• Finding Relief from Chronic Back Pain

    on Oct 25th, 2017

Finding Relief from Chronic Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common medical problems in not only the country, but the world. It's the number one cause of disability worldwide, and one of the most-cited reasons that many individuals are forced to miss work. In fact, half of all working Americans report symptoms of back pain each year, and experts estimate that 80% of individuals in the United States will experience a back problem at some point in their life.

The back is a complex part of the body, and although it's built to withstand a lot, years of wear-and-tear or even just one unfortunate mishap can take its toll on the bones, muscles, and ligaments that comprise the back. The result of a back injury can range from minor discomfort to excruciating and debilitating pain.

If you've been suffering from persistent or chronic back pain, regardless of how severe, we're here to help.

Back Pain from an Auto Injury

One of the most common causes of back pain is a car crash. The body is subjected to extreme forces during an accident which cause the muscles and ligaments in and around the back to tense up, strain, and sometimes even tear. The neck is also jolted, often causing whiplash, which can lead to severe neck pain that extends into the shoulders and upper back. Treating pain from an auto injury is sometimes as simple as getting the proper rest and applying ice or heat, but sometimes, additional measures are necessary, particularly if the spine became misaligned as a result of the accident. In this case, we can help mend your injuries through spinal realignment and decompression, therapeutic massage, acupuncture, and cold laser therapy. In more severe cases, we will run X-rays or an MRI to determine if there is a fracture. If you've been in an auto accident and you're experiencing back pain, don't ignore it. Schedule an appointment and we will conduct a thorough examination to make sure we pinpoint the problem and address it quickly so you can return to a pain-free lifestyle.

Chronic Pain

In many cases, back pain arises on its own through natural causes. It doesn't always take an accident to throw things out of whack. The aging process can bring aches and pains, particularly in individuals who suffer from ailments like arthritis or fibromyalgia. Other times, there's no clear cause of chronic back pain; it can occur from a lifetime of wear-and-tear, or bad posture. Regardless of the cause of the back pain, it's a bothersome aspect of day-to-day living for our patients. Sometimes it's just a minor nuisance, but other times, it can be debilitating. If you have back pain, you don't have to live with that pain! Through tried-and-true procedures like spinal manipulation, ultrasound therapy, and amniotic allography, we can help find a solution that works for you.

Sciatica

Do you feel pain in the lower back that radiates to the hips and down the back of your legs? You might have sciatica. Sciatica is a painful back condition in which the sciatic nerve (a large nerve that runs from the lower back to the top of each leg) is compressed. This is often due to a herniated disc in the back, but there are a number of potential causes. It's estimated that around 5 to 10 percent of patients who suffer from lower back pain have sciatica.

Sciatica is a back problem, but it can impact the entire lower half of the body. Symptoms include pain in the back, hips, gluteus, and leg, and in many cases, patients experience a tingling or burning feeling that shoots down the back of their leg. Because the sciatic nerve is being compressed, sciatica can also result in weakness or numbness in the lower legs or feet.

It’s not always possible to completely resolve the pain that stems from sciatica, but fortunately, with proper treatment, the majority of patients with sciatica do find relief. In most cases, sciatica will revolve itself within 6-12 weeks, particularly if you make lifestyle changes to aid in healing, such as strengthening your posture through activities like yoga or Pilates, and paying attention to the way you sit (or lift heavy objects) throughout the day and correcting your posture and form. If symptoms still persist, our experienced and reliable team of medical professionals can help the healing process with techniques like spinal adjustments, ultrasound therapy, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).

Conclusion

Back pain is a prevalent problem, and chronic pain can prevent you from living life to the fullest. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Shutt. We look forward to improving your back issues through evidence-backed procedures and integrative approaches so you can return to a as pain-free of normal lifestyle as possible.

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