Back Pain

Suffering from Back Pain? We can Help!

About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. Back pain symptoms account for more than 264 million days missed from work each year. That’s two work days for every full-time worker in the entire US.

People are similarly influenced by back pain, which can range from a dull, consistent ache to an unexpected, sharp pain that leaves the individual incapacitated. Whether it be through constant conditions, tedious movement, stress, or a horrible accident, back pain can affect your regular day to day routine and even lead to Lifelong pain and uneasiness. When left untreated, back pain can result in high financial, emotional, and physical costs.

When you need back pain treatment right away, contact us as soon as possible! The quicker you meet with one of our providers, the faster you can begin treatment leading to pain relief.

Chronic Back Pain Conditions

One of the largest structures in the human body, the spine is responsible for controlling movement, balance, reflexes, and more. However, despite its major role within the body, the structures of the spine are susceptible to chronic conditions, which can cause pain, inflammation, spasms, limited range of motion, and more.

The spine runs from the base of the skull down into the hips. Composed of 31 vertebrae stacked on top of each other, these bones are each separated by jelly-like shock-absorbing discs. Within the spine runs the spinal cord, which is responsible for half of the central nervous system. Furthermore, a wide network of connective tissue, muscles, and tendons attach to the spine at various points.

A wide variety of chronic conditions can plague the spine, causing us to miss out on work, play, and rest. These conditions can be the result of genetics, age, sex, and lifestyle, including weight and occupation. Common back pain conditions include:

  • Sciatica
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Facet joint syndrome
  • Kyphosis (rounded back)
  • Spinal tumors (chordoma)
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)

Common Back Injuries after an Accident

While back pain is frequently the result of an underlying condition, accident trauma plays a large role in the shocking statistic of just how many people will suffer back pain. According to the Mayo Clinic, Auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries, accounting for almost half of new spinal cord injuries each year. 

The spinal column which includes vertebrae, discs, soft tissue, and the spinal cord, are all able to be damaged in an auto or motorcycle accident. No matter how minor an accident might seem, victims can experience a wide range of injuries that can cause pain and suffering even if not experienced right away.

Some of the most common back injuries include:

  • Fractures
  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Sprains and strains
  • Soft tissue bruising
  • Spinal compression

Symptoms of a Back Injury

If you’ve been involved in a traumatic accident such as an auto accident, slip and fall, or contact sports incident, it’s important to recognize any symptoms of a back injury, including:

  • Pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle weakness
  • Aching or stiffness along the spine
  • Numbness in the lower extremities
  • Difficulty standing for long periods of time

An examination and x-rays, can help us to determine what injuries you have suffered. At Hamilton Health Associates, our treatment plans always begin with a thorough examination and discussion of your lifestyle and injuries, so that we can come up with a plan of action specifically for you.

Back Pain Treatment

Back pain can interfere with all your day-to-day activities, including working, exercising, and even playing with your children. Though you might find back pain relief through the use of over-the-counter pain relievers and products, if you do not get the right treatment, pain will persist.

Furthermore, failing to get treatment can lead to further complications years after the accident, including financial and emotional stressors. Some back pain treatment plans can include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Massage therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Acupuncture

Here at Hamilton Health Associates, our providers can create a back pain treatment plan tailored to your specific to your injuries and lifestyle.

Questions?  Contact 513-863-2273 or Christina@hamiltonhealth.us

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