At least 65 million American adults have experienced recent back pain. If you suffer from chronic (ongoing) back pain and you’re tired of temporary fixes, The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness in Bloomingdale, Illinois, has a better plan for you. Learn more about how integrative and functional medicine approaches can help you by calling the office now or clicking the provided booking link.

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Back Pain Q&A

What is back pain?
Back pain usually means discomfort or pain in your lumbar (lower) spine. But, you can also experience pain in your thoracic (middle and upper) spine. You can suffer back pain along with cervical spine (neck area) pain.

The two main categories of back pain are acute and chronic.

Acute back pain

Acute back pain usually begins after an injury. It usually goes away after a short time with conservative care.

Chronic back pain

Chronic back pain lasts for three months or longer. This kind of pain is quite stubborn and usually doesn’t respond to conservative measures like rest and over-the-counter medications. Although chronic pain always has its underlying cause, it’s also a disease in its own right.

To relieve back pain, it’s essential to first find its underlying cause.

What causes chronic back pain?
The many common causes of chronic back pain include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Disc herniation
  • Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Osteoporosis-related fractures
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Poor posture

An additional underlying trigger of back pain that you might not know about is inflammation. For example, research shows that disc herniation is closely connected to lower back pain.

The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness completes a thorough evaluation to find the underlying cause of your back pain. This usually includes a physical exam, careful symptom analysis, lab tests to check for inflammatory and disease markers (common root causes of back pain), and imaging procedures.

How is back pain treated?
At The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness, your treatment is completely customized to your needs.

The extensive diagnostic testing process gives the specialists all the information they need to formulate a plan that helps you heal from within. The extensive menu of available services include:

  • Massage
  • Regenerative medicine injections (platelet-rich plasma (PRP), stem cells, and others)
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • Clinical hypnotherapy
  • Intravenous (IV) nutrient therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Supplements
  • Chiropractic care
  • Reiki
  • Psychotherapy

Your back pain relief plan can include several therapies that work well together, which gives you a better shot at quick pain relief.

The world-class providers at The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness use the most advanced state-of-the-art pain relief treatments to help you return to your life without restrictions. Call the office now or use the online booking tool to set up your appointment.