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Back pain is a common problem that affects people worldwide, but many individuals are unaware of it until they experience constant back muscle aches. Back pain can impact the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine and can even lead to referred pain in the arms and legs. Repetitive movements, poor posture, prolonged sitting, and physical inactivity are common causes of back pain. In some cases, traumatic incidents or accidents can also contribute to the development of back pain. To manage back pain, individuals often seek treatments to alleviate it and improve their quality of life. In this article, we’ll explore two treatments to help alleviate back pain and provide tips on managing the pain effectively. We work with certified medical providers who use our patients’ valuable information to treat individuals with back pain and find the right treatment to alleviate their pain. We encourage patients to ask essential questions and seek education from our associated medical providers about their condition. Dr. Jimenez, D.C., provides this information as an educational service. Disclaimer


Spine Surgery For Low Back Pain

Are you experiencing pain in your upper, middle, or lower back? Do you feel a radiating pain running down your arms or legs, or have you noticed that you are hunching over more than usual? These symptoms are often associated with back pain, which can be debilitating. Many people who suffer from back pain seek relief and may opt for surgery to alleviate their symptoms. Research studies revealed that spinal surgery could effectively reduce neurogenic pain and deficits that exacerbate spinal nerve root compression and may help individuals regain their functionality and mobility. However, as research studies stated, surgery is typically recommended only after conservative treatments have been tried for at least six months without success. Several surgical options are available, including injection therapy, non-fusion stabilization, facet and disc replacement, and spinal fusion surgery, which may relieve back pain.


Managing Back Pain After Surgery

Individuals who undergo surgery for back pain must follow a recovery plan to prevent the pain from recurring. Research studies suggest that the effects of spinal surgery for back pain should last for three days, after which adequate rest is essential. Following this, individuals should become pain-free and able to move again. To prevent back pain from returning, doctors often recommend changing daily habits and activities and creating a personalized treatment plan to strengthen back muscles. While surgery for back pain can be expensive, non-surgical treatments are available to alleviate the pain.


The Science Of Motion & Chiropractic Care- Video

Are you experiencing pain in your upper, middle, or lower back? Do you feel discomfort, stiffness, or aches when stretching? Have you engaged in activities that can strain your back muscles? These symptoms often indicate back pain, a common problem many people face at some point. Several factors contribute to back pain, including repetitive movements, spinal disc compression, and spinal nerve root irritation. Physical inactivity, prolonged sitting, heavy lifting, and poor posture are common causes of back pain that can lead to disability. However, various treatments can alleviate the effects of back pain and prevent it from recurring. The video above demonstrates how chiropractic care can help relieve back pain by using spinal manipulation to align the spine. Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle, and affordable non-surgical treatment that can be combined with other therapies to prevent future back pain.

Spinal Decompression For Back Pain


When relieving back pain, some people avoid surgery because it can be expensive. Fortunately, alternative treatments are safe, affordable, and gentle on the spine. Non-surgical options can relieve many individuals suffering from back pain without surgery. Research shows that spinal decompression is an effective treatment that uses gentle traction to create negative pressure in the spinal disc. This can increase hydration and reduce pressure on the nerve root, which can alleviate back pain. Spinal decompression can also help relax and stretch the back muscles by gently pulling the spine. This treatment is cost-effective and can be combined with other therapies to prevent the return of back pain.


The Effects Of Spinal Decompression On Back Pain

Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., FIAMA, and Dr. Perry Bard, D.C., wrote “The Ultimate Spinal Decompression,” which states that spinal decompression is safe and effective in reducing back pain. Through spinal decompression, the herniated disc causing back pain is pulled back to its original position, allowing the surrounding nerve roots to relax. Research studies have shown that spinal decompression can help increase spinal disc height and restore mobility to the back and spine, enabling individuals to return to their daily activities without pain.



Across the world back pain is a widespread problem that affects many people worldwide. It can be a significant problem if left untreated. Fortunately, numerous treatment options can alleviate the symptoms and allow individuals to resume their daily activities. The two main types of treatment are surgical and non-surgical therapies. While surgical treatment can be effective, it is also expensive. Non-surgical therapy, on the other hand, is cost-effective. Combining these treatments with other therapies is possible to decrease the likelihood of back pain returning. By listening to their bodies and taking preventive measures, individuals can avoid a reoccurrence of pain.



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Baliga, S., Treon, K., & Craig, N. J. A. (2015). Low Back Pain: Current Surgical Approaches. Asian Spine Journal, 9(4), 645. doi.org/10.4184/asj.2015.9.4.645

Choi, J., Lee, S., & Hwangbo, G. (2015). Influences of spinal decompression therapy and general traction therapy on the pain, disability, and straight leg raising of patients with intervertebral disc herniation. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 27(2), 481–483. doi.org/10.1589/jpts.27.481

Evans, L., O’Donohoe, T., Morokoff, A., & Drummond, K. (2022). The role of spinal surgery in the treatment of low back pain. Medical Journal of Australia, 218(1), 40–45. doi.org/10.5694/mja2.51788

Kang, J.-I., Jeong, D.-K., & Choi, H. (2016). Effect of spinal decompression on the lumbar muscle activity and disk height in patients with herniated intervertebral disk. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 28(11), 3125–3130. doi.org/10.1589/jpts.28.3125

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