Back pain is usually caused by some type of trauma to any part of the spinal column. The symptoms of back pain can gradually spread beyond the original site of injury. Our skilled chiropractor can identify the source of such pain and make a spinal adjustment or a series of adjustments to the vertebra in order to relieve it.
Lower back pain is associated with trauma to the lumbar section of the spine. In terms of diameter and thickness, the lumbar section has the largest bones in the vertebral column. Therefore, it takes quite a massive force to injure any of the lumbar bones. Lifting heavy weights can often result in excessive compression on the lower back. The discomfort and pain that come with injuries to the lower back are caused by abnormal pressure on the nerves that stem out of the lumbar spine. A chiropractor is capable of manually adjusting the lower back in order to reduce some of the strain that’s caused by irritated nerves.
There’s much more to a spinal adjustment than simply the relief of pressure on nerves. It’s important to realize that each nerve that branches out of the spinal column is connected to specific muscles. Therefore, a spinal adjustment also targets muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons that might be indirectly affected by an injury to the lower back. Our specialist will thoroughly evaluate a patient’s range of motion in order to determine what type of adjustment method should be performed.
During a typical spinal adjustment, the chiropractor will use one or both hands to manually manipulate the spinal column. The patient might have to sit upright or lay down on a special table that has collapsible sections. During this process, it’s normal to hear some clicking sounds. This noise is caused by the release of gasses within the joints of the spine.
Some back pain can be linked to the thoracic portion of the spinal column. In many cases, thoracic injuries are caused by direct impacts. Lifting heavy weights is unlikely to cause major damage to this section of the vertebral column. An adjustment of the thoracic joints can relieve pain to major muscles such as the trapezius, latissimus dorsi, and deltoid. In rare instances, back pain might occur when nerves in the cervical spine are irritated. However, the cervical discs are often associated with neck pain.
Do you think you could benefit from a spinal adjustment? Dr. Caliri of Apponaug Chiropractic Center is proud to provide patients in the Warwick area of Rhode Island with the highest standard of chiropractic care. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment!