Is back pain impacting your health, wellbeing and daily routine? If so, you aren’t alone. Millions of Americans are dealing with persistent, severe and debilitating back pain that is severe enough to impact their work routine, daily activities and personal life. If this is happening to you, know that the chiropractic team at Scott Wagner Integrated Medicine can provide a comprehensive treatment plan comprising therapeutic and complementary therapies to target the root cause of your back pain.
What causes back pain?
Before determining the best approach for treating your back pain, we need to figure out what’s causing it. There are so many injuries, disorders and diseases that can lead to back pain, and we need to investigate further by going through your medical history, asking you specific and detailed questions about your symptoms, and then recommending certain imaging tests to rule out or confirm a diagnosis. Common causes of back pain include:
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Stress fracture
- Accidents and falls
- Herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal osteoarthritis
- Spinal stenosis
When should I see a doctor?
While some causes of back pain, such as strains and sprains, will heal on their own in a few days or weeks, it’s a good idea to seek care from a qualified medical professional if:
- Your back is so bad that it wakes you up or keeps you up at night
- Your back pain persists for days on end
- You experience chills, fever or other signs of infection
- You have limited mobility
- You can’t perform your normal daily routines and activities
- Your quality of life is impacted by your back pain
Why should I consider a chiropractor?
When it comes to treating back pain, people don’t often think of chiropractors, but they should. After all, a chiropractor is a medical doctor that specializes in providing therapeutic treatment that doesn’t just ease your symptoms but also improves the alignment of the spine, takes pressure off nerves and muscles, alleviates muscle spasms and improves how the body functions as a whole.
Here at Scott Wagner Integrated Medicine, we take an integrated medicine approach to care. This means that we focus on the body as a whole, looking at every system and region to determine the cause of your back pain and then providing manipulative therapies, spinal decompression, and specialized exercises and customized physical therapy to improve how the body functions as a whole.