Recognizing Signs of Chronic Back Pain so You Can Seek Chiropractic Help
Chronic back pain has a nasty habit of creeping up on people. It might just show up one day and before you know it, you’ve been living weeks, months or even years with it. In some cases, it might initially seem easier to just live with the pain or to pop a few over-the-counter pills to ease it. If your life is fast-paced, you may simply not have the time to pay attention to back pain!
When most people take the time to stop and consider persistent back pain, it’s because the problem has become undeniable. Even more people simply don’t want to go to the doctor and find out the problem is worse than they thought. The simple truth, however, is that hoping and wishing won’t make it go away… and neither will painkillers. You need to take action.
If you’re finally starting to realize your back pain has gone from acute to chronic, it’s time to see a chiropractor. A trained chiropractor will be able to locate the problem causing your back pain and help develop a treatment plan that yields results. At Posture Works in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO, we rely on Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to help us tailor a plan for addressing each patient’s unique chronic pain dilemma.
Telltale signs of chronic back pain
Unfortunately, there’s no single reason for qualifying back pain. It may be related to motion – you’ve strained a muscle or ligament that isn’t healing. Back pain can also be linked to stress and mental health. Or, it may be from a tumor or infection. The only way to find out is by going through the thorough diagnostic process offered by a chiropractor.
By qualifying pain types, locations, and symptoms, it’s possible to get a clearer picture of what might be causing them. Some of the catalysts a chiropractor will be looking for include:
- Sciatic pain radiating up and down the outside of the legs;
- Trouble sleeping or sitting for prolonged periods;
- Difficulty standing or walking;
- Limited range of motion;
- Numbness or tingling down the back;
- Cramps and muscle spasms.
It’s also important to realize that a problem in the spine may surface elsewhere. For example, a compressed vertebral disc may result in sciatic pain in the legs. That’s because the long sciatic nerve running from the hip down the leg is connected to the spine.
Nerve irritation, among other types of pain, is liable to result in symptoms elsewhere in the body. That’s why chiropractic uses a holistic approach, recognizing that wellness problems are often linked together and need a comprehensive treatment plan for managing symptoms.
Acting on chronic back pain
Once your ongoing back pain is qualified and properly assessed, it’s key to nip the problem in the bud early on. Depending on the approach, a chiropractor may employ myriad techniques in an attempt to alleviate it.
Resetting the vertebrae through safe, painless spinal manipulation is one treatment chiropractors frequently use. It’s also important to find ways to increase blood flow to the injured area in order to encourage healing through supplying essential nutrients. This can include myofascial stimulation or gentle massage. For compression-based problems, traction or mirror image adjustments may be tactful.
The approach to alleviating back pain depends wholly on the nature of the problem and the patient. This is why a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach is so supremely important.
Don’t ignore the pain
If you’re getting wise to your chronic back pain and want a solution that doesn’t just mask the problem, it’s time to plan a visit to Posture Works in Denver, CO or San Francisco, CA. Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), we’ll help qualify your pain and outline an approach to treating it, in an effort to get you back to living pain-free. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.