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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.

 

 

Bursitis

Last month we have covered the basics of inflammation. If you missed that article or would like a refresher, here’s a link.

Today, we’re going to take inflammation a step further and talk a bit about a condition that inflammation may lead to, bursitis.

Picture of the Bursa, courtesy of Wikipedia.org

In the picture above, we can clearly see the bursa. The bursa is a small fluid-filled sack located in between your joints. The fluid in the bursa is very much like raw egg whites or oil. It serves to reduce friction between the joints and provides cushioning. The easiest way to simulate the bursa would be to fill a small ziplock bag with oil and rub that between your hands.  Typically, the bursa in the knee, hip, shoulder and elbow come under a lot of stress which may lead to inflammation.

The inflammation of the bursa is known as bursitis. The typical causes of bursitis include

  • Stress
  • Overuse
  • Injury
  • Repetitive motion
  • Age(As we age, the joints and tendons become less flexible and can’t tolerate as much stress)

In some cases, the cause of bursitis can’t be clearly identified and maybe a combination of factors.

No matter what the cause, bursitis is a painful condition with a lot of potential to become chronic if not properly treated. Bursitis may even lead to chronic inflammation.

  • Restricted/Lost Range of Motion, the joint becomes “frozen”
  • Pain
  • Unusual swelling at the site, sometimes accompanied by fever

If you experience any of the following symptoms in the shoulder, hip, knee, heel or elbow treatment should be considered in order to prevent re-injury and worsening of the condition. Come by the Injury Clinic of Dallas today and get your Free Consultation! Our doctors and staff would be happy to help and alleviate your pain.

Tennis Elbow? But I don’t play tennis…

The so-called “Tennis Elbow” or as it’s medically known “Lateral epicondylitis” is a condition of the elbow in which the outer (lateral) part of the elbow becomes sore, tender or inflamed. The condition is caused due to the overuse or the overexertion of the elbow tendon (connective tissue between muscles and the bone) that sometimes also leads to tears.

Tennis Elbow, Elbow pain, Weak Grip, Stiffness

The condition while fairly frequent in the sport of Tennis due to the particular range of motion exercised, one doesn’t need to play to develop the condition. Any movement, especially repetitive movement, which involves the elbow, can lead to the development of the lateral epicondylitis. In fact any repetitive twisting of the wrist may lead to the condition. The risk of developing Tennis Elbow is further increased in people who have carpal tunnel syndrome or calcified rotator cuff tendonitis.

Possible symptoms of “Tennis Elbow”
  • Elbow Pain (especially lateral/back of the elbow)
  • Elbow Pain that gradually increases in intensity
  • Elbow Pain when grasping or twisting the wrist
  • Weak Grasp, Inability to grip
  • Elbow is very stiff in the morning
  • Activities that extend the wrist, like pouring water into a cup result in pain

What to do

Lateral epicondylitis is often classified as a degenerative disease. Without proper diagnosis and treatment, the condition will worsen and the intensity of the pain will increase. It is thus imperative to  stop or reduce pain-inducing activity and seek treatment.

If you believe that you may be experiencing or have been diagnosed with “tennis elbow”, call us today at 972.644.5555 or come by the Injury Clinic of Dallas office located at 905 Custer Road, Richardson,
Texas, 75080. Our doctors and staff would be happy to help alleviate your pain and help you through recovery from the condition.

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