It’s estimated that 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. For 5-10% of them, a bout with back pain turns into a chronic and often debilitating problem. Dr. David Johnston at the Osteopathic Wellness Center specializes in the type of gentle, manual therapies that effectively relieve pain, improve movement, and support your body’s ability to heal. If you suffer from back pain and would like holistic care that gets you on the road to recovery, call the office in Ridgefield, Connecticut, or book an appointment online.
Lower back pain often develops from a muscle strain as you lift something that’s heavy or twist your back. You’re also susceptible to pain if you sit for long periods of time or if you’re overweight because these increase the pressure on your lower back.
In addition to sprains and strains of the supportive soft tissues, some of the most common causes of lower back pain include:
In most cases, these back conditions develop over time due to age-related changes and degeneration.
The upper back is less susceptible to pain-causing problems than the lower back, but when pain develops it’s usually due to:
If you develop osteoporosis, the upper spine is also vulnerable to compression fractures.
If your back pain is caused by a compressed nerve, you may develop pain, tingling, and numbness anywhere along the affected nerve. This is most likely to occur when the sciatic nerve in your lower back is pinched, causing severe pain that radiates down through your buttocks and leg.
During your examination, Dr. Johnston may order X-rays, scans, or other diagnostic tests to determine the exact cause of your pain. Then he develops a customized osteopathic treatment plan for your back and any other areas of your body that are affected, such as your hips or neck.
Your treatment plan incorporates a wide range of gentle manual treatments, depending on your age, overall health, and diagnosis. These are a few examples of osteopathic therapies:
Your holistic care may also include an evaluation of your posture and advice on dieting and exercise.
If you suffer from back pain, call Osteopathic Wellness Center or book an appointment online.