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About Back & Neck Pain

Chances are you or someone you know suffers with low back pain. In fact 85% of adults will experience back pain in their lifetime. 10% or more will continue to have low back pain longer than 3 months, making it a chronic condition. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. The main causes of back pain are mechanical or non-organic meaning they are not caused by serious conditions such as infection, fracture, or cancer.

Most of the time pain occurs because of increase pressure on the supporting joints, intervertebral disks, or spinal nerves. Repetitive trauma, prolonged posture, improper lifting, bad spinal mechanics, and improper sleep posture are just a few of the main reasons why so many Americans suffer. Since low back pain is predominantly a mechanical problem, I often times wonder why so many people try to solve their mechanical problem with a chemical solution! It is true that many times people can get relief with taking an anti-inflammatory pill or pain reliever. Why does it not surprise them that the pain keeps coming back?

Chiropractic techniques approach low back pain in a unique way. Chiropractors will assess spinal alignment and take into consideration existing degeneration of intervertebral disks and joints, abnormal spinal curvatures such as scoliosis, and restrictive supporting musculature. By alleviating these factors the patient stands a much better chance to have long term reduction of their low back pain and better odds for the ability to perform regular daily activities without worry.

Tips to Prevent Back Pain

* Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
* Remain active—under the supervision of your doctor of chiropractic.
* Avoid prolonged inactivity, posture, or sitting.
* Warm up or stretch before exercising or other physical activities, such as gardening.
* Maintain proper posture.
* Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
* Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize any curve in your spine. Avoid pillow top mattresses – they are comfortable but will not give you support you need!
* Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist when lifting. Basically avoid lifting and reaching and lifting and twisting.
* Quit smoking. Smoking impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to spinal tissues.
* Make sure your workstation is set up ergonomically correct with your monitor directly in front of you at eye level.