Does a Chiropractor Help with Back Pain?
Do you suffer from back pain? Whether moderate or severe, Innate Chiropractic can help you. Restoring and improving the health of your spine will relieve your back pain. With Chiropractic care you can start to improve your musculoskeletal health and return to your daily activities.
The chiropractors at Innate Chiropractic are skilled and highly experienced in diagnosing and caring for biomechanical conditions causing back pain. We can help with lower back pain, upper back pain, full back pain and dull back pain.
What Causes Back Pain?
The back is made of the thoracic spine (upper back) and lumbar spine (lower back). There are 12 thoracic vertebrae bones, and 5 lumbar vertebrae bones, thoracic and lumbar discs, a huge amount of muscles, ligaments and nerves as well as other soft tissues and soft tissue structures. The sacrum forms the base of the low back consisting of 5 fused vertebrae.
Conditions such as:
- Vertebral joint dysfunction
- Rib joint dysfunction
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Loss of thoracic kyphosis
- Loss of lumbar lordosis
- Abnormal joint movement
- Joint restriction / fixation
- Loss of normal joint mobility
- Disc bulge
- Disc herniation
- Central canal stenosis
- Foraminal stenosis
- Degenerative joint disease
- Degenerative disc disease
- Pending spondylo
What are Common Back Pain Conditions?
Innate Chiropractic diagnose and care for many different spinal conditions that cause musculoskeletal or nerve pain. Your Chiropractor will perform a physical and neurological examination to make an accurate diagnosis. As part of this process X-ray and MRI imaging may be ordered. Our practice has cared for many mechanical conditions that cause back pain.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports that 1 in 6 Australians (16%) reported back problems in 2014-15. That is 3.7 million people suffering from back problems. In 2011 it was the 3rd leading cause of disease burden in Australia. Back pain often leads to poorer quality of life, psychological distress and disability.
Back Sprains and Strains
These can cause mild to intense back pain. Back sprain is when ligaments – the tough bands of tissue that hold your bones together – become overstretched or torn. Whereas back strains involve a muscle or tendon. They can occur when you lift too much weight, play strenuous sport or bend incorrectly. The pain for both sprains or strains can bring pain that is aching, burning, stabbing, tingling and both sharp or dull.
Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) / Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
This condition is usually associated with aging, but is not because of aging. We have viewed many xray where a joint will show signs of advanced degeneration, whilst other joints within the spine will show very little, if any degeneration. How can it be an aging issue when the perfect looking healthy joints are the same age as the degenerated joints? It is actually a mechanical issue involving abnormal loading. Your intervertebral discs – the pillow like cushions between your vertebrae – and your joints, will go through accelerated degeneration, because of abnormal loading resulting in excessive and unnecessary strain and overuse. The discs may also lose flexibility, elasticity and shock absorption capacity.
Bulging or Herniated Disc
A bulging disc is when the entire posterior aspect of the disc loses its normal shape and bulges out posterior in a smooth fashion, occurring with or without pain and symptoms.
A herniated disc is when the material from the middle of the disc (nucleus pulposus) is able to escape through a tear in the outer ring layers (annulus fibrous). A herniated disc can be classified into 3 categories as a protrusion, extrusion or sequestration. And further described by there location. The herniation of the material will often compress the nerve root resulting in one or a combination of low back pain and radicular/radiating pain. In some instances, no pain or symptoms may be experienced.
Bulging and herniated discs most commonly occur in the low back and neck.
We work to restore the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. Focusing on chiropractic adjustments to the spine & extremities, custom flexible orthotics, low level laser therapy, nutritional supplements and correct fitting shoes, combined with mobility products and lifestyle recommendations.
Don’t live with day to day back pain. We can help you, just contact us to begin care and be rid of your back pain.
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