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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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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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Sep 17 2018

Simply stated, the term “spinal decompression” describes the relief of pressure on pinched nerves of the spinal column. Spinal decompression is used to treat conditions that result in chronic back pain, such as bulging discs, disc herniation, sciatica and spinal stenosis. Relief from pain can be achieved both surgically and non-surgically so be sure to ask your chiropractor if you would be a candidate for spinal decompression therapy, an alternative to invasive surgery.

What is non-surgical spinal decompression therapy?

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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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Aug 20 2018

Are you dealing with chronic back pain on a daily basis and don’t know why? What could be the cause of lower back pain? Unfortunately, as the years go by, the tension and stress that your spine has had to endure take a toll on the discs in your spine. Age-related changes also cause the discs to become drier and thinner, making them more prone to damage, ultimately leading to a degenerative spine disorder. Because the spine is a narrow column filled with nerve tissue, any change in the structural integrity or placement of the discs threatens to impinge on adjacent spinal nerves, which is often what causes painful degenerative spine symptoms.  Consult with your doctor of chiropractic to discuss degenerative spine disease as this diagnosis should not be taken lightly.

Two common types of degenerative spine disease are:

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