Back Pain Specialist

Valley Chiropractic & Sports Medicine

Chiropractors located in West Simsbury, CT

Back pain can significantly diminish an individual’s quality of life. At Valley Chiropractic & Sports Medicine in West Simsbury, CT, Dr. Brett Inlow, D.C., provides non-invasive, drug-free relief for patients suffering from back pain in the areas of Simsbury, West Simsbury, Canton and Avon.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain is one of the most common reasons patients seek chiropractic treatment. This condition, which usually occurs in the lower, or lumbar, region of the back, affects between 60% and 80% of the adult population in this country, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). Frequently, pain subsides on its own within a few days. But it can also become chronic, with symptoms that range from annoying to excruciating. Back pain can be caused abruptly, such as during an accident or while lifting something heavy. It can also develop over time as the result of aging (adults over age 40 are at greater risk), or through repetitive stress, sustained on the job or by participating in certain sports, such as weight-lifting or gymnastics. Occasionally, back pain is caused by a separate underlying illness, such as arthritis or scoliosis.   

How does Dr. Inlow treat back pain?

The first step, as always, is for Dr. Inlow to determine the cause of the pain. Once that’s established, he will create a specialized plan, using one or more modalities. These can include:

  • Manual manipulation and spinal adjustments, sometimes performed in conjunction with the application of heat
  • Acupuncture
  • Exercise programs, that improve flexibility and strengthen core and back muscles
  • Nutrition and diet counseling
  • Ergonomic recommendations

What kinds of back pain prevention tips can Dr. Inlow offer?

A number of preventative steps can minimize your chance of sustaining back pain. Here are some of the most important:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. Excessive weight puts extra stress on the back.
  • Stay active.
  • Properly warm up before exercising or participating in sports.
  • Maintain good posture, whether sitting or standing.
  • Avoid, ill-fitting shoes and high heels.
  • Sleep on a mattress that provides adequate (medium firm) support.
  • Use your legs, not back and don’t twist when lifting heavy items.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking impairs blood flow that can prevent the body from receiving enough nutrients to keep the disks in your back healthy.
  • Make sure that your work space is ergonomic.

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