How does chiropractic work is the theme of this blog. The majority of pain issues we see here at our Vineland office of Back Pain Relief Center are due to compression of the joints. So what happens is, your joints compress (through wear and tear, an injury, gravity, poor posture and a multitude of other things), the compression causes dysfunction, which in turn generates inflammation and then pain. If untreated or not rectified, then the compression can get worse due to scar tissue forming which generates more inflammation and more pain. The good news is chiropractic care helps to get you back to normal.
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.
I was recently sent a message by someone in Toronto of all places about the upper and mid back pain she’d been suffering from. She asked about injections in that area as what she’d been trying up in Canada hadn’t been working for her.
Firstly, what causes mid back pain in the first place? In the majority of cases I see, mid back pain is generated from repetitive stress disorder, that is an injury that builds up over time through doing the same time of action over and over again. Hairdressers are a classic example of people who can suffer from this as they are bending over for much of the day.
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.
We see many patients here at Back Pain Relief Center in Vineland who have been suffering with back, neck or shoulder pain for many months, sometimes years. They have searched for solutions to help with their pain and it’s incredible that they are still suffering. We fully believe though, with the right treatment, their pain levels can reduce and they are able to live good lives again.
The biggest hurdle I see in many people is their attitudes. I don’t mean that in a mean way, but many aim to be totally pain free. While that is a fine goal to have, sometimes you do have to be realistic and understand that it may not always be possible due to the type of condition. With degeneration for example, it’s unlikely you will ever be back to normal, but absolutely I do believe you can improve your lot. So dialing down expectations and coming to some kind of acceptance is key.
Our back pain Vineland chiropractor has seen many patients over the years and has dealt with many different back problems. With this being said, here is the leading cause of back pain, and three ways you can make it better. The majority of patients we’ve seen have significantly improved through these three techniques.
By looking at all of the patients’ symptoms we have seen here, we’ve come up with an overall cause for back pain.