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Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain:  More than 80% of the population suffers from lower back pain at some point in their lives. Most cases of lower back pain can be linked to the most common causes, which are muscle strain, injury, or overuse. But it can also be attributed to a specific condition of the spine: Herniated Disc, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spondylolisthesis, Spinal Stenosis and Osteoarthritis. Less common conditions that cause low back pain are sacroiliac joint dysfunction, spinal tumors, fibromyalgia, and piriformis syndrome. Pain is caused by damage or injury to the muscles and ligaments of the back. Dr. Alex Jimenez’s compiled articles pertaining to low back pain and outlines the importance of understanding the causes and effects of this uncomfortable symptom. About 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes, often leading to sciatica and other complications. Chiropractic focuses on restoring a person’s strength and flexibility to gradually help improve symptoms of lower back pain.


Low Back Pain When Sitting, Standing, and Walking El Paso, TX.

Low Back Pain When Sitting, Standing, and Walking El Paso, TX.

Lower back pain is a condition that pretty much affects most of us at some point in our lives. Some find:

  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Walking

can be painfully difficult or helpful, depending on the position or the activity they’re involved in.

Low back pain varies from person to person, yet there remains no consensus on the optimal way to diagnose and treat patients.

Lower back pain can be caused by a multitude of factors and can be difficult to diagnose the exact cause. However, there is an advanced method of diagnosing and treating individuals with musculoskeletal conditions/injuries.

 

TENS, Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation in Physical Therapy. Therapist Positioning Electrodes onto Patient’s Lower Back

 

Successful treatment

Dividing patients with lower back pain into more similar groups based on the same factors that aggravate and alleviate the pain means that a more custom based treatment plan can be created.

The one size fits all method just doesn’t cut it. A more focused approach for every individual leads to better results.

Patients find that placing their bodies in certain positions and certain physical activities can:

  • Activate
  • Aggravate
  • Deactivate their back pain.

Patients also find the pain being either better or worse.

Understanding why sitting, standing, and walking can change the severity of low back pain can be helpful in diagnosis.

These are important cues that help to diagnose and treat low back pain.

People sit, stand, and walk all day. This is why so much research has been conducted on how these specific positions and activities contribute to low back pain.

 

Spine Anatomy

The alignment of the spinal column, from the skull to the pelvis, is S-shaped.

The cervical and lumbar spinal segments curve towards the front of the body, and so are lordotic, while the thoracic spine curves towards the back of the body and is kyphotic.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Low Back Pain When Sitting, Standing, and Walking El Paso, TX.

 

The amount of curvature does not stay in one place and changes based on body position.

Compared to standing, sitting decreases lumbar lordosis by about 50%.

Changes in lumbar lordosis can relieve pain from certain forms of back pain but can aggravate others.

 

Picture The Spine Bending

Imagine you are holding a garden hose. Holding it vertically in front of you. The hollow part of the tube represents the spinal canal, the part of the hose facing you is the posterior spinal column, and the part of the hose facing away from you is the anterior spinal column.

Bend the hose in half. The hose on the outward-facing side of the curve will stretch out, while the hose on the inward-facing side of the tube will be compressed.

This exercise helps visualize that an object being bent will experience two forces, either:

  1. Compression
  2. Tension

Increasing lumbar curvature will compress the posterior column and stretch out the anterior column vertebrae and discs.

Decreasing lumbar curvature will stretch out the posterior column and compress the anterior column. This is the basis of why certain body positions can relieve back pain symptoms for some people and make it worse for others.

  • Prolonged sitting, and especially if poor posture is involved, can cause overstretching of spinal muscles.
  • Arthritis can affect the joints.
  • The facet joints are posterior based structures and can become compressed with increased curvature. When the facet joints are the primary cause of back pain, patients usually find that sitting improves the pain, while standing and walking make it worse.
  • When the discs are the pain generator, sitting seems to aggravate the pain as there is more compression in the tissue.

With certain types of disc herniations, sitting can compress the disc to the point that the herniated tissue starts to press against a nerve root causing radicular pain or pain that radiates out to another area of the body like the legs. In this case, walking seems to alleviate the pain.

 

Spinal Conditions

Various spinal conditions definitely contribute to back pain and have the same presentations and alleviations.

  • Spinal Stenosis which means the narrowing of the spinal canal. Patients with this type of spine pain improve with leaning forward sitting. This is because the posture increases/opens the size of the canal and decreases the nerve root compression.
  • Spondylolisthesis is when one vertebra slips forward over the vertebra right underneath. This is more commonly known as a slipped disc. There are various forms of this condition. But the pain occurs immediately when sitting, bending or walking and is usually relieved when standing still or in a neutral position for short periods.
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction comes from the sacroiliac joint becoming inflamed. Pain is usually aggravated when sitting or about to sit. especially when there is added weight on the affected side. This can be difficult to diagnose because of trying to figure out if it’s the hip or low back causing the pain.

 

Locating the Pain Generator

Sitting, standing, walking low back pain causes are different for everyone. But finding the root cause helps to prescribe the best treatment possible. A chiropractor uses many different techniques to relieve pain. These include:

  • Applied pressure
  • Massage
  • Hands-on manipulation (adjustments)
  • X-rays
  • MRI’s
  • Lab work
  • Health coaching

Chiropractors don’t prescribe medications, but they do recommend therapeutic, rehabilitative exercises and nutritional lifestyle counseling to help the body heal itself.


 

Low Back Pain Treatment El Paso, Texas

 


 

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A chiropractor sets up treatment approaches based on the individual. This begins with the natural, non-invasive treatments before moving on to more aggressive techniques. And as an added bonus patient’s who have received chiropractic treatment have experienced improvements to their digestive health and have reported better and deeper sleep after a chiropractic visit.

 

Can Aerobic Exercise Help With Low Back Pain El Paso, TX?

Can Aerobic Exercise Help With Low Back Pain El Paso, TX?

Q: Dr. Jimenez, I read one of your articles about physical therapy and spinal stenosis exercises that focus on stretches for relieving pain. I was wondering if it was also possible to do aerobic exercise with a spinal condition and can you recommend a safe cardiovascular program?

I’m a 65-year-old with spinal stenosis, and I want to stay in shape. I try to ride a stationary bike for 20 minutes at least 2 times a week, but with my low back pain, I don’t always finish the workout.

 

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How else can I stay in shape

A: I do recommend aerobic exercise for everyone, but especially for people with spinal conditions.

Aerobic exercise increases the blood flow to the body’s tissues, and people with high levels of cardiovascular fitness generally do better dealing with spinal problems.

However, before anyone with a spine condition or any medical condition for that matter, starts a wellness and fitness program, they should check with their primary caregiver, to clear the individual as fit to exercise.

Example: Someone with cardiovascular (heart problems) can have restrictions when it comes to certain types of exercise.

A physical exam will make sure your body is ready for exercise.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Can Aerobic Exercise Help With Low Back Pain El Paso, TX?

Physiotherapist assisting a senior woman with exercise ball at a chiropractic rehabilitation clinic

 

Low-impact aerobic exercise is recommended 

  • Walking
  • Swimming

These are excellent examples of low-impact aerobic exercise. They increase heart rate and are easy on the body.

  • Riding a stationary bike is another recommended form of low-impact aerobic exercise.

It can be tiring, but if recommended by a caregiver/therapist, then realize they did so for a reason/s to get you healthy.

By biking, you are building up endurance, and that is exactly what you want, as it speeds up recovery.

  • Walking is a great exercise for spinal conditions. It is low-impact, and you can control the pace to fit your needs.  
  • Daily walks after lunch or after getting home are a great way to exercise.

If exercise does begin to increase back pain or another type of pain, tell your caregiver or physical therapist right away.

The phrase, no pain, no gain does not apply when there are spinal conditions. So do not try to push through the pain or think that the hurt is good.

Also, do not try to do take on too much right away. Even if you feel good, follow the fitness plan.

But if you want to mix it up, discuss with your chiropractor/physical therapist if adding walking and swimming to the plan will be beneficial, as well.

It can be tempting to not exercise with a spinal condition. But remember that if there is no movement at all, you could make the pain worse. Knowing what your body can handle and sticking to a workable schedule, these healthy steps will relieve you and help with your low back pain.


 

Chiropractic Care Sports Injury Rehabilitation El Paso, TX

 

Daniel Alvarado, the owner of Push-as-RX Fitness, discusses how he carries out his PUSHasRx Functional Fitness Workouts personal injury rehabilitation and athletic training program as a part of Dr. Alex Jimenez’s chiropractic rehabilitation plan.

Physical therapy (PT), also referred to as physiotherapy, is one of the allied health professions which, by utilizing mechanical force and motions (bio-mechanics or kinesiology), manual therapy, exercise therapy, and electrotherapy, remediates impairments and promotes mobility and purpose.

Physical therapy is used to enhance a patient’s quality of life through:

  • Examination
  • Diagnosis
  • Prognosis
  • Physical intervention

 

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Exercise is an essential part of good health. It can help with weight loss and plays a crucial role in preventing many chronic health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Regular exercise has also been shown to help with depression and anxiety. It is what nature intended; as humans, we are supposed to be active. The more active you are, the better you will look and feel – and the healthier you will be.

 

Triggers and Acute Lower Back Pain El Paso, Texas

Triggers and Acute Lower Back Pain El Paso, Texas

Sometimes low back pain comes out of nowhere, but that sudden twinge in the lower back does have a cause. With some cases, there’s a trigger, like picking up a heavy object/furniture from an awkward position.  But sometimes it can be a mystery and a challenge to diagnose.

It is important to know the cause of lower back pain to figure out the proper treatment plan. Otherwise, one could receive treatment for the wrong diagnosis and possibly exacerbate the existing injury.

Why do I need to know what triggers my back pain

Knowing what triggers back pain is the first step toward prevention and how to treat it.

Muscle spasms can stop you cold, and so I’m sure you don’t want another one.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol Ste. 128 Triggers and Acute Lower Back Pain El Paso, Texas

 

Acute Back Pain

Acute low back pain typically comes on suddenly and lasts for a short time.

It often resolves on its own with self-care and a little time.

Back pain that lasts longer than three months, is considered chronic.

Chronic back pain can be more complex and require doctor/spine specialist-directed treatment, like physical therapy.

Lower Back Pain Is Common

Over 90 percent of adults will have some type of low back pain during their life.

It happens to be the number one cause of job disability globally and the leading contributor to missed work.

Lower back pain happens more often, compared to mid or upper back pain because of the location and all of the movement.

The lower back supports the upper body’s weight.

The low back known as the (lumbar spine) absorbs and distributes all of the forces and stress when we move:

  • Walking
  • Standing
  • Rest
  • Sitting
  • Sleeping

Spinal and abdominal muscles that are weakened heighten injury risk.

These factors combined make the lower back vulnerable to painful spinal conditions.

Common Triggers

When the lumbar spine:

  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Ligaments

And other connective tissues get:

  • Pulled
  • Strained
  • Sprained

Is when lower back pain happens.

Small tears in the disc can also contribute to back pain.

Basically, any number of activity and non-activity can cause damage to the spinal discs depending on the movement.

A study published in Arthritis Care & Research saw 999 people from 300 clinics in Australia, to examine their pain triggers.

The most common triggers include:

Manual tasks performed in an awkward posture

This includes:

  • Lifting boxes with the back and not bending the knees
  • Lifting something too heavy
  • Moderate physical activity
  • Vigorous physical activity

High intense strength training, long bike rides without proper conditioning, handling people or animals, and picking up children can be triggers and cause injury.

Other triggers include:

  • Overstretching
  • Twisting
  • And Trauma

From:

  • Falls
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Sports

Triggers You Might Not Know About

Although we don’t think about it being Distracted can increase the odds of low back pain.

When we’re not paying attention,  we are more likely to lift and carry something too far from our body or distribute the weight unevenly.

Feeling tired and Fatigued is associated with lower back pain.

Getting the proper amount of sleep is vital to restore our bodies to optimal performance.

When we don’t sleep the right amount of hours we make our bodies more susceptible to injury.

Treatment

Thankfully most cases are not serious and typically resolve within a few days to, four weeks healing on its own.

But if not, then there are these conservative treatments that can help you feel better and speed up healing.

 

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Continue to Move Around

Depending on how much pain your body will allow, keep doing regular activities and exercise, as best as you can.

Activity increases blood flow, that moves oxygen and minerals/nutrients through the body.

Activity and movement help reduce muscle tension and inflammation.

Heat/Ice

This will not cure a strain or sprain, but they do help in pain reduction.

Heat helps loosen tight muscles.

This can be done by making warm compresses by soaking a towel in hot water.

Fold it to the size you need and wrap it around your lower back up to 20 minutes.  Then rest, massage and re-apply.

Therapy

Physical and manual therapies like:

If the pain is intense and interferes with daily activities, a chiropractor/physical therapist can offer exercises and stretches to:

  • Improve posture
  • Increase mobility
  • Correct muscle imbalances

Acute lower back pain can stop you cold with its intensity.

Understanding triggers can take steps to maintain a healthy spine and avoid unpleasant surprises.

Medication

Both acetaminophen (Tylenol) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can relieve pain.

These need to be taken, specifically as directed by your doctor. We’ve seen the opioid crisis going on and now this type of treatment is now a last resort. Various medical associations are now pushing towards natural and alternative therapies before turning to medication.

Prolonged use of NSAIDs (Aleve, Advil) can be associated with an upset stomach, kidney damage and gastrointestinal conditions and bleeding, among other conditions.


 

Back Pain Specialist | El Paso, Tx

 

 

Back pain is one of the most common health issues frequently diagnosed by healthcare professionals. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience some type of back pain throughout their lifetimes. Because back pain can occur due to a wide array of health issues, diagnosis is essential to follow-up with the proper treatment approach. Dr. Alex Jimenez, chiropractor or doctor of chiropractic in El Paso, TX, utilizes chiropractic care to help treat back pain. Patients describe how their back pain affected their quality of life, and how Dr. Jimenez helped them improve their overall health and wellness with chiropractic. Patients highly recommend Dr. Jimenez and his staff as the non-surgical choice for back pain, among other common health issues.


 

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Throbbing, dull and achy, sharp and excruciating. All of these words can be used to describe lower back pain. Unfortunately, lower back pain is a common occurrence in adults. According to the American Chiropractic Association, low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, with millions of reported cases every year. Patients who experience lower back pain never want to deal with it again, but it can flare up periodically. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, roughly 20% of those who suffer from low back pain will eventually deal with it chronically. This can cause frustration, primarily when it affects mobility.

 

Paget’s Disease and Spine Health El Paso, Texas

Paget’s Disease and Spine Health El Paso, Texas

Paget’s disease, aka osteitis deformans, is the second most common bone disorder in the United States right behind osteoporosis.

Paget’s disease happens when bone cells don’t function properly and result in:

  • Deformed
  • Enlarged
  • Fragile bones

The bones of the spine (vertebrae) are susceptible to this condition.

Paget’s Disease and The Spine

Paget’s disease begins with a malfunction of two bone cell types: osteoblasts and osteoclasts.

Bones are constantly going through a regenerative process where osteoclasts break down old bone, and osteoblasts build new bone.

When the cells work together in a balanced way, the bones stay strong.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Paget’s Disease and Spine Health El Paso, Texas

 

With Paget’s disease, the osteoclasts break down old bone faster than normal. This forces osteoblasts to work harder and longer.

When this happens, the new bone is placed improperly and leads to deformity.

The newly built bone tends to be more fragile than healthy bone and has a greater risk of fracturing.

Paget’s most commonly affects the spinal bones, specifically the:

Paget’s disease can involve a single bone meaning it is monostotic or multiple bones or polyostotic.

Monostotic cases make up about 10- to 35-percent of total occurrences.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol, Ste. 128 Paget’s Disease and Spine Health El Paso, Texas

 

Paget’s typically affects people over the age of 55, and 3% of that population develop the disease.

Spinal Symptoms

Many have Paget’s in their spine don’t know it.

The most common symptom is bone pain in the neck and/or back.

The pain can feel:

  • Dull
  • Persistent
  • Worse at night

It can cause spinal cord compression, neurologic symptoms like:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty walking
  • Bowel
  • Bladder problems

 

Causes

The cause of Paget’s disease is still unknown but research scientists believe genetics and viral infection contribute to the condition.

 

Spine-Related Complications

The telltale of Paget’s is the bone deformities that can result in painful spine conditions, which include:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Kyphosis

The disease makes the spine prone to fractures because of the weakened new bone.

Also, vertebral body compression fractures can occur and cause spinal cord compression and nerve pain.

Types of spinal arthritis that can coexist with Paget’s include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Spondylosis or spinal osteoarthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis

It has also been linked to spinal tumors that include osteosarcoma.

Diagnosing and Treatment

If symptoms are obvious, like hunchback brought on from kyphosis then a physical exam could help determine the diagnosis.

Most cases require imaging tests to get a closer look at the bones.

  • A doctor/chiropractor may order an x-ray of the spine to confirm a diagnosis and illuminate any bone problems.
  • For early stages, a bone scan will pick up initial deformities better than an x-ray.
  • CT scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can also be used.

Blood testing can be important in the diagnosis

Known as a bone-specific alkaline phosphatase test it can detect when the bones are regenerating too fast.

It’s not only used during diagnosis but also during the treatment in helping to monitor patients as they go through the therapy.

It is treated with medications called bisphosphonates.

These medications help return normal function to the osteoclasts and osteoblasts.

Bisphosphonates can manage the disease and reduce symptoms, but do not cure the disease.

Living with Paget’s

Advanced cases can cause spine problems, which includes spinal fractures.

Most with Paget’s disease have preferable outcomes.

When Paget’s disease is managed with medication, regular doctor visits, chiropractic care, and proper diet, then there shouldn’t be a problem in achieving a healthy quality of life.


 

El Paso, TX Lower Back Bain Pain Chiropractic Relief

 

 

David Garcia, maintenance Centre Employee and a proud Dad in El Paso, TX works at the Region 19 Education Services Center. However, Mr. Garcia’s daily life is frequently influenced by his chronic lower back pain. After undergoing worsening symptoms for a while, David Garcia was advocated to seek chiropractic care with Dr. Alex Jimenez by his sister, a former patient of Dr. Jimenez. Mr. Garcia has since experienced enormous relief out of his lower back pain, and he’s grateful to Dr. Alex Jimenez and his staff for supplying him with schooling regarding his health problems as well as adequately caring for him. David Garcia urges Dr. Alex Jimenez as the non-invasive surgical selection for lower back pain.


 

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Several studies show that chiropractic care is a very effective treatment for back pain. The chiropractor will perform spinal manipulation to bring the spine (and body) into proper alignment. He may also offer advice on exercises, stretching, and ways to improve posture as well as recommending lifestyle changes and what to look for in supportive shoes. Chiropractic’s whole-body approach not only helps relieve back pain, but it also helps prevent it as well.

This allows the patient to gain whole body benefits from chiropractic.

 

Moderate Low Back Pain Treatment El Paso, Texas

Moderate Low Back Pain Treatment El Paso, Texas

Ever wonder what goes through your chiropractors head when treating your moderate back pain? Using a patient as an example, Dr. Jimenez shares his thought process through the treatment of a patient with moderate low back pain. All the way through the first appointment through to the recovery process.

Patient’s Background

  • Louis is a 47-year-old programmer who plays tennis regularly, especially tournaments.
  • However, low back pain has put Louis’ game on hold as he’s not able to manage the pain with the regular heating pad, ice, and over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • His primary physician referred him to Dr. Jimenez.

 

11860 Vista Del Sol Ste. 128 Moderate Low Back Pain Treatment El Paso, Texas

Louis’ is referred to chiropractic

Dr. Jimenez: Louis’ primary physician referred him to me instead of a spine surgeon because first, the pain is not yet serious enough for surgery. And so there was a window to treat with a non-invasive approach. Secondly, I specialize in sports medicine and so maximize conservative, non-operative techniques/methods.

The United States has 5 times the surgical rate of other countries, so going to a non-operative spine specialist/chiropractor is the best approach at the beginning before the pain becomes severe/acute/chronic.

 

Louis’ first appointment, medical history, and current back pain

Dr. Jimenez: Once I went through his medical history, I saw it was pretty straightforward. So I dug deeper into other areas of Louis’ lifestyle.

I asked about:

  • Diet
  • Physical activity
  • Emotional well-being
  • Smoking status

Also, a factor, his occupation was contributing to his pain. He’s a programmer, so spends a lot of time sitting at a desk.  Sitting for prolonged periods and usually improperly/poor posture are two of the worst things you can do to your spine.

Sitting for a long time without moving around causes the hip muscles to get tight, and glutes and spine muscles to weaken.

Louis sits most of the day working and spends the weekend if not doing house chores, then playing tennis. Just imagine using weakened muscles during the week and then jumping into a sports activity on the weekend will definitely cause pain.

Louis said that his pain would worsen when serving, hitting a forehand and bending over to pick up a ball. The pain would ease down once he was resting and sleeping.

Louis’ physical exam

Dr. Jimenez: With the physical examination, I looked at

  • Alignment
  • Motion
  • Inflexibilities (not just the spine but the hips and lower extremities)
  • Muscular imbalances
  • Weaknesses

I saw that Louis had a flattened lumbar lordosis, meaning the gentle curve in his low back was now flat. Restricted motion in one direction— or a flexion. And weakness in the buttock muscles and hips, and tightness in the lower extremity muscles.

Pushing on certain areas along his spine, presented tenderness in the mid to lower lumbar spine and joint areas.

Initial treatment for Louis’ moderate low back pain

  1. Chiropractic
  2. Physical therapy
  3. Exercises
  4. Stretching
  5. Re-education – proper sitting/standing
  6. Diet
  7. Foot orthotics if necessary
 The best initial treatment is to work chiropractically on the muscular imbalances of the spine and lower extremities that are affecting the body’s biomechanics.

 

Other exams?

Dr. Jimenez: If necessary, a functional movement screening examination.

This test is used in sports medicine to check for imbalances from the feet all the way up to the neck.

After this, Louis would be tested to see if foot orthotics could help and receive specially designed exercises from a physical therapist to address the muscular imbalances.

 

Radiographic, CT, or MRI imaging

Dr. Jimenez: Many believe that imaging tests are essential to the diagnostic process.

My goal for Louis and all my patients is to get them pain-free, functional and back to health.

Are imaging tests important?

Dr. Jimenez: Imaging tests are important when there are neurologic discoveries/complaints, like muscle weakness, sensory loss, and immobility, as this can indicate the need for surgery.

Imaging tests are helpful for guiding targeted treatment like an epidural injection.

And if your doctor believes there is something serious, e.g., a spinal tumor, infection, then get an imaging test right away.

 

Louis’ diagnosis

Dr. Jimenez: Because Louis’ pain worsened while playing tennis and then ease during sleep, I diagnosed him with mechanical low back pain.

This type of back pain comes on through mechanical activities or applying a load to the spine.

Non-mechanical low back pain is pain that exists all the time.

 

Thought process while developing Louis’ treatment plan

Dr. Jimenez: The treatment plan is focused on controlling pain and inflammation.

I first recommended chiropractic treatment, physical therapy/massage, and heat/ice compress.

After completing the course of treatment I suggested Louis take naturally derived supplements:

  • Turmeric
  • Bromelain
  • High-dose omega 3’s

This would help reduce inflammation.

They have been proven to be effective without the serious side effects of both over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Louis and I also discussed his diet

I recommended cutting back on carbohydrate and processed sugar intake thus curbing inflammation and upped healthy fat consumption of and natural sugars that are found in nuts and berries.

I taught Louis proper basic movement techniques, including positioning himself at work and stretches to do throughout the day.

I suggested that Louis work with a fitness physical therapist to build strength and flexibility, that would take shape in 4 to 6 weeks.

After a few sessions, the goal is to be able to do the exercises without help.

 

Return to tennis

Dr. Jimenez:  Very soon, as long as, he uses his natural anti-inflammatory supplements and follows through with regular chiropractic/physical therapy.

Slow and steady is the key to pain relief. Jumping into a tennis set before finishing treatment would set him back and possibly cause new injuries.

I recommended he start by playing non-competitive tennis and just rally after completing the treatment and then take a day or 2 to see how it feels.

Taking it slow should bring back full strength within 2 months after the initial visit.

Preventive tips:

A proper tennis swing should put minimal force on the spine.

  • Tennis professionals start and stop, jump, slide, dive and run, run, run. That is where a significant overload of the lower back occurs and all the energy goes right into the spine.
  • The key to a proper swing is to rotate the hips, take the proper arm swing, and hit through the ball.
  • If you don’t have proper hip rotation, your body will pay for it through the spine.
  • Bending at the hips and knees when picking up balls will greatly reduce stress on your low back.
  • Work with a tennis pro that can teach you proper swing and specific tennis training especially movement.

 

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This will help you play well, alleviate/avoid back pain and enjoy the game.


 

Low Back Pain Treatment | El Paso, Tx

 

Low back pain which gradually influenced his quality of life was developed. David Garcia was unable to walk as his symptoms worsened and his back pain became excruciating. He first visited Dr. Alex Jimenez, a chiropractor in El Paso, TX, following a recommendation from his sister. Dr. Jimenez managed to supply David Garcia with all the aid he deserved for his low back pain, restoring his well-being. David Garcia clarifies the wonderful service Dr. Alex Jimenez and his team have given him to offer him relief from his painful symptoms and he highly recommends chiropractic care as the non-surgical pick for low back pain, among other health problems.


 

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chiropractor is the ideal medical professional to consult with for any unexplained pain in the musculoskeletal system. They are highly qualified professionals that their specialty is treating conditions like moderate lower back pain and they are very affordable. 31 million Americans experience moderate low back pain at any given time. This condition affects many, but finding the exact cause can be a challenge. Chiropractors are spinal specialists that are trained to not only alleviate pain but also find and help correct the cause of the problem.

 

 

Low Back Pain? Fix it with *FOOT ORTHOTICS* | El Paso, Tx

Low Back Pain? Fix it with *FOOT ORTHOTICS* | El Paso, Tx

At least 80% of the U.S. population will experience back pain at some point in their life, which accounts for more than 3 million reported cases of lower back pain each year. Lower back pain is also one of the biggest reasons why people miss work.

There is a solution that doesn’t include trips to the doctor, insurance agency, or prescription medication.

Understand Low Back Pain

The symptoms of low back pain can be different for everyone, ranging from dull aches to sharp /stabbing pain.

Low back pain can inhibit our ability to stand up straight, move around, lift everyday items, and do our household chores e.g. laundry and garbage.

  • When the pain comes quick such as, after lifting something heavy or from an injury, it is considered acute.
  • If the pain lasts for more than three months, it is considered chronic.

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Common Causes

  • Heavy lifting, exercise or sudden jerking movements and injury can cause acute pain.
  • Injury can also lead to more chronic issues like sciatica
  • Those of us with desk jobs are at risk for chronic low back pain.

When carrying a bag, be careful

  • Purses, backpacks, and briefcases carried over the shoulder put a greater risk of developing chronic back pain because it is the lower back that takes all the weight.
  • Instead, get a rolling bag/case or a backpack that distributes the weight evenly over the body, across both shoulders.
  • Other causes of lower back pain can be hormones, weight, lifestyle, and environmental factors.

The Solution to Low Back Pain

  • Many chiropractors encourage the use of custom orthotics to help treat a variety of problems, ranging from joint pain, foot discomfort, and posture issues.
  • Custom orthotics are insoles that are slipped into shoes and made especially for your body.
  • Wearing custom orthotics provides nearly immediate relief from lower back pain, and also helps prevent it from returning.
  • Custom orthotics are created by scanning and assessing your feet in less than five minutes.
  • By simply standing barefoot on a kiosk inside your chiropractor’s office, a one-of-a-kind solution is created.
  • No X-rays, MRI’s, or further testing is required.
  • The foot scan assesses the three arches in both of your feet, as well as how you distribute your weight on the foundation of your body.

 

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Although many people try to treat their low back pain on their own first, one of the fastest and best ways to treat it is through custom orthotics, which actually optimize the performance of your entire body, not just your feet and lower back.

Over-the-counter orthotics do not provide proper support and can even cause more damage to the body.

Chronic lower back pain is not a normal thing that has to do with age or lifestyle.

If you are experiencing lower back pain, call a chiropractor and ask about how custom orthotics can help you.


 

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After a quick scan, your feet will be assessed and your custom orthotics will be designed and made especially for you.


 

El Paso Back Clinic Foot Orthotic Kiosk

The Kiosk helps guide patients in selecting the best custom-made orthotics for their condition and lifestyle. It’s…

  • Fast: Push the Start button and the scanner begins.
  • Easy to use: User-friendly easy touch screen.
  • Engaging: Videos explain the importance of healthy feet and the benefits of custom-made orthotics.
  • Cloud-based: Results can be securely accessed from anywhere.
  • Comprehensive: Easily retrieve previous scans to compare them to new scans and see the difference.

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The Foot Levelers Kiosk saves time so you can spend more time living your life.


Orthotics

When there are problems with the feet, it can cause problems through the legs and all the way to the spine. This can cause the ankle to pronate, meaning it rolls inward. This alters the way the bones of the foot line up which extends through the tibia, or shin bone. Ankle pain and injury are not issues reserved solely for athletes. In the United States, more than 25,000 people deal with ankle sprains or pain every day. Studies show that somewhere around 40 percent of ankle sprains are not treated correctly or are misdiagnosed, which leads to disability or chronic ankle pain.

 

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Ankle Manipulation

The typical treatment for pain, such as with a sprain, is R.I.C.E., which is rest, ice, compression and elevation. A somewhat newer treatment approach replaces the R with an M, meaning that instead of rest, movement is required instead. However, it is important that the movement is done safely and carefully. Certain types of ankle injuries can be exacerbated by movement so it should be approached with care. Chiropractic can help reduce pain without prescription medication and the associated side effects. This alone is often a great draw for many patients. However, there are other benefits that chiropractic can provide for ankle pain.

 

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31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. This condition affects many, but finding the exact cause can be a challenge. Chiropractors are spinal specialists that are trained to not only alleviate pain but also find and help correct the cause of the problem. A chiropractor is the ideal medical professional to consult with for any unexplained pain in the musculoskeletal system. They are highly qualified professionals that their specialty is treating conditions like lower back pain and they are very affordable.

 

Prolonged Sitting Ruins Your Health! How To Fix It El Paso, TX.

Prolonged Sitting Ruins Your Health! How To Fix It El Paso, TX.

Sitting for long periods is associated with early death – upsetting news for the millions of Americans who spend extensive time sitting as they work and as they relax after work. A recent study conducted at Columbia  University has found that prolonged sitting destroys your health. Regular exercise, although great for you, failed to significantly reduce the risks associated with prolonged sitting.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize the time you spend sitting. Experts recommend taking a movement break every 30 minutes to protect your health.

The Sitting Study

The study used hip-mounted accelerometers to measure how much time study participants – nearly 8,000 individuals – spent in sedentary positions. Over four years researchers tracked participants and recorded the number of deaths among participants. The study found that increased sedentary time leads to an increased risk of death from any cause. The risk of death went up regardless of how old the participants were or how often they exercised.

The study found that participants who sat less than 30 minutes had a 55% lower risk of death in comparison to participants who sat for longer periods of time.

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Why Does Sitting Ruin Your Health?

Finding out that sitting for extended periods so greatly increases your risk of death is startling for many people. The next question is, “Why?” Unfortunately, the exact reasons are far from clear. The study was not meant to uncover the reasons why, so there is limited information to explain what occurs in the body to increase the risk of death. It will take further studies to provide an answer.

Methods to Protect Your Health

Although the exact reasons why sitting increases the risk of mortality are not yet clear, the recommendation to take a break from sitting every 30 minutes does offer an actionable step to protect your health. There are several other ways you can limit your sitting, including:

Sit & Standing Desks

There are a number of different desks designed to be used from a standing position, including stationary standing desks and sit to stand desks – both manually operated and motorized. Standing desks allow you to work exactly as you would at a sitting desk, only while standing. They take some getting used to, but most people who try them out find that they are an easy way to minimize time spent sitting.

When you purchase a standing or sit to stand desk, it may take some time to build up your stamina to use the desk for extended periods of time. Try standing for short periods, then sitting, then standing again to avoid excessive fatigue.

Apps

A number of apps are available to help you track your activity and make gradual lifestyle adjustments to increase your activity levels. Apple’s Health app includes an Activity monitor and coach that collects data from your iPhone, Apple Watch and third-party apps to let you know how much you are moving and to remind you to move more. You can set reminders on your app to tell you to move – such as every 30 minutes – as a way to ensure you avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time.

Timers

The simplest way to avoid sitting for more than 30 minutes is to set a timer on your phone or use a separate timer, to go off after 30 minutes of sitting. Once the timer goes off, engage in brisk walking or some other activity to get your heart rate up for five minutes. Then you can go back to sitting – after you set your timer again.

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Personalized Spine & *SCIATICA TREATMENT* | El Paso, TX (2019)

Personalized Spine & *SCIATICA TREATMENT* | El Paso, TX (2019)

April Hermosillo has achieved overall health and wellness by following proper nutrition and engaging in exercises/physical activities. As a regular fitness participant, April Hermosillo can experience low back pain which affects even her most basic tasks. April Hermosillo struggled with spine health issues and sciatica before receiving chiropractic care.

Dr. Alex Jimenez is a chiropractor in El Paso, TX who has helped April Hermosillo achieve pain relief so she can return to her everyday fitness routines. April Hermosillo describes how Dr. Jimenez has tremendously helped improve her overall symptoms. April Hermosillo highly recommends Dr. Alex Jimenez as the non-surgical choice for personalized spine and sciatica treatment and rehabilitation.

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Low Back Pain Treatment | Video | El Paso, Tx

Low Back Pain Treatment | Video | El Paso, Tx

Low back pain which gradually influenced his quality of life was developed. David Garcia was unable to walk as his symptoms worsened and his back pain became excruciating. He first visited Dr. Alex Jimenez, chiropractor in El Paso, TX, following a recommendation from his sister. Dr. Jimenez managed to supply David Garcia with all the aid he deserved for his low back pain, restoring his well-being. David Garcia clarifies the wonderful service Dr. Alex Jimenez and his team have given him to offer him relief from his painful symptoms and he highly recommends chiropractic care as the non-surgical pick for low back pain, among other health problems.

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How The Feet, Knees & Hips Affect The Low Back

How The Feet, Knees & Hips Affect The Low Back

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If you have low back pain or have had it, you are not alone. Experts estimate that around 80% of people will experience some type of back problem at some point in their lives. The Global Burden of Disease 2010 lists low back pain as the number one cause of disability worldwide. The good news is the majority of back pain is mechanical in origin or is not organic. This means that infection, cancer, fracture, inflammatory arthritis, and other serious conditions are not the cause. In fact, you may benefit by looking to your feet, knees, and hips as the culprits.

The spine is the foundation for the body, supporting the spinal cord and the limbs. When there is a problem with any of the limbs it can affect the spine and vice versa. The intricate network of tendons, ligaments, and nerves work together within the incredible machine that is the human body.

How the Feet Affect the Low Back

When there are problems with the feet, it can cause problems through the legs and all the way to the spine. This can cause the ankle to pronate, meaning it rolls inward. This alters the way the bones of the foot line up which extends through the tibia, or shin bone.

This can cause a condition called knock knees and it can change the way the entire body is aligned. This puts the body out of balance, destabilizing the spine, and can even cause the pelvis to tilt to one side or the other. When you are walking or standing, the stress caused by the misalignment it can create a domino effect, causing or contributing to low back pain.

How the Knees Affect the Low Back

One thing to remember when assessing pain in the body is that where it hurts may not be the source of the problem. It could be a symptom. Because of this, knee pain could be caused by a problem with your back and back pain could be caused by a problem with your knees.

It is important to take this type of pain at more than face value and do a little investigating to find the cause. That is why chiropractic is so beneficial in these situations.

If you see a chiropractor for your knee or back pain, he or she will assess your issues, talk to you about the pain you are experiencing and help you get to the root of your problem so that you can treat it and, in turn, help correct other associated issues. Knees connect the foot and spine so problems that affect the feet and ankles, as well as the spine, will very likely affect the knees and hips as well.

How the Hips Affect the Low Back

Muscle imbalances in the hip, such as tight hip flexors, can cause low back pain – or at least contribute to it. When the hip flexor muscles are too tight, it causes what is known as an anterior pelvic tilt.

In other words, the muscles cause an anterior pull on the pelvis. This affect posture and throws the entire lower body out of alignment. It can also affect the knees and feet if left untreated.

Hip flexors can become too tight if the person sits for extended periods of time or engages in activities like cycling and jogging. A chiropractor can guide you through exercises that will help release the tight muscles and stop the micro spams that occur as a result.

He or she will also assess your knees, feet, and ankles to ensure that the issue has not through them out of alignment as well. Correcting the cause of the problem will often correct the associated issues and resolve the pain allowing you to return to your normal activities.

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Low Back & Leg Pain: How Chiropractic Helps Radiculopathy

Low Back & Leg Pain: How Chiropractic Helps Radiculopathy

Low back pain affects millions of people each year and is the number one cause of disability worldwide. In the US, it is estimated that 31 million people experience pain in their lower back. It is prevalent and can be debilitating. As patients search for relief, they soon find that not all lumbar pain is created equal. There are many causes and treatments vary widely depending on the issue. Radiculopathy is a condition that can contribute to lower back pain, but chiropractic care can help patients better manage it.

What is Lumbar Radiculopathy?

Radiculopathy is associated with some of the most significant causes of chronic or acute low back pain. However, it is important to note that the condition itself does not cause the pain. Instead, elements of radiculopathy, such as disc herniation, nerve root impingement, and facet arthropathy are actually what causes the pain.

Radiculopathy is a condition of the spine that occurs when a nerve is compressed, causing pain, weakness, tingling, or numbness along the nerve’s course. In the lower back, that course is in the leg. While it is most common in the lower back, radiculopathy can occur in the cervical or thoracic regions of the spine as well.

Symptoms of Lumbar Radiculopathy

The symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy include pain, tingling, and numbness in the legs. Some patients experience extreme, painful sensitivity to light touch.

The nerves in the lumbar region of the spine supply sensations to the buttocks and legs as well as control muscles. So, when a nerve is compressed in the lumbar spine, those are the areas that are affected. The condition is often called a “pinched nerve” or sciatica because of the way that the pain radiates through the buttock and into the leg.

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Causes of Radiculopathy

Irritation or compression of certain nerves are what causes radiculopathy, but it is worth looking at the causes of this irritation or compression to see the deeper cause of radiculopathy. These may include mechanical nerve compression due to:

  • Bone spur
  • Disc herniation from osteoarthritis
  • Thickening of surrounding ligaments
  • Infection
  • Tumor
  • Scoliosis

Degeneration or trauma can cause inflammation in the spinal nerves which can lead to pain.

Who is at Risk for Radiculopathy?

Certain people are more prone to radiculopathy based on the activities they engage in and their genetics. Patients who regularly participate in contact sports, heavy labor or any activity that puts a repetitive or excessive load on the back are more likely to have the condition. Patients who have a family history of spine disorders, including radiculopathy, are also more at risk of developing it.

Chiropractic for Lumbar Radiculopathy

A review published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine examined 162 patients with radiculopathy who were treated with chiropractic care. Of those patients, more than 85% not only experienced pain relief, but their conditions were resolved. This was done over 9 treatment sessions. Most of the patients saw an improvement of their symptoms within 4 days of their first treatment.

There are a number of treatments for lumbar radiculopathy, including pain medication, epidural steroid injection, and surgery. However, chiropractic care is non-invasive and does not have the unpleasant, sometimes harmful of many pain medications. It is safe and effective, treating the entire body instead of just the part that hurts.

When treating lumbar radiculopathy, the chiropractor may use several techniques such as spinal adjustments as well as stabilization exercise and neuromobilization. They will also work with the patient to determine if there are engaging in any activities that increase their risk factor for the condition. In some cases, the chiropractor may recommend certain lifestyle and dietary changes to increase whole body wellness and a stronger, healthier spine.

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Neck and Low Back Pain Treatment | Video | El Paso, TX.

Neck and Low Back Pain Treatment | Video | El Paso, TX.

Neck and back pain are common symptoms which can affect a person’s everyday actions that are physical. Misalignments, or subluxations, may occur due to a variety of health issues, including sports injuries, auto accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and catastrophic accidents, amongst others. Chiropractic care is an effective and secure, alternative treatment option that may help treat back and neck pain. Patients show how Dr. Alex Jimenez, chiropractor, and his team have helped supply them with the essential pain relief they deserve. Dr. Alex Jimenez is recommended as the non-surgical choice for neck and back pain, among other health issues.

Chiropractic Treatment

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The Lumbar Spine: What Chiropractic Patients Need To Know

The Lumbar Spine: What Chiropractic Patients Need To Know

The lumbar spine, or lower back, takes a lot of stress and strain throughout the day. The spine provides stabilization for the entire body, and the lumbar spine bears the brunt of much of the movement and activity. This wear and tear show up as lower back pain in many people. The American Chiropractic Association estimates that 31 million Americans have low back pain at some point in their lives. The leading cause of disability is low back pain – not only in the U.S. but worldwide.

What is the Lumbar Spine?

Located in the lower back area, the lumbar region is the portion of the spine that begins below the shoulder blades, about five or six inches, at the lordosis (where it curves in toward the abdomen). Five vertebrae make up the lumbar spine, L1 through L5 – which also happen to be the largest unfused vertebrae in the entire spinal column. The lower vertebrae bear more weight than the upper vertebrae, so they are constructed to be sturdier, but are also more prone to injury and degradation.

The L5 vertebra meets the S1 (the sacrum) at the lumbosacral joint. It is this joint that provides most of the range of motion including rotational flexibility of the hips and pelvis, allowing them to swing during movement such as running and walking.

The spinal cord ends at around the L1 and many nerve roots that originate at the spinal cord form what is called the cauda equine. These nerves travel down the spine, branching out to the legs, buttocks, and feet. The appearance resembles a horse’s tail, hence the name. Because the spinal cord does not extend into the lumbar area, the chance of a problem with the lower back resulting in paralysis or damage to the spinal cord is very rare.

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Lower Back Pain

The most common causes of lower back pain are soft tissue injuries and mechanical problems. Either of these can damage the intervertebral discs, compress the nerve roots, and inhibit the correct function of the spinal joints so that they don’t move properly. Lower back pain is most commonly caused by a pulled or torn muscle or ligament, known as a sprain or strain. These injuries can have some causes, including:

  • Prolonged improper posture
  • Improper lifting of something heavy (without using your legs)
  • Sports injuries, particularly those where the player sustains high impact or where a lot of twisting is involved
  • Lifting while twisting the spine
  • A fall or movement that occurs suddenly and puts a great deal of stress on the lumbar area

Chiropractic Care for the Lumbar Spine

Chiropractic care is a prevalent, effective treatment for lower back pain. A chiropractor can help patients manage their back pain through spinal adjustments and lifestyle advice. They may recommend supplements, exercise, and dietary changes. The whole-body approach to chiropractic makes it an optimal choice for many people, especially those who don’t want to take medications or undergo invasive procedures.

The chiropractic treatment itself usually involves spinal manipulation and mobilization. Spinal manipulation is the technique that most people think of when they think of chiropractic. It of a short lever, high-velocity arm thrust applied directly to the vertebra that is injured or is causing the pain. This technique typically relieves pain, improves the function of the spine, and restores the back’s range of motion. Mobilization is a low-velocity movement performed by the chiropractor to manipulate the area, stretching and moving the joints and muscles.

These techniques typically restore range of motion and flexibility to the spine while reducing pain. For people with chronic lower back pain, chiropractic care can be a game changer.

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Walking Vs. Running: Which Is Better For Low Back Pain Sufferers?

Walking Vs. Running: Which Is Better For Low Back Pain Sufferers?

If you are one of the seven out of 10 Americans who have back pain, you are probably looking for relief. What you probably aren’t looking for are injections or pills with harmful side effects. Your doctor may have told you that exercise is a great way to relieve pain naturally, but you aren’t sure where to start or even what activity is best.

Running and walking are both good exercises, but they aren’t for everyone. Some back pain patients can run with no problem with others have significant trouble. So, which is better for back pain sufferers? The answer might surprise you.

Benefits of running

When it comes to health benefits, running and walking, don’t differ much. Both help to decrease your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension as well as lower your cholesterol.

Running also has the added benefit of increasing the bone that connects the femur head to the shaft, substantially strengthening the hips and helping to prevent hip fractures. Both running and walking burn calories, facilitate weight loss and can help to make you healthier. However, one activity is a lot harder on the back, so if you have chronic back pain, there are some things you should know.

How running affects the back

Running puts repetitive impact and stress on the back. If you have a problem with your lower back, running can exacerbate it or lead to additional issues like sciatica.

You can experience back muscle spasms, muscular strain, and other centralized lower back pain. If you have disc problems, the high impact nature of running can make put a lot of stress on your spine and make your disc problems worse.

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How walking benefits back pain sufferers

Walking is a much lower impact activity than running. Although some back problems can be made worse by walking, that is relatively rare.

Most back pain is relieved with walking, and you can enjoy other great benefits as well. By adopting a regular walking routine, you will strengthen your hips, legs, ankles, and feet as well as your core.

This helps to provide better stability for your spine. It also helps to increase circulation in the spinal structures, draining toxins, and pumping nutrients into the surrounding soft tissues.

Pain often restricts mobility. Walking helps to improve range of motion and flexibility. You will find that your posture improves as well as your mood. A stronger body and increased flexibility help to prevent injury.

Walking at least three times a week for at least 15 minutes is great for overall wellness and a strong body. Combine it with a healthy diet and stress relief techniques, and you will look, feel, and move better – and your pain will be easier to manage.

Make walking work

When you start your walking program, don’t push too hard too fast. Go at your own pace and start slow. If you have a higher fitness level, you may want to try speed walking. After a five-minute warm-up, walk as fast as you can for about 8 minutes then slow to a moderate pace for two minutes to cool down.

You can also engage your core muscles by using several techniques. Walk on an incline or using walking poles are excellent for strengthening the core. Pulling your abdominals in toward your spine while you walk is also a great move.

Running is beneficial for your health, but it isn’t for everyone. Walking is a far better choice for most patients with lower back pain. You may even find that your pain is alleviated altogether so get out there and get moving.

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How Fallen Arches Can Cause Low Back Pain | El Paso, TX.

How Fallen Arches Can Cause Low Back Pain | El Paso, TX.

The human body is an intricate machine; everything is connected in one way or another. This means that when one part is not functioning as it should, it can throw everything out of balance. The relationship between the feet, back, and hips is significant, so when there is a problem with feet, it can cause pain in those areas. Fallen arches are a foot problem that is a prevalent cause of lower back pain. However, many people who have fallen arches don’t even realize that they have an issue.

What are Fallen Arches?

There are more than 100 ligaments and muscles in the foot that stabilize the bones and keep everything in the proper position. Ligaments prevent joints from extending beyond their intended limits. They contain elastin which allows them to act much like a rubber band, stretching with movement or flexion then returning to their regular length when the joint returns to its resting position.

There are a variety of things that can happen that cause those ligaments to stretch, causing them to lose their ability to support the foot as they should. This can lead to pes planus (flat feet), also known as fallen arches.

Most people don’t realize that there are three arches in the foot, not just one: lateral, medial, and anterior. They act as shock absorbers for the body. When they don’t function as they should, don’t absorb the shock of movement and activity, it puts added wear and tear on the body. While foot, knee, hip, and back pain is common with fallen arches, it also is a major cause of impaired functioning of the lower extremities. It can also lead to balance problems.

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Causes of Fallen Arches

The primary cause of fallen arches is improper footwear. Shoes that do not adequately support your foot and arch can lead to structural problems.

Other causes of fallen arches include:

  • Tendons in the foot that are torn or stretched
  • Certain health conditions including
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Pregnancy
    • Diabetes
    • Obesity
    • Aging
  • Structural abnormalities that are present from birth
  • Inflammation, deformity, or damage of the posterior tibial tendon that runs from the middle of the arch to the lower leg, running along the ankle
  • Nerve issues
  • Bones that are dislocated or broken

Recognizing the symptoms of fallen arches and knowing that you have a problem can help to prevent the pain but can also arrest further damage to the foot.

Do you have Fallen Arches?

While many people with fallen arches experience no symptoms or problems, others do. If you experience any of these symptoms of flat feet, it should prompt a visit to your doctor.

  • Pain in the foot, knee, leg, hip, or lower back
  • Feet that easily get tired
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Swelling on the bottom of the foot
  • Pain or achiness in the foot, particularly in the heel or arch
  • Certain movements. such as standing on tiptoe, are difficult

There is a quick, simple test that you can do at home to see if you have fallen arches:

  1. Wet your feet
  2. Stand on a flat, hard surface, such as a floor or concrete pad (you need to be able to see your footprint) or walk in soft soil or sand
  3. Look at your footprints. If you see a print that shows the heel and ball of your foot with a thin, curved imprint running along the outside, then your foot structure is normal. If you can see the print of your entire foot, then you probably have fallen arches.

The problem with fallen arches is that the damage cannot be reversed once it begins. However, the progression can be stopped with proper treatment.

What are the Treatments for Fallen Arches?

The treatment for fallen arches depends on the cause and severity of the condition. If it isn’t causing pain or other problems, the doctor may elect to do nothing.

However, if there are pain or mobility issues present, treatments may include bracing, prescribing NSAIDs for pain and inflammation, and even surgery in some cases of torn tendons or broken bones. An increasingly popular treatment for fallen arches is chiropractic care. This natural, non-invasive therapy treats the whole body so that it addresses the cause of the condition as well as associated risk factors and helps patients manage the pain, significantly improving their quality of life.

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