Struggling with Back Pain?
Almost 80% of adults experience back pain at some point in their life. Although it's tempting to rely on pain medications and muscle relaxants, they fail to address the underlying concerns and come with a host of unwanted side effects. Surgery also presents its own costs and risks, and may not provide lasting relief for every patient. The American Medical Association recommends that patients who experience back pain should first consider going for natural treatments like chiropractic care and physical therapy prior to resorting to surgery. Chiropractors specialize in the health of the spine and surrounding tissues. As back pain specialists, they can pinpoint the source of your back pain to provide efficient, lasting relief. Our Baltimore and Laurel chiropractors have vast experience helping patients get relief from their back pain problems through chiropractic care, physical therapy, and trigger point therapy dry needling.
What Are The Leading Causes Of Back Pain?
Mechanical issues are the most prominent reasons for lower back pain problems. "Mechanical" refers to how your spine and surrounding tissues move, and how you feel as you move. Injuries sustained in an auto collision or work-related accident can sprain, strain, or damage the ligaments, tendons, and muscles surrounding the spine. This tissue damage triggers various chemical and physical reactions in the body resulting in inflammation, pain, and poor function. Over time, you may develop trigger points, or fibrous adhesions in taut muscles bands that are hypersensitive to pain. Your body will work to compensate for the damaged tissue by overworking other muscles, causing additional symptoms and referred pain.
Herniation of the cervical or lumbar disc is another leading cause of back pain which leads to the degeneration of spinal joints. Disc herniation takes places when the jelly-like tissue pushes out of the tough exterior of the spinal discs. Herniated discs may pinch or irritate the surrounding spinal nerves, leading to radiating pain and sciatica.
Other Reasons For Back Pain
There are a number of other reasons which might lead to back pain including cancer or tumors; pregnancy; kidney infections or stones; arthritis; fibromyalgia; and whiplash.
How Can Chiropractic Care Ease Back Pain Problems?
Baltimore chiropractor, Dr. Stutman, helps patients ease their back pain problems through effective chiropractic care, physical therapy, and trigger point therapy. Dry needling can ease tension in trigger points, while chiropractic adjustments can correct any spinal misalignments contributing to your pain. Physical therapy will help you regain strength in weakened muscles, and reduce your risk of future injuries. This integrative approach to back pain allows our patients in Baltimore and Laurel to experience the most effective relief.
If you are experiencing any symptoms indicating back pain, visit one of our clinics in Laurel, Takoma Park/Langley Park, and Baltimore today.