Your neck and back are a very intricately connected system of muscle, tendons, bones, and nerves. When you suffer an injury in any of these areas, you can experience acute pain or a dull persistent ache that can limit your mobility and decrease your quality of life. If the underlying condition is left untreated, it can turn a minor injury into a chronic condition that requires additional corrective measures. Studies highlighted by the National Institute of Health estimate that between 60% and 80% of adults will experience back pain in their lifetime, and 20% to 70% of adults will experience neck pain.
The specialists at Living Better Healthcare have years of experience in diagnosing neck and back-related conditions. We can pinpoint the source of your pain to better understand what the best corrective therapy will be. It is important to address the issue at the source to ensure the best results for your condition.
Symptoms of Neck and Back Pain
Because the neck and back are so interconnected, when you are experiencing an issue with one, the other may begin to present symptoms as well. Often, your pain feels as though it extends from your neck into your back or vice versa. Below are common symptoms of neck and back pain:
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Shoulder pain
- Arm weakness and pain
- Back pain, stiffness
- Difficulty turning or twisting
- Pain when sitting or standing for long periods
What Causes Neck and Back Pain?
Your neck and back are composed of so many moving parts and when one section suffers an injury, the pain can completely inhibit the function of the entire posterior chain. Certain activities and lifestyles present a higher risk of injury than others. It takes a trained professional to accurately find the source of your pain and provide the correct treatment. Below are some of the common causes attributed to back and neck pain
- Overuse, strenuous activity, or improper use, such as repetitive or heavy lifting
- Herniated (slipped) disk and pinched nerve
- Osteoporosis and compression fractures
- Blunt trauma injury
- Degeneration of vertebrae due to aging
- Abnormal growth, bone spur
- Obesity, which places increased pressure on your discs
- Ligament or muscle tears
Below is a checklist you can ask yourself to see if treatment could be for you:
- Are you experiencing neck and back pain?
- Is the pain persistent?
- Is it affecting your quality of life?
- Are you looking for an alternative to steroid injection?
- Looking for an alternative to surgical procedures?
Are you looking for minimal downtime and long-term pain relief? You should always consider all non-surgical options when it comes to neck and back pain. Most times, chiropractic physical manipulation and physical therapy are all that is required to correct your pain.
How to Treat Neck and Back Pain?
Neck and back pain are often signifiers of strain or improper posture. When you compromise the position of your back, the vertebrae in your neck and spine can wear down unnaturally fast and unevenly. This wearing can inflame the discs in the spine and cause them to become herniated or protruded. At that point, the discs might apply pressure to the nearby nerves, trigger a pain response. At Living better Healthcare, we have two effective methods for combatting neck and back pain.
Depending on the source of your pain, chiropractic services can help correct years of wear and misalignment. When patients are experiencing neck or back pain, it is often an indicator that something isn’t operating normally. Misalignment could mean that bones are making contact, nerves are being pinched or you have slipped or herniated discs in the spine. Your underlying condition can worsen if it is left untreated. As you try to avoid triggering pain, you will begin to compensate and sacrifice proper posture or function by leaning to one side or only performing tasks on one side.
Your chiropractor will outline a treatment plan to realign the problem area and restore your proper posture and function of the posterior chain. Treatment involves carefully calculated manual manipulation to release tension or realign your back.
Spinal decompression is a pain-free, non-invasive manipulation method for treating neck and back pain. The source of your pain could be the degeneration or herniation of the discs in the spine, which causes the discs or bone to make contact with the nerves surrounding the spine.
Spinal decompression involves the gentle stretching of the spine on a specifically designed table. At Living Better Healthcare, we use the ‘Back on Trac’ machine and are the only office in North San Diego county that has this equipment. This gentle stretching allows an inverted pressure to be placed on the discs in the spine, allowing them to retract into their natural position. This pressure relief also allows for nutrient-rich, oxygenated blood to reach the disc and allow for cellular regeneration to occur. By removing the load from your spine, you have the opportunity to heal from being constantly strained.
Get Relief For Your Back & Neck Pain
Back and neck pain can severely impact your quality of life, preventing you from performing the simplest of tasks like standing or turning your head. Let the experts at Living Better Healthcare help relieve your pain and get you feeling like your normal self! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.