Is Your Back Pain Becoming A Pain?

adult-1868292_1920If you’ve ever experienced back pain, and who really hasn’t, you’ll understand the following excerpt from a recent article published in the July/August 2009 AARP Health Newsletter (AARP.org):

“The first time I thought it was a quirk. The second time I thought it was a coincidence. The third time I would have sat up and taken notice – but I couldn’t sit up. And the fourth time my back went out – leaving me supine for a week, except for when I crawled to the bathroom – I was forced to take action… Despite the pervasiveness of the problem, there are few clear guidelines on how to properly diagnose and treat low back pain, leaving sufferers like me to try one therapy after another. Thankfully that disjointed approach is starting to change, as a slew of new research sheds light on what works and what doesn’t. I’ve consolidated that research here – and consulted half a dozen experts in low back pain – to help you ease your agonizing aches.”

In this article, the author provides a brief description of his personal incident of back pain as well as recommended treatments based on the most current and sound research available. In describing certain treatments for back pain, which he states “really be called spine pain because that complex of bones is the center beam of the system that holds us erect,” he comments on his finding for chiropractic care:

“Chiropractic – To clarify a common misunderstanding: chiropractors don’t ‘crack your back.’ That popping sound is a gas bubble being released from between two joints that have been coaxed into alignment. A study published in 2002 found that patients with low back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement after one month than those treated by physicians.”

While there are several studies showing overwhelming evidence of chiropractic’s benefits for those suffering from back and spinal problems, we thought we’d share one back pain sufferer’s findings and recommendations. If you or others are suffering from back, neck and/or spinal problems, contact our office today for a safe, comprehensive evaluation.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: AARP Health Newsletter (AARP.org); July & August 2009.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009

Smoking Reduces Mobility In Upper Spine

cigarette-599485_1920A recent study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine has found the motion between vertebrae of the upper spine area (thoracic spine) in smokers is significantly reduced as compared to that of non-smokers. Smooth full range of motion between the vertebrae that make up the spine is essential not only for optimal trunk movement, but also for providing nourishment to the joints of spine. As the spinal vertebrae lose their natural full range of motion and thus their nutrition, spinal motion decreases and stiffness and spinal degeneration increases. Smoking also reduces the amount of oxygen the tissues of the body receive including those tissues of the spine. In effect, those who smoke are at even greater risk for spinal abnormalities, degeneration, stiffness, loss of motion and ultimately pain. If you or someone you know is suffering from back and/or neck (spinal) problems, especially if they smoke, have them call our offices today. Chiropractors are highly trained in conditions of the spine as well as conditions that affect the spine.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Volume 8, Issue 2, Pages 51-55.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2009