Back Pain Houston – Evaluation and Treatment
Did you know that the back pain is the #1 reason for doctor’s visits every year – ahead of the common cold or flu. Once injured – and if left untreated – back pain can continue to worsen over time until is becomes chronic or debilitating. Proper assessment and treatment in the early stages can prevent a lot of future suffering. – Back Pain Houston
About Back Pain Houston
Back pain is a very general term since the back has multiple distinct regions with different functions and stresses. Back pain may come from one of many conditions or from anatomical problems.
If we cut the back into three sections you would have
- The upper back – that is shoulders area,
- The mid back – just below the scapula, and
- The lower back – starting from the bottom of the ribs down to the pelvis.
Each area of the back has different organs connected to it that may refer pain of that organ to the back. Some examples of organ able to refer pain are Kidneys, Liver, Gallbladder, Ovaries, Prostate, Pancreases, and Spleen.
There are many reasons one may present with back pain to our office.
Middle and Upper Back Pain
Mid back pain may be caused by mild scoliosis that was not diagnosed or other organic components that needs to be examined.
Upper back pain around the scapula and close to the lower neck area could be the cause of referred pain from the neck. If the pain is in between the shoulders, there is a good chance that the problem lies above the pain location.
Upper back pain and neck often blend into one. Please read our full discussion of neck pain. To find out more for this kind of back pain call our office for an appointment.
Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is very common among all ages and the reasons vary person by person. Lower back pain may be due to misaligned vertebra, muscle spasm, weakness in the leg muscles and many other anatomical or chemical imbalances that produce pain in the lumbar region. Your low back pain may or may not be associated with a recent change such as an auto accident injury, new job, sports injury or pregnancy.
Pregnancy back pain is very common among women with a small body frame. As the ligaments around the pelvis are stretched it can misalign certain areas of the lower back pain or produce muscle spasm.
Lower back pain may be confined to the lumbar region or radiate into the gluteal area, down the leg toward the knee and foot.
Low back pain may come from the sciatica nerve which can become entrapped along its origin all the away to lower leg area. Sciatica-related pain may cause more pain than any other anatomical dysfunction.
In order to find out what is causing your specific low back pain requires an an exam and, in some cases, an X-ray. call our office for an appointment Now.
Acute Back Pain
Acute or sudden onset back pain can be due to a number of causes. It’s easier than one thinks to sprain or strain the tendons, muscles and ligaments that support the spine, especially if we are out of shape. While sports injuries are common, sudden onset back pain may also be a result of just bending over to pick something up off the floor.
Weakened muscles may suddenly go into spasm from performing the simplest movements. If you have a sedentary lifestyle or are carrying a few extra pounds, that can weaken the structures supporting the back, which can lead to acute back pain. If your spinal discs, muscles and ligaments are chronically unbalanced, it can lead to a misalignment in your spine and create the perfect conditions for sudden onset back pain.
Another common cause of acute back pain is a vertebral compression fracture due to osteoporosis. This type of fracture can happen at any time, even simply from sneezing, coughing or rolling over in bed, if the osteoporosis is sufficiently advanced. Acute back pain usually follows a vertebral compression fracture, which happens when the front part of the vertebrae collapse, making the vertebrae wedge-shaped. The acute pain from this type of fracture usually lasts for 4 to 6 weeks, when it becomes a more chronic type of aching pain.
Chiropractic therapy has been proven to be an effective tool in treating and reducing acute back pain, and does so in a safe and cost-effective manner. Conventional medical treatment for acute back pain has not been as successful. In fact, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, which is a research organization sponsored by the federal government, recommended that adults with acute lower back pain first seek treatment using spinal manipulation, as it is safe, effective and doesn’t require drugs.
A study published in the December 2010 issue of The Spine Journal found that patients who were suffering from acute lower back pain had positive results after treatment with chiropractic manipulation, as opposed to no improvement in the control group who were treated with pain medication and physical therapy. The researchers reported that after 16 weeks, “78% of patients in the UC [conventional treatment] group were still taking narcotic analgesic medications on either a daily or as needed basis.” And that “treatment including CSMT [chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy] is associated with significantly greater improvement in condition-specific functioning.”
So if you find yourself suffering from sudden onset back pain, consult with Dr. Naghavi chiropractor, who can determine the cause of your pain and provide safe, effective treatment so it doesn’t become chronic. ( Back Pain Houston)
How We Treat Your Back Pain
In our office we take care of people on an individual basis. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. A comprehensive history will allow Dr. Naghavi to design the best therapeutic approach.
To treat your pain we will use a combination of therapies that may include chiropractic manipulation, soft tissue release, or several forms of physical therapies. We offer ultrasound, electric stimulation, low level laser therapies, traction, cervical pillows, exercises, posture retraining, stress management, and more. The important part is that the plan is designed to work for the individual.
Chiropractic care and adjustments has been proven to help many back pain conditions. In our office we have been very successful in eliminating pain with short-term visits. We teach our patients to exercise at home in order to reduce the number of visits required. Our office has a very different approach to back pain compared to other clinics. The goal here to take the pain away first. Later we can discuss if you need corrective care.
What to Do If You Have Back Pain
Do not ignore the first signs of the back pain. You may think you know the source and that it will go away on its own, but only an expert can properly determine the true cause. You need to be evaluated as soon as possible to make sure that your pain doesn’t become chronic.
Come as a walk-in to our downtown Houston office, call us or make an appointment Online . Our office is designed for short term back pain relief care and is very affordable. We want to take proper care of your back pain with the fewest visits possible. Come experience our superior services and put an end to your back pain.
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