Back pain can occur suddenly after an accident or gradually over time due to poor posture or overexerting the muscles in your spine. When back pain occurs, it is important to pinpoint the source so you can get proper treatment. Our team at Holistic Health Clinic in Beaverton has gathered some of the questions that we run into from our patients regarding back pain.
What kinds of injuries produce back pain?
Trauma to your neck, shoulders, or back due to an auto accident, workplace mishap, or sports injury can result in back pain. Auto accidents can dislodge the bones or discs in your spine, causing them to press on your spinal nerves which creates pain. Workplace or sports injuries can result in muscle strain, joint sprains, or soft tissue tears in your spine, leading to painful back symptoms.
I wasn't in an accident, why is my back suddenly hurting?
Chronic back pain may seem “sudden,” but it is often the result of years of abusing your spine due to poor posture, heavy lifting, or repetitive motions that weaken the spinal muscles and damage your connective tissues. Age-related chronic conditions like disc degeneration, arthritis, or spinal stenosis may also be the source of your back pain.
Why is my back pain extending down my leg?
Low back pain that extends through your leg could be a sign of sciatica. Sciatica occurs when the spinal structures such as the joints or discs put pressure on the sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back down to your feet. That is why you may feel pain radiating into your leg.
How does chiropractic care provide back pain relief?
Chiropractic techniques and therapies are specifically designed to treat musculoskeletal pain and injuries. After a physical exam, your chiropractor will create a customized plan to relieve pain and improve your condition. If an accident altered your spinal alignment, we will use chiropractic adjustments to restore balance to your spinal system.
Proper balance relieves pressure around your bones, muscles, and joints to provide pain relief. Soft tissue massage can also help in relieving pain and restoring mobility. Massage circulates blood to the afflicted areas to speed up your recovery. We will also recommend stretching and strengthening exercises to help keep your spine in alignment and reduce your risk of future injuries.
How can I prevent back pain?
There are measures you can take to reduce your risk of back pain, such as improving your posture, losing excess weight if you are overweight, minimizing heavy lifting, and warming up before engaging in sports. A healthy diet and regular exercise can also help keep you healthier and reduce your back pain symptoms.
Contact Our Chiropractors for Back Pain Relief in Beaverton, OR
To schedule a consultation for back pain relief, contact Holistic Health Clinic to speak with one of our staff members. Call our team today at (503) 646-8575 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.