“Why do I have severe back pain?”
Dealing with severe back pain is not only uncomfortable, but also hinders you from performing everyday tasks. It can be frustrating to try and identify the root cause of the pain to treat it effectively, especially when there are so many over-the-counter options available to mask the pain. Several factors cause severe back pain, ranging from muscle strain to underlying health conditions. Below we explore the five most common causes of severe lower back pain, and learn how Dr. Mike Digrado at Newport Center Family Chiropractic can help relieve – and treat at the root cause the pain.
#1 Muscle or Ligament Strain
One of the most common causes of lower back pain is muscle or ligament strain. These types of injuries occur when you stretch beyond the muscles’ limit, resulting in tiny tears in the muscle or ligament tissues. This can happen due to improper lifting, sudden movement, or even poor posture. Chiropractic care can help address the issue by using spinal adjustment and soft tissue massage to relieve the pain.
Dr. Mike Digrado at Newport Center Family Chiropractic uses a holistic approach in treating muscle or ligament strains, incorporating techniques such as compression therapy and cool laser therapy. Compression therapy helps increase blood flow to the affected areas and reduces swelling, promoting faster healing of the tiny muscle or ligament tears. On the other hand, cool laser therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase circulation. By using this dual approach, Dr. Digrado ensures effective pain relief and restoration of normal muscle function, helping patients regain their mobility and enjoy their daily activities without discomfort.
#2 Herniated Disc
Another common cause of severe back pain is a herniated disc. It happens when the gel-like substance in the spinal disc protrudes through the disc’s outer layer. This protrusion can irritate the nerves in the lower back, resulting in severe pain. At Newport Center Family Chiropractic, Dr. Mike Digrado will use decompression therapy to gently stretch the spine and relieve the pressure on the affected area.
Just as with muscle or ligament strain, Dr. Mike Digrado uses a combination of compression therapy and cool laser therapy to treat herniated discs at Newport Center Family Chiropractic. The compression therapy works by improving blood flow to the affected discs, reducing swelling and promoting healing. This procedure provides relief from the pressure that the herniated disc places on the surrounding nerves, thereby lessening the pain.
Meanwhile, the cool laser therapy stimulates cellular regeneration. The light from the laser penetrates the skin, triggering the body’s natural healing processes. This inflammation reduction and increased circulation contribute to pain relief. These two approaches synergize, promoting more effective and quicker recovery from a herniated disc. Dr. Digrado’s use of both techniques aims to restore patient mobility and quality of life without the need for invasive procedures or medication.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that leads to the breakdown of cartilage in the joints and bones. The lower back is prone to osteoarthritis, leading to severe pain and stiffness. Chiropractic care can help relieve the pain caused by osteoarthritis by using low-level laser therapy and spinal adjustment to increase mobility and reduce chronic pain.
At Newport Center Family Chiropractic, Dr. Mike Digrado employs an integrated strategy of decompression therapy and cool laser therapy to treat osteoarthritis. Decompression therapy enhances blood circulation to the afflicted joints and reduces swelling, accelerating the healing process. Simultaneously, cool laser therapy uses light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood flow. This non-invasive therapy reduces inflammation in the joints, thus alleviating the chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis. This dual approach not only mitigates pain, but also works to restore mobility and improve the patients’ quality of life. Furthermore, Dr. Digrado’s treatment strategy for osteoarthritis is an excellent alternative to invasive surgeries and long-term reliance on pain relief medications.
#4 Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis occurs when the space around the spinal cord narrows, putting pressure on the nerves. This results in severe back pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs. Dr. Mike Digrado will use decompression therapy to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord and alleviate the symptoms.
When it comes to treating spinal stenosis at Newport Center Family Chiropractic, Dr. Mike Digrado utilizes decompression therapy and cool laser therapy. The decompression therapy promotes better circulation to the affected areas of the spinal cord, which helps reduce swelling and stimulate the healing process. This therapy eases the pressure exerted on nerves due to the narrowing of the spinal canal, thereby reducing pain and other symptoms.
Meanwhile, cool laser therapy comes into play as a non-invasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cell regeneration and boost circulation. The laser penetrates the skin, triggering the body’s natural healing mechanisms which can reduce inflammation and promote healing in the affected areas. This approach aids in alleviating pain and restoring nerve function affected by the stenosis.
Dr. Digrado’s integrated use of decompression therapy and cool laser therapy offers a comprehensive, non-invasive treatment option for those dealing with spinal stenosis, promoting reduced pain, enhanced mobility, and an overall improved quality of life.
Scoliosis is a curvature of the spine that can lead to severe back pain, uneven hips, and shoulders. Dr. Mike Digrado uses spinal adjustments, decompression therapy, and low-level laser therapy to relieve the pain. He will customize a treatment plan that suits your unique needs to alleviate the scoliosis symptoms.
In the treatment of scoliosis at Newport Center Family Chiropractic, Dr. Mike Digrado offers a highly effective, synergistic approach of decompression therapy and cool laser therapy. Decompression therapy enhances blood circulation to the impacted areas of the spine, which aids in reducing swelling and accelerates healing. It eases the pressure exerted by the curvature of the spine, thereby reducing pain and other symptoms associated with scoliosis.
Concurrently, cool laser therapy is used as a non-invasive treatment that employs light to stimulate cellular regeneration and boost blood flow. The penetrating light from the laser triggers the body’s natural healing mechanisms, reducing inflammation and promoting cell repair in the affected areas. This integrated use of decompression and cool laser therapy offers a comprehensive, non-surgical treatment option for individuals dealing with scoliosis, with the aim of reducing pain, improving mobility, and enhancing overall quality of life.
Severe Back Pain Treatment in Newport Beach, CA
Severe back pain can significantly impact your life negatively and limit your ability to perform daily activities. At Newport Center Family Chiropractic, we understand the severity of the pain caused by the five common causes listed above, and we offer gentle and effective pain relief using chiropractic care methods such as decompression therapy and cool laser therapy. Dr. Mike Digrado is a skilled chiropractor with over 20 years’ experience in treating severe back pain. Contact us today at our Newport Beach, CA clinic and experience long-lasting pain relief.