Back Pain

David B Nichols, DC -  - Chiropractor

David B Nichols, DC

Chiropractor located in Belmont, CA

Back pain is among the most common health complaints and a major cause of missed work days. Highly skilled chiropractor Dr. David Nichols provides gentle, effective treatment for back pain at his private practice in Belmont, California. To find relief from back pain without surgery or drugs, call the office of Dr. Nichols or book an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain is a leading cause of disability across the globe, affecting almost everyone at some point in time. There are many types of back pain, ranging from a muscle ache to shooting or stabbing sensations. Some forms of back pain, like sciatica, may radiate into your hip and down the back of your leg.

Most of the time, back pain goes away on its own with home care, like applying heat or maintaining good posture. If you suffer from back pain that’s severe or doesn’t improve within a few days, Dr. Nichols can help. He offers safe, natural relief from back pain without drugs or surgery.

What causes back pain?

Dr. Nichols treats many causes of back pain, including:

Sprains, strains, and spasms

Sudden, jerking movements or heavy lifting with improper form can strain your back muscles or sprain spinal ligaments. Too much stress on your back can also cause painful muscle spasms.

Bulging or herniated discs

Rubbery discs act as cushions in between your back bones (vertebrae). If the soft material inside a disc bulges out through the outer lining, it can press on a nerve and cause back pain.

Skeletal irregularities

Abnormal curvature in your spine (scoliosis) or misalignment of your vertebrae (subluxation) can lead to back pain.

Arthritis

Arthritis is joint inflammation. Many types of arthritis can affect your spine, including osteoarthritis. Sometimes, arthritis can cause the space around your spinal cord to narrow. This is called spinal stenosis.

How is back pain treated with chiropractic?

First, Dr. Nichols thoroughly evaluates your condition to determine the exact cause of your back pain. This includes a review of your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle behaviors as well as a physical exam. He may also order diagnostic tests, like an X-ray.

Then, Dr. Nichols develops an individualized chiropractic treatment plan to alleviate your back pain without drugs or surgery. Depending on your unique needs, treatment may include:

  • Gentle spinal manipulation
  • Exercises and stretches to perform at home
  • Lifestyle counseling, such as nutritional advice

For safe and effective relief from back pain, call the office of Dr. David Nichols or book an appointment online today.