Do you have a back pain?

Do you have back pain in Van Nuys? Whether it is your upper, middle, or lower back, it is likely that you will experience some form of back pain at some point in your life. It is estimated that close to 32 million Americans are experiencing back pain at this moment and that approximately 80% of the population will experience back pain in their lifetime. With these staggering numbers, it’s not surprising that back pain has grown to be the #1 cause of disability in the United States. These statistics is raising concern regarding what causes lower back pain, how to prevent it, and what the best form of treatment once it has developed. Our Van Nuys chiropractic team aims to use this article to guide you in the right direction to answer these questions and more.


So what causes back pain? There is a long list of injuries, misalignments, and conditions that cause back pain. Due to the complex structure of the back that is required to absorb stress while permitting movement, many elements of this structure such as tendons, ligaments, discs, muscles, and bones can become irritated or damaged leading to pain. Sometimes it is severe trauma, such as a car accident or motor vehicle collision, that can result in back pain and other times it is minor repetitive stress that causes the most damage. Therefore, you may not be able to recall any particular event that caused the onset of your pain. In addition to all of these possibilities, physical injury may not always be the primary cause. Conditions such as obesity, arthritis, kidney stones, and urinary tract infections have been shown to give symptoms of lower back pain. With all of these possibilities, it is important to find a doctor that takes into account all aspects of health to reach an accurate diagnosis. Fortunately, our doctor at Dr. K Chiropractic Center in Van Nuys has many years of education and experience to determine the correct diagnosis and direct you to the most appropriate line of care. Without an accurate diagnosis and treatment, even the most minor conditions can develop into serious lifelong conditions.

As mentioned previously, there are numerouscauses for back pain; however, some of them are more common than others. The following are some of the most common causes of lower back pain that are seen and treated successfully at Dr. K Chiropractic Center.


One of the most common and painful causes of back pain in Van Nuys is a disc bulge or herniation. It is important to recognize that not all disc bulges or herniations result in pain. It has been found through MRI studies that as much as 37% of the American population has a disc bulge or herniation and the vast majority of them are experiencing no pain or other related symptoms. Unfortunately, the people who are experiencing pain often describe it as severe and debilitating. The type of pain that is experienced due to a disc herniation depends on the type and position of the herniation. If the damaged disc is affecting a surrounding nerve, shooting pain and weakness into the legs may develop. The pain is often described as stabbing and lightning-like. To understand how a disc herniation develops, it is best to think of the disc as a jelly doughnut. If the outer edges of the doughnut (disc) are damaged over time, most typically from wear and tear, the jelly in the middle of the disc can escape causing damage to surrounding tissues. Once this process has completed it is often very challenging to reverse. However, chiropractic care has been shown to prevent the progression of the herniation and provide relief from the associated pain.


Subluxations are one of the most commonly overlooked culprits to back pain. Subluxation is a medical term used to basically describe a vertebra in the spine that is out of position. When these subluxations occur, normal movement is disrupted, and a cascade of events (including pain) can occur. Subluxations can occur anywhere in the spine and there are almost an unlimited number of factors that can cause them. Causes of subluxations range from physical trauma, stress, and toxins. Just as stress can contribute to the formation of an ulcer in the gut, it can also cause physiological changes in the body that result in the vertebrae in our back becoming out of position. The time frame to correct subluxations varies by the individual, but our chiropractors at Dr. K Chiropractic Center are one of the few professionals trained in their correction.


Strains and sprains can occur in anyone, but they typically occur in people who begin tasks and work these structures in ways they are not used to. For example, a person who attempts to run a marathon during their first outing in the summer is likely to overwork these structures and cause damage. Ligament sprains are typically caused by stretching the involved ligament past its limits, creating small tears. Muscular strains are commonly caused by lifting heavy objects and twisting motions. Strains and sprains of the ligaments and muscles in the back can be very painful and are often accompanied by swelling and bruising of the surrounding area. Strains and sprains are closely intertwined with the spine and therefore, typically respond well to chiropractic care. Our Dr. K Chiropractic Center is fully equipped to provide comprehensive treatment of these injuries.



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9:00am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 7:00pm

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Dr. K Chiropractic Center
7100 Hayvenhurst Avenue Suite 109A
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(818) 570-1540