BACK PAIN RELIEF

Back pain is one of the most common injuries you hear people complain about in Henry County, and the second most common reason for doctor’s visits nationally.  With so many potential causes, it is not hard to believe that almost everyone experiences back pain at least once in their lifetime. But the questions remain, what causes back pain and how can chiropractic care help treat it?

BACK PAIN CAUSES

Back pain can originate from a range of circumstances.  It is mostly associated with musculoskeletal issues, but it can also result from more serious causes.  That is why it is so important to get it checked out as soon as possible.

Back pain can be fickle.

It can be caused by obvious traumas, like motor vehicle collisions, sports injuries, and workplace accidents, but it can also be the result of more subtle irritants like sprains, strains, ruptured discs, or compressed nerves,

Common Risk Factors:

  • age – usually begins around 30-40yrs old and likelihood increases with age
  • pregnancy
  • obesity
  • stress
  • poor posture
  • arthritis
  • a bad mattress
  • occupational hazards: barbers, dentists, construction workers, truck drivers, nurses, and the list goes on…

Whether you pulled a muscle reaching for something on a high shelf, compressed a nerve in a violent car accident, or developed a slouch from working at a computer all day, the professional Stockbridge Chiropractor at Atlanta Sports & Injury Center for Rehab can help eliminate your discomfort that the source.  We’ve been serving Henry County and surrounding areas since 2001.

BACK PAIN SYMPTOMS

Back pain symptoms can come in many different forms, and it is particularly important to make note of the actual sensation that you are experiencing.  The quality and type of pain can be an indicator of the required treatment, as well as the origin.

  • Muscle ache
  • Shooting or stabbing pain
  • Pain that radiates down your leg
  • Pain that worsens with bending, lifting, standing or walking
  • Pain that improves with reclining

BACK PAIN PREVENTION

Factors such as better nutrition, exercise, ergonomic workspaces, and proper lifting and movement techniques can go a long way in helping people to strengthen their spines and potentially avoid serious injury and chronic pain. When back pain hits, research shows that a conservative approach to treatment is the best option.

BACK PAIN TREATMENT

A 2012 study supported that the likelihood of surgery for workers was 1.5% for patients who sought chiropractic care for back pain relief first versus 42.7% who first sought medical care.  ASIC Rehab Chiropractors take a collaborative approach to treating back pain.  We start with the least invasive methods first.  Our chiropractors administer the chiropractic adjustment, which is performed by hand, as the primary form of care.  Many adjustments require a patient to lie on their stomach on top of a specially designed chiropractic treatment table.  The doctor will apply gentle yet specific thrusts, or in some cases utilize a handheld device to perform the adjustment.  In most cases, physiotherapeutic care and other adjunctive therapy will be used. 

STRESS AND BACK PAIN

Anxiety and nervousness can often lead to muscle tension.  As levels of stress hormones increase in your body, so does the severity of the muscular tension.  Over time, these tight muscles can lead to chronic back pain.  Coping with these psychological and emotional factors can have a direct impact on your physical health.  ASIC Rehab doctors can guide you in an exercise regimen that will assist in helping you find relief and provide a coping method for future flare-ups.  We will also recommend a session with our licensed massage therapist.  These massage experiences can help alleviate emotional stresses and address physical aches and pains.

SPORTS AND BACK PAIN

Any sports activity in which improper body mechanics is used can damage the back, e.g. a jerky golf swing or the incorrect use of exercise equipment. Cyclists often experience LBP, which can be resolved by adjusting the angle of the bicycle seat. 

Some research suggests that, over time, high-impact exercise such as rugby or aerobics may increase the risk for degenerative disc disease. In turn, hyperextension of the spine (as in gymnastics, pole-vaulting, weightlifting, football and cricket, especially in the case of bowlers) may lead to a stress fracture (spondylolysis).

Back strain is the most common sports injury. This refers to injury of the lower back (lumbar) spine’s soft tissues (muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels).

BACK PAIN PREGNANCY

Due to the shifting of abdominal organs, the forward redistribution of body weight (the same as in people with excessive abdominal obesity), and the loosening of ligaments in the pelvic area prior to delivery, pregnant women are at high risk for back pain. 

BACK PAIN RELIEF CREAM

While the chiropractic adjustment and manual therapies are the primary forms of treatment, patients often require additional pain relief methods.  We have identified CBD Ointment as a cream that has been effective in bringing relief to acute injuries.  It has helped football should injuries, hip pains and has even helped relieve pain for conditions like multiple sclerosis.  CBD comes in different levels depending on the pain scale, and can easily be ordered through ASIC Rehab.  If you are in need of such cream, please contact our office and we will be happy to assist.

What if my back pain cannot be helped by chiropractic care?

The best part about being a patient at Atlanta Sports and Injury Center for Rehab is our collaborative form of healthcare.  While our goal is to uncover the root cause of your health-related complaint and provide the least invasive method of care first, we understand that this may not always be the solution.  Our chiropractors are trained to identify cases and will readily refer to other health care specialists, should the need arise.  We will also perform regular examinations to assess your response to our treatment, which is an indicator for the next step in your recovery process.

For more information or to request an appointment, call us today at (770) 909-0590.