When is Chronic Back Pain or Tenderness a Symptom of a Spinal Tumor?

Everyone is likely to experience back pain at some point in their life, whether it is due to poor posture at work, an athletic injury, or a pain disorder. When patients begin to notice that their pain symptoms are not going away, concern settles in. One of the major fears patients often have when chronic back pain begins is that they are developing cancer and spinal tumors.

Spinal tumors are made of cells that multiply rapidly, growing larger on or in the complex system that helps connect your body and brain. Tumors growing in the spinal column can lead to weakening of the bones, nerve compression, and instability of the spine – all of which cause long-term back pain.

However, primary spinal tumors are rare, and there is a good chance your chronic pain is due to another problem within the spine. It may help to discuss your chronic back pain with a chiropractor trained through Ideal Spine’s Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach, which focuses on holistic patient wellness through chiropractic application. An experienced chiropractor may help you determine the true cause of your pain and ascertain whether you have a spinal tumor.

Understanding spinal tumors and how they develop

Spinal tumors can grow in numerous places around the spinal column, including within the vertebral column, within the spinal canal but away from nerves, and inside the spinal cord or nerves. The type and placement of the tumor will determine what kind of treatment plan your doctor will recommend, so it’s important to be diagnosed early.

In general, spinal tumors are rare unless they have spread from another part of the body. Primary tumors, or tumors that originate in the spine, are most common in young adults and are usually benign. However, even if a tumor is benign, it can still cause discomfort or pain in the back because of how it affects the many nearby spinal components.

Malignant, metastasized tumors are more common and occur mostly in older adults.

If you have already been diagnosed with cancer and are suddenly experiencing back pain, there is a possibility that your cancer has spread and caused tumor growth on your spine, and you should seek medical assistance immediately.

Recognizing the signs of spinal tumors

Not all chronic back pain is indicative of a spinal tumor. In fact, most back pain is not due to a spinal tumor. Knowing what signs to look for can help you stress less about your condition and focus on finding an effective pain management program. Signs of spinal tumors include:

  • Chronic pain in the back;
  • Tingling or numbness in arms and legs;
  • Severe pain if affected area is compressed or manipulated;
  • Pain that is worse at night;
  • Persistent pain that does not go away with rest;
  • Symptoms of major illness including a loss of appetite, fever, chills, and nausea;
  • Scoliosis or another spinal deformity;
  • Loss of bowel or bladder function;
  • Already diagnosed form of cancer.

Pain stemming from spinal tumors will often be centralized to the back and will slowly begin to affect other parts of the body. As the tumor grows, it may begin to compress nerves, leading to tingling sensations, weakness, or paralysis in the arms and legs. Physical spinal deformities may also become present as the tumor alters the shape of your spine.

Spinal tumor back pain cannot be attributed to an injury or strain and is persistent, often continuing regardless of pain management methods like chiropractic. If you experience chronic back pain and have attempted to identify the cause to no avail, you may want to speak with your physician about the possibility of cancer.

During this process, it’s important that you document your symptoms, so you maintain an accurate record of how long certain symptoms last and when new ones begin to occur. This can help your doctor more easily diagnose your condition.

Working with a licensed chiropractor to diagnose and treat chronic back pain may help you get the answers you need quickly. Cancer is a scary disease that should be addressed as soon as possible, and a medical professional may be able to help you identify the signs of a spinal tumor, so you can begin treatment.

Contact Ideal Spine to learn more about our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach and to find a trained chiropractor who may be able to help you treat your chronic back pain.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Monitoring and Managing Osteoporosis with the Help of a Chiropractor

The 206 bones in the human body build a complex framework to facilitate stability and movement. Despite their hardiness (and assumed permanence), bones need to be taken care of or they can start to degrade. One of the most common bone problems experienced by millions of people around the world is osteoporosis.

During osteoporosis, the density of your bones gradually decreases, making them less strong and more susceptible to fracture. This problem occurs when bone cell degeneration is faster than bone cell regeneration, meaning your bones break down faster than they can grow.

Living with osteoporosis is extremely challenging, as everyday activities like walking can result in a fractured or broken bone. However, hope is not lost for patients – it is possible to slow or reverse the effects of osteoporosis after a diagnosis. Through Ideal Spine, chiropractors are able to learn effective techniques to treat patients with osteoporosis and help them return to living life as normally as possible.

Chiropractic management techniques for osteoporosis

People diagnosed with osteoporosis often assume they are unable to seek chiropractic care due to the fragility of their bones, but this is incorrect. Chiropractors offer valuable treatments for osteoporosis patients and can be instrumental in the management and monitoring of their condition.

If you suspect you have osteoporosis or fall into one of the categories of people who are at high risk for the condition, a licensed chiropractor may be able to test your bone density using a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA scan). This scan will determine if your bone density is normal, low, or at a level at which you can be formally diagnosed with osteoporosis.

Once bone density has been determined, a treatment or prevention plan can be implemented. The type of care your chiropractor will recommend will largely depend on the severity of your osteoporosis and what your bones will be able to handle at their current density.

In certain cases, chiropractic adjustments may help stimulate bone growth. These adjustments may need to be modified and made gentler if you are currently diagnosed with osteoporosis to accommodate for the reduced bone strength.

However, there are other, more common treatments a chiropractor can work through with you. The chiropractor may be able to perform soft tissue therapies, stretches, and exercises on you to help improve your mobility. These actions may also help strengthen the muscles and tissues surrounding your bones to help stabilize them and prevent injury.

They may also suggest lifestyle changes that are known to help build and maintain bone density, such as eating a nutritious diet with ample levels of vitamin D and calcium. Additionally, weight-bearing exercises like walking, jogging, and some weight training may help you build bone mass over time.

Long-term chiropractic monitoring can help assess progress

Unfortunately, osteoporosis is a chronic and progressive condition that usually worsens over time if it is not treated. Even when receiving treatment, there is no guarantee that your bone mass will improve.

However, continuing to work with your chiropractor to monitor your condition can help guide a long-term treatment plan. Routine care is necessary to be able to adjust your treatments depending on your progress.

Your chiropractor may want you to have bone density tests done every one to two years to verify the progression of your osteoporosis and see if the current treatments are slowing or reversing your symptoms. If treatment is not stalling the condition, changes to the plan may be necessary.

When you work with a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP)-trained chiropractor through Ideal Spine, you’ll know you can trust that you’re receiving a quality level of care with each visit. CBP emphasizes total-body wellness, not just spine health, to maintain the health and happiness of patients.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

In the Face of the Opioid Epidemic, the FDA is Welcoming Chiropractic Approaches

Chiropractic is considered a form of alternative medicine. In a traditional Medical Doctor’s office, recommended treatments for back or neck pain have typically included medication to reduce inflammation and manage pain, as well as physical therapy or surgery to correct the problem. Being an “alterative” therapy, chiropractic has not always received recognition for being potentially beneficial for spine health.

However, more and more people are recognizing the dangers of prescription drugs, including the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In May of last year, the FDA proposed changing the way it educated healthcare practitioners, encouraging them to learn more about alternative therapies like chiropractic and suggest them to patients experiencing pain symptoms in an effort to reduce the opioid epidemic.

The news of the proposed change is an exciting one in the chiropractic community. Recognition from a lauded source like the FDA may encourage more doctors to speak about chiropractic and more patients to seek therapy before turning to medication. At Ideal Spine, we promote a holistic approach to patient wellbeing through our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques, which provides safe, effective, and non-addictive treatment for numerous health problems.

The dangers of opioid use

Opioid painkillers are a very effective method of treating pain because of their ability to muffle pain signals within your brain. Doctors may prescribe opioids to patients experiencing severe chronic pain. However, opioids can be extremely dangerous when taken improperly or for long periods of time.

Opioids like hydrocodone or oxycodone are some of the most abused drugs in the nation. Due to their addictive nature and other dangers, thousands of people using opioids for chronic or short-term back pain relief are at risk of becoming addicted and even overdosing on medication.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioid overdoses (including both prescription and illicit drugs) accounted for over 66 percent of drug-related overdoses in 2016 – over 42,000 deaths. Prescription opioid use may also lead patients to using illicit opioids like heroin, which have many more dangers.

Chiropractic offers an alternative treatment option

When doctors prescribe opioids as a pain management solution for back pain, they are not fixing the underlying problem causing the pain. Even still, opioid prescriptions for back pain have increased dramatically over the years in an effort to keep patients with chronic pain more comfortable.

However, alternative therapies like chiropractic may actually be able to treat the root of the pain – not the symptom. Chiropractic uses techniques including manipulations, massages, and exercises to potentially cure the body of structural problems that may be causing widespread or localized pain. Chiropractors see patients for a wide variety of health problems, including neuropathic pain, headaches and migraines, whiplash, neck pain, back pain, and much more.

Chiropractic care is gentle and not addictive. Therefore, patients may be able to both rectify their underlying conditions and avoid the dangers of opioid addiction by pursuing alternative therapies prior to taking prescription pain medication.

If you are a patient seeking a long-term solution for pain management, consider chiropractic. Chiropractic care performed by a Chiropractic BioPhysics-trained expert may help improve your symptoms without the need for prescription medication or invasive procedures. At Ideal Spine, we teach chiropractors ways to treat patients holistically and effectively by working to identify and fix the root of the pain, not just the symptom. Contact us today to learn more.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Degenerative Disc Disease Pain and Chronic Inflammation Go Hand-in-Hand

Degenerative disc disease is a common affliction that affects a staggering number of people each year. Intervertebral disc degeneration is completely natural. Over time, wear and tear can cause damage to the discs supporting your spine. However, some people experience significant levels of pain due to disc degeneration compared to others.

The root of the pain that patients with degenerative disc disease experience is often misunderstood. This pain is usually not located in the spinal discs themselves, but often comes from the structures surrounding the spine – including joints, nerve roots, and muscles – due to inflammation. Thus, people who suffer from chronic inflammation may experience heightened levels of pain alongside degenerative disc disease.

Ideal Spine focuses on a holistic approach to patient care, providing chiropractic techniques to spinal experts to potentially alleviate the symptoms of spinal discomfort. Our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach may help chiropractors be better prepared to treat patients suffering from degenerative disc disease pain.

Understanding pain from degenerative disc disease

Degenerative disc disease occurs when the discs located between the spinal vertebrae get worn down and dehydrated over time. This process happens naturally with age but can be exacerbated by stress and trauma on the spine.

The condition typically causes back or neck pain, as well as weakness, numbness, or tingling sensations in the arms and legs. This pain is usually mild and persistent, with the patient experiencing an occasional flare-up. Degenerative disc disease can lead to other conditions like spondylolisthesis or scoliosis, which can cause pain in other ways.

However, degenerative disc disease does not always cause pain in patients. Pain is usually felt when disc degeneration leads to problems with the surrounding spinal structures like nerves and muscles. One of the major sources of this pain is inflammation caused by intervertebral disc fluid.

Spinal discs are composed of two sections: an inner section containing a jelly-like substance and a harder outer section. Degeneration can cause the outer layer to tear, resulting in inner fluid leaking out of the disc. This inner fluid contains inflammatory proteins that may cause inflammation in the surrounding structures. The inflammation affecting the nerves and muscles is usually quite painful and may be experienced in the form of muscle swelling and spasms, nerve irritation and shooting pains, and generalized tenderness.

The link between disc degeneration and chronic inflammation

We know that inflammatory properties in the spinal disc fluid can cause painful irritation near the spine when discs break down. However, this isn’t the only type of inflammation that can affect pain in the spine. If patients are also suffering from chronic inflammation from another underlying disorder, their back pain may be worsened.

Inflammation is part of the body’s natural healing process and fights against harmful things in the body. However, inflammation is not intended to last very long. Chronic inflammation is inflammation that lasts more than a few days – the body’s normal inflammatory response time.

Having additional inflammatory properties circulating in the body increases the potential for additional pain in the back or neck due to degenerative disc disease. What may normally be a tolerable level of pain near the vertebral disc may become intense, intolerable pain for someone with chronic inflammation. This pain may also last much longer than normal.

This link between chronic inflammation and degenerative disc disease may help explain why some patients experience lower or higher levels of pain despite the severity of their disc degeneration.

Treatment options for disc degeneration

Patients with degenerative disc disease pain may be able to relieve their symptoms by using alternating ice and heat pack therapy at home. Ice packs may reduce inflammation, while heat packs may relieve tension and spasms in the muscles.

Making healthy lifestyle choices to reduce chronic inflammation symptoms is also recommended for patients suffering from both conditions. Avoiding sugary foods, eating anti-inflammatory foods, and exercising regularly may reduce inflammation and, therefore, reduce spinal pain.

Additionally, chiropractic care may help alleviate pain. Chiropractic manipulations may help relieve muscle tension and pressure, as well as symptoms caused by inflammation. Patients interested in learning more about how chiropractic care may help treat their pain should contact Ideal Spine to look for a CBP-certified chiropractor.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.