Blog - AV Chiropractic Health Center

Blog - AV Chiropractic Health Center

Lower Back Pain Causes: How Did This Happen?

lower back pain causes

There are plenty of causes for lower back pain. Here, we’ll go over a number of them and how you can deal with them.

One of the most common lower back pain causes is the exertion required to be competitive in athletic activities, regardless of age. Trying to keep up with their 15-year-old son or daughter on the basketball court has punished many parents in their 40s and 50s. Many other sports such as football, weight lifting, surfing and running take a tremendous toll on one’s back as well. Extra precaution should be taken to loosen up before all sports activities.

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How To Relieve Pain From Sciatica

sciatica

If you have constant pain from sciatica, then you know you’ll do just about anything to relieve it. Relief comes in many different forms including over the counter painkillers, anti-inflammatory medication, drastic surgical treatments, and a variety of other non-surgical treatments.

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Sciatica Relief Gained Through Simple Lifestyle Changes

sciatica relief

Sciatica nerve pain affects the lives of millions of people. The pain is caused by inflammation and pressure on the root of the nerve in the lower back. There are many sciatica treatment options available, including surgery, medication, and non-invasive lifestyle changes. The optimal treatment plan is based on the severity of the damage to the spinal column. You should begin with the least invasive methods, trying other techniques based on the level of pain and consultation with your physician.

Surgery is one option for sciatica treatment. This option is a last resort due to the risks involved in the procedure and the associated anesthesia. In order to avoid surgery, medication and lifestyle changes should be implemented as early as possible after the onset of sciatica pain.

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Lower Back Pain Treatments

lower back painAbout 85 percent of the population will experience disabling, lower back pain at least once during their lives. That’s almost all of us. The problem is so bad that, at any one time, 6.8 percent of the U.S. adult population is suffering from an episode of back pain lasting more than two weeks. That’s a lot of bad backs. The estimated cost of this problem in the U.S. is over $50 billion a year.

The standard medical approach to back pain varies depending on the severity of the condition. Muscle relaxers, painkillers, rest, and physical therapy such as traction, diathermy, ultrasound, hot packs, and cold packs are sometimes used. However, this approach has not been found very helpful. If the problem doesn’t improve or worsens, then surgery may be performed.

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Balance Disorders: Effects and Treatments

balance disorders

What are balances disorders and how are they most effectively treated?

We’ll answer that, but before we get started, do you ever find yourself asking any or all of these questions?

  • Why do I have a balance disorder?
  • Why doesn’t it simply go away?
  • Why can’t I just be like normal people?
  • How bad can this balance disorder get?
  • Will I eventually be confined to a wheelchair or my bed?
  • Will I ever be able to live the life I used to?

See, if any one of these problems or concerns is affecting the quality of your life, then you need to finish reading this right now! Why do I say this?

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Treating Neck Pain

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Neck pain can be caused by irritation, inflammation, injury, or infection. Pain in the neck, shoulder, arm, hand, or head “most” frequently results from irritation of cervical nerve roots in the region of the intervertebral foramen, encroachment of the vascular supply as it courses through the vertebral canal, or invasion of the cord in the spinal canal.

If unhealthy, your neck’s normal forward curve may reduce, become straight or “military,” or even reverse its curve.

Over time, arthritic changes in the vertebrae such as lipping or spurring (bony growths), disc-thinning or degeneration, or deterioration of muscles, ligaments and other structures may occur. However, in spite of all these changes, there may or may not be pain. In fact, studies show little or no correlation between the degree of pain felt in the neck and arthritis changes found on X-rays and MRI.

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Sciatica: What is it and How is it Treated?

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If your sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, the condition is called sciatica (pronounced si-ad-i-ka). The pain can be intense! It often follows the path of your nerve down the back of your legs and thighs, ankle, foot and toes, but it can also radiate to your back.

Along with burning, sharp pains, you may also feel nerve sensations such as pins-and-needles, tingling, prickling, crawling sensations, or tenderness.  Ironically, your leg may also feel numb.

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Spinal Rejuvenation Therapy Could Solve Your Disc Problems

Spinal Rejuvenation Therapy

Do you suffer from degenerative disc disease, herniated or bulging discs, sciatica, or other spinal problems? Has your physician suggested you consider surgery?

You may want to consider spinal rejuvenation therapy (or SRT) first. SRT combines spinal decompression therapy with a neurological approach to care that has proven effective in treating degenerative discs, facet syndrome, sciatica, herniated discs and spinal stenosis. If you have already had surgery, spinal rejuvenation therapy can still be considered if you suffer from failed back surgery syndrome.

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Headaches and Migraines

migraines

The migraine headache is perhaps the best known special type of headache.  It is really called the migraine syndrome.  By syndrome we mean that a lot of things accompany the headache – all of them bad.

Symptoms include dizziness, visual problems, “spots” before the eyes, redness, swelling, tearing of the eyes, muscle contraction, irritability, nausea, vomiting, constipation, or diarrhea.  These symptoms often arise before the headache hits.  The headache itself may last for a few minutes to a few days, and the severity may range from minor discomfort to immobilizing agony.

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Herniated and Bulging Disc Treatment

bulging disc and herniated disc

Herniated and bulging discs affect the quality of life of millions of Americans, causing back pain and limiting mobility. In this video, Dr. Wayne Hodges explains what patients can expect when being treated for one of these problems and how soon they can expect results.

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