometimes be difficult. Occasionally, the cause of the back pain may even be unrelated to your back. For example, you may experience back pain as a result of kidney stones. This is why finding a well-trained and experienced medical professional is important in determining the cause of your back pain and injuries.

How are Back Pain and Injuries Diagnosed?

Back pain and injuries are diagnosed much like anything else. Upon experiencing symptoms you’ll set up an appointment with your medical doctor or chiropractor. You’ll then see your medical professional who will take your medical history and physically examine you for back pain and injuries. Depending on how the initial exam goes, they may suggest any number of diagnostic tests to determine the cause. Tests like x-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans can all provide valuable information to help reach a diagnosis. By using these tests your medical professional is able to view the bone structure, disc details, and nerve roots. This can help diagnose the following conditions:

Your doctor may also ask to draw blood to rule out other conditions. The data collected during the exam and through these additional tests can help your doctor compose a clear view of the problem. Discovering the problem is your first step on your way to a pain free life.

Treating Back Pain and Injuries

Once your condition has been diagnosed, your doctor will develop a treatment plan for you. For many types of back pain and injuries, the treatment plan includes chiropractic care and physical therapy. This is because most causes of back pain and injuries have to do with the strength of your back muscles. This day and age it’s common for back muscles and ligaments to become weak and inflexible. This means that they are no longer adequately supporting your spine.

Muscles and ligaments can weaken due to many different activities:

  • Bad posture
  • Lack of exercise
  • Significant amounts of time at a desk
  • Significant amounts of time looking down at mobile devices
  • Lifting heavy objects incorrectly

By correctly addressing the problem through chiropractic care, any misalignment of your spine can be corrected. This allows you to then begin focusing on rebuilding your back for adequate support. Through continued chiropractic care and physical therapy your back will regain its strength. This will in turn lead to improved posture. However, you must learn how to pay close attention to your body as well. Things that you should think about and be aware of include:

  • Seated posture
  • Standing posture
  • Proper lifting techniques
  • Proper exercise techniques

By focusing on your body throughout the day and during your daily tasks you’ll be more aware of your posture. Making small adjustments can greatly reduce the likelihood that you’ll develop back pain and injuries. You’ll also develop a stronger, more agile back. Proper exercise and posture can go a long way when it comes to treating and preventing back pain and injuries.

If you have any questions about back pain and injuries, please contact A Family Chiropractic Clinic at (940) 566-0000.