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Back Pain: What Causes It

Back pain is more than just uncomfortable; it can affect your daily life, your activity level, and even your mood. Fortunately, chiropractic physical therapy can help improve your soreness and possibly even the underlying condition that caused you to distress in the first place. Chiropractic care is helpful because it revolves around spinal manipulation, therapeutic massage and other similar techniques that aim to readjust the spine and alleviate discomfort. However, you need to know what caused your pain in the first place if you want to receive proper treatment. Here are four common causes of back pain and an explanation of how chiropractic care can help each.

  1. Lifestyle Factors

There are a number of lifestyle choices that can cause you to develop mild, moderate or severe back pain. Some less-than-healthy activities that can lead to a sore back include skipping exercise, wearing high-heeled shoes and slouching at your work desk, to name a few. If you have been under a lot of stress lately or have been dealing with a mental disorder – such as depression or anxiety – you may be surprised to learn that these powerful emotions could be contributing to your back ailment. Fortunately, therapeutic massage and other chiropractic physical therapy solutions can benefit you even when these complex factors come into play.

  1. Injuries

Fractures of the vertebrae or spine lead to back pain in many cases. These breaks could be caused by osteoporosis, a fall or by being hit forcefully in the back.  Injuries from car accidents, sports incidents, or improper lifting and twisting can also lead to back soreness. This type of ache is usually related to injured muscles, ligaments or tendons that provide support to the spine or its joints. Weightlifting or sports injuries can lead to spasms of tendons or muscles that have torn in the lower back. All of these situations can lead to severe distress, but physical therapy provided by your local licensed chiropractor can help.

  1. Spinal Issues

The spinal muscles, discs, joints, and nerves that help your body move can also cause you a great deal of agony if something goes wrong with one of them. A bulging disc, spinal stenosis, and herniated discs are all examples of spinal issues that can cause you to feel discomfort in your back. With the right chiropractic pain therapy for your needs, most spine-related ailments can be improved, lessening your suffering.

  1. Other Health Concerns

From scoliosis to osteoarthritis to tumors and even pregnancy, there are many different health factors and disorders that can lead to back pain. Physical therapy such as chiropractic care will not always be the answer to every health problem, so it is best to have a thorough evaluation of your specific complaint to make sure that different treatment, such as surgery or medication, is not what is needed. You can accomplish this by talking to your medical provider about your situation and your concerns.

Pain is always an unwelcome sensation, and back pain can be especially debilitating. Fortunately, chiropractic care can typically alleviate backaches related to most common health conditions and injuries. Now that you know what causes most types of back pain and what you should do to get yours diagnosed, you can begin the process of seeking the correct physical therapy for your needs.