The causes of back and neck pain and what you can do about them

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LBP can be caused by muscle spasm, tendon strain, ligament sprain, facet joint dysfunction, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, disruption to the intervertebral disk and/or degeneration of the intervertebral disk (IVD) some of which can cause nerve and/or spinal cord compression leading to sciatic pain referral that can be extreme. Some of these causes co-exist and can be interlinked.

In selecting a treatment option it is vital that a correct diagnosis be made as each of the causes will respond to very different approaches. A single technique approach is therefore seldom fully effective. For example the techniques for treating soft tissue injury would be hopelessly inadequate for treating degenerated IVD’s.
It is therefore important that you seek the help of a practitioner who is well trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of all the abovementioned causes. These conditions are usually referred to as Neuro-musculo-skeletal (NMS)

Research shows chiropractic to be the most effective, cost effective and safest treatment option for these NMS conditions. Chiropractic also rates the highest in terms of patient satisfaction.

There has been a wealth of research into this subject most of which strongly supports the findings of the most relevant research being that of the Canadian RAND report and more recently the BEAM trial published in the British Medical Journal (Nov 19, 2004: 1-8)

Research also reveals that people under Chiropractic care take fewer days sick leave, spend less time incapacitated, use less medication, have less chance of their problems becoming chronic and therefore greatly reduce their risk of requiring later life surgery

Read more articles on this website about the treatment approaches that we offer for the various causes discussed here

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