Back Pain Treatment in Winnipeg MB
Back pain in Winnipeg MB is what most people associate with chiropractic care, and at Kenaston Family Chiropractic, we see many patients with back pain. This can include anything from muscle sprains and strains to subluxations to disc bulges or herniations. Our job is to identify the type of back pain you’re experiencing and correct it with gentle, targeted adjustments and rehab exercises.
This approach is designed to get the joints moving, re-establish the neural pathways and retrain the joint/brain connection so you can use your body better.
Back Pain in Winnipeg MB
The back is a broad term that covers a large area of the body. It is made up of many tendons, ligaments, discs, muscles, and bones. Without a solid understanding of these different parts, it can be complicated to locate and address the source of the pain. The following explains some of the most common issues and their identifying features. It also explains how chiropractic medicine can help to resolve them. This is a general guideline to help you in your quest for effective treatment, but we highly recommend that you seek a professional opinion to properly diagnose these issues.
Causes of Back Pain
Back pain can be the result of an acute injury, such as those sustained in an auto accident or lifting incorrectly. Most of our patients have problems from sitting in the same position for too long, such as people who work at a desk all day, or repetitive use issues, which occur when you repeat the same motion day in and day out.
- Disc Bulges or Herniations: There is a lot of fear around disc injuries, and people generally think that discs can’t heal and that surgery is their only option. We want to dispel that myth! While disc injuries are serious, they can often heal when managed appropriately with gentle chiropractic care and rehab.
- Subluxations: It’s important to address vertebral subluxations (misalignments) because the movements in your spine are what challenges your nervous system and allows it to respond appropriately to the environment. We locate subluxations and correct them with targeted adjustments.
- Sprains & Strains: Whenever you have a sprain or strain, that damaged tissue changes the integrity of the joint and other soft tissue around it. Precise adjustments recenter the joint so it moves better, and rehab exercises help heal the soft tissue injury.
The Effects of Stress
Stress decreases our tolerance to pain, which interferes with how we move. This can create improper movement patterns that affect recovery. We help our patients understand their condition and how we can help them recover, and this helps eliminate some of their stress around the situation so they can heal better.
Disc Bulges and Herniations
Disc bulges and herniations are conditions in which the outer edges of the discs, located between the vertebrae, are damaged. This causes the jelly-like center to bulge or is pushed out. This is a surprisingly common issue and it is often, but not always, very painful. Many people who have this condition feel nothing at all. The quality and intensity of it, for those who experience pain, depends on the type and position of the herniation. If the damaged disc is irritating a surrounding nerve, shooting or stabbing pain along with weakness in the legs is often severe.
It is important that this issue is properly identified and promptly treated to avoid further damage. A chiropractor in Winnipeg MB will thoroughly assess your back to determine the extent of the issue and the appropriate treatment to prevent worsening of the herniation, and provide relief from the associated pain.
Subluxation is a medical term describing a misalignment in the vertebral column. There are a wide variety of causes, including physical stress, trauma, and toxins. Subluxations are often quite painful and can disrupt normal movement. Subluxations are one of the most commonly overlooked contributors to back pain. Chiropractors are trained to identify and correct this issue using non-invasive adjustment techniques.
Muscular Sprains and Tendon or Ligament Strains
Strains and sprains most typically occur when we engage in tasks that our body is not accustomed to, or when we are involved in an accident. Lifting while twisting, or stretching past one's limits are common causes of strains and sprains of the back. These can be extremely painful and are often accompanied by swelling and bruising of the surrounding area. Strains and sprains in the back tend to involve changes to the alignment of the spine and typically respond well to chiropractic care.
Stress and Back Pain
Chronic stress wreaks havoc on the body, and can eventually lead to hyper-tension and chronic back pain. Back pain is a result of tension and muscle spasms that occur when stress hormones are released. The tension will often accumulate in what are referred to as trigger points. These trigger points can be extremely painful and need professional attention to resolve. Chiropractors have the knowledge and tools to relieve stress from trigger points and to deal with underlying nervous system imbalances that may be keeping your body locked in patterns of stress and pain.
If you have questions about how our team at Kenaston Family Chiropractic can help you, please schedule a consultation today.
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