ACT Wellness Center

The Dangers of Ignoring Back Pain

At some point or another in their lives, just about every adult has dealt with back pain. Much of the time, it is a simple case of acute pain from yardwork, sports or some other strenuous activity. Generally, the body heals this injury on its own, relieving the pain in just a few days or weeks. Sometimes, however, the pain never really dissipates, causing a long-term, or chronic, condition. The body is unable to fix the problem on its own, and therefore treatment is needed. Whether acute or chronic, back pain should never be ignored. Doing so could lead to much more serious issues later on.

Acute Pain

More often than not, acute back pain is centered in the lower spine. The upper back has the shoulders and other forms of support, but the lower back is really where much of your upper body weight is carried. When you are bent over for long periods of time (such as when you are gardening), you sleep in an unusual position or otherwise injure your back, it is this region that tends to suffer.

Because the body is designed to heal itself, most experts agree that acute back pain can be treated with activity and perhaps heat and ice treatment. Contrary to popular belief, staying in bed or otherwise inactive all day could exacerbate the problem. If the pain feels too severe to remain active, a chiropractor may be able to help. They can locate any spinal subluxation and correct it, and can also incorporate treatments to loosen muscles that have tightened up.

Chronic Pain

If your back pain lasts more than just a couple weeks, it is often considered chronic. There are a wide range of issues that can cause chronic back pain, but the consequences of it are relatively uniform. Aside from pain, you may feel tingling, weakness, numbness and other sensations in your back. Issues that could cause this kind of pain range from disc herniation to obesity to even scoliosis. Whatever the reason, chronic back pain should never be ignored. Doing so could lead to a much more serious conditions and issues.

Visiting a chiropractor is the best option for dealing with this issue. They can diagnose the issue and take steps toward fixing it. For some, a simple spinal manipulation can go a long way. There are also more advanced techniques, such as PEMP, which assist by “jumpstarting” the healing process. If the back pain is caused by weight issues, your chiropractor could recommend a bionutrition plan.

Treating Back Pain in Woodbridge

Those who are dealing with either acute or chronic back pain in Woodbridge have treatment options. Dr. Carmelo F. Caratozzolo of ACT Wellness is an expert when it comes to healing spinal subluxations and other common causes of back pain. He utilizes combination of traditional and modern treatments to help you feel better, faster. If you are dealing with spinal pain, contact us to set up an appointment today!