Struggling with Back Pain?
At Active Body Chiro-Care, our chiropractors in Culver City CA and Hawthorne CA understand that back pain comes in many forms and has many causes. We customize the care that each patient receives, and if you suffer from back pain, we will make sure our diagnosis and treatment methods are right for you. Each Culver City CA and Hawthorne CA chiropractor works hard to restore mobility and eliminate pain, but we also pay attention to accompanying symptoms such as stiffness, discomfort, tension, and pain elsewhere in your body.
What is the Cause of Back Pain?
The number of potential injuries, misalignments, and conditions that could cause back pain seems endless. Tendons, ligaments, discs, muscles, and bones can all become irritated or damaged throughout a lifetime, through repetitive stress or sudden, severe trauma.
Conditions such as obesity, arthritis, kidney stones, and urinary tract infections have been shown to cause symptoms of lower back pain, so these are all potential issues that you and your healthcare provider will need to take into account.
Disc Bulges or Herniation
One of the most common and painful causes of back pain is a disc bulge or herniation. A disc herniation is when the outer edges of the disc are worn away over time, ultimately exposing the nerves. According to MRI studies, as many as 37% of the American population have a disc bulge or herniation, with the vast majority of those diagnosed not reporting any pain. On the other hand, the people who are experiencing pain often describe it as severe and intense.
The type of pain that is experienced due to a disc herniation depends on the type and position of the herniation. If the damaged disc is irritating a surrounding nerve, shooting pain and weakness in the legs may develop.
Unfortunately, herniation can be very difficult to reverse, but chiropractic care has been shown to prevent the advancement of herniation and provide relief from the associated pain.
Subluxations are one of the most commonly overlooked contributors to back pain. Essentially, when a vertebra is out of position, it can cause a lot of pain and impede your movement. Subluxations can occur anywhere in the spine and can be caused by physical trauma, stress, and toxins. The time frame to correct subluxations varies, depending on both the individual, the severity of the subluxation and other factors.
Muscular Sprains and Tendon or Ligament Strains
Strains and sprains can occur in anyone, but they typically occur in people who engage in tasks that their body is not accustomed to or push themselves too hard. Ligament sprains are typically caused by stretching and tearing the ligament. Muscular strains are commonly caused by improper lifting form. Strains and sprains can be quite painful and are often accompanied by swelling and bruising of the surrounding area. On the upside, strains and sprains are rarely serious and typically respond very well to chiropractic care.
Stress and Back Pain
People with chronic stress have a very different physiological profile than those who don't. Elevated stress levels have been shown to contribute to the development of heart disease, digestive issues, depression, obesity, and back pain. The tension produced by chronic stress causes a contraction of muscle tissue creating “trigger points” which can be extremely painful.
Low Back Pain Treatment
Active Body Chiro-Care wants to bring you relief from low back pain. If you are struggling to sit for long durations, stand at work or find your sleep interrupted from lower back pain, Dr. Hogan and his team of certified chiropractors have treatment options for you. Low back pain treatment at our Los Angeles Chiropractor locations is convenient and effective. We have two locations to serve Culver City CA and Hawthorne CA residents’ needs. We partner with Equinox gyms so you are welcome to visit us before or after your workouts. Our team of chiropractors has success in eliminating low back pain in clients of all ages and our treatment options reflect your needs.
Reasons for Low Back Pain
Our health team understands that one approach does not meet every person’s needs. In an effort to personalize your chiropractic care approach, Dr. Hogan and our health team evaluate your condition to determine the source of your lower back pain. Some reasons for low back pain include:
- auto accident injury
- sports injury
- overuse or repetitive motion injury
- herniated disc
- degenerative discs
- vertebrae subluxation
- poor posture
- unstable work conditions
- genetic spinal malformations such as scoliosis
- chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia
These conditions require different chiropractic techniques. Active Body Chiro-Care chiropractors seek to eliminate the cause of your symptoms through gentle and natural treatments. For instance, if you are dealing with sciatica which is low back pain that often radiates down your legs, our team manually adjusts your spine to reduce pressure on the sciatic nerve. We also reposition vertebrae that have slipped out of place or are misplaced due to scoliosis.
All-Natural Back Pain Treatment Methods
As an alternative to conventional medicine’s narrow focus, we use a whole-body approach to find the back pain treatment that will solve your actual problem. Rather than covering up the symptoms while your injury or illness gets worse, we help you manage back pain while correcting its causes and preventing further complications. Dr. Hogan and his team of chiropractors may use some of the following chiropractic methods to treat your pain:
Manual Chiropractic Adjustments: Our Culver City CA and Hawthorne CA chiropractors often perform spinal manipulations without the use of tools. These manual chiropractic adjustments allow us to relieve back pain and other “subluxations”, or physical symptoms of spinal problems. If your back pain is caused by misaligned vertebrae, you may need one or more manual adjustments to gently reposition them. After effective adjustments, it will be easier to assume the correct posture, preventing further nerve and muscle damage.
Diversified Technique: This chiropractic technique is a variation of typical manual adjustments. Your chiropractor will position your body in strategic ways before applying short, fast thrusts to the affected joints. This high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) technique allows your chiropractor to reactivate neural reflexes and restore motion to very specific, isolated areas, and you may hear slight popping noises as it begins to work.
Thompson Drop-Table Technique: Also known as the Thompson Terminal Point Technique, this popular chiropractic method requires the use of a special table with sections that drop slightly to facilitate joint movement during spinal manipulations. As your chiropractor performs your adjustments, the calibrated table will drop in strategic places to increase the force and effectiveness of each manipulation.
Activator Technique: The Activator Method is another common treatment method for misaligned vertebrae. Our chiropractor will use a handheld instrument to apply very fast but gentle impulses to your muscle tissue. Because the instrument is so much faster than manual methods, the force is more localized and your muscles have less time to tense up and resist it. Because the rest of your joint isn’t affected by these localized pulses, we can focus on correcting the damaged tissue without causing complications that minimize results.
Contact Active Body Chiro-Care Chiropractor Today!
If you suffer from acute or chronic back pain in Culver City CA or Hawthorne CA, contact us today to get started on a personalized treatment plan at Active Body Chiro-Care. We have two locations in Culver City CA and Hawthorne CA, both available at the same number for your convenience. Call (310) 699-9299 to reach a chiropractor today.