Back Pain

8 out of 10 people will suffer from back pain in their lifetime, making it one of the most common reasons why we got to a Chiropractor Little Falls MN. Less than 25% of people with back pain, who don’t have it treated, are symptom-free in a year. So it’s important to seek help if you’re suffering from back pain. It’s also been found that adolescents with lower back pain are more likely to have problems adults. Interestingly, 54% of people who spend their workday sitting have lower back pain and about 50% of pregnant women do as well. Due to the array of tissues found in the spine – disc, bone, tendon, muscle, and nerve – finding the actual cause of your lower back pain can be difficult. This coupled with the fact that issues in the hip, knee, or shoulders often refer pain to the back, it’s no wonder why back pain is one of the most complex and troublesome problems we see in our Chiropractor Little Falls MN clinic.

For Chiropractor Little Falls MN purposes, the “back” will typically include the mid back, called the thoracic spine which has twelve vertebrae, and the lower back, called the lumbar spine which has five vertebrae. The rib cage connects directly into the mid back vertebrae making that area stiffer then the neck and lower back. The purpose of the spine, first and foremost, is to protect the spinal cord which runs through a small hole in the vertebrae called the spinal canal. Second, it provides structure to the body and much like the mass of a sailboat, it lies center in the body and is the attachment of all appendages and many muscles.

The muscles of the spine are divided into two categories: prime movers and stabilizers. The “movers” role is to move joints, allowing us to navigate our world. The “stabilizers” job is to simply hold the joints in their proper alignment while they are moved. These two muscle groups are deeply connected to each other. To drive home this point, consider this: a study was done on animals where the stabilizers were surgically removed from a single vertebra. The researchers then tested the spine to see how strong it was. What they found was this: if one vertebra is devoid of it’s supportive musculature the entire spine acts as if it has none muscle—unable to withstand as little as twenty pounds of pressure.

Back pain is usually caused from damage (like slips, falls, car accidents or injuries) or disuse (poor posture, bad bending, improper sleeping positions). Rarely do we see as a Chiropractor Little Falls MN that it is due to an infection, cancer, or bone disease. Finding relief from back pain must start with accurately determining what the cause is. At Chiro Plus Rehab step one is a thorough assessment that checks your joint’s alignment, nerve health, muscle strength and balance, and the integrity of the cartilage (spinal discs), tendon, and bone. When needed, we perform orthopedic and neurologic tests and take digital x-rays. This Chiropractor Little Falls MN also performs a Functional Movement Screen which can detect faulty movement habits (like improper bending) that is triggering your pain. This is all to determine the exact cause of your back pain, so we know exactly what to do to get you relief.

Some common and associated symptoms of back pain include:

  • Sharp pain with movement
  • Stiffness
  • Achiness with prolonged activity or inactivity (like sitting for too long or walking a long distance)
  • Constant pain
  • Restricted motion
  • Weakness/instability
  • Numbness/tingling
  • Traveling pain to the ribs, hips, and legs

 

The traditional treatment from most Chiropractor Little Falls MN for back pain is usually a combination or ice/heat, rest, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and maybe physical therapy. Furthermore its been found improving muscle strength and range-of-motion does not reduce back trouble; in fact, some evidence suggests it can actually aggravate it. Scientific efforts have demonstrated that the spine must be stable in order to avoid injury and back pain. Specifically, this means that the joints must maintain a good position and the muscles must be smart enough to keep the joints like that. We see at this Chiropractor Little Falls MN exercises and treatments that improve stabilization essentially “turn on” the deep spine and torso muscles in a way that prevents the spine from damage.

Being up-to-date in the latest treatment protocols for eliminating lower back pain quickly and easily has always been a top priority for us at Chiro Plus Rehab as a Chiropractor Little Falls MN because this condition is, by far, the most common one we see in our clinic. We combine adjustments, hands-on muscle therapy, therapeutic exercises and Corrective Movement Therapy to promote healing and stability. We also perform therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound and Electric Muscle Stimulation to provide relief quickly. We then provide you with self-care advice to keep back pain away once they’re there so that you don’t have to consistently go to a Chiropractor Little Falls MN for relief. Why? Because our goal is to provide the most complete physical care experience possible.

 

We’ll help make sure your back pain doesn’t come back

So if you’re suffering from back pain, don’t wait to find a Chiropractor Little Falls MN. Give us a call at 320-632-9224 and schedule your $37 New Patient Special today. Don’t live another day with pain. We can help. Call us!

“I had a lot of lower back pain. I was unable to bend or stand for a long period of time. Now, my back feels great! I am able to cut wood again and standing all day at work is no longer a problem.”*

 

John P.

Upsala, MN

“Before going to Dr. Grams, I had experienced extreme lower back pain and couldn’t bend over to pick up objects. I used hot and cold packs to lessen pain and improve movement. I was unable to sleep due to pain in my lower back – in any position. After going to Dr. Grams, I can do any activity that I feel I can without hesitation. Walking is much easier and sleeping is more enjoyable. Best of all – I am not constantly thinking about pain.”

Ken M.

Little Falls, MN

*Patient took great care in strictly following the treatment plan prescribed.

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