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Neck & Back Conditions

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Neck Pain – Neck pain is a common complaint and can be caused by many conditions. Pinched nerves, poor posture, neck sprain/strains, muscle spasms, spinal misalignments, whiplash, upper cross syndrome, arthritis, disc herniations and bulges or spinal stenosis are often to blame for the neck pain.

Mid Back Pain –Middle back pain is often caused by irritated facet joints secondary to misaligned vertebrae.  While this is sometimes caused by a trauma, it can also be caused by poor posture and overuse such as sitting at a computer or improper posture using a cellular phone.

Low Back Pain – Lower back pain can result from a variety of conditions, including: strained muscles, sprained ligaments, herniated or bulging discs, irritated facet joints, myofascial pain, and joint inflammation.  Back pain can occur after a traumatic incident such as a car accident, fall, or injury while playing a sport.  Further, low back pain can also occur after simple repetitive movements or sneezing where a previous weakness existed.  Conditions like arthritis, obesity, stress, kidney stones, and bad posture can all create back pain as well.

Rib Pain – There are 12 pairs of rib that protect your vital organs.  A variety of conditions that can create rib pain including: rib fractures, intercostal neuritis, costrochondritis, subluxations and misalignments.

Sciatica – Sciatica is often described as pain traveling into the legs.  It is caused by irritation of one of the five spinal nerves or by compression on the sciatic nerve itself.  Pain, numbness, or tingling can be felt in the low back, buttocks, thigh, leg, or foot.

Slipped Disc – A slipped disc is a term for a disc herniation.  Discs act as cushions between the vertebrae of your spine.  Your discs have a structure similar to a jelly donut.  The outside of the disc is made of cartilage while the inside has a jelly-like substance.  When the cartilage tears, the jelly can squirt out (slip), creating a disc herniation.

Pinched Nerves – “Pinched nerves” is a catch-all term that can describe a few different ailments.  When vertebrae come out of alignment, chiropractors often describe the resulting nerve dysfunction as a “pinched nerve.” When a disc herniates, the herniated material will create nerve pressure and is often described as a “pinched nerve” as well.

Disc Herniation – Vertebral discs are found between the bones (vertebrae) that make up your spine.  Healthy discs have two primary functions: to act as shock absorbers for the spinal joints; and to act as spacers between the vertebrae where your nerves exit the spinal column.  These discs can compress and herniate creating nerve pressure resulting in a variety of symptoms such as pain, burning, numbness, tingling, and electric shock feelings.

Subluxation (Vertebral Misalignment/Fixation) – A vertebral subluxation is a vertebrae that has misaligned and lost its normal segmental motion.  When this occurs, the subluxation will create a neurological reflex that will affect the nerves and often create muscle spasms, pain, and a host of other symptoms.