Neck & Back Pain

Neck & Back Pain Specialist
It may be that you slept funny or age is just catching up to you, but this morning you woke up with serious neck or back pain. To find relief, you need a chiropractor who is going to treat the cause of your condition, not just the symptoms. Sayel Fakhoury, DC, at Gentle Touch Chiropractic in Tarzana, California, knows how to locate the cause of your pain, treat it, and help you find relief. He also sees patients from Woodland Hills, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Reseda, and Van Nuys.

Neck & Back Pain Q & A

Gentle Touch Chiropractic

What’s causing my neck pain?

Many factors can cause neck pain, including but not limited to:

  • Bone or joint abnormalities
  • Tumors
  • Muscle strain
  • Poor posture
  • Trauma

If you regularly slouch, recently had a fall, or strained muscles playing a contact sport, that’s likely the cause of your neck pain. If you’re unsure what the problem might be, you should consult with Dr. Sal to find the root cause of the pain. That way, he can come up with a treatment plan to help you get back to feeling normal.

How will Dr. Sal diagnose the cause of my pain?

The course of treatment for neck pain is different for each patient. Dr. Sal will need to get your medical history, perform a physical examination, and consult with you about your condition before he can make a diagnosis and create a treatment plan for you.

Dr. Sal may order an X-ray or MRI, both of which are noninvasive procedures that can reveal details about the inner workings of your body. While X-rays can reveal extra space between your spinal bones, arthritis, tumors, slipped discs, fractures, and narrowing of the spinal canal, an MRI can show whether tendon and ligament issues are causing your neck pain.

Once Dr. Sal has all of the information he needs, he can diagnose the root cause of your condition and create a treatment plan.

How will my neck pain be treated?

As with any medical procedure, Dr. Sal will start by taking your medical history and doing a physical examination. He may suggest you use an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen to reduce swelling and pain. He may also start you on a physical therapy regimen, which you will have to perform as prescribed regularly. As Dr. Sal teaches you the different exercises, pay close attention, as physical therapy stretches need to be performed correctly every day to work.

In cases where the nerve roots and spinal cords have been affected, it’s possible you may need surgery. In this case, Dr. Sal will let you know the next steps you need to take.

How do chiropractors treat back pain?

The first step in any procedure is to take a comprehensive medical history of the patient, do a physical examination, and perform a series of tests. Dr. Sal will use the results of these tests to determine if physical therapy is the right course of treatment for your pain.

Dr. Sal will manipulate primarily your spine but also the rest of your musculoskeletal structure to realign your body into a healthy state. Whether you have suffered from a traumatic event, caused your body repetitive stress, or even sat without ergonomic support, this form of manipulation can begin to heal your lower back.

Dr. Sal may also suggest that you:

  • Exercise frequently
  • Undergo physical therapy
  • Make changes to your diet

These steps may help restore the function of your joints and even prevent future injuries.

What causes lower-back pain?

There are many types of lower-back pain, all of which can be caused by different factors. Injury or overuse can strain the soft tissues and muscles in your back. A fracture in the small joints between your spine can also cause lower-back pain. A herniated disc or spinal stenosis can cause pressure on the nerve roots, which can be extremely painful. Osteoarthritis — caused primarily by aging — can make your joints sore.

If the pain in your lower back extends all the way through your hip into the back of your leg, it is most likely sciatica, which is an agitation of the sciatic nerve. This is a completely separate condition, but lower-back pain on its own may also be present.

Is it safe to have a chiropractor treat my lower-back pain?

Studies have shown chiropractic care heals lower-back pain safely. If you have osteoporosis, spinal cord compression, or inflammatory arthritis, call Dr. Sal. He will let you know if you should see your primary care physician first.

If you want relief from your lower-back pain, call Gentle Touch Chiropractic today so Dr. Sal can get to work on a treatment plan to cure your back pain.

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