Back pain affects 80% of Americans at some time in their lives. It comes in many forms, from lower back pain, middle back pain, or upper back pain to low back pain with sciatica. Common back pain causes include herniated discs, nerve and muscular problems, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis.
Low back pain is often caused by overuse, strain, or injury. For instance, people often hurt their backs playing sports or working in the yard, being jolted in a car accident, or lifting something too heavy.
Aging plays a part too. Your bones and muscles tend to lose strength as you age, which increases your risk of injury. The spongy discs between the bones of the spine (vertebrae) may suffer from wear and tear and no longer provide enough cushion between the bones. A disc that bulges or breaks open (herniated disc) can press on nerves, causing back pain and in some cases radiating pain into the lower extremities.
At Companion Chiropractic we treat all types of back pain. From manual adjustments, electric stimulation, ultrasound, hot packs, to flexion/distraction and traction, there are many effective therapies for the treatment of back pain. No matter what the source of your pain, Dr. Walzer is a specialist at diagnosing and treating back pain. You do not have to live in pain.