Most back pain patients have not experienced any trauma, accidents or major injuries prior to the onset of their problem. The cause of most back pain is the cumulative affect of improper sitting posture, poor work habits, incorrect lifting, lack of proper exercise and other lifestyle-related factors. All of these factors cause repetitive low level stress and imbalances on the spinal joints and associated musculature and eventually pain. This is why people often injure their back by just bending over to pick up a piece of paper. The spine was already compromised and just the simple act of bending was enough to set off the problem. When this occurs, the surrounding back muscles go into spasm to protect the stressed or injured tissues of the back.
Whether from working hard or playing hard, many people suffer from occasional or chronic low and mid back pain. For those who have taken a fall, been in a car accident or had some other type of traumatic injury the pain can be nearly impossible to tolerate. Sometimes the pain makes it difficult to work, impossible to sleep, and hard to function at all.
- Pain, tenderness and stiffness in the back or between the shoulder blades
- Pain that radiates into the buttocks or to the knee
- Difficulty standing straight or in one position for prolonged period of time
- Weakness or leg fatigue when walking
- Discomfort while sitting
Home Care Options
- Stretches: sitting and lying down, partner assisted
- Orthotics, proper footwear
- Sleep, sitting and driving ergonomic changes
- Rehabilitative exercises
Office Treatment Options
- Active Release Techniques
- Mid and low back and Sacroiliac chiropractic joint manipulation
- Rehabilitative strengthening exercises for the core and feet
- Custom-molded Biomechanical Orthotics
Healthy Living Tips For Back pain.
Periodic checkups or supportive care. Supporting proper functioning of the back with periodic treatments minimizes the stresses to joints and associated muscles and nerves.
Practice proper posture, lifting and sitting ergonomics. Practicing proper posture, lifting techniques and ergonomics are essential in reducing back injuries at work and play and minimizing future recurrences of past injuries.
Regular exercise. Routine physical activity keeps the body strong and healthy. We will work with you to develop an effective exercise routine that will work with the time you decide to dedicate, and the goals that you set for yourself.
Proper diet and Nutrition. Providing your body with the proper fuel increases performance, reduces the likelihood of injury and sickness, speeds recovery after injury, and keeps you feeling good. It may be time to add whole food supplements to your diet.
Proper footwear or Orthotics. It is very important that the arch of the foot is properly supported. The arch is the foundation of the body and abnormal function here will translate up to the hip and back.