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Have Questions About Back Pain?

Question: Do you have specific exercises for a pinched nerve? Mine feels like sciatic nerve, but this is mid-back, left side. It causes pain at the site and numbness down left arm to hand.
Answer:
There are many good exercises on the internet. It doesn't sound like a simple exercise is going to do the trick, though. I don't know your past history, but usually if the pain doesn't begin to subside within 48 hours there is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. My recommendation would be that if exercising doesn't help in a short period of time, to consult a chiropractor for a possible pinched nerve.

Question: I have pain in my lower back. I can't stand for short periods of time without pain. Bending causes pain as well. When I sit down it feels as if something is pushing my spine up. Sometimes in on one side or the other but most of the time its across my whole lower back. What could be the problem? Could it be serious?
Answer:
There is always the possibility of it being serious. From your brief description, it sounds like you have a spinal misalignment or subluxation. When this occurs, the bone is "misaligned" and can cause swelling and irritation to the nerve which gives you your pain and stiffness. It can also cause the bones to feel "jammed" together so your back doesn't feel like it wants to straighten up. If left uncorrected, it can lead to early arthritic changes in your spine. The chiropractor can usually help this through gentle spinal adjustments.

Question: Can chiropractic help leg and feet cramps?
Answer:
It certainly can, but it also may depend on what is the primary cause. The best way to narrow down what may be causing your foot and leg cramps is to be examined by a chiropractor. They can then give you their recommendation, and if they can't help, they can refer you in the right direction.

Question: About 2 years ago I was having trouble in my neck and pain down my right arm and leg. MRI showed a herniated disc in, I think, c 5&6. I was told it would not get better without surgery. I do not have any problems now and I did not have the surgery. Is the disc still this way? What happened and could it cause me problems again? 
Answer:
Many people do have problems that resolve without having surgery. The disc can swell and cause problems at any time, but one can never predict when, where or sometimes why. If it does flare up agains, I would once again encourage you to be patient and see if it does not resolve on its own (before rushing to surgery). I have heard people say they have had one flare-up and it never happened again. Let's hope that will be the same for you!

Question: I have degenerative disc disease. I have done everything I can imagine, from Vax-D to going to the Leatherman Back Center in Louisville, KY. Nothing seems to get rid of the pain.
Answer:
Have you tried chiropractic yet? Vax-D is a form of traction and is not your typical chiropractic adjustment. You have nothing to lose by giving it a try. The pain will not get any worse and often times chiropractic can help. Degeneration sets into a joint when it is not moving properly and chiropractic puts motion into those joints, and no, it will not hurt. If you have tried chiropractic then the only suggestion I can give is to remain as active as possible. Low impact aerobics such as walking or biking, or swimming can be great. Stretching on the "fit ball" (huge vinyl ball that can be found at Walmart or Dick's) often will bring some relief.

Question: Could you explain to me what "scoliosis" of the spine is, and what it's effects are?
Answer:
Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine. Simply put, when looking at the spine from behind, it should go straight up and down. People with scoliosis will have an S shaped curve instead. There are varying degrees of scoliosis and depending on the severity, the pain can go from none to severe. In severe cases the bones can actually push and pull on organs causing them to not work properly and surgery is sometimes recommended (this is rare however). Many people do not even know they have this curvature and the body can compensate surprisingly well. The most fragile time is when the patient is going through a growth spurt, this can make the curve worse. Once you get past that point, however, usually the curve will stay about the same. Most doctors will to follow the progression and many patients get relief with chiropractic.

Question: What kind of treatment, other then surgery, is there for ruptured disc and pinched nerves? I have had 5 back surgerys and can't be put to sleep anymore for surgery. Can you tell me if there's anything else that can be done?
Answer:
I don't know if you have tried chiropractic, but there are many techniques available. With your history of surgery, a low force technique that wouldn't interfere with the surgery sites may help quite a bit. However, with all the scar tissue from the surgeries, there isn't going to be an easy fix. If you have more questions, please feel free to email me or call my office for a free consultation.

Question: We were in a car accident, and my daughter is having pains in the middle of her back. Could this still be from the accident? What do you suggest that I should do about this?
Answer:
Please go to a chiropractor to get it checked out. The longer you wait the more permanent the damage may be. If the pain was going to resolve on its own, it would have by now. If we cannot help, then I promise that we will refer you to someone who can. I would suggest setting up a free consultation, so that way you and your daughter can meet the doctor and he/she can answer any questions you may have before starting treatment. Please let me know how it goes.

Question: I have pain under the right shoulder blade, but my pain does not radiate. I just have to lay down, twist from right or left, or have a big pillow to lean against and it subsides right away. I have a big book in my car I lean against. Is this a facet joint or a vertebrae out of alignment?
Answer:
It could be one of three things (most likely). 1. a vertebrae out of alignment 2. a rib out of alignment or 3. a muscle trigger point. All of the above could subside rather easily, but I think that it is a rib, based on your description. You can do one of two things- you could either live with it (because it sounds as though you can temporarily relieve the pain) or you could get it adjusted and permanently fix the problem. It'll probably get worse as time goes on however. 

Question: I have recurring pain under my right shoulder blade that radiates up into my neck and down my arm and into my hand. This has happened 3 times since last Fall. My family doctor says it is a pulled muscle and prescribes heat treatments and muscle relaxers. This helps to a point, but it usually takes 1-3 months to completely subside. Is it possible to reinjure a muscle that often?
Answer:
It is possible to reinjure a muscle every 1-3 months, however, it is not likely. It sounds like you are not correcting the problem, just temporarily taking the pain away. If the problem was corrected then you would no longer have the pain. I think that you may have a vertebrae out of alignment that may be pulling on the muscles, causing a spasm to occur. I would suggest having a consultation with a chiropractor to see if you can get help, permanently.

Question: Sometimes I find myself sleeping on my back and when I try to move it hurts really bad and I have to grab hold of something to turn over. What could be the problem?
Answer:
There could be several things that could cause this pain. More than likely, however, it is probably due to a misaligned bone that is irritating a nerve ending. When you sleep on your back it is putting too much pressure on this area creating the pain. You could try sleeping on your side with a pillow between your knees to see if it helps. Otherwise, you probably need to have you back checked to make sure it is not something else.

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