Back pain can cause discomfort for all ages. Dr. Nuwer helps treat the discomfort from back pain for patients in the Palo Alto, CA area. At her offices in Bay Health Center, Dr. Nuwer helps to reduce pain and discomfort in the back and return mobility to patients suffering from back pain.
Back Pain Q & A
What causes back pain?
Back pain can surface for a number of different reasons including injury or disease. Structural misalignment is one of the most common causes of back pain. Structural problems can often include ruptured or bulging discs, sciatica, arthritis, or osteoporosis. Back pain from injury can come from a sudden twisting, or lift something too heavy. This can cause strained muscles or ligaments which result in a sharp or dull ache within the spine and surrounding musculature. Poor posture or ill-fitting shoes can also cause pain to develop in the back.
How is back pain treated?
Treatment of back pain will begin with an evaluation to pinpoint the condition that is causing the pain. This approach is intended to reduce the pain to restore movement and quality of life and also to keep it from returning. Depending on the specific ailment, treatment can range anywhere from medications to trigger point injections for muscle spasm, massage, and braces to ice and cold packs and posture-corrective treatment. Chiropractic services can be utilized to reduce tension on the muscles and also restore mobility to structural problems. Services such as spinal adjustments, spinal decompression, or the use of a TENS unit may also be used.
What else can help ease back pain?
Regular exercise has been proven to show a positive effect on back pain. Specific corrective exercises are designed to help strengthen muscles and connective tissues which aid in the improvement of skeletal misalignment. Maintaining proper nutrition and a healthy diet can provide relief by keeping the body weight down and thus, lessening the stress on the back itself. In some situations, physiotherapy may be used as a standalone treatment or in combination with another form of treatment. Each experiences pain differently, so treatment will be unique to that individual.