Back And Neck Pain

back and neck painWhat Causes Back & Neck Pain

Back and neck pain are some of the most common problems causing patients to seek chiropractic care. Our our back, or spine, is composed of bones, or vertebra, that are stacked one upon the other and held to together by disc, ligaments and muscles arraigned in a complicated structure. When aligned and moving correctly, the spine allow us to walk upright and gives us a full range of motion including: bending, twisting and turning our head. Any damage or irritation to these structures can result in a loss of function and mobility, resulting in inflammation and pain.

Various structures that can be injured or stressed in our back and neck include: muscles, ligaments, joint capsules, discs and nerves, all of which can result in back or neck pain. Common sources of injury include car accidents, sports and work injury as well as slip and falls.

Another means by which these structures are irritated is poor body posture or mechanics over long periods of time. The way we sit, stand or lift day in day out can slowly stretch ligaments and muscles allowing the spinal bones to misalign and result in joint irritation and pain.

How Chiropractors Can Help Back Pain

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Doctors of Chiropractic are the specialist trained in the effective use of the spinal adjustment. This form of treatment is safe and effective for treating low back pain that is related to the structural issues of the spine and pelvis. Research has shown it to be one if not the most affective treatment for low back pain. Spinal adjustments are proven to decrease the need of medication, reduce pain, and speed the affect of physical therapy. (5)

The American Chiropractic Association states that:
After an extensive study of all currently available care for low back problems, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research—a federal government research organization—recommended that low back pain sufferers choose the most conservative care first. And it recommended spinal manipulation as the only safe and effective, drugless form of initial professional treatment for acute low back problems in adults. (6).”

Further, the ACA quotes the Journal of the American Medical Association as suggesting “chiropractic care as an option for people suffering from low back pain–and noted that surgery is usually not needed and should only be tried if other therapies fail (7).”

If you are experiencing low back pain, we encourage you to contact us or call (314) 731-4383 and schedule an appointment. Why waste your time and prolong your suffering with proven, less effective treatments?