Pain Management Beyond the Chiropractor

Chiropractor not helping?  Any accident, injury or permanent incorrect posture at any age can misalign the spine and cause the head and neck to shift away from the vertical axis. This causes stress on the nervous system, contraction of muscles, postural distortion of the body, and if left uncorrected, may contribute to spinal degeneration.

Chronic back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment including chiropractic care in America resulting in lost wages and reduced productivity. It affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives, with the lower back being the most susceptible to pain and injury. There are many different conditions that can result in low back pain, including: sprained ligaments, strained muscles, ruptured disks, trigger points, arthritis, obesity, psychological stress and inflamed joints, sports injuries or accidents, and sometimes even the simplest movements, like tying shoe laces, can have painful results. This pain can limit the range of activities that you might enjoy and prevent you from engaging in fun activities with your friends and family, such as playing your favorite sports. Temporary solutions such as heating pads and over-the-counter analgesics that can be found in the market. However, they do not treat the underlying problem of back pain. At New York Spine Specialist, we treat the symptoms and the underlying problem of back pain  for a lasting relief.

pain management after the chiropractorThe immediate recommendation is to treatment patient conservatively in hopes of improvement which may include treatment with a chiropractor, physical therapy and a pain management physician along with diagnostic imaging studies such as an MRI of the neck and back.

Once lesions on the spine are discovered, chiropractic, physical therapy and pain management beyond the chiropractor are the appropriate course of treatment, however when your symptoms do not improve, you should consider an evaluation with one of our orthopaedic spine surgeons.

Dr. Sebastian Lattuga is a world-leader in spine surgery. He’s spent the last decade pioneering minimally invasive surgical techniques which are designed to preserve the structural integrity of the spine without the need for overly aggressive surgery.

Dr. Lattuga’s patients have less invasive surgery with greatly reduced loss of spinal structure, less post-surgical pain, fewer implants and fusions, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery.

A board-certified orthopedic surgeon with advanced fellowship training in spine surgery, Dr. Lattuga has more than 20 years’ experience and a successful track record helping thousands of patients regain their lives.


Types of Back Pain

There are several types of back pain that are treated bu a chiropractor, but the most common types are acute low-back pain and chronic low-back pain.

Acute Lower Back Pain

Patients with acute low-back pain often improve on their own, through self-care, and stay active. If acute low back pain persist after four weeks, you can consider non-drug therapies, including chiropractic manipulation or physical therapy along with pain management.

Chronic Lower Back Pain

Long-term use of pain medication usually does not improve functioning for patients with chronic low-back pain. Natural therapies, prove more beneficial. Psychological and social factors also contribute to chronic low-back pain. Most patients with chronic low-back pain will not become pain-free so treatment should be more focused on improving function and reducing pain.


Symptoms of Back Pain

With back pain, the connection to a physical source is not always clear. There are people showing no spinal abnormalities on X-ray yet suffer from excruciating back pain.

  • Muscle spasm
  • Cramping
  • Stiffness
  • Pain in the back
  • Pain in the buttock
  • Sensitivity of spine to touch and pressure
  • Pain after prolonged inactivity
  • Pain that gets worse and lasts longer


Causes of Back Pain

pain management after the chiropractorThere are several possible conditions that can cause back pain and can get more serious if left untreated. This is why it is important to seek professional help from New York Spine Specialist. Your New York City Spine Surgeon Dr. Lattuga is an expert in diagnosing the cause and determining the proper treatment for your pain.

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc does not always mean that you are going to suffer from low back pain. There are people with herniated or bulging disc who don’t suffer from any painful symptoms. However, to some people disc herniation can be a source of intense and excruciating pain that frequently radiates to other parts of the body. Once a disc herniates, they rarely heal completely.

Sprains and Strains

This is the common source of back pain for the weekend warriors- the type of people who are generally inactive during the week, but get on high-impact activities around the weekend and pushing themselves too much. Before the new week begins, they find themselves immobile and lying on their back and finding the nearest doctor. Over-stretching the muscles or ligaments of the low back can lead to small tears in the tissues, resulting in swollen and painful back.


When you are stressed, you become tensed and your blood pressure and heart rate rise, flooding your body with stress hormones and tightening your muscles. When you are constantly stressed, the chronic tension causes your muscles, including your lower back, to become sore, weak and loaded with trigger points. Our team of physicians at New York Spine Specialist are here to help.

Vertebral Subluxation

Vertebral subluxation occurs when there is a disruption, misalignment or abnormal separation in the position of the neighboring vertebrae, resulting in debilitating back pain and inflammation. In the lumbar spine, these usually occur at the transition between the lower spine and the sacrum. Because of the relationship between the spinal column, the spinal cord, and the spinal nerves, vertebral subluxations have the potential to impair proper nerve function.


Explore Your Options

So what happens when you are suffering from excruciating back or neck pain?

If you are faced with this important decision remember that the decision is yours and to be aware that least invasive option first maybe the key to the true path of recovery under pain management beyond chiropractic care.

Our expert integrated team has been designed to offer the best recommendation and make available the full treatments with all of the consultants on site in a warm state-of-the-art environment which is located all under one roof.

Call today or click here to book an appointment.  We are ready to help you explore your healthcare options.