Although back pain can affect people of all ages, it is particularly prevalent in people aged over 60, who are more likely to be facing issues caused by the degeneration of the joints in their spine. Research indicates that back pain is related to earlier mortality, suggesting that steps need to be taken to stop it in its tracks, as early as possible.
There are millions of car crashes in the Unites States every year, many of them major in damage and injury. But even those that seem like minor accidents can leave long-term, painful symptoms and/or disabilities for the victims.
Many of these injuries affect the spine, which causes both chronic back and neck pain, possibly for years.
What can you do to beat chronic pain? Pain is one of the most common complaints that people seek relief from at a doctor’s office. Pain develops when pain sensitive tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and of course spinal and peripheral nerves are irritated. The pain from mechanical irritation can be due to acute trauma or can develop from a repetitive activity that slowly builds up over time.
I am Dr. Michael Taggart, a board-certified Doctor of Chiropractic, practicing in Kirkland, WA since 1992. I have had over 20 years of clinical experience and specialize in chronic conditions. I have advanced training in neurology, spinal rehabilitation, functional endocrinology, laboratory testing/interpretation, and nutritional therapy.
Let me introduce you to “Brain Based Therapy
The health care community is beginning to realize and appreciate the great benefit of chiropractic care for lower back pain using spinal manipulation.
Although it occurs anywhere on the spine, spinal stenosis is most often located in the spinal lumbar. It can be caused from injury, such as a car accident, but it is more than likely the result of aging when there is degeneration of the spinal canal or osteoarthritis.