Do You Have Back Pain?
If you are living with chronic back pain in Grand Rapids then you know it's no walk in the park. Almost everyone will experience some form of back pain, ranging from slightly irritating to completely debilitating, in their lifetime. Whatever the degree of pain you are experiencing and whether it is acute or has become chronic, at the very least you would probably rather live without it and in the most extreme cases in can be difficult to go on living with it. This article aims to help you to understand what causes low back pain, and how chiropractic treatment can help you achieve lasting back health, so that you can go on enjoying those walks in the park.
Back Pain in Grand Rapids
The back is a broad term that covers a large area of the body, made up of many tendons, ligaments, discs, muscles, and bones. Without a solid understanding of these different parts, it can complicated to locate and address the source of the pain. The following breakdown explains some of the most common issues, and their identifying features. It also explains how chiropractic medicine can help to resolve them. This is a general guideline to help you in your quest for effective treatment, but we highly recommend that you seek a professional opinion to properly diagnose these issues.
Disc Bulges and Herniation
Disc bulges and herniation are conditions in which the outer edges of the discs, located between the vertebrae, are damaged. This causes the jelly like center to bulge or be pushed out. This is a surprisingly common issue and it is often, but not always, very painful. Many people who have this condition feel nothing at all. For those who experience pain from a disc injury, the quality and intensity of it depends on the type and position of the herniation. If the damaged disc is irritating a surrounding nerve, the shooting or stabbing pain and weakness in the legs is often severe.
It is important that this issue is properly identified and promptly treated to avoid further damage. A Chiropractor in Grand Rapids will thoroughly assess your back to determine the extent of the issue and the appropriate treatment to prevent advancement of the herniation, and provide relief from the associated pain.
Subluxation is a medical term describing a misalignment in the vertebral column. There are a wide variety of causes, including physical stress, trauma and toxins. Subluxations are often quite painful and can disrupt normal movement. Subluxations are one of the most commonly overlooked contributors to back pain. Chiropractors are trained to identify and correct this issue using non-invasive adjustment techniques.
Muscular Sprains and Tendon or Ligament Strains
Strains and sprains most typically occur when we engage in tasks that our body is not accustomed to, or when we are involved in an accident. Lifting while twisting, or stretching past one's limits are common causes to strains and sprains of the back. These can be extremely painful, and are often accompanied by swelling and bruising of the surrounding area. Strains and sprains in the back tend to involve changes to the alignment of the spine and therefore typically respond well to chiropractic care.
Stress and Back Pain
Chronic stress wreaks havoc on the body, and can eventually lead to hyper-tension and chronic back pain. The back pain is a result of tension and muscle spasms that occur when stress hormones are released. The tension will often accumulate in what are referred to as trigger points. These trigger points can be extremely painful, and need professional attention to resolve. Chiropractors have the knowledge and tools to relieve stress from the trigger points and to deal with underlying nervous system imbalances that may be keeping your body locked in patterns of stress and pain.
Other Issues that Cause Back Pain
Conditions such as obesity, arthritis, kidney stones, and urinary tract infections have been shown to cause symptoms of low back pain. These are all serious issues that need to be identified and treated immediately to avoid long-term health issues. Grand Rapids Chiropractic doctors are trained to identify these issues and support you to get the appropriate treatment. Many of these issues can have their source in spinal misalignments and respond well to chiropractic adjustments.
Region Description and Overview
The technical term for the lower back is the lumbar spine. It consists of 5 vertebrae (spinal bones) as well as the closely associated Sacrum and Iliac/Pelvic bones. These vertebrae are labelled using the letter L and the number of the vertebrae (example L3 is the third lumbar). The normal curvature of the cervical spine is a lordosis, just like the neck. An example is shown in the photo gallery below. The lumbar spine is responsible for the majority of trunk flexion and extension (bending forward and leaning back). The intervertebral discs are the largest in the lumbar spine.
Most Common Causes
The most common cause of low back pain is subluxation. A subluxation is the posterior misalignment of a vertebrae that is pinching or interfering with a nerve. This can be the result of a sudden trauma (hard fall, car accident, etc.), repetitive use injury (heavy lifting, repetitive motion, etc.), sports injury, or normal day-to-day wear and tear. The disc can also be involved which complicates the issue as well as the possibility of adding symptoms and increase discomfort.
Associated Symptoms and Conditions
- Lumbar sprain/strain
- Facet syndrome
- Disc herniation
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Referred pain into the Mid Back
- Buttock/Glut Pain
- Leg Pain/Numbness/Tingling/Weakness
- Hip/Knee/Ankle/Foot Pain
- Menstrual Issues / Erectile Dysfunction
- Digestive Issues
- Bowel/Bladder Issues
Leaving low back issues untreated could result in complications including but not limited to:
- Nerve damage
- Cauda Equina Syndrome
- Muscle Atrophy
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Bone Spurs
- Inability to balance / walk / stand
Example Lumbar Spine X-Rays
If you have questions about how our team at Kaminski Chiropractic PLLC can help you, please schedule a consultation today.
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Kaminski Chiropractic PLLC
4930 Cascade Road Southeast Suite A
Grand Rapids, MI 49546