Everyday we have people come to our premier Healthcare Center suffering with back pain. Some have suffered for years, others for just a day or two. Their pain and frustration shows on their face and the way they struggle to move and walk. Pain is considered acute if it lasts for a few days to a few weeks, or chronic if it lasts more than three months. Suffering with severe back pain puts your life – and often the lives of your family and friends, on hold.
Unfortunately, almost 90% of all Americans will experience a backache at some time in their lives. Some will just learn to live with the pain, while others rely on medication or wait for it to worsen. Symptoms may be described as a sharp or aching pain, numbness or a tingling sensation – usually just on one side. There may be limited range-of-motion or tenderness to the touch. For some, pain is alleviated by standing or walking.
Just the facts about back pain:
- It is the number one cause of disability in the US for men over age 45.
- It is the second most popular reason people visit their doctor.
Here at The AIMS Clinic, our Team of Specialists – Medical Doctors, Podiatrist, Chiropractors, Physical Therapist, Acupuncturist and Nutritionist strive to alleviate pain non-surgically and without medication. As experts in detecting the cause or causes of a backache, we believe that in addition to relieving pain, it is also important to explain why the patient has developed this pain in order to prevent a recurrence.
Back pain occurs for many reasons:
- Poor posture: Improper posture when sitting, reading, using a laptop or mobile device, resting, walking or sleeping; as well as when bending or lifting.
- Strained muscle or ligament, inadequate muscle strength or shortened muscles.
- Whiplash or Back Injury: May result after an auto accident, sports injury or slip and fall.
- Excessive pronation and Supination (foot)
- Overweight: When the spine carries excess weight, it can become compromised and injury may result – especially in the lower back (lumbar spine). It may also aggravate an existing low back problem.
- Sciatica: Sciatica is a symptom (not a condition), which occurs when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated, inflamed or compressed.
- Scoliosis: The curve of the spine can place stress and pressure on the spinal discs, nerves, muscles, ligaments or facet joints, which may result with back pain.
- Slipped, Bulging or Herniated Disc: Discs cushion between the vertebrae or spinal bones. They act as shock absorbers and keep the spine flexible.
- Sacroiliac Joint Disease: The sacroiliac joint – located between the spine and ligaments, becomes inflamed, nerves become irritated and pain results.
- Segmental Instability: An excess of movement between two vertebrae that causes irritation or a pinching of the nerve roots.
- Facet Joint Syndrome: The joints behind and between the vertebrae (gives the spine stability) become inflamed and swollen.
- Lack of Exercise: Can lead to poor posture… backache. Exercise or physical activity increases blood flow, decreases inflammation and reduces muscle tension.
- Smoking: Nicotine restricts blood flow to discs (cushions vertebrae), reduces calcium absorption and prevents new bone growth… not to mention excess coughing, which can contribute to a pain.
- Vitamin Deficiencies: Calcium and Vitamin D are essential for strong bones.
- Health Conditions: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Spinal Stenosis, etc.
Providing Help for Severe Back Pain
The first step to pain relief is to confirm the cause of pain. Here at The AIMS Clinic, we offer a unique approach. We provide a broad spectrum of care that can address the many facets of pain. Pain could be caused due to structure, muscle, chemistry or emotional factors – each of which is addressed by our Team of Experts. During your FREE Consultation, the Doctor can determine if we will be able to help you… often help yourself. We can detect imbalances and create a customized treatment program for you to follow. We explain everything – Why did I get this pain? Where is the pain coming from and going to? How do I get better? What can I do to prevent it from coming back?
If it has been determined that our Healthcare Team can help you, testing and evaluations will be conducted. In addition to reviewing your case history (family history, dietary habits, occupational history, previous treatment and activity level), we offer the following diagnostic tools:
- A Physical and Neurological Examination, and if necessitated – digital x-rays by our Chiropractic Physicians.
- Muscular Evaluation by our Physical Therapy Team.
- Acupuncture Evaluation with our Acupuncture Department.
- Blood, Urine and/or Stool Testing by our Medical Director.
- Additional testing may be requested – such as an MRI or CT scan.
Once diagnostic testing is reviewed, a treatment program is created. This program includes the patient’s input. As a Team, we provide the expertise and compassionate care – you provide the commitment to care. We address any questions you may have and always request a family member to attend your Report of Findings, so he/she can be part of your recovery.
Our Unique Back Pain Program
Programs are designed by our Healthcare Team. We look at all contributing factors and determine if one form of therapy/treatment or an integrated approach will expedite pain relief. Options include:
- Chiropractic Care: Some of the chiropractic options offered include – Diversified Technique, Spinal Decompression, Activator Method and Sacral Occipital Technique (SOT).
- Physical Therapy: Passive Therapy – done to the patient (Ice/Heat Therapy, Ultrasound, Electric Stimulation, Soft Tissue Massage, Joint Mobilization and Traction) and Active Therapy – exercises (stretching, strengthening and low impact) on a gradient level are conducted. In addition, functional training to assist with daily living and a healthy posture program to keep the spine in safe alignment, reducing strain on the joints and soft tissues around the spine.
- Podiatry: To help correct a structural imbalance caused by a foot problem, custom molded foot orthotics may be recommended.
- Acupuncture: This ancient, time-tested therapy has been used successfully for many types of pain – including acute and chronic backache, with basically no side effects!
- Nutritional Guidance: A body composition analysis can measure body fat, muscle and water. Having the body properly hydrated (water) helps to flush away acidic waste products from the muscles, which can cause muscle irritation and pain. Poor dietary choices can lead to chronic inflammation (increases pain sensitivity). By working with our Medical Doctor and Certified Nutrition Specialist you can achieve a healthy weight, as well as provide your body with the fuel it needs to accelerate healing and promote wellness.
- Lifestyle Recommendations: Eat healthy, maintain a healthy weight, get enough sleep, exercise, maintain proper posture all the time, don’t smoke and find time to laugh.
Whether you have a sustained a back injury or are suffering with a backache… help is available. Schedule a free consultation, and let us try to end the frustration of back pain. We have over forty years of treating hard-to-diagnose and difficult-to-resolve health conditions. Call us to schedule your free consultation at (732) 254-5553.
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