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Nov 20 2017

What is involved in spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy involves stretching the spine, using a traction table or similar motorized device, with the goal of relieving back pain and/or leg pain. This procedure is called nonsurgical spinal decompression.

Spinal decompression is an alternative therapy designed with the goal of alleviating pain and promoting healing of the intervertebral disc. It is often recommended as a treatment alternative for many types of lower back pain, sciatica (leg pain), or neck pain caused by a herniated disc, bulging disc, or degenerated disc.

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Oct 23 2017

Back Chiropractor Discusses Back Pain and Posture

Low back pain is one of the most common ailments that chiropractors treat. That’s probably because MOST of us will suffer from low back pain that requires outside help at some point in our lives! Posture has long been studied as a potential cause of low back pain.

A December 2014 study looked at posture in two groups of lower back pain patients and its relationship with problems associated with intervertebral disk diseases. The low back area has an arched or inward curve called the “lumbar lordosis” (or, the “swayback” area), and is variable in terms of the angle or amount of arch, and normally differs between males and females. This arch can be attributed to the cause of low back pain in some people.

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Aug 21 2017

This is the million dollar question many people ask when they suffer from chronic back pain! When a nerve in the low back becomes pinched or irritated, the body will protect the delicate nerves by keeping the body from moving and risking further nerve injury. The easiest way for the body to do this is to cause the back muscles to spasm in the injured area.

Once the body starts to feel pain, seek the services of a doctor of chiropractic for an examination to find the root cause of the back pain. Then, the right low back pain treatment can be prescribed. In the meantime, here are a few tips to see you through your low back pain:

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Sep 25 2017

When patients are complaining of low back pain, it is not uncommon for pain to arise from areas other than the low back, such as the hip. There are many tissues in the low back and hip region that are susceptible to injury with overlapping pain pathways that often make it challenging to isolate the truly injured area.

When considering the anatomy of the low back (lumbar spine) and hip, and the nerves that innervate the hip comes from the low back, it’s no wonder that differentiating between the two conditions is often difficult. Complaints may include the inside, outside, front, or back of the thigh, the knee, the buttocks, the sacroiliac joint, or the low back and yet, the hip may truly be the pain generator with any of these presentations. To make diagnosis even more complex, the hip pain patient may present one day with what appears to be sciatic nerve pain (that is, pain shooting down the back of the leg to the knee if mild or to the foot if more severe) but the next visit, with only groin pain.

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Jul 24 2017

Many patients perform some self-care when they first hurt their lower back, hoping this will keep them out of a doctor’s office. While home remedies can sometimes make the pain go away, it really doesn’t alleviate the cause of the pain. When the back is first hurt, it’s often is a sprain/strain type of injury with accompanying muscle spasm.

When a nerve in the low back becomes pinched or irritated, the body will protect the delicate nerves by keeping you from moving and risking further nerve injury. The easiest way for the body to do this is to cause the back muscles to spasm in the injured area.

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