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.