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Feb 18 2019

Many people want to find a low back pain cure that will take care of their back pain once and for all! However, if there is any interference between the spinal column and the nervous system, they will continue to experience pain. Here are a few facts about these two systems:

  • Nervous System: The nervous system is the center of your thoughts, memory, learning, and consciousness. All of your internal organs receive the nerve supply from your spine.
  • Spinal Column: The spine consists of 24 vertebrae plus the sacrum and coccyx.  It has four main functions:  enclose and protect the spinal cord; support the hips and shoulders; serve as an attachment to the muscles, and support the head and ribs.
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Jan 28 2019

The answer to this question is simply “yes!” Traditional treatments for back and spine problems include surgery, medication, or physical therapy. However, spinal decompression therapy is an FDA-approved treatment that is a safe and effective alternative to back surgery.  It is used by chiropractors to relieve back pain and other problems associated with spinal disc injuries.

Spine decompression therapy is described as non-invasive and provides gentle decompression of the disc with an applied distraction force to the targeted area of the spine (the compressed disc). This gently elongates the spine, creating a small vacuum between the vertebrae which then helps pull the disc back into shape.

Safer than surgery or medication, there are still certain risks involved with spinal decompression therapy.  It should not be used:

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Nov 19 2018

Back pain can come and go--temporary relief followed by frustration. Pain is considered chronic if it lasts three months or longer, and is often age-related.  But it can also be the result of a prior injury. Have you been told that surgery is your only option to relieve your chronic back pain?

Low back pain can improve with time (it may take months or years) as the natural aging process as the disc space has less motion. With continued degeneration, bony growth around the disc will try to capture the excess motion. Because degenerative disc disease is, for the most part, a non-crippling, non-progressive type of back condition, continuing non-surgical treatments to manage the painful symptoms is always an option.

Only the patient can decide if the pain and inability to perform normal daily activities is bad enough to warrant spinal fusion (or any other) type of surgery. And the best way for a patient to make an informed decision is to fully understand the trade-offs between spinal fusion and other non-surgical and surgical treatment options. Don’t make rushed decisions for extensive medical procedures until the origin of the pain is found. Not only may they not help; they could make the pain worse.

What are some Back Surgery Alternatives?

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Dec 24 2018

Are you wondering how to relieve your lower back pain?  The better question might be, “What can I do to prevent my lower back pain?” Almost everyone has low back pain at some point in their life. The good news is that most lower back pain will go away in a few days or weeks with some basic self-care. But if your pain continues for longer than a few weeks, look for a doctor of chiropractic who can find the cause and provide low back pain treatment.

Some people are afraid that doing too much may make their back pain worse. Most doctors would agree that, in most cases, performing your normal activities is good for you as long as you avoid activities that would make your back pain worse.

What can I do to prevent my lower back pain?

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Oct 22 2018

Back pain seems to be a modern epidemic. It's been proven that more than 80% of Americans either have, or at some point in their life, will experience severe lower back pain.  For many, it will occur many times during their lifetime. Acute low back pain is most often caused by a sudden injury to the muscles and ligaments supporting the back, which can result in muscle spasms or a strain or tear in the muscles and ligaments. You will usually first feel back pain just after you lift a heavy object, move suddenly, sit in one position for a long time, or have an injury or accident.

Causes of sudden lower back pain include:

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