Chronic Back Pain Treatment

Chronic Back Pain Treatment the Natural Way

Back pain is considered “chronic back pain” if it persists for more than three months or if it returns repeatedly over a period of several months.

woman at desk with back painIf you have it, you want it to go away.

Which is why you want to go to a chiropractor.

They see the happy resolution of chronic back pain in patient after patient. It’s practically routine.

Yet, chiropractic is rarely the first choice.

Instead, pain medication is usually sought first. After all, it’s faster. Cheaper. And more convenient.

But this approach has a dark side. More about that later.

First, what causes chronic back pain and what are your treatment options?

Treating Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain treatment generally revolves around managing the pain. Pain management techniques may include some or all of the following:

  • Cold and heat therapy
  • Pain medications
  • Exercise therapy
  • Surgery

The problem is, these treatments virtually ignore the underlying structural cause of back pain.

But it’s what chiropractors do. And they do it extraordinarily well.

Helping Your Body Heal Naturally

If you’re a good candidate for today’s chiropractic care, your chiropractor will begin with a no-obligation consultation. He or she will get to you. You’ll get to know them.

If the vibe is right and it makes sense to go deeper, there will be a thorough physical, neurological and chiropractic examination. Many patients observe that it’s the most complete work up that they’ve ever experienced.

After a full report of what was found and what it means, you’re recommendations for care will include a series of chiropractic adjustments.

Relax. Adjustments feel great. If they didn’t chiropractors would find it difficult to get patients to return for additional adjustments needed to make lasting spinal changes.

The success that chiropractors have with chronic back pain is a big part of the reason why chiropractic is the most popular natural healthcare discipline in the world. Putting this episode of chronic back pain behind you begins with a phone call to a ChooseNatural.com chiropractor near where you live or work.

Naturally, every case is a little different so there are no guarantees. However, pursue a safe and natural approach before resorting to addictive pain medication or irreversible surgery.

Like all chiropractors, our ChooseNatural.com sponsors successfully complete years of higher education and licensing requirements. And they’re covered by the majority of insurance providers.

Causes of Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain is most often centered in the lower back as opposed to upper or mid-back. Typically, some aspect of joint malfunction with nervous system involvement is at play.

Either the interlocking facet joints are fixated and not moving properly or the entire vertebral body is rotated. Either situation can put pressure on nearby nerves and nerve roots which produce the pain associated with chronic back pain.

This functional abnormality leads to inflammation and possible disc damage.

Inflammation produces swelling which can cause pressure on delicate nerve tissue.

Disc damage can include wedging and thinning of this cushioning cartilage between spinal vertebrae. Or they can bulge as the soft center pushes outward along the weaker wall of the disc.

The resulting pain is your body’s way of telling you that something needs to change.

How Stress Becomes Chronic Back Pain

This structural and functional change to spinal joints is the result of one or more stresses.

Physical stress could have come as the result of improper lifting, long-standing uncorrected spinal misalignments, car accidents and similar types of obvious insult to the spine.

Emotional stress can play a role in chronic back pain as well. Anger, resentment and feeling unsupportive can be contributing factors. Ever felt your jaw tighten or your neck stiffen during a heated argument? Same thing here.

Chemical stress can include everything from drugs and alcohol to poor nutrition or a toxic environment. These can effect muscle tone and have neurological affects.

Fortunately, the human body is incredibly resilient. It can adapt to the many stresses we subject it to. Until it can’t.

Then, something as simple as bending over to put on a pair of socks triggers pain. At first it’s merely annoying. When it becomes chronic back pain we look for relief.

Causes of Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain is most often centered in the lower back as opposed to upper or mid-back.

Typically, some aspect of joint malfunction with nervous system involvement is at play.

Either the interlocking facet joints are fixated and not moving properly or the entire vertebral body is rotated. Either situation can put pressure on nearby nerves and nerve roots which produce the pain associated with chronic back pain.

This functional abnormality leads to inflammation and possible disc damage.

Inflammation produces swelling which can cause pressure on delicate nerve tissue.

Disc damage can include wedging and thinning of this cushioning cartilage between spinal vertebrae. Or they can bulge as the soft center pushes outward along the weaker wall of the disc.

The resulting pain is your body’s way of telling you that something needs to change.

How Stress Becomes Chronic Back Pain

This structural and functional change to spinal joints is the result of one or more stresses.

Physical stress could have come as the result of improper lifting, long-standing uncorrected spinal misalignments, car accidents and similar types of obvious insult to the spine.

Emotional stress can play a role in chronic back pain as well. Anger, resentment and feeling unsupportive can be contributing factors. Ever felt your jaw tighten or your neck stiffen during a heated argument? Same thing here.

Chemical stress can include everything from drugs and alcohol to poor nutrition or a toxic environment. These can effect muscle tone and have neurological affects.

Fortunately, the human body is incredibly resilient. It can adapt to the many stresses we subject it to.

Until it can’t.

Then, something as simple as bending over to put on a pair of socks triggers pain.

At first it’s merely annoying. When it becomes chronic back pain we look for relief.

MedicationCommon Side Effects & Interactions
NSAID/COX-2 inhibitors
(Ansaid, Motrin, Advil, Celebrex, etc.)
Some known side effects are ringing in the ears, rash, headaches, drowsiness, nausea, stomach ulcers, blood clots, hypertension, heart attacks and heart failure. These drugs can interact with medications for blood pressure, blood thinners and lithium.
Anticonvulsants
(Topamax, Neurontin, etc.)
Some known side effects are trouble concentrating, trouble with balance and speech, numbness, insomnia, weight loss, vision loss, rapid heart rate, fevers, chills and seizures. These medications often interact with pain relievers, certain anti-depressants and bronchodilators, as well as diabetes, bladder, glaucoma and irritable bowel medications.
Muscle Relaxants
(Valium, Soma, etc.)
Some known side effects are drowsiness, headache, dizziness, tremor, irritability, depression, blurred vision, nausea, insomnia, paralysis, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, convulsions, fainting and hallucinations. These medications are often habit forming and can interact with narcotic pain relievers, MAOI’s and other antidepressants.
Antidepressants
(Norpramin, Endep, etc.)
Some known side effects are constipation, vomiting, dizziness, insomnia, nightmares, blurred vision, hallucinations, decreased sex drive, chest pain, pounding heartbeat and seizures. These medications can interact with medications for heart rhythm or seizures, sleep aids, MAOIs and narcotic pain relievers.
Narcotic pain relievers
(Codeine, Oxycodone, morphine, etc.)
Some known side effects are drowsiness, dry mouth, itching, sweating, slow heartbeat, shallow breathing, memory problems, confusion, fainting, hallucinations and convulsions. These medications are often habit forming and can interact with tranquilizers and muscle relaxants, as well as other classes of pain reliever.

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