Different Types of Back Pain
UPPER BACK, SHOULDER PAIN
Back pain in the upper back or shoulder region can be the result of a variety of factors. There are a number of muscles, tendons, and ligaments in this area, all of which can cause or contribute to pain in this area. Unfortunately, most people assume pain in this region is simply muscle pain when a good case can be made that most muscle pain can be a result of faulty spinal alignment and nerve flow to the muscles. A chiropractor, through a series or orthopedic and neurological tests as well as feedback during treatment, can determine the source of your problem and advise you how to correct it.
The middle of your spine provides openings for nerves which provide vital communication to many of the organs and functions taking place in your midsection. Your body is designed to take very good care of this section, so this portion of your spine is attached to your ribs which help stabilize the spine as well as provide additional protection for the organs in this area. Even though this area of your spine, by design, doesn’t move much, any movement can be extremely painful and quite serious as it affects the nerve supply to vital organs. Poor posture, poor muscle strength, mini-traumas and even inactivity due to surgery or bed rest can take their toll on this area of the spine. Proper alignment and periodic chiropractic adjustments should be maintained in order to enjoy optimal health.
LOW BACK PAIN
Experts estimate that 80% of the population will experience a low back problem at some time in our lives. The low back, made up of five lumbar vertebra attaching to your pelvis (hips) and sacrum (the end of the spine), bears a great portion of your weight during most activities. It is the area that works the hardest during any lifting you might do. Even though it absorbs a great deal of stress, it is also designed to move or bend. Because the low back is so versatile and so strong, it can also undergo a great deal of abuse—for a time. A lifetime of improper sitting, lifting or posture can build up. Combined with sports injuries,overuse injuries, and mini traumas (how many times did you fall before you learned to walk?), it is amazing your low back works at all. If your low back aches, doesn’t move like it used to, or isn’t as strong as it used to be, it is a sign that something is wrong. Pain and reduced range of motion don’t have to be a part of life. Check with a chiropractor who can realign your spine and keep degenerative changes from progressing as rapidly as they might be.
Finding our what to do about back pain before it happens can be better than waiting till after it happens.
SUDDEN LOW BACK PAIN
Trauma, car accidents, falls that impact the back bone can cause the bone to lose their normal position and motion leading to a mechanical pinching of the nerve. This responds very well to chiropractic adjustments because the bones are helped back to their normal position.
Recurring flare up, old injuries, long periods of sitting, and improper lifting habits can cause pinching of the nerve.
LONG-TERM LOW BACK PAIN
Not all low back pain is due to a bulging or ruptured disc but many people believe that chiropractors cannot treat either of these conditions. While there are disc conditions that Dr. Myshka will not treat, many bulging and even ruptured discs will respond to conservative chiropractic care delivered by a skilled chiropractor. Preserving normal spinal function and trying the most conservative treatment first may allow you to preserve relatively normal spinal function and avoid surgery until absolutely necessary. If chiropractic care is contraindicated, Dr. Myshka will refer you to an excellent surgeon.