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Complete Back Pain Treatment in Melbourne

Back pain is one of the most common reasons that lead patients to seek professional healthcare. It can start as a niggle that builds over time or it can develop suddenly. Some people may experience variations of improvement but often it can resurface and develop with more persistent pain.

Back pain can be localised in one area or broad enough to involve nearby joint structures and muscles. Often more than one area of the body can be involved in people’s presentation of back pain ie. posture changes/compensations due to pain. Chronic back pain can cause significant disability and can be a problem that has persisted from childhood. Below we will discuss the back pain treatment Melbourne residents can access through a back pain chiropractor, its limitations, and what we can do to help.

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Symptoms of Back and Spine Pain

Back pain can either occur suddenly (acute back pain) immediately after an injury or fall, or it can be gradual and present over time.

The most common symptoms associated with acute back pain are:

  • A sharp pain that may radiate from the lumbar spine and around your limbs
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Muscle pain
  • Neck stiffness

When back pain is persistent (chronic pain), it can present differently depending on the nature of the cause:

  • Chronic low back pain can cause muscle aches and flare-ups and makes everyday tasks seem tedious.
  • Difficulty sleeping – those with chronic lower back pain may struggle to find comfort when trying to sleep
  • Sciatica – a common chronic back pain condition – can lead to leg pain and numbness in the extremities

If you have suffered an injury that has caused severe back pain, we recommend you contact us so we can assess your condition and direct you to the appropriate specialist.

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Our chiropractors use gentle techniques to manipulate your spine to give you pain relief and freedom of movement.

Common Causes Of Back and Spine Pain

Back pain is a relatively broad topic with many potential etiologies(causes). These can be broken down into five main categories:

  1. Mechanical: Mechanical back pain results due from traumatic injury to the spine or the surrounding soft tissue. Examples of mechanical injuries include fractures (spondylolisthesis), lumbago (caused by excessive strain on the paraspinal muscles from injury or poor posture), and disc herniation (leading to nerve compression). In women, pregnancy is deemed a major cause of pain in the back due to the pressure the foetus puts on the spinal nerves.The facet joints, which are small joints of the spine, are present to facilitate mobility and rotation. When injured, individuals can suffer from facet joint pain that can spread throughout the body.
  2. Degenerative: Degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis of the spine, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease can cause progressive, chronic back pain.
  3. Inflammatory: Inflammation of the joints and muscles in the back can lead to debilitating pain. The most common forms of inflammation include ankylosing spondylitis and sacroiliitis.
  4. Oncologic: If a tumour, either benign or malignant, is to form along the spinal cord, pressure can be put on nerves which leads to nerve pain.
  5. Infections: Infections that can affect any region of the back (cervical spine to your lower back) can result in pain.

It is important to note, however, that back pain can stem from an underlying cause or non-back related injuries such as kidney disease, biliary colic, and even pneumonia, which should not be excluded when diagnosing the origin of your pain. When seeking back pain treatment in Melbourne, remember to present your entire medical history to your practitioner.

The Impact Back Pain Can Have on Your Life

Most people, at some point in their life, will struggle with back pain. For some, it can considerably hinder the quality of life and contribute to the development of depression and anxiety as a result of the sedentary lifestyle.

A painful back can have a significant impact on all aspects of life including:

  • daily activities
  • family life
  • work, recreation and social activities

But there’s a lot you and your healthcare team can do to deal with back pain so you can get on with life.

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By using special massaging equipment, our team can help treat muscle spasms, pain, and allow you to regain movement.

What Back and Spine Pain Treatments are Available?

For most, back pain treatment is non-invasive. Over-the-counter pain medications are normally enough to alleviate the pain. However, in more severe cases, stronger treatments may be required following a physical examination by your practitioner.

  1. Painkillers – Most pains felt in the back can be alleviated using over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. Other pain relievers such as paracetamol can help reduce your pain, but won’t affect any inflammation in your back.
  2. Topical creams and ointments – Some topical products have been shown to be of significant benefit to alleviate pain. Many of them contain anti-inflammatory properties and mild anaesthetic to help numb the area.
  3. Muscle relaxants – These can be prescribed by a specialist to help treat severe pain caused by muscle spasms. They produce their effects by acting on the central nervous system to reduce pain.
  4. Antidepressants – Only prescribed by a specialist, antidepressants have an off-label use in the treatment of back pain. They work by acting upon the brain signalling pathway to reduce pain.
  5. Steroid injections – Cortisone injections may be recommended for severe back pain. These injections typically provide relief for around 3 months.
  6. Chiropractic treatments – By using a variety of strengthening exercises and adequate techniques, chiropractors can help manipulate your spine and relieve pain.

Surgery – If all conservative treatments have failed, or you have suffered from a fracture or sinister injury, then surgery is recommended.

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Our chiropractors offer non-invasive lower back pain treatment to help you return to your normal daily activities without limitation.

Our Chiropractic Treatment for Back Pain in Melbourne

Chiropractic treatment can help reduce pain and improve mobility with a series of strategies, this will include.

  • spinal adjustments
  • soft tissue therapy
  • joint mobilisation
  • exercise and strengthening rehab
  • We can also help with neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches and migraines.

Chiropractic treatment is primarily used to provide pain relief for muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue injuries. Our experts use modern and innovative techniques to massage your affected and manipulate your spine to ensure your musculoskeletal system is properly aligned.

Why Choose Northside Chiropractic as your Back and Spine Pain Chiropractor

With over 5 years of experience as certified chiropractors in Melbourne, both doctors at our clinic, Dr Lenče Veljanoska, and Dr Lachlan Deane provide you with a patient-centred approach to help you feel better, move better, and live better.

Our treatments are designed with our patient’s comfort in mind, ensuring that your individualised treatment plan is based on your condition and desired outcomes. We offer a variety of treatment options for a number of conditions that affect your mobility. So, if you are experiencing pains and aches in your back, whether present for long periods of time or come on acutely, then we are here to help.

Contact us at your soonest convenience to find out just how chiropractic treatments can help you return to your normal daily activity.

FAQs

Some of the most common questions surrounding chiropractic back pain treatment in Melbourne are answered below.

What is back pain?

Back pain refers to a cluster of symptoms, all of which can cause pain in your back and lead you to have stiffer, painful movements, and reduced quality of life.

Who gets back pain?

Pains and aches in the back can occur at any age through disease, injury, or an underlying genetic condition.

How is back pain diagnosed?

A chiropractic diagnosis of back pain typically depends upon your presenting symptoms, social and medical history, followed by a physical examination. If our chiropractors believe the root of your problem requires more prominent medical attention, then we will refer you to the appropriate specialist.

How to prevent back pain?

One of the best ways to prevent pain in your back is by getting checked regularly by your chiropractor and keeping your back muscles strong through regular exercise. Most importantly, make sure to follow appropriate techniques when carrying out heavy lifting to prevent further injury or more stress on your joints and muscles.

What’s the best way to manage my back pain?

Pain in your back can be managed by getting adjusted regularly by our team of chiropractors, or by using over the counter painkillers, cold packs, and ensuring you get sufficient rest to allow your muscles to heal.

Which specialist is best for back pain?

Pain in the lower back of the lumbar spine can be attended to by a back pain chiropractor. If your pain is present in any other region of the back, or is severe and limiting your ability to move, then we can refer you to a rheumatologist, neurologist, or orthopedic surgeon depending on the nature of your pain.

Is the spine the source of all back pain?

Not necessarily, pain in the back can occur as a result of injury to your lower extremities which leads you to put excess stress on your back. Infections, viruses, and genetic conditions are all common causes of back pain that do not necessarily involve the spine, but the nerves within the spinal canal. The spine is the suit of armour for your nervous system.

How many visits do I need?

The number of visits you need depends entirely on your presentation and individual characteristics. Our chiropractors will give you an informed treatment plan that has the number of recommended visits within it.