Causes of Back Pain
Back pain can be caused by a variety of different sources; it costs the Australian economy about 9 billion dollars annually. The different sites where pain can originate from includes the joints, ligaments, discs and muscles. When these sites are affected other symptoms can arise such as reduced range of motion and referred pain to other areas of the body. Pain can be a symptom due to different conditions the spine for example spinal joint inflammation or spinal degeneration.
Spinal misalignment is very common upon most individuals, especially those who are in pain. The effect of these misalignments left uncorrected in the body can be a significant factor in someone suffering with back pain. The nerves in the upper low back supply the groin, thigh and knee; so when they get irritated they can refer pain into these areas. The nerves at the bottom of the spine supply the hamstring, calf and foot, so when they get irritated they can refer pain to these areas. Individuals that sit down for long periods are especially prone to back pain, especially those with a desk job or those who drive for extended periods of time. Other factors include improper lifting, incorrect posture, increased loads of stress and any other activity that has exaggerated trunk rotation, flexion or extension.
What we do?
The experienced chiropractor will examine your entire spine for spinal misalignment, along with a thorough range of motion assessment, orthopaedic testing, posture analysis and neurological testing. The more misalignments that you have the more stress on your body, which decreases its ability to function at its maximum capacity. A chiropractor will aim to correct these spinal misalignments with what is termed an adjustment. Correction exercises and muscle release exercises are usually given.
How can we help?
Chiropractic treatment may reduce or resolve back pain. This is purely dependant on each individual and what their chiropractic issues are. Unfortunately, most people have misalignments in their spine and don’t realise it until they experience pain. Treatment success is dependent on many factors such as how long the problem has been there, the amount of wear and tear (degeneration) is present, whether there is referred pain, posture, occupational stress and social stresses all have an impact on the outcome.
To discuss your Back Pain and to arrange an appointment for treatment please do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment to get you back to your best.