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Why Chiropractic

The benefits of chiropractic go far beyond relieving back and neck pain and can help people of all ages from infants to the elderly.

Here at Montana Back and Rehabilitation we encourage the well-ness side of chiropractic with treatments that enhance the body's over all strength, endurance, and longevity.  Meaning that pain is only a small portion of why each of us need chiropractic. 

Chiropractic is proven effective in the treatment of many common ailments including...

  • Headaches
  • Low Back Pain
  • Mid and Upper Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder and Arm Pain
  • Leg Pain (Sciatica)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dizziness
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • Low Energy
  • Stress
  • Scoliosis
  • Migraines
  • Infertility 
  • And many other common health issues

What are some common causes of lower back pain?

Herniated or Bulging Disc.  A herniated disc is a common cause of severe back pain and sciatica.  Discs are soft flexible "shock absorbers" that separate each of the bones or vertebrae in the spine.  These discs have a rigid outside rim, but are soft and gel-like inside.  Activity, stress, or a mechanical problem in the spine can cause one of the discs to bulge and become misshapen.  A disc becomes herniated when it degenerates to the point that the gelatin within the disc protrudes outward.  Classic low back pain occurs if this material extrudes or bulges far enough to press against a nerve root.

Degenerative Disc Disease.  This condition is a major cause of chronic low back pain.  Because the discs int he spine do not have a dedicated blood supply, the discs must rely on a process called diffusion to receive their supply of water, nutrients, and oxygen.  If the flow of these elements is disrupted, the vertebral discs can degenerate.  This degeneration can cause spinal structures to pinch (impinge)nerve roots, thereby causing pain.  Vertebral discs can also degenerate simply due to misalignment and/or the aging process.

Posterior Facet Syndrome.  The facet joints (the joint surfaces of the vertebrae)can wear down.  In the cases, a nerve can become pinched (impinged) and cause pain.

Sciatica.  Sciatica refers to a pain felt along the length of the sciatic nerve.  The pain is usually felt in the buttock where it radiates down the back of the  leg.  At some time, up to 40% of people experience pain caused by compression of this nerve.

Acute Back Pain.  Acute low back pain is a new pain which, if uncomplicated, generally lasts less than six weeks.  A few cases may resolve without any treatment, but most will reoccur.  Health problems just don't go away.

Chronic Back Pain.  Low back pain that persists beyond six months is considered chronic.

 

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