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Back pain and chiropractic care

pain management in St. Louis Back pain ails a large population in the world. Even in those who are it terminally ill, having occasional back pain is a norm. However, if you have experienced unceasing back pain in any period of life, you need to have it checked.


Back pain is caused by many different aspects among them diseases, strains on the back, poor self-caring skills and others. The back pain which is caused by problems to the nervous system is termed radicular back pain. Radicular back pain is related to a condition called radiculopathy in which the lower back pain is rendered painful and limited in the range of motion due to a pinched nerve root. Diseases such as cancer and arthritis also cause pain on the back. If the disease that is causing the pain is known, the they of pain will be termed specific back pain. Other causes of back pain may not be known or traced to a certain disease. Such back pain is termed nonspecific.

Classifications of back pain

Besides the three classes of back pain stated above (radicular, specific and nonspecific) pain can also be categorized as acute, subacute, chronic or recurrent. Acute back pain occurs for six weeks. If the firsts six weeks are succeeded by a second session of pain for another 6 weeks, the pain will be termed subacute back pain. If it goes beyond the first twelve weeks, it will be termed chronic back pain. If the pain comes and goes, it will be termed recurrent back pain.

Back pain diagnosis

The procedure for examining a patient involves three stages which are performed by a specialist called a chiropractor. The stages are consultation, examination of the medical history, and then physical examination. In the consultation phase, the patient narrates to to the doctor any problems they have noted to allow the latter discern exactly what ails them. Examination of the medical history follows a path which will allow the doctor establish a link between the back pain and any other conditions such as diseases that may cause the back pain. Lastly, the chiropractor will carry out physical examinations using machines such as X-rays, CT SCANS, ultrasounds and others.

Care and maintenance for back pain

After a correct diagnosis, the chiropractors will advise on the next step to be taken, the chiropractors i have visited in Louis are experts in  pain management in St. Louis, I don’t know of other area, but you can always find one. If there is a need for surgery or drugs, the patient will be referred to a surgeon or pharmacist respectively since chiropractors do not deal with drugs or surgeries. They only deal with mechanical therapies in the treatment of the musculoskeletal and neuroskeletal systems. In most cases, they employ methods such as the use of electricity, massages, exercises, water, heat, cold to deal with patient’s problems.

As one of the oldest alternative medicine fields, the field of chiropractic is gaining ground as patients get to evade the side effects of the medical drugs other approaches employ. For the best results, chiropractors use two main methods called chiropractic adjustment and chiropractic mobilization. These methods are meant to manually trey the misalignment in the spinal column.

Chiropractic Assessing back pain

When using chiropractic methods to assess back pain, there is a focus on following a method specific to this field called the triage concept of diagnosis. This method is referred to as the triage method as it categorizes back pain into three main manifestations namely; nonspecific, nerve problem and potentially serious cases.

St. Louis chiropractors

Nonspecific back pain is the back pain whose cause is a myriad of causes which cannot be specifically pinpointed. It is also referred to as mechanical back pain of the lumbar spine. This type of pain is the most common one since it can can from many different causes among them fatigue, the tearing of ligaments in the back, damage to back tissues and organs and so on. Provided it is not easily attributable to a disease, the back pain will be referred to as nonspecific.

The nerve problem occurs following the root of the nerve in the low back is compressed or pinched to cause a sciatica or radiculopathy which is very much uncomfortable. Among the conditions that can be blamed for the pinching of the nerve root are the spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and the lumbar herniated disc. In either case, this condition is caused by a misalignment of the vertebral column and its constituent parts.

For a diagnosis to be termed potentially serious or dangerous, it should be posing other risks on the individual such as paralysis or lose of bladder and bowel control. The conditions which can be categorized into this section include infection of the joints, pacemaker problems, problems with the artificial joint implants, hemophilia or prolonged bleeding, local wounds or burns that are open, cauda equina (major neurological disorders), fractures, general infections, and tumors. This group of diagnostics may require more than the purely mechanical approaches of the chiropractic field. For instance, identification of a tumor in the lower back will require corrective surgery which can only be provided by a highly trained cancer surgeon. To identify most of these conditions requires the use of physical examination methods using machines such as X-ray and ultrasound machines. CT-Scans are also handy tools in pinpointing the root of the problem.

As i was made to understand by a St. Louis chiropractors, the classification of the back pain using chiropractic care can be done into four main types of pain according to the frequency and period of the pain. This classification is employed in the diagnosis of the nerve root problem that causes sciatica. It can also be applied to most types of nonspecific back pain. The classifications are acute, subacute, chronic, and recurrent symptoms. Acute symptoms are those which manifest for a period of 6 weeks. Following the end of the first 6 weeks of acute pain, the next 6 weeks are termed subacute symptoms. If the symptoms trounce the first 12 week period, they will termed chronic symptoms.

Lastly, if the symptoms recur and disappear as per the situation, they will be termed recurrent or flare up symptoms. Another classification of the symptoms of the pain in the lower back especially that of the nerve root is that which considers it either mild, moderate or severe.