Dr. J Coy Dean – Back In Action Chiropractic, Friendswood, Texas

Back Pain Information

 

What Causes Back Pain?

The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While sport injuries or accidents can cause back pain, sometimes the simplest of movements—for example, picking up a pencil from the floor— can have painful results. In addition, infections, scoliosis, pregnancy, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also be a direct result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, bone loss or tumors. Back pain is most commonly a result of sitting at a computer or driving for long periods of time.

Back pain is one of the most common complaints that people seek Chiropractic Care and usually consists of upper back, mid back, lower back and sciatica. For immediate relief you can try hot or cold packs or both. Hot or cold packs can soothe sore, stiff backs. Heat reduces muscle spasms and pain. Cold helps reduce swelling and numbs deep pain. Using hot or cold packs may relieve pain, but this treatment does not fix the cause of chronic back pain. Your chiropractor can take your complete medical history, give you a thorough examination, and along with x-rays, complete a treatment plan to help relieve your back pain. Dr. J Coy Dean, Back In Action Chiropractic, uses manipulation or spinal adjustments, massage therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) units, ultrasound, acupuncture, ice and heat application, stretching and exercises to treat back pain.

Chiropractors use their hands or small instruments for spinal manipulation or adjustments. The adjustments reposition and align the bones of the skeletal system. This allows for the related soft tissues surrounding the upper, mid, and lower back (which includes muscles, tendons and ligaments) to reposition the movements most associated with spinal health. Chiropractic care helps improve and restore motion to the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments that are stuck or not moving well.

The difference between acute and chronic pain is acute pain starts quickly and lasts typically 6 weeks. It is the most common type of pain. Acute pain can be caused by falling or lifting something heavy. Chronic pain is much less common and tends to lasts more than 3 months. You should see a doctor when you experience numbness or tingling, severe pain that does not improve with rest, pain after a fall or injury. You should also consult a doctor if you experience pain plus any of the following: trouble urinating, weakness, numbness in your legs, fever, and weight loss when not on a diet.

Contact Dr. J Coy Dean, Back In Action Chiropractic, Friendswood, Texas at 281-648-0001 for more information or to schedule your appointment. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.

 

Things You Can Do To Prevent Back Pain

  • Maintain proper posture
  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Exercise and remain active
  • Warm up and stretch before physical activity and exercising
  • Sleep on a medium firm mattress
  • When lifting objects, lift with your knees, keep objects close to your body and do not twist when lifting
  • Avoid long term inactivity or bed rest
  • Consult your chiropractor regarding your computer work station, make sure it is ergonomically correct
  • Quit smoking (smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues)
  • To have strong bones, you need to get enough calcium and vitamin D every day