Posts Tagged ‘lower back pain’


Common Cause of Low Back Pain

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

chiropractic-care-back-acheYour Low Back Pain Is From Slipped Joints, Not Slipped Discs

Many people experiencing lower back pain are told it is from a bad disc and need medications, injections or surgery. However, research has proven that those having low back pain in reality have spinal joint problems.

This article will explain what is the cause of most lower back pain and what can be done about it.

Let’s, initially, put to bed and extinguish the idea that lower back pain is caused by a bad disc. A recent study performed at the Mayo Clinic and published in The American Journal of Neuroradiology confirms that MRI scans showing intervertebral disc problems are not the source of back pain. The researchers found that MRI scans showing disc problems are exceedingly common in pain free people. In other words, people who have no lower back pain can have an MRI that can show a disc bulge, protrusion and degeneration and still have no pain.

back-injury-painThe researchers said that their study indicates that findings of narrowing of the disk space, disc degeneration, loss of disc height and other disc abnormalities are part of the normal aging process rather than pathological processes requiring intervention. They went further to say that most of the disk degenerative changes are no more significant than gray hair or crow’s feet around the eyes.

Let’s also clarify the term “slipped disc.” Medically a disc does not slip back and forth. It can bulge, protrude, herniate or degenerate. It does not slip back and forth or slip out of place. Slipped disc is a layman’s term similar to trick knee, cauliflower ear or double-jointed.

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Help For Your Back Pain

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

chiropractors-can-help-with-back-painSay Goodbye To Back Pain With Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors are medical professionals who conduct spinal adjustments on patients in order to improve the functioning of the nervous system and the joints. This treatment will help you regain the natural balance in your system and it will reduce pain and discomfort in the back.

Who is a Chiropractor?

A Chiropractor specializes in treating all kinds of back pain. These professionals have to complete a four year training program from an accredited institute in order to get qualified. Many of them also go through many years of residency so that they can specialize in certain forms of treatment.

american-chiropractic-associationIf you are visiting a practitioner for back pain, ensure that you visit one who has a lot of experience in the field and also has a valid license to practice. You should also take a look at the insurance programs that he or she accepts and go to someone who has training in the particular area of your back that needs treatment.

How Does Chiropractic Care Work?

Over 20 million Americas visit chiropractors across the country in order to deal with a back problem. This form of treatment is often very different from traditional medicine and these professionals will aim to provide relief to your back by massaging certain areas of the back and doing spinal adjustments.

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Tingling Sensations Can Be Serious

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

neck-pain-tinglingTingling

Tingling is a sensation that many of us have experienced.  It is the sensation experienced when a limb that has fallen asleep starts to wake up. It is common to experience this sensation when you place undo pressure for a prolonged period of time on a specific part of your body.

For instance, standing or seating too long or leaning too heavily on a limb can cause tingling; however, when this sensation occurs in parts of the body without an apparent cause, it could be coming from a pinched nerve.

Numbness and Tingling

Pinched nerves commonly cause numbness and tingling. For instance, a neck injury could be the cause of tingling in an arm or a lower back injury could be the cause of tingling down the back of your leg (sciatica.)

knee-pain-tingling-numbnessHerniated disks, arthritis of the spinal joints, vertebral misalignment (subluxation) and other types of spinal involvement are also a potential cause. Tingling that is not related to a pinched nerve in the spine may be caused from nerve interference in areas where inflammation, commonly around joints, can cause nerve irritation.

For instance, carpal tunnel syndrome can cause numbness or tingling in your wrist, fingers, hand, or forearm.

Other maladies, which can cause a tingling sensation are: Migraine headaches, B‑12 deficiency (a nutritional disorder) diabetes, underactive thyroid conditions, multiple sclerosis, transient ischemic attacks, or stroke.

Certain medications and toxic substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and lead can also cause numbness and tingling. Numbness and tingling can also be a result of radiation therapy (a type of cancer treatment.)

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Can a Chiropractor Help Lower Back Pain?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

lower-back-painLow Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common ailments afflicting society today. In the United States alone, back pain accounts for more than 7,000,000 new cases and 250,000 surgeries each year. In fact, nearly all of us will experience some degree of back pain at least once in our lifetime. Our lower back is especially vulnerable to this malady, mostly due to increased weight bearing, mechanical stress, and the lack of rib support to this lower region of our spine.

Cause of Back Pain

There are many causes of lower back pain but the most common cause is mechanical stress. Mechanical stress can be considered the action of movement under the presence of weight. For instance, when you bend forward with the knees straight, pick up an object, and twist while lifting that object, you apply a great deal of mechanical stress to the lower back. This is especially true if you lift the object with your arms away from your body.

Anyone who has ever suffered an acute episode of lower back pain is also acutely aware of how mechanical stress (movement) affects the lower back. For instance, some back pain sufferers will notice it hurts more when sitting than while standing. This is because sitting actually places 50% more weight on the lower back and more weight (pressure) equals more pain. Other back pain suffers notice an increase in pain from mechanical stress due to bending, stooping, lifting, or even from coughing or sneezing.

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Back Pain Causes and Treatment

Monday, December 8th, 2014

lower-back-painUnderstanding Back Pain

Back pain is a very common ailment. Back pain accounts for more than 7,000,000 new cases and 250,000 surgeries each year.

There are many causes of lower back pain but the most common cause is mechanical stress. This can be considered the action of movement under the presence of weight. For instance, when you bend forward with the knees straight, pick up an object, and twist while lifting, you apply a great deal of mechanical stress to the lower back. This is especially true if you lift the object with your arms away from your body.

The lower back is especially susceptible to this malady. This is because the lower back receives more weight and has less support from the mid‑back region, due to the lack of ribs.

To make matters worse, the lowest part of the back usually houses the largest nerve with the smallest space for a nerve to exit the spine. This nerve, is called the L5/S1 or Sciatic Nerve. It can be the source of lower back and/or leg pain (commonly called sciatica) when it is out of alignment, is diseased, or the muscles and tissues surrounding the spine become inflamed.

Back pain is a sign that something is wrong and if mild symptoms persist or worsen over two or three days, you should seek professional help. If your pain happened due to an injury, you should seek attention as soon as possible. Treatment outcome is often greatly improved by treating pain from an injury as soon as possible. (more…)