Back & Neck Pain

Neck & Back Pain

65% of people get neck pain and 85% of people get low back pain. Together, these symptoms account for the vast majority of patients seeking chiropractic care. Getting traditional chiropractic care alone or physical therapy alone has been shown to provide only temporary relief. Most research shows that the pain returns within 2 months for patients receiving this care.

 

However, by making changes in the structural alignment of the spine and posture, improvement has been shown to last more than a year in recent clinical trials. If you live in the Boise area and are suffering from neck or low back pain, mc2 offers the different care that may get rid of the pain permanently.

 

Low Back Pain:

 

85-90% of people get low back pain during their lifetime. This makes low back pain the second most common reason for a patient to seek medical care, after only the common cold. Low back pain has related symptoms including pain radiating into the hips or buttocks (sciatica), numbness and tingling in the legs or feet, weakness in the legs or feet or coldness in the feet. Problems with balance also occur with chronic pain, particularly in the elderly. Low back pain is the #1 cause of disability in working-aged Americans.

 

We find that one of the most common underlying causes of low back pain and sciatica is misalignment (subluxation) of spine in the low back. Misalignments of the spine are often visible as abnormal posture when we look at patients visually. But other misalignments can only be seen and measured on X-rays. Patients usually feel tightness and guarding in the low back when there it is a misalignment. Movement is limited and painful because the joints may be pinching or grinding on one another. The muscles tighten and “guard” the back due to this feeling. Though the problem feels muscular, it is often just the tip of the iceberg, when we identify the true, underlying cause of the problem.

 

Doctors at Modern Chiropractic Center in Boise are experts in evaluating patients for structural and neurological causes of low back pain. Using a combination of spinal adjustments, exercises and spinal traction we have an average success rate of almost 90% reduction of symptoms. This improvement is maintained at long term follow-up 9-12 months later. In short, correction of the underlying problems results in long-term resolution of your pain, not just temporary relief like many people experience with physical therapy and other therapeutic treatments.

 

Together, neck and low back pain account for the vast majority of patients seeking chiropractic care. Getting traditional chiropractic care alone or physical therapy alone has been shown to provide only temporary relief. Most research shows that the pain returns within 2 months for patients receiving this care.

 

However, by making changes in the structural alignment of the spine and posture, improvement has been shown to last more than a year in recent clinical trials. If you live in the Boise area and are suffering from neck or low back pain, mc2 offers the different care that may get rid of the pain permanently.

 

Neck Pain:

 

If you are experiencing neck pain, you are not alone. Over 65% of Boise area residents get neck pain. The cervical spine is commonly thought to be made up of bones, joints, and muscles. But the spine has a second function… containing and protecting the spinal cord and spinal nerves. It is designed for strength and stability, so nerve communication can be optimized between the brain and the body. When the spine is misaligned, or “subluxated”, abnormal pressure can occur on the joints and cause pain. These same misalignments also cause abnormal communication between the brain and the body.

 

These neck problems often cause symptoms such as pain (in the neck, head or shoulders), limited range of motion, tenderness, numbness and tingling in the hands and fingers, weakness in grip strength, coldness in the hands, etc. Neck misalignments can come from several sources:

 

  • Either injury to or abnormal function of soft tissues such as muscles, tendons or ligaments;
  • Structural problems such as a reversed curvature or a scoliosis causing compression of discs and joints;
  • from a neurological origin, such as a pinched nerve, spinal cord problem or even abnormal functioning of the brain.

 

Once our doctors determine the underlying cause of your neck pain, we will recommend a unique treatment plan based on your goals. Corrective methods will usually include spinal adjustments, postural exercises and spinal traction. We also always give patients specific and tailored exercises and stretches to use at home, as well as recommendations on factors that make your neck posture and pain worse, from sleeping position and pillows, to computer and work ergonomics. Together these will work to correct the unique cause of your pain and prevent it from returning

 

When You Should Schedule a Consultation and Exam for Neck or Low Back Pain

 

  • Your neck or back pain does not improve after a few days
  • You cannot look to the right or left without neck pain
  • You feel like you must use over-the-counter pain medications just to make it through the day and are using it regularly to treat your pain
  • You’re worried that your pain may have a serious cause
  • In addition to pain you experience numbness or tingling in your hands or feet
  • Your pain started within a few days of a car accident
  • Your pain is worse when you first wake up in the morning but then begins to feel a little better as the day progresses
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