How chiropractic care can help treat your back and neck pain
Often severe back pain and neck pain can make it difficult for you to do even the most mundane daily chores, like getting out of bed. The reasons for your back pain or neck pain can vary greatly; however, the most common reason is due to bad posture.
Having bad or improper posture while sitting, standing or walking can cause alignment problems over time and then pain which can restrict your movements. If left untreated this misalignment can cause many additional problems throughout the body.
What causes Back and Neck Pain
The exact causes of back and neck pain can be difficult to determine, especially if it has been occurring for a long time; however, experienced chiropractors in Dickson can help diagnose the cause with x-rays and physical assessment. Here are some of the most common things that can cause the back and neck pains you might be experiencing:
Strenuous activities – Pushing yourself beyond your limits or capabilities can be good for achieving greater feats, but too much or too far beyond your limit can bring on severe back and neck pain. Take it slow, stretch and don’t ignore your body’s warning.
Repetitive work – If your work requires repetitive actions, and you don’t take breaks, you can strain your muscles causing back and neck pain
Improper lifting of heavy objects – Most people do not lift objects properly, with their legs. They don’t have the proper posture and strain their backs lifting heavy or even not so heavy items. This is one of the main reasons for neck and back pain. If you think the item might be too heavy, stop and get help before lifting.
Trauma or injury – A trauma or injury (like a car accident or fall) to the ligaments or muscles of the neck can cause severe back pain or neck pain. A car accident can also cause your body to move and/or twist uncontrollably. If you are in an accident, see your chiropractor, Dr. Scott Jutte, at Dickson Chiropractic to make sure you don’t end up with a stiff neck or a misaligned spine. If left untreated this stiffness or misalignment can lead to pain in your upper back, shoulders and even arms.
Degeneration of vertebrae – There are little cushions between the bones of your spine called discs. These discs start to lose their sponge like ability over time for various reasons. Aging, infections, tumors and arthritis can cause the degeneration of your vertebrae or spine leading to the loss of its normal function. This degeneration of the spine and spinal discs can cause pain that radiates to various parts of your body since the spinal nerves reach nearly everywhere.
You can also have a herniated disc, which is when the disc extends past its’ normal point. This can cause the disc to push on the spinal nerves which will also cause a lot of pain. If this happens, Spinal Decompression at chiropractic clinics like Dickson Chiropractic can help.
Bone spurs – Bone spurs are extra bone growths in unexpected places on your bones. Depending on the location of the bone spurs, the area with the bone spur can be very painful.
Muscle spasms – Stress, injury, poor posture, and overuse can cause muscle spasms in the neck or back. When a muscle extends and contracts unexpectedly, this could cause you to feel pain in the neck and lower back.
Joint problem – Joint problems such as arthritis (the swelling and tenderness of joints) can cause severe pain since your body is not expecting the inflammation.
Osteoporosis – Osteoporosis could cause compression fractures in the spine. These fractures may pinch the nerves which can lead to intense back and neck pain.
Unfortunately, you may also experience numbness and tingling in your body.
The pain is your body’s way of telling you there is a problem; however, if the pain stays for a while, you can also develop numbness and/or tingling in the pain area, or even in a related area that doesn’t have the pain. This is usually due to the nerves having problems communicating.
Chiropractic care centers in Dickson, TN, such as Dickson Chiropractic, have experienced chiropractors on staff that can assess the problem and provide a solution. The sooner you speak with your Dickson chiropractor, like Dr. Scott Jutte, the faster you can get relief from your pain.
Pain is great body indicator that something is wrong. But too much pain and/or pain for too long can become even more detrimental and sometimes life threatening.
Sudden pain, like those that occur from an injury is considered an “acute pain.” On the other hand, pain that goes on for weeks, months or longer is termed “chronic pain.”
While acute pain is bad, chronic pain can cause further complications like:
Disability – Pain can be disabling. You may not be able to have the motion you used to have, your body could become stiff from lack of use and your daily life activities could come to a halt.
Depression – Over time the body’s need to deal with the pain can cause mental anguish and eventually depression. Don’t live in constant pain. Talk with your Dickson, TN chiropractor, Dr. Scott Jutte, today. 615-375-8423
Muscle Weakness – If a part of your body is in pain, you are not going to want to use it. This limits your motion and over time can weaken that part of the body due to lack of use and loss of muscle strength.
Should you see a Chiropractor?
Don’t let pain control your life. For nearly 30 years, Dr. Scott Jutte of Dickson Chiropractic has been helping people just like you get relief from their pain, improve their mobility and feel better. No drugs, no surgery.