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The body’s ability to heal itself depends on a healthy nervous system. Events such as auto accidents, sports injuries, and repetitive stress to the back can hinder the body’s natural ability to adapt. The joints of the spine “lock up” when these events happen, limiting range of motion. Spinal joint restriction and/or misalignment irritates and puts more pressure on the spinal nerve, which can show up as back pain or neck pain.

How many Billions of Dollars did Americans spend treating lower back pain?

The lower back is the region that connects the upper body to the lower body. Since it supports the majority of the body’s weight, lower back pain is a lot more common than you might think. It is not that difficult to hurt yourself by lifting a heavy object or reaching for something. In fact, the majority of people will experience some form of lower back pain at some point in their lives. Americans spend almost $50 billion each year to treat lower back pain, which is the most common cause of missed work days and job related injury or stress.

$50 Billion Annually spent to treat lower back pain

$50 Billion Annually spent to treat lower back pain

 

There are many causes of lower back pain, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Overuse, strain, or injury
  • Aging
  • Herniated disc
  • Arthritis
  • Compression fractures
  • Illness
  • Spinal problems you were born with

Acute back pain tends to fade within a few weeks. However, if left untreated, lower back pain can become chronic, especially if you are under a lot of stress or undergoing depression.

 

 

Depending on the cause of pain, symptoms can vary from:

  • Dull pain
  • Sharp pain
  • Pain occurs over a small area
  • Pain occurs over a wide area
  •  Muscle spasms
  •  Leg symptoms (pain, numbness, tingling)

Walking and rest are perhaps the simplest treatments for lower back pain. However, if your pain persists for a few weeks, further treatment (such as massage, spinal manipulation, and muscle strengthening exercises), may be needed.

Chiropractic treatment is a very effective way to treat lower back pain. Chiropractors will use hands-on spinal manipulation, aligning the body’s musculoskeletal structure so the body can heal itself. Applying heat or cold may also be used to alleviate any pain felt as a result of the lower back pain.

Tennis stars slip and fall at Wimbledon

Tennis stars slip and fall at Wimbledon

People who have had lower back pain are very likely to have it again. In order to avoid further pain you can practice the following things

  • Practice good posture
  • Stretching and low impact exercise, such as walking, swimming, or riding a stationary bike
  • Wearing low heeled shoes
  • Sleeping on your side
  • If you sit for long periods at work, make sure your chair has good back support and take regular breaks to walk around
  • If you lift heavy things for work, talk to your human resources department to see there are other ways to do your work.
  • Do not depend on a lifting belt to protect your back.

If you are still suffering from lower back pain, make an appointment with us, Injury Clinic of Dallas, at 972-644-5555. One of our staff members will help you set up a time to come in for your free consultation and direct you to our office in Richardson, Texas and visit with our Chiropractor.

Do I have Tendinitis?

Last week we talked about bursitis, a condition directly linked to the inflammation of the bursa, one that is both restrictive and painful. To keep with the inflammation discussion, this week we’re going to take a look at another similar condition that also occurs due to inflammation; tendinitis.

Tendinitis is the swelling, inflammation and irritation of the tendon. The tendon is a fibrous structure that connects the muscle to the bone, as can be seen in the following image:

A view of the Achilles Tendon, courtesy of wikipedia.org

Tendinitis may be caused by overuse of the tendon, usually due to repetitive motion (jumper’s or runner’s knee). It can also occur as a result of injury or aging (tendons loose elasticity with time as they are used).

Tendinitis is generally diagnosed by the area it affects (typically knee, elbow, shoulder, wrist) and may feature specific symptoms for the area in question. However, universal signs of the condition may be listed as follows

  • Pain/Tenderness along a tendon
  • Pain that worsens with activity
  • Pain next to a joint (may also be bursitis)

Untreated, tendinitis may become chronic or lead to further injury of the affected area. Thus, it is important to diagnose and treat tendinitis as soon as it occurs. Failure to do so may lead to loss of range of motion, stiffness, weakness and recurring pain. In some cases, loss of function may also occur.

If you believe that you may be experiencing a form of tendinitis, call or come by the Injury Clinic of Dallas office in Richardson.

 

 

Chiropractic: A Quick Overview

What is Chiropractic?

That is perhaps one of the most frequent questions asked by those uninvolved with the field. Sure, most people have heard the word, seen a billboard or two or have some rough knowledge on the subject. But perhaps due to some of the possible controversy that has surrounded chiropractic since its beginning, the term has certainly become something rather mystical or overly complex.

However, chiropractic is neither. Simply put, chiropractic is field of medicine that seeks to diagnose and treat injuries and other ailments through stimulation and non-invasive manipulation of the spinal cord and other areas of the musculoskeletal system. It is based on the principle that if a person’s spinal joints are misaligned the rest of the body is impacted negatively.

Certainly, such focus on the musculoskeletal system tailors chiropractic to be one of the top practices when it comes to dealing with sports injuries or other forms of physical trauma. Auto accidents, broken bones, work injuries. Things that may require some sort of an invasive treatment in other practices are commonly treated by chiropractors through natural methods without any sort of surgery.

Other than the obvious problems associated with injuries of the musculoskeletal system, a chiropractor may also address other ailments of the body quite successfully. For example, a small misalignment in the spinal cord may reduce the effectiveness of other core bodily systems like the nervous system, which in turn leads to reduced resistance to disease and possibly increased risk of injury. A skillful chiropractor, by treating this misalignment would address the problem at the root, improving the overall health of the patient and saving the patient a lot of time and money in the future.

However, chiropractic does not end with the spine, nor is it limited to the musculoskeletal system. Instead, it’s a holistic approach, one that views the patient as a unique person, treating each case on an individual basis. Specifically, chiropractic seeks to improve the patient’s overall health, whether by re-aligning the spine, recommending or providing other forms of natural treatment such as massage or helping the patient to develop and adjust to a healthier lifestyle.

To sum it all up, the goal of chiropractic is to treat the person and not the disease. It seeks to target the possible problems at their roots, to diagnose and treat the real cause of the ailment instead of focusing solely on its immediate effects.

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