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Common Causes of Back Pain

 

When someone feels pain in their back, there are several common causes. Some of the most common reasons why people feel pain in their back include:

 

Paraspinal Muscle Tightness: Some muscles run along the sides of the vertebrae. Sometimes, these muscles can become tight and knot, often due to overuse and poor posture. A trained chiropractor can help address paraspinal muscle pain and tenderness.

 

Bulging or Herniated Disc: Some small discs provide a cushion for the vertebrae in the back. If these discs herniate, the interior can leak out over the nerves in the spine. This can lead to severe pain.

 

Muscle Imbalance: Muscle imbalance is another common cause of back pain. The muscles in the back need to be balanced. If they aren't balanced, one set of muscles may end up working harder than the other, leading to pain. 

 

 

 

What does a chiropractor do?

 


Chiropractors use chiropractic adjustments as one of the many tools to help to normalize the performance of the neuromusculoskeletal system. Chiropractic adjustments are simply inputting a force into a joint in order to help restore normal motion of that joint.

 

 


The idea that the spine was acutely connected to health is nothing new. In fact, the ancient Greeks and other early civilizations used spinal adjustments as a form of healthcare. Hippocrates, the Father of Western Medicine, stated that “physical structure is the basis of medicine” and went into great detail concerning the importance of the spine to good health. Hippocrates is quoted as saying: “Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.”

 


Whiplash


Whiplash is a common injury for people involved in car collisions. When a car is struck from behind or collides with another object, it causes the neck to snap back and forth violently. This causes the muscles and ligaments to overextend, leading to strains and/or tears. This is referred to as soft tissue damage, and can cause stiffness and soreness. Whiplash can also cause structural damage such as misaligned vertebrae, herniated, bulging or ruptured discs, or nerve damage due to the overextension from the violent movement.
 


Chiropractic can help with both types of injuries. Adjustments and alignments can be performed specifically for those who have been in car accidents and suffered from whiplash. The pressure on the discs and nerves is released when the spine is returned to its proper alignment. Chiropractic massage can be used to help relieve the pain and discomfort from soft tissue injuries. If you have been in a car accident, schedule an appointment with us before relying on pain medications and surgery.