The body makes sure that the spine is keeping it upright as the body allows the spine to twist, bend, and turn in different positions. When the body suffers from an injury, the immune system starts to take effect and begins to heal the body naturally in the affected areas. When the back gets injured from an accident or injured, the spinal disc in the spine will get damaged and lead to chronic issues that can cause a person to be miserable if it is not treated right away. However, there are non-surgical treatments that can relieve back pain symptoms and cause immense relief to the individual. In this article, we will be looking at what causes chronic back pain, its symptoms, and how non-surgical decompression can provide relief for chronic back pain. By referring patients to qualified and skilled providers specializing in spinal decompression therapy. To that end, and when appropriate, we advise our patients to refer to our associated medical providers based on their examination. We find that education is the key to asking valuable questions to our providers. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC provides this information as an educational service only. Disclaimer
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What Causes Chronic Low Back Pain?
Mostly everyone would see a doctor or miss a couple of days at work due to having some back pain that causes them to be in pain and not do their daily activities due to it being common. Research studies have shown that back pain can range from a dull constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that can be very mild or severe depending on the injury. The causes of back pain can be from an accident that a person went through, lifting heavy objects, or can develop when a person ages naturally when the spinal disc is losing fluid and nutrients.
Two types of back pain can affect a person’s way of life depending on how severe the injury is. Acute back pain can last from a few days to a few weeks and can be resolved with a few days of self-care, and a person can take it easy with light activity. Chronic back pain is when the pain continues for about 12 weeks or more, causing it to persist where the individual needs medical treatment to relieve the pain. Other research studies have found many disorders like inflammatory disorders, trauma, DDD (degenerative disc disease), and other chronic disorders that can cause chronic back pain symptoms. Chronic back pain can also cause significant rates of disability while being a contributor to morbidity and mortality in a person.
Since chronic pain is often defined as persisting pain that goes beyond the normal healing time, research studies have shown that chronic pain can cause a significant impact on musculoskeletal conditions like chronic back pain. The presence of chronic pain can create more chronic issues that a person is experiencing. Other research studies have stated that the symptoms that chronic low back pain causes in a person include:
- Dull aching pain
- Traveling pain in the buttocks, legs, & feet
- Worsen pain after prolonged sitting
- Pain feels better after shifting positions
- Wake up with pain and feel better after moving around
An Overview On Chronic Low Back Pain-Video
Research studies have shown that chronic low back pain is a chronic pain syndrome in the lower back region of the spine that can last for at least three months. Chronic low back pain is often the second leading cause of disability worldwide. It is influenced by psychological factors like stress, depression, or anxiety that can impact a person’s way of life. Other research studies have shown that low back pain can cause pain, muscle stiffness, or tension localized below the costal margin and above the inferior gluteal fold, characterized by sciatica symptoms. Chronic low back pain can be persistent for more than 12 weeks. It can cause immense individual pain, especially if the causes to have chronic low back pain have been associated with individual and workplace factors that cause the transition to chronic low back pain.
Non-Surgical Decompression For Chronic Low Back Pain
There are ways that many individuals can find relief after suffering from chronic low back pain and don’t require surgery. Non-surgical decompression therapy is where the individual is lying on a traction machine, and their spine gets a gentle stretch to relieve the compressed spinal disc’s pressure. Research studies have shown that non-surgical decompression therapy creates negative intradiscal pressure on the spine, allowing the herniated disc material to be pulled back into the spinal disc. Non-surgical decompression therapy also promotes the passage of healing nutrients back into the disc while fostering a better healing environment for the spine.
Many individuals who have non-surgical decompression therapy have reported at least 90% of improvement in back pain and have a better function when doing daily activities. Research studies have shown that spinal decompression therapy and general traction effectively improve the pain and disability of chronic low back pain issues for individuals suffering from intervertebral disc herniation and getting back their quality of life.
Chronic low back pain is caused by heavy lifting, injury, age, or accidents that cause the spinal disc to be compressed under immense pressure. Sometimes the pain levels can range from mild to severe, causing pain from the lower back to the legs and feet. When a person is suffering from chronic low back pain, it can cause them to be dysfunctional and ruin their daily lives. Non-surgical treatments like spinal decompression can help alleviate chronic back pain symptoms by gently stretching the spine and allowing the nutrients back to the spine. This will relieve the person’s spine and alleviate the painful symptoms causing back pain, causing the person to be pain-free and continue on their wellness journey.
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