Do You Have Back Pain?
Do you have back pain in Brentwood? Whether it is your upper, middle, or lower back, it is likely that you will experience some form of back pain at some point in your life. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 32 million Americans are experiencing back pain at this moment and that approximately 80% of the population will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. With these types of numbers, it’s not surprising that back pain has grown to be the #1 cause of disability in the United States. These types of statistics should stimulate concern regarding what causes lower back pain, how to prevent it, and what the best form of treatment is once it has developed. Our Brentwood chiropractic team aim to use this article to guide you in the right direction to answer these questions and more.
Back Pain in Brentwood
So what is the cause of back pain? The number of injuries, misalignments, and conditions that cause back pain seems endless. Due to the complex structure of the back that is required to absorb stress while permitting movement, many elements of this structure such as tendons, ligaments, discs, muscles, and bones can become irritated or damaged resulting in pain. Sometimes it is severe trauma, such as a car accident, that can result in back pain and other times it is minor repetitive stress that causes the most damage. Therefore, you may not be able to recall any particular event that caused the onset of your pain. In addition to all of these possibilities, physical injury is not always the primary cause. Conditions such as obesity, arthritis, kidney stones, and urinary tract infections have been shown to give symptoms of lower back pain. With all of these possibilities, it is important to find a doctor that takes into account all aspects of health to reach an accurate diagnosis. Fortunately, our doctors at Franklin Family Chiropractic in Brentwood have many years of education and experience to determine the correct diagnosis and direct you to the most appropriate line of care. Without an accurate diagnosis and treatment, even the most minor conditions can develop into serious lifelong conditions.
As mentioned previously, there are a multitude of causes for back pain, however, some of them are more common than others. The following are some of the most common cause of lower back pain that are seen and treated at Franklin Family Chiropractic.
Disc Bulges or Herniations:
One of the most common and painful causes of back pain in Brentwood is a disc bulge or herniation. It is important to recognize that not all disc bulges or herniations result in pain. It has been found through MRI studies of numerous patients that as much as 37% of the American population has a disc bulge or herniation and the vast majority of them are experiencing no pain or other related symptoms. Unfortunately, the people who are experiencing pain often describe it as severe and intense. The type of pain that is experienced due to a disc herniation depends on the type and position of the herniation. If the damaged disc is irritating a surrounding nerve, shooting pain and weakness into the legs may develop. The discomfort is often described as stabbing and lightning-like. To understand how a disc herniation develops, it is best to think of the disc as a jelly doughnut. If the outer edges of the doughnut (disc) are damaged over time, most typically from wear and tear, the jelly in the middle of the disc can escape causing damage to surrounding structures. Once this process has completed it is often very difficult to reverse. However, chiropractic care has been shown to prevent the advancement of the herniation and provide relief from the associated pain.
Subluxations are one of the most commonly overlooked contributors to back pain. Subluxation is a medical term used to basically describe a vertebra in our spine that is out of position. When these subluxations occur, normal movement is disrupted, and a cascade of events (including pain) can occur. Subluxations can occur anywhere in the spine and there are almost an unlimited amount of factors that can cause them. Causes of subluxations range from physical trauma, stress, and toxins. Just as stress can contribute to the formation of an ulcer in the gut, it can also cause physiological changes in the body that result in the vertebrae in our back becoming out of position. The time frame to correct subluxations varies by the individual, but our chiropractors at Franklin Family Chiropractic are one of the few professionals trained in their correction.
Muscular Sprains and Tendon or Ligament Strains:
Strains and sprains can occur in anyone, but they typically occur in people who begin tasks and work these structures in ways they are not used too. For example, a person who attempts to run a marathon during their first outing in the summer is likely to overwork these structures causing damage. Ligament sprains are typically caused by stretching the involved ligament past its limits, creating tears. Muscular strains are commonly caused by lifting too heavy of an object and twisting motions. Strains and sprains of the ligaments and muscles in the back can be extremely painful and is often accompanied by swelling and bruising of the surrounding area. Strains and sprains are intimately intertwined with the spine and therefore, typically respond well to chiropractic care. Our Franklin Family Chiropractic is fully equipped to provide comprehensive treatment of these injuries.
Stress and Back Pain
People who are chronically under stress have a very different physiological profile then those who are not. When our bodies are under intense stress, it releases various stress hormones to adapt to the situation. Some of the adaptive mechanisms include; an elevated heart rate, an increased blood pressure, an altered immune system, decreased bone density, and decreased muscle mass. If this response is prolonged, elevated stress levels have been shown to contribute to the development of heart disease, digestive issues, depression, obesity, and back pain. All of the tension produced by the stress hormones causes a contraction of muscle tissue that produces “trigger points”. These trigger points can be extremely painful, but thankfully they are treated with a high success rate at our Franklin Family Chiropractic.
You are not alone
80 Percent. This is the percent of Americans that will experience an episode of low back pain at some time in their life. A study by Carey and Freburger noted that back pain costs more than $100 Billion annually, with two-thirds of it due to decreased wages and productivity. If you found us, you are definitely in increased pain and decreased productivity. There are a few common types of low back pain and diagnosis. Acute means, this just happened. You woke up one day and your back hurt. “What did you do in your sleep? Is is the mattress; how I slept; why can I hardly move?!” Or you never had an issue before and you heard a pop or felt a weakness; turned just so, or had an outdoor project that went awry. This is acute or episode pain.
Chronic low back pain
Chronic pain means you have been dealing with low back pain for years and you just muster through. Usually, NSAIDS or pain relievers take care of it; except now you are having to take them every day as part of your everyday routine and not only do they not ‘work as well’ but your kidneys and liver are not happy about. Chronic low back pain changes how a person lives, works, and moves. There is always a cause and it can be helped with a chiropractic solution. Even our medical peers have accepted that for the first month, chiropractic care is a highly viable solution. With a proper exam, good and specific treatment plan, and a retraining of body mechanics, we often can remedy acute/episodic back pain.
Let’s talk about common diagnosis. Back spasm, sprain/strain, neuropathy, radiculopathy, sciatica, bulging disc, herniated disc, subluxation, acute trauma, auto-accident or whiplash. Regardless of the diagnosis, Franklin Family Chiropractic is the expert in low back pain. Here’s the deal. The body works how it works. Regardless of whether you pray for it, yell at it, hug it, get injections, a prescription, chiropractic, surgery, physical therapy, or nothing. The body works how the body works. Low back pain is not fun or exciting, but it can function normally and get corrected through chiropractic.
The Treatment Process
Dr. Janelle S. Farris, chose to be a chiropractor as a first choice in a specialty. Now, personally, I don’t understand how computers work and quite frankly wish I had a chef, but when it comes to getting the low back pain better and getting you back into commission, this is what we do. We adjust the back with chiropractic care, rebalance it and take the time to educate you on why this happened. We tell you how to prevent it and we tailor the treatment plan to your end goal. This is a choice you have to make to get out of pain and be well. We are able to fix the problem. Getting you out of pain and into correction and educating you on future options. That is our job. We have met patients who want zero lifestyle changes or advice and other patients who are 100% on their homework….and everything in between.
Our job is to adjust an area that is out of function and locked up. It will then get proper motion so the body can heal itself. Every specialty of healthcare can agree that the body heals itself, it is what you do to it. Getting chiropractic care is fixing the cause of the problem, not covering it up. We at Franklin Family Chiropractic understand we are on team You. We are the experts on getting your low back moving, getting you out of pain, and getting you onto a high quality of life.
Chiropractic care is the safest, highest efficacy treatment for acute low back pain. Yes, chronic low back pain has to be managed. However, if you could go from everyday pain to occasional pain, would that make a difference in your life? We at Franklin Family Chiropractic can and do order Xrays and MRIs as tools to help us diagnose your problem. We refer to our medical peers and to trainers as necessary. We are a patient first facility.
The difference for your life is: What do you do with this? What is the Quality of Life that you want to have? Who is on Team You? At Franklin Family Chiropractic, we work with the three causes of stress and pain in the body: Physical, Mental, and Emotional. Is the cause of all your stress and pain still there? It is about getting the spine in line and also being your health coach to Live a better Quality of Life.
Can Chiropractic Help my Back Pain?
When health care professionals, such as chiropractors, treat the cause of back pain rather than the symptoms, the treatment of back pain becomes less complicated. All of the above stated causes of back pain have one factor in common, misalignments of the vertebrae in the spine. Luckily, our doctors at Franklin Family Chiropractic are specially trained in their treatment. That is why multiple studies have shown chiropractic care to be the most effective form of treatment for the various causes of back pain. As with any condition, it is recommended to take a conservative, effective, and non-invasive approach to the treatment of back pain first. If you are suffering from back pain or have any further questions, please contact our Brentwood chiropractic office today to schedule a consultation.
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