Back Pain

Overview

Back pain is so common, that it is more uncommon to not experience back pain. It has been estimated that around 80% of people with experience back pain at some point in their lives, although a truer figure may be much higher. For the majority the level of pain is considered mild to moderate while approximately 10% have significant limitations in their activity. Symptoms may include sharp or dull pain, ache, stiffness and burning which may be associated with numbness, tingling or pins and needles. In some cases there may also be affects on bladder, bowel or other function. Back symptoms may be caused by short term stressors such as a sporting impacts and car accidents or longer term stressors such a poor ergonomics, repetitive strains and lack of exercise. The state of flexibility, strength, coordination, endurance and overall health can also affect the likelihood, type symptoms and level of pain experience which our chiropractors can help you address. The key to management of back pain at Turramurra Chiropractic is education combined with team effort between you and chiropractor to rehabilitate the problem and have you performing well.

Symptoms

  • Dull ache

  • Sharp pain

  • Burning

  • Spasm

  • Numbness

  • Localised pain

  • Diffuse pain

  • Onset sudden or slowly

  • Constant or intermittent symptoms

  • Pins and needles

  • Chronic or acute symptoms

Causes

There are numerous causes of back pain and can either be short-lived (acute) or long-lasting pain that lasts longer than 3 months (chronic). One of the most common causes of back pain is muscle or ligament strain. This can be brought about by heavy improper lifting, injury, or sudden and awkward movements. Back pain can also be caused by bulging or ruptured discs (discs are the cushioning between bones), which places extra pressure on the spinal nerve. Osteoarthritis can also cause back pain and can even lead to spinal stenosis (or the narrowing of the canal around the spinal cord). Another medical condition that can cause back pain is spinal spondylosis (or spinal degeneration), which causes the vertebrae disc to not do its job of providing cushioning between the discs, resulting in pain and discomfort.

There are also a number of factors that can increase your likelihood of experiencing back pain, including being overweight, smoking, pregnancy, having a sedentary lifestyle, poor posture and lack of exercise, all these contribute to back pain.

Diagnosis

Back pain is diagnosed after a physical examination and check on one’s medical history, with questions pertaining to what might have caused the onset of pain, the type of pain, where exactly is the pain and if they have experienced any other discomfort/pain recently. Radiographic/diagnostic imaging may be needed such as X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, Bone scans or EMGs to determine the cause of the pain.

Chiropractic Care

The purpose of chiropractic care at Turramurra Chiropractic is help you to be able to do the thing that you love to do and to do them well. To do this it is first necessary to get a clear picture of the problem which is done by taking a thorough history and performing a comprehensive assessment. Understanding your history is critical to identifying the cause(s) and contributing factors that have led your health to where it is currently. The assessment includes a neurological, orthopaedic, motion, posture examinations amongst others. In some cases further investigation may be required. Once we have all the relevant information we will discuss your specific needs and develop a plan of action with you. There will be ample opportunity for you to discuss the proposed care and ask any questions before proceeding.

 

Do you or some one you know have back pain? Give us a call on 9440 8003 to discuss.

 

References
Mayo Clinic. (2019). Back pain – Symptoms and causes. [online] Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/back-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20369906.
Peggy Pletcher, C. (2019). Back pain: Causes, symptoms, and treatments. [online] Medical News Today. Available at: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/172943.php.
Yeganeh, Mohsen (May 1, 2017). “The effectiveness of acupuncture, acupressure and chiropractic interventions on treatment of chronic nonspecific low back pain in Iran: A systematic review and meta-analysis”. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 27: 11–18.