Back Pain Chiropractic Wellness Treatments

Back pain is a major issue among adults in America today. Almost 20% of adults report a recent episode of back pain, and almost 5% of adults report chronic back pain issues. Back pain may start out mild, but if left untreated, it can worsen as time passes. Finding professional chiropractic care in Palm Beach can help resolve back pain as well as improve mobility and posture.

Back Pain

Common Causes of Back Pain In Palm Beach County

Back pain can be caused by many different issues including straining muscles, poor posture, traumatic injury, and spinal injuries such as slipped or herniated discs, joint issues in the spine, and other types of nerve issues. Some of these problems may seem minor at first, but failure to seek care and treatment can lead to sometimes severe complications later on. Aside from injuries, some of the more serious types of back pain can be caused by:

    • Spondylolisthesis (when a vertebra slips down onto a lower vertebra)
    • Spinal Stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
    • Spinal Joint Dysfunction (such as in the facet or sacroiliac joints)
    • Herniated Lumbar Disc
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Compression Fracture (often due to osteoporosis and most common in seniors)
    • Scoliosis (side-to-side spinal curvature)
    • Kyphosis (forward spinal curvature)
    • Sciatica (condition of the sciatic nerve)
    • Accidents (falls, work, or sports injuries)

These issues are more serious than simple muscle damage, although muscle or ligament-induced back pain can be severe as well. The real problem with these types of issues is the fact that they may get worse over time and may not heal properly without treatment. In the case of slipped discs, if not treated, it could lead to permanent nerve damage.

Other issues such as joint issues in the sacroiliac joint at the base of the spine or the facet joints between vertebra can result in severe back pain in the short-term and can lead to a variety of complications in the long-term if they are not treated. Degenerative conditions such as stenosis, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis can be very painful as well, and it is highly recommended to receive comprehensive care from our Palm Beach chiropractic wellness center before these issues progress any further.

Diagnosing Back Pain

Getting a quick and accurate diagnosis for the exact cause of your back pain can go a long way towards getting relief and preventing the issue from worsening. Depending on the specific cause of pain, different solutions will be identified as starting points for treatment. Different issues will require different approaches, and some will be much more effective than others.

We use a variety of supplemental therapies alongside chiropractic care to provide our clients with the most effective treatment possible. In cases of bone or joint-related back pain, massage and physical therapy may be helpful additions, whereas in cases of back pain that are muscular in nature massage and cupping may be more effective. In cases of nerve-related issues, laser therapy has been extremely effective at providing our clients relief when many other therapies have failed.

While most back pain is not a serious issue, there may be some telltale signs that something is amiss. Experiencing any of these symptoms may be an indication that treatment is needed as soon as possible. Some of these symptoms can include:

    • Radiating Pain (most commonly down the arms or the back of the legs)
    • Loss of Bladder & Bowel Control (from damage to the cauda equina nerves)
    • Limited Range of Motion
    • Back Pain Lasting More Than 3 Months

These are just a few of the issues that can indicate a serious problem may be approaching, and the best way to avert further complications is to visit our chiropractic clinic in Palm Beach. Some of these issues may be treatable right away, while others may take time to see results. One thing is for sure though, the sooner we get to work, the sooner we can provide relief to our patients.

Questions Your Palm Beach County Chiropractor May Ask

Most back pain issues can be narrowed down by answering just a few simple questions. While this seems like an obvious first step, many back pain treatment providers will immediately defer to expensive and time-consuming MRI, CT scan, EMG, or X-ray which may be necessary in some cases, but not all. Answering a few quick and easy questions can help our chiropractors see if this is necessary, and if not, treatment can begin at once. Some common questions that may be asked during an assessment include:

    • Any numbness or tingling in your arms or legs?
    • Do you frequently have headaches and back pain at the same time?
    • Have you had any issues with balance or walking recently?
    • How long have you been experiencing back pain?

These simple and straightforward questions can give a surprising amount of information to a trained and experienced chiropractor and will help them determine the best treatment recommendation. This can help determine the cause of someone’s back pain and will also indicate if further scans are required. Whatever the cause, our Palm Beach chiropractic and wellness center can help someone find relief and from back pain, and the freedom to return to a full life.