The spine is a combination of stacked bones, called vertebrae, flexible tendons and ligaments. The vertebrae are in a column divided into four regions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral/coccyx.Schedule an Appointment
Pelvic pain can be caused by a wide variety of conditions. Muscles from the abdomen and lower limbs attach to the pelvis and overuse or over exertion of these regions can result in pelvic injury and pain.
Unfortunately between 80 to 90 percent of the population has back or spinal pain at some point in their lives. A spinal motion unit that moves improperly or is overly strained can irritate nerves, interfere with muscle tension and result in pain. This nerve interference is called subluxation. Parts of the body serviced by affected nerves, including blood vessels, internal organs and limbs, may not function optimally because of subluxation.
Trauma, lifting injuries or other unknown causes can create a spinal disc herniation, which is sometimes referred to as a "slipped" or "bulging" disc. When you have ongoing back pain, early diagnosis and chiropractic care is important to avoid permanent damage.
More than 31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time. Over 80% of Americans will experience some form of back pain at some time during their lives. The back is made-up of 24 vertebrae plus the sacrum and coccyx, 24 ribs, many joints, ligaments and muscles which can be sprained, strained or irritated resulting in back pain. Sports injuries or accidents often cause back pain, but sometimes the simplest of movements can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress among other things can cause or complicate back pain. Back pain can also be a result of disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, gallstones, blood clots, or a loss in bone density.
Disks act as “shock absorbers” between the vertebrae that make-up the spine and when one of them fails to do its job, or is injured, other parts of the spine and body suffer. The intervertebral disc can most easily be thought of like a jelly donut. There are outer layers of cartilage, which can be represented by the actual donut. There is also an inner portion, composed mostly of water, which can be represented by the jelly. When the disc becomes injured or weakened through some type of stress, the outer layer can sometimes herniate, or even rupture. When the disc ruptures, the jelly-like material can extrude from the disc. This material, along with the inflammation that ensues, can cause intense pain by directly irritating the nerve root.
Since the disc has very little blood supply compared to most other parts of the body, it relies on motion to receive nutrients, as well as hydration. A healthy disc is kept healthy through motion. During a disc injury, or any subluxation for that matter, there is a loss of motion with the involved segments. Chiropractic adjustments restore the motion to those segments, therefore allowing the disc to move and heal properly. One of our techniques, called flexion distraction, gently pulls the segments apart to decrease the pressure, therefore allowing the ruptured material to re-enter the inner area of the disc.
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