Back pain is the second most common reason to see a doctor, surpassed only by visits for the flu and cold. With up to 80% of adults suffering from back pain at some point in their lives, it's no surprise that a number of treatment options exist for relieving this common condition.
Unfortunately, traditional treatments for back pain, like medication, epidural steroid injections, anti-inflammatory drugs, and surgery are not always effective for long-term relief. Chiropractic care has been used for more than a century to safely and effectively treat back pain. Now, a growing body of scientific research is showing just how effective chiropractic can be for back pain and related symptoms. Some research has suggested that chiropractic can prevent back pain better than traditional treatments, and enhances treatment outcomes when incorporated into standard medical care. Other research has shown chiropractic provides better relief than an anti-inflammatory drug, dicoflenac.
Rather than masking the symptoms of pain with medication, chiropractic care can address the underlying cause of your back pain to facilitate long-term recovery.
Our Henderson chiropractors combine chiropractic treatments with other evidence-based approaches, including physiotherapy, massage, and spinal decompression. These treatments support your body in healing itself through non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical approaches. Time and time again, we've seen how this provides successful relief for our patients in Henderson and Las Vegas, NV.
There are several potential causes of back pain, and identifying the source of your pain is crucial for relief. Typically, back pain can be attributed to mechanical problems, injuries, or chronic conditions. More rarely it is tied to tumors and cancer.
Your spine is a complex structure of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. Anything that damages these joints and tissues can lead to inflammation, which spurs the release of inflammatory chemicals causing pain. Damaged, inflamed tissues may also irritate or place direct pressure on the spinal nerves, leading to radiating pain, numbness, and tingling in the extremities.
Spinal nerves can also be irritated or pinched after disc herniation. This occurs when the inside of spinal disc leaks out of the tougher exterior or when the connective tissue between the bone and disc separate (endplate junction failure). Disc herniation develops with the wear and tear of aging, or after a traumatic event like an auto accident or sports injury.
Disc herniation, ruptured discs, and degenerative disc disease
Arthritis (including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
Lifting heavy or incorrectly
Overuse injuries (including repetitive motion injuries, work injuries, and sports injuries)
Muscle strains and tears
Auto accident injuries, falls, and other traumatic events
Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine)
Sitting or standing for prolonged periods
Operating a vibrating vehicle for prolonged periods
Chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, scoliosis, and multiple sclerosis
Call Advanced Spine and Rehabilitation for relief from back pain in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV today.
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