SPINAL SPRAINS and STRAINS
Sprains and strains are one of the most common causes of both upper and lower back pain. A sprain is a result of either overstretching or tearing of a ligament (the connective tissue that connects two bones or cartilages), while a strain occurs when a person overstretches or tears a tendon (the connective tissue that unites muscles to the bone) or muscle.
These injuries can be due to overuse, twisting awkwardly, sports injuries, or lifting something improperly or too heavy. This may also lead to nerve irritation and dysfunction. Nearly everything in your body receives messages by the way of nerves and the nervous system. Do you feel you may have better health if your nerves to your heart, blood vessels and lungs were getting the full power without restriction? We feel its an interesting and simple answer.
The pain in the back is often severe and usually comes on suddenly. It is usually eased by lying still and is often aggravated by movements of your back, or with coughing or sneezing.
The intensity of the back pain depends on the extent of a herniated disc, i.e., bigger the herniation, more will be the pain. One sign may be the location of the pain. Although pain can develop in any part of your spine, herniated disks most commonly occur in the lumbar spine (lower part of your backbone), just above your hips. This pain can also radiate from your back to your buttocks, thighs, calves, to even your ankles. Pain in the nerve roots occurs because a nerve originating from the spinal cord is irritated by the inflammation and swelling caused by the prolapsed disc or trapped or pressed on by a slipped disc. Although the problem may lie in the back, you can feel pain anywhere along the route of the nerve along with the back pain. Therefore, you may experience pain, pins and needles maybe even numbness below your thighs as far as your calf or ankles. Pain in the nerve root can range from mild to severe, but it is usually worse than a pain in the back. People often describe this nerve root pain as a burning pain that radiates into the legs.
ARTHRITIS of the SPINE
Usually, you will have pain worse in the morning or even after inactivity.
Symptoms usually start slowly and get worse as time goes by. Pain and stiffness may be worst when you first wake up or after sitting for a long time. Pain can also get bad after being very active.
- Stiffness and a loss of flexibility: Turning your neck or straightening your back may be tough.
- Pain: Your low back is the most common site of pain.
- Crepitus: You may have a feeling of grinding when moving.
- Tenderness and swelling: Your back along the affected joints may be sore to the touch.
Chiropractic has successfully helped these conditions. Focused Decompression Treatment of the spine is noninvasive. Many patients have been amazed describing the treatment as simple and painless. Call us today and let us help you get back to doing the things you want.