Most people will inevitably experience back pain at some time in their lives, and in most cases, it’s short-lived and rarely indicates something serious. However, it is not always easy or possible to figure out why you have back pain.
Fortunately, here at Milton Chiropractic in Dorchester, Brockton, West Roxbury, Taunton, Attleboro, Weymouth, Somerset, Raynham, Kingston, Stoughton, Norwell, N. Dartmouth, and Quincy, MA, we are experts at diagnosing and treating back pain.
Why You Have Back Pain
Back pain is typically a result of the following:
- Ligament or Muscle Strain: Lifting and lugging around heavy things or twisting the back could quickly strain your spinal muscles and ligaments. Likewise, carrying excess weight could strain the back and cause pain.
- Arthritis: Osteoarthritis, which is the most prevalent arthritis type, usually causes lower back pain. This could result in spinal stenosis, in which the space surrounding your nerve roots or spinal cord becomes significantly narrower.
- Ruptured or Bulging Disks: The cushioning between your spinal bones, called disks, could rupture or bulge and impinge a nerve, causing pain.
Easing Your Back Pain
In general, you want to continue performing your daily tasks and some light stretching and exercises. However, if your activity worsens your pain, reassess your actions. Essentially, you should try to keep moving but make sure to listen to your body to avoid overdoing things. At work, especially if the bulk of your time is spent sitting or lifting/lugging around heavy stuff, make sure to take small breaks for stretching your back muscles in order to avoid overloading and straining them.
You can also try heat packs, cold packs, and OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or paracetamol to alleviate your pain. However, if your pain worsens or doesn't become better after a few weeks of home treatments, you can come in for a consultation at one of our offices in Dorchester, Brockton, West Roxbury, Taunton, Attleboro, Weymouth, Somerset, Raynham, Kingston, Stoughton, Norwell, N. Dartmouth, or Quincy, MA, to determine what’s causing your back pain and obtain appropriate treatment for it.
When to Be Concerned About Back Pain
Schedule a visit to your chiropractor if your back pain:
- Follows a blow to the back, a fall, or another kind of injury
- Causes tingling, numbness, or weakness in both or just one leg
- Is intense or constant, particularly when lying down or at nighttime
- Occurs with unexpected and sudden weight loss
- Comes with redness or swelling, which could mean an infection
- Occurs with changes in bladder control or bowel movement
- Radiates down both or one leg, particularly if it extends below the knee
For Back Pain Relief, We Can Help
Reach out to us here at Milton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation and arrange an appointment with one of our chiropractors in Dorchester, Brockton, West Roxbury, Taunton, Attleboro, Weymouth, Somerset, Raynham, Kingston, Stoughton, Norwell, N. Dartmouth, or Quincy, MA.
Pain that extends from your lower back into your legs may be caused by sciatica. The condition makes everything in life more complicated, from sitting at your desk at work to doing the laundry. Fortunately, your Quincy, MA, chiropractors at Milton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation offer effective treatments that can relieve your pain. With 13 locations in Massachusetts, one of our offices is probably close to you.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica occurs when one or both of your sciatic nerves become compressed or pinched. The nerves travel from the base of your spine to your lower legs.
What are the symptoms of sciatica?
You may feel sciatica pain anywhere along the path of the sciatic nerve, including the lower back, hip, buttocks, upper leg, lower leg and even the foot in some cases. Sciatica pain can be aching, dull, burning or sharp and varies from mild to severe in intensity. Some people who have sciatica report an electric shock sensation. The pain can also be accompanied by a pins-and-needles feeling and numbness or weakness in your legs or feet.
What causes sciatica?
Your risk of sciatica rises as you grow older. Aging increases the likelihood that you'll develop a herniated disc or bone spur that will press on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica pain can also occur if your spinal column becomes misaligned due to poor posture, injuries, sitting for hours or even lifting heavy objects at work. Other risk factors include obesity and diabetes.
How can my chiropractor help me?
If your symptoms don't subside after a week or worsen, it's a good idea to make an appointment with your chiropractor in Quincy, MA, or another Massachusetts location. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, he or she may recommend one or more of these treatments:
- Ice therapy to control pain and inflammation
- Spinal manipulation to realign your spine and relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve
- Ultrasound therapy to ease pain and other symptoms
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) to block pain impulses with a gentle electrical current
Are you tired of living with sciatica pain? Call your chiropractors at Milton Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in Quincy, MA, at (617) 471-4491 to make an appointment. We offer chiropractic care at our West Roxbury, Brockton, Taunton, Dorchester, Attleboro, Weymouth, Somerset, Raynham, Kingston, Stoughton, Norwell, North Dartmouth, and Quincy, MA, offices.
If you’ve been in a car accident, you already know how hard on your body it can be. While you may not feel symptoms at first, days later, you could be laying in immense pain. One of the most common and painful issues associated with auto accidents is whiplash. Fortunately, your chiropractor can help minimize the symptoms of whiplash and get you on the road to feeling better!
Here at Milton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in Quincy, Boston, Raynham, Stoughton, North Dartmouth, Norwell, Taunton, Brockton, Attleboro, Somerset, Kingston, and Weymouth, MA, your team of chiropractors is happy to offer effective whiplash treatments to help you feel better—read on to learn more!
More about Whiplash
Whiplash occurs because your neck is suddenly whipped back and forth. There are other forms of trauma that can cause whiplash besides auto accidents. You can also experience whiplash from a sports accident.
You may have whiplash if you experience severe pain in your neck, especially when you try to turn your head. The pain can be sharp and radiating, or it can be a dull ache. If you think that you might have whiplash, you can try these simple tips at home:
- Placing ice or heat on your neck several times during the day
- Resting for the first 24 hours after your injury
- Taking over-the-counter pain medication
According to the Mayo Clinic, you can also try these gentle exercises:
- Rolling your shoulders
- Bending your neck to your chest
- Rotating your neck to the right and left
- Tilting your head from side to side
For moderate-to-severe cases of whiplash, it’s best to visit a chiropractor. Here at Milton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, we may suggest a combination of effective therapies, which can include:
- Manual manipulation, which uses gentle pressure on affected joints to relieve swelling, pain, and tension; this technique can improve both joint function and range-of-motion.
- Electrical stimulation, which uses a device emitting slight electrical pulses to affected areas; this technique increases blood flow to reduce muscle pain and stiffness.
Don’t let whiplash symptoms keep you from enjoying your life. Get help today by calling the chiropractors at Milton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation in Quincy, Boston, Raynham, Stoughton, North Dartmouth, Norwell, Taunton, Brockton, Attleboro, Somerset, Kingston, and Weymouth, MA.
How your chiropractors in Boston, Brockton, Taunton, Attleboro, Weymouth, Somerset, Raynham, Kingston, Stoughton, Norwell, and Quincy, MA, can help your injuries.
Have you been in an auto accident that left you with an injury? Being in an auto accident can be a terrifying experience, and the impact it can have on your life may be extreme. Fortunately, the staff here at Milton Chiropractic in Boston, Brockton, Taunton, Attleboro, Weymouth, Somerset, Raynham, Kingston, Stoughton, Norwell, and Quincy, MA, are your local experts on auto accident injuries.
What types of injuries are common from auto accidents?
Some of the most typical injuries resulting from car accidents are:
- Stiffness in your shoulders, hips, neck, or back
- Spinal pain
- Leg numbness
Whiplash is probably the most common of all, and can result in the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Pain in the shoulders, arms, neck, and back
Can chiropractic care help auto accident injuries?
Yes, chiropractic treatment may offer patients pain relief and healing without the need for prescription pain killers. Using treatments like spinal adjustment and muscle stimulation, your Quincy chiropractor can help alleviate auto accident pain.
Through consistent treatment, not only can chiropractic care alleviate pain, but it can also help restore mobility more quickly than traditional medical treatments.
What if I don't feel pain after an auto accident?
Symptoms of injuries like whiplash may not be noticed right away after an accident. A change in speed as slight as 3 mph may result in injury, so it is recommended to seek a chiropractic evaluation even if no pain is present. After all, the sooner you seek treatment, the better.
Contact us now!
If you have been in an auto accident, a chiropractic evaluation can help avoid years of unwanted medical treatments and medications. Call Milton Chiropractic today to schedule your appointment in Boston, Brockton, Taunton, Attleboro, Weymouth, Somerset, Raynham, Kingston, Stoughton, Norwell, and Quincy, MA
Need a chiropractor to help out with sports injuries?
Sports are fun, but unfortunately, they always pose the risk of injury, especially when it comes to pastimes like football, weightlifting, gymnastics, and wrestling. If you have experienced an injury participating in sports, you could most likely benefit from the chiropractic services of Milton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, Inc. With locations in Boston, Brockton, Taunton, Attleboro, Weymouth, Somerset, Raynham, Kingston, Stoughton, Norwell, and Quincy, MA, your local chiropractors are here to help!
Common sports injuries that we can treat:
At all of our locations (Boston, Brockton, Taunton, Attleboro, Weymouth, Somerset, Raynham, Kingston, Stoughton, Norwell, and Quincy) we can provide you with the care that you need to get back in the game!
We specialize in serving several conditions, including those sustained in:
- Tennis: Tennis players suffer from something called "Tennis elbow." This occurs when the tendon in the elbow bone tears. Due to the sport's requirement of constant motion, tennis players also suffer from a number of other issues including shoulder injuries, disc compressions, and lower back hyperextension.
- Bicycling: Poor posture can greatly increase your risk of a back injury while cycling. Both your lower and upper back are susceptible to these problems.
- Golf: While golfing, the swift movements involved in the swing could lead to the common injuries of muscle sprains and lower back strain.
- Swimming: If you're a swimmer, you might suffer from lower back injuries and hyperextension in the lumbar area.
Sports are a great way to stay fit and have fun, but if you're not careful, you may suffer from serious injuries. If you have questions and would like more information about sports injury treatments, you can contact the doctors at Milton Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, Inc., located in Boston, Brockton, Taunton, Attleboro, Weymouth, Somerset, Raynham, Kingston, Stoughton, Norwell, and Quincy, MA!
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