Back pain is easily the most common problem treated here at OHP Kelowna chiropractic centre. Often, it is not due to any serious ailment but likely brought about by injury, wear and tear and poor posture.
If you are experiencing back pain, it is important that you have a better understanding of your condition and why it is critically important that you look into treating the root cause of the problem, rather than simply addressing the symptoms.
The Human Back
The human back is a complex structure that provides support and stability to the ribcage, legs, pelvis, arms and skull. As taught to us in school, the spine is made up of bones called vertebrae that are stacked together to form a loose S-shaped column.
Every vertebrae is cushioned by a cartilage or a spongy tissue known as intervertebral discs, which function as shock absorbers at the same time provides the spine flexibility. Intervertebral discs are flat with jelly-like centre.
The vertebrae are joined together by pairs of small joints that are called facet joints. To help hold the spine together, it is supported by a mesh of connective tissue called ligaments. The complex layer of muscles provides structural support and allows movement.
Central to the spine is the spinal cord that runs through the core of the vertebral stack. The spinal cord connects the brain to the rest of the body.
Types of Back Problem
There are a number of underlying causes associated with back pain. These are:
- Disc issues
- Soft tissue injuries like strains and sprains
- Postural stress
- Sciatica or nerve irritation
- Structural problems
Common Causes of Back Pain
There are a number of possible causes of back pain, which is why thorough examination is conducted by our OHP Kelowna chiropractors. The tricky part is, it is often difficult to determine which structure is the main cause. But more often than not, back pain results from joints, ligaments and muscles.
Among the most common causes include:
- Arthritis – ankylosing spondylitis and osteoarthritis are forms of arthritis linked to back pain
- Ligament and muscle strains
- Structural problems
The modern lifestyle is also known to be a significant contributing factor in back pain. Among the identified lifestyle factors include:
- Poor posture
- Overweight problems or obesity
- Sitting for extended periods
- Lack of exercise
- Bad work practices
OHP Kelowna Chiropractors For Back Pain
At OHP Kelowna, chiropractors have extensive experience and expertise in treating acute and chronic back pain through a perfectly safe, gentle and effective treatment approach for people of all ages.
In many cases, back pain is a combination of many factors rather and arising from a single cause. Your OHP Kelowna chiropractor will perform thorough assessment by enquiring about your history, daily activities as well as conducting physical examination to identify the problem.
Spinal joint dysfunction is detected using precise palpation of the individual movements. In some cases, neurological and orthopaedic tests may also be conducted to reach a definitive diagnosis.