Pain Management For patients suffering long term pain, more specific and defined attention should be given. There are 3 primary causes of back pain in human beings:
- In younger adults (those who fall between 20-60 years of age), the problem may be coming from the disk, which is prone to degenerating and wearing down. Consequently, the inner portion protrudes out of the main portion of the disk. This is known as disk herniation.
- Another reason for pain may be attributed to conditions such as isthmic spondylolisthesis or facet joint osteoarthritis. The former occurs when one vertebral body moves forward below another due to a tiny fracture in a bone that connects two joints situated on the back side of the spine. The latter occurs in individuals 60 years of age or older, in which they will experience pain due to a breakdown of cartilage in the joints.
- Patients may also experience nerve pain from cervical spine conditions -- though neck pain tend to be less common compared to back pain. Some of the characteristics we've witnessed in patients include pain that develops gradually over the years, pain that isn't continuous, or pain that is associated with some type of activity, i.e. when riding a bike.
How we can help
To begin, we will evaluate your condition with high-tech equipment to ascertain your suitability for chiropractic treatment. If your condition can benefit from this treatment, we will schedule you in promptly so that treatment can begin immediately.
We use hands-on manipulation coupled with other treatment plans to reduce your pain. The musculoskeletal structure of the body must be properly aligned in order for the body to heal on its own. The spine is the center of focus, so if done correctly, the body should heal on its own without surgery or any other medication.
We use this form of treatment when we want to restore mobility on the painful areas. Spine manipulation is all about applying high velocity short lever arm force on the affected vertebra with the aim of improving its functionality, eliminating nerve irritability and ultimately restoring normal motion.
We also use mobilization techniques which involve manipulation of the vertebra and muscles using low-velocity force, movement as well as stretching of the joints and muscles. So at the end of it all, this should improve range of motion.