Do You Have Back Pain?

chiropractic care for back pain

Do you have back pain in Eden Prairie? Whether you have upper, middle, or lower back pain, you will most likely experience some form of back pain in your life. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 32 million Americans are experiencing back pain at this moment and that approximately 80% of the population will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. With these types of numbers, it’s not surprising that back pain has grown to be the #1 cause of disability in the United States. These types of statistics should stimulate concern regarding what causes lower back pain, how to prevent it, and what the best form of treatment is once it has developed. Our Eden Prairie chiropractic team aim to use this article to guide you in the right direction to answer these questions and more.


Back Pain in Eden Prairie

What is the cause of back pain? The number of injuries, misalignments, and conditions cause back pain to seems endless. Due to the complex structure of the back that is required to absorb stress while permitting movement, many elements of this structure such as tendons, ligaments, discs, muscles, and bones can become irritated or damaged, resulting in pain. Sometimes severe trauma, such as a car accident, that can result in back pain. Other times, repetitive stress causes the most damage. Therefore, you may not be able to recall any particular event which caused the onset of your pain. In addition to all of these possibilities, physical injury is not always the primary cause. Conditions such as obesity, arthritis, kidney stones, and urinary tract infections have been shown to give symptoms of lower back pain. With all of these possibilities,you must find a doctor to take into account all aspects of health to reach an accurate diagnosis is. Fortunately, our doctors at ChiroFit Health & Wellness in Eden Prairie have many years of education and experience to determine the correct diagnosis and can direct you to the most appropriate line of care. Without an accurate diagnosis and treatment, even the most minor conditions can develop into serious lifelong conditions.

As mentioned previously, there are a multitude of causes for back pain, however, some of them are more common than others. The following are some of the most common causes of lower back pain that are seen and treated at ChiroFit Health & Wellness.


Disc Bulges or Herniations:

One of the most common and painful causes of back pain in Eden Prairie is a disc bulge or herniation. Although, not all disc bulges or herniation's result in pain. MRI studies of numerous patients, as much as 37%, of the American population has a disc bulge or herniation, and the vast majority of them are experiencing no pain or other related symptoms. Unfortunately, the people who are experiencing pain often describe it as severe and intense. The type of pain experienced due to a disc herniation depends on the type and position of the herniation. If the damaged disc is irritating a surrounding nerve, shooting pain and weakness into the legs may develop. The discomfort is often described as stabbing and lightning-like. To understand how a disc herniation develops, think of the disc as a jelly doughnut. If the outer edges of the doughnut (disc) are damaged over time, most typically from wear and tear, the jelly in the middle of the disc can escape causing damage to surrounding structures.

Often times this can be very difficult to reverse once the process has been completed.  However, chiropractic care has been shown to prevent the advancement of the herniation and provide relief from the associated pain.


Subluxations:

Subluxations are one of the most commonly overlooked contributors to back pain. Subluxation is a medical term used to describe a vertebra in our spine out of position. When these subluxations occur, normal movement is disrupted, and a cascade of events (including pain) can occur. Subluxations can occur anywhere in the spine and almost an unlimited amount of factors can cause them. Causes of subluxations range from physical trauma, stress, and toxins. Not only does stress contribute to the formation of an ulcer in the gut, it but can also cause physiological changes in the body and can result in the vertebra in our back becoming out of position. The time frame to correct subluxations varies by the individual, but our chiropractors at ChiroFit Health & Wellness are one of the few professionals trained in their correction.


Muscular Sprains and Tendon or Ligament Strains:

Strains and sprains can occur in anyone, but they typically occur in people who begin tasks and work these structures, thus, causing damage to their tendons and ligaments. For example, a person who attempts to run a marathon during their first outing in the summer is likely to overwork these structures causing damage. Ligament sprains are typically caused by stretching the involved ligament past the ligament's limits, creating tears. Muscular strains are commonly caused by lifting too heavy of an object and twisting motions. Strains and sprains of the ligaments and muscles in the back can be extremely painful and is often accompanied by swelling and bruising of the surrounding area. Strains and sprains are intimately intertwined with the spine and therefore, typically respond well to chiropractic care. Our ChiroFit Health & Wellness is fully equipped to provide comprehensive treatment of these injuries.


Stress and Back Pain

People who are chronically under stress have a very different physiological profile than those who are not under stress. When our bodies are under intense stress, various stress hormones are released to adapt to the situation. Some of the adaptive mechanisms include; an elevated heart rate, increased blood pressure, an altered immune system, decreased bone density, and decreased muscle mass. If this response is prolonged, elevated stress levels have been shown to contribute to the development of heart disease, digestive issues, depression, obesity, and back pain. All of the tension produced by the stress hormones causes a contraction of muscle tissue, which produces “trigger points”. These trigger points can be extremely painful, but thankfully they are treated with a high success rate at our ChiroFit Health & Wellness.


Can Chiropractic Help my Back Pain?

When health care professionals, such as chiropractors, treat the cause of back pain rather than the symptoms, the treatment of back pain becomes less complicated. All of the above stated causes of back pain have one factor in common, misalignments of the vertebrae in the spine. Luckily, our doctors at ChiroFit Health & Wellness are specially trained in their treatment. Multiple studies have shown chiropractic care to be the most effective form of treatment for the various causes of back pain. As with any condition, a conservative, effective, and non-invasive approach to the treatment of back pain is recommended. If you are suffering from back pain or have any further questions, please contact our Eden Prairie chiropractic office today to schedule a consultation.

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ChiroFit Health & Wellness
7118 Shady Oak Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(952) 943-2404

"Dr. John took time to evaluate me and listened to each of my concerns. I am now feeling much better and unlike other chiropractors, Dr. John is not just going to keep treating everything." 

- Dr. Lynn Miller

"Dr. John is very thorough and takes the time to make sure you are educated and ready for live. He is so kind and caring and wonderful!" 

- Rhonda Hart