Back pain is often described as one of the worst types of pain to deal with, and this is because of just how debilitating it can be. Back pain can significantly affect your mobility, making it difficult to carry out even the most basic tasks such as walking, washing, and dressing. Unfortunately, back pain is very common and most of us will experience it at some point during our lifetime. For many of us, our back pain will resolve itself without the need for more than pain relief. However, for any unlucky percentage of people, chronic back pain will affect them throughout their life and will compromise the way that they live it.
The good news is that chiropractic care has been found to be an extremely effective, drug-free method of helping patients to cope with back pain, and even to prevent further occurrences in the future.
One of the most challenging aspects of back pain is that there are so many different things that can cause it. In some patients, it is possible to pinpoint exactly what causes their discomfort, but for others, the underlying problem is never really identified.
In those instances where the source of back pain can be identified, some of the most common causes include:
Pulling a muscle or ligament
A damaged intervertebral disc
Muscle tension or damage
Sciatica which is often caused by a herniated disc
Arthritis, which causes problems with various joints and can affect the space around the spinal cord
Osteoporosis, which is characterized by the brittleness of the bones and makes fractures more likely
A chiropractor is someone who specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and management/treatment of conditions of the musculoskeletal system, of which the spine is the major component. Chiropractors have undergone specific training in order to be able to assess the position of the body and musculoskeletal system in order to spot imbalances and other problems that lead to pain and mobility problems. The main way in which they treat them is a hands-on process called spinal manipulations.
In spinal manipulations, your chiropractor will use their hands to apply a controlled, sudden force to a specific area of your body. These are often performed on joints and it isn’t abnormal for patients to hear a popping noise when the manipulations are carried out. In spinal manipulations, the movements are less forceful and more akin to stretching. The purpose of these movements is to free stiff or restricted joints and improve blood flow around the body. This helps to reduce pain and inflammation and facilitates better movement.
In addition to spinal manipulations, chiropractors also advise on posture and physical therapy exercises that you can do at home to strengthen your spine and joints and reduce further instances of back pain and mobility problems. You may receive information about diet and other lifestyle changes that you can make that may also help reduce back pain, such as using supports when working, changing your mattress or adjusting your sleeping position, or even altering the way in which you sit on the couch at home.
Many patients who experience regular bouts of back pain find that they can obtain significant relief from their discomfort without becoming reliant on medication, thanks to chiropractic care. If you would like to learn more, or if you would like to make an appointment to discuss how chiropractic care can help you, please contact our offices in Colorado Springs, CO to schedule an appointment.