Burbank Back Pain Doctor
Here at Allied Pain & Wellness in Burbank, our chiropractors are specifically trained to treat acute and chronic back pain caused by a range of conditions and injuries. Whether you've experienced a sports-related injury recently, or a pain condition like sciatica has plagued you for years, we can help.
If you are suffering from upper, middle or lower back pain in the Burbank and surrounding area, our chiropractor is here to put you on the road to recovery. Under the care of Dr. Shahen Simian, you can live pain-free without the use of back surgery or painkillers.
About Lower Back Pain
We’ve all suffered from low back pain. Whether it’s from lifting at the gym, doing housework, or even from unknown causes. It’s something that debilitates us from our daily activities and is such a pain, no pun intended, to deal with. low back pain can be due to joint dysfunction, muscle strains, ligament sprains, disc issues, etc..this is something that many in Burbank have experienced. The point is, there are more than a few contributory factors that might cause low back pain. While lower back pain is extremely common, the symptoms and severity of lower back pain vary greatly. A simple lower back muscle strain might be excruciating enough to necessitate an emergency room visit, while a degenerating disc might cause only mild, intermittent discomfort.(1)
Low back pain can present with general dull, sore, achy localized pain, or even feel sharp. There can also be radiation with numbness and tingling down the leg, to the knee or foot, which can then be indicative of nerve involvement. A person might also experience a decrease in flexibility and range of motion. See a doctor immediately when presenting with loss of bowel ad bladder function, trouble sleeping at nights with no comfortable position, in constant pain which won’t go away, pain or throbbing in the abdomen, numbness or tingling in one or both legs, or is accompanied by unexplained weight loss due to the possibly as this can signify a more serious injury.(2)
Causes & Symptoms of Low Back Pain
Causes: There could be a number of causes of low back pain involving twisting, turning, or lifting. Be mindful of proper lifting techniques and see your doctor if faced with any serious injuries. It is important to be mindful and aware when lifting and carrying objects as to not strain your back.
More often than not, people injure themselves over simple tasks such as picking up a light object from the floor, like a pencil, because they are not placing too much though on it. This is compared to performing a heavy deadlift where you know the bar is heavy and know what to expect. The sudden movement downwards and coming back to a straightened position is when people feel like they might have strained something or injured themselves.
Symptoms: Depending on the injury and the effect it can have on the body, a person dealing with low back pain can experience a dull pain, instability, achy, stiff, numbness, or tingling. These are just a few of the symptoms one can feel depending on the severity of the injury. The discs in the low back can also become herniated if not mindful of the lifting technique which can potentially cause a much longer rehab time. Joint jamming can also be experienced, depending on how the injury occurred, which can lead to a local dull, achy, and sore type of feeling which is often alleviated with forward flexion of the low back.
Chiropractic Care & Injury Rehab Treatment for Back Pain Relief in Burbank
Treatment: For acute conditions, passive therapies such as ice, muscle stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, and kinesiotape is generally recommended to reduce inflammation and swelling.
For more chronic conditions, it is important to work on flexibility, mobility, and strength, in that order, to help rehabilitate the injured area and help prevent future injury. Loosening up the surrounding muscles will help take pressure off the joints and allow for more flexibility in and around the injured area. Mobility can help allow better movement within the joint and prevent it from “locking up” and becoming immobile.
Finally, strengthening is incorporated to help stabilize the injured area so that future injury is less likely to occur. Chiropractic adjustments can also help engage movement within the region and prevent further joint jamming. Furthermore, chiropractic adjustments can take pressure off the exiting nerve roots to allow for better communication within the body and accelerate the healing process. It is important to see a healthcare provider sooner rather than later so that the injured area can be rehabilitated before more serious problems arise. Waiting a long period of time after an injury can make the rehab process much longer than if it were treated sooner. It can be a frustrating process, but following the instructions of your healthcare provider and performing the prescribed daily stretches and exercises can help decrease the rehabilitation time.
Rehab Tips: Mobility plays an important role when dealing with joint issues. If a person is not moving properly, certain accessory muscles will be recruited and overworked to help compensate for the “unstable” area. Cat Camel mobility exercise and performing knees to chest can help with this. Stabilization is the next step and very important in helping rehab an injured area. Strengthening your core (ex: planks and side planks), low back muscles (back extension exercise), quads, and hamstrings can help protect the low back and help prevent future injuries.
If you are suffering from upper, mid or lower back pain in Burbank, give Dr. Shahen Simian a call at (818) 688-2275 .
1.) "Lower Back Pain Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment." Spine-health. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Sept. 2014. .
2.) "Back Pain." Prevention. Mayo Clinic Staff, n.d. Web. 04 Sept. 2014.