If you are like many Americans, you are currently experiencing back pain. This pain can be in your lower, middle or upper back. An estimated 32 million Americans are suffering from back pain at this moment and about 80% will experience it at some point in their life. Statistics such as these explain why the United States' number one cause of disability today is back pain. This brings up many questions about back pain causes, prevention, and treatment. The goal of chiropractor in Waukesha is to use this article to answer your questions and help alleviate back pain.
BACK PAIN IN Waukesha
The cause of back pain is directly related to your spine in the majority of cases we treat. The brain and nervous system control the complete functionality of every organ, cell, and tissue in the human body and have an intimate relationship with the spinal column. It is imperative the spine has full range of motion so that the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and discs can perform the specific tasks they were designed to perform. While small irritations and stresses can create back pain, it can be a result of major traumas, such as auto accidents. Because of this, our Doctors are specifically trained to evaluate the spine and find the cause of pain.
Besides physical causes, conditions such as arthritis, obesity, urinary tract infections, and kidney stones can produce signs of lower back pain. With all of the possibilities in mind, it is important to find a doctor who is well versed in the area of pain management as well as all aspects of health, in order to correctly narrow down and find the root of the pain. Luckily, the staff at Acu-Med Integrative Medicine LLC are exactly these people. They have many years of experience and education with back pain and can accurately diagnose the problem. If this diagnosis is lacking, the smallest irritation can become overwhelming pain.
Subluxations are the main cause of spinal and back pain. Disc problems contribute significantly to back pain and can be a result of subluxations. Doctors of Chiropractic are the only Doctors trained to look for subluxations, find them, correct them and maintain them!
DISC BULGES OR HERNIATION
In many cases, a bulging or herniated disc is the most painful cause of back pain. It is also one of the most common ones. However, it should be noted that these conditions don’t always result in pain. Research has shown, through MRI use, that up to 37% of the American population has some severity of a disc bulge or herniation, many of which experience no pain. Nonetheless, the people who do experience pain from these conditions explain it to be intense and severe.
The position and type of herniation affect the type of pain felt. When the disc is misaligned, swollen, or irritated, it is possible for it to pinch a nerve, causing sharp pain and possible numbness, tingling and weakness to the legs. Pain from this is often described as shooting and stabbing. To understand herniated discs, it helps to picture them as jelly filled doughnuts. When the outer layer of the doughnut (discs) experiences wear and tear, they are likely to rupture and tear over time. As a result of this, the jelly can ooze out. Reversing this damage can be extremely difficult. However, chiropractic manipulation and care has resulted in the prevention of advancement in the herniation and relieve some or all of the pain.
MUSCULAR SPRAINS AND TENDON OR LIGAMENT STRAINS
When you partake in activities which your body is not accustomed to, sprains and strains are likely to occur. An example of this is a runner attempting to run a marathon as the first race of the summer, without training much during the winter and spring. The use of these muscles is irregular and odd for the body and the muscles, tendons and ligaments get overworked, causing damage. Sprains of ligaments occur when the ligament is pushed past its capabilities and tears slightly. Spains of muscles are the result of the body moving awkwardly quickly, as well as lifting heavy objects. Sprains and strains can be incredibly painful and often appear with bruising and swelling. These forms of injury are directly related with the spine, meaning chiropractic care is able to help. We are fully capable and equipped to provide care for these types of injuries.
STRESS AND BACK PAIN
Constant stresses create a vastly different physiological profile for a person than those who do not encounter these stresses. While your body is stressed, many different hormones are released to try and deal with the situation. These hormones result in increased heart rate, raised blood pressure, a changed immune system and lowered bone density and muscle mass. When these hormones are released in the body, issues with relation to heart and digestive health, obesity, depression, and even back pain are common. When the stress hormones are released, the muscles in your body tense creating “trigger points”. These points are very painful, however, can be treated at Acu-Med Integrative Medicine LLC with chiropractic care.
By going after the causes of back pain, rather than the symptoms, the results are much more successful and the treatment becomes easier. One thing all of the conditions listed above have in common is spinal misalignment. The expertly trained staff at Acu-Med Integrative Medicine LLC is equipped with the knowledge and tools to work towards bettering this issue.
Doctor Thomas Smith uses a non-invasive and conservative yet effective approach is always the first option in treating back pain. If there are any other questions you have about your condition or about back pain as a whole, contact us at Acu-Med Integrative Medicine LLC. And if you are ready to take the leap towards health, call today and schedule and appointment.