Back pain is one of the two top reasons people seek Chiropractic treatment. Dr. Christine Antoldi, your Forest Hills, Queens Chiropractor, has been helping patients overcome back pain since 1995. Through highly-skilled, gentle Chiropractic spinal adjustments, physical medicine and rehabilitative exercise techniques, our patients are able to get back to and enjoy a normal, active and pain-free life. Symptoms of Back Pain
- Muscle tightness or spasms
- Trigger points / “knots” (areas of acute spasm and pain)
- Restricted range of motion when bending or twisting
- Sharp stabbing pains from the back, radiating to the front
- Sciatica (irritated nerves causing pain down the back of each leg)
- Distorted rib cage (can cause symptoms that mimic respiratory or cardiac problems such as shortness of breath and irregular heartbeat)
- Knee problems
- Concurrent symptoms may include numbness, tingling, pins and needles radiating into the buttocks, hips, legs and/or feet.
Problems That Might Cause Back Pain
There are many different conditions that can result in low back pain, including: sprained ligaments, strained muscles, herniated or bulging disks, trigger points and inflamed joints. While sports injuries or accidents can lead to injury and pain, sometimes even the simplest movements, like picking up a pencil from the floor, can have painful results. In addition, conditions such as arthritis, poor posture, obesity, psychological stress and even kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss can lead to pain.
Whenever there is a disruption in the normal movement or position of the vertebrae, the result is increased pain, spasm and inflammation. In the lumbar spine, these usually occur at the transition between the lower spine and the sacrum. Subluxations can lead to debilitating low back pain. Fortunately, subluxations are easily treatable and often times a significant reduction in pain is experienced almost immediately after treatment.
Contrary to popular belief, a herniated disc does not automatically mean that you are going to suffer from low back pain. In fact, one study found that almost half of all adults had at least one bulging or herniated disc, even though they did not suffer any back pain from it. On the other hand, herniated discs can be a source of intense and debilitating pain that frequently radiates to other areas of the body. Unfortunately, once a disc herniates, they rarely, if ever, completely heal. Further deterioration can often be avoided through regular chiropractic care, but a complete recovery is much less common.
Sprains, Strains and Spasms
This is commonly the source of low back pain among the weekend warriors. You know, the type who have very little physical activity during the week, but once the weekend arrives, they push themselves way too much. By the end of the weekend, they are lying flat on their back counting down the hours before they can get in to see their Chiropractor. Overworking the muscles or ligaments of the low back can lead to small tears in the tissues, which then become painful, swollen and tight.
Whenever you become stressed, your body responds by increasing your blood pressure and heart rate, flooding your body with stress hormones and tightening up your muscles. When you are stressed all the time, the chronic tension causes your muscles to become sore, weak and loaded with trigger points. If you are stressed out all of the time and you have low back pain, it is important to get adjusted, perform relaxation exercises, as well as adhere to a regular exercise.
Chiropractic Treatment & Natural Pain Relief
Medical History Evaluation- Dr Antoldi will conduct a complete physical examination and comprehensive medical history to determine the source of your back pain.
Comprehensive and Individualized Treatment Plan- After careful and thorough assessment of your condition and identification of the source of your symptoms, a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan will be designed to address your specific condition and requirements for best possible healing and pain relief.
Chiropractic Adjustments- Chiropractic adjustments relieve pressure on the nervous system, promote spinal health and improve overall health. These adjustments are especially beneficial for providing neck and back pain relief, as well as managing chronic pain caused by arthritis, degenerated discs and/or herniated discs, or other spinal misalignment.
Therapeutic Exercises- In addition to Chiropractic adjustment Dr Antoldi often recommends a course of therapeutic exercises and physiotherapy protocol to help address problems with muscles and other soft tissues so that they can be retrained and reconditioned to properly support proper posture and promote healing and recovery.
To learn more about back pain treatment contact Dr. Christine Antoldi at Forest Hills Chiropractic & Wellness. Call 718-268-4464 and schedule your evaluation today.