Reportedly, about 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and a study of adults found that about half of those who have back pain don’t seek treatment. Back pain is common and can be disruptive to day-to-day living. But treatment is available: Book your appointment today at Apple Wellness Center in Winchester, Virginia, to learn about your options.
Mechanical problems, or problems with the structures of the back, are responsible for most instances of low back pain. Those structures are subject to a great deal of stress and strain because they hold the whole weight of your upper body, as well as providing stability during movement.
Most often, a pulled or strained muscle or ligament causes low back pain, but degenerative disc disease can lead to painful herniated or ruptured discs. Between the vertebrae of the spine are small bits of cartilage that cushion the vertebrae so they don’t grind against each other. These cartilage discs can begin to wear and eventually bulge out from between the vertebrae.
Only between 2% and 10% of people with low back pain end up with chronic pain. For most
The first step in relieving back pain is determining the cause. The chiropractors at Winchester Spine & Injury evaluate each patient and build a treatment plan based on that evaluation. If your back pain is due to overuse or muscle strain, your treatment differs from that of someone who has a herniated disc.
Depending on your situation, the Winchester Spine & Injury provider helping you may suggest chiropractic care, physical therapy procedures, massage therapy, the application of ice or heat, or some combination of therapies and treatments. Additional procedures may include:
A recent study published in JAMA found that spinal manipulation was associated with less pain and improved function across 26 clinical trials, demonstrating that chiropractic adjustment is often an effective strategy for treating low back pain.
More than 90% of people who have back pain have acute pain that goes away within a relatively short period of time, and most of those people have pain caused by overuse or muscle strain. However, a small percentage of people develop chronic pain, and sometimes chronic back pain is due to a serious underlying condition.
The chiropractors at Winchester Spine & Injury are experienced in diagnosing the causes of back pain and conduct assessments of each patient. Some symptoms that could indicate a more serious problem, including:
Whether your back pain is acute or you are concerned it could be something more serious or long-term, the chiropractors at Winchester Spine & Injury can help you understand your pain and chart an effective treatment plan.