Back pain causes in Athens GAWhen it comes to causes of back pain, there are simply too many to list. However, there are a few that are more common than others, making them the top culprits to either avoid or correct if you discover that one of them is the reason for your back pain and discomfort. 

Here they are, in no specific order, as well as a few suggestions as to how to prevent them:

Lifting heavy objects. When you lift an object that is overly heavy, you risk straining the muscles in your back and injuring your discs or vertebrae. Therefore, you’re best off using equipment to move something that is big or bulky. If that is not an option, get lots of help and squat down instead of bending at the waist so that you use your leg muscles, and not your back, to help you lift.

Twisting and turning. Every time you move your core, which is the center of your body, in various directions, you increase the opportunity to create a misalignment in your spine. To prevent this, you’ll want to be cautious and try to avoid quick movements which may throw your vertebrae or discs out of place, causing you a tremendous amount of back pain.

Being sedentary. Although most people equate back pain with being overly active, being sedentary has just as negative an effect because spending your days sitting and inactive compresses your spinal column. Get up often and stretch, pay attention to your posture, and sit in a chair that supports your back properly.

Accidents. Whether you’ve had a personal injury accident, such as slipping on the ice, or been involved in a car crash, the results can be the same – a tremendous amount of back pain. Sometimes damage is done to your spinal area and you don’t even feel any pain at all. That is why it is important to always see your Athens chiropractor to determine if an injury occurred, regardless of how you feel. The longer you let it go, the harder it will be to correct it down the road.

Other factors associated with back pain include:

  • Age-related conditions like degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, and spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spine)
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity 
  • Infections 

How Your Athens Chiropractor Diagnoses Back Pain

Dr. Hitchcock will perform a careful chiropractic examination which includes orthopedic testing; checking your reflexes; evaluating posture, flexibility, and strength; assessing  your personal history; and examining or ordering X-ray imaging if necessary. He'll then put together a customized treatment plan that could include spinal adjustments, tissue therapies, exercise, stretching, postural education, Active Release Technique, and nutritional therapy. This holistic approach has helped hundreds of patients recover from back pain in Athens, GA. 

 If your back is hurting, make an appointment with Dr. Hitchcock of Family Chiropractic of Athens  and he’ll get you on the road to recovery.