Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints in the world, and also one of the most complex. There are a huge number of possible causes, ranging from benign to life-threatening. That’s why its always important to let an expert perform a thorough examination.
The most common type of back pain is due to over-use of the muscles. A bad posture or incorrect movement makes the muscles of the back work harder than they should, until they become tired and eventually painful. This can show up as a slow, aching pain or a sudden, painful cramping of the back muscles. In both cases chiropractic treatment can provide rapid relief from pain and help to restore function.
Degeneration of the spine is also a common factor in back pain. Degeneration affecting the joints is known as arthritis or arthrosis. Surprisingly this isn’t painful on its own, but it causes hypomobility and incorrect movement, which then becomes painful. If the intervertebral discs in between the bones of the back become damaged, they can bulge or even break, known as a herniated disc or hernia. Amazingly this is also often painless, but if the damaged disc puts pressure on a nerve the pain can be extreme. Studies have shown that chiropractic treatment can be highly beneficial in recovery from a herniated disc.
Other more serious and harder to treat causes of back pain are often misdiagnosed, leading to expensive and often uncomfortable testing or, much worse, late treatment of a serious condition. These problems, such as fractures, tumours or infections are often hard to recognise without the experience that comes from working with back pain patients every day.
Robert Correll is an expert in making a diagnosis based on your health and pain history, a physical examination and special testing, as well as reading x-rays and MRIs. Not every cause of back pain can be treated with chiropractor, but Robert has the experience and training to know when he can treat your pain and when to refer for further testing or another treatment type. His university degree and more than 600 hours of further education afterwards enable him to choose the give you the best advice and treatment available.