Backpain covers most of what you need to know about chiropractic help.
This is a very general word, caused by hundreds of different chiropractic conditions. Most of them originate in the spine or ribs joints or muscles, but a referred ache from the organs does occur occasionally.
A stomach ulcer can give you discomfort between the shoulder blades; so can a tumour in
the pancreas. That's rare, fortunately, being 100 percent
fatal, even if diagnosed early, which it only occasionally is. Steven Jobs, the Apple Mac man, had access to the very best treatment, and still succumbed.
The upper mid back is a particularly troublesome area, being a
transitional area between the cervical and thoracic spine. It is subject
to deep upper back pain that may radiate to the arm.
Because back pain is so general, click on the links to the relevant part of the spine.
The mid back is called the thoracic spine. The name comes from thorax which is that part between the neck and the diaphragm, the large muscle separating the chest from the abdomen.
The thoracic spine has twelve bones, and a myriad of joints and muscles relating to the ribs. Each of them makes three joints with the spine and one with the sternum, where so called costosternal chest pain occurs.
There are twelve pairs of ribs; you get it?
12 vertebrae x 2 ribs x 3 joints in the back, plus one in the front with the sternum, which gives one hundred, give or take a few. Yes, you do get it; pain.
For more information about pain in the breastbone (sternum), click here COSTOSTERNAL CHEST PAIN >>
Midback and rib pain treatment
There are few things more painful than a "sprung rib", very severe midback pain, often after a sneeze. Every breath becomes a nightmare... it feels like someone is stabbing you in the back with a rusty screwdriver.
The treatment of rib pain is something that chiropractors specialise
in. For more information about chiropractic rib pain treatment, both in
the back and by the breast-bone, click here. RIB PAIN TREATMENT ...
Scheuermanns disease is a not uncommon condition causing backpain, and affecting about 5 percent of teenagers. Sadly, parents have often been told it's growing pains, a condition which does not exist in my opinion, and by the time they get to us, it is already chronic, and a spinal deformity is inevitable.
Like all conditions, from diabetes to hypertension to Scheuermann's disease it comes in very mild to severe stages; catch it early.
This need not be so. As with adults, any pain that your child experiences which does not of itself go away should be investigated. When it comes to backpain too, prevention is better than a cure.
Interestingly, researchers have shown that people with
Scheuermann's disease have a much higher incidence of conditions of the
stomach. This is because the stomach, which is really just a specialised muscle,
is innervated in part from the mid thoracics, where Scheuermanns
usually is found. Are you suffering from
Gelatine powder for Arthritis has proved to give enormous help to everything from ulcers to the cartilage in conditions such as Scheuermanns disease. Make your own at home; it's so easy.
2. LOWER MID-BACK: THORACO-LUMBAR REGION.
Maignes Syndrome and a Maignes Syndrome Casefile
The junction between the very stable thoracic spine (owing to the
ribs) and the highly mobile lumbar spine is a vulnerable area often
causing backpain that may spread into the buttock and side of the leg,
giving the appearance of a sciatica. For more,
about Maignes Syndrome ... click here.
This is also the area incidentally where kidney stones can cause severe pain.
Backpain page gives you oodles of information about the chiropractic approach to your condition.
3. THE LOWER BACK and Tomato Prostate ...
The lower-back or lumbar spine stretches from the diaphragm to the pelvis, and consists of five bones. This is where most serious backpain comes from.
Low back pain used to be called lumbago , but we don't use the word any more. It's too vague. Lumbago can be caused by anything from a slipped disc, to a sacro-iliac joint problem, to arthritis, to cancer ... forget the word.
Referred pain can also occur, for example menstrual cramps often refer to the back.
Every man must, it's compulsory!, eat a tomato a day . Whilst metastatic disease in the spine and pelvis is relatively uncommon in comparison with all the other causes of back pain, prostate cancer is still the most common terminal cancer in men. For more about how tomatoes drastically reduce the rate of prostate cancer, click here … TOMATO PROSTATE >>
In Vincent van Gogh's days probably nobody knew about back exercises, but today every gardener should do a few exercises before venturing out. Gardening and backpain are so synonomous that in Holland they use the same word for gardening (spitten) and acute back pain (spit).
If you sign up for Chiropractic Tips (they're free), you'll get a simple set of basic back exercises. Chiropractic Tips ...
The so-called slipped disc, a very broad layman's term for a very complex syndrome, is a condition that Chiropractic excels in. The trick is to prevent a Grade I from progressing to a Grade 4. If you suffer from low back pain, then you ought to know about the FOUR grades of slipped disc.
Small joints in the spine are probably the most common cause of LBP, the lumbar facet syndrome, characterised by backpain when bending into extension and to the side.
For more about how chiropractic excels in the management of this very treatable malady,
click here. LUMBAR FACET SYNDROME >>
Seven good reasons NOT to take analgesics. FREE PAIN PILLS ...
Good chiropractic is all about, in part, a find understanding of anatomy, and particularly that pertaining to the joints of the body. Henry Gray was the first doctor who systemised the subject and Gray's Anatomy still stands as a tribute to this giant redwood in the forests of doctors.
This is one cause of chronic low back pain. It may be caused either
by a stress fracture (usually in early childhood) or by degenerative
change in the older person. These abnormalities allow one vertebra to
slide forwards over the vertebra below it. This can also trap the nerves
travelling to the legs causing pain and weakness in the legs. Read more
about the Chiropractic management of
Spondylolysthesis ... It's not at all uncommon. A stress fracture in the low back.
Spondylolysthesis Casefile ... due to worn facets.
There is an unusual condition called Intermittent Claudication that
causes pain in the leg, with exercise, with no low back pain.
Read more about INTERMITTENT CLAUDICATION - LEG PAIN caused by an artery blocked with cigarette ash! ...
Chiropractic help is a very large website covering many aspects of backpain, as well as other parts of the body such as the lumbar facet syndrome, or the slumped, aching teenager who may be suffering from Scheuermann's disease.
There are today, at the time of writing 436 pages; finding your way around can be a nightmare; use the "site search" function in the navigation bar at the top left if you are hunting for something.
You'll find a small but important section on nutrition; the best doctor in the world can't help you if you are eating a highly inflammatory diet. How to cook beet greens for example is an interesting page that really could make a significant change to the status of your health for very little work.
At the bottom of this page you'll find a section where you can pose questions about your health.
FROM THE CHIROPRACTIC COALFACE
Mrs S taught me a new Dutch word. I have "ontiegelijke pijn." I had no idea what the word meant, but I grasped her meaning. Totally unbearable. And, she had had it for two long miserable years.
At 83 she had been told by numerous doctors that she had arthritis, and at her age simply had to live with the pain. Little do doctors know!
Bending over backwards caused severe pain, so she walked like she had a carrot up, to put it crudely, you-know-where.
In chiropractic terms, Mrs S had what is described as
Lower back and leg pain.
Her various doctors had refused to take x-rays of her low back, and so I really don't know just how severe the wear-and-tear in her lumbar spine is. Quite advanced I expect. Thank goodness it's not cancer. The long and the short of it is that Mrs S has about 60% less back pain (after about two months of treatment) and she can now walk upright, like the good God-fearing woman she is. Cured? Certainly not, chiropractic help cannot cure backpain, and she'll have to wait for heaven for the new spine that brings no tears. She now comes in once every three weeks, and we are both well pleased. The carrot is out, and the two-year "ontiegelijke pijn" is of the past.
She has a good understanding of what I call the 50 percent less pain rule; the dangerous time.
And I warned her that after chiropractic treatment pain is not uncommon in chronic conditions.
She is doing my exercise program faithfully, and knows that digging in the garden, and even vacuuming her home, is a thing of the past. Luckily Mr S is in good spirits!
4. THE PELVIS and SacroIliac joint anatomy
The pelvis , a ring of three large bones below the lumbar
spine, is also a source of low back pain. A very common source actually.
For more information about the sacroIliac joints ,
click here. SACROILIAC JOINT ANATOMY >>
Financial burden of LOW BACK PAIN
Backpain is causing an enormous financial burden on society, a burden that is rapidly increasing, despite so-called 'progress'. Oscar Wilde was the first to promote the idea that the great problem with progress may be that it goes forwards rather than backwards! Medical 'progress', yes and perhaps even chiropractic 'progress' I hear you saying, may in fact be adding to that burden. For more about this financial woe of backpain, click here. LOW BACK PAIN >>
For chronic backpain, like other chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, hypothroidism there is unfortunately no substitute for MAINTENANCE CARE ...
And faithfully done LOWER BACK EXERCISES are a vital part of that maintenance care. A minute and half every morning (and better evenings too, but the morning before getting out of bed is the vital time) that's all they take.
In the practice, we often find a problem in the foot or ankle may be the underlying cause of backpain. It may be frank pain causing you to limp, or simply a dysfunctional joint.
If you backpain, or your neck for that matter, is not responding the way you would like it too, ask your chiropractor to look at your foot, and the length of your leg.
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