Back pain affects about three million Americans every year and is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. If you want to avoid medications that cover up your symptoms but don’t resolve the underlying cause of your pain, visit Motion Medical Center for care. Located in Gardnerville, Nevada, the chiropractic team provides gentle and personalized treatments to address the root cause of your pain and help you recover. Schedule an exam and treatment today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
Why does my back hurt?
Certain movements and activities can trigger back pain, especially if you have arthritis or a history of previous back injuries. Some of the most common ways to cause back pain include:
- Bending and twisting at the same time
- Lifting heavier weights than you’re used to lifting
- Lifting objects with your back rather than your legs
- Sitting for long periods
- Repetitive movements
- Sleeping on your stomach
- Improper form when exercising
At Motion Medical Center, the team can help identify the cause of your back pain through a comprehensive physical exam and orthopedic testing and provide noninvasive solutions to help you.
What causes back pain?
Any anatomical structure in your back can be the source of back pain, including your vertebrae, intervertebral joints, and discs, spinal ligaments, and muscles, and your rib cage. Conditions that can cause back pain include:
- Intersegmental joint dysfunction
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Facet joint syndrome
- Sprains and strains
- Muscle spasms
- Spinal stenosis
- Disc herniations
In most cases, back pain is caused by joint dysfunction and soft tissue injuries, though disc herniations and different types of trauma may lead to prolonged pain or disability if left untreated.
How does chiropractic help with back pain?
At Motion Medical Center, the team uses chiropractic care and cold laser to relieve pain, inflammation, and swelling surrounding the spine. Chiropractic care includes a variety of noninvasive techniques to relieve pain including:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Hot and cold therapy
- Electrical nerve stimulation
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Rehab stretches and exercises
- Posture and gait training
- At-home recommendations
Depending on your diagnosis, the team develops a personalized treatment plan, combining the most effective therapies for your specific condition.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the most common type of chiropractic therapy. If your provider recommends a chiropractic adjustment to restore motion to a joint that is painful or restricted, your provider begins by placing their hands on either side of the joint and performing a quick impulse with their hands.
You may hear or feel a pop or crack during the adjustment, which is a release of carbon dioxide gas pressure that has built up within the joint. Most patients report an immediate improvement in their movement and a sense of feeling looser or more relaxed.
To set up an exam and treatment for your back pain, request a visit online, or call Motion Medical Center now to schedule.