Back Pain

Dr. Matt's purpose is to help as many people as possible in their quest for health, and to educate his patients so that they make educated decisions about their health and the health of their family.

The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles.

You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. Back pain can also directly result from disease of the internal organs, such as kidney stones, kidney infections, blood clots, or bone loss.

Back pain is a huge part of our practice - mostly because we are well equipped to handle those people that come to us in pain.

The second reason is that is affects so many people. Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their life.

Here are some statistics on back pain gathered from the American Chiropractic Association.

  • At any moment in time, there are 31 million Americans experiencing low-back pain.
  • One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
  • Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work.
  • Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor's office, after upper respiratory problems like colds and flu.
  • Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic-meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer. This means that most cases can be treated successfully with conservative chiropractic care.
  • Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain-and that's just for the more easily identified costs.

What Causes Back Pain?

Most cases of musculoskeletal low back pain are caused by nerve problems, muscle problems, or disc problems. The key is finding the problem.

How do we find the cause of your back pain?

We first take a detailed symptom history. We perform a specialized exam checking the nerves, muscles, and discs. We may take x-rays in positions that stress the tissues to better visualize which tissues are damaged. X-rays are only performed if medical necessity is determined for each individual case.

How do we correct your back pain?

Check out our Treatment Plans section for more details.

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