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Why Does My Back Go Out?

dr-lynelle-mcsweeney-reno-chiropractorIf you’ve ever struggled with sharp, intense pain in your back, you may have asked (or cried to!) yourself, “why did my back go out?” That description isn’t entirely accurate. After all, nothing has really “gone out.” Your spine and vertebrae are all still there. The issue is that your vertebra has shifted slightly from its usual position in relation to the vertebrae above and below. That impedes its normal movement with both neighboring vertebrae and the entire spine. So how does that happen? And what should you do now? Here’s what to know when your back goes out.

What Happened?

Your spine is held together by ligaments and discs, which also manage a normal range of motion. When you have weakness or damage to the discs or ligaments, which can happen for a number of reasons (an injury, arthritis, muscle spasm, etc.), their positioning is compromised. And that affects the vertebra’s movement above and below, which creates a physical chain reaction in the body. The “stuck” vertebra creates irritation in surrounding nerves. Nearby ligaments, tendons, muscles, and other tissues fire erratically, and are themselves weakened and compromised. One wrong move and you feel it – your back just went out.

What Now?

Throwing out your back is incredibly painful, but you can manage your pain at home with these tips:

  • Stop whatever you’re going and try to lie down in a neutral position on your back to better align your spine.
  • Use ice packs on the sore area for 20 minutes to help reduce inflammation and pain. You can also try an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen.

A visit to a chiropractor like Dr. Lynelle McSweeney here in Reno is also a great option. She can evaluate your condition to determine whether an adjustment is necessary to correct the shifted vertebra. In that case, your adjustment will also reduce the wear and tear on the disc and ligaments, which creates even more weakness. Dr. McSweeney will also recommend posture and exercise strategies and home remedies that will help you recover faster and reduce the likelihood of future issues.

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7 Ways to Keep Back Pain at Bay

dr-lynelle-mcsweeney-reno-back-painBlame your desk job, your mattress, or your last workout, but no matter the cause, back pain is no fun. There is good news, though. Your friendly neighborhood chiropractor can help you feel better, and there are things you can try at home to keep back pain away. Read More

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How a Chiropractor Helps People Who Sit or Stand All Day

desk-jobSitting around all day may sound relaxing, but anyone who works a desk job can likely tell you otherwise. Excessive sitting is surprisingly stressful to both the spine and lower extremities, which can cause joint restrictions that create back pain and discomfort. Those restricted joints can also lead to a host of other problems, including improper joint movement and compromised nerve flow to organs and tissues. So how can a chiropractor help? Read More

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3 Benefits of Chiropractic Care During the Summer

dr-lynelle-mcsweeney-reno-summer-chiropractic-careSchool is almost out for the summer, and most of us are making plans for long, relaxing days. In between the pool, the lake, and the vacations, there’s something else you should consider – a chiropractic adjustment or two. Here’s why. Read More

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5 Reasons for Low Back Pain

dr-mcsweeney-reno-chiropractorWhen you’re older, back pain can be the result of conditions like degenerative joint or disk disease, fractures from osteoporosis, other other effects of aging on the spine. If you can’t blame any of that because you’re on the younger side, here are five reasons for low back pain. Read More

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Should You Get a Massage Before or After You See the Chiropractor?

dr-lynelle-mcsweeney-reno-adjustment-before-after-massageOne of our most-read blog posts answers the question, “Do I need a chiropractic adjustment or massage?” Today, we’re touching on the same topic. Chiropractic care and massage therapy can be wonderful complementary therapies, but should you get a massage before or after you see the chiropractor? Read More

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Here’s How a Strong Core Can Reduce Back Pain

dr-mcsweeney-reno-chiropractorBack pain can vacillate between mildly uncomfortable to debilitating, but it’s never welcome. What if we told you there was a way to strengthen the muscles in your back and minimize that back pain? It doesn’t involve medication, or even an adjustment. It’s something you can do daily or a few times a week, and it brings with it a slew of additional benefits. We’re talking about exercise and specifically, building your core. Here’s how a strong core can reduce back pain. Read More

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A Healthy Spine for 2018 – Four Tips from the Pros

dr-lynelle-mcsweeney-reno-spine-health-2018Back pain comes in different shapes and sizes, with different causes too. Luckily, keeping your spine healthy isn’t as difficult as you may think. Try these four tips from Dr. McSweeney for a healthy spine in 2018. Read More

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The Link Between Kidney Health and Low Back Pain

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When your low back is sore, it’s common to chalk it up to poor posture, an old mattress, maybe even a strenuous workout. In many cases, you’re probably right. But would you be able to differentiate between low back pain and kidney pain? Probably not – and you wouldn’t be alone. If you’ve never given your kidneys a second thought, we’re changing that right now. Here’s what you should know about your kidneys, including the link between kidney health and low back pain. Read More

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Simple Ways to Become a Savvier Chiropractic Patient

dr-lynelle-mcsweeney-chiropractor-renoWhen you’re seeking treatment for something, whether it’s a broken leg, a sore back, or chronic migraines, it’s in your best interest to be an involved patient. In order to get the best medicine, you have to be present, sharing pertinent details so your doctor has the whole picture. Think 0f it like this – the more you put in to the appointment yourself, the more you’ll get out of it. Here are simple ways to become a savvier chiropractic patient, so that every appointment is effective. Read More

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