Do You Have Back Pain in Grand Rapids MI?
Are you experiencing back pain? Perhaps it just started, and it’s already affecting how you live your life. Or maybe you’ve already consulted your doctor, a physical therapist, or an acupuncturist without success. Too often medical professionals spend their time trying to diagnose what is wrong with their patients. Their treatments will often be a steady diet of painkillers that only mask pain and do nothing to heal it.
Unfortunately, it’s all too common to ignore why the pain is there - when that is precisely what you need to know. If you don’t understand why you have back pain, you can’t do anything to heal it, and you will remain in pain until you do.
At Platinum Chiropractic Grand Rapids MI we focus our attention on determining the reason for your back pain. We do this by examining four pillars of function:
- Balance and stability
- Strength and coordination
- Flexibility and quality of motion
By performing a complete and comprehensive evaluation of these four pillars, we are able to see what is causing the dysfunction and back pain. From there, we work with our patients to address any areas of weakness. We use a combination of regenerative and functional medicine, chiropractic care in Grand Rapids MI, massage therapy, and progressive focused rehabilitation. We are able to help them heal their own bodies and fix their back pain! We are able to get real results that enable our patients to move with full of motion again and without debilitating pain.
Back Pain in Grand Rapids MI
So what is the cause of back pain? The number of injuries, misalignments, and conditions that cause back pain seems endless. Due to the complex structure of the back that is required to absorb stress while permitting movement, many elements of this structure such as tendons, ligaments, discs, muscles, and bones can become irritated or damaged resulting in pain. Sometimes it is severe trauma, such as a car accident, that can result in back pain and other times it is minor repetitive stress that causes the most damage. Therefore, you may not be able to recall any particular event that caused the onset of your pain. In addition to all of these possibilities, physical injury is not always the primary cause. Fortunately, our doctors at Platinum Chiropractic in Grand Rapids MI have many years of education and experience to determine the correct diagnosis and direct you to the most appropriate line of care. Without an accurate diagnosis and treatment, even the most minor conditions can develop into serious lifelong conditions.
As mentioned previously, there is a multitude of causes for back pain, however, some of them are more common than others. The following are some of the most common causes of lower back pain that are seen and treated at Platinum Chiropractic.
Disc Bulges or Herniations:
One of the most common and painful causes of back pain in Grand Rapids MI is a disc bulge or herniation. It is important to recognize that not all disc bulges or herniations result in pain. It has been found through MRI studies of numerous patients that as much as 37% of the American population has a disc bulge or herniation and the vast majority of them are experiencing no pain or other related symptoms. Unfortunately, the people who are experiencing pain often describe it as severe and intense. The type of pain that is experienced due to a disc herniation depends on the type and position of the herniation. If the damaged disc is irritating a surrounding nerve, shooting pain and weakness into the legs may develop. The discomfort is often described as stabbing and lightning-like. To understand how a disc herniation develops, it is best to think of the disc as a jelly doughnut. If the outer edges of the doughnut (disc) are damaged over time, most typically from wear and tear, the jelly in the middle of the disc can escape causing damage to surrounding structures. Once this process has completed it is often very difficult to reverse. However, chiropractic care has been shown to prevent the advancement of herniation and provide relief from the associated pain.
Subluxations are one of the most commonly overlooked contributors to back pain. Subluxation is a medical term used to basically describe a vertebra in our spine that is out of position. When these subluxations occur, normal movement is disrupted, and a cascade of events (including pain) can occur. Subluxations can occur anywhere in the spine and there are almost an unlimited amount of factors that can cause them. Causes of subluxations range from physical trauma, stress, and toxins. Just as stress can contribute to the formation of an ulcer in the gut, it can also cause physiological changes in the body that result in the vertebrae in our back becoming out of position. The time frame to correct subluxations varies by the individual, but our chiropractors at Platinum Chiropractic are one of the few professionals trained in their correction.
Muscular Sprains and Tendon or Ligament Strains:
Strains and sprains can occur in anyone, but they typically occur in people who begin tasks and work these structures in ways they are not used too. For example, a person who attempts to run a marathon during their first outing in the summer is likely to overwork these structures causing damage. Ligament sprains are typically caused by stretching the involved ligament past its limits, creating tears. Muscular strains are commonly caused by lifting too heavy of an object and twisting motions. Strains and sprains of the ligaments and muscles in the back can be extremely painful and is often accompanied by swelling and bruising of the surrounding area. Strains and sprains are intimately intertwined with the spine and therefore, typically respond well to chiropractic care. Our Platinum Chiropractic is fully equipped to provide comprehensive treatment of these injuries.
Stress and Back Pain
People who are chronically under stress have a very different physiological profile then those who are not. When our bodies are under intense stress, it releases various stress hormones to adapt to the situation. Some of the adaptive mechanisms include; an elevated heart rate, an increased blood pressure, an altered immune system, decreased bone density, and decreased muscle mass. If this response is prolonged, elevated stress levels have been shown to contribute to the development of heart disease, digestive issues, depression, obesity, and back pain. All of the tension produced by the stress hormones causes a contraction of muscle tissue that produces “trigger points”. These trigger points can be extremely painful, but thankfully they are treated with a high success rate at our Platinum Chiropractic.
Can Chiropractic Help my Back Pain?
When health care professionals, such as chiropractors, treat the cause of back pain rather than the symptoms, the treatment of back pain becomes less complicated. All of the above-stated causes of back pain have one factor in common, misalignments of the vertebrae in the spine. Luckily, our doctors at Platinum Chiropractic are specially trained in their treatment. That is why multiple studies have shown chiropractic care to be the most effective form of treatment for the various causes of back pain. As with any condition, it is recommended to take a conservative, effective, and non-invasive approach to the treatment of back pain first. We will take the time to listen to you, determine what is happening in your body, and create a unique treatment plan to resolve your back pain. Call us today to set up an appointment for an initial consultation and evaluation.
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