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Spine Pain and Stiffness

Spine Pain and Stiffness

The vertebral column is quite literally the “backbone” of the human structure. It is the housing of the spinal cord, which is potentially the most important component of human body function due to its role in the transmission of nerve signals to and from the brain. Pain and stiffness in the region of the spine is usually related to nerve pressure resultant to inflammation in the joints of the spinal column as well as from the reaction of the support structures like the ligaments and muscles. Spinal Pain & stiffness can be acute, chronic or episodic.

Segmental Dysfunction

Perhaps the simplest but most common explanation for pain and stiffness in the area of the spine is segmental dysfunction. The former notion of "bones out of place" and causing back pain has evolved into a much better understanding of the importance of mechanical motion within the joints of the spine. In other words, when spinal joint motion is limited for any reason, including malposition, the result is insultive to the surrounding structures, causing inflammation and eventual alteration of motion. These situations can begin with no symptoms, however over time can have unfavorable consequences such as pain, instability, loss of motion, and loss of function.

Osteoarthritis and Disc Disease

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disorder that can structurally change the joints of the spine and can disrupt the discs and spinal nerves. The inflammation caused by this degeneration can cause severe and prolonged pain in the back and supporting structures.
When the cushioning between the vertebrae and the disc starts to thin or wear out, extra stress is placed on the nerves as well as the joints that connect the vertebrae together. This is a common cause of spinal stiffness and pain. A herniated or ruptured disc can start out with no symptoms but left untreated can cause long lasting and and even crippling complications.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis refers to a degenerative condition that results in the narrowing of the canal that houses the spinal cord. An excess of bone is deposited in the bony vertebral canal resulting in pressure on the actual spinal cord. Spinal stenosis is typically related to age related degeneration, but can also arise from repetitive strain situations involving the spine.

The bones of the lumbar spine are large, and help to support the weight of the upper body. In between each vertebra a disc is present, acting as a protective cushion between the bones, and also protecting the structures that allow the spinal nerves to exit the spinal cord. The lower back is susceptible to injury from posture, position, exertion and ageing.

3 Steps to Improving Your Spine Pain and Stiffness


  My husband started getting a recurring ache in his spine a few weeks ago that has been getting no better. The pain medication he was prescribed made him feel "fuzzy" and unfit for work. I decided to look for alternatives and found chiropractic care. The spinal manipulation and motion therapy sessions are helping him out tremendously. I wish we had found this sooner.  

Laurence Johnson

  I had been on pain medications for years. This was due to a stiffness and occasional bouts of pain in my middle and lower areas of my spine. About 3 months ago my boss recommended Pain Away really earnestly. I went just to humor her but it ended up changing my life. The motion therapy has me energized and I've been off meds for a month and a half now. This honestly feels so good.  

Gabriel Johnson

  My fiance and I came to Pain Away Clinics a year ago. We're both hard-workers and spend very long hours in front of a computer. We were constantly complaining that our unavoidable work postures ended up giving us spinal issues. The chiropractic combined with therapy and the MMT was magic. Not only did our stiffness disappear, we got back our drive! We finished our care plan and now just maintain.  

Jordan Chan

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