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Do You Have Back Pain?

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At The Chiropractic & Sports Injuries Centre of Georgetown we treat many common pain conditions affecting the back, including:

  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Postural Syndrome
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbar Disc Degenerative Disease
  • Lumbar Facet Syndrome
  • Sacroiliac Syndrome
  • Piriformis Syndrome

What is Back Pain?

Back pain is a problem that affects millions of Canadians - in fact, over 80% will experience back pain at least once in their lives. Back pain remains one of the most common reasons Canadians visit a health care practitioner and is second only to “cold & flu” as the reason workers lose productivity and are forced to stay home from their jobs. Back pain can lead to significant loss of function resulting in individuals being unable to complete their normal daily activities, not just work. When your back hurts, many other things suffer too. Simple everyday tasks like getting in and out of a car, putting on socks, picking up a child, sitting at a desk or standing for periods of time may become unmanageable.

Anatomy of Back Pain:

Back pain is a general term referring to pain that originates in the spine, anywhere between the upper and lower back. Your spine is made up of small bones, called vertebrae, which are stacked on top of one another. Muscles, ligaments, nerves, and intervertebral disks are additional parts of the back that are often involved in or cause pain.

Thoracic spine is the upper and mid back areas, and where your ribs attach to the spinal column
Lumbar refers to your low back
Lumbosacral is the low back, sacrum, and possibly the tailbone (called the coccyx).
Sacrum is the part of the spine that is at the back of your pelvis

Common Causes of Back Pain:

In most cases of mechancial back pain, the actual cause is cumulative. It is from the often repetitive, otherwise insignificant activities done every day. Sleeping posture, sitting posture, lifting, bending and twisting often add up to irritate the very pain sensitive sacroiliac and lumbar facet joints, as well as cause protective spasm and irritation in the associated muscles. This is why back pain often seems to occur suddenly and out of no-where. It is not uncommon for a patient to bend over to tie their shoes and then be unable to straighten up. These patients commonly state “I must have bent over wrong”, even though this is a movement they had made daily without a problem. The reality is that the bending movement did not actually cause the condition – the movement was just a trigger. The problem had been building over time and bending over was literally the “last straw”, causing the back muscles to go into protective spasm and produce significant pain.

Other risk factors for back pain can result from stress, sedentary lifestyle, age, gender, obesity, strenuous physical exercise or work.

Common Symptoms of Back Pain:

Back pain symptoms vary widely, depending on what level of spine is affected and the diagnosis, or cause of the pain. Symptoms can vary from moderate pain isolated to a relatively small region of the back, to incapacitating pain with spasm involving the entire low back and producing leg pain. It is not unusual for back pain to be accompanied by other symptoms, such as numbness and tingling sensations, stiffness, achiness and weakness. Certain activities may increase or aggravate back pain. Sitting, walking, standing, bending over, and twisting at the waist are a few of the movements that can make back pain worse.

Back pain is actually a descriptive term for the location of the pain. Common conditions that can cause pain in this region include:

  • Lumbar Facet Joint Irritation
  • Sacroiliac Joint Irritation
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Muscular Strains
  • Disk Herniation

Information on the symptoms of these and other conditions can also be found on this site.

Treatment for Back Pain:

The treatment for Back Pain begins with determining the exact cause of the back pain. This is accomplished by taking a thorough patient history and completing a comprehensive neurological and orthopaedic examination. Treatment, which usually begins on the first visit, is directed at reducing inflammation in joints, breaking up spasm in muscle and re-establishing proper spinal mechanics. Any other associated factors such as the presence of myofacial trigger points and job related ergonomics are also addressed.

As always, our goal is to offer our patients quick and cost-effective relief by providing the most innovative, scientifically proven combination of treatments available for their condition. Patients are also provided with home instruction for exercises and stretches to help prevent further episodes of back pain.

If you have questions regarding your specific condition or treatment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Friday6:30am - 12:00pm
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Chiropractic Georgetown ON The Chiropractic & Sports Injuries Centre of Georgetown

The Chiropractic & Sports Injuries Centre of Georgetown
88 Guelph Street
Georgetown, ON L7G 3Z5
(905) 877-9996

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88 Guelph Street
Georgetown, ON L7G 3Z5

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