Back Pain

Back Pain Specialist
Dr. Shane and the staff of Modern Chiropractic specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of many different types of back pain, whether it is caused by an accident or an illness. The facility serves residents in and around the Newington, Connecticut area.

Back Pain Q & A

by Shane Smith, DC

What are the Three Stages of Care?

There are three stages main stages of care. The first stage is Relief Care, which involves relieving the pain and discomfort of the illness or injury. The second stage is Corrective Care. Once the pain is under control, the next step is uncovering the problem and correcting it. Addressing the source of the problem will eliminate the symptoms people experience. The final step is Wellness Care. Once the cause of the problem has been corrected, it is important to maintain a level of wellness that will help to prevent the condition from returning. Taking the appropriate steps toward wellness care can help a person control the symptoms of many chronic conditions.

What are the Most Effective Ways to Manage Back Pain?

There are many ways to effectively manage chronic and acute back pain. It is important to know what is causing the pain if it is to be sufficiently managed. Chronic back pain that is the result of an injury or damage to the spinal column may not be able to be completely relieved. In this case, managing the pain is the best option. Regular chiropractic adjustments, stretching exercises, proper diet, healthy lifestyle habits, and maintaining a positive attitude will all play a significant role in the management of pain. Regular exercise, even if it is only walking around the block, will improve circulation and keep the body flexible with a good range of motion.

Can Injuries to the Back Effect Other Areas of the Body?

Injuries to the back and neck can affect many other areas of the body. If the spine is out of alignment, it can affect how a person walks, circulation throughout the body, and nerve responses to and from the brain. When the spine is injured, the vertebrae can shift, placing pressure on the spinal cord, resulting in both inflammation and pain. Inflammation in or near the spinal column can depress blood flow, causing numbness and tingling in the extremities. The longer the spine remains out of alignment, it can cause other bones in the body to begin to shift or move away from their original positions, causing excessive wear and tear.

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