Back pain is such a widespread condition that few people go through life without experiencing it. If you’re tired of battling back pain, Bill Sheppard, DC, of United Chiropractic and Medical in Katy, Texas, can help. Dr. Sheppard and his team specialize in using chiropractic techniques and physical medicine to resolve the causes of back pain and restore you to health. To find out how chiropractic care can relieve your back pain, call United Chiropractic and Medical today or book an appointment online.

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What causes back pain?

Every day back pain is often due to muscle strains or ligament sprains caused by exceeding your current fitness levels, making sudden, awkward movements, and lifting heavy objects without using the correct techniques. 

Poor posture and repeatedly performing certain movements can also lead to back strain.

Other conditions that frequently cause back pain include:

  • Subluxations (vertebral misalignments)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis (slipping vertebrae)
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Scoliosis (abnormal spinal curvature)
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoporosis (brittle bones)
  • Nerve damage (radiculopathy)

Injuries at work or from falls, auto accidents, and playing sports are also liable to cause back pain.

What should I do if I’ve got back pain?

Easing mild back pain is often possible by resting your spine. However, you shouldn’t spend days in bed, because that can make the problem worse. Avoid activities that worsen your back pain, but do some gentle exercises to keep your spine moving and apply heat packs to the painful area.

If you don’t experience any improvement after a few days or your back pain is more severe, make an appointment at United Chiropractic and Medical for an assessment. 

The experienced team examines your spine to identify the cause of your pain and may order diagnostic imaging tests like X-rays to analyze the spine in more detail.

How is back pain treated?

After assessing your back pain, the United Chiropractic and Medical physicians use manual manipulation as well as specialized chiropractic tools to perform any necessary adjustments. These chiropractic techniques ensure your vertebrae are correctly aligned.

Depending on the cause of your back pain and how it’s affecting you, your provider at United Chiropractic and Medical can recommend a number of other treatments. These include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Electrical stimulation (e-stim)
  • Heat and ice
  • Magnetic therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Rehabilitation exercises
  • DRX9000® spinal decompression
  • Therapeutic ultrasound

Chiropractic techniques aim to help your body heal itself rather than relying on medications or invasive treatments.

You can avoid a lot of the injuries that cause back pain by making sure you don’t do more than you’re capable of, having a good posture, and using safe manual handling methods. 

Regular exercise that builds up your back muscles and strengthens your core is also important in preventing back pain.

If you’re looking for the best way to resolve back pain, call United Chiropractic and Medical today or book an appointment online.