Many different things can lead to chronic back pain. The most common causes include automobile accidents, slip and falls, athletic injuries, and the use of improper lifting techniques. A minor back injury that is left untreated can eventually become chronic. This means that scar tissue can build up over time if inflammation is left to restrict blood flow in the area. If inflammation and the damage caused by the injury are not properly addressed, the scar tissue that results can eventually impact how the spine functions. This, in turn, can cause problems in other areas of the body, including the extremities.
When a chiropractor evaluates a patient's back injury, they can begin to put together a treatment plan that uses many different healing methods to help hasten their recovery. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, the doctor can also use deep tissue massage, physical therapy, nutritional counseling, and mechanical traction to help their patient heal faster and more efficiently. Chiropractic facilities have many different tools that can give patients exactly what they need to begin the healing process and restore proper form and function to the spine. Treatments are tailored to each patient's needs to enhance the healing process.
A herniated disc is a back condition in which the fluid-filled disc between two vertebrae begins to weaken. The vertebrae eventually begin to press together, forcing the disc to bulge outside of the vertebral ring. This can cause intense pain in the area and can cause other vertebrae to begin to move differently. Chiropractors can help to alleviate the pressure on the discs between the vertebrae and relieve some of the pain caused by the condition. They can also take measures to help reduce the inflammation that can lead to damage to other areas of the spine. Mechanical traction therapies are often considered with this type of condition.
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