Up to 80% of adults suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is a symptom of an underlying disorder, rather than a diagnosis in and of itself. Dr. Barry Hitchcock specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of back pain. Our Athens chiropractor will use physical examinations, neurological, and orthopedic testing to identify the source of your back pain. He'll then work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan based on your specific needs. Dr. Hitchcock often works with primary care providers, physicians, nurses, neurologists, and other health professionals to ensure our patients receive the most optimal coordinated care.
Countless medical studies have documented the effectiveness of chiropractic care for back pain. In fact, the American Medical Association now recommends that the first line of treatment for back pain should be non-invasive options such as chiropractic care and exercise therapies, like what we offer for patients in Athens, GA.
Common Causes of Back Pain
Most back pain can be attributed to mechanical disorders involving the spine and surrounding tissues.
These mechanical disorders are often the result of a traumatic event such as a work injury, auto injury, falling, improper lifting, or twisting. These injuries may actually fracture the spine joints, or stretch and sprain the ligaments.
Mechanical back pain can also develop over a period of time due to disc herniation, spinal stenosis, prolonged sitting or standing, poor posture, or operating a machine that vibrates. Spinal ligaments that have been strained or torn may start to undergo chemical and physical changes that result in inflammation, pain, and diminished function.
Your back pain may also be due to compression or irritation of the spinal nerves, as is the case for sciatica and disc herniation.
Several medical conditions frequently result in back pain including:
Spondylitis (inflammatory back pain)
Kidney Stone or Infections
Tumors or other infections
Once we've established the nature and cause of your back pain, our Athens chiropractor will use a combination of non-invasive, effective treatments to relieve pain. These treatments could include chiropractic adjustments, myofascial release, massage, and exercise rehabilitation. Chiropractic care seeks to restore the mobility of spine, relieve pressure on any irritated nerves, and heal damaged tissue aggravated by injury.
Over the years, we've helped hundreds of patients in Athens, GA recover from back pain. At Family Chiropractic of Athens, our goal is to help get you back to living your life free of pain. Call our office for back-pain relief today, (706) 353-8032.