If you are experiencing pain anywhere on your back, you might be wondering what is causing it. You are not alone either. Back pain afflicts many adults of all ages and is the main cause of disability in adults 45 years of age and younger. There can be many causes of back pain. An experienced chiropractor can identify the specific cause of your back pain and develop an appropriate treatment plan. In Bethesda, back pain is treated by Dr. Gina Beech at the Bethesda Back Center.
Causes of Back Pain
The causes of back pain are diverse. Back pain can be due to an injury sustained in an accident, a specific spinal problem or even due to lifestyle factors. Spinal conditions associated with back pain include degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, herniated discs, bulging discs, pinched nerves and arthritis. In general, when the joints of the spine become inflamed due to various conditions, pain can be felt in the back.
A variety of lifestyle factors can lead to back pain, as well. Factors such as lack of exercise or poor posture characterized by frequent slouching can contribute to back pain, as can being overweight. Another lifestyle factor associated with the development of back pain is regularly wearing footwear that does not provide adequate support, such as high heels. Regularly lifting heavy objects at work or elsewhere can also contribute to the development of back pain.
Treatment of back pain will depend on the area of the pack affected, such as lower or upper, as well as the cause of your back pain. In Bethesda, your chiropractor can recommend the appropriate course of treatment for your back pain. Possible treatments include spinal adjustment, electrotherapy, spinal manipulation, flexion-distraction therapy and pelvic blocking. Heat or ice therapy can be effective as well. Additionally, over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications can also be helpful.
There are many possible causes of back pain and different treatments that can help. A chiropractor can assess your condition and prescribe the most appropriate treatment approach. For treatment of back pain in Bethesda, schedule an appointment with Dr. Beech by calling the Bethesda Back Center at (301) 897-8500.