There are numerous causes of back pain and can either be short-lived (acute) or long-lasting pain that lasts longer than 3 months (chronic). One of the most common causes of back pain is muscle or ligament strain. This can be brought about by heavy improper lifting, injury, or sudden and awkward movements. Back pain can also be caused by bulging or ruptured discs (discs are the cushioning between bones), which places extra pressure on the spinal nerve. Osteoarthritis can also cause back pain and can even lead to spinal stenosis (or the narrowing of the canal around the spinal cord). Another medical condition that can cause back pain is spinal spondylosis (or spinal degeneration), which causes the vertebrae disc to not do its job of providing cushioning between the discs, resulting in pain and discomfort.
There are also a number of factors that can increase your likelihood of experiencing back pain, including being overweight, smoking, pregnancy, having a sedentary lifestyle, poor posture and lack of exercise, all these contribute to back pain.
Back pain is diagnosed after a physical examination and check on one’s medical history, with questions pertaining to what might have caused the onset of pain, the type of pain, where exactly is the pain and if they have experienced any other discomfort/pain recently. Radiographic/diagnostic imaging may be needed such as X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, Bone scans or EMGs to determine the cause of the pain.
The purpose of chiropractic care at Turramurra Chiropractic is help you to be able to do the thing that you love to do and to do them well. To do this it is first necessary to get a clear picture of the problem which is done by taking a thorough history and performing a comprehensive assessment. Understanding your history is critical to identifying the cause(s) and contributing factors that have led your health to where it is currently. The assessment includes a neurological, orthopaedic, motion, posture examinations amongst others. In some cases further investigation may be required. Once we have all the relevant information we will discuss your specific needs and develop a plan of action with you. There will be ample opportunity for you to discuss the proposed care and ask any questions before proceeding.
Do you or some one you know have back pain? Give us a call on 9440 8003 to discuss.