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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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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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Jun 26 2017

Spinal Decompression Therapy: Do you know what it means?

You may be asking, “What is spine decompression?” Simply stated, it is defined as the relief of pressure on one or many pinched nerves of the spinal column. It is used to treat conditions that result in chronic back pain such as a bulging disc, herniated disc, sciatica, and spinal stenosis. Spinal decompression can be achieved both surgically and non-surgically. If you are suffering from back pain caused by any of the conditions mentioned above, you may be a candidate for spinal decompression therapy, an effective alternative to invasive back surgery.

Spinal Decompression Therapy -- the safe, non-surgical alternative to surgery!

To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy, seek the professional advice of a chiropractor who specializes in back pain. They don’t just mask the symptoms of pain with medication but treat the root cause. Spinal decompression therapy is promoted as safe and effective without the normal risks associated with invasive procedures such as injections, anesthesia or surgery.

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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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May 29 2017

Many patients are looking for a low back pain cure to end their pain for good. They may not understand about the connection between the spinal column and the nervous system and how any interference between the two systems can be the cause of much pain. Here are a few facts about these two systems:

The Nervous System: The nervous system is the center of your thoughts, memory, learning, and consciousness. All of your internal organs receive a nerve supply from your spine. Did you know that your nerves control . . .

  • Muscle tension
  • Blood vessel openings
  • Glandular function
  • Spatial orientation (proprioception)
  • Pain
  • Touch
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Taste
  • Body temperature, and
  • Other senses.
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