Back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide and one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work. In fact, most people have back pain at some point in their life. You probably know someone who suffers from chronic low back or hip pain. Many people turn to pain-relievers which may temporarily cover the problem but it doesn’t fix the cause of the pain. Without fixing the cause, the pain most always returns. Additionally the ongoing use of pain medication can be dangerous, the medication can be highly addictive as well as causing severe stomach and liver problems.What are low back and hip pain? They are both symptoms. The body’s way of alerting us that something is wrong. Low back and hip pain usually begin with stress. Stress, regardless of type (physical, chemical, emotional), causes pinched nerves (subluxation). Pinched nerves keep the nervous system from communicating properly resulting in back pain and limitations in movement of the lumbar spine. Back pain results when a pinched nerve has occurred within the lumbar spine. Nerves emerging from the lumbar spine become compressed, causing the muscles to become strained. Symptoms such as pain, stiffness and radiating pain into the hip or down the leg will ultimately result. This pain or lack of mobility is your body’s way of limiting movement in attempt to keep you from causing more injury.
The way you describe your pain, the location the pain is being experienced, and any related symptoms are
important to determine the most effective care plan.
Mechanical pain may be described in a number of ways, such as sharp or dull, constant or comes and goes, etc. A muscle strain or pinched nerve can be a common cause of mechanical pain. By reducing pinched nerves we often see the healing process accelerated.
Referred pain is often characterized as dull and achy and tends to move around and vary in intensity. As an example: In the lower back, degenerative disc disease and pinched nerves may cause referred pain to the hips and posterior thighs or down the lower leg. By reducing pinched nerves we often see the healing process accelerated.
Radicular pain is often described as deep and searing pain. Radicular pain follows the path of the nerve into the leg and may be accompanied by numbness or weakness. This type of pain is caused by compression, inflammation and/or injury to a spinal nerve root causing a pinched nerve. Other terms for radicular pain are sciatica or radiculopathy. By reducing pinched nerves we often see the healing process accelerated. Addressing pinched nerves can relieve pain and allow your nervous system to function properly.
Do I need x-rays?
A: In many cases x-rays give important information when evaluating the condition of your cervical spine and any possible degenerative processes of your discs. At Chiropractic of Naples we offer state-of-the-art digital x-rays to provide us with the best quality films to best evaluate your condition and determine the appropriate care plan.
Do you see a lot of people with back and hip pain?
A: Yes, most people will experience back pain and stiffness at some point in their lives. As a result, they make up a large segment of our patients.
How long will it take for me to get better?
A: Depending upon your specific findings, relief care will vary from a few weeks to a few months.
At Chiropractic of Naples, we will do a thorough evaluation including a sophisticated digital analysis to determine where the stresses in your life have caused the pinched nerves that are causing you pain and/or stiffness and then address them properly.