Ways of Managing Back Pain

Is back pain running the show? Take control with the help of our chiropractic team.

Are you living with back pain that affects your everyday routine? Do you find yourself avoiding activities you once loved because of pain? If so, then it’s probably safe to say that pain is controlling your life. If pain medications and other home remedies just aren’t giving you relief from your back pain, you may want to turn to our Cary, IL, chiropractors Dr. Alan Barthen.

What causes back pain? 

There are so many reasons someone may be experiencing back pain. It may be as simple as poor posture or leading a sedentary lifestyle (common among office workers who sit all day long). Back pain can also result from strains and sprains due to heavy lifting, weight training, or improper lifting. Other common causes of back pain that our Cary, IL, the chiropractor treats include:

  • Sciatica
  • Bulging or herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Coccydynia (pain in the tailbone)
  • Myofascial pain
  • Osteoarthritis of the spine

When should I consider chiropractic care? 

Unfortunately, many people don’t seem to turn to a chiropractor until they’ve exhausted all other treatment options; however, a chiropractor may be the first medical professional you’ll want to turn to for care. After all, Dr. Barthen prides himself on offering conservative approaches to back pain treatment that are drug-free and side-effect-free.

If you want to avoid pain medications, or you simply want a treatment plan that’s going to help stimulate the body’s natural healing processes, then chiropractic care could be ideal for you. It may also prevent the need for surgery for some of our patients.

How will Dr. Barthen help my back pain? 

We first need to determine what’s causing your back pain before we determine which treatment options are ideal for you. Most patients can benefit from spinal decompression and manipulation, which helps to realign the spine, improve blood flow throughout the body, reduce nerve irritation, and get rid of pain and swelling. Regular chiropractic sessions can also restore functionality and mobility throughout the body to alleviate back pain.

We can also:

  • Prescribe and recommend special exercises to incorporate into your daily routine to prevent future injuries and reduce back pain and inflammation
  • Perform soft tissue or trigger point therapy to reduce muscular pain and spasms
  • Educate patients on proper posture and lifting technique
  • Provide recommendations to improve workplace (or work-from-home) ergonomics

We also offer low-level laser therapy for alleviating lower back pain. Laser therapy can help to speed up tissue repair and reduce inflammation, making it a great option for patients who are looking for relief from back pain caused by musculoskeletal disorders.

The chiropractic care we offer here in Cary, IL, can help you alleviate chronic back pain without needing to resort to medication or surgery. It can also help you keep medical costs down. If you feel at the end of your rope with regards to chronic or severe back pain, call Cary Disc Center at (847) 639-0010 to schedule an evaluation. We offer more than 33 years of experience treating back pain.

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