The back muscles and backbone gives tremendous strength and flexibility to the body to provide wide range of mobility and function, while the spinal column, vertebrae and spinal discs house and protect the extremely sensitive spinal cord and nerves vital for sending and receiving messages to and from the brain.
However, if the bones of the spine become misaligned, undue pressure can be put on the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons of the back, causing irritation to small nerves inside the spine, strains to the large back muscles, as well as any injury to the disc, joints or ligaments in the spine. Inflammation and mild to severe pain can result, which can make even daily tasks overwhelming.
What are the common causes of back pain?
Low back pain is most often caused by injury or from overuse of muscles, ligaments, and joints.
Sports injuries, auto accidents, or other muscle strain injuries can cause the bones and vertebrae in the spine to become misaligned, causing pressure on muscles, joints and nerves associated with the spinal column.
Overuse, strain or poor posture over time, such as sitting at a computer for long periods of time can cause upper or lower back pain and is sometimes accompanied by neck or shoulder pain.
Often lack of strength in the upper back or overuse such as repetitive motions can cause muscular irritation with joint and muscle inflammation, causing back pain.
What are the different types of back pain?
Acute back pain is defined as being caused by a sudden onset such as from an injury, accident or muscle strain and lasts anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, while chronic back pain will last three months or longer.
Why see a chiropractor for back pain?
A chiropractor is specifically trained to realign the bones of the spine and vertebrae through manipulation to reduce pressure put on the nerves and overworked muscles that try to compensate for the misalignment. An adjustment reduces spinal pain, increases blood circulation and tissue healing, decreases muscle and nerve inflammation, decreases stiffness and muscular spasms, helps strengthen muscles and reduces risk for future injury.
What can a chiropractor do to help relieve back pain?
Chiropractors receive intensive instruction on X-ray interpretation, MRI analysis, and diagnosing musculoskeletal injuries and difficulties. Through adjustments and spinal manipulations, inflammation can be reduced and pain can be alleviated naturally.
For a professional consultation about chronic back pain or discomfort from accident or injury, contact Baker Chiropractic and Accident Rehabilitation. Call our office in Provo Utah at 801-210-0669 and speak with Dr. Baker, our resident Provo chiropractor.