If you live with persistent back pain, you’re not alone — ongoing back pain affects some 31 million adults in the United States at any given time. Chronic lower back pain, in particular, is a top complaint and the number-one cause of disability worldwide. Michael R. Lodes, DC, and the experienced team at Lodes Chiropractic Center have helped countless men and women find natural, long-term relief from unrelenting back pain. Call their Wilmington, Delaware, office or schedule an appointment online today.
Back Pain Q & A
What causes back pain?
Your spine is an incredibly complex structure made up of bones, joints, discs, and nerves that are held together and supported by a system of ligaments and surrounding muscles. Even one small problem within this intricate structure can make simple movements uncomfortable or painful.
Common causes of chronic back pain include:
Osteoarthritis is an age-related wear-and-tear condition that causes the cartilage between your spinal joints to break down. It often leads to reduced spinal mobility and lower back pain.
Spinal disc problems
Spinal discs, or the rubbery cushions that sit between each vertebra of your backbone, can bulge or rupture (herniate), irritating nearby nerves and causing ongoing back pain.
Muscle, nerve, or tendon injuries
Heavy lifting and sudden movements can cause microscopic tears in the muscles and ligaments in your back, leading to chronic pain and inflammation. Left untreated, this type of damage can result in continuous back pain that gradually worsens.
Sitting or standing for long periods of time can cause chronic back pain, particularly if you have poor posture or a misaligned spine.
Can other factors contribute to back pain?
Although back pain becomes increasingly common with age, it affects people of all ages. A wide range of lifestyle factors can increase your risk of developing chronic back pain, including:
- Sitting too much or not getting enough exercise
- Carrying too much weight through your midsection
- Working at a job that requires heavy lifting
- Playing contact sports or engaging in high-impact workouts
- Living with high levels of mental or emotional stress
Smoking cigarettes can also contribute to the development of chronic back pain or make it worse because smoking reduces the flow of nutrients and oxygen to your spinal discs.
How can I find lasting back pain relief?
After our chiropractors perform a comprehensive investigation to determine the underlying cause of your pain condition, they can develop an individualized treatment plan that combines natural and effective chiropractic care with other proactive techniques.
Gentle, targeted chiropractic adjustments have been proven to enhance spinal joint motion, improve posture, reduce pain, and advance physical therapy efforts. If your pain is muscle-related, massage can help work out the kinks, release tension, increase flexibility, and diminish pain.
Spinal decompression therapy is another effective treatment option; it gently lengthens a compressed spine to create much-needed space and alleviate nerve pressure. Physical therapy exercises that strengthen your back and correct alignment irregularities are also a highly effective way to treat back pain and prevent its recurrence.
If you’re ready to say good-bye to back pain for good, call Lodes Chiropractic Center or use the easy online tool to schedule an appointment today.