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St. Louis Chiropractor - Citrin & RutherfordThere is a reason that over 22 million people a year get some form of chiropractic care each year and that reason is because in most cases it works well.  St. Louis Chiropractors have experienced great success reducing their patients’ pain levels and also putting their bodies in a better position to heal. An overwhelming majority of patients visit their chiropractor to help them deal with lower back pain but chiropractors in St. Louis, MO are very proficient at dealing with pain relief for a variety of musculoskeletal related ailments.

It takes many years of schooling and serving internships to become a Doctor of Chiropractic in St. Louis, or anywhere honestly. These highly trained medical professionals have a well-rounded medical education that even includes such things as nutritional education. It is why these musculoskeletal specialists are now being highly sought out to be a part of many peoples overall wellness plan. They are very respected by other medical professionals who often refer their services to patients after they have been involved in auto accidents, suffered a workplace injury or even are experiencing problems related to age or every day wear and tear.

Here are some areas where that all-natural chiropractic care excels when it comes to relieving pain and promoting healing:

Lower Back Pain

As was noted before, this is the single biggest reason by far why people seek out chiropractic care. The lower back (lumbar spine) is a place in your body that is constantly being subjected to twisting, flexing, compression and having other forces act upon it too; it’s no wonder that most people will experience some level of lower back pain at some point in their lives. This area of the back is made up of vertebrae, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and other soft tissues which are called upon to do many different things as your body moves. When one of these soft tissues gets overused or stretched it often leads to pain in the lower back or pain that is referred elsewhere in your lower body.  If this sounds like it could be you, call us today and speak with one of our St. Louis back pain chiropractors, Dr. Citrin or Dr. Rutherford!

Lower back pain is a catch all term to reveal pain that is felt in the lumbar spine but in reality there are literally hundreds of different problems that can affect this area of your body. Another peculiar thing about lower back ailments is they never seem to affect two different people the same way even if the ailments that are causing the pain are very similar in nature. One person may be experiencing extreme pain from such things as a slipped disc while another person with a slipped disc may only experience a slight discomfort. These types of facts demonstrate how hard it can be sometimes to identify the exact source of someone’s lower back pain.

Contributing Factors to Lower Back Pain

Here are a few of the main contributing factors to the onset of lower back pain:

  • There are many big nerve roots that run through the lumbar spine that can become compressed, irritated or inflamed
  • Straining one of the large muscles that are located in the lower back
  • Damage to a ligament, joint or the bone structure of the lumbar spine
  • Disc degeneration due to aging

 

Upper Back pain

Although the upper back is a much better supported area of the body than your lower back it too is still subject to having problems that cause you to have pain there sometimes. What makes this area of the body more stable than the lumbar spine? The answer to this is because your spine is connected to your ribs here and it limits the mobility and demands on this area of your body.

When injuries take place in the upper back (thoracic spine) they are more likely to radiate pain to other areas of the upper body such as the neck, arms and shoulders. Upper back problems are known to also cause headaches, stiff necks and numbness or weakness in other parts of the body too. Thoracic spine injuries are even known to severely restrict or cause the loss of movement in the other areas the upper back affects in your body. Just like lower back pain, upper back pain levels vary from patient to patient even if their thoracic spine problems are similar in nature.

Causes of Upper Back Pain

Most of the time, the cause of your upper back pain has to do with the mechanical disruption of your normal movement in the thoracic spine area. This normally results from such occurrences as trauma to this area of the body, sprains, strains and even such other things as prolonged poor posture. Other contributing factors to upper back pain include remaining in one position for a long period of time while working at a desk, being overweight, not exercising enough or having an underlying medical condition such as arthritis.  A St. Louis Chiropractor can tell you about these causes in depth, usually for free during a consultation.

Upper Back Problem Symptoms

Here are some of the more common symptoms that are experienced with upper back problems:

  • Various levels of pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Stiffness
  • Headache
  • Tightness
  • The pain gets worse when lying in bed at night
  • Tenderness

 

What Causes Back Pain?

Due to the backs complex bone and tissue makeup and the many tasks that are asked of it as your body moves, it is one of the more injury prone areas of your body. It is an area where muscles, joints, nerves, tendons and bone all work together to help the body accomplish many different movements and other tasks. When misalignment, overstretching and strains happen it makes the delicate balance of your spine’s makeup go out of kilter and sometimes this will cause you to experience various amounts of pain.  If the pain is somewhat constant, consult a St. Louis Chiropractor asap!

Doctors tend to relate the causes of back pain in two main ways that are based on age:

  • Back problems in people aged 30 to 60 years old. These are conditions caused by such things as disc degeneration, muscle strains and nerve compression.
  • People over 60 years of age tend to have conditions that stem from such things as joint degeneration, osteoarthritis or compression fractures.

While these common back ailments are placed in categories based on the ages they commonly occur, it by no means rules them out from happening at any point during a person’s life.

Major Causes Of Back Pain In People 30 To 60 Years Old:

  • Back Muscle Strain – these cause microscopic tears and the muscle that often lead to back pain.
  • Lower Lumbar Herniated disc – this happens due to a nerve in the spine being compressed. Sciatica pain is often associated with this.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease – this happens when the delicate disc between two vertebrae breaks down and causes instability and inflammation.
  • Isthmic Spondylolisthesis – This is when a vertebra slips toward the front of a disc that is located below it and in turn compresses the nerve located there.
  • Sacroiliac Joint Disease – If the movement of this important back joint becomes restricted then severe pain can result.

Back Pain Causes commonly found in Adults over 60

  • Degenerative Osteoarthritis /Facet Joint Osteoarthritis – The spine is made up of many facet joints and when the cartilage that is located between them degenerates this can cause various levels of pain.
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis or Lumbar Spinal Stenosis – this condition results when pressure is put on the nerves where they exit the lower back.
  • Compression fracture of the spine – very often this is accompanied by the severe and sudden onset of back pain.

 

Auto Accidents

Statistics indicate that there are over 300,000 automobile accidents that happen in the USA each and every year and many of these involve injuries to a person’s musculoskeletal system. As a result St. Louis auto accident chiropractors attend to the needs of many people that have been injured in automobile accidents.

The most common injuries that occur in automobile accidents are what is known as ‘whiplash’ related injuries. Whiplash usually involves soft tissue damage that happens because of the sudden and violent body movement that takes place during a collision. These injuries most often occur to the head, neck and spine; the soft tissues that support the neck seem to be the ones that whiplash affects the most.

Whiplash related injuries have a very unpredictable nature to them also. Often times a person does not even know this type of injury has occurred until many days or even weeks after they have been involved in an accident. It is for this reason that you should never settle with an insurance company until many weeks after the accident you were involved in. In over 80% of whiplash related injury cases the pain and other symptoms of the condition will subside in a few weeks or months but there are those that may experience effects from a whiplash type injury for several years or even the rest of their lives.

Common Symptoms of Whiplash Trauma

Here are some of the most common injuries that result from an accident that produces a whiplash type movement to your body:

  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • TMJ problems
  • Dizziness
  • Low back pain

 

Neck Pain

Why do people suffer from neck pain at so many times in their lives? A lot of this is due to the fact that the neck is one of the most moved body parts along with being one of the least supported. It also is a part of the body’s nerve highway and that makes it very susceptible to stress too. Most neck pain results from minor problems with a person’s cervical spine (the medical term for the neck) and these will often heal on their own in a short amount of time. For those that don’t get relief in a short amount of time the pain can be very intense and seem like there is no end in sight.  Our St. Louis Chiropractic care has proven very successful at dealing with neck related pain and changing people’s attitudes towards their future.

There are a variety of conditions and forces which can affect your neck and cause you to feel some level of pain. These can be something as simple as poor posture and overuse of your neck or something much more severe such as neck trauma due to a sports related injury or automobile accident. For neck pain that lasts more than a few days and is accompanied by such things as dizziness and weakness in the arms it is highly advised to seek medical attention as soon as you notice these other symptoms in addition to the neck pain.

Sciatica

Many people think of sciatica as a medical diagnoses but it is much more correctly referred to as an underlying symptom of a lower back problem. It is very often linked to such conditions as spinal stenosis, herniated discs and degenerative disc disease. It is an unusual type of pain because even though it originates in the back it is often felt more in the buttocks, legs and sometimes the feet. The pain associated with it can be so intense it’s debilitating. Numbness, weakness and tingling are also commonly found happening in those that show signs of this underlying symptom.  If this sounds like your symptoms, call us today and speak with a trusted St. Louis chiropractor who’s treated literally hundreds of patients with Sciatic nerve pain!

Sciatica’s presence is often indicated by the following characteristics:

  • Pain that gets worse when sitting down
  • It’s often occurs on only one side of the buttocks or leg
  • The pain can be described as burning and searing as opposed to just a dull ache
  • It’s sometimes accompanied by numbness, weakness or difficulty moving one of your legs
  • The pain can be so sharp at times it makes it hard to walk or stand

 

Sciatica Facts

The sciatic nerve has long been thought to be the biggest single nerve in your body. This condition happens when one of the nerves in your lower back becomes compressed. The pain associated with it varies from each individual even if their conditions are identical. Sciatica is rarely seen in patients less than 20 years of age and is most common in those in their 50’s. It’s very seldom brought on by trauma and usually develops slowly over time. Surgery is rarely an option unless a person’s quality of life is being severely impacted by their sciatica pain. Most people start to feel relief from their pain in less than two weeks from the start of treatment. Chiropractic care has proven to be one of the most effective treatments for sciatica pain.