Back Pain Specialist

Bay Area Wellness Center

Chiropractor located in Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, FL

Severe back pain can make even routine activities like walking and sitting difficult. Through a variety of treatments, including stretching exercises and therapeutic massage, Dr. David Preston and the chiropractors and medical providers at Bay Area Wellness Center can help you manage your back pain and improve your quality of life. If back pain is interfering with your daily activities and you live in the St. Petersburg, Florida, area, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain can be minor or debilitating, and it can have a variety of causes. The most common reasons for back pain include:

  • Chronic conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Skeletal irregularities like scoliosis (which causes the spine to curve to one side)
  • Bulging or herniated discs in your spine
  • Muscle or ligament strain or sprain caused by heavy lifting

Back pain can also develop without a known cause.

Back pain can be acute or chronic. Acute back pain typically doesn’t last longer than six weeks and may begin unexpectedly, while chronic back pain can last much longer.

What constitutes upper back pain?

Upper back pain affects the area of the back that extends from the bottom of your neck to the bottom of your rib cage.

Upper back pain can be the result of poor posture, muscle strain, ligament sprain, pressure on the spinal nerves, or fractured vertebrae. The bones of the upper back are less flexible than those in the lower back; as a result, pain in this area is much less common.

What constitutes lower back pain?

Lower back pain affects the area of the back below the rib cage, known as the lumbar region. Most lower back pain is the result of muscle sprains and tears in the muscle or tendon caused by improper lifting or stretching.

Pressure on the sciatic nerve, which extends from your buttocks to the bottom of your leg, can also cause sharp or burning lower back pain. Herniated discs and the narrowing of the spinal column, known as spinal stenosis, can also cause numbness or pain.

Lower back pain is considered to be chronic if it lasts three months or longer. ms  Symptoms of lower back pain may include: dull aching pain; pain that travels to the buttocks, legs or feet; pain that is worse with sitting; pain that feels better when changing positions; and pain that is worse after waking and is better with movement.

How is back pain treated?

The chiropractors and medical providers at Bay Area Wellness Center offer a variety of treatments for both upper and lower back pain. Stretching and exercises that strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility, and improve your posture can provide pain relief.

They offer spinal manipulations and adjustments to ensure that your back is in proper alignment and improve your body’s physical function. Your physician may also recommend specific massage therapies that target the source of your back pain and provide you with much-needed relief or rehab exercises to help strengthen weakened areas or stretch those areas that have tightened up.  The may also offer medication such as muscle relaxers to help relieve muscle tightness or spasm, anti-inflammatory medication for swelling that causes pain, and finally short term pain medication if the pain is severe.

Call or schedule an appointment online to address your back pain today.