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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.

Open House at Injury Clinic of Dallas. Kids Welcome!

We will be having an Open House on May 30th from 4-7pm.

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During our Open House you will be able to:

  • Tour our facility!
  • Meet Dr. Bahadori and her awesome staff!
  • Margaritas, hors d’oeuvres, and wine will be served to the adults
  • Bring your kids too! There will be a bounce house and face painting available for the kids to enjoy.

Check out our flyer!  If you would like more information, please contact us!

Injury Clinic of Dallas
905 Custer Road, Richardson, TX, 75080
972.644.5555 Phone
972.744.0078 Fax
info@injuryclinicdallas.com

Herniated Discs and You

A Herniated Disc: What is it?

Your spine is one of the most important structures in your body. In fact, early chiropractic practitioners firmly believed that by treating the spine one could treat nearly all of the common ailments that affect the general public, from back injury to flu. This is due to the fact that the spine is in many ways the defining structure within our bodies. It keeps us upright, provides protection to the neural network (also known as the spinal cord) that connects directly to the brain and serves as the basis for our skeletal system. While it’s a complex construction, the spinal column essentially consists of two main parts:

  • Vertebrae or the small bones that form the spine and give it it’s shape and structure
  • Spinal Discs or cartilage that lies between and connects the vertebrae, allowing for vertebrae movement and thus acting as a ligament

A Picture of various spine condtions such as herniated disc and degenerative disc

A herniated or slipped disc is a condition of spine in which the disc between the vertebrae of the spinal column moves out of place.

Typically, the disc “slips” out as a result of injury or due to an overly strenuous activity, such as lifting heavy weights. The most common place this occurs is in the lower back (lumbar spine) area; however the neck (cervical spine) discs are also likely to slip, often as a result of whiplash-like injuries. The slipping of the disc serves to limit one’s mobility and often leads to sharp, severe pain in different parts of the body, depending on the location of the herniated disc. Lumbar herniated discs lead to sharp to severe pain in the legs, hips and buttocks. Cervical herniated discs lead to sharp to severe pain in the shoulders and arms. Herniated discs also often lead to numbness in the affected areas or a general feeling of weakness.

Due to the severity of the injury and the vast negative side effects, it’s imperative to properly diagnose and treat the herniated disc fast. Once again, if you demonstrate any of the following symptoms

  • Sharp/Stinging pain in the arms, shoulders, legs, hips or buttocks
  • Numbness in the arms, shoulders, legs, hips, or buttocks
  • Feeling of general weakness in arms, shoulders, legs, hips or buttocks

Or you sustain or think you have sustained one of the following injuries

  • Spinal Injury
  • Whiplash
  • An injury due to lifting heavy weights/overexertion

It is imperative for you to seek a proper diagnosis and treatment. Without it, the condition may worsen over time and lead to the worsening of symptoms and in some cases severe spinal injury.

So, if you think you may have a herniated disc, call us at 972.644.5555 or come by the Injury Clinic of Dallas Office at 905 Custer Road, Richardson, TX, 75080. Our doctor’s and staff would be happy to help with your treatment and recovery as well as answer any further questions you may have about your condition.

Inflammation : A Burning Inside

Inflammation, from the Latin “inflammo”, literally means to “set alight” or “ignite”. We’ve all experienced different forms inflammation. Some of us may even have chronic inflammation.

Throughout our lives, we hardly bother with the nature of inflammation. In fact, the only thing we concern ourselves with is the fact that it is there and what the potential causes may be. After all, there is hardly any reason to dig deeper, is there?

Sort of. Inflammation is a key body process, the first line of defense our body has. In pathophysiology, it’s often referred to as a non-specific immune response; the body’s first response to loss of homeostasis.

Non-specific immunity? Homeostasis? Wait, what?

Shoulder Inflammation

Let me back up a tad. Non-specific immunity, also known as “innate” immunity is our body’s general response to a problem. In a way it is regimented and organized damage control. It is not guaranteed to work, does not necessarily address the problem or the cause fully, but it is better than doing nothing. If anything it buys our body the much needed time to develop more specific means to dealing with the problems at hand.

Now, next on our list is “homeostasis”. The principle of homeostasis is actually fairly simple. The body likes to maintain equilibrium. It doesn’t like drastic change and is designed to counteract the change, if it occurs.  In essence, if the external or the internal environment changes, the body responds.

Let’s return back to our discussion of inflammation. Now that we have established that inflammation is natural, let us further examine the causes as well the process by which it works.

Causes of Inflammation:

There is a wide range of causes for inflammation. From injury to disease, it would take forever to list them all. The most common causes of inflammation encountered in chiropractic usually involve muscle, tendon and joint inflammation, which have a fairly wide amount of causes. Some of the more prevalent ones, such as tendonitis and bursitis will be covered further in depth in follow up articles.

The Process: What happens during inflammation?

As inflammation is non-specific, it’s a pretty standard and general process among all, one that can be broken down into the following steps

  1. Inflammation inducing process occurs. For example, a nerve is pinched.
  2. The pinched nerve or an injured area releases histamines.  Histamines are chemical compounds that serve as markers/triggers for local immune responses.
  3. The release of histamines leads to the dilation of capillaries and the blood flow to the area is increased. The area typically becomes noticeably redder in color.
  4. Increased blood flow and dilation of the surrounding area leads to swelling.
  5. The area typically feels warm or hot to the touch.
  6. Damaged tissue releases proteins that attract white blood cells such as phagocytes whose primary job is to ingest and digest harmful foreign particles, bacteria and dying/dead cells.
  7. The build up of white cells and may lead to pus formation.
  8. Hopefully, the immune response succeeds and histamines are no longer released. Affected area returns to normal as the stimulus is removed

Inflammation: The Good and the Bad

The most common problem with inflammation is the fact that it’s nonspecific and thus may be a result of a false stimulus. It could also be an onset of a completely unrelated stimulus, such as allergies, thus creating more problems within the body than solving.

When dealing with inflammation, it’s important to remember that while some types of inflammation are welcome and necessary for body function, there are others that are not. For example, inflammation post-exercise or strenuous activity is natural and to be expected.  However, if such inflammation begins to persist past a fairly short period of time, it may become more harmful and needs to be dealt with as such.

Reducing Inflammation and its Negative Effects

  1. Hydrate. Or as my coach used to say, on the top of his lungs through a megaphone “HYDRATE,HYDRATE,HYDRATE!!!” Other than the commonly held benefits of hydration, it’s paramount when it comes to reducing swelling and inflammation.  Inflammation requires water for its reactions and if we want it to pass fast and smoothly, it is imperative we provide it with everything it needs to perform its job quickly.
  2. Use Cold Therapy. Applying things such as Ice, frozen peas or cool running water to an inflamed area may help control or reduce the inflammation if needed. Cool temperatures slow the blood flow to the local area and swelling as well as heat is reduced. However, do not overdo it. The recommended length for icing a swollen area is no more than 20 minutes at a time.

In our next blog post, I’ll go in more detail about bursitis, a specific type of inflammation that affects the hip, shoulders, knees and elbows.

If you are suffering from inflammation, contact our office to schedule an appointment to visit with one of our chiropractors. Call us at 972-644-5555.

 

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