Question: I have pain in my lower back I can't stand for short periods of time without pain. Bending alot causes alot of pain as well. Most of the time I walk half bent over because i cant stand up straight. when i go to 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 from Westside Chiropractic Center: 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 from Westside Chiropractic Center: 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). The Lupus may have affected the disc, but at this point all you can do is to stay strong and active. 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: What kind of treatment, other then surgery 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 from Westside Chiropractic Center: 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? It occured on Oct.22. What do you suggest that I should do about this?
Question: I have pain under the right shoulder blade but unlike the other question, 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 like you said previously, a vertebrae out of alignment?
Answer from Westside Chiropractic Center: 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. If you have any more questions, please feel free to email me again.
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 from Westside Chiropractic Center: 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?