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A Patient's Guide To Evaluation and Treatment of Mid Back Pain in Redding

An onset of mid back pain is typically brought on by every day activities such as simply bending and twisting, performing work overhead or a minor slip and fall. 

Injury

The injury usually results in small tears to the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons) which then release several types of pain producing chemicals.  This sudden chemical irritation causes protective muscle spasm resulting in a locking of the joints, causing them to become "dysfunctional."

Examination

Fortunately, spinal dysfunction is easily identified on examinations with our Redding chiropractor.  These dysfunctional spinal joints have reduced mobility on examination, appear stiff and painful with local tenderness and muscular spasm.  If present for a long time they produce painful nodules in the nearby muscles called "trigger points."

man getting his lower back examined

Homecare

Homecare consists of avoiding activities and positions that aggravate your pain.  Apply ice to the injured area in order to cool the chemical reaction caused by injuries while applying heat to promote healing. As pain complaints improve, taking anti-inflammatory medication may be recommended.

Treatment

Treatment depends on the severity of injury.  Additional factors that can slow recovery include history of previous injury, underlying arthritis and if work tasks or activities of daily living promote pain.

Because of ionizing radiation, x-rays are not usually recommended unless trauma is significant and or symptoms persist.  Treatment with our Redding chiropractor typically includes the following:

  • Spinal manipulation of involved joint dysfunction to restore normal motion
  • Ultrasound over to reduce inflammation and minimize adhesions
  • Interferential current to reduce muscle spasm, swelling and pain
  • Massage therapy if painful trigger points are evidenced on examination
  • Customized exercise program as recovery allows
  • Homecare measures such as ice and heat as indicated
  • Medication management
  • Activity modification initially as pain parameters allow
  • Normalization of activities of daily living as pain complaints settle.
  • Specialty consultation and x-rays if symptoms persist.
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