Spinal conditions can cause a variety of issues within the human body. Although pain may be felt in one area, it may be due to a spinal condition in another area of the body. If you are experiencing chronic pain it may be time to contact a chiropractor. Below are some conditions of the spine that can cause chronic pain.
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Herniated/Bulging Disc
- Piriformis syndrome
- Spondylosis (spinal arthritis)
- Sports Injury
- Back Strain
Pain Associated with Spinal Conditions
There are a multitude of reasons to visit a chiropractor, ranging from headaches to heel pain, and covering everything in between. Here are some of the most common reasons people come through my door:
Waking up after “sleeping wrong” with pain and the inability to turn in both directions equally is relatively common. Typically patients expect that their neck pain will subside, but after a day of being unable to check their blind spot, they make an appointment. I see and treat this type of case quite often, and in most situations, patients are back to full, pain-free range of motion quickly.
Low back pain affects about 8 out of 10 people at some point during their life. So if you’re experiencing back pain, know that you’re not alone. Granted, that won’t make you feel any better, but a trip to a skilled manual therapist (such as a chiropractor) certainly can. Multiple studies have shown the effectiveness of manipulation as well as repeated end range movements in the treatment of low back pain. Don’t hunch over in pain or miss out on the things you enjoy – take care of yourself and take care of your back!
The knee is sometimes referred to as the “middle child” of the lower extremity. Those of you who fall in that birth order know that oftentimes those above and below you are the culprit, but you’re always getting the blame. The same is true for the knee. Often the target of wear and tear injuries, the knee is greatly influenced by the mechanics of the foot, ankle, hip, and even low back. If you have “bad knees”, perhaps investigating surrounding regions might prove to be beneficial in diminishing your pain!
The shoulder is a ball and socket joint – it’s not incredibly stable. But we expect a lot out of our shoulders, and some of us walk around with the weight of the world piled up there. Much like the knee, the shoulder is often blamed for the cause of injury when in fact the issue stems from another area. The thoracic spine (mid back) and lower cervical spine (neck) is crucial in shoulder function, and surprisingly enough, so is the diaphragm (breathing muscle). Finding a balance of movement and stability throughout the upper body will allow your shoulders some much needed relief.
Ranging from brain freezes to migraines, headaches can be anywhere from annoying to debilitating. Manual therapies can address biomechanical dysfunctions (things that don’t move around properly) as well as overactive or inactive muscles that can result in tension and pain. As a migraineur myself, I’ve found the benefits of chiropractic care, nutrition, and supplementation in controlling and even eliminating my migraines.
Elite athletes and weekend warriors alike both benefit from regular chiropractic care. Athletes require a lot from their bodies. If something doesn’t move quite as well as it should, or the athlete isn’t recruiting muscles in the proper sequence, outcomes will suffer. Whether that means eventual injury and pain or merely a less successful game, athletes who want to perform at their best need to treat their body like any other piece of athletic equipment – with care and respect. Manual therapy such as chiropractic care can help athletes avoid injury and improve outcomes.
If you are experiencing any of these examples of chronic pain, it may be due to a spinal condition. Triangle CRC in Raleigh, NC, provides quality chiropractic treatment to relieve the pain caused by spinal conditions. Contact Dr. Mumma today to schedule a visit and relieve your pain.