Back pain is a common issue experienced by people all over the world. The human body’s main structure is the back, divided into three sections: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar. These sections help in body movement, including twisting and turning, moving the extremities, and have a relationship with the gut and central nervous system. The surrounding muscles in the back also provide support and protect the spine. However, normal activities like bending down to pick up a heavy object, sitting down for an extended period, or falling can cause changes that lead to back pain, misalignment, and risk profiles in the upper and lower extremities. Today’s article focuses on the causes of back pain and the treatments available to relieve its effects. We utilize and incorporate valuable information about our patients to certified medical providers using non-surgical treatments to reduce the impact of back pain. We encourage and refer patients to associated medical providers based on their findings while supporting that education is a remarkable and fantastic way to ask our providers the essential questions at the patient’s acknowledgment. Dr. Alex Jimenez, D.C., comprises this information as an educational service. Disclaimer
An Overview Of Back Pain
Do you have pain in your upper, middle, or lower back? Do you experience aches and pains in the morning? Did lifting something heavy cause you pain? These symptoms could be signs of back pain, a common and costly reason for emergency room visits. Research studies reveal that back pain can have various causes and affect the entire body, either mechanically or non-specifically. The three sections of the back – cervical, thoracic, and lumbar – can all be impacted, causing referred pain in different parts of the body. For instance, cervical (upper) back pain can cause stiffness in the neck, while thoracic (middle) back pain can lead to shoulder and posture issues. Lumbar (low) back pain, the most common type, can cause hip and sciatic problems. Additional research studies reveal that back pain is a complex issue that can severely affect body function, and environmental factors can also influence it.
Causes Of Back Pain
Various factors can be the cause of back pain, thus resulting in spine misalignment. In their book, “The Ultimate Spinal Decompression,” Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., FIAMA, and Dr. Perry Bard, D.C., explain that the back muscles play a significant role in protecting the spine. Environmental factors can also impact the spine, leading to potential back pain. The book further notes that wear and tear and disc protrusion on the spine can result in disc herniation and degeneration, also associated with back pain. Some common causes of back pain include:
- Disc degeneration
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Slipped spinal disc
- Musculoskeletal disorders (arthritis, osteoporosis, sciatica, & fibromyalgia)
- Visceral-somatic/Somato-visceral pain (Affected organ or muscle causes referred pain to different body parts)
Further research indicates that various environmental factors, such as physical activity, lifestyle, stress, and work conditions, are associated with back pain and can overlap as risk factors. If left untreated, these environmental factors can lead to chronic conditions and significantly impact a person’s quality of life.
Chiropractic Secrets Exposed- Video
Have you been feeling numbness or tingling in your arms or legs? Do you experience back muscle pain when you stretch? Or do you feel pain in your low back or other parts of your body? These issues are often associated with back pain and, if left untreated, can lead to disability and loss of function. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce back pain and its associated symptoms and promote natural healing. The video above explains how non-surgical treatments like chiropractic care can help alleviate back pain through manual manipulation. This treatment can realign the spine, stretch out tight muscles, and restore the body’s range of motion.
Treatments For Back Pain
If you are experiencing back pain, various treatments can help ease your symptoms and improve your mobility. You have two options for treating back pain: surgical and non-surgical. Surgical treatment may be necessary if you are experiencing nerve compression or have sustained an injury that requires spinal fusion. Non-surgical treatments can help relieve pressure on your spine, reduce back pain, and even alleviate pain in other areas of your body. Some non-surgical treatments for back pain include:
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Spinal Decompression
According to research, non-surgical treatments can alleviate pressure on spinal discs, loosen tight muscles, improve joint mobility, and promote natural healing. Many people supplement these treatments with healthy lifestyle choices, making small adjustments to their routine and paying closer attention to their physical well-being.
Since back pain is a widespread problem affecting people globally, it can be caused by various environmental factors that impact the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar back sections, leading to overlapping risk profiles and affecting different body parts. Tight and strained muscles and a compressed spine are common symptoms of this issue. However, treatments available can effectively reduce pain, stretch tight muscles, and relieve pressure off the spinal disc. By incorporating these treatments, individuals can alleviate back pain and allow their bodies to heal naturally.
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Choi, Jioun, et al. “Influences of Spinal Decompression Therapy and General Traction Therapy on the Pain, Disability, and Straight Leg Raising of Patients with Intervertebral Disc Herniation.” Journal of Physical Therapy Science, Feb. 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4339166/.
Kaplan, Eric, and Perry Bard. The Ultimate Spinal Decompression. JETLAUNCH, 2023.
See, Qin Yong, et al. “Acute Low Back Pain: Diagnosis and Management.” Singapore Medical Journal, June 2021, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8801838/.
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