Back Pain Treatment
If you are suffering from recurring back pain in Palm Coast, Daytona Beach, or DeLand, chiropractic treatment at Coastal Healthcare Partners 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.
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.
Back Pain FAQs
Normal wear-and-tear that comes with age causes the majority of lower back pain symptoms. The general term for this type of joint degeneration is spondylosis. Other mechanical causes of your low back pain could be:
- Herniated discs, or ruptured discs that put pressure on a nearby nerve
- Intervertebral disc degeneration, or the deterioration of discs between your vertebrae
- Sciatica, or compression of your sciatic nerve
- Radiculopathy, or pressure on a spinal nerve root
- Sprains and strains of ligaments, tendons, and muscles
- Traumatic sports injuries
- Auto accident injuries
- Spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of your spinal column
- Skeletal irregularities like scoliosis
In addition to mechanical problems that lead to chronic low back pain, you could also have an underlying condition such as arthritis or osteoarthritis that cause inflammation and joint stiffness in your spine. Osteoporosis, a progressive bone disease, may also lead to lower back pain and loss of strength.
If your back pain doesn’t go away after a few days of rest and ice, or if you’re not sure why you’re suddenly experiencing lower back pain, it’s a good idea to make an appointment with Dr. Osborne at Coastal Healthcare Partners. She evaluates your symptoms and determines the underlying causes of your pain, so you can get the treatment you need. Also, if your back pain gets worse at night, or spreads down into your legs, don’t wait to seek treatment.
Car accident injuries or sports injuries are another reason to seek treatment for lower back pain. You don’t want to wait until your symptoms become unbearable or chronic. If you’re in an accident, it’s best to seek treatment sooner rather than later.
Your treatment at Coastal Healthcare Partners depends on the underlying cause of your pain. Dr. Osborne creates a customized treatment plan based on your individual needs. Because Coastal Healthcare Partners is an integrative health care clinic, the team takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating your back pain. Your personalized plan may include:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Massage therapy
- Physical therapy
- Stem cell injections
Dr. Osborne may also recommend lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, to alleviate added stress on your spine.
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. Coastal Healthcare Partners 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.
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 lead 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
There are a variety of issues that can be responsible for back pain. Lower back pain can originate from obesity, arthritis, kidney stones or a urinary tract infection. These conditions are harmful if left untreated for a long period of time and must be treated as soon as possible in order to prevent long-term health issues. Chiropractors have been taught to identify these issues and provide the most effective treatment plan. A simple chiropractic adjustment has the potential to help greatly with many of these common issues.
Please contact us at Coastal Healthcare Partners with questions regarding your condition and what we can do to help.