Why does my back pain keep coming back?”
Recurring back pain is a common complaint. Billions of dollars are spent every year trying to alleviate back pain. Regardless of treatments – physical therapy, pain management (medication), traditional chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, or surgery – back pain has the nasty habit of continually coming back. Why?
We are all different shapes and sizes. However, regardless of how we look on the outside, the functional core – skull, spine, and pelvis – is relatively the same in form and function in each and every one of us. The functional core is the most amazing architectural structure in your body. Its primary function is to keep us upright against gravity and protect the central nervous system – brain and spinal chord – which runs your entire body. Because we live on planet Earth and have to account for gravity as a constant, which affects each of us exactly the same, the functional core must be the same in its form and function.
You have back pain because you have lost proper form and function within the functional core. In other words, your spine is not able to move in its correct manner and this can occur for a multitude of reasons- trauma, wear and tear over time, repetitive use, etc. When your spine is not able to move correctly, it leads to degeneration (osteoarthritis) which breaks down the joints and discs of your spine. Excessive stress is also placed on the soft-tissue -muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage- which, over the course of time, will cause significant damage. You continue to have recurring back pain because appropriate form and function has not been restored, enhanced, or corrected. None of the therapies or treatments listed above correct or restore proper form and function to the spine. They are all capable of providing temporary relief from your symptoms, but in terms of long-term correction, they all fall short.
Fortunately, proper form and function can be enhanced and even corrected. The goal of treatment has to revolve around restoring motion to the spine and all the soft-tissue involved in the impairment. In order to accomplish this, it is imperative to know which joints and soft-tissue are not working correctly. Then proper rehabilitative procedures can be administered and measured over time determining your progression. Obviously, the longer these problems are allowed to persist, the more damage will be done, so time is an issue.
Having to endure recurring pain is frustrating, especially when you have been actively searching for relief. Fortunately, the remedy might be closer than you think. For an evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for our program, please contact us at 732-683-0200.