Back Pain Chiropractor

Do you have back pain in Amarillo, TX? Whether your pain is in your upper, middle, or lower back, chances are that you aren’t unlike most people and will experience some form of back pain during your life. As a matter of fact, an estimated 32 million Americans are experiencing back pain at this moment and roughly 80% of the population will experience back pain in some form or another during their lifetimes. With numbers this high, it’s no surprise that back pain has become the #1 cause of disability in the United States. These numbers should stimulate concern regarding the causes of back pain, how to prevent it, and what the best mode of treatment is once someone has it. The aim of Chiropractic + Recovery is to guide you in your personal journey of alleviating these problems and preventing them in the future.

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Back Pain in Amarillo, Tx

So, what causes back pain? The sheer number of injuries, conditions, and misalignments that cause back pain are seemingly endless. Your back is a complex structure designed to absorb stress while permitting movement. Many of the structural elements such as tendons, ligaments, discs, muscles, and even bones can become irritated or damaged causing you pain. Cases from car accidents can result in severe trauma resulting in back pain. Other times, minor repetitive stress can cause even more damage and long term grief in patients which makes it hard to pinpoint one major event that caused it. Other bodily conditions like arthritis, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, and even obesity have proven to be the cause of lower back pain. With every possibility, it is important to find a doctor that takes into account all aspects of health to reach an accurate diagnosis.

Fortunately, Dr. Kaci Roach of Chiropractic + Recovery in Amarillo has many years of experience and education in determining the correct diagnosis and helping you find the most appropriate mode of care. Without a proper diagnosis and method of treatment, even the most minor conditions can create more serious, lifelong conditions.

There are a variety of causes for back pain, however, some of them are more common than others. The following describes some of the more common causes of lower back pain seen and treated at Chiropractic + Recovery.

Herniations or Disc Bulges

In Amarillo, one of the most common, painful causes of back pain is herniation or disc bulges. Not every herniation or disc bulge results in pain. MRI studies of numerous patients show that as much as 37% of the American populace has a disc bulge or herniation and a vast majority are not experiencing any symptoms or pain as result. The down side is that the people who do report pain often describe it as excruciating, severe, and intense. The type of pain that results from a disc herniation depends on the position and type of herniation. If the damaged disc irritates a surrounding nerve, then weakness and shooting pains in the legs may develop. Some patients describe this as a stabbing, almost lightning-like pain.

To understand disc herniation, imagine a disc as a jelly donut. If the outer edges of donut (disc) acquire damage over time, most typically from wear and tear, the jelly from inside the disc is pushed outward resulting in damage to the surrounding structures. When this happens, the damage is extremely difficult to reverse. Often times, chiropractic care has proven as a preventative to the advances of herniation and aids in pain relief associated with this.


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Arguably, subluxations are one of the most commonly overlooked causes of back pain in patients. Subluxation is a medical term that describes, in basic terms, a spinal vertebra that is out of position. A subluxation can wildly disrupt normal, everyday movement, and eventually create other issues (including back pain). Subluxations are possible anywhere in the spinal column and there are seemingly infinite factors that can cause them ranging from stress, bodily toxins, and physical trauma to name a few. Just as stress can act as a catalyst for getting an ulcer in the gut, it can also create physiological changes resulting in the displacement of vertebrae and ultimate misalignment. The time it takes to recover from these misalignments varies per person, but Dr. Kaci Roach at Chiropractic + Recovery in Amarillo is trained to help every patient.

Tendon or Ligament Strains and Muscular Sprains

Anyone can get a strains or sprain, but they often occur in people who do tasks and work the spinal structures aren’t accustomed to. For example, a person who tries to run a. Marathon during their first time running in the summer is likely to overwork muscular structures and resulting in damage. Ligament sprains are typically caused when a ligament stretches past its limits which creates tears. Muscle strains are usually caused by lifting heavy objects and twisting motions. Sprains and strains of the muscles and ligaments in the back can be painful for people and is usually accompanied by bruising or swelling around the area impacted. Strains and sprains are typically acting in concert with each other when it comes to the spine. Therefore, chiropractic care bodes well to help remedy immediate pains. Dr. Kaci Roach at Chiropractic + Recovery is fully-equipped to comprehensively treat these types of injuries.

Back Pain and Stress

Chronic stress sufferers have a vastly different physiological profile compared to those who are not. When the human body endures intense stress, various hormones are released to adapt to the situation. Some of those adaptive mechanisms include: increased blood pressure, altered immune system, elevated heart rate, decreases in bone density and muscle mass. If the stress response is a prolonged one, the repercussions are far reaching in overall health such as heart disease development, depression, digestive issues, obesity, and of course, back pain. Tension produced by stress hormones causes muscle tissue contraction that creates “trigger points”. Trigger points can become extremely painful, but are entirely treatable at Chiropractic + Recovery.

Can Chiropractic Help My Back Pain?

When a chiropractor treats the cause of back pain rather than the symptoms, the back pain treatment becomes far less complex. Every single factor listed above has one major factor in common: misaligned vertebrae in the spine. Fortunately, Dr. Kaci Roach at Chiropractic + Wellness is specially trained to aid in treatment of this. Multiple studies have shown that chiropractic care can be the most effective treatment for many forms and causes of back pain. As with any condition, taking a conservative, non-invasive approach to treating that back pain is an ideal start. If you have questions about your condition and need to see Dr. Kaci Roach, please contact her office at Chiropractic + Recovery to schedule a consultation.

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