Canadians spend between 6-12 billion dollars a year managing lower back pain, making it one of the most expensive conditions. Back pain also prevents people from working, which means that it costs more in lost productivity. Some people are forced to receive disability payments because their back pain prevents them from working.
Whether it presents as a sharp shooting pain or a dull ache, back pain forces people to seek professional help. People who suffer from back pain will either visit a doctor, a physiotherapist, or a chiropractor.
Back pain affects millions of people in Canada. It can be so debilitating as to affect their ability to go to work or school, since they spend many hours of their day sitting. Back pain can make it very difficult to do simple things like sitting down, standing up, lifting things, and driving.
People can develop back pain because of lifting heavy things, growing old, physical injuries, and pregnancy, among other causes.
If you have back pain, a back pain chiropractor can assess you and recommend a treatment plan. Chiropractors will typically apply three types of remedies:
Chiropractors use Soft Tissue Therapy to relax sore muscles and help reduce tightness in muscles at the source of the pain. Sometimes, they use manual release therapy whereby they put some pressure on the muscles while stretching them.
They can also use Trigger Point Therapy of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy. The former involves direct pressure on the tense part of the muscle while the former involves gentle pressure using a tool.
Chiropractors sometimes use manual therapy to get joints back to moving the way they are supposed to. They gently stretch the joint. This joint can be slow or quick depending on the situation.
A back pain Chiropractor can also give you simple exercises to relieve pain and keep it away. Exercise therapy may include lifting, posture and other strategies to keep the body from getting injured again.
Don’t be tempted to ignore back pain. Ignoring it will not help the situation. Things can get worse instead of better. Take immediate measures to treat both the root cause and the symptoms that you are suffering from.
Contact Vitalpoint chiropractic as soon as possible if you find it difficult to carry out your daily activities.
Chronic pain can be musculoskeletal or neuropathic. Musculoskeletal pain (MSK), affects the muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Neuropathic pain has more to do with damage to the tissue or nerves. If your pain feels like a burning sensation or something shooting, then it is most likely neuropathic pain.
If you have been in pain for at least three months then yours is a case of chronic pain.
Chronic pain is surprisingly common. More than half of Canadians suffer from chronic pain, either in the back, the neck, or joints. Trauma from accidents like car crashes and falls cause pain, as does injury from sports.
Causes of Chronic Pain
In certain cases, the pain does not seem to have a cause. In this case, underlying conditions like spinal stenosis might be to blame. Spinal Stenosis narrows the spinal canal and compresses nerves. Osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis cause pain and inflammation in the joints.
It is not always easy to identify the real cause of chronic pain. Because of the training and experience, Chiropractors can easily assess musculoskeletal disorders and identify the source of the pain as well as come up with a therapy plan that benefits the patients.
Acute pain may last for around six weeks and sometimes goes away without any intervention.
Chiropractors offer lifestyle counselling, helping you to adjust your lifestyle and adopt movements that strengthen your core so that it does not exacerbate the problem.
If you have three headaches in a row, it can also be considered a case of chronic pain. Some headaches are so bad, they are debilitating. Nutritional triggers can cause headaches. Environmental triggers can also cause headaches. Other times, stress, muscular problems and spinal problems can cause headaches.
Part of a chiropractor’s job is to identify sources of pain and assess their severity. The remedy can be joint or muscle therapy or changes in nutrition.
People who suffer joint pains have other conditions that exacerbate the situation. Issues like insomnia and pain are known to exacerbate pain.
Chiropractic Care works well together with exercise. Combining chiropractic care with exercise greatly increases your chances or alleviating or eradicating pain. Our chiropractor will advise you on the best exercises.
Our chiropractors work to restore the optimal balance of the spine in order to relieve pain and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. We are most commonly called upon to handle lower back pain as well as headaches.
Management & Care
The first time you visit Vitalpoint chiropractic, you will be evaluated and asked to provide information about your symptoms. In certain cases, we will ask for X rays to help us better understand what is going on in your body.
Visiting a chiropractor may not guarantee that your pain will disappear instantly. You may have to go through a long-term care plan and make lifestyle changes but there will be some immediate improvements.
We may include massage as part of the therapy. Be sure to thoroughly discuss different therapies before committing yourself to one with us.
A chiropractor’s repertoire of remedies includes nutritional supplements, diet changes, physical activity, electrical stimulation, hot and cold packs, and other remedies.
At our office, Dr. Jenna or Lisa Kim will evaluate your whole spine to identify the cause and support you in getting the appropriate treatment. If you have any questions about how our team at Vitalpoint Chiropractic - your back pain chiropractors - can help you, please schedule a consultation today.
Book in now to learn more about why your lower back pain persists, what you can do about it, and how you can regain the confidence and quality of movement you deserve!