Back Pain

Back Pain Treatment in Burbank

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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 painful 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 the 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.

LOWER BACK PAIN

>Lower Back Pain Causes & Symptoms

>Lower Back Pain Treatment

UPPER BACK PAIN

>Upper Back Pain Causes & Symptoms

>Upper Back Pain Treatment

What is Back Pain?

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We’ve all suffered from some kind of 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. 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 back pain. While back pain is extremely common, the symptoms and severity of back pain vary greatly. A simple back muscle strain might be excruciating enough to necessitate an emergency room visit, while a degenerating disc might cause only mild, intermittent discomfort.

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.

Causes and Symptoms of Back Pain

Causes: There could be a number of causes of 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 thought 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 back pain can experience 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 forwarding flexion of the back.

Chiropractic Care & Injury Rehab Treatment for Back Pain Relief in Burbank

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Injury Rehab: For acute conditions, passive therapies such as ice, muscle stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, and kinesiotape is generally recommended to reduce inflammation and swelling. 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 the chest can help with this. Stabilization is the next step and very important in helping rehab an injured area.

Strength Training: It’s 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 the 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.

Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic adjustments can also help engage movement within the region and prevent further joint jamming. Furthermore, chiropractic adjustments can take the 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.

Contact Our Burbank Chiropractor Today

Dr. Shahen Simian provides back pain treatment in Burbank and the surrounding areas. By using Chiropractic, we utilize non-surgical and drug-free methods to treat your back pain. Chiropractic care has been used by Burbank for years with success. Call Us Today at (818) 514-7294 to begin your journey to recovery.

 

Lower Back Pain

young male holding his lower back due to a workout injury

Low Back Pain is a common condition for our Chiropractor in Burbank treats. About 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their life. With many of our patients coming from diverse backgrounds such as Athletes, Blue Collar Workers, and Offices, we see that low back pain affects everyone. Years of experience treating low back pain, Doctor Simian, our Chiropractor, knows exactly how to asses the condition and treat it according to your specific situation. Additionally, its not just about the treatment of pain but more about identifying the underlying causes of your back pain.

What are the Causes of Low Back Pain?

Young male deadlifting heavy weight at the gym

Our Chiropractor knows 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 thought 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.

Common Symptoms of Low Back Pain

Depending on the injury and the effect it can have on the body, a person dealing with low back pain can experience 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 forwarding flexion of the low back.

Low Back Pain Treatment in Burbank

chiropractor adjusting young womans lower back

For acute conditions, passive therapies such as ice, muscle stimulation, and kinesiotape are 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 the 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 the 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 for 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.

Contact Our Burbank Chiropractor Today

Call Doctor Simian today at (818) 688-2275 to receive your consultation and find out what the root cause of your issue is. We have many different conditions that we treat. Each condition is different from one another and sometimes requires different services or techniques to properly treat

 

Upper Back Pain

young woman having upper back pain from sitting

What are the Causes and Symptoms of Upper Back Pain?

Upper back pain is one of the most common reasons why patients come to see us. There are a handful of common causes of upper back pain. Some of the most common conditions we see include:

Arthritis: Many of our patients who come to see us with upper back pain have arthritis. Arthritis is a chronic medical condition that leads to inflammation throughout the bones, joints, and cartilage of the body. This can impact the back. When this happens, the loss of cartilage causes the bony surfaces to rub against each other directly, leading to severe pain.

Degenerative Disc Disease:  We also see patients with upper back pain due to degenerative disc disease. This is a condition that causes the discs that separate the vertebrae to wear down gradually. When this happens, the vertebrae no longer have a disc to cushion their movements. This leads to pain. In addition, the vertebrae can also start to compress the nerves as they exit the spine, leading to shock-like sensations that travel throughout the back.

Compression Fractures: In severe cases, people can even suffer from upper back pain due to compression fractures. These are fractures that can either develop gradually or acutely in a slip and fall accident or a motor vehicle collision. These fractures, if they go untreated, can get worse and might impact the spinal cord.

What are my Options for Upper Back Pain Treatment?

If someone has developed upper back pain, there are a variety of treatment options that people might be offered. Some people might be told they need to take prescription medications to help manage their back pain. Other individuals with pain in the upper back might be considering a surgical procedure.

Prior to undergoing these treatment options, it is important to note the potential side effects and complications. Those who take opioid and narcotic medications should know that these substances are incredibly addictive. In addition, an overdose on these drugs can place someone in the hospital. Furthermore, a surgical procedure has its own risks. People might have an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. Individuals might develop surgical complications as well including infection, nerve damage, or chronic pain.

Fortunately, there are alternative treatment non-surgical options available like chiropractic care. Our chiropractor can perform techniques such as spinal adjustments, manipulation, and decompression.

How Can a Chiropractor Help with Upper Back Pain?

chiropractor adjusting male patients back

A chiropractor can also help someone who is suffering from upper back pain. A chiropractor’s goal is to get to the root cause of the problem. While other treatment options will only focus on treating the symptoms on the surface, a chiropractor is going to come up with a treatment plan that has been tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient. Some of the treatment options at a chiropractor’s disposal include:

Spinal Decompression: Many individuals with upper back pain are suffering from a nerve that is being compressed or pinched somewhere along its course. Spinal decompression is completed using traction. This traction is placed on both ends of the spine. The vertebrae are stretched ever so slightly to create more room through which the nerves can pass. Without this compression, nerve pains in the upper back are eliminated.

Spinal Manipulation: A trained chiropractor can also use adjustment and manipulation procedures to ensure the vertebrae of the back have been properly aligned. Often, upper back pain stems from alignment issues. If the vertebrae are not lined up properly, this can lead to ligament sprains, muscle strains, knots, and other issues that can lead to discomfort. A chiropractor knows how to correct these issues.

A compassionate chiropractor can also employ other treatment options including physical therapy, corrective exercises, massage therapy, nutritional counseling, and more to help those who are suffering from upper back pain.

Trust an Upper Back Pain Doctor from Allied Pain & Wellness

We’re here to serve you and have placed the needs of our patients ahead of our own from the first day we opened our doors. Please call us today at(818) 688-2275 to schedule an appointment with our specialist.

 

Back Pain: FAQ

patient and doctor speaking to each otherIs chiropractic care safe to treat back pain?

Chiropractic care is a great first option. Along with manual muscle work and mobilization coaching, chiropractic care can help evaluate the joint structure and position. When the bones within our spine and extremities are out of alignment, excess pressure is not only placed on the muscles but also exiting nerve roots or peripheral nerves which can lead to numbness, tingling, muscular fatigue, and weakness to name a few. Chiropractic adjustments can help realign the joints taking pressure off the surrounding structures and tissues mentioned.

Is numbness/tingling normal when someone experiences back pain?

No. When a person feels some sore of numbness or tingling, it is generally caused by a pinched nerve somewhere in the body. It could be a nerve root exiting out from the spine or in the periphery which could be in the extremities.

Do I need surgery for my back pain?

Surgery is sometimes warranted in some instances. This is a case by case scenario, but oftentimes can be avoided with conservative care.

What Back Pain Treatment options are available?

Chiropractic care, along with manual muscle work, mobilization, and strategic exercise recommendations can help facilitate the healing process and decrease the rehab time. Correct movement plays a huge role in the road to recovery and it is important to stay consistent with recommended stretches and exercises. The less mobile a person is, the more the body can conform to these positions leading to problems down the road.

What are some at-home back pain relief exercises I can do?

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. Some at-home back pain relief mobility exercises we recommend are the Cat Camel technique and performing knees to chest. Pulling your knees to your chest while lying down face up, can help with “opening up” the joint spaces.young woman performing cat camel lower back mobility exercise

Stabilization is the next step and very important in helping rehab an injured area. Strengthening your core (ex: planks and side planks) will allow for better stabilization of the trunk which will take the pressure off the low back. Furthermore, strengthening the low back muscles (back extension exercise), quads, and hamstrings can help protect the low back and help prevent future injuries. The muscles of the thigh connect to the pelvis so strengthening these muscles will also help stabilize the pelvis and low back. Once performing these bodyweight exercises becomes easier, you can incorporate resistance band training to help activate your muscles more.

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