Many people believe that back pain is just a part of aging and if they ignore it and go on it may go away. Or they may feel that they will wait until it gets a lot worse before they deal with the situation. Both of these thoughts are dangerous to a person’s health and well-being. Before discussing what to do about back pain, let’s take a look at why it may be occurring.
- Isthmic spondylolisthesis: This has to do with stress fractures that make the vertebrae move out of their proper position.
- Degenerative disc disease: This occurs when a disc is worn down, often due to an accident or injury. If the initial trauma did not result in a lot of pain, it might have been ignored, leading to back pain years later.
- Facet joint osteoarthritis: Cartilage is located in the back of the spine and can degenerate due to arthritis or injury. This leads to the joints rubbing together and causing pain.
- Lumbar disc herniation: A sponge-like disc is located between the vertebrae. When a disc becomes herniated, the disc has moved out of place and has caused the vertebrae to grind together.
Where to Find Help for Back Pain
It is vital for anyone experiencing back pain to seek immediate care, even if it seems minor. As the condition worsens, it becomes harder to repair. Most back pain conditions progress over time, but if they are caught early, they may not have to continue.
It may surprise someone to learn that the source of back pain often has to do with some kind of trauma to the head or neck. The body compensates for such trauma often leading to back pain or other health conditions.
As an upper cervical chiropractor, I work with my patients to find and then correct misalignments of the upper neck using a gentle procedure that does not require me to pop or force the spine into place. This is often all that is required to see the end of the debilitating effects of back pain.
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