Last updated 16 hours ago
Lumbago is a general term used to describe lower back pain. These days, it’s more often referred to as lumbar pain or simply low back pain. There are many potential causes of lumbago. It could involve a problem with your soft tissues, such as the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Lumbago may also be caused by a deteriorated or herniated intervertebral disc. Disc herniation occurs when there is a crack in the wall of the disc, through which the inner material can protrude. Additionally, lumbago may involve the facet joints, nerves, or bones.
Before a back specialist can treat lumbago, he or she will need to diagnose the exact source of the problem. You can expect to have a physical exam and imaging studies, such as an MRI or X-ray. Your back specialist will also ask you about your medical history and whether you’ve recently fallen or suffered an injury. Your treatment options will depend on the underlying cause of your lower back pain.
At SpineOne, our state-of-the-art spinal care center features advanced diagnostic equipment and innovative treatment solutions. Give us a call at (888) 721-0459 and ask us about our range of spinal treatment options, including physical therapy and chiropractic care.
Last updated 7 days ago
Degenerative disc disease usually involves the lumbar region of the spine, which is the lower back. However, it can sometimes affect the cervical region, which is the neck area. If you suffer from persistent neck pain and stiffness, see a back specialist to determine if it could be the result of degenerative disc disease.
Wear and Tear Damage
Degenerative disc disease affects the intervertebral discs, which are located between the bones, or vertebrae, or the spine. These cushion-like devices have a high water content to provide flexibility and shock absorption. However, as you grow older, the water content decreases and the discs become more brittle. The cumulative effects of degeneration over the years can cause neck pain and stiffness. Your symptoms are likely more noticeable later in the day. This condition tends to become progressively worse.
Although degenerative disc disease is often caused by the gradual effects of wear and tear damage over the years, trauma to the area may accelerate the process. If you have suffered an injury to the cervical region of your spine, you may be more likely to suffer from degenerative disc disease.
Back specialists often recommend trying conservative treatment measures for cervical degenerative disc disease, such as physical therapy. Stretching and exercising on a regular basis offers significant pain relief, and it can also help you maintain flexibility in your neck.
Your back specialist may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers for mild pain. If you suffer from significant discomfort, he or she may prescribe muscle relaxants or narcotic pain relievers. You could also benefit from an anti-inflammatory medication.
SpineOne is the premier source for relief of neck pain and back pain in the Denver area. If you have cervical degenerative disc disease or another spinal disorder, schedule an appointment with a back specialist by calling (888) 721-0459. We offer a comprehensive range of conservative treatment options under one roof.
Last updated 15 days ago
The lumbar region is the lower area of your spine. Below that is the sacrum, which is a bone shaped like a triangle. The sacrum is connected to the left and right iliac bones. These joints are called the sacroiliac (SI) joints. They connect your pelvis to your spine. If you are experiencing back pain in this area, it could be due to wear and tear damage to the SI joints. These joints are responsible for holding up a great deal of weight when you stand, which can contribute to cartilage deterioration and arthritis over time.
SI joint dysfunction can also occur with pregnancy. The hormonal changes associated with pregnancy cause the relaxation of the ligaments in preparation for giving birth. Although the SI joints normally do not normally move very far, these changes can increase their range of motion. Plus, pregnancy lends itself to a change in walking pattern, which further stresses the SI joints. These factors lead to the possibility of greater wear and tear damage, and the back pain associated with it.
SpineOne is a leader in providing innovative spinal care to patients of Colorado. If you suffer from sacroiliac joint dysfunction, our team of back specialists can help restore you to health. Please call us today at (888) 721-0459 to schedule an appointment with a back specialist.
Last updated 20 days ago
No matter how carefully you drive, wintry weather problems such as black ice can easily lead to a car accident. Spinal injuries from a car accident may not be apparent right away. You might not notice back or neck pain until a few hours or days after the accident. If you do experience symptoms, seek help from a back specialist right away to prevent the problem from worsening. A back specialist can diagnose the source of your pain and recommend a customized course of treatment that may include the following therapies.
Spinal Manipulative Therapy
Chiropractic care, also known as spinal manipulative therapy, is an effective approach to treating back pain and neck pain. The chiropractor may request an X-ray to determine if any of your vertebrae are out of alignment, which commonly occurs with car accidents. Additionally, the chiropractor can determine if you sustained soft tissue injuries, such as damage to your ligaments, muscles, and intervertebral discs. Then, the chiropractor can perform treatments, such as manipulating the spinal joints back into their proper position. You can enjoy relief of pain, greater mobility, and a reduced risk of chronic pain development.
Soft tissue injuries are common after a car accident. Your medical care team may recommend physical therapy, which can promote healing and restore strength to your muscles. Physical therapy can also offer pain relief. If you require any surgical procedures following your car accident, working with a physical therapist can accelerate your recovery.
There are a number of therapeutic injections that a back specialist may recommend after a car accident. If you experience neck pain or low back pain, facet joint injections may help you. These injections involve anesthetics and steroid drugs injected into the small joints of the spine. If the car accident caused scar tissue development or nerve compression, an epidural spinal injection may be right for you.
If you have been injured in a car accident, the back specialists of SpineOne are here to help with treatments such as physical therapy, injections, and chiropractic care. Our medical practice is conveniently located in the Denver area. Please call us at (888) 721-0459 to arrange a consultation.
Last updated 27 days ago
Living in a snowy climate has its perks; it’s ideal for winter sports enthusiasts and it’s beautiful when snow blankets the trees. Unfortunately, wintry weather can also be hazardous to your back health. There are a few winter hazards to be aware of, such as slipping on ice and straining your back from shoveling. If you do experience back pain or neck pain, it’s important to see a back specialist promptly to restore your health.
Shovel Snow Wisely
If you’ve already injured your back or you have another medical condition, it may be best to hire someone else to clear the snow from your driveway. Otherwise, pace yourself and take frequent breaks. If the forecast calls for snowfall over an extended period of time, start shoveling early; it’s better to shovel a few inches of snow at a time than a foot or two all at once. Use proper form while shoveling. Distribute your weight evenly by bending at your knees and hips. Avoid twisting your back to throw snow on a pile; instead, turn your whole body.
Decrease Your Risk of a Fall
Even if you have excellent balance and coordination, you’re still at risk of falling down and injuring your back in the winter. Reduce your risk of a fall by wearing boots with rubber soles in the winter. Consider placing a pair of removable ice grippers over your boots for added traction. When walking outdoors, walk slowly and take small steps. Remember to distribute rock salt over your walkways and driveway.
Act Quickly in the Event of an Injury
If you do fall down or strain your back while shoveling, see a back specialist for a treatment plan. The back specialist may recommend X-rays to rule out a slipped disc or vertebral fracture. If you have a soft tissue injury, applying ice several times per day for the first few days can help reduce inflammation and alleviate back pain. The back specialist might also recommend anti-inflammatory medications and chiropractic care.
Residents of the Denver area who suffer from back injuries are invited to explore their treatment options at SpineOne. Our team of back specialists offers customized treatment plans to suit your unique needs. Give us a call today at (888) 721-0459 and ask us about our physical therapy and chiropractic care services.