Eighty percent of Americans experience one form of back pain or another during the course of their lives. More men over the age of 45 are disabled by back pain than any other condition. It is the third most common reason for surgeries. Because of this, people complaining of back pain cannot be easily diagnosed. This is because the spine is such an incredibly complex structure of bones, muscles, nerves, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Injury or disease affecting any one or more of these structures can often trigger an episode of pain.
Lower back pain is often caused by a misalignment of the spine called a subluxation. A subluxation consists of an injured spinal joint, strained muscles, spained ligaments and tendons, injury to a nerve, and swelling. In more serious cases, the pain may be caused by a degenerative condition, such as arthritis, disc disease, or disc herniation. Chiropractic adjustments are highly effective in treating subluxations.
A degenerative disc condition can sometimes cause a chain reaction of other events in your spine. When a disc is not in its proper place, or is malformed from disease or some other condition, it can allow additional undue pressure on other healthy structures, such as neighboring discs, nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons. Spinal decompression therapy can be very effective in these cases. Brandon Chiropractic offers state of the art decompressin therapy.
Rest, ice or heat therapy, and chiropractic adjustments, are often the first course of treatment for mild lower back pain. This allows your spinal vertebrae to return to their normal position and begin to heal.
Because the thoracic spine is the sturdiest part of the spine, it is less prone to injury. That said, upper back pain, while less common than lower back pain, is often caused by spinal subluxations. Other less common causes of upper back pain include herniated or degenerative discs.
If lower back or mid back pain does not impove with rest after 3 to 4 days go see a chiropractor. Chiropractors are specifically trained to treat these injuries.
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