Back Pain

Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC

Chiropractors & Pain Management Specialists located in Grand Island, NE

It’s one of the most widespread causes of pain and time off work, so finding someone who can fix your back pain is invaluable. The team at Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, in Grand Island, Nebraska, have considerable expertise and experience in treating numerous causes of back pain swiftly and comprehensively. If back pain is disrupting your life, you don’t have to put up with it. Call Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, today to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes acute back pain?

Back pain is extremely common and has many different causes. Acute back pain is typically due to injuries like strained muscles or something popping out of alignment. Activities that cause acute back pain include:

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Unsafe lifting techniques
  • Exceeding fitness levels
  • Sudden, awkward movements
  • Twisting or overreaching
  • Trips and falls
  • Auto accidents

Acute back pain comes on suddenly when you suffer an injury, causing instant discomfort and, very often, affecting your movement as well. You can also have back pain during pregnancy.

What causes chronic back pain?

Chronic back pain tends to occur over a period of time and lasts for three months or more. Degenerative or inherited diseases can cause chronic back pain, for example:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis (curved spine)
  • Spondylolysis
  • Osteoporosis (brittle bones)

Sometimes, acute injuries that don’t heal properly can lead to chronic back pain.

What should I do if I hurt my back?

If you have mild back pain caused by an acute injury, you should rest your back by avoiding the activity that caused the damage or anything similar. However, staying in bed for a long time doesn’t help your back at all.

Gently moving and exercising are far more likely to heal the tissues than staying immobile. Don’t overdo it, though. Use heat packs carefully to soothe the pain and ice packs to reduce inflammation.

You can take over-the-counter pain medications if your pain requires it, but don’t use the medication to cover up pain so you can carry on as normal – you’ll end up with a much worse back problem.

When back pain persists for over a week or comes and goes frequently, it’s time to visit Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC.

How does a chiropractor treat back pain?

Chiropractic adjustments are a vital form of treatment for back pain and are useful no matter what the cause of your pain. After finding the root cause of your pain, your treatment plan at Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, could include:

  • Diversified technique
  • Cox® Flexion-Distraction decompression (traction)
  • Thompson Drop
  • Active Release Technique®
  • SOT (sacro occipital technique)
  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • Cold beam laser
  • Rehabilitation exercises
  • Therapeutic ultrasound

Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, combines the most appropriate chiropractic methods with whichever types of physical therapy could help with your particular problem.

How do I stop back pain from coming back?

When you undergo back pain treatment at Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, your provider gives you detailed information about how to improve your strength and avoid developing the same problem again.

Some of the best ways to reduce your risk of developing back pain in the future include:

  • Regular exercise
  • Practicing core-strengthening exercises
  • Doing yoga or Pilates
  • Losing weight
  • Improving your posture

You should also avoid things like sitting and standing for long periods and lifting heavy weights, use a correctly adjusted ergonomic office chair, and make sure you practice safe lifting techniques.

For help with back pain, call Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, today or request an appointment online.