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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. 

 

 


Why do joints need to be adjusted?

 

Chiropractic was initially founded on the idea that when bones were misaligned, they pushed on nerves and caused interference to the function of the nerves. So, if the nerve went to your stomach, a person could have indigestion because of the bone being misaligned. This explanation reflects the knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the late 1800s and early 1900s. At this time, it was thought that this alteration in nerve energy flow was the source of all diseases. Thankfully, we have progressed beyond this understanding and we now have more complete explanations of the processes that are going on in joints.

 

 

 

 

Disc Problems


Intervertebral discs are positioned between the vertebrae in the spine. The outside of a disc is made from cartilage, and in the center is a jelly like solution. These discs serve many purposes, including allowing movement of the spine, creating space between the vertebrae, and acting as shock absorbers. The gelatinous middle allows the disc to compress and expand based on impact and movement. Trauma to the spine can cause the discs to herniated, bulge, become displaced (slipped disc), or even rupture. Trauma or direct injury to the area is not the only cause, however. As we get older, the discs can begin to weaken and dehydrate. These conditions can put pressure on the nerves around the spine and cause pain.


If you suffer from one of these injuries you should see a chiropractor. Surgery is risky, expensive, and requires recovery time. In many cases, you can experience relief from these conditions through chiropractic. By properly aligning the spine, pressure can be relieved on nerves and on the discs themselves. This will reduce and hopefully eliminate your pain and discomfort and allow you to live a normal lifestyle.