Dr. Shawn Brohl D.C., C.C.S.P.
6823 Spring Valley Drive
What causes back pain? It might be the result of improperly lifting a heavy item, straining your back during physical activity, or being involved in an automobile accident or fall. Age can play a factor, too, as you get older the discs in your vertebrae lose fluid, making you more susceptible to back injuries
Neck injuries may be the result of a sports injury or an auto accident, where your neck is forced to move rapidly beyond its normal range of motion. But it doesn’t take a major incident to put a strain on your neck. It may be the result of tension, a pinched nerve, or minor muscle strain. Very often neck pain is linked to poor posture, being overweight, or uneven support from your pillows or mattress.
Many people experience chronic or occasional pain in the lumbar region, or lower back, making it difficult to sit, stand, or lie down. Low back pain can become more common as you age, since the discs separating your vertebrae lose fluid and flexibility over time. But even young people can develop lower back pain just from sitting too long, especially in a chair with inadequate support (which can cause pelvic torque). Other common causes of lower back pain include low-grade spasms or a pinched sciatic nerve.
While heat or ice may ease your symptoms temporarily, for effective relief you’ll want to see your chiropractor as soon as possible. We’ll diagnose the cause of your back pain and create a personalized treatment plan to relieve your pain and help you strengthen your back to avoid re-injury. You might be encouraged to know that, as one study showed, “patients with chronic low-back pain treated by chiropractors showed greater improvement and satisfaction at one month than patients treated by family physicians.” *
* Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Nyiendo et al (2000)