See how our offices in Arlington Heights, IL, can help you with back pain.
What is Back Pain?
Physical discomfort that affects the back, or column of the spine to be specific, is generally described as back pain (or backache). Back pain is one of the most prevalent medical problems, estimated to affect 50-80 percent of all individuals at some point in one’s life. It’s the main cause of disability among adults and the second most frequently cited reason for missing work behind the common cold.
Back pain encompasses a broad range of sensations. The discomfort can vary in intensity from a dull ache to a sudden, searing one, with lots of possibilities in between. The pain can be incessant, throb rhythmically, or disappear just as quickly as it came. For that matter, there are three ways to describe back pain:
- Acute: This is any discomfort that lasts less than one month.
- Subacute: An episode lasting between one and three months is said to be subacute.
- Chronic pain: This is when a backache lasts beyond three months.
Back pain can also be categorized depending on the region of the spine in which it’s felt:
- Neck pain: Affects the cervical (upper) spine.
- Middle back pain: Affects the thoracic (mid) section.
- Low back pain: This is felt in the lumbar region (between pelvis and ribs).
- Sacral pain: Technically known as Coccydynia, this affects the lowermost section of the spine.
While low back pain accounts for the larger share of cases, some victims experience two forms of discomfort simultaneously. In that regard, back pain can be classified into three groups depending on how it’s felt:
- Axial pain is confined to one spot
- Referred pain is characterized by a dull ache that moves around and varies in intensity
- Radicular pain refers to a sharp, shooting pain that radiates down the path of the spinal nerve as it exits down into the legs.
In a nutshell, there are almost as many forms of back pain as there are victims.
The Signs and Symptoms of Back Pain
Besides the obvious indicator that is the presence of discomfort on one’s back, back pain can be accompanied by the following symptoms:
- A feeling of stiffness along the spinal column, especially in the morning
- Limited movement of the torso, with a feeling of tenderness, felt when joints of the spine come under pressure.
- Difficulty undertaking normal activities like bending, lifting, and walking
- The tendency to adopt an awkward posture when sitting, standing, walking, etc.
- In some cases, back pain may trigger a feeling of numbness in the limbs. Other patients experience tingling, crawling, stinging, and burning sensations (collectively known as paresthesias).
- Redness, warmth, and/or swelling along the back
- Sleep disturbances
- Muscle spasms and tightness: These are usually felt in the pelvis, hips, and lower back.
- A good share of back pain victims experience mental distress and anxiety. Usually, one will develop a fear of activity and movement, concerned that it’ll worsen their condition. Consequently, chronic back pain is associated with poor mood, irritability, frustration and, in some cases, depression.
What are the Causes of Back Pain?
While there are many different causes of back pain, the majority of cases can be linked to the following:
- Sprains and strains: A sprain happens when one or several ligaments supporting the spine are stretched too far; strains affect muscles and tendons in a similar manner. Both injuries can occur due to the use of poor body mechanics (e.g., lifting heavy objects, twisting the spine while lifting, and bad posture). They can also result from sudden impacts such as falls and car crashes.
- Disc herniation and rupture: When the cushion-like pads separating individual vertebrae along the spinal column slip out of position, it’s known as disc herniation. Although herniation can occur without any symptoms, the malpositioned disk is prone to irritate surrounding nerves, triggering back pain. Nerves also come under pressure when discs bulge, rupture, or suffer degeneration due to age.
- Inflammation: About 25% of chronic back pain cases can be attributed to inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Inflammatory back pain can also be triggered by injury or infection.
- Osteoarthritis: The gradual wear of spinal cartilage — usually as a result of age-related wear and tear — is bound to cause discomfort and pain along the spinal column.
- Stenosis: This describes a state where open spaces within the spine begin to narrow; pain inevitably follows when nerve roots get compressed. Stenosis affects the upper (cervical) and lower (lumbar) segments of the spine. The condition often results from the changes caused by arthritis.
- Lifestyle triggers: As we noted earlier, backache can be caused by some of the things one does (or doesn’t do) in one’s day-to-day life. A lack of exercise can, for instance, cause some muscles in your back to become weak, resulting in strain on some sections of the spine. Other lifestyle factors associated with back pain include obesity, smoking, wearing high heels, and psychological stress.
- Abnormal growths: Osteophytes (bony growths) occurring along the spinal column can trigger back pain by either squeezing nerve roots or pushing discs out of position. Similarly, tumors affecting the spine (or nearby organs) are bound to throw the structure out of balance.
Hawkeye Chiropractic Care for Back Pain
As uncomfortable and debilitating as your back pain might be — and no matter the underlying cause — Hawkeye chiropractic can be your one-stop shop for relief. Our clinic specializes in the chiropractic method, a form of treatment that addresses disorders of the musculoskeletal system in the most natural, most effective way possible.
Our team of experts headed by Dr. Drew Voelsch are committed to help patients improve all aspects of their wellbeing. Your journey towards wellness will begin with a thorough evaluation to determine what exactly is behind your backache. After you’ve outlined your symptoms, Dr. Drew will conduct further tests to get a good glimpse into your condition. He’ll then develop an all-encompassing treatment plan to resolve the immediate pain at hand while taking care of the underlying cause.
Now, you’ve probably heard that chiropractic for back pain involves adjusting the spinal column to relieve pain. True as that is, it’s worth stressing that chiropractic strives to treat the whole body rather than just the source of discomfort. So besides manipulation, your treatment regimen might also include other therapies that will benefit your condition, such as:
- Exercises and stretches to help you strengthen muscles
- Therapeutic massages to relieve swelling and inflammation
- Education: Dr. Drew will counsel you on a diet, proper posture, best sleeping set up, and other matters as part of the rehabilitation.
We should also stress that our treatments don’t involve any surgery or drugs whatsoever; this is one of the core tenets of chiropractic. The drug-free, non-surgical approach provides a straight path towards recovery with no risk of complications or unwanted side effects. Chiropractic also keeps the patient at the center of the whole treatment process. Dr. Drew will give you his full attention throughout, making sure you’re comfortable and wholly-conversant with what’s going on.
Treatment for Back Pain in Arlington Heights, IL
Do you live in or near Arlington Heights, IL, and suffer from back pain? Or maybe you know someone in the area who does? There’s no need to endure any more when Hawkeye Chiropractic Clinic is more than happy to help. With more than a decade’s worth of experience under our belt, we’re ranked among the top care providers in the municipality.
And with our offices at 1401 S Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, we are conveniently located for residents of the following areas:
- Rolling Meadows
- Des Plaines
- Mt Prospect
- Elk Grove Village
To say the least, we’ve served patients from all over the Northwestern Suburbs. Our doors are open every weekday during the following hours:
- Monday and Friday: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Tuesday: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday and Thursday: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM
For a quick consultation, all you need is to get in touch with us by phone via (847) 472-1224 or fax us at (847)472-1193. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you might have before scheduling your first appointment. Additionally, you can connect with us through our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn channels if you have any queries for Dr. Drew. Also, feel free to check out testimonials from past patients on our website. You will quickly see why Hawkeye Chiropractic is the perfect solution for your back pain.
Time to Say Farewell and Goodbye To Your Backache
A back that hurts constantly is much more than an annoyance. It can get in the way of your daily routine and cause you lots of stress. And once again, there’s no need to suffer more than your fair share. Hawkeye Chiropractic has what it takes to get to the cause of your back pain in Arlington Heights, IL, and bring relief. We look forward to hearing from you and help you get on the right track towards wellness.
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