Back Pain FAQ

low back pain

80 percent of Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. Whether you're experiencing your first incident of low back pain or suffer from chronic back pain and want to find relief, learning more about common questions can help you feel at ease. At Orinda Chiropractic Center, we've put together answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about back pain and treatment. We hope our answers will help you!

What causes back pain?

There are many causes of back pain. Sports injuries, overuse incidents, and accidents are common and obvious causes of pain. Stretching, straining, and lifting can lead to back pain in many cases. Poor posture and obesity can also cause back pain. While highly rare, medical conditions such as arthritis, kidney stones, or cancer can lead to back pain. Many women experience more back pain while pregnant.

How can I limit back pain?

There are many simple actions that can limit or help prevent your back pain. These include losing weight if you are overweight, using proper form when lifting objects, improving your posture, making ergonomic improvements to your workstation, and stretching before working out. If you are a smoker, quitting smoking can reduce your pain by providing more oxygen and nutrients to the spine. During chiropractic treatment for back pain, our staff will demonstrate stretching and strengthening exercises that can help limit back pain.

Should I see my primary care physician if I have back pain?

If you have back pain plus any of the following symptoms, you should make an appointment with your primary care physician: Severe pain that does not improve with rest, numbness, tingling, fever, weak leg muscles, or trouble urinating. If your back pain becomes common, or gets more severe in intensity, consult your doctor.

How can a chiropractor help with back pain?

Chiropractors perform gentle, non-invasive spinal manipulation using hands, tools, bolsters, and other special equipment. Through a series of appointments, chiropractors can realign muscles, joints and ligaments to alleviate pressure causing back pain. Individuals will feel less pain during daily activities, will enjoy a greater range of motion, and may not have to resort to over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate suffering caused by back pain.

Is chiropractic care safe for back pain?

Chiropractic care is very safe for back pain. It is a drugless and non-invasive form of treatment that can alleviate back pain and strengthen and realign the muscles to prevent recurrence.

Could my back pain just get better on its own?

In some cases, back pain can get better on its own, provided that you rest the muscles. If back pain recurs or does not get better, or if you regularly experience back pain, chiropractic can be a safe, lasting treatment.

If you do not see the answer to your question here, or if you want to schedule an appointment for chiropractic care, just call us today. Thank you.

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Orinda Chiropractic & Laser Center
89 Moraga Way
Orinda, CA 94563
(925) 254-4040

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“Dr. Wong is my family's first stop when confronted with pain. His sensitivity and skill, his laser and orthotics, and even the Rock Tape--we have learned the value of them all as he has healed us over the years.”

- R. Miller

“It is so comforting to know I have Kevin to 'keep me in line' and help me when I overdo it. Kevin and Isabel show not only great concern and compassion for their patients, they are also so wonderful about accommodating us and making sure our needs are met. ”

- D. Koroslev

“Kevin Wong is an amazing doctor. He has been able to 'fix' things on me that other doctors told me I would 'just have to live with' for the rest of my life. I leave my visits to Orinda Chiropractic feeling refreshed, relaxed, and most importantly, free of pain!”

- L. Baqir

“I began seeing Kevin Wong 8 years ago after a vehicle accident. His gentle chiropractic ways and his caring attitude made a huge difference to me. I always feel that Dr. Wong is looking out for my health and goes the extra step whenever it is necessary such as fitting me in when all of a sudden my neck or back starts to give me trouble.”

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