Chronic Back Pain
Chronic back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit a chiropractor. If you have been considering chiropractic care for your back pain, Peterson Family Chiropractic, serving Chino Hills, CA, is here to help you.
What Causes Back Pain?
Back pain can be caused by several different factors, or a combination of factors. One common cause of back pain is muscle strain. The muscles in the back are typically used all day long. Even without realizing it, your back muscles are working very hard for you. When these muscles are overworked, or not given the chance to relax and recuperate, it can cause muscle strain. This muscle strain can be very painful.
Another common cause of back pain is a lack of spinal alignment. When the spine is not aligned correctly, it can cause problems with the nerves of the spinal column. This can cause pain sensors in the back and other parts of the body to become overly sensitive.
Some individuals experience chronic back pain as a result of bulging or ruptured discs. The cartilage discs which lie between the vertebra can become damaged over time. When this happens, it can allow the vertebra to rub against each other causing extreme pain.
How Can a Chiropractor Help?
Chiropractic care is a wonderful intervention for chronic back pain. Regardless of the cause of the back pain, your chiropractor can evaluate your particular needs and create an individualized treatment plan for you. Through varying methods, such as spinal re-alignment, massage therapy, cold-laser treatment and others, the root cause of your chronic back pain can be addressed.
Chiropractic care offers pain relief in a non-invasive, drug-free way. This is very important to patients suffering from chronic back pain. Most medications used to treat chronic back pain can have harsh side effects as well as addictive properties. Other treatment options often involve dangerous surgeries which can also carry heavy risks.
What Can I Expect?
During your first visit, you can expect your chiropractor to evaluate you through an examination and possibly x-rays. This examination will allow the doctor to pinpoint the exact cause of your back pain. An individualized treatment plan will then be created for you. This plan will take a whole-health approach to your condition. This can include addressing lifestyle changes, nutrition, and stress reduction, as well as other facets of your life which can be affecting your pain levels. Chiropractic care is an ongoing form of natural pain relief. You will notice your pain levels improving with ongoing treatment.