We Help Back Pain
Back pain can occur for a variety of reason, including carrying kids on your hip or shoulders, cleaning the floors, lifting bags of groceries from the car, sleeping wrong, or weight gain.
Add to this a slip or fall or a previous car accident and it’s not to difficult to see why studies show that approximately 80% of Americans will suffer from lower back pain at some time during their life.
Back pain is another common ailment to mankind which can range from mild stiffness to so severe a person cannot stand up or walk. Our office focuses around finding the cause of the back pain.
Often an examination, x-rays, a CRMA or in severe cases a CT scan or MRI will be utilized to isolate the cause. Before, I go on explaining some types of back pain and warning signs I first wanted to discuss getting the most out of your imaging.
Today, we can order flexion extension MRI’s and Radiographs for the same price as the old fashioned standard MRI and x-rays, so if you need this imaging done, please consult our office to get the best imaging for the money available. The newer style radiograph and MRI are done standing while bending forward and backward accessing the ligaments around the spine under the influence of gravity.
Fortunately, most back pain never requires surgery, so for that reason, many people consult their doctor or chiropractor because they miss a few days of work and have difficulty functioning.
Back pain in itself can be an acute injury or have chronic presentation with symptoms of underlying problems or from a disease itself. The function of the low back or lumbar area is to provide movement, structure and support to the body. When any one part or several parts start to break down or get damaged pain can result. If the bones start to get arthritis, if the ligaments get overstretched around the spine, if the discs get herniated, if the muscle get overstretched or even if another body organ doesn’t work properly you can get pain. Menstrual cramps are a good example of pain being generated from an area without an origin in the back itself. This is called visceral somatic pain. The viscera or organ get inflamed or irritated and causes pain to another region. Infections can cause the same kind of discomfort in the back.
Another common inflammatory organ problem that refers to lower back is kidney stones.
Usually, a good deal of lower back pain is wear and tear type of arthritis which requires some ligament stretching, proper rest and often core stabilization. When we move up the ladder of more serious injuries, most people have heard the term “slipped disc”; this term is really inaccurate because a disc cannot slip out and in. Usually, a disc will have a herniation or some damage and the surrounding tissue are affected causing discomfort and pain.
Sciatica is another common discussion among patients with lower back pain often with sharp pain over the gluteal region and down the leg.
Back pain causes are numerous and often complicated. Most patients have never actually been evaluated for ligament laxity and weakness which is what our office does for patients with significant lower back or neck injuries.
If you have back pain that prevents you from functioning, pain that is getting worse, pain that will not decrease, numbness, weakness, loss of bowel or bladder control consult a doctor quickly. These are the warning signs that need to be evaluated quickly.
Dr. Bernard often develops short term treatment plans with goals and markers in place. With a good treatment plan and understanding patients can make informed choices about managing back issues and work situations. Spinal decompression therapy might be a good fit for you as well.