I was recently asked this question, along with another regarding exercises to try when sitting at a desk for many hours a day. The two questions are linked so I will answer them both together as one blog post here.
The first thing to realize with back and neck pain is that the majority of the time both conditions are related to gravity and poor posture. At a desk, neck problems are prevalent and they can also cause issues in the lower back as well. Why? Because of our posture. At a desk, we are more inclined to lean with the head tilted forwards and the head pushed forward as well. The natural and proper posture should be to sit up straight with head up, which means the monitor should be at eye level. The effects of gravity in this position are minimal and everything is good.
Back pain can be very painful and there are many causes. The good news is that there are many options and treatments that you can try in order to alleviate pain. The most common reason we see patients here at Back Pain Relief Center in Vineland is due to compression. So that means joints are compressed, they’re perhaps pushing on nerves, discs may be herniated or more. The severity depends on a variety of factors including previous injuries or traumas, condition of the spine, age and deterioration and more. So what can be done? Let’s take a look at some things you can do yourself and more professional treatments.
Cracking is one of the biggest things associated with chiropractors. It’s no different for us here at our chiropractor’s office here in Vineland. Chiropractic care is hands on manipulation and cracking does come with the territory, but it doesn’t have to.
Before we look at cracking, let’s go into what we are looking to achieve with an adjustment.
The essential things are to decompress the joint. So decompressing the joint releases pressure, realigns things, gets the joint functioning properly and ultimately reduces inflammation and pain. That’s the goal of chiropractic.
No matter what type of doctor you choose to manage your pain, most all of them have the similar goal to get you out of pain, and feeling better as quickly as possible. There is a certain protocol of care that all of these doctors take, but do have some differences. The more you can understand this, you will be able to make better decisions on where exactly to go to get treatment. We understand that it can be quite frustrating when you are not responding to a treatment as well as you thought you would.
Hi! Your Vineland chiropractor here. Just want to share a bit about myself and what I have put my body through over the years which in turn has led to back pain. How I manage my pain has been key to how I continue to live my life, do the things I love to do and to continue my profession in chiropractic.
Here is a bit of background information about myself: I am 49 years old and have been lifting weights since I was quite young. I’ve also done judo since I was 4 years old, and began jujitsu about 8 years ago. My normal weekly schedule looks like this: Lifting weights three days a week, Judo (a lot of throwing) three days a week, Jujitsu, (a lot of people tugging on my arms), surfing, and on Sunday, jogging as active rest. I also travel on a plane once per week, which tends to be uncomfortable.
How to Know When its Time for Back Surgery
This is a question I am faced with a few times a year with patients in my Vineland practice. I am grateful that it doesn’t happen too often, but nonetheless, it is sad when things have got so bad that this becomes the only solution.
There are three major factors that can lead a patient towards the consideration of back surgery. They are:
- When a patient is suffering from unrelenting pain. They have pain no matter what treatment they have tried. It could be chiropractic, pain killers, acupuncture, cold laser therapy, massage, injections and even manipulation under anesthesia. When all these treatments have been tried and they have not succeeded, then surgery may be considered.
- If body functions are not good, so perhaps you are finding numbness or tingling that won’t go away or you are struggling to walk or even hold a cup of coffee properly. These could all be neurological factors that are preventing the signals getting to the brain and thus causing your motions to not work properly.
- If an MRI comes back and shows a problem with a disc herniation which is pushing on the spinal cord and compressing it. At that point, it’s vital to have surgery to correct the problem before it causes serious damage. This is why we normally send you away for MRI scans to enable us to fully understand what’s going on with a serious problem.
We understand that the thought of surgery can be quite scary and certainly shouldn’t be taken lightly, which is why we always suggest trying all treatments first before making the decision.