Back Pain Treatment in Grand Rapids MI

low back pain relief with chiropractic care

If you are suffering from recurring back pain in Grand Rapids MI, chiropractic treatment at Kaminski Chiropractic PLLC could be the right solution for you. Back pain usually affects everyone at some point in their life whether it be on a large or small scale. No matter the level of pain your back is causing you, it would be better to live without pain. Sometimes this back pain is unbearable and can affect the day-to-day tasks of a person. The goal of this article is to provide insight regarding the origin of lower back pain and the approach a chiropractor will take in order to ensure your back is once again strong and healthy. Our Grand Rapids MI chiropractor can help with back pain symptoms.

Back Pain in Grand Rapids MI

When referring to the back, you are referencing a large area of the human body containing many tendons, muscles, bones, and discs. A large understanding of these body parts paired with experience makes it easier to pinpoint the source of pain. Below are a few symptoms for common conditions along with the way in which chiropractic care can benefit you. We advise those suffering from back pain to come into our office to receive care and a more accurate diagnosis from an experienced professional.

Disc Bulges and Herniation

A disc bulge or herniation stems from the outer edges of the discs that are located in between the vertebrae. These outer edges become damaged which leads to a gelatin-like mass squeezing out and creating a bulge. This often painful issue is more common than most people think. Despite this, it can often go undetected as some patients feel no pain. The pain is determined by the size and location of the herniation within the back. The damaged disc can potentially irritate nerves around it which can cause a stabbing or shooting pain sensation and even issues within the legs.

It is essential this condition is found as soon as possible as the risk of further damage is possible with this issue. Kaminski Chiropractic PLLC will completely and carefully examine your back in order to understand the intensity of your condition along with creating a customized treatment plan to stop the potentially worsening effects of a herniation and relieve the pain associated with it.


Subluxation is defined as the misalignment within the vertebral column. Stress, injury, and toxins can all be responsible for the misalignment. Generally speaking, subluxations are very painful and have the potential to affect the lifestyle and daily movements of an individual. Despite subluxations being one of the most overlooked back pain issues, a chiropractor is taught to use specific and effective methods and adjustment techniques in order to locate and precisely correct a misalignment.

Chiropractic Grand Rapids MI Normal Vertebrae
Chiropractic Grand Rapids MI Subluxation Vertebrae

Muscular Sprains and Tendon or Ligament Strains

A strain or sprain usually originates during a task or activity that our body is not used to doing. Accidents are also capable of causing this condition. The back is particularly susceptible to these strains or sprains as stretching farther than normal or attempting to lift while twisting can both cause this issue. If this does occur, high levels of pain and swelling, and bruising is expected. But the good news is that these strains and sprains usually resolve themselves with a simple realignment of the spine and in most cases, a chiropractic visit is an appropriate treatment for this condition.

Stress and Back Pain

Recurring stress can have very harmful effects on the human body and is capable of producing back pain and leading to hypertension as well. As stress hormones are released throughout the body, back pain can arise as the hormones produce tension and muscle spasms. The tension generally accumulates in areas known as trigger points. Professional assistance is needed to work with these trigger points as they can produce excruciating pain. Chiropractors have been trained to work with you to eliminate the stress from these trigger points. A personalized approach will be created in order to eliminate the recurrence of this pain and stress.

Other Issues that Cause Back Pain in Grand Rapids MI

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 MI 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
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Disc herniation
  • Stenosis
  • 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
  • Stenosis
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Muscle Atrophy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Bone Spurs
  • Surgery
  • Inability to balance / walk / stand

Example Lumbar Spine X-Rays

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Kaminski Chiropractic PLLC

4930 Cascade Rd SE Suite A
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 288-5999
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