Neck & Back Pain Treatment in Charlotte, NC
Advice from Our Chiropractors
Chronic neck or back pain can be a debilitating condition that affects millions of men and women each year. In many cases the pain will eventually resolve itself with proper rest and stretching. However in many instances the pain does not subside and professional treatment becomes necessary.
The Keith Clinic in Charlotte, NC is here to help you get rid of your chronic back pain and get back to doing the activities you enjoy. If you have any questions about back or neck pain, don’t hesitate to call Keith Clinic toady.
The neck, known as the cervical spine, is the area of your back that runs from the base of your skull down to just below your shoulders. This area is made up of 7 vertebrae. The cervical spine has the highest concentration of blood vessels and nerves throughout your body. When you combine the amount of anatomy in this area with the multiple directions and flexibility that occurs in the neck, one can see why it is an area of the body prone to tension, fatigue and injury.
The most common causes of neck pain range from trauma (whiplash), degenerative joint disease (arthritis), to poor posture. Chiropractic therapy, including spinal adjustments and rehabilitative therapies have been proven in multiple research studies to decrease neck pain naturally without drugs or surgery.
Mid Back Pain
Starting around your shoulders and running down a few inches below your shoulder blades are the 12 vertebrae that make up the Thoracic Spine, or mid back.
Upper thoracic syndrome (AKA T4 syndrome) is categorized as an overuse injury to the T4 vertebrae and the surrounding nerves and muscles. Working at a computer all day can be a perfect example although sudden traumatic injury can be a cause as well. Symptoms include stiffness in the middle back that radiates down into the arms. This arm pain is commonly accompanied with numbness or tingling.
Chiropractic care treats T4 syndrome through adjustments to the segment as well as physiotherapeutics such as ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, stretching and strengthening exercise. Exercises that focus on proper posture are essential for the treatment of T4 syndrome.
Although there is little research surrounding T4 syndrome in the medical community, there is a substantial amount of anecdotal evidence that supports chiropractic care as one of the few options of treatment whereby patients experience relief.
The Lumbar region or low back area of the spine is made up of 5 vertebrae and starts a few inches below your shoulder blades and runs down to your Sacral Spine. This is the area of the spine that curves inward towards the abdomen. It is built for both strength and flexibility as it does a majority of the your lifting, twisting, and bending as well as acts as a shock absorber.
Although there are many causes of low back pain the most common are injury and overuse. Stress on the joints and surrounding ligaments caused by injury and overuse can lead to a chronic inflammatory response that can range from nagging to debilitating pain.
In a recent study of low back pain it was ranked the 3rd most common reason people visit the doctor ahead of high blood pressure, diabetes, and other disorders. 80% of adults at some point in their life have been affected by back pain.Consumer Reports ™, a non-biased consumer reporting agency performed an analysis of 14,000 participants on the 5 most common providers that treat back pain (Chiropractic, Physical therapist, Orthopedic doctor, Primary doctor, and Acupuncturist). Chiropractic scored the highest in the group for patient satisfaction.
Chiropractic care works so effectively for low back pain because it addresses the most common cause, joint dysfunction. Specifically, the chiropractic adjustment works to restore joint mobility and function by delivering a specific mobilization to the affected joint. As well as scoring the highest in aforementioned patient satisfaction study, the benefit to the surrounding nerve and vasculature tissue is well documented in scientific literature.
Pain Relief By the Numbers
In a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating mechanical neck pain, 272 participants were divided into three groups that received either spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) from a doctor of chiropractic (DC), pain medication (over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants) or exercise recommendations. After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with DCs and 48 percent who exercised reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53 percent of the drug-free groups continued to report at least a 75 percent reduction in pain; compared to just 38 percent pain reduction among those who took medication.
Source: Bronfort et al. (2012), Annals of Internal Medicine