Dr. Alex Jimenez, El Paso's Chiropractor
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Back Pain

About Back Sprain / Strain

A sprain or strain can occur in any part of your body, especially in your back. A sprain is characterized as an injury caused when the ligaments on the spine are stretched beyond their natural range. In contrast, a strain is characterized as an injury caused when the muscle is overstretched. There are hundreds of small muscles in the backbone, which guide the intricate movements of every bone and multi-level joints. This delicate ballet of movement can enter trouble when heavy lifting is involved.

The majority of people sprain or strain their back when they combine lifting with twisting. The best way to avoid an injury to the low back is to use your legs when lifting, bending at the knees, and keeping your back fairly straight. If you have to turn while lifting, move your feet, otherwise the strain of lifting while twisting can lead to injury.

Tearing of the tissues occurs throughout a sprain/strain. While this is usually not a full total tear, the resulting damage may cause considerable swelling and pain to happen deep in the back. Typical healing times may take at least 6-12 weeks for total recovery.

How Chiropractic Care Helps

Chiropractic care is critical in your recovery from a back sprain/strain. The earlier we can see you, the better. Following the injury, you need to obtain therapy to decrease the inflammation process as quickly as possible. Often, the root cause of the issue is restricted motion in the pelvis or hips and mid-back, which causes strange forces in the low back.

Our therapists work together with you to loosen any limited areas, improve movement, quickly reduce your pain and strengthen your core muscles to prevent injury. You must complete a complete course of treatment to ensure that you don’t reinjure your back again. Various studies have shown that individuals who do not properly retrain their core muscles after a sprain/strain injury are more likely to re-injure their spine. Contact us now to discover how we can help you immediately ease your back pain and get back to the activities you like.

About Low Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the most common conditions seen by doctors across the country. It’s said that over 80 percent of people will endure some lower back pain during their lifetime. Low back pain can happen for a variety of reasons, but generally, all have one or more of these factors:

  • Poor motion and mobility
  • Spinal, abdominal, or hip weakness
  • Poor manipulation of the spinal column, abdominal and pelvic muscles

While there are many things to mask low back pain, such as medicine, it’s imperative to address the actual causes of low back pain. Most low back pain is caused by the 3 variables previously. When your spinal joints and muscles don’t move correctly, tremendous strain occurs in your low back. This causes inflammation and irritation, which build up with time. Normally, low back pain will have more pain after sitting or lying down for prolonged intervals, such as getting up from a seat or first thing in the morning after sleeping. With severe pain, bending or reaching down for items can be restricted.

If pain is sensed more with prolonged walking or standing, this can result from significant hip or spinal fatigue, causing strain to the shallow back. With weakness in the spinal, hip, or abdominal muscles, the amount of force transferred into the back with everyday activities increases. With bending down, the knees are frequently not used correctly, and the muscles of the spine have to perform additional work. This sets up the individual for injury with lifting or even something as simple as bending down to tie one’s shoes.

How Chiropractic Helps

Chiropractic care is one of the greatest choices to deal with low back pain. By fixing the three main issues, your ordinary back movement and strength can be restored. Our chiropractors concentrate on your position, spinal mobility, strength, flexibility, and how you move your body (body mechanics). As we observe and measure these indicators, we could detect weak areas and assess where your primary issue is coming from.

A comprehensive strategy is then worked out to address your heart issues and relieve your low back pain fast. This allows you to get fast pain relief, enhancing your spinal range of movement and body power. In addition, we focus on the prevention of potential injuries and instruct you on proper body and poster mechanic techniques. If you are suffering from low back pain, call us now for fast back pain relief, which can quickly get you back to your favorite actions!

About Mid Back Pain

Mid-back pain means pain at the”thoracic” spine. This is the place from the shoulders down into the mid-back area. Pain in this area can be for various reasons but generally happens from bad posture or a forwards slouched posture. With this posture, your back muscles stretch out, causing fatigue.

Pain can often feel like a burning or sometimes shooting pain into the back area. Sometimes, pain may even feel as if it is radiating beneath the shoulder blade. But with mid-back pain, it can be tricky to really pinpoint the area it is hurting.

How Chiropractic Helps

Health care is critical in treating mid-back pain. Chiropractors work with you to detect spinal areas which might not be moving ideally. This restriction in movement can cause strain on the sections below and above that influenced area. By enhancing spinal joint freedom, soothing sore muscles, and restoring posture, your mid-back pain can be relieved rather fast.

We then educate you on proper strengthening and postural methods to maintain your profits in treatment. Contact us now to find out how to relieve your back pain fast and return you to a pain-free life.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is the term used to characterize radiating pain into the buttock that can travel down the back of your thigh. Sciatica is a consequence of irritation to the sciatic nerve, which travels deep in the buttock and down the back of the leg. Frequently this annoyance is achy and distributes along with these areas. In about 20% of people, the plantar nerve pierces through the piriformis muscle deep in the buttock instead of under it. This will definitely cause the sciatic nerve more susceptible to pressure and aggravation in the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle helps direct hip motion but can become very tight with prolonged sitting. This higher stimulation causes stress and irritation to the sciatic nerve causing pain.

What is Radiating Pain?

Radiating pain into the leg doesn’t necessarily mean you have sciatica, but it will tell you that something is wrong. Irritated muscles and tissue frequently can radiate pain. Spread-out, achy pain is frequently indicative of the sort of problem. Sharp, stabbing pain with numbness or tingling is more nerve irritation or lower back or leg compression. These kinds of sensations typically happen to specific areas of the leg.

How Chiropractic Helps

Chiropractic Care is one of the very best remedies for Sciatica and radiating pain to the leg. It first takes a comprehensive evaluation to ascertain where your problem is beginning. A chiropractor will take some time to examine the movement of your spine, hips, and thighs. A chiropractor assesses a range of movement, strength, joint mobility, and muscular state. After we determine that the main cause of your issue, we put together an extensive strategy to rapidly alleviate your pain, alleviate your radiating outward symptoms, improve your assortment of motion, improve strength and assist you to prevent future episodes.

Using gentle, specialized hands-on techniques, we work to improve your spinal and hip mobility, reducing pressure on your sciatic nerve. In addition, modalities like heat, ice, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound could be used to reduce inflammation and resolve your pain quickly. We then execute gentle stretching and strengthening exercises to restore your normal movement and strength. This causes lasting effects which can prevent your pain from returning. Contact us now to find out how we can relieve your sciatica and radiating leg pain, returning to the actions you love.

What is a Herniated or Bulging Disc?

A disk is a jelly-like, fluid-filled sac that functions as a cushion between the bones of the spine (vertebrae). Your discs change as you age, drying and becoming more brittle. Additionally, as the discs dry out with age, the change in height between the vertebrae decreases, causing changes in posture and function. In younger adults, the disc (nucleus) center is held by numerous disc rings (picture a cross-section of a tree trunk). These rings may liquefy with minor or major accidents, bad posture, and strain, allowing a pressing external of the disc nucleus. Finally, as the nucleus reaches the outer borders, the disc can begin to bulge, which in turn can rub and irritate nerve roots leaving your backbone.

The disc may get herniated in more severe cases, further moving into the spaces where nerves are leaving. Symptoms may range from localized pain to numbness/tingling to a particular portion of the shoulder, arm, or hands. In more severe cases, total lack of sensation, muscle weakness, and paralysis of an area of the upper extremity can happen.

Changes in posture, strength, and range of motion can affect the positioning of this disc, and how much bulging or herniation is occurring.

How Chiropractic Helps

The great thing is that most bulging and herniated discs can be medicated with chiropractic care. By working with your medical history, symptoms, and testing, chiropractors can ascertain what regions are affected.

A comprehensive plan is then created to relieve pressure on the disc by improving joint function, muscle strength, and posture. Modalities like ultrasound or electrical stimulation may be used to reduce pain, muscle strain, or inflammation. Our therapists work together with you to recover lost strength and range of movement. In addition, we then train you on the correct exercises to maintain good posture and lower the risk of future episodes. Contact us now to discover how we can help alleviate your anxiety quickly and restore your function!

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a prevalent illness in women after age 40, but men also suffer from this illness. Osteoporosis is a thinning of the bones due to the change in calcium depositing and uptake. As we get older, this cycle tends to take more calcium out than is put to our bones. Common areas for osteoporosis are in the spine and hips.

Osteoporosis makes people more susceptible to fractures from ordinary activities. Often, compression fractures at the spine a portion of the bone. A lot can be done to address osteoporosis and improve bone strength, including strengthening exercises, medicine, a fantastic walking program, and proper nutrition.

How Chiropractic Helps

Since strengthening is a vital part of osteoporosis, chiropractors are specialists in preparing a more coordinated, easy-to-do exercise plan to target specific osteoporotic areas. Often, individuals with osteoporosis may also have limited hip and spinal movement, which increases the pressures on bones. Chiropractors are experts at handling these limitations and restoring your system to a more optimal state.

We work with your doctor to program out a particular treatment program for you, ensuring a road to stronger bones and injury prevention. Call us today to discover how we can help your snoring!

What’s Spondylolisthesis?

Spondylolisthesis is a state where one spinal bone (vertebrae) isn’t in alignment with the other. This is due to a stretching out of the ligaments that hold the bones together or possibly a fracture. Typically, a slippage forwards can be found in the very low back in the 4th or 5th lumbar (low back) vertebrae. With poor posture and weakened abdominals and spinal muscles, the rise in the angle of the spine gets too much over time, and misalignment of the bones happens.

There are varying degrees of seriousness. Symptoms may be mild, such as general tiredness to the lower spine, achy pain, or acute symptoms when compression on the nerves stimulates the backbone or spinal cord. Most fall to a moderate to moderate category, which may be stabilized with improved posture and muscle strengthening. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to fuse the region and bring stability back.

How Chiropractic Helps

Health care helps bring support and stability to the low back pain letting the muscles make more support for the overstretched ligaments. Chiropractors work to make a program that enhances mobility in other spinal areas that may be inflexible, strengthen key muscles to stabilize the spine, and educate you on the appropriate techniques to keep spinal stability.

Other areas may have to be dealt with, like hip weakness, poor balance, or radiating outward symptoms to the thighs. Chiropractic care helps cure the root cause of these signs and gets you back to feeling good quickly. If surgery is required, we’ll be with you each step along the way to make sure a comprehensive recovery.

What are Degenerative Diseases?

Degenerative diseases of the spine fall under Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) or Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). At the spine, this is generally because of age and genetics. Typically with DDD or DJD comes stiffening of the spinal joints and weakening of key spinal muscles. The wearing down of these discs or joints induces a reduction in standard elevation of the bony segments in the trunk. This can result in excess joint pressures, bone-on-bone rubbing, and enhanced inflammation.

How Chiropractic Helps

While the degenerative process can’t be reversed, there’s a lot that can be done to improve mobility, decrease pain, improve strength, and improve function. Chiropractic care is the ideal, non-invasive treatment that helps to improve spinal flexibility, core muscle strength, reduces pain, and enhances posture. All these contribute to less pain and a return to normal or altered activities. Call us today to find out how we can assist your back pain and return one to the actions you love!

About Compression Fractures

Compression fractures at the low back typically occur in older individuals and those who have osteoporosis. But with severe trauma, such as in a crash, the force can cause a compression fracture in the bones of the spine (vertebrae). Many minimally invasive surgical procedures can stabilize the cracked area, for example, kyphoplasty.

The goal of handling compression fractures is to stabilize parts of bone from going around and allow time to allow the bone to heal. Handling a compression fracture can be quite painful. Difficulty with getting up/down from bed, a seat, and even difficulty walking are experienced.

How Chiropractic Helps

Our physical therapists work together with your doctor’s protocols for compression fractures. Based on your unique problems, we work together to rehabilitate your spinal motion and strength gently. Contact us today to find out how to help you ease your back pain and get back to regular activities! Our physical therapists have years of training in helping patients with back injuries. They will work together to alleviate your pain, enhance your mobility, strength and get you back to normal activities as soon as possible.

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Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP*, CIFM*, ATN*

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Licensed in: Texas & New Mexico*