Friday, December 31, 2010

Back Pain - The Basics

Back pain (also known as dorsalgia) is pain felt in the back that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine.

The pain may be a dull ache, or a sharp or piercing or burning sensation. The pain may radiate into the arm and hand), in the upper back, or in the low back, (and might radiate into the leg or foot), and may include symptoms other than pain, such as weakness, numbness or tingling.

Back pain is one of humanity's most frequent complaints. In the U.S., acute low back pain (also called lumbago) is the fifth most common reason for physician visits. About nine out of ten adults experience back pain at some point in their life, and five out of ten working adults have back pain every year.

The spine is a complex interconnecting network of nerves, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and all are capable of producing pain. Large nerves that originate in the spine and go to the legs and arms can make pain radiate to the extremities.

Why Choose Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural approach to treating many painful conditions.

Chiropractors "adjust" the spine to decrease pain, restore motion and increase normal function. It is effective for back pain, headaches, bulging discs, neck pain, sports injuries, and car accidents.

We've tried to make our office a comfortable and friendly place to visit. We have massage chairs in our reception room for our patients. We offer our patients coffee, tea and hot chocolate as well as snacks while they are waiting to be treated.

Our office is also kid friendly. We have an Xbox for the kids (and some adults ) to play with while their parents are being treated. We also have videos for the kids to watch and toys for them to play with to keep them occupied.

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