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From herniated discs to sciatica, chronic or acute back pain is a serious health problem affecting more than 31 million Americans each year. Back pain is the second most common cause for missed work and a major impediment to living a full, active life. If you are suffering from back pain, you may be worried that your only treatment options are medication or surgery. Since the majority of back pain causes are mechanical, our Groton chiropractor can successful treat these conditions without the need for medication or surgery. Chiropractic care is an effective treatment option that requires neither drugs nor invasive procedures. Our gentle, hands-on adjustments bring proper alignment back to the spine for long-lasting pain relief.
A spinal misalignment is one of the most common causes for lower back pain. An accident injury, such as a car accident, workplace injury or sports injury may cause a herniated disc in the lower back. If the herniated disc places pressure on nearby nerves, this pressure can trigger recurring pain. For example, if a herniated disc compresses the sciatic nerve, you may experience a radiating pain sensation along the length of this nerve, starting in the lower back and traveling through the buttocks and legs. As long as the herniated disc continues to compress the sciatic nerve, you will continue to experience pain.
Chiropractic adjustments are the most effective way to restore proper alignment to the spine and alleviate pressure on the nerves. Our Groton chiropractor uses advanced diagnostic tests to determine the specific location of a spinal subluxation in your back. Next, we will careful adjust the spine, creating space between the vertebra and allowing the slipped, herniated or bulging disc to return to its proper position. This relieves pressure on the nerves for long-term pain relief – without the need for drugs or surgery.
Back pain due to injury or overuse is also common among our patients. For example, a muscular strain or spasms caused by improperly lifting a heavy object can tear the ligaments, tendons and muscles that support our lower back. While you may not remember the exact event that triggered the strain or spasm, you will definitely remember the pain! The good news is that proactive care from our Groton chiropractor can help minor misuse injuries heal quickly. In addition to chiropractic care, we may recommend physiotherapy exercises for improved range of motion following injury. These exercises also reduce inflammation and support internal healing.
Poor posture is a leading cause for back pain. All those hours spent hunched over a computer keyboard, slumped on the sofa watching TV, or even slouching while standing can add up to some serious pain. Poor posture compresses the lumbar spine, triggering pain. While chiropractic adjustments are beneficial for pain relief, ergonomic changes are equally important. Adjusting your office chair height, sleeping with a more supportive pillow, and practicing good posture will help alleviate lumbar spine compression.
To learn more about the causes and treatment alternative for your back pain, contact our chiropractor today!