Understanding Lower Back Pain, Middle Back Pain & Upper Back Pain, Diagnosis and Treatment
85% of the people will experience notable lower back pain that may need treatments.
The statistical numbers for low back diseases are high. Why?
It's because we humans walk on two legs rather than four!
This upward position of our entire body against gravity causes an immense pressure buildup in our low back and sacroiliac joints.
Thus, the lumbosacral region is very prone to injuries and degeneration.
"...the lumbo-sacral region is very prone to injuries and degeneration." - Dr. Sun
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How We Accurately Diagnoses Back Pain
- Initial history of the patient’s pain and lifestyle
- Complete spinal evaluation
- Orthopedic tests to assess joint stability
- Chiropractic tests to assess vertebral alignment
- Neurologic tests to asses nerve impingements or damages
- X-rays of the lumbar spine
- Thermograph testing of the muscles
- Surface electromyography of the lumbar nerves
On the first day, we usually provide the patient with treatment and recommendations to decrease inflammation.
The next visit begins with a meeting that reviews the diagnosis and different treatment options to maximize recovery.
The plan of treatment can vary greatly for different back pain conditions.
The Majority of Our Patients Experience a Treatment Plan as Follows
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Soft tissue therapy
- Lumbar traction/decompression therapy
- Core muscle stretching and strengthening
- Work and home ergonomic assessment
A simple low-back pain case can take a couple of weeks to resolve.
Significant, chronic back pain with degenerative changes may need 6-9 months of treatment.
A detailed evaluation and diagnosis is essential for a successful treatment plan.
Our Diagnostic Equipment
At Good Life Chiropractic, we are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for the most severe and complex back pain causes that may be helped by conservative care.
Patients may need a multidisciplinary approach to enhance quick recovery.
We are well-connected with local medical doctors such as neurosurgeons, physical therapists, and acupuncturists and work closely to form a team approach to treating your back condition.
We take your well-being extremely seriously and execute our adjustments and rehabilitation with expertise, passion, and much compassion.
What To Do...
If you are suffering from lower back pain, middle back pain, or upper back pain, call our office for an evaluation of your condition.
I look forward to helping you get relief from your chronic or acute lower back pain, middle back pain, or upper back pain.
Dr. Sun Hwang, D.C.
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Back Pain FAQs
Q - What causes lower, mid, or upper back pain?
A - Back pain can be caused by various factors such as muscle or ligament strain, ruptured discs, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, or even stress. In some cases, back pain may also be related to diseases of internal organs like the kidneys or heart.
Q - How can a chiropractor help alleviate my back pain?
A - Chiropractors use hands-on spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments to properly align the body's musculoskeletal structure, which can help enable the body to heal itself without surgery or medication. They can also offer advice on exercises and lifestyle changes to help prevent future back pain.
Q - Is chiropractic treatment safe and effective for back pain?
A - Yes, chiropractic care is generally considered safe and effective for acute (short-term) and some types of chronic (long-term) back pain. However, it may not be suitable for everyone, particularly people with certain health conditions. It's always best to discuss with your healthcare provider before starting any new treatment.
Q - How many sessions will I need to see improvement in my back pain?
A - The number of sessions needed varies depending on the severity and nature of your back pain. Some patients may see improvement after a few sessions, while others may require a more prolonged treatment plan. Your chiropractor will assess your condition and discuss a treatment plan with you.
Q - Are there any exercises I can do at home to help with my back pain?
A - Yes, regular exercises like stretching, strengthening, and low-impact aerobic exercises can help alleviate back pain. Your chiropractor can provide specific exercises based on your condition. Always remember to warm up before exercising and don't push yourself to the point of pain.
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