Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work.  In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.

Upper Back

The upper part of your back, known as your thoracic region, is a common source of pain. It can be a primary or secondary source, chronic or acute in nature. The upper part of your back can be a primary source of pain when a postural imbalance such as scoliosis causes the joints to work improperly and cause pain and inflammation through bad mechanics.

Thoracic pain can be a secondary cause of pain from conditions like Forward Head Posture, where you carry your head out from your body ,which causes muscle strain and excess force on your spine. Here the muscles try to pull back your head in to normal positions. This is common when people look down a lot, either at their jobs for extended periods of time or texting. This sort of pain leads in to the chronic area of a more constant problem over time, especially when your job requires that particular activity.

Acute pain can be caused from a fall that injures the back, an auto accident or even yard work. These scenarios can damage the soft tissues such as the muscles, tendons, and ligaments as well as cause the joints to to move properly.

All of these scenarios will be scanned for at your initial consultation and exam. When suggesting a treatment plan of or correction, all of this will be considered so we can make the appropriate changes to get you feeling better as soon as possible.

Lower Back

The majority of Americans have had lower back pain sometime in their life. According to the Global Burden of Disease 2012, lower back pain is actually the single leading cause of disability worldwide.

As many studies have shown over the years, Chiropractic care is the most effective way to manage low back pain. By looking at the biomechanics of your spine Dr Ferguson can help determine the cause of your back pain.

Through talking with you, performing orthopedic and neurolgical testing, xrays to evaluate your biomechanics and even MRI when needed, Dr Ferguson is able to zero in on the root of your problem. With that knowledge, he is able to establish a program of correction that may include chiropractic treatments, core stabilization exercises, pain reducing therapies, or worst case scenario, know when to refer you out to one of the neurologists or orthopedic surgeons he has a relationship with.

Common causes:

Improper posture due to repetitive motion, excess weight on the spine, lack of motion, and even sports injuries.

For more information about each of these and also how poor posture causes low back pain in Beavercreek, Ohio contact Miami Valley Spine and Injury Chiropractic, today.