A question that I often get from friends and patients is: "Why does my back ache?" As a response to this question I thought I would make this question the subject of the "newsletter."
Why do backs ache? Basically, there are two reasons. 1) Traumatic
injury such as a car accident or lifting a heavy object are the most
common. 2) Years of back abuse - such as poor posture, improper
ergonomics, and a lack of body conditioning - make the back prone to
injury and/or discomfort. The lower back is particularly
vulnerable; its major weight bearing joints can be pushed out of
alignment with painful results. Other pain sensitive structures can be
stretched, torn, and distorted as well. This phenomenon can also happen
quite easily in the neck and upper back regions. Using spinal
adjustments (a form of manipulation) and other techniques such as
physical therapy, a doctor of chiropractic can treat many common
conditions of the spine such as:
1) Muscle Strain and Ligament Sprain:
These conditions are caused by poor posture or an old untreated back
injury. Commonly, these conditions occur as a new entity after a fall
or whiplash type injury. Symptoms are generally muscle spasm or back
2) Pelvic Joint and Ligament Sprain:
(sacroiliac syndrome) This condition occurs from a sudden injury or
movement and is felt as a sharp pain in the hip or buttock region. The
pain from the low back or hip may radiate down the back of the leg, to
the outside of the calf or to the groin area.
3) Joint Sprain:
(facet syndrome) Facet Syndrome is brought on by a sudden injury or an
occupation that involves sitting a great deal. This condition of the
low back often follows a preexisting injury or years of neglect or lack
of conditioning. The most common symptoms are low back stiffness/pain
and increased pain on extending backward from the low back and pelvis.
4) Slipped Disc:
(disc syndrome) Disc syndrome is most often brought on by a sudden
injury such as lifting or an automobile accident. Also common, however,
is the re-injury of a disc following years of wear and tear. This
condition causes severe low back pain and sometime pain into the legs.
The low back pain is sometimes increased by coughing or sneezing.
5) Muscle Imbalance:
Muscle imbalances and developmental growth problems (i.e. short leg
syndrome) may cause pain and discomfort later in life. Curvature of the
spine (scoliosis) is also commonly involved in these conditions. If
curvature of the spine is present, there is often pain from muscle
imbalance/spasm and arthritis of the spinal joints.
The good news is that Doctors of Chiropractic treat all these
conditions quickly and successfully. Shown on our homepage is what we
refer to as a "Gift of Health." This "Gift" allows an individual to be
examined for a health concern without cost or obligation. If the person
requires chiropractic care or needs to be referred to another health
care provider we will be happy to help in either situation. Feel free
to pass on a "Gift of Health" to a family member, close friend or
co-worker who needs our help at no charge and without obligation.
Thatcher Chiropractic is located at 3535 American Drive in Colorado
Springs, Colorado 80917 near the intersection at Austin Bluffs Parkway
and Academy Boulevard. For more information or to schedule an
appointment, please feel free to contact us by phone at (719) 574-3700.
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