Back Pain & Back Injuries

Including Low Back, Mid Back and Upper Back Pain


Low Back Pain & Injuries

Low back pain is a common ailment for many people. In fact, it is estimated that over 80% of Americans will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their life.

Lower back pain ranks first in workers’ compensation claims totaling over $50 billion a year in health care and lost productivity. The underlying issues that cause low back pain often do not resolve themselves without proper treatment or rehabilitation.

Chiropractors are specially trained to identify, treat and manage lower back conditions through a number of methods. Treatments are safe, gentle, natural and very effective and are designed to correct the underlying issue not just treat the pain.

Common causes of low back pain include:

  • incomplete rehabilitation of past injuries
  • lack of proper and periodic lumbar spinal alignments
  • presence of lumbar spine subluxations
  • improper lifting techniques
  • auto accidents
  • improper workstation setup
  • poor posture
  • prolonged sitting
  • prolonged use of non-ergonomically designed equipment
  • excessive repetitive torsal motions
  • exposure to vibratory forces (truck drivers, jack hammer operators)
  • scoliosis (lateral deviation of the spine)
  • fallen foot arches and other foot abnormalities
  • physical inactivity
  • poor diet and nutritional practices
  • smoking



Mid Back Pain & Injuries

The most common cause of mid back pain is irritation or injury to the muscles and ligaments of the thoracic spine. Poor posture, insufficient exercise, poor muscle conditioning, and the often sedentary nature of American life also play a key role in back pain.

Chiropractors work to identify the root cause of mid back pain in order to recommend a proper and effective course of treatment. As the majority of mid back pain problems are caused by soft tissue issues or can be contributed to a soft tissue component, manipulative chiropractic treatments are often most beneficial to patients.

Common occurrences that can contribute to mid back pain include:

  • incomplete rehabilitation of past injuries
  • lack of proper and periodic thoracic spinal alignments
  • presence of thoracic spine subluxations
  • improper lifting techniques
  • auto accidents
  • improper workstation setup
  • poor posture
  • prolonged sitting
  • prolonged use of non-ergonomically designed equipment
  • excessive repetitive torsal motions
  • scoliosis (lateral deviation of the spine)
  • physical inactivity
  • poor diet and nutritional practices
  • smoking



Treatments for Back Pain & Injuries


Chiropractors employ safe, natural methods to help correct the underlying cause which leads to most back pain cases.

The primary treatment used by chiropractors is the spinal adjustment. The chiropractic spinal adjustment is noninvasive and consists of a gentle, manually or mechanically applied force into the segments of the spinal column. Spinal adjustments decrease pain, increase spinal range of motion, decrease muscle spasm, reduce inflammation, optimize spinal biomechanics, and can often reduce the recurrence of old injuries.

Another method of treatment for low back pain is to teach patients proper habits as they relate to posture. Maintaining good posture at all times is key to preventing and re-aggravating low back pain. Other manual treatments include massage, trigger point therapy, acupressure and low back stabilization exercises. Your chiropractor will recommend a customized treatment plan based on your specific conditions.