Long term pain relief! (Cure Back Pain Part 3)

Got back pain? Neck pain? Knee or shoulder injury? Got pain that keeps coming back? Got pain that doesn’t go away with different types of medication, massage and treatment? This is common. And there’s a solution!

In our first article, we spoke of the common concerns that there is no ‘cure’ for (back) pain. There were two things we need to know and understand in order to enjoy long lasting relief of back pain – what I call, a ‘near permanent fix’.

In our second article, we shared 5 simple ways to actively boost our health and help prevent back pain. Remembering that prevention is much better than cure. And early diagnosis, and early intervention and treatment is much more effective than the ‘wait-and-see’ approach that almost always ends up with worsening of the injury or pain.

This third post is to address the second and most important part of ‘curing’ back pain.

#2. Which part of our back (or body) is injured? Compromised? “Broken”?

I always hear friends, and our practice members (aka “patients) say to me: “I think its just a muscle ache” or “My back muscles are always weak” or “I over strained my muscles”. They then ask “What can I do to strengthen my muscles” or “Will going to the gym / exercising help?”

Massage is effective for relief of muscle strain and injuries.

Massage is effective for relief of muscle strain and injuries.

It’s a common idea that injuring, curing and treating back pain only evolves around muscles. I do agree that muscles are a common cause of pain. But they are not the only part of the body that gets injured and causes pain. There are many other parts of the body that can be over strained, twisted, stuck, injured and weak. Fixing only tight muscles by massage can help. Strengthening a weak back muscle can help. But they only address the muscle concern. There are many more parts to the problem. For the spine, these include the joints, joint capsule and synovium, facets, ribs, meniscoid, ligaments, fascia, tendons, and nerves. Including the muscles, that’s 11 parts of the body that can be injured. And if all these contributed to your back pain, fixing the tight or weak muscle will only fix 9% of your back pain. So that’s why massage feels good for a short time, but the pain returns!

Joints are where two bones meet. They are made up of many different parts, all of which can be injured and cause pain!

Joints are where two bones meet. They are made up of many different parts, all of which can be injured and cause pain!

Not only is there at least 11 parts that can be injured, their function* may be compromised or altered too. Function refers to the ability for that ‘thing’ to do its job properly. For example, the function of shoulder joint is to allow movement in at least 10 different active movements. If one or more of these movements are restricted, something is blocked, stuck, caught or misaligned/offset. This will cause unnecessary stress and grinding on the shoulder leading to tight muscles, aches and pain.

Chiropractic is an effective way to address all of these concerns. The right chiropractor or other health care practitioner should do more than just look at your bones and alignment. They will check how your nerves work. If your joints are locked up. If muscles are weak. If your posture is off. If your joints have good quality and quantity of movement. If your brain-body-brain connection is strong…. And more! You can ask our health care professional if you would be a good candidate for chiropractic care here, or make an appointment to see our recommended chiropractic doctor here

Dr Gary treating a shoulder joint and rotator cuff injury.

Dr Gary treating a shoulder joint and rotator cuff injury.

Remember, looking through all the possible contributing causes of back pain and successfully treating all of these things is the only way to ensure full recovery of back pain. Once accomplished, we should not take being pain free for granted! In order not to have a relapse and suffer from pain again, we must improve our lifestyle. Furthermore, having a check up and getting a regular “service” to make sure your whole body is in order is a simple and effective way to continue keeping your back pain away, boosting your health and keeping you pain free for a long long long time. Can you call this a cure? It’s the best solution so far!

+Dr Gary Tho

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