Back Pain

Back Pain Relief

Back Pain Treatment

Back pain is a common condition that anyone can experience. Whether it is a child who played hard during recess, or an adult leaning over their desk, there are multiple chances for someone to develop back pain. If it is persistent, back pain can lead to further pain and injury.

Our team at Diamond Chiropractic is exceptional when it comes to back pain. We help patients with back injuries resulting from lifting something wrong, to car accidents often leading to back strain and sprain conditions. Regardless, if you have had this condition for a while, and it’s getting progressively worse (known as chronic pain), or “I lifted something wrong” (known as acute pain), our chiropractor has the answer and treatment for you!

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Upper Back Pain

The upper back starts slightly above your shoulders and includes all of your rib cage. Making up the top half of the thoracic spine, the upper back is responsible for keeping the neck stable and supporting the rest of the body. Due to its connection to the ribs, the upper back supports the rib cage, allowing it to protect vital organs from external trauma.

When the upper back suffers trauma, it affects not only the back and shoulders, but it can also cause pain and discomfort to the ribs. In addition, any organs in this section can be affected, due to miscommunication of nerve signals.

Common Causes for Upper Back Pain

With any back pain case, the cause behind it can vary. The same goes upper back pain. Common causes include an injury/ accident or overuse, though any of the following can apply:

  • Injury. Whether it is a work injury, an auto-accident, or sports-related, any trauma can affect the upper back. When there is stress on the upper back, muscles located in this area may not be strong enough to handle the shock, resulting in overstretching to compensate. If this happens, severe pain and discomfort occur, as well as the possibility for the upper back to become off-set with the rest of the spine.
  • Posture. At some point in our life, our parents tell us to sit up straight, roll our shoulders back, and no slouching. Honestly, they are right. Good posture is important for proper spinal alignment and body movement. Actions such as leaning over a computer or staring down at our phones can result in bad posture habits, along with pain and discomfort from an improper frame.
  • Herniated Discs and/ or Disc Bulges. A disc bulge is more common than a herniated disc, but both can lead to severe pain. Disc bulges place pressure on the spinal nerves, causing pain, numbness, and even tingling. Herniated discs are more severe due to the outer layer of a disc rupturing, and the inner layer squeezing out of the disc. Both are caused by trauma or injury over time.  
  • Overuse. Whether lifting something heavy, or twisting from side to side, overusing this section of the back can result in pain and discomfort. This may be due to increased activity levels or repetitive actions. In this case, icing the area affected helps in calming down the muscles, allowing them to relax and relieve stress.

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Upper Back Pain Symptoms

When your upper back is in pain, your daily routine can be affected. Aside from pain, common symptoms of upper back pain include tightness and stiffness, tenderness, and even headaches or migraines. These symptoms are typical for cases of mild upper back pain.

It is not uncommon, however, for other symptoms to appear. All the nerves in the human body lead back to the spinal cord, to the spinal nerve. When there is a subluxation, or a spinal misalignment, in the upper back, nerves connected to this portion of the back, leading to other areas of the body, may be affected. Due to this, other symptoms that may develop include:

  • Rib & Sternal Pain
  • Radiating pain to front of chest
  • Low back pain
  • Pain or numbness radiating into the arms (commonly called pinched nerve)
  • Weakness, numbness, or pain in the shoulders
  • Bowl and/or bladder issues

If any patient experiences upper back pain, and any of its symptoms, chiropractic care is the best . Resolving the pain in the upper back will not only alleviate the pain, but it will also lead to any present symptoms disappearing completely. The patient’s overall health is a priority, along with decreasing the chances of developing upper back pain and any of its symptoms.

Upper Back Pain – Relief Treatment at Diamond Chiropractic

At Diamond Chiropractic in Omaha, our chiropractor will perform an examination, take x-rays, and evaluate your spine to determine the cause and exact location of your condition.  After comparing the findings and confirming the diagnosis, our Omaha chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms, heal the pain, and provide you with recommendations to lower your risk for possible reoccurrences.

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Spinal Adjustments

Dr. Nilles will realign the vertebrae in the affected area to increase your range of motion and alleviate the pain on the spinal nerves of your upper back. He will focus on the any imbalanced zone(s) connected to your case and begin treatment from there. Symptoms resulting from upper back pain will begin to decrease almost immeduately.

Intersegmental Traction

Intersegmental traction involves the use of a special chiropractic table. This specific table includes rollers that will roll along the sides of the spinal column, allowing blood to flow through the tight muscles and ligaments. As this occurs, the muscles and ligaments loosen up and relax more; in addition, your spine will become more mobile.

Acupuncture

Electro-therapy, or acupuncture, is effective with upper back pain. This is achieved through targeting certain acupuncture points during treatment, as well as an electro-muscle stimulator during therapy. Patients will notice, after several treatments, pain and certain symptoms beginning to decrease in frequency. In addition, they will start to see more mobility come back to their spine and other affected areas of the body.

Lifestyle Advice

With any injury, whether to the back, neck, or extremity, the last thing you want to do is make the pain worse. The same idea applies to handling cases of upper back pain. Our advice is designed to help you perform everyday tasks and responsibilities safely. This includes suggestions on improving your diet, drinking plenty of water and fluids, exercising, and getting plenty of rest. At Diamond Chiropractic, we focus on healing and relief from upper back pain, not aggravating it further.

Contact Dr. Robert Nilles for Your Upper Back Pain

To get started with chiropractic care for your upper back pain, choose our Omaha, NE chiropractor today. Diamond Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients of all ages. Call our office today! When it comes to upper back pain, get relief NOW & FAST.

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Middle Back Pain

Making up the lower half of the thoracic spine, the middle back consists of the lower portion of the rib cage, along with the spinal column. The spinal column protects the spinal cord, which consists of nerves that help the brain communicate with the rest of the body.

When there is pain in the middle back, like upper back and low back pain, your daily routine could be affected. Any stress in this area will cause discomfort in the rib cage, and the organs protected by it. Due to this, patients may feel limited in what they can do, and how they can function throughout the day.

Common Causes for Middle Back Pain

Depending on the case, middle back pain has a variety of causes. Sometimes, patients may experience middle back pain from multiple causes, not just one. Anytime a patient experiences pain, particularly middle back pain, they may examine what would cause it. The following are the most common causes behind middle back pain:

  • Injury. Although it is less likely to experience an injury or a fall, the middle back can still be affected by such trauma. While it is more structured and rigid, the middle back will experience stress from an auto accident, a sports injury, or even a hard fall down the stairs. Any blunt force trauma to this area should be considered a cause to experiencing middle back pain.
  • Body Posture/ Positioning. At some point in our life, our parents tell us to sit up straight, roll our shoulders back, and no slouching. Honestly, they are right. Good posture is important for proper spinal alignment and body movement. Actions such as leaning over a computer or staring down at our phones can result in bad posture habits, along with pain and discomfort from an improper frame. This poor posture leads to additional pressure on the spine, leading to other complications.
  • Weight. More specifically, obesity. When a patient’s weight increases, it can strain the middle back and cause pain. Any additional weight in the middle back can place stress on organs located in the rib cage, such as the lungs and diaphragm. In addition, patients may feel pain on the ribs, or they may not be able to breathe well.
  • Aging. As a patient grows older, the more pain they are likely to experience. This is including middle back pain and its symptoms. Aging naturally wears down the body, resulting in decreases in muscle mass, bone strength, and fluids in between joints and the spine. In addition, arthritis – specifically osteoarthritis – develops as we age, leading to bones rubbing against each other.

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Symptoms of Middle Back Pain

Like upper back and low back pain, the symptoms for middle back pain can range from mild to serious. Those symptoms, however, can be treated, along with middle back pain.

Most often, patients will experience mild symptoms of middle back pain. Muscle aches and dull pain are quite common, along with muscle stiffness or tightness. Other symptoms include burning sensations in affected areas and a sharp, stabbing pain. Icing the affected area, along with moving around after waking up, can help relieve the pain.

Some cases, however, may result in more serious symptoms appearing. Weakness, tingling, or numbness in the chest, arms, or legs may occur with middle back pain, due to miscommunication between the nerves and the brain. In addition, signs of chest pain or a decrease in proper organ functions may develop.

Any symptom, though, is a temporary problem. Through treatment and using ice, middle back pain, and any present symptoms will disappear.

At Diamond Chiropractic in Omaha, our chiropractor will perform an examination, take x-rays, and evaluate your posture to determine the cause of your case. After comparing the findings and confirming the diagnosis, our chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms, heal the pain, and provide you with recommendations to lower your risk for possible reoccurrences.

Spinal Adjustments

Dr. Nilles will realign the vertebrae in the affected area to increase your range of motion and alleviate the pain on the spinal nerves. He will focus on the imbalanced zone(s) connected to your case and begin treatment from there. Symptoms resulting from low back pain will begin to decrease as well.

Intersegmental Traction

Intersegmental traction involves the use of a special chiropractic table. This specific table includes rollers that will roll along the sides of the spinal column, allowing blood to flow through the tight muscles and ligaments. As this occurs, the muscles and ligaments loosen up and relax more; in addition, your spine will become more mobile.

Acupuncture

Electro-therapy, or acupuncture, is effective with middle back pain. This is achieved through targeting certain acupuncture points during treatment, as well as an electro-muscle stimulator during therapy. Patients will notice, after several treatments, pain and certain symptoms beginning to decrease in frequency. In addition, they will start to see more mobility come back to their spine and other affected areas of the body.

Lifestyle Advice

With any injury, whether to the back, neck, or extremity, the last thing you want to do is make the pain worse. The same idea applies to handling cases of middle back pain. Our advice is designed to help you perform everyday tasks and responsibilities safely. This includes suggestions on improving your diet, drinking plenty of water and fluids, exercising, and getting plenty of rest. At Diamond Chiropractic, we focus on healing and relief from middle back pain, not aggravating it further.

Contact Our Omaha Chiropractor for Middle Back Pain

To get started with chiropractic care for your middle back pain, choose our Omaha, NE chiropractor today. Diamond Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients of all ages. Call our office today! When it comes to middle back pain, get relief NOW & FAST.

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Low Back Pain

Patients consider the lumbar spine, and the pelvic girdle, as the lower back. Starting at the lower rib region, this section of the spine includes five large vertebrae, two ilium bones, and the sacrum. These eight bones support your whole torso and create mobility and strength of the body. When they function well, we take those bones for granted. When they fail, everything we do becomes limited.

Low back pain is a common condition that anyone can experience. Because it supports most of our body, pain in this area can limit what we can do. Patients may feel pain traveling from this region all the way down their legs, or up into other areas of the body. As such, taking care of low back pain is important to return to our daily routines.

Causes of Low Back Pain​

The most common causes of low back pain are attributed to accumulative effects of multiple, small lifting injuries, or stressful/ improper body positioning during our daily routine. We spend more hours sitting or standing at work than what we are originally built to do.

  • Body Posture/ Positioning. Our human frame was built to be a hunter and gatherer. Now we sit, stand, or repetitively bend and twist in a standing position, for hours on end. These positions and stresses often lead to premature breakdown of the back muscles and ligaments, giving rise to inflamed nerves, back spasms, low back pain, and even shooting or radiating pain like sciatica. In addition, we ignore the early aches and pain until it becomes an emergency, until we literally cannot move.
  • Injury. Work-related, auto accidents, and sport-related injuries are other causes of low back pain. These types of injuries are more sudden, starting with a sharp “pull” or “twist” that is followed by a general building of intense pain. They are traumatic strain/sprain-type injuries, resulting in torn muscles and ligaments. If left untreated, or if improperly, they can progress to muscle spasms and acute low back pain. Applying ice – not heat – to these injuries is highly recommended.
  • Pinched nerves. A pinched nerve causes pain and muscle spasms. Due to this, the results can include nerve damage that flows to the lower back, lower leg, and foot. Common symptoms for pinched nerves include radiating pain, tingling in the toes, and numbness of the leg and foot.
  • Body weight. More specifically, obesity. When a patient’s weight increases, it can strain the low back and cause pain. Because the low back is the foundation for most of the human body, if it experiences stress from weight gain, the rest of the body may be affected as well.
  • Aging. As a patient grows older, the more pain they are likely to experience. This is including low back pain and its symptoms. Aging naturally wears down the body, resulting in decreases in muscle mass, bone strength, and fluids in between joints and the spine. In addition, arthritis – specifically osteoarthritis – develops as we age, leading to bones rubbing against each other.

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Symptoms of Low Back Pain in Omaha

As with any condition, low back pain can result in several symptoms. In this case, the most prevalent is dull, aching pain throughout the body.

While this pain is not sharp or burning, it can cause some problems with daily activity, starting with waking up in the morning. This is due to the body remaining in one position for a prolonged period. The same is said for sitting down for a long time. When patients move around, though, they notice the pain and symptoms start disappearing. Whether it is changing sitting positions, or stretching after waking up, movement has shown to help relieve some stress and low back pain.

If the pain is persistent, it may travel to other areas of the body. Low back pain can travel down into the legs and feet, giving off a stinging and tingling sensation from the thighs down. When this occurs, patients may think they are suffering from sciatic nerve pain, due to where the nerve is located. Sciatica is caused by irritation of this nerve, and it typically occurs in one of the legs. While low back pain can result in sciatica, it causes that numbing, tingling sensation in both legs.

Low Back Pain – Relief Treatment at Diamond Chiropractic Omaha

At Diamond Chiropractic in Omaha, our chiropractor will perform an examination, take x-rays, and evaluate your posture to determine the cause of your case. After comparing the findings and confirming the diagnosis, our chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms, heal the pain, and provide you with recommendations to lower your risk for possible reoccurrences.

Spinal Adjustments

Dr. Nilles will realign the vertebrae in the affected area to increase your range of motion and alleviate the pain on the spinal nerves. He will focus on the imbalanced zone(s) connected to your case and begin treatment from there. Symptoms resulting from low back pain will begin to decrease as well. Low back pain treatment starts with restoring normal range of motion in the back.

Intersegmental Traction

Intersegmental traction involves the use of a special chiropractic table. This specific table includes rollers that will roll along the sides of the spinal column, allowing blood to flow through the tight muscles and ligaments. As this occurs, the muscles and ligaments loosen up and relax more; in addition, your spine will become more mobile.

Acupuncture

Electro-therapy, or acupuncture, is effective with low back pain. This is achieved by targeting certain acupuncture points during treatment, as well as an electro-muscle stimulator during therapy. Patients will notice, after several treatments, pain, and certain symptoms beginning to decrease in frequency. In addition, they will start to see more mobility come back to their spine and other affected areas of the body.

Lifestyle Advice

With any injury, whether to the back, neck, or extremity, the last thing you want to do is make the pain worse. The same idea applies to handling cases of low back pain. Our advice is designed to help you perform everyday tasks and responsibilities safely. This includes suggestions on improving your diet, drinking plenty of water and fluids, exercising, and getting plenty of rest. At Diamond Chiropractic, we focus on healing and relief from low back pain, not aggravating it further.

Contact Our Omaha Chiropractor for Low Back Pain

To get started with chiropractic care for your low back pain, choose our Omaha, NE chiropractor today. Diamond Chiropractic is currently accepting new patients of all ages. Call our office today! When it comes to low back pain, get relief NOW & FAST.

Degenerative Disc Conditions

Common reasons patients experience back pain

People experience back for many many reasons. Most are due to improper lifting techniques or prolonged bending. Back pain can also be caused by degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves and bulged or herniated discs.

Degenerative Disc Disease

is most common in older individuals, usually over the age of 40. This condition occurs over time as the normal process of aging. When we are young, the discs that cushion our vertebrae are full of clear fluid and can easily absorb the shocks we place on the spine every day. As we get older, the discs lose their hydration, which can cause them to develop tears and cracks and lead to back pain.

Herniated Discs

can be the result of degenerative disc disease, or they can occur as the result of a traumatic accident, like an automobile accident or a sudden fall. This condition results in part of the disc bulging or slipping out of place and putting pressure on the surrounding soft tissues and nerves. Individuals with herniated discs often experience lower back pain and/or pain that radiates into the buttocks or legs.

Pinched Nerves

occur the spinal cord, which branches out to all the parts of your body, becomes compressed. Pinched nerves can be caused by degenerative disc disease, bulged discs, herniated discs, and injuries to the muscles and tendons of the back. The most commonly pinched nerve in the back is the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower back and travels down the back of the legs. When the sciatic nerve is pinched, it is called sciatic and can lead to lower back pain, pain in the buttock, weak legs, and difficulty walking. It is usually one-sided.

Strains

are also very common. They are usually due to improper lifting techniques, lifting something that is too heavy, lifting something that is very bulky, or they can be the result of a sports injury or car accident. Sprains and strains can result in back pain, muscle weakness, and loss of range of motion of the back. Strains tend to be very sharp in nature and usually acute.