What Causes Back Pain?
The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sports injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements, for example, picking up a pencil from the floor can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain.
Will Back Pain Go Away on Its Own?
A recent study showed that when back pain is not treated, it may go away temporarily, but will most likely return.
What Can I Do to Prevent Long-Term Back Pain?
Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a safe and effective spine pain treatment. Chiropractic offers a non-invasive (non-surgical), drug-free treatment option. The goal of chiropractic care is to restore spinal movement, thereby improving function while decreasing pain and inflammation.
Common Diagnosis: Back pain, Spinal Disc Disorder, Sciatica, Lumbar Spinal Stenosis, Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
Spinal Disc Problems
The most common disc problems are: disc bulge, disc protrusion/extrusion also called herniation, and degenerative disc disease. Common signs of disc problems include, but are not limited to: Back pain, leg pain, tenderness of the spine and stiffness of spinal muscles.
The most common symptom associated with sciatica is pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, from the lower back and down one leg. Some may experience a mild tingling, a dull ache, or even a burning sensation, typically on one side of the body. Some patients also report a pins-and-needles sensation, most often in the toes or foot and numbness or muscle weakness in the affected leg or foot.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis is created by the narrowing of the spinal canal. This narrowing may be caused by mechanical problems or by abnormalities in the aging spine. Stenosis surgery is a major procedure that is recommended only when conservative methods of care aren’t effective or when stenosis is caused by such things as tumors or accompanied by intolerable pain or severe neurological problems.
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
This is one of the most common causes of low-back pain. Symptoms of SJD include low-back pain, typically at the belt line, and pain radiating into the buttock or thigh. These symptoms can often mimic those from other causes of low-back pain, such as disc herniation and disease of the facet joints.