The nerve-rich facet joints on the back side of each spinal bone are a common cause of back pain. If these pairs of interlocking “fingers” aren’t moving right, they can cause painful symptoms.
The discs between spinal bones can be a source of back pain, too. These rings of fibrous tissues act as spacers, connectors and “shock absorbers” for the spine. Trauma can cause the soft, pulpy material in the middle to bulge or herniate, putting pressure on delicate nearby nerves.
Once you know the cause, you have several choices. One approach is bed rest. But research shows that prolonged bed rest can actually delay recovery and make the problem worse!
Physical therapy is another option. But exercising spinal joints that aren’t working right is like continuing to drive your car with misaligned tires!
Another choice is to numb or cover up the pain with drugs. While drugs can offer temporary relief, they can’t correct functional problems of affected spinal joints.
The most drastic measure is surgery. A laminectomy cuts off the offending facet joints, leaving the spinal cord exposed! A spinal fusion cuts out the disc tissue and immobilizes the joint. While there may be times when surgery makes sense, it’s expensive, risky and more than half of all back surgeries fail.
More and more people are choosing chiropractic care first.
Specific chiropractic adjustments can help improve spinal function and reduce pain. If you are suffering with bulging or degenerated discs, degenerative arthritis, or spinal stenosis, adding DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy, exercise or Brain Based Therapy may make even more dramatic improvements.
What if you’ve tried everything (drugs, surgery, physical therapy, and other chiropractic offices) and you are still struggling with chronic pain?
Your pain may not be primarily structural in nature. What does this mean? There are multiple causes of back pain other than the joints and other structures of your back.
The best way to determine what’s causing your back pain is to perform a comprehensive spinal, neurologic, and metabolic assessment. This is what makes us different, we leave no stone unturned to find the cause of your healthcare problems and pain.
Sometimes back pain is just back pain. But sometimes, especially when traditional treatments aren’t working, back pain is the result of other health problems.
I have had a herniated disc in my lower back for a number of years. I have tried several therapies with varying degrees of success. I have addressed a number of key areas through diet, supplementation, exercise and therapy. A few of these focal areas are spinal alignment, blood flow, energy flow, inflammation and flexibility. I stretch and ice for a total of 90 minutes each day. A large chunk of my time and my thoughts have been dedicated to managing my herniated disc. Recently, I tried Laser therapy. I received treatment in the office of Dr Eric Balcavage. After 5 minutes (half way through the treatment) there was a major difference in the way my back felt. After the first 10 minute treatment was done my back felt so good I wanted to test it. I stood up and immediately touched my toes. Next I did a few squats and a lunge. My back felt great. I have had two additional treatments since that time. My back still feels good! Driving typically is one of the most difficult things for me. I usually wear an ice belt when I drive. Recently, I drove 1400 miles in a 1 week period. I did that without any ice. I have reduced my stretching to 20 minutes each day. I have stopped icing completely. My quality of life has returned. I know that I will need several additional sessions but things are going very well. I am still amazed by how much better I feel. Initially I thought the pain would return but it has been 60 days now. My mother in law mentioned being able to see a difference in the way that I walk. To use an analogy, it is like trying to close a sliding door that is off the track. Obviously once it is on the track the task is infinitely easier. That is the way my lower body feels. Everything seems to be working together again. My range of motion is very good. Walking is much easier. My back feels great and my legs feel strong. Prior to these sessions I was considering surgery. That is no longer an option. I am eager to complete the full course of treatment! Thanks Dr Balcavage and staff. I cannot tell you how excited I am about the improvement I have made!