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Back Pain

Back pain is a common and potentially debilitating condition that can be caused by a number of reasons. The team at Life Force Chiropractic in Vancouver specialize detecting, analyzing and correcting and educating to help provide back pain relief to patients throughout the Vancouver and Camas areas.

What Causes Back Pain?

There are a lot of causes for back pain. Getting older, poor physical fitness, being overweight, heredity, disease, your job, wearing the wrong shoes, and even smoking can all cause back pain at some point. Causes of pain in your back can be linked to one of three categories – injury, lifestyle, or disease.  Back pain can be linked to injury to the bone, ligaments, tendons, or discs in the back. It can also be traced back to poor diet, lack of exercise, obesity, or wearing inappropriate footwear for the tasks you are completing. In worst case scenarios, scoliosis, kidney stones, infection, or fibromyalgia can all lead to pain in the upper or lower back.

 

Can Back Pain be treated without prescription medication?

Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people see their doctor, miss work, or file a disability claim. The good news is that back pain is best treated without heavy narcotics or even surgery. How? The chiropractic doctors at Life Force Chiropractic use education and help empower Vancouver residents, incorporating chiropractic no-crack adjustment with their Principled care to not only address the pain but its underlying causes as well. Imagine being able to get better, not just mask the pain.

 

What can I do to ensure my Back Pain does not come back?

The best way to ensure back pain does not return to complete the entirety of your treatment plan and avoid falling into bad habits. The goal at Life Force Chiropractic is to provide each patient with the education to care for themselves for the rest of their lives, not just in the initial palliative phase of treatment. By incorporating specific, scientific, chiropractic adjustments overtime, Life Force Chiropractic equips you with the tools necessary to keep your pain from returning.

Most lower back pain can be treated without the means of surgery; these include the following:

Herniated Disc: Your spine is cushioned by sponge like discs that act like shock absorbers. When a portion of the gel-like center of the disc has migrated through the annulus fibrosus, or the outer layers of the disc, either via natural wear or injury, herniation occurs. When this takes place, pressure is then placed on the surrounding structures, triggering inflammation and pain. If left untreated, physical disability may occur. If you are experiencing pain from a herniated disc and are seeking relief, you may be a candidate for our DRX9000 machine, a non-invasive approach to treating herniated disc conditions.

Sciatica: When an injured disc pushes against the spinal nerve which leads to the sciatic nerve, a shock-like pain is often produced down your lower back and along your legs. Typically, it only affects one side of the body and the pain may range from a mild, numbing pain to a feeling of intense electric shock. This pain may also occur suddenly or develop over time.  Sciatica is one of the most common symptoms for a herniated disc.

Degenerative Disc: The main function of a disc is to resist and distribute mechanical loads. When discs suffer from dehydration and deteriorate, they become more susceptible to injuries. This condition could also occur from natural wear and tear and from aging. The pain that occurs often depends on the location of the affected disc. Physical therapy is a commonly recommended treatment and the DRX-9000 can also play a major role in recovery.

Spinal Stenosis: When the open spaces between the spine narrow, more pressure is placed on your spinal cord, causing pain between your neck and lower back. While this may be due to the natural spine structure that you were born with, there are a number of other factors that contribute to the narrowing spaces between your spine; these include bone overgrowth, herniated discs, and tumors.

Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is commonly known as “wear and tear” arthritis. Cartilage, the firm tissue that surrounds your bones, enables for smooth joint motion. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that occurs when the protective cartilage surrounding your bones wear. As the cartilage deteriorates, the tendons and ligaments stretch and, even worse, your bones may rub against other bones. While there is no cure at the moment, we will provide you with a treatment plan to relieve your pain and improve your joint function.