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Back pain may appear at any stage of life. While acute injuries that cause back pain can happen to anyone, degenerative spinal conditions are especially common after the age of 40. Children can also suffer from low back pain as a side effect of carrying backpacks stuffed with textbooks to and from school each day. But whatever is causing that debilitating pain, you or your loved ones are no doubt searching for safe, non-surgical back pain relief -- and our chiropractor in Livonia, Dr. Grant Schneider, has them.
Back pain can stem from a multitude of causes, any of which can have you scratching your head in puzzlement over what you might have done to hurt yourself. In many cases, a subtle misalignment of the spine can create musculoskeletal imbalances that strain the spinal facet joints and back muscles. Alignment issues may appear at birth, following years of poor posture, during pregnancy or as the result of an accident injury. Auto accidents, workplace injuries and other kinds of acute personal injury may leave little doubt as to the origins of your back pain. A sharp impact to the body can force the vertebrae and joints out of the proper alignment in an instant while also causing painful problems such as muscle spasms and herniated discs.
Age-related degenerative conditions can also cause back pain. For instance, the cushioning discs that lie between vertebrae may start to dry out, which makes them lose height and bulge outward. This inflames the spinal joints by altering the space between vertebrae. Bulging discs sometimes herniate, with the herniated portion irritating neighboring nerve tissue and referring pain along the nerve pathways. (Sciatica, for example, can cause both low back pain and leg pain.) Other degenerative causes of back pain include spondylolisthesis (shifting of a vertebra's position relative to the one underneath it), osteoarthritis of the facet joints and spinal stenosis (narrowed space within the spinal canal).
Our Livonia chiropractor can treat back pain in children, young adults and seniors alike, using conservative care techniques that treat the causes of your distress. Chiropractic care relieves back pain due to disc, nerve or joint problems. By correcting the positions and function of the spinal structures, chiropractic care from our Livonia chiropractor ends nerve compression, restores flexibility and helps you adopt a straighter, healthier posture. In addition to acute back pain relief, our techniques can support natural ongoing pain management by easing the symptoms of chronic degenerative conditions and reducing musculoskeletal stresses.
Do you need a Livonia chiropractor who can help you say goodbye to back pain and get back to your normal life? Call Arbor Crossing Chiropractic Lifecenter, PLC at (734) 462-2262 to learn more about how chiropractic care can help you! Also, Arbor Crossing Chiropractic Lifecenter, PLC accepts most health insurance plans and all forms of Medicare and Medicaid!
While we treat a variety of conditions at Arbor Crossing Chiropractic Life Center, back pain is certainly one of the most common. Grant Schneider has been a chiropractor in Livonia for several years and he's happy to answer your questions about this common health problem.
Back pain doesn't always have a clear diagnosis ("idiopathic"). In other cases, the diagnosis is clear, even if there are multiple factors involved. Here are a few of the most common diagnoses we treat:
Back pain can range from mild to severe, acute to chronic, steady to intermittent. You may also experience symptoms such as back stiffness, reduced flexibility (especially tight hamstrings and hip flexors), and shooting pain, numbness, and tingling in an arm or leg.
Generally, back pain is caused by genetic predisposition, lifestyle, environment, or a combination of these and other factors, including:
Even factors like psychological stress, obesity, and cigarette smoking can increase your risk of experiencing back pain.
Even if back pain "goes away" on its own, you can't know for sure if the root causes have been resolved or if they are simply laying dormant and waiting to flare up again. So we strongly encourage you to consult with a Livonia or Westland chiropractor for treatment.
We diagnose back pain using a combination of physical exam tests, posture analysis, and medical/family history. Once your hidden factors have been identified, our doctor can get to work by employing the most appropriate chiropractic care techniques to meet your needs. These may include anything from chiropractic adjustments to corrective exercises to massage to postural awareness training—whatever helps resolve your symptoms and causes.
If you're dealing with spinal dysfunction and live near Canton, Westland, or another nearby community, contact our clinic today to schedule an appointment with our Livonia chiropractor. Our number is (734) 462-2262.
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