Chronic Back Pain is the number one reason people visit their doctor and nearly 9 out of 10 people will experience at least one episode of back pain in their lives. It can be debilitating in some cases, causing the sufferer to make a number of unwanted changes in lifestyle including giving up activities they normally enjoy. Chronic Back Pain can also interfere with ones ability to work and put food on the table.
Causes of Chronic Back Pain
Improper body mechanics when lifting, stress, weak core muscles and physical injury are among the most common causes of back pain. Other possible underlying causes, such as spinal problems, are difficult to detect without a thorough examination.
Treatment of Chronic Back Pain
A multitude of ways to treat back pain exist and the treatment chosen depends on the cause and severity of the pain. Pain medication is often prescribed along with rest and inactivity. Conversely, some physicians recommend walking and other activities to help relieve back pain in those cases where muscle weakness is the contributing factor. Hot packs, cold packs and muscles relaxers help some patients with ultrasound treatments and traction required to treat severe cases.
Surgery is Only an Option For Some
Typically, surgery is considered a last resort for most back patients and is only effective in certain types of patients. Results are mixed and many patients experience little to no relief. Thus, the risks of surgery must be wisely weighed against the probability of gaining a positive result.
A Different Approach – Measure the Mesencephalic Output
This unique and effective method of determining the cause of back pain is based on the mesencephalon, which is found in the upper part of the brain stem. A thorough neurological exam is needed to determine if changes in mesencephalic output are contributing to the patient’s pain. In many back pain patients, a high mesencephalic output may be a contributing factor. A high output of the mesencephalon can effect sleep, cause an increase in pulse and heart rate, touch off a urinary tract infection and cause increased sensitivity to light.
Along with a high mesenphalic output, the low back pain patient may have a decreased output of the cerebellum (in the rear of the brain), which controls involuntary spinal musculature. If the cerebellum is not functioning as it should, localized back pain can appear near or around the spinal area.
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Caused by injury, infection, irritation or inflammation, neck pain can be quite troublesome and it’s important that you seek treatment before the condition worsens. If gone unchecked, the natural forward curve of you neck may become straight or even reverse its curve which can cause a multitude of problems. Yours may experience bony growths (called “spurs”), thinning of the discs-even deterioration of muscles and ligaments can occur.
Because these changes are not always painful (or not painful enough to cause you real concern), it’s important that you have a thorough examination. For example, spurring, lipping, or the presence of osteoarthritis are in fact, defense mechanisms that attempt to stabilize an off-balance spine. The latest research and medical consensus shows that chiropractic (manipulative) care can reverse these effects in many patients.
The Origin of Neck Pain
Pain in the neck, shoulder, hand, arm or head is often brought in three ways: irritation of the cervical nerve roots in the region of the intervertebral foramen, encroachment of the blood supply through the vertebral canal, or invasion of the cord in the spinal canal. A neck injury, such as whiplash suffered in an auto accident, also can be the cause of these conditions even though neck pain may diminish over time.
Prevention and Treatment of Neck Pain
For today’s neck pain patients, a new approach to treatment and prevention is showing great results. A thorough neurological examination often reveals a part of the nervous system that is not functioning properly. In the case of patients with neck pain, a high mesencephalic output may be part of the cause.
Your brain stem is made up of three parts: the top, middle, and lower, with the mesencephalon located in the upper part of the brain stem. High mesenphalic output can cause increased pulse and heart rate, sensitivity to light, sleep problems, urinary tract infections or the sense of increase warmth or sweating.
Patients with a high mesenphalic output sometimes also show a decreased output of the cerebellum. Responsible for controlling involuntary spinal musculature (among other functions), the cerebellum, if not performing properly can contribute to neck pain and discomfort.
Neck pain (along with shoulder, hand and arm pain) is quite often a complex and difficult problem. That’s why it’s critical that you have a complete and thorough examination to help recognize the problems and chart the correct course for treatment. Because the problems causing the pain may go unnoticed, it’s imperative to be examined as soon as possible.