Back Pain Relief Charleston SC
Back Pain and Chiropractic Care
Anatomy of the Spine
The spine is a combination of stacked bones, called vertebrae, flexible tendons and ligaments. The vertebrae are in a column divided into four regions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral/coccyx. The spinal cord runs through the column of bones and nerve roots that are critical to the transmission of messages to and from the brain.
Our spinal system is strong enough to protect the sensitive nerve roots, while at the same time it allows us the flexibility to accomplish all the movements of daily life like walking, twisting, bending and lifting. Between the vertebrae are discs, which are spongy pads of cartilage that act like shock absorbers. Each disc, along with the vertebrae immediately above and below, form what is called the spinal motion unit.
Unfortunately between 80 to 90 percent of the population has back or spinal pain at some point in their lives. A spinal motion unit that moves improperly or is overly strained can irritate nerves, interfere with muscle tension and result in pain. This nerve interference is called subluxation. Parts of the body serviced by affected nerves, including blood vessels, internal organs and limbs, may not function optimally because of subluxation.
Trauma, lifting injuries or other unknown causes can create a spinal disc herniation, which is sometimes referred to as a "slipped" or "bulging" disc. When you have ongoing back pain Charleston SC, early diagnosis and care is important to avoid permanent damage.
Taking Care of Your Spinal Health
There are many ways to help take care of your spinal health including practicing correct lifting/carrying techniques, mindfully paying attention to your posture, sleeping with a pillow under your knees, quitting smoking, making sure your diet is nutritious and getting enough exercise.
Back pain Charleston SC is one of the most common reasons for healthcare and chiropractic visits but it doesn't have to be part of your daily life. Many back ailments respond well to conservative treatment, and research and studies have demonstrated successful treatment of back pain and injuries through chiropractic adjustments and care Charleston SC. With chiropractic care, gentle adjustments to any misaligned vertebrae may restore normal movement within the spine, decrease irritation of nerves and reduce pain.
A healthy spine is key to your overall well-being. With a normally functioning spine and healthy nervous system, the body is better able to heal itself. Trauma, lifestyle, age and injury can render the spine vulnerable, but chiropractic care can help alleviate discomfort and assist you along the road to improved overall wellness.
Tips to Prevent Back Pain
Maintain a healthy diet and weight
Quit smoking to ensure that maximum oxygen and nutrient amounts reach spinal tissues
Make sure ongoing chiropractic care is part of your wellness lifestyle
Be active, avoid leading a sedentary lifestyle
Maintain proper posture
Wear properly fitted shoes with customized orthotics
Warm up and stretch before all physical activities, including chores like yard work
Lift with your knees, with objects close to your body
Avoid twisting when lifting
Talk to your chiropractor about creating an ergonomically correct workstation
How common is back pain?
Back pain is one of the most common complaints for people in America today. In fact, it is estimated that eight out of ten people suffer from back pain during their lives. Back pain can be acute, lasting a short while, or may be a chronic condition.
What are the symptoms of back pain?
In addition to the stinging or burning pain you feel in your back, you may notice other symptoms such as a restriction of movement, referred pain to other areas of your body such as the legs (sciatica) as well as headaches.
What areas of the back can be afflicted by pain?
Pain can occur in any area of the back. Most common back pain can be felt in the lower back and buttocks, the mid back or the upper back including the shoulders. Back pain can also cause pain to be felt in the legs (sciatica).
How can a chiropractor help with back pain?
Your chiropractor will work with you to determine the right treatment plan to cater to your specific circumstances. This often includes a chiropractic adjustment to realign the spine, muscles and connective tissues in the back, or decompression techniques to relieve pressure.
Is chiropractic care safe for back pain?
Yes, chiropractic care is completely safe for back pain. Your chiropractor is highly trained in offering a range of treatments to cater to your needs, working with you to relieve your symptoms naturally and without the need for medications such as pain killers.
Make an appointment to talk to our doctor about chiropractic and back pain.