Have you ever experienced pain in your lower back or has it ever bothered you even the slightest bit? If so, trust that you are not alone. Statistically speaking, eight out of ten adults will experience some kind of pain or issues in their low back at some time in their lives. With deteriorating lifestyles rising and poor options for health care, the problem of low back pain is only getting worse and worse.
We are now facing a time of the highest rate of chronic, degenerative disease ever, all because, as a society, we have settled for pain relief (only eliminating the symptoms of our true problems) as the easiest solution to our health concerns. These pain relief treatments are not even addressing the underlying dysfunction in the body, which is what’s really responsible for the pain.
Typically, it has been believed that muscle tension and spasms, poor muscle tone in the back and core, ligament or muscle tears, and joint problems are to blame for low back pain. However, there is more to it than what is mentioned here. Many of the people suffering from pain in their lower backs have chosen to “take it easy” in their life, becoming less active, and opting for pain relief treatments like prolonged bed rest, heavy sedation from pain killers, uncomfortable traction, injections, and even surgery. But there is now a safer, more natural approach to healing the back once and for all– Chiropractic Care.
The Purpose of Chiropractic Care is to Optimize Health
and Allow the Body to Heal Itself
Chiropractic Care is able to detect and reduce misalignments of the spine that not only cause joint dysfunction all over the body but also any irritation of the body’s nervous system. When the vertebrae of the spine become misaligned due to trauma, repetitive stress or simply poor posture, two major consequences result:
- Range of Motion becomes limited and painful
- Spinal nerves emerging from the spine become compressed
Chiropractic Care addresses these concerns by correcting this misalignment through a procedure called “an adjustment.” Though gentle manipulations of the spine, the misaligned segments are restored to their normal positions, therefore allowing proper nerve function and healing for the entire body. Chiropractic Care is a painless, drug free approach to the management of spine pain and overall health care.
Below are some terms you may have heard from your doctor regarding common spinal conditions. At ArkLaTex MedCare, we like to educate our patients in order to help their recovery process.
A spinal disc is designed with a firm outside and a soft, gel-like inside. When pressure due to strenuous activity or stress builds up inside the disc, it can cause the disc to become deformed. With increasing or prolonged pressure, it often leads to a disc herniation, which is when the gel-like material spills out. This spilled material presses against a nerve root and causes pain, that can travel into the buttocks and down the towards the legs and toes.
When the spinal disc is injured but does not rupture. In most cases, a disc bulges under similar conditions as those that cause a herniated disc. The bulging disc increases pressure on the nerves of the spinal column, causing the pain.
A set of symptoms including pain, usually caused by pressure or irritation on the sciatic nerve. The pain can be radial, traveling towards the buttocks, legs, and toes. In addition to pain, numbness, muscular weakness, and difficulty moving the leg can occur. In some cases, pain is felt on only one side of the body.
When the canal space surrounding the spinal cord becomes constricted, it increases the pressure on the spinal cord causing pain. In some cases this pain radiates towards the buttocks and down the legs. In addition, this condition is commonly present in patients with arthritis or joint inflammation.
Even though arthritis is most commonly found among the joints of the fingers and knees, arthritis can occur in any joint of the body. When arthritis is present in the small joints within the spinal column, the results are usually severe pain and a loss of body function and mobility.
A condition when a vertebrae is unable to hold its position and begins to shift out of place. If the bone slips too much out of place, it can pinch a nerve and cause pain. Typically, this occurs when a stress fracture weakens one of the vertebrae.
This condition is when the facet joints of the spine wear down, due to osteoarthritis of the interarticular vertebrae. When this happens, often a nerve becomes pinched (impinged) and causes lower back pain.
While disc degeneration is a normal process of aging and does not effect everyone, in some cases a degenerative disc can become extremely painful. For these individuals, the spinal disks are not receiving enough nutrients, water, and oxygen in the blood supply; thereby causing the disks to degenerate. The pain is a result of the spinal structures pinching a nerve.
Get Back Pain Relief from Chiropractic Care at ArkLaTex MedCare
The Doctors of Chiropractic medicine (D.C.s) at ArkLaTex MedCare adjust the vertebrae of spine with gentle, manual thrusts to move each vertebrae back to its original position. Our chiropractors can also adjust the joints found in the neck, as well as the arms and legs. Spinal adjustments may relieve a wide range of ailments including:
The gentle spinal manipulations also help treat arm, hand, and leg pain caused by dysfunction or misalignment of the neck or lower back. Some patients who suffer from asthma or emphysema choose chiropractic care to help release the tension in their chest. Research is also being conducted to determine if spinal adjustments to the neck help the ears in young children drain better, thus alleviating the common ear infections.
Short-term and regular chiropractic care includes but is not limited to these benefits:
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