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5 Effective Treatments for Lower Back Pain

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Lower back pain makes everything in life more difficult. Whether you’re playing 18 holes of golf, wrestling with your kids, or just trying to get comfortable on the couch to watch a movie, the joys in life are much less joyful when your back constantly hurts.

If you are one of the millions living with lower back pain, here are five treatment options that can help you get your life back.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care can be your most effective weapon against lower back pain. Back pain is frequently a result of your spinal vertebrae being out of alignment and immobile. When this happens, the surrounding muscles have to work harder to hold your body upright, and this makes them tense. Chiropractors manipulate spinal vertebrae by hand, without the use of drugs or invasive surgery, restoring alignment and mobility. This allows the muscles in your back to relax.

Core Strengthening

When your core is weak, your lower back has to put in more work than it should when you exercise or simply performing everyday tasks. This ensures that it stays sore, the same way other muscle groups hurt when you work them too hard for too long. Regular physical therapy sessions can teach you exercises which will strengthen your core and take the load off your lower back.

Yoga

Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, strength, and mobility. When your muscles are strong and flexible, they aren’t taxed as much when you use them. Think about how much easier it is for someone with strong, mobile shoulders to lift a 100 pound object over his head repeatedly than it is for someone whose shoulders are weak. The same principle applies to your lower back.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapists are trained to feel for tense areas in your muscles and to work the tightness out by applying a specific type of pressure. Most people experiencing lower back pain have plenty of tension built up; this type of therapy can provide relief. A specific kind known as deep tissue therapy yields additional benefits by releasing toxins from your muscle tissues. These toxins accumulate over time, causing tension and discomfort.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture treatment is somewhat of an unorthodox treatment method, but it has been widely used in the Eastern hemisphere for centuries. Thousands of people here in the United States swear by it. Dozens of tiny needles are inserted into various pressure points throughout your body and left there for a specified period of time. This process is reputed to activate your own internal healing mechanism. The word “needles” alone is enough to make a lot of folks turn tail and run, but the procedure involves very little pain. Many people actually find it soothing!

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What Is A Dislocated Shoulder and What Is The Treatment

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Dislocated Shoulder 101

A dislocated shoulder is one of the most painful injuries that can befall a person. Thankfully, shoulder dislocations are rarely serious enough to require surgery. A good chiropractor with a solid understanding of physical therapy can apply a healing massage, and other sports medicine remedies.

A dislocated shoulder occurs when your shoulder joint is literally “dislocated” in the bone of your arm. Dislocations are not “separations,” an injury that finds the shoulder joint removed from the bone. Dislocations often occur during violent actions, but they can occur without warning. Dislocations are more likely to occur if you have weak muscles in your arms, as they help keep your joint in place.

What are the symptoms?

A shoulder dislocation will be immediately painful: there’s no mistaking something’s wrong. You’ll immediately feel excessive pain in your shoulder, and will find it nearly impossible to move. Swelling usually occurs, as will numbness, physical weakness, and bruising. Serious dislocations often include muscle spasms. You may also feel nausea, vomiting, and lightheaded.

What is the short-term treatment for a dislocated shoulder?

Severe shoulder separations, such as separation at an upward direction, or dislocations in the back, require serious emergency room treatments. Open shoulder surgery is often necessary, surgery wherein the doctor will cut open the shoulder, to surgically repair the torn shoulder ligaments.

What is the long term treatment?

Once your shoulder has healed a little more, a chiropractor can administer physical therapy. Chiropractic care helps get your shoulder back into shape. There are a series of massage types, and manipulations used by an expert chiropractor. The first type used is the scapular manipulation, and no, this doesn’t involve your head! Instead, you lie or stand while the doctor attempts to locate the locate the head of the shoulder joint, and move it back into place.
External rotation finds your doctor flexing the elbow 90 degrees, and gradually rotating your shoulder outward to help eliminate muscle spasms, and relocate your shoulder. Traction-counter traction techniques involve lying flat, with a sheet around your armpit. The doctor then pulls on the sheet, to “pop” your joint into place.

There are a few home sports medicine remedies for dislocated shoulders, during and after your treatment. Rest you shoulder, and regularly apply ice and heat alternatively, in 15-20 minute intervals.

Some over-the-counter pain medications, like aspirin and ibuprofen can also be used to eliminate some pain. After your chiropractic care treatment, carefully rotate your shoulder to help strengthen it, and to make sure to maintain your shoulder’s range of motion.

If you have any questions regarding the treatment or any other aspect of the injury, call Dr. Dibagohar’s office and our staff located in Redondo Beach, California, will be happy to assist you.

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