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Two Tests to Determine Hip Pain from Low Back Pain

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You can differentiate your hip from your low back, of course, but determining the origin of pain in that general area is a little harder than you might realize. If you’re struggling with pain in your hip – or your low back – and you’re looking for relief, Dr. McSweeney can help you identify the real issue. Here are two tests to determine hip back from low back pain.

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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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Seven Things Everyone Should Know about Chiropractic Care

dr-lynelle-mcsweeney-reno-chiropractorMillions of Americans have benefited from chiropractic care, and that’s a wonderful statistic. But the majority of our population – some two thirds – have never visited a chiropractor. It’s safe to assume that’s because they don’t know or don’t understand the benefits of chiropractic care, and how it can directly improve their lives. Here are seven things everyone should know about chiropractic care – especially those of you who’ve never visited one. Read More

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Reduce Stress & Anxiety in 2019 with Chiropractic Care – Really

dr-lynelle-mcsweeney-reno-chiropractic-for-stress-anxietyIf you think the chiropractor is a great idea for your sore back or even those nagging headaches, you’re right. But chiropractic care is an effective choice for more than just physical pain. As stress and anxiety statistic continue to soar, and prescription drug therapy for these mental health issues likewise peak, holistic approaches are being increasingly explored. And that includes chiropractic. Read More

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Improve Your Posture for Reduced Back Pain – Here’s How

dr-lynelle-mcsweeny-reno-chiropractor-good-posturePoor posture is primarily a bad habit, and at one time or another, most of us are guilty of it. It’s not just an unflattering aesthetic – poor posture, whether we’re sitting, standing, or even lying down, can wreak havoc on your back and neck. Here’s how to improve your posture for reduced back pain. Read More

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Neck Pain? You Probably Need a Chiropractor

dr-lynelle-mcsweeney-reno-chirpractor-neck-painIt’s not uncommon to develop habits that really aren’t doing us any favors. That’s how our tendencies to stare at our phones all day long or slouch at our desk chair can lead to nagging neck pain. It’s not uncommon. Close to two thirds of our population will struggle with neck pain at least once, and once you’ve experienced it, you have major sympathy for those living with chronic neck pain. But before you reach for the painkillers, read on. If you have neck pain, Dr. McSweeney here in Reno can help. Read More

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Five Great Reasons to Visit a Reno Chiropractor Today

dr-lynelle-mcsweeney-reno-chiropractor-pain-reliefIt’s not uncommon for people to wait until they’re in pain before visiting the chiropractor. People can be surprisingly resilient, chalking up those ongoing headaches or that chronic low back pain to the computer or a bad night’s sleep. But instead of turning to over-the-counter pain pills as a routine method of managing these discomforts, you might consider visiting a chiropractor. Here are five great reasons to visit a Reno chiropractor, like Dr. Lynelle McSweeney, today. Read More

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Three Things to Know Before You Find a Chiropractor

dr-lynelle-mcsweeney-reno-spine-health-2018You may have heard that the chiropractor can be a lifesaver during pregnancy, or if you suffer from chronic headaches, or because your low back always hurts. But before you schedule an appointment with the first DC you find online, here are three things to know. Read More

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The Chiropractor Treats More than Your Spine

dr-lynelle-mcsweeney-reno-chiropractorWhen most people think about the chiropractor, they think of a doctor who “cracks your back.” And while chiropractors like Dr. Lynelle McSweeney here in Reno certainly can help with back pain, there’s so much more they can do. Here’s why the chiropractor treats more than your spine. Read More

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What’s Better for Neck Pain – The Chiropractor or Massage Therapy?

dr-lynelle-mcsweeney-reno-chiropractorBoth chiropractors and massage therapists treat patients with their hands, but that’s where the similarities end. Both might be a good option for isolated pain, however. If you’re struggling with neck pain, what’s better – a visit to the chiropractor or massage therapy? Here’s what to know about chiropractic care, massage therapy, and when one kind of treatment may be a better choice. Read More

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