Acute and Chronic Back Pain

Chiropractic Treatment Care for Acute and Chronic Back Pain

Many Americans suffer from back pain. It is a primary reason for work absence and a major cause of disability for those who are aged 45 and younger. It can be debilitating, and many people seek medical care.

Age is a risk factor associated with back pain and more common as one gets older, even as early as age 30. A sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and psychological conditions such as depression and anxiety also put an individual at a higher risk.

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Common Causes of Back Pain

Back pain is often classified according to duration. Acute back pain usually lasts no longer than 6 weeks while chronic back pain persists longer than 12 weeks.

Symptoms include:

  • dull aches
  • shooting pain or stabbing pain that may or may not radiate to the buttocks or leg
  • pain that worsens with position changes
  • muscle spasms

However, regardless of pain quality or illness duration, back pain is commonly linked to injury, poor posture, improper lifting, spinal problems, and underlying medical conditions.

Injury or strain. Accidents, falls, and improper lifting of heavy objects can injure muscles and ligaments. Awkward and sudden movements such as twisting and over-stretching can produce muscular spasms and tension and damage to spinal ligaments, leading to severe episodes of back pain.

Structural problems of the spine. Bulging, ruptured, and herniated discs cause back pain. Discs act as protective cushions of the vertebrae. When discs bulge or rupture, they pinch spinal nerves, causing severe pain. In cases when a herniated disc pinches a nerve root, an individual experiences sciatica. Sciatica is described as pain that starts from the lower back and extends to the buttocks and the back of the leg.

Spine curvature disorders. Irregularities in the curvature of the spine such as scoliosis often lead to discomfort. The sideways curvature strains the back muscles, causing pain.

Other causes. Medical conditions such as kidney problems, spine infections, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis may result in back pain. Back pain can also be caused by spinal tumors and other forms of cancer.

What Does Back Pain Chiropractic Treatment Involve?

Back pain that doesn’t improve with rest or home remedies usually prompts a visit to a physician or an alternative healthcare practitioner.

And with study after study indicating that chiropractic is as effective as medical care when it comes to pain relief, an ever-increasing number of Americans consult a back pain chiropractor annually and prefer alternative pain relief treatments over medical management. Back pain sufferers want to explore non-surgical and nondrug treatment options first before considering more aggressive approaches such as injections and surgery.

Back pain chiropractic treatment aims to provide back pain relief and restore spine alignment and joint mobility through manual adjustments. Chiropractors do history-taking and thorough assessment in addition to developing a care plan based on a working diagnosis before performing spinal manipulations on their patients.

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