Did you know that: back pain is one of the most prevalent health problems affecting at least 80% of the world’s adult population?
Back pain can affect everything from walking to lying down. At times, even keeping your back straight can be a problem! For the majority of back pain patients, the pain dissipates after a few weeks. However, for 30% of people, back pain, especially chronic pain, could indicate something more serious.
Elite Spine Centres is the leading pain specialist when it comes to back pains. Our chiropractors in Singapore are well-trained in dealing with back pain and alignment problems.
Visit Elite Spine Centres today to treat your condition! Saying goodbye has never been sweeter.
Types of Back Pain
Lower Back Pain
Poor posture, an incorrect sleeping position, unsuitable lifting practices, and chronic overuse are all causes of low back pain. The intervertebral discs and the joints between the vertebrae may be affected by these injuries. Everyday activities might cause microdamage in these locations, obstructing smooth movement and function over time.
Lower back pain often goes away after 2 – 6 weeks, and it can be separated into two categories:
Caused by particular movements and normally goes away with prolonged bed rest. Muscle strains, ligament sprains, and wear and tear of the spinal joints and discs are the most likely causes.
Non-mechanical back pain
Pain that occurs without or with movement is referred to as non-mechanical pain. When the person is sleeping, it may cause pain symptoms to worsen considerably. It could be neuropathic or caused by a condition eroding the spine’s structure, such as an infection or cancer.
The sciatic nerve extends from the back of the pelvis down to the back of the thigh. It’s a major nerve that provides feeling to the back of the thigh, part of the lower leg, and the sole while controlling the muscles in the back of the lower leg and knee.
When the sciatic nerve is inflamed, it is known as sciatica. However, sciatica itself is often caused by another issue, such as a herniated disc or a spinal injury.
Thus, merely treating your back pain may not solve your problem! Our professional chiropractors at Elite Spine Centres treat your ailments as a whole, tackling your symptoms right at the source to eliminate them once and for all.
Spondylosis is a degenerative condition that affects the spinal joints and the discs, ligaments, and joints. Spondylosis causes the discs between the vertebrae to lose their cushioning effect and may compromise the integrity of your ligaments.
This can lead to microscopic stress fractures in the vertebrae, weakening the bones to the point where it slips out of position. In addition, spondylosis can put pressure on nerve roots, causing pain or a tingling feeling in the legs or arms in severe cases. Repetitive pressures on the spine, age wear and tear, and trauma are common causes of spondylosis.
Common Symptoms of Back Pain
People may experience different symptoms, ranging from severe to mild back pain. Therefore, it is always a better idea to get yourself checked out professionally before attempting treatment.
Some symptoms include:
- Muscle spasm
- Muscle weakness
- Stiffness in the neck and shoulders
- Occasional lower back pain that is numbing or sharp
However, please seek immediate medical attention if your back pain presents like this:
- Chronic, severe pain that does not improve with rest
- Bending in all directions aggravates the problem.
- Pins and needles in one or both legs, persistent nerve aches, pain or sensation of numbness
- Leg weakness, walking difficulty, and unsteady walking
- Back pain linked with bladder and bowel disorders
- Pain accompanied by loss of appetite, weight loss, tiredness, fever, and chills
- Previous cancer history
Back Pain Causes
The back is a complex structure of joints, ligaments, bones, muscles, and nerves. Thus, it is susceptible to a myriad of problems, ones you often can’t control — sprained ligaments, slipped disc, irritated joints, muscle strain, and compressed nerve roots, to name a few.
However, certain factors may increase your likelihood of developing a back condition.
Risk Factors of Back Pain
There are many ways people can develop back issues, particularly low back pain. Therefore, it is imperative that we pay attention to how we exert stress on our spinal column.
- Age - The older we get, the higher the risk of having back problems.
- Limited exercise - Limited movement can cause low back pain due to weak muscles.
- Existing medical conditions - Certain conditions such as arthritis, obesity and cancer can cause back pain.
- Stress - Both mental and physical stress causes back pain. For example, people with anxiety and depression have a higher risk of developing back and neck pain.
- Unhealthy habits - Smokers have a higher risk of developing back pain as they tend to cough more and harsher, ultimately resulting in disc herniation. Smoking also increases the risk of developing osteoporosis and inhibits blood flow to the spine.
However, most people in Singapore with recurrent back pain often suffer from poor biomechanics brought on by our everyday lives. Our body slowly accumulates stress from our daily repetitive movements, including poor lifting techniques, prolonged sitting and poor posture.
Consulting with the right professionals is crucial to ensuring that your health is in its best condition. Thankfully, our well-trained chiropractors at Elite Spine Centres are uniquely educated and positioned to help people with back pain.
Diagnosis of Back Pain
To provide the best treatment for you, we utilise our signature Functional Correction Method (FCM) to gain a comprehensive understanding of your condition. Thus, your entire back will be inspected during the physical examination, including the spinal cord, lumbar spine, vertebrae, discs, facet joints and back muscles.
This is done to assess whether other regions of the neck (cervical), low back (lumbar), and mid-back (thoracic) are affected. The physical examination will also consider areas of restricted movement, your overall posture, spinal alignment and mechanics.
Overall, these tests will give our chiropractor a better understanding of the patient’s body mechanics and contributing factors to their condition. For this reason, your medical history is also reviewed to identify the possible causes of your back pain.
An imaging test (i.e. MRI or X-ray) may also be ordered to pinpoint the exact cause of your condition and to help determine the extent of accumulated damage. Moreover, proper imaging may reveal postural deviations that predispose you to damage. This allows us to implement strategies early on, thus avoiding the potential damage.
Chiropractic Treatment for Back Pain
The American Medical Association (AMA) recommends using non-invasive, non-drug treatments for low back pain before resorting to drug therapies. As the first-line treatment for acute back pain, it has been proven to relieve pain more effectively than just medication (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants) or only physiotherapy.
Furthermore, it has been established that a multidisciplinary approach, such as the one modelled in FCM, has the greatest chance of relieving chronic pain. Thus, our treatment plan will be customised to your specific physical condition, with therapeutics and physical therapy that holistically address your issues.
- Spinal manipulation: A standard treatment adopted in chiropractic care that relieves joints, alleviates nerve compression, and reduces inflammation.
- Manual therapy: Joint stretching and resistance techniques have been known to minimise the pain radiating from the back, preventing neck or leg pain.
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy (IASTM): Our chiropractor uses special instruments to treat muscle tension and scar tissue.
- Trigger point therapy: Used to relieve those painful and tight points within a muscle or near muscle insertion points.
- Electro-myotherapy: A low-frequency electrical current is used to stimulate the muscles for relieving pain or muscle activation.
- Low-level laser therapy (LLLT): Also known as cold laser therapy, LLLT has been shown to reduce inflammation, minimise pain, and accelerate the body’s natural healing process.
- Radial shockwave therapy (RSWT): Apart from treating injuries to soft tissue and joints, shockwave therapy also eases specific symptoms like muscle cramps, loss of range of motion, loss of flexibility, and muscle spasms.
- Non-surgical spinal decompression (NSSD): Our modern generation decompression machines use state-of-the-art algorithms to gently, safely, and effectively reduce severe pain caused by degenerative disc diseases and aid in the rehabilitation of these issues.
Stand tall without back pain today!
At Elite Spine Centres, we don’t just want to get rid of your pain. Instead, we want to treat the whole person, possibly eliminating your back pain once and for all!
Beyond pain relief, our chiropractic clinic teaches you how to retain long-lasting results and optimise your health. Therefore, our clients receive simple but effective daily exercise programmes and lifestyle advice to minimise further strain.
To get you started, we’ve prepared a special introductory package covering almost everything you need for your first few visits to our clinic.
A pain-free life is only one call away.