Several factors contribute to back pain. In some cases, patients may pull or strain a muscle by engaging in a repetitive motion or improper lifting techniques. The injury itself may cause pain, and if left untreated, the surrounding muscles may begin to overcompensate for the injured muscles, causing more pain and potentially causing a misalignment in the spine.
Arthritis is another common cause of back pain. Arthritis is a degenerative disease that causes the cushioning in the joints to wear away, leading to excess friction and pain. Many patients also experience herniated discs. Herniated discs occur when the cushioning gel between the vertebrae slips out of place and bulges out between the discs, often compressing nerves and leading to localized and radiant pain.
Dr. Campo provides comprehensive diagnostic physical examinations to determine the condition causing the back pain. This exam may include orthopedic tests, a range of motion test, muscle and strength tests, and neurological screening. Patients are often asked to perform simple movements and describe any pain or other sensations they feel. Dr. Campo may request further testing with diagnostic imaging tools including X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans for additional information.
Dr. Campo provides a customized treatment plan to address the specific condition of each patient. Treatment may include chiropractic adjustments and massage to relax the muscles, so they don’t resist the spinal adjustment. Massage also stimulates the body’s natural healing ability and can lead to a stronger back which is more resistant to future injuries.
Dr. Campo works diligently to determine the true cause of a patient’s back pain so he’s able to treat the root cause of the pain as well as the symptoms to provide immediate relief while also alleviating the cause. Dr. Campo may use Active Release Techniques to treat back pain. He may also teach patients certain corrective exercises to strengthen and protect their backs from future injuries.
Dr. Campo provides drug-free treatment to improve and maintain overall well-being including reducing pain, strengthening the body, and educating his patients on how to protect themselves from recurrent injuries.
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